February 09, 2012 2:10pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'Real Housewives of Miami' Season 2: Bravo Officially Announces Returning Cast Members
Are you ready to find out who’s returning to the sophomore season of The Real Housewives of Miami? As THR first reported on Wednesday, Bravo is giving the series another go-around, but not all the women will be back for Season 2.
The returning Season 1 cast members are PR maven Marysol Patton, political fundraiser and socialite Lea Black, and art curator Audriana de Moura. Bravo won’t officially name the new cast mates until after shooting begins this month and it’s sure whose story lines work best.
Thursday’s release also confirms THR’s report that Matt Anderson and Nate Green’s production company Purveyors of Pop will helm the second season. They’re also the production team behind the network’s successful Bethenny Ever After and have served as executive producers and showrunners on past seasons of the Atlanta, New Jersey, and New York Real Housewives installments.
Bravo is clearly hoping for better luck the second time around. Season 1, which consisted of just six episodes and a reunion special, averaged just 1.09 million viewers an episode.
So, why revisit Miami now? The timing could be ripe. The franchise is enjoying an upswing in popularity with the media coverage around The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and record ratings for Atlanta. Also, Tuesday's seventh season return of the Orange County series attracted 2.3 million viewers, a 10% increase among total viewers compared to the previous season premiere.
Are you surprised to see who's back? Who else would you have loved to return for Season 2? Tell us in the comments section below.
Update: Purveyors of Pop's role in the Real Housewives franchise has been clarified.
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