A television writer who says season one of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” was one of the best shows ever to come out of Bravo is calling for the show to take drastic action in the wake of the suicide of Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of one of the show’s cast members.
Tom Gliatto writes in People magazine: “The fact remains that public interest in the show is now higher than ever. But, in a better world, Bravo would just go ahead and scrap not just the season but the entire series. And I say that as a fan of the show.”
Instead, the upcoming second season of the show is likely to be postponed and re-edited to remove and reshape references to Armstrong. His estranged wife, Taylor Armstrong, remains an integral part of the show.
Gliatto writes: “The death of Russell can’t be treated merely as an act of God or some incidental tragedy. His suicide by hanging weeks before the premiere was intimately connected with Taylor’s public and personal life. It may very well be that his death would have happened without press scrutiny, without Taylor’s overnight fame and the disturbing revelations about his abusive behavior, but the possibility can’t be eliminated. This isn’t a garnish of parsley that can be scraped aside and off the plate.”
In a related development, The Huffington Post reports that production on one of the franchise’s other shows, “Real Housewives of New York City,” has been postponed by three weeks. The move is considered to be a ripple effect of Russell Armstrong’s suicide.
In addition, “New York” is reportedly sticking with its existing cast members, despite rumors that the lineup would be changing.
A source was quoted as saying: "After what has happened, it might be more beneficial to proceed with the devil you know. The New York cast is certainly wacky, but for the most part, we are all mentally stable, which has to be a bigger priority at the moment than making crazy TV."