Bravo Announces The Real Housewives of Miami Cast—and Postpones New York City's Premiere

Bravo reveals six new castmembers of hit reality TV franchise, set to premiere Feb. 22; New York's fourth-season return bumped to spring

By Drusilla Moorhouse Feb 03, 2011 9:10 PMTags

At least these ladies can correctly pronounce salsa.

The six hot mamas of The Real Housewives of Miami were revealed today, along with the premiere date for Bravo's latest hit reality franchise installment: Tuesday, Feb. 22.

What does this mean for The Real Housewives of New York City, originally scheduled to return Feb. 15?

New York City's fourth season is "moving to a new date," Bravo said, confirming we won't be sharing satchels of gold with Kelly Bensimon—or meet new RHONYC castmember Cindy Barshop—until "later this spring."

"We haven't announced a new date yet" for the return of RHONYC, Bravo reps told us today, explaining the bump as "just a scheduling change."

We're not complaining: a show shot in the Sunshine State (even if it was repurposed for the Housewives franchise) is mighty appealing during these massive winter storms.

So who are the ladies heating up reality TV?

As first reported, NBA star Scottie Pippen's wife Larsa Pippen is starring alongside Cristy Rice, whose ex is retired basketballer Glen Rice. Per Bravo, the women share the unofficial title of "Hottest NBA Wife."

Larsa (the seated brunette in the picture), described as a "snarky Lebanese beauty," has four young kids with the Chicago Bulls superstar. Her recently divorced pal Cristy (standing, center) is a Miami native with three kids who runs her own clothing store.

Besides Larsa, only two other women in the cast are truly "wives": Cuban native Alexia Echevarria (far left), executive editor of the Spanish-language lifestyle magazine Venue, lives in Miami Beach with her husband, Herman, and two sons from a previous marriage. Lea Black (seated, right) has a 9-year-old son with husband Roy Black, a criminal defense attorney who boasts Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Camille's ex Kelsey Grammer as one of his "noteworthy clients." Lea's community activism includes fundraising for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

Brazilian Adriana DeMoura-Sidi (far right) is a full-time mom and art curator who, after a traumatic divorce, has a new fiancée, Fredric. Finally, Miami native Marysol Patton (seated, left) seems to be the Samantha Jones of the group—she runs the Patton Group public relations firm and has been divorced for 10 years.

Notably absent from the Real Housewives of Miami is Elaine Lancaster, the drag queen long rumored to be one of the castmembers. Here's hoping the South Beach diva has a costarring role, à la Housewives sidekicks Dwight Eubanks and Paul Wharton.

What do you think of the new cast? Who will be the new Housewife we love to hate? Make your predictions in the comments!

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