With the current installment of the Bravo show at its climax, attention is quickly turning to season 14 – especially amid murmurs of a cast shake-up.
Head below to see who we’d love to see back in the RHOA mix…
We’ve been lobbying for this from the moment she stepped off the show. It’s of course paramount to acknowledge the unfortunate circumstances surrounding her departure. But from where we’re standing, the breather her hiatus allowed for (as well as the explosive continuity that would be her reintroduction) would be a powerful potion for ratings glory.
From having “the” sit-down with Kandi Burruss, to the reunion (or not) with Frick & Frack partner Porsha Williams, there are just too many surefire scenarios that would be ludicrous to pass on.
Beyond the drama, there’s also the fact Ms. Parks brought the funny with her quick-wittedness, adorable Kings (the Prince and the President), and simply got “it” when it came to being a Housewife. The latter of which is proving to be lightning in a bottle rare.
When we spoke with her in 2020, she intimated that she was looking to leave the drama (not the show) in the rearview. But, for us, she’s exactly what’s needed for the show to flourish as it drives forward.
No one may be able to “check” Sheree Whitfield, but they’ve certainly been checking for her. Now more than, ever it seems.
A ‘Housewives’ original, she played an essential part in establishing the show’s dynamic DNA.
She uniquely has always had real-time value to the platform, which makes her on-and-off status on the cast slightly grating.
Ms. Whitfield is a nostalgic call back to RHOA’s boom period with her fun shade, authentic connections, and ability to integrate with any concoction of the cast.
Her last run on the show during season 10 admittedly left a lot to be desired. We weren’t feeling the bone-carrier role she took on, her ill-advised team-up with Kim Zolciak, or the vague integration of her relationship with Tyrone.
Still, she possesses ample potential as a Housewife. Particularly if she commits to laying all aspects of her life on the table as opposed to wilfully playing a sideline character to avoid doing so.
Also, call us traditionalists, but it’ll always benefit the show having an OG in the mix. Always.
Eva the Diva!
On paper, there is no reason why Eva Marcielle‘s tenure on Housewives couldn’t have been a slam dunk. She’s a reality TV veteran with an established fanbase, speaks to the exact demographic producers are courting, and developed genuine relationships off-screen with a key cast such as Cynthia Bailey. And yet, something felt…off.
There were glimmers of potential, but her wings always felt clipped. Sometimes by way of how she was produced (see: unnecessary hazing from Marlo), but other times by her own doing. As pertains to the latter, in a bid to self-brand as the “one to not be played with,” she’d go from zero to one hundred when the scene didn’t call for it (see: her comment about Porsha’s C-section). The result made it feel like she was self-producing rather than giving us the Eva we’ve long known and loved.
All that said, her appearance and interaction with the ladies at Cynthia’s wedding is the exact brand of organic we’d love to see from Eva.
Plus, it’d be great to have a season where she’s not pregnant so as for her to fully participate in all of the shenanigans.
Claudia Jordan (Wildcard)
We’re torn when it comes to Claudia Jordan.
On the one hand, she (or should we say her recruitment) is literally emblematic of the show’s turning tide. It’s “the” moment it became clear newcomers were well-versed / too-versed in what was expected of them (see: drama) and needn’t have any genuine ties to the group – despite this being the core concept of the show. Indeed, despite trying to not break the 4th wall, Jordan’s on-screen story all but confirmed that she moved to ATL for the gig.
There’s is no denying how much of a firecracker she was. Her showdown with Nene Leakes remains one of the most iconic moments in Housewives history. And we feel somewhat cheated out of what could have been a more organic integration into the group had she have been invited back the following year.
She’s booked and busy as a host these days, but it goes without saying that RHOA remains one of the most poppin’ platforms. One rich in opportunity for one’s other ventures.
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