In April 2012, Bravo announced that the show would be revamped for the upcoming fifth season.
The Real Housewives of New York City returned on June 4, 2012, with original cast members Singer and De Lesseps, as well as season-three recruit Sonja Morgan, as the veteran cast members.
The Real Housewives of New York City (abbreviated RHONY) is an American reality television series that premiered on March 4, 2008 on Bravo.
In September 2010, the fourth season began filming with entrepreneur Cindy Barshop as Frankel's replacement.
Citing production issues, Bravo pushed the Season 4 premiere back until April 7, 2011, and instead premiered The Real Housewives of Miami.
Other housewives include Kelly Killoren Bensimon (seasons 2–4), Cindy Barshop (season 4), Aviva Drescher (seasons 5–6), Heather Thomson (seasons 5–7), Kristen Taekman (seasons 6–7), and Jules Wainstein (season 8).
Despite the series title, most of the women featured were not housewives.
Sonja Morgan was added to the cast during the third season, along with Jennifer Gilbert in a recurring capacity.
On August 31, 2010, Frankel announced that she would not be returning to The Real Housewives of New York City for its fourth season, becoming the first woman to do so, in order to expand a burgeoning career in spin-offs, books, and her Skinnygirl business.
These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations.
This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement.
Of the original housewives, Frankel initially left after the third season before returning for the seventh; Mc Cord and Zarin left after the fourth season; and de Lesseps was reduced to a recurring capacity during the sixth season and returned to being a full-time cast member the following season.
The remaining housewives joined in later seasons: Morgan in the third, Radziwill in the fifth, Medley in the seventh, and Mortimer in the ninth.
Stay-at-home mom Aviva Drescher, journalist/author Carole Radziwill, and entrepreneur Heather Thomson were introduced as the new Housewives, rounding out the six-women ensemble.