'The Real Housewives of New York' Picked Up for Season 3

Bravo has officially picked up The Real Housewives of New York City for a third season, which will begin production this fall. The sophomore season of the docu-series that follows the busy lives of a group of ambitious Manhattan women as they deal with their demanding careers, motherhood and jam-packed social calendars was the highest rated show in all metrics, with a season average of 1.44 million adults 18 to 49 and 1.95 million total viewers, that's why the renewal was no surprise. However, the announcement comes with some interesting news: casting for the new cycle is underway!

The network looking for new Manhattan ladies to join the show could mean two things for The Real Housewives of New York City. Either some of the girls are not returning for season 3 or the show just wants to expand its cast. At any rate, I doubt that it's the latter.

According to Eonline.com, all of the New York Housewives are likely to come back for season three, but two wives are putting up quite a fight when it comes to negotiating their new contracts. Apparently, Jill Zarin and Ramona Singer are the ones holding out for more lucrative contracts since they "feel they are the true stars of the show."

"Bravo put out that press release saying they're casting for new housewives because Jill and Ramona are playing hardball," a source revealed.

Kelly Bensimon, arguably the most hated housewife of the series, has also been rumored to leave the show. However, sources say that last season's newbie troublemaker was actually the first to sign for season 3.

"She is considered the most hated woman in New York and will do anything to reverse that opinion," a source said.

The Real Housewives of New York City is slated to return for season 3 in 2010.

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