'Real Housewives' LuAnn de Lesseps: 'SVU' role is part of her 'second chance' at life

We do believe that "Real Housewives of New York" cast member LuAnn de Lesseps aka "The Countess," will never be accused of letting opportunity pass her by. She has written a book, recorded a pop single and now she's guest starring in "Law & Order: SVU.""It happened very fast," LuAnn says on a recent press call. "So, I basically got my lines two days before I shot. So, it was challenging but it was really great."LuAnn plays an art collector who becomes the muse for one of the episode's suspects, a "slightly deranged, out of control artist" as executive producer and writer Dan Truly describes the character."You usually get five seconds to make an audience understand who the character is and the moment that we thought of her it was like it just seemed perfectly natural," Truly says of casting LuAnn. "It's kind of the elegance and the class and it sort of fit with what we were...

'Real Housewife' Countess LuAnn de Lesseps Talks About Her Role on Law & Order: SVU

LuAnn de Lesseps is the break-out star of Bravo's hit series "Real Housewives of New York City", but that's only one facet of her life. Known to most as simply "The Countess", LuAnn is also a singer, an author, a devotee to charity, an etiquette expert, and now an actress. The busy mother of two guest stars on an upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVUentitled "Bully", playing an art patron entangled in a murder case. Starpulse had the pleasure of participating in a conference call where The Countess describes her experience on set, the changes she's faced in recent years, and what we can expect from her in the future. Read More..

Sonja Morgan Explains 'Real Housewives of NYC' Delay, 'Freaks & Geeks' Paley Guest List Revealed and More TV News

Now that we've come to terms with 'Real Housewives of Miami' taking 'Real Housewives of New York City's' place on Bravo's schedule, it's time to talk about why. According to 'New York City' star Sonja Morgan, editors need more time to piece the series together. "They want it to be the best possible season," Morgan told Star magazine. "To do that, they need some more time to edit. We've filmed like crazy, more than ever, and we're seven ladies so they have a lot of footage to go through." Many insiders -- including us -- speculate the season wasn't shaping up to be very dramatic without Bethenny Frankel. Her new series, 'Bethenny Ever After,' debuts later this month. For more on 'The Real Housewives of Miami' head on over here to meet the cast and watch a preview. Read More...

'The Real Housewives of New York' Season 4 premiere delayed to Spring [Update]

Move over "Real Housewives of New York," make room for the Miami gals.Fans who were looking forward to seeing the popular NYC women back on their TV sets on Feb. 15. may be disappointed.Included in Thursday's (Feb. 3) Bravo press release announcing "The Real Housewives of Miami" cast and premiere date, the network buried the news that the New York franchise's Season 4 premiere has been postponed.Even though promos ran announcing its February return on the network, the series has been pushed to a TBD spring date.Real househusband, Simon van Kempen, who is working on his web spinoff show which will run concurrently with the New York series, offered up some explanation on Twitter."'Real Housewives of New York' delay is good," he tweets. "As we were still filming up until last week and a Feb. 15 premiere was a very quick turnaround. Gives us a chance to breathe."That also makes us wonder if the previously announced "The...

Countess LuAnn to Guest on 'Law & Order: SVU'

'Real Housewives of New York City' star LuAnn de Lesseps will guest star on 'Law & Order: SVU.' Yes, you read that right. The Countess will play an art lover who poses semi-nude for a painter. According to the New York Post, De Lesseps' episode airs Feb. 23. The Bravo star also appeared in an episode of 'Royal Pains.'

'Real Housewives of New York's' Alex McCord talks hubby's new web spinoff show

When we caught up with Alex McCord last week at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, she told us that not only is "The Real Housewives of New York" still shooting down to the wire as its Feb. 15 premiere approaches, but Bravo has put her husband, Simon van Kempen to work, too."In addition to the season premiere," Alex tells Zap2it. "Simon is shooting his own webisodes for A web spinoff, which is phenomenal. That's going to be on the website the same time the show's airing." She adds, "Literally, he's been shooting while I've been here."It's so hot off the presses, it doesn't have a title yet! Premiering the same day as "The Real Housewives of New York," Simon tells that the web series will focus on his everyday life outside of his wife's show from "shopping, cooking, accidentally injuring myself and attempting to overcome one of life's toughest afflictions.""I'm delighted to get...

'Real Housewives of New York': Bravo confirms Cindy Barshop vajazzles as the new housewife

Back in September, we told you about Cindy Barshop. She owns a chain of day spas, and her claim to fame is introducing the world to sticking shiny stones around one's lady parts - better known as "vajazzling."So, Bravo must think the holiday season is the ideal time to introduce the sparkly new replacement for Bethenny Frankel, because it has finally confirmed that Barshop is indeed the newest cast member of "The Real Housewives of New York City.""She has an organic connection to the cast," Bravo programming VP Christian Barcellos tells the New York Post. "She's friends with Ramona [Singer] and has connections to Kelly [Bensimon]. They all run in the same circles."Barshop is a single mother to young twin girls, who were born in 2009. She owns a chain of day spas in Manhattan, Scarsdale, N.Y., and Palm Beach, Fla. And she lives in a downtown loft in Manhattan's West Village."She's done some unorthodox...

Real Housewives: NYC's Sonja Hits Financial Woe Blvd.; D.C.'s Stacie New Film

The latest  Real Housewives  news involves another Housewife in a financial slump, while another uses her status as a Housewife for a positive cause. New York It pains me to report that Sonja Morgan, last year's newest addition to  The Real Housewives of New York  (and fan favorite), is having a financial crisis of her own having to file for bankruptcy, according to The Wall Street Journal. “The decision to seek bankruptcy relief was not an easy one, but unfortunately, I am at a crossroads in my life,” Sonja declared in court papers filed Wednesday. She listed on her petition for bankruptcy $19.8 million in debt and $13.5 million in assets, citing a failed venture in filmmaking as the cause of her financial woes. The film, which was called "Fast Flash To Bang Time", was to have starred John Travolta, but the film suffered due to conflicting demands between Sonja's camp and Travolta's. In the end, Hannibal Pictures, the company who was involved in the business venture with Sonja, filed and won a lawsuit against Sonja for $7 million dollars. Ouch. To Read More  Click Here.

New 'Real Housewives of NYC' Star Revealed

Spa owner Cindy Barshop reportedly has been recruited to replace Bethenny Frankel on "The Real Housewives of New York City". A source told Us magazine that the casting is "confirmed" and that the new addition is "funny and very nice". Barshop is known to be the founder of Completely Bare, a successful chain of day spas specializing in hair removals. She is a single mom to twin girls, Zoe and Jesse, who were born last year. Her Facebook page showed a picture of her close encounter with reality TV. She welcomed DJ Pauly D and The Situation of "Jersey Shore" to have a tan at her salon. "Real Housewives of NYC" star Ramona Singer had a little hint about the new girl, saying "We have this new girl coming on. She is very happy with herself. Not to say I'm not going to get pissed at her or have a fight with her about something - that's just who I am sometimes! I can't help it. But it's better I tell it to your face then behind your back, right?" Regarding the casting news, a representative for Bravo said, "We haven't made any announcements regarding the cast yet." Source Here

Bravo Renews Real Housewives of New York City and New Jersey; Reunion Hits Season-High

Bravo has renewed The Real Housewives of New York City and The Real Housewives of New Jersey, a network rep confirms. The Big Apple series will be back for Season 4, the Garden State edition for its third season. Neither show's casts have been confirmed. NYC's Bethenny Frankel told US on Tuesday that she is leaving the show and there have been reports New Jersey castmate Danielle Staub has been fired. Staub has denied that, and Bravo refused to comment on both reports. The renewal news follows the explosive first part of the New Jersey reunion. Monday's telecast attracted 3.9 million viewers to make it the most-watched episode of the season, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported both pickups. The second part of the Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion airs Monday, Sept. 6 at 9/8c. Source Here