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'RHOC' Season 16 premiere dubbed 'renaissance' after last season's 'garbage fire'

'OCs in its renaissance after last seasons mournful excuse for a season #RHOC,' wrote a fan
'RHOC' stars Noella Bergener, Heather Dubrow, and Shannon Beador (Bravo)
'RHOC' stars Noella Bergener, Heather Dubrow, and Shannon Beador (Bravo)

The Orange County housewives may be considered the pioneers of 'Real Housewives' world, but sadly over the past few seasons, the 'Real Housewives of Orange County's popularity began waning. The OG show began receiving a lot of backlash from fans for its poor casting choice and repetitive storylines. After watching the rating of Season 15 take a huge dip, the showrunners decided to switch things up and did a major cast overhaul.

They finally fired controversial housewives Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windham Burke, alongside new housewife Elizabeth Lyn Vargas, who failed to make an impression on fans. The showrunners replaced these ladies with fan-favorite housewife Heather Dubrow and roped in Braunwyn's friends Noella Bergener, Dr Jen Armstrong, and even Heather's friend Nicole James to spice things up. It looks like this casting overhaul may have paid off, as the Season 16 premiere episode was heavily appreciated by fans.


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Noella Bergener and Nicole James on 'RHOC' Season 16 (Bravo)

From Heather showing off her fabulous and extravagant lifestyle to Shannon Beador stirring the pot, the premiere episode was jam-packed with loads of drama and interesting moments. The new housewives Dr Jen and Noella too managed to make a great impression on the show's fans, while Nicole's history with Heather's husband Dr Terry kept the audience captivated. The super-sized premiere episode ended with a juicy cliffhanger, leaving the audience eagerly waiting for the next episode.

Several fans took to Twitter to rave about the new season and felt hopeful for 'RHOC's revival after the previous few lackluster seasons. A fan tweeted, "I’m really enjoying this first episode. Already, it’s better than the entirety of last season. The new girls are sliding right on in with the vets for the drama. They are gorgeous. Everyone looks amazing. This new girl though…Noella…is giving very… #rhoc." Another fan wrote, "#RHOC has improved beyond belief since the garbage fire that was last season Heather, Gina and Shannon all brought it and the newbies seem promising.." "OCs in its renaissance after last seasons mournful excuse for a season #RHOC," declared a fan.




Heather Dubrow on 'RHOC' Season 16 (Bravo)

Another fan shared, "It was a great premiere! Very well done. It felt new and fresh. And this could be Shannon’s last season.. #RHOC." "That premiere was PHENOMENAL, I'm so excited for this season #RHOC," seconded a fan. "Season 16 #RHOC was one of the best premiers I’ve seen in a really long time and this season looks like something to actually be excited about," observed a fan.




New housewife Dr Jen Armstrong on 'RHOC' Season 16 (Bravo)

'Real Housewives of orange County' Season 16 airs every Wednesday at 9/8c on Bravo. 

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