I’ve been waiting today hoping to hear more about what is going down in Jamaica. I don’t have a whole lot of information yet on what happened at dinner last night, but I do have some basic information. The ladies did not all fly out together. Not sure if this is because of beef between the cast or the ladies prior commitments. Obviously, Nene flew out on her own, and Kenya also flew out alone. They were the last two to arrive, because production wants to encourage conflict between the two. I don’t see Kenya instigating anything. Nene will have no problem instigating. But Kenya looks quite content standing in between Nene and Sheree. So production may be disappointed and they all get along.
I did find out that Nene as spent the last two weeks talking to Lauren Eskelin, Vice-President of Talent and Production for True Entertainment, about coming back for an episode. There was some discussion of an Atlanta shoot but they eventually settled on having her back for the last trip. This was Nene asking to be on, there was no giant check offered for her to appear. She’ll get a day rate for an episode or three and a free trip to Jamaica. The word is that Nene wants to return next season. The rumors of production being unhappy with this season could not be farther from the truth. Production is thrilled with Kim Fields. It is the other housewives that are not feeling a connection with her. That said, if Nene wants to come back and accepts a reasonable salary, she’ll be back for season 9. We shall see. She seems to have had some sort of come to Jesus moment after a year with no paycheck of any substance.
Also, this trip is not Phaedra’s trip as I had assumed based on her birthday this week. While her birthday celebration no doubt goes on, the trip is, from a production standpoint, Peter’s trip. Apparently, he is the one “running the trip.” Since Peter still has his coffee business, I expect to see a trip to the Clydesdale Estate in the Blue Mountains to visit the farm that grows his beans. Maybe. I haven’t been able to confirm that yet.
The other interesting thing is that despite this being filmed for the final three episodes, there are still four weeks where more filming will occur. This will basically be those scenes where a certain group of housewives gets together to discuss previous events as if they happened the day before to help with the flow of the storylines if and when they need them. The ladies are still pretty much on call until the end of November when everything should be wrapped up.
That is it for now, more information will be rolling in and I will keep you up to date through Friday. Everyone should be home by Saturday, though some may be leaving on Friday evening.
And that’s the tea for today!
P.S. I forgot to mention that Kandi is not there because she is due at the end of December and doesn’t need to be flying or hanging in Jamaica.
Also, some of you asked about Nene and Cynthia supposedly double dating. That rumor is not true. All the dinners so far have been for everyone there. They are not sneaking off for a double date and the friends contract has not been renewed. I’m sure Nene is going to try to make allies in hopes of returning next season, but she will have to look to the two Ps for that. I’m sure Shamea will like her.