Around these parts (TamaraTattles.com) the skittish types are ever vigilant not to get thrown in the dreaded Window Licking Section (WLS). If you check out the commenting rules, you will find I’m really not a grammar or spelling militant. I think the rules are simple. No textspeak. Spell out your words. And lately I am a punctuation freak. End each thought with ONE period not six. You almost never need to use a dash. It’s only for hyphenating words. If you are using a dash a lot, try the comma key instead. I myself have developed some weird brainfart where I add in random apostrophes lately, but we are clearly all witnessing my advanced stages of Lymeopause and hopefully you have become accustomed to random apostrophes, odd homophonous substitutions and missing final letters when reading here.
I start with a comment rule discussion because I am mentally preparing myself for comments explaining that my title is grammatically incorrect. To those people I suggest you never read Toni Morrison. The dialogue alone may give you an aneurysm. But around these parts (the south, or maybe just my mother, I dunno) we have a saying or three. There is “shit or get off the pot” or in more polite, but less literate company, “Is you is or is you ain’t?” Either of these will do when you are tired of someone not making up their mind about something. Is you is or is you ain’t is a playful question though and my playfulness with Southern Charm has reached its end.
I have been putting off this post for months, and based on the first to paragraphs it seems I still don’t want to get to the point. I keep searching for a delicate way to put some things, while hoping for a more positive resolution of the situation. But the topic has been weighing on me long enough, so here goes.
Don’t expect Kathryn Dennis to return to Southern Charm this season.
Okay that’s it end of post. Can I get away with that? Deep Breath. Hang on I need more coffee. I am heavily biased when it comes to Kathryn Dennis. Kathryn and K Cooper Ray are my favorite folks on the show. So I am trying to put things in the kindest way possible.
Back in July, shortly after the reunion aired and Kathryn and Thomas went to court, Kathryn went to a California rehab. This is believed to have been a court ordered requirement for Kathryn to be with her children. Drug accusations were flying in both directions as the two parents began a contentious custody battle. There was speculation that one party knew in advance that drug testing would occur and the other, Kathryn, was caught off guard. It has also been reported that Thomas did not give any body hair samples or root samples in court while Kathryn did. At any rate, only one person failed the drug testing and only one person was sent to rehab. Thomas was given temporary custody and Kathryn was allowed only supervised visitation with her parents present. And off to rehab she went.
When she returned, my sources reported that she was a new person. She was looking good and healthy. Unfortunately, my sources then reported she quickly disappeared, hung out with questionable people, and allegedly, wound up in a bad place again. Bravo was not willing to sign her unless she could demonstrate that she was clean and sober. I get that doesn’t seem to be a requirement out in Beverly Hills with RHOBH or Vanderpump Rules, but in this case, there are small children involved. And apparently, Thomas is able to somehow provide enough assurance that he is okay to be allowed to film. My sources indicate that Kathryn is not in a good place at the moment. Despite her recent posting on Instagram, that she was looking forward to showing “the new her” to us, my sources indicate there is no new her at all.
Southern Charm has been filming for over a month now, and there has been no filming with Kathryn. However, my production sources claim that there was some potential for a scene or two….I’m going to mince words here… they were considering a couple of scenes to um, show us how she is doing. Even that seems unlikely now. Highly unlikely. And frankly, I hope that they do NOT film anything like this. I don’t think we would be happy with what we see.
On Instagram, we have seen the kids mostly with Thomas. He is presenting himself as a great father, with two nannies who make sure that the kids eat an organic diet. On Kathryn’s Instagram we see Kensie eating out of a giant box of Froot Loops, or sucking down sugary drinks. Thomas recently evacuated the kids ahead of Hurricane Matthew and went to Charlotte where he hung out in a bar with Shep just yesterday afternoon. EDITED: I forgot to mention that Bravo cameras were in Charlotte and it seems like one or more of the girls were filmed getting manicures. Kathryn went to the Charlottesville, Virginia area and toured Monticello.
Primary custody remains with Thomas, and the kids seem healthy and happy.
As for filming the show, at first, Thomas was having the usual hissyfits. My sources said that for some reason he was initially refusing to film if Craig was in the cast. Shortly after I heard that, he was once again filming with all of them including Craig. Weird. That’s all I know. I have no idea why Craig would be the person he has issue with. The awful people, Cameron, Landon, and Whitney continue to be foot soldiers for the old lady carpetbagger. That pernicious gang has probably sucked Craig, and his girlfriend into their groupthink. Later on in filming, I heard that Thomas was furious that he was being excluded from scenes with the assholes. I should also reluctantly point out that Whitney is not the core of evil, it’s his mother. And Whitney is not as supportive of her behavior as we have been led to believe according to my sources.
So everyone is back except for Kathryn and K Cooper Ray. KCR has other projects he is working on where he will have a more central focus. He’s not a fan of the gang mentality on Southern Charm last season and one of only a few people not to follow the pack. He has never been one to cow tail (yes, I do know that the appropriate term is ‘kowtow’ spare me the emails it’s a southern malapropism I enjoy) to the carpetbagger and that cut him out of so many scenes it hardly seems worth his time to show up anyway.
EDITED TO ADD: It is possible that we might see KCR a bit on the show, but I’ve seen no evidence so far. I have seen him Tweet he is done with the show, but not sure that production won’t ask him to film some scenes.
They have been test shooting a few new females, and a few males. Eliza Limehouse has been leading the group of females testing. She is a junior at Clemson, and a polo player who is actually from South Carolina and comes from a political family. While she is no Kathryn, she is actually has a decent resume for the show. She is not old enough to drink yet, unless she has turned 21 in the last month or so. I imagine that she is back in school at this point unless she took a semester off to film.
As for the guys, Beau Burns, who was Landon’s date for the first Founders’ Ball was talking around town at the end of July that he would be appearing on the show. We assume he will be playing the role of a potential age appropriate suitor for Landon. Bless his heart, he must really want to be on the show. He’s good-looking and comes from a rich family and according to my sources has an affable way about him similar to Shep. In other words, he’s way too good for Landon.
That concludes my Southern Charm tea. At least regarding Charleston, where everyone is starting to trickle back into town. As you know, Charleston was pounded with rain and there is considerable flooding. But so far everyone seems to have made out okay. I have not heard about Thomas’ plantation on Edisto yet. I hope he posts a photo when he returns.
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There is more Southern Charm news though. I am being told that Southern Charm is now filming a Savannah version. This just started before the hurricane, so I am not sure if or how that would change things. I was told several months about that Southern Charm: New Orleans was also casting and doing some test shooting. Filming does not guarantee a show will air. So we will have to wait and see if Bravo does air franchises in those two cities.
I feel like you prayerful types might want to offer some prayers up for Kathryn. Because to answer my own question of Is She Is or Is She Ain’t?
The answer is, She Ain’t. And it ain’t good.