Many of y’all have asked me about this blurry photo of seven women floating around for the past few days of the six upcoming Real Housewives of Atlanta that includes a seventh person. As I told you before, the upcoming season has two new housewives, Eva Marcille (promoted from last season) and Shamari Devoe who claimed the peach Kenya Moore left behind. Shamari signed her contract in mid August. At that same time Tanya Sam was offered a friend contract. She refused to sign it and walked away from the show. At some point after that, after further negotiations, Tanya agreed to sign the friend contract.
This left us with six housewives, one friend, and Marlo who is a recurring character expected to be on every episode of the upcoming season. We’ve talked many times about the Marlo situation. There has always been some sort of roadblock to Marlo getting an actual peach. HOWEVER, production loves her pot stirring ways. If you recall, Kandi had plans to produce a show starring Marlo on WeTV. Bravo has first rights of refusal for all of Kandi’s productions and they turned the show down for Bravo leaving her free to pitch the show elsewhere. When WeTV picked it up, Bravo was not happy. So they gave Kandi a limited run Kandi Koated Nights show and promised Marlo a big pay raise if they would scrap the WeTV show. And they did. So Marlo’s contract as a recurring guest was sweetened. A LOT. She is getting a very high episode rate and will be paid more than all the new housewives. And she will be on every episode. So she will not hold a peach, but she will make more money than some of those who do. She owes Kandi a fruit basket or something. She is sitting pretty.
So eight women from RHOA took off for Tokyo. A Tamara Tattles exclusive source reports that the trip to Tokyo was very successful. I’ve never heard such glowing accounts of the footage that they got on this trip. In an unexpected twist, some things came out about Tanya Sam that gives her a particularly compelling storyline. I working to find out what it is but the source is so far not willing to give all the details. Whatever it is was so intriguing that they are renegotiating Tanya’s contract. They have now offered her a full time position. They have put the offer on the table and are waiting for Tanya to sign off on it.
So it looks like there will be seven official housewives for next season, plus Marlo who while legally not a full-timer, will be a very well paid part-timer working as much as the full timers. In reality, we will have eight housewives next season assuming Tanya signs the new deal.
I still don’t understand why this oddly photochopped blurry photo was released when it was. They seem to be jumping the gun. They are clearly VERY excited about Tanya’s new storyline. So much so that they could not even wait for her to sign the contract and for the ladies to do a proper photo shoot before sending out that hot mess.
The networks see this as the “big refresh” they have been wanting on the RHOA. It’s very rare that everyone is so happy during production. Oh, and I meant to tell you, Michael Beck is NOT the showrunner, he’s off to other things. The showrunner for the upcoming season is a female. And that is very good news as well.
I don’t know much about Tanya. I do know that she is very smart and well spoken and recently became involved in program that partners her tech company with Morehouse College and JP Morgan to assist minority entrepreneurs with their start-up companies. It’s kind of a big deal and perhaps that is her compelling storyline? Or maybe she was the one crying in Tokyo about something?
That’s enough tea for now. More to come after Tanya signs the contract.
Eight essentially full timers seems like a whole lot to keep up with. What do you think?