The New York Daily News has an interesting piece today where they talk about how, with the exception of Kelly Bensimon that all the Real Housewives of New York are holding out for more money before they will agree to shoot another season. Kelly has already signed on and so I say keep her. Forget everyone else. Last season they were paid about $10K for the entire run. It is a pittance for a real actor but they are not real actors. Plus I am sure they made a significant amount more than that by appearing at events and hosting things. The problem with those gigs is they actually require some modicum of effort and work and why do that when someone will just pay you to follow them around.
I remember back in the day when Law & Order had finished its first season and they started replacing all the main characters. I was pissed but watched anyway. You know what? It was still a pretty good show. I don't know about you, but I am guessing that in New York there are plenty of "Real Housewives" who would love a chance to be on television for a few months and get their 15 minutes and will be happy with whatever they are paid. The Real World has managed to shuttle casts and cities for 20+ years and no one seems to mind. You will always have your favorite years or cities or people, but if you have good editing and good personalities it doesn't matter who you put on the air.
I think part of the problem we have seen with some of these reality stars is that after the first couple of seasons they think of themselves as actors or stars rather than people who were no different than anyone else and just got picked by a producer when others didn't. There are plenty of people around and I think the more producers do switch up casts the better it will be for all of us. These reality stars we can't stand seeing will not get the traction or staying power to really force themselves upon us. It will be like a Bachelor winner or loser who is only viable until the next season starts.
I know you will miss your favorites, but you can find new people to love or hate and the good thing is once their season is over, their time in the public eye will for the most part also be over. Unless of course they do some type of reunion competition shows. That could be fun.