Luann de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan have signed a deal to star in their own show, Page Six has learned.
According to sources close to the production, it will be a “Simple Life” style reality show in which the glamorous friends will live together in a Central American city and mingle with the common people, just like Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie did in the pioneering Fox reality show in the early s.
We are told that the paperwork has been signed and that they will begin filming on the as-yet-unnamed show in July. Apparently it is technically still under development, but it is considered a lock that can now be greenlit every day.
De Lesseps also appeared in the recent Bravo spin-off “The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip,” but it’s the first time either of the two has their own big show.
It’s also the only offshoot of the New York show that doesn’t star former “RHONY” member Bethenny Frankel. “Bethenny Ever After” aired from 2010 to 2012, and “Bethenny and Fredrik” aired in 2018.
“Luann and Sonja will of course be their fantastic selves and each episode they will interact with the locals,” we are told. “They don’t know the locations yet, but it will be somewhere in Kansas or Nebraska, not some hipster town in the south. [Executives] even held the locations of the girls until the last minute. †
They expect to finish somewhere around 10 episodes, sources tell us. They’ll also have celebrity guest stars, we hear.
The news comes as the “Real Housewives of New York City” franchise is undergoing a massive overhaul. In March, Variety reported that the 13-year-old series will be rebooted with an all-new cast of stars.
“This is the most multicultural, diverse and energetic and exciting city in America,” executive producer Andy Cohen told Variety. “We are looking for a multicultural group of friends that best reflects the most exciting city in the country. We are looking for a group of women who are real friends and who have different backgrounds, races and religions.”
Meanwhile, another show expected to be known as “Real Housewives of New York: Legacy” or something similar will feature some or all of the cast from the original show.
We were told that Morgan and de Lesseps both expect to be part of the so-called “Legacy” show, as well as this separate project.
It’s not yet clear which branch of NBC Universal, the company that owns Bravo, will air the show. But it seems likely that it will appear on Bravo or NBC streamer Peacock.
Hilton and Richie infamously starred in “The Simple Life” from 2003 to 2007.