Bravo premiered The Real Housewives of Orange County back in March 2006. Since then, the franchise has spawned eight American spinoffs, along with numerous international installments. Over a decade later, the domestic franchise has finally reached a huge milestone- its 100th Real Housewife. It’s only fitting the lucky lady is part of the inaugural city.
Meet Peggy Sulahian (pictured second from right). The Armenian beauty lives a life of luxury in the exclusive Crystal Cove community with her custom wheel mogul husband Diko, and their three children – daughters Giovanna, 19, Gianelle, 17 and son Koko, 9. She joins returning cast members Tamara Judge, Shannon Beador, Meghan King Edmonds, Kelly Dodd and the OG from the OC, Vicki Gunvalson.
Also receiving a coveted ‘orange’ is Lydia McLaughlin, who had a one-season run back in Season 8. The bible thumper isn’t the only ghost from the past returning to the fold. Both Gretchen Rossi and Lizzie Rovsek make guest appearances during Season 12. Sadly, my favorite champagne-popping Housewife, Heather Dubrow, is sitting this season out.
This season, things are looking up in Vicki’s life– her relationship with new beau Steve is getting serious, her business is expanding and she finally has her daughter Briana and grandbabies back in the OC. Except, Vicki and Tamra still find themselves at a major crossroads in their decade long friendship. Tamra, still filled with anger and resentment from last season’s accusations, struggles to find forgiveness. Her feud with the OG of the OC has pushed her even closer to God as she reconnects with her old friend Lydia over bible study. Back into the fold, Lydia tries to reclaim her title of “Friendship Whisperer” by attempting to mend fences with Vicki and Tamra, but quickly realizes that being Switzerland will be easier said than done.
The residual stress from last year’s bus ride from hell leaves Shannon in a vulnerable state as she tries to refocus her energy on getting into shape, keeping the spark alive in her marriage and caring for the newest member of the Beador clan, dog Archie. New mom Meghan finds motherhood rewarding but difficult as she struggles with lack of sleep, post-partum hormones and Jimmy being an overbearing father. Meanwhile, for Kelly, her marriage to Michael is still complicated, but when Tamra and Shannon befriend her, it makes everyone around her question what her motives are.
Check out the Season 12 trailer below. RHOC returns on July 10 on Bravo.
RHOC: Official Season 12 Trailer