Just call Sonja Morgan Bravo’s newest casting director! Now that the show famous for the plastic surgeries of its leading ladies is getting a major facelift of it own next season in the Big Apple, Morgan is personally on the hunt for new co-stars, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.
“Sonja is a favorite of the network right now,” a source told Radar, “so executives have been talking about developing a new cast around her. And she’s actively looking and bringing friends in right now.”
“Ramona is the one most likely on chopping block. There’s not much more they can do to her,” added the source. “Her storyline is creating a show that reminds the fans of what it is not.”
Two years ago, the hit franchise had the biggest cast shakeup in its TV history with four of its stars fired, including Alex McCord, Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon and Cindy Barshop. Now, next season could be the real game-changer.
“The New York Housewives franchise has lost its feel,” continued the source. “They wanted to keep some nostalgia to the show, which is why they kept Sonja and Ramona. But even with the new cast it’s not fresh and it’s a problem. It’s not working.”
Besides Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson, Kristen Taekman, and part-timer LuAnn de Lesseps possibly getting the boot for not enough drama, Radar has learned Aviva Drescher could be on her way out for being too dramatic.
“The network is not happy with Aviva. She is a super diva!” added the source, even though Drescher has vowed she’ll be back. “She makes all kinds of demands and doesn’t do all things they require her to do. She thinks she’s Jennifer Lopez.”
“They are 100 percent revamping it because it’s not performing and the new characters aren’t translating,” the source said. “So they’re looking at everyone and all options.”