Real Housewives of Auckland ends with a bang... and a whimper
The last episode of The Real Housewives of Auckland goes to air tonight with no plans for a second season in place.
Nor is there a "reunion" episode scheduled, a standard part of Real Housewives programming overseas.
Reunion episodes, usually hosted by a local media personality, offer cast members the opportunity to address past arguments and clear the air — or take their differences to the next level.
It would seem there would be plenty to discuss during an Auckland reunion, following a season in which the women clashed repeatedly and — most notoriously — Julia Sloane made a racist comment, referring to Michelle Blanchard as a "boat n....." while the women were on a yacht near Port Douglas.
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The series has delivered more drama than even its experienced producers hoped for, with the big themes being body-shaming, the gulf between "new money" and "old money", product placement (Champagne, books, olive oil), and the persistence of "casual racism".
Executive producer Kylie Washington said back in July, when the series was still being filmed, that "we are at the tip of the iceberg and holy moly, I don't even know what's under the surface".
While Washington would not comment, it seemed at the time that a second season of the "soap doc" was likely to be commissioned.
However, Fairfax understands that the Housewives are yet to hear about a second season of the series, and whether their services will be needed.
A spokesperson for the programme said there was "no confirmation either way on a second season".
It has been speculated that Angela Stone and Julia Sloane, painfully at odds with the other Housewives, may not want to take part in another series.
Both have been trolled on social media, with Stone taking time out in Christchurch to recover. "I don't think anything could have prepared me for the nastiness," she said.
Washington said friction between the women began almost immediately, as one of the Housewives decided she was the obvious star of the show.
"It happened way quicker than I thought," Washington said.
The tenth episode, airing on Bravo tonight, is centred around a surprise birthday party for Blanchard which is attended by all the Housewives.
Old arguments about "gold diggers" and book launches are rehashed, there is name-calling and tears, and a lot of plonk is consumed.