The Real Housewives Of Orange County Season 17: Details We Know So Far

In March 2006, Bravo premiered "The Real Housewives of Orange County," the first of many "Real Housewives" shows. For the past 15 seasons, the original series has featured plenty of loud fights at restaurants, messy breakups, and decadent spending. 

Originally, Scott Dunlap, the creator of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," intended for the show to be merely a satirical look at what life was like in affluent communities like Orange County, according to The Orange County Register. More than 15 years after the show first aired on Bravo, it has maintained its humor but instead is considered a trailblazer for other reality television shows.

"Bravo continues to innovate in the reality TV genre with this riveting series exploring the complicated daily lives of five privileged women and their families," then-Bravo president Lauren Zalaznick said in 2006 (via Reality TV World). "From Peyton Place to Desperate Housewives, viewers have been riveted by the fictionalized versions of such lifestyles on television. Now, here is a series that depicts real-life 'desperate' housewives with an authentic look at their compelling day-to-day drama."

The success of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" inspired the creation of the entire "Real Housewives" franchise that also consists of shows based in Beverly Hills, New York City, Atlanta, New Jersey, and more.

When is the 17th season of The Real Housewives of Orange County set to premiere?

At this point, Bravo has yet to announce when the 17th season of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" will premiere on the network. This makes sense, given the fact that the 16th season of "RHOC" also has yet to premiere. 

According to Bravo, the 16th season of the show will be debuting on the network on Dec. 1, 2021. Perhaps the most anticipated part of the 16th season is the return of former cast member Heather Dubrow after a five-year hiatus from the show. 

"Now things are a little bit different," Dubrow said during a June 2021 episode of her podcast, "Heather Dubrow's World," per E! Online. "My family's in a different place. My kids are a little bit older. The pandemic has sort of given me a different perspective on things. And then I started thinking about, 'How many times do you get to go back and try something again?'"

Former cast members Shannon Storms Beador, Emily Simpson, and Gina Kirschenheiter will be returning to the 16th season of the show, while franchise newbies Dr. Jen Armstrong and Noella Bergener will be joining the cast, per Bravo. This means that Kelly Dodd, Braunwyn Windham-Burke, and Elizabeth Lyn-Vargas will not be returning for the 16th season of "The Real Housewives of Orange County."

Who will be appearing on the 17th season of the show?

No details have been revealed about the 17th season of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," meaning that the cast of the upcoming season is still unknown. When the show first premiered in 2006, it featured Kimberly Bryant, Jeana Keough, Vicki Gunvalson, Lauri Waring, and Jo De La Rosa (via Reality TV World). 

The cast has changed quite a few times since the show's first season, but several former cast members have left an indelible mark upon the franchise. Perhaps the saddest moment for OG fans of the show came when both Gunvalson, who had a 14-season run, and Tamra Judge, who had a 12-season run, announced that they were officially leaving the show in January 2020, per Us Weekly.

Though Braunwyn Windham-Burke was only on the show for a few seasons, her story arc was particularly revolutionary, as she overcome her addiction to alcohol and came out as queer.

"It feels revolutionary to say, but I was able to get sober and stay sober on reality TV," Windham-Burke told People. "That is something for which I will forever be grateful. And I came out, becoming the first gay Housewife in the franchise's history. What an incredible honor to look back upon."

Here's what you should know about the feud between Tamra Judge and Shannon Beador

Throughout multiple seasons of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, and Vicki Gunvalson were known as the "Tres Amigas." However, that friendship seemed to end after Judge and Gunvalson left the show in January 2020, according to People

Just recently, while promoting the 16th season of the show, Beador threw a bit of shade at her former friends. When asked if she would like to be reunited with Judge and Gunvalson on a future season of the show during an appearance on "Housewives Nightcap," Beador admitted that she was not up for it. 

"[Tamra] was my best friend for six years," Beador said, per People. "After she left the show, she's been out there in the press quite often, saying things about me that are untrue."

Meanwhile, Judge has voiced her dislike of Beador on social media. Just one example of this public airing of grievances was a comment that Judge made on Instagram, in which she claimed that Beador stopped associating with her as soon as she left the show. 

"All I've ever said is that she stopped talking to me shortly after I got let go (Vicki too) & how bad it hurt me when I needed her most," Judge wrote, per Page Six. "I was always there for you. IF THE TRUTH HURTS SO BE IT! You s*** on me! That's why you can't keep friends."