Bravo has announced that it will proceed as planned with the Sept. 5 Real Housewives of Beverly Hills premiere, despite reports that the tragic suicide of cast member Russell Armstrong would postpone the Season 2 launch.
In a statement released Wednesday, Bravo President Frances Berwick explained, “Given that these episodes were filmed months ago, the producers of the show taped a brief interview this week with several of the cast members to introduce the premiere. Re-editing of the episodes is still underway.”
Berwick added that Bravo has partnered with the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. to help raise awareness about suicide prevention and “will air various PSA’s during the The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
Russell Armstrong, the 47-year-old estranged husband of Housewife Taylor, was recently found dead in a friend’s Los Angeles home, after having hanged himself. He leaves behind his 5-year-old daughter with Taylor.
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• The CW’s Supernatural has landed a new bad guy. According to EW.com, James Patrick Stewart (90210, All My Children) will appear in Season 7′s sixth episode as “a very canny, charming, well-connected new adversary” — and a cohort of Crowley’s. Supernatural premieres Sept. 23.
• HBO has handed out a pilot order for Da Brick, a boxing drama loosely based on Mike Tyson’s childhood, from Entourage creator Doug Ellin, filmmaker Spike Lee, and writer John Ridley, per Deadline.
• The Book of Mormon star Josh Gad will appear in an upcoming episode of Modern Family as a neighbor of the Dunphys who worships the ground Phil walks on, per EW.com. Season 3 of the ABC comedy debuts Wednesday, Sept. 21.
• Kevin Zegers (Gossip Girl), Chris Noth (The Good Wife), Derek Jacobi (Gladiator) and Neve Campbell (Scream) are all currently in talks to join Titanic: Blood & Steel, the 12-part British miniseries set to mark the 100th anniversary of the luxury liner’s launch and consequent sinking, Deadline reports.
• Deadline is also reporting that Tom Berenger (October Road), Powers Boothe (24) and Mare Winningham (Mildred Pierce) will join Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton in History’s miniseries, The Hatfields and McCoys.
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