Real Housewives Back in Action... Kind of, For Now

After much stalling and rumor-mongering, the ladies of The Real Housewives of New York City have finally begun filming for Season 3. The housewives have been pushing for more money (what, you thought being a graphic designer or natural food chef paid for all that Botox?), causing some to speculate that contract disputes would derail the current cast. Camera crews filmed at Jill Zarin's fabric company yesterday, but that doesn't guarantee that all are scheduled for another slate of charity balls and shopping sprees. The New York Post's Page Six quoted a source close to the production, who said that "If the story lines are not interesting enough, there are two housewives who could still be replaced." Ooh! Who do you might get the boot?

Bethenny Frankel? Bethenny might be the first go, given that she allegedly has her own upcoming Bravo spin-off called Skinny in the City. That'll be sad, since her feud with Kelly last season was a thing of beauty. But she didn't totally fit into a "housewife" mold, anyway. No "wife" part, go figure. Feels like a real housewife should at least be a divorcee, no?

LuAnn de Lesseps? Well, the Countess has had a rough year, ever since her husband divorced her for another woman. It's a storyline that makes for great reality TV… until you realize that LuAnn had to sell her townhouse in Manhattan and move to the Hamptons year round, which is kind of like moving to Siberia. Snore—time to replace her with a vicious PR exec with a twentysomething actor boyfriend?

Alex McCord? Living with her adoring family in a quiet Brooklyn neighborhood, Alex can be one of the more boring housewives. But then again, she has that fabulous faux-gay husband, Simon. As long as they keep picking out each others' outfits, she has a place on the show.

Jill Zarin? Reportedly asking for the most money of any cast member, Jill's status looked like touch and go for a while. In July, Bravo started casting for a "40-something mother with children heading to college"… which sounds suspiciously like Jill. That said, Jill really is a powerhouse behind the show—she's the only one ballsy enough to throw a tantrum about getting seated behind Ramona at Fashion Week. Lady, do you know how hard it is to get a seat at Fashion Week??

Ramona Singer? Along with Jill, Ramona was rumored to be holding out the longest for a more lucrative contract with Bravo. Eh… Besides blinking furiously into the camera in indignation/surprise/horror/delight, what has she done for us lately?

Kelly Bensimon All the other cast members hate her. She's trashed Bethenny in the press. And she gave her own boyfriend a black eye a few months ago. Enough said: Kelly's a lock-in!

Which "Real Housewife" could you do without?

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