“RHOP” Returns With Dramatic New Trailer

By Terrance Turner

Sept. 6, 2022

Pictured are Mia Thornton, Gizelle Bryant, Candiace Bassett, Karen Huger, Ashley Darby, Robyn Dixon, and Wendy Osefo. Photo from Bravo (via Twitter).

“The Real Housewives of Potomac” has debuted an explosive new trailer for the upcoming season (set to premiere in October). According to People magazine, the hit Bravo series will return Oct. 9 with a supersized 75-minute episode.

Gizelle BryantKaren HugerAshley DarbyRobyn DixonCandiace Dillard BassettDr. Wendy Osefo and Mia Thornton will all once again star, though they will be joined by a blast from the past: RHOP O.G. Charrisse Jackson Jordan, who was a Housewife on the show’s first two seasons. She will join the cast as a “friend of the Housewives”, and Mia’s friend Jacqueline Blake will also join the show as a friend.

The trailer begins with one of Potomac’s enduring themes: elegance. “In Potomac, we know how to do things here with elegance and class,” the cast says in a voiceover. “Our class remains unmatched. But some of the behavior is anything but classy: scenes from the trailer show Karen threatening Charisse (“I will whup your ass”), Gizelle tripping on pavement (while in a suit jacket and ripped jeans) and Candiace voicing her issues with heat (“My coochie is sweating”).

But the core theme of this new season appears to be marriage, with several cast members facing marital drama. It starts with Karen, who last season renewed her vows to husband Ray Huger in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary. But this season, Karen once again finds her marriage the topic of conversation among the ladies. Longtime enemies Ashley and Candiace have apparently made up just long enough to gossip about Karen, who was seen “sneaking out of town with someone who wasn’t Ray,” according to Candiace. But it could be that Ray is okay with that. “In our marriage, you said I could have eye candy,” Karen says to Ray in the trailer.

Robyn has her own concerns about extramarital affairs ahead of her upcoming second-time-around nuptials to former husband Juan Dixon. (The two, who were high school sweethearts, first married in 2005 and welcomed two sons — Corey, 14, and Carter, 12½ — before divorcing in 2012. But they continued to live together and even share a bed, due to financial constraints — and for the sake of the family. The two eventually rekindled their romance, and Juan proposed to Robyn again in 2019.

Juan — a former NBA player who is the current head basketball coach for Coppin State University in Baltimore — gave Robyn a ring by jeweler Nicole Rose Kopelman. Photo from Page Six.
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“I wanted to talk to Juan about getting a prenup,” Robyn tells Charisse at a dinner scene. For his part, Juan appears to be confused, asking, “Why are you mentioning it now?” Robyn is later shown asking a legal consultant, “Are there clauses about infidelity?”

Meanwhile, infidelity is also a topic for Candiace and her husband, chef Chris Bassett. “[At] 2:40 in the morning, I get this DM from Chris,” Ashley tells Robyn, pointing to a message he sent her on Instagram that read, “Shoulda come to the W” — the hotel restaurant he manages. “Who were you at the W with?” Ashley wonders. “Not your wife!”

Gizelle then tells Robyn her concerns about Chris, implying that he propositioned her. “Many a married man have tried me, and I felt like, he was tryin’ to see if I was with it,” she says. “He’s a sneaky link!”

“You want to say that my husband made you feel uncomfortable?” Candiace later asks Gizelle, who responds, “100 percent.”

That accusation doesn’t sit well with Candiace. “Gizelle is dead to me!” she exclaims, as Chris insists, “I didn’t do anything.”

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Elsewhere, Ashley Darby is facing the prospect of single motherhood as she prepares to divorce husband Michael Darby. In April, she revealed the news of their separation in a statement to Bravo’s The Daily Dish, saying: “Almost eight years ago, when Michael and I said ‘I do,’ we anticipated sharing every single day together from that moment forward. Unfortunately, that is not our current reality. We have decided to separate.”

The pair married in 2014, two years before “The Real Housewives of Potomac” debuted on Bravo.The marriage came under scrutiny almost immediately when Michael allegedly grabbed the rear end of Katie Rost’s then-fiance, Andrew Martin, at a party. The Darbys denied the rumors at the season one reunion in April 2016.

In September 2018, Michael was charged with felony second-degree sexual assault and improper sexual assault after allegedly groping a cameraman’s butt during filming. Cameraman Orville Palmer claimed the incident occurred on September 1, according to the New York Post. Mr. Darby was suspended from filming and faced up to 11 years in prison.

But the charges were dropped a month later. “The case was dismissed due to insufficient evidence,” Ramon Korionoff, a spokesperson for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, told Us in October 2018. But the news rippled through the “RHOP” cast, and several cast members openly questioned Michael’s denials of wrongdoing.

At the season four reunion, the situation was discussed at length, and both Darbys firmly denied any inappropriate behavior on Michael’s part. “It was not a charge; it was a claim by an individual,” Michael stated. “The claim had no evidence, and so it was thrown out.” But the rest of the cast was skeptical at best, and Robyn Dixon levied a new, more damning allegation. “That same evening when he grabbed Andrew’s butt [in season 1], we also were made aware that he grabbed a couple of our producers’ butts as well,” Robyn said.

Through it all, Ashley stood by her man. The two even welcomed a baby boy named Dean the following year, in July 2019. In March 2021, they added to their family when their son Dylan was born.

Ashley and Michael Darby. Photo from Bravo.
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But the separation was announced in April 2022, and in a scene from the trailer, Ashley tells the girls she and Michael are indeed divorcing. That makes it all the more shocking when the ladies later learn that the two are house hunting. “I found a house…with Michael,” Ashley tells the group.

“This is not no damn divorce,” says Karen, with Gizelle adding, “You don’t buy a house with a man you are divorcing.”

It’s clear walking away from their eight-year marriage is harder for Ashley than she might be ready to admit. But so is locating Michael. “I’ve been trying to get in touch with Michael,” she says in one clip, and I cannot reach him.” The prospect of having to raise two young boys without Michael is daunting for Ashley. “I’m going to be responsible for the well-being of these two kids,” she cries in another scene, as a family member tells her, “If anybody doesn’t want anything to do with his family, I can’t say he’s a good man.”

But the drama doesn’t end there. Check out the dramatic Season 7 trailer below.

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Here’s Bravo’s official descriptions for what fans can expect this season:

Gizelle Bryant is inching closer to becoming an empty nester, but it’s bittersweet. Her oldest, Grace, received her driver’s license and is ready to hit the road, while twins Adore and Angel are turning 16 and will be leaving the west wing soon. Gizelle is also “in these streets” dating and rekindling a romance with someone from her past but finds herself entangled in drama involving another housewife’s husband.

Karen Huger is looking and feeling better than ever with some “tweaks.” Her choices have left Ray questioning the motives behind her refresh. He worries the vanity procedures could have a negative impact on their daughter, Rayvin.

Ashley Darby recently separated from Michael, and her main focus is motherhood with a little TikTok on the side. She’s looking for a new home for herself and her boys but with Michael’s help, which makes the women question if she wants to be free of him.

Robyn Dixon and Juan are finally engaged, and everyone is expecting a wedding any day now … everyone but the Dixons, who have mastered the art of procrastination. While getting married is not a top priority for Robyn, getting a prenup is, as she is now the primary breadwinner in the family.

Candiace Dillard-Bassett is busier than ever with a successful music career, but if she wants babies in the future, she has to act now. She has begun the journey with freezing her eggs, but along the way there are a few hiccups. Chris has taken a new job that is taking up a lot of his time, and an allegation from some of the women makes waves in their marriage.

Dr. Wendy Osefo continues to teach, serve as a political analyst on national cable news and run her candle business. She now wants to open a Nigerian-themed lounge. Eddie thinks she has too much going on and needs to focus on her health and her family. Can she juggle it all and maintain her sanity?

Mia Thornton implies on social media she has cancer and then reveals she needs further testing to determine if she has cancer. The back-and-forth has the ladies questioning what is true.

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