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'The Real Housewives' franchise takes another hit -- this time it's NYC

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RHNYC 5 production delayed

With the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills return date still up in the air, The Real Housewives of New York City have hit their own production snag. Though their drama isn't as serious as Russell Armstrong's suicide, scheduling issues will postpone RHNYC season 5 production and likely, its premiere.

It has not been a good month for The Real Housewives franchise. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is still reeling from the suicide of Taylor Armstrong's ex, The Real Housewives of Miami's Alexia Echevarria's son is in the hospital after a car accident last week and now, The Real Housewives of New York City has hit a mysterious production road block.

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The RHNYC crew was initially supposed to be back in production for Labor Day. That initially was pushed to September 8, 2011, but now they may not get back to work until the end of September or even October. At the very least, they're going to miss NYC Fashion Week. (Gasp!)

"The shoot schedule for RHNYC was pushed due to production details that needed to be finalized," Bravo confirmed. "There is absolutely no correlation between RHNYC and RHBH production concerns."

In spite of this veiled reference to the untimely death of Armstrong, many remain convinced the RHNYC delay is a tactic to push taping until the Armstrong media blitz has subsided. Bravo would likely prefer the RHNYC ladies to be wrapped up in their own drama, rather than bringing attention back to the West Coast drama that will be old news by the time season 5 airs.

Others, however, suspect the delay is about casting, which is clearly still up in the air. The RHNYC season 4 reunion offered the usual fare of catfights and mudslinging, and rumors have been flying all summer. Jill Zarin and Cindy Barshop recently spoke out, denying reports that they're leaving. There's also been consistent buzz about whether Bethenny Frankel, who just started shooting Bethenny Goes L.A and reportedly also landed a new talk show, will or should make a return.

"No one has been offered anything yet," Barshop told US last week. But this week, folks are still saying she's out. Perhaps it was just her who didn't get an offer?

"As far as I'm concerned no one knows what's going on," Kelly Bensimon told the mag. "Every single event, party, house that I go to, there is a woman telling me they're going to be the next housewife! All I can say is that I've had a blast doing it [and] how grateful I am!"

Stay tuned for more on this newest Housewives bump.

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