Two weeks after the suicide of Taylor Armstrong’s estranged husband Russell, Bravo has announced that The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ second season will premiere on schedule.
“Bravo will proceed with the Monday, September 5 premiere date of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” Bravo Media President Frances Berwick said in a press statement Monday.
“Given that these episodes were filmed months ago, the producers of the show taped a brief interview this week with several cast members to introduce the premiere,” the statement said. “Re-editing of the episodes is still underway.”
Season Two was supposed to include footage of the couple’s marital troubles and Taylor’s allegations of abuse, but in the wake of Russell Armstrong’s death the network decided to re-edit the footage to de-emphasize those elements.
Bravo plans to air public service announcements during the premiere’s broadcast to raise awareness of suicide prevention. The network will also add Information and resources, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, to its official web site.
According to People magazine, Taylor Armstrong’s cast mates recently taped a special episode in which they address Russell Armstrong’s death. Taylor Armstrong did not take part in that taping, according to sources. Bravo has not yet announced an air date for that special episode.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will premiere on September 5 at 9 p.m. ET.