Real Housewives fans boycotting the latest franchise of housewives, The Real Housewives of D.C., will be excited to hear the news that The Real Housewives of Atlanta are officially coming back for Season 3, October 4th at 9 PM ET/PT on Bravo.
The new season will introduce viewers to two new housewives: Model Cynthia Bailey and entertainment lawyer Phaedra Parks.Atlanta Housewives Kandi Burress, Kim Zolciak, NeNe Leakes and Sheree Whitfield will return [leaving behind Lisa Wu-Hartwell]. The wives have all been busy working toward fulfilling their dreams and striving to maintain their relationships. The Atlanta franchise promises viewers an up-close and personal look at six “fabulous” women from Atlanta’s social elite.
Cynthia Bailey is the ex of actor Leon and they have a daughter together, 10-year-old Noelle. Bailey went off to New York City 18 years ago in search of a modeling career, which she found at her first booking for the cover of Essence Magazine, according to Bravo. She has appeared on the runways of Paris and Milan at Fashion Week and has even done a little acting [The Cosby Show, and a movie with Sandra Bernhardt]. The show will find her at an important juncture in her relationship with boyfriend Peter Thomas. Bailey joins the Real Housewives at a crucial point in her relationship who has “issued her an ultimatum.” She’s having trouble coming to terms with remarrying and this will be a part of her story. NeNe Leakes and Cynthia are friends and this season will show them struggling with relationship issues with the men in their lives.
Phaedra Parks is a well-known entertainment attorney, who lives in the historic “Vinings” area and comes into the show as a friend of Dwight Eubanks and Kandi Burruss. Parks is the Managing Partner of The Parks Group, P.C., an Atlanta-based “boutique law firm” catering to entertainers and athletes on a national level. Phaedra is said to be an active member of her community and is a self-proclaimed “Southern Belle.” She sits on many boards and is busily involved with her charity work. Phaedra’s marriage to Apollo, her younger husband, provides many an opportunity to gossip because of time that he spent in prison for a “white collar crime.” She and Apollo are expecting their first baby and so the new Atlanta Housewife is planning the perfect Southern baby shower. Another Real Housewives baby!
Returning from Season 2 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta are NeNe Leakes, Kim Zolciak, Kandi Burruss, and Sheree Whitfield.
This season viewers will learn that Sheree Whitfield has developed a passion for acting and that she plans to win an Oscar one day! The creative inspiration behind “She by Sheree” begins working with an acting coach and even auditions for different roles in Atlanta. She also begins dating a doctor. Viewers will watch NeNe Leakes face huge challenges in season 3 with her marriage to husband Gregg under great stress. Their relationship takes a turn for the worse as NeNe finds out that Gregg has been going behind her back doing some kind of “business deals.” Growing more independent, NeNe takes a job as an entertainment reporter for a local news outlet, but continues looking after her sons.
Season 3 finds Kim Zolciak still wearing her blonde wigs, trying to balance her home and love life and working hard on her music. As Kim tries to move her surprisingly successful singing career to the next level, she turns back to cast-mate and good luck charm from season 2, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss to help increase her song catalogue. Kandi invites Kim to open for her on her summer promotional tour, but Kim finds the work harder than she had anticipated.
Kandi Burruss is working hard to rebuild her life after the death of her former fiancé A. J. Jewell last year. She is beginning to get back into the dating scene and is also back in touch with her father, who she will learn is sick with cancer. Her Capitol Records deal fell through last year and Kandi has signed on with a another label and has been putting together a new album with “songs that were heavily inspired by AJ.”