The wait is finally over! The Real Housewives of Potomac are back for a second season which premieres on Bravo on Sunday, April 2 at 9pm/8c! Returning are Ashley Darby, Charrisse Jackson Jordan, Gizelle Bryant, Karen Huger and Robyn Dixon are joined by new cast member Monique Samuels.
If fans recall, back in June, Katie Rost took to Twitter to announce that she was not returning to the show's second season because she couldn't make her life "exciting enough." "Sad to announce I will not be on #RHOP this season :-( Can't make my life exciting enough). #DeliveredTomorrow," she Tweeted. Check out the official Season 2 trailer, cast bios and photos below!
via Bravo TV Official Press Release
Change and attitude ring true in the new season of Bravo Media’s original hit series “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” premiering Sunday, April 2 at 9pm ET/PT with Gizelle Bryant, Karen Huger, Ashley Darby, Robyn Dixon, Charrisse Jackson-Jordan and new housewife Monique Samuels. This time around, the drama is amped up even more, propelling the ladies head-on into crumbling marriages, betrayed friendships, promising romances, and shifting loyalties. For a sneak peek, go to: http://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-potomac/season-2/videos/on-season-2-of-the-real-housewives-of-potomac
As the circle of life continues and a new season begins, Gizelle is in the hot seat yet again for putting Charrisse’s troubled marriage out there for all of Potomac to judge. While Charrisse focuses on her kids and struggles to accept her new normal, single-and-always-ready-to-mingle, Gizelle sees sparks fly when a man from her past returns. With both her kids out of the house, Karen plans to upgrade to a bigger home. But Ray wants to downsize, and the queen of Potomac’s high standards put a strain on their search. Ashley’s Oz Restaurant and Bar is open for business, but the challenges of making it a success take a toll on her marriage and her baby plans. Also, Robyn and Juan’s financial hardships have forced them to move farther away from the ladies and lean more on each other. As the two adjust to their new life, Robyn must decide if she is finally ready to let Juan back into her heart. Outspoken Monique who is married to a former star athlete, joins the ladies this season and ruffles some feathers with her upscale lifestyle.
Season one of “The Real Housewives of Potomac” averaged 2.2 Million total viewers, 1.4 Million P25-54 and 1.3 Million P18-49. It’s debut season marked the network’s highest-rated freshman series since “Vanderpump Rules” among P18-49 and P25-54, and the most in total viewers since the debut of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” In 2016, “The Real Housewives of Potomac” was among the top ten highest rated freshman series on ad-supported cable entertainment in the coveted P18-49 demo.
Meet the RHOP Season 2 cast:
Ashley Darby is a Maryland native with a spicy personality and an unmatched drive to succeed. The oldest child in her family, Ashley grew up juggling multiple jobs to help support her single mom and younger siblings. When she turned 18, she attended the University of Maryland and bartended on the side to keep both her and her family financially stable. While bartending, Ashley was scouted by the Miss District of Columbia Pageant and went on to take the crown in 2011.
Soon thereafter, Ashley met Michael Darby, an Australian real-estate millionaire, who is 29 years her senior. Sparks flew, and Ashley was introduced to a world she never knew existed. After four years of dating, the couple married, and Ashley went from 22 and single to wife and stepmother of Michael's 23- and 25-year-old children. In a classic Cinderella story, Ashley is now constantly attending galas and charity events. Her goal is to make a name for herself in the food industry, so with the help of her husband, she launched Oz Restaurant and Bar, DC area's first authentic Australian restaurant. Although she's having the time of her life, Ashley can't shake the thought that the only thing missing from this fairy tale is a baby to complete her family.
A dedicated mother of two teenagers — Jackson, 18 and Skylar, 16 — Charrisse has a reputation that precedes her in the elite Potomac social circle. Maintaining an extensive network both inside and outside of Potomac, Charrisse prides herself on being a dependable friend and confidant. When her packed schedule allows, she loves to shop, socialize, and travel. Well known to throw extravagant parties and events, Charrisse is the ultimate social butterfly who connects the Who's Who of the DC area. Her passion is giving back and she has proudly raised millions for charity based organizations.
Charrisse has been married to NBA player-turned-coach Eddie Jordan for 19 years. The past few years have been challenging living separate as Charrisse worked diligently to keep her family unit together. The past year took a turn and Charrisse had to face the demise of her marriage. Eddie currently resides in New Jersey while Charrisse and the children live in Potomac. Charrisse tackles any obstacle that comes her way with dignity and grace. Her number one priority has always been and will always be her children, as she is determined to be there for them 150% . . . no nannies, period.
Originally from Virginia, Karen grew up on a large family farm and witnessed her father succeeding through hard work and perseverance. She took those lessons to heart, moved out, went to college, started her climb to social heights, and never looked back. Karen reigns supreme as a grande dame of the Potomac social scene. Although Karen is known for throwing over-the-top parties at her home, her family always comes first, and she is extremely proud of all that they have accomplished. Karen is seizing every opportunity life has to offer and has recently launched Ikon Enterprises, a beauty boutique specializing in hair, makeup, fragrances, and fashion, while also serving as a public speaker to empower women and cause positive change, proving that this is just the beginning of her fabulous new chapter of life. Raymond, her husband of 20 years, a technology entrepreneur, is president and CEO of a highly successful information technology company. Her son, Brandon, 29, is a graduate of both Morehouse College and Georgetown University. Her daughter, Rayvin, 19, is currently a sophomore in college. Karen has dedicated her life to her husband, and with both of her children out of the house, Karen and Ray are getting acclimated to life as empty nesters.
Gizelle is a vibrant socialite and resident of the Potomac area who effortlessly manages her jam-packed calendar as a single mother of three daughters, Grace and twins Angel and Adore. She was raised by very prominent and powerful parents who set the tone for her path in their work in government and philanthropy. After graduating from Hampton University, she moved to Baltimore, where she married megachurch pastor/activist Jamal Bryant. But when the marriage ended seven years later, this resilient woman decided it was time to move back to her old stomping grounds of Potomac for a fresh start with her three girls.
Gizelle keeps herself busy with multiple philanthropy projects and entrepreneurial ventures. She generates funds to revitalize various major cities in order to help those in need or in transition. Gizelle is committed to working hard and sees every obstacle as an opportunity. She is currently developing her makeup line, EveryHue Beauty, geared to meet the needs for women of color. The line will start with a tinted moisturizer that will take the guesswork out of color matching while leaving the skin healthy and radiant. The makeup collection is on target to launch in mid-2017. Gizelle maintains her status as a sophisticated woman in the Potomac social scene, and with her outspoken, no-nonsense demeanor, she is embracing her single life and is open to possibly settling down once again.
Monique Samuels joins the fierce ladies of The Real Housewives of Potomac this season, and she is not afraid to shake things up with her "tell it like it is" style. Monique grew up in Pleasantville, NJ surrounded by her loving family. She grew up a tomboy, and her father instilled a sense of strength and independence into her. When Monique was a teen, he would not let her drive a car until she knew how to change a tire and check under the hood. Monique’s close-knit family has helped her remain the down-to-earth Jersey girl that she is today.
Monique was the salutatorian of her high school graduating class. After graduation, she moved to Pittsburgh to attend Duquesne University on a full academic scholarship. After a few semesters, Monique decided to pursue her true passion, a career in music. She packed her bags and moved to Washington, DC where she met her future husband, Chris Samuels, a six-time Pro Bowl left tackle who played for the Washington Redskins. Chris and Monique’s friendship has blossomed into a marriage of five years and their beautiful four-year-old son, Christopher, and one-year-old daughter, Milani.
Monique is a boss in every sense of the word, as she manages her husband’s businesses, which include a real estate investment company, a business enterprise, and the Chris Samuels Foundation. As if that weren't enough to keep her busy, she is currently completing her business degree from the University of Alabama and working on her blog, Not for Lazy Moms, which discusses holistic and natural remedies for adults and kids. When she has time to relax at one of the couple's five homes, Monique enjoys weekly spa treatments and international jet-setting travel with her family.
Baltimore native Robyn Dixon is the epitome of "You can't keep a good girl down!" She graduated from the University of Maryland, where she earned a degree in business marketing. While Robyn was in high school, she met Juan Dixon, a star athlete at a rival school. In what turned into a whirlwind romance, Robyn and Juan became high school sweethearts, attended college together, and eventually married. Juan went on to become a professional basketball player; the couple settled in Maryland and had two talented, athletic sons. However, being married to an athlete was not easy, and when Juan broke her heart, the couple decided to part ways. Juan now works as a coach at a university, and the couple remains extremely close, so much so they all live together under one roof and are embracing the "new normal."
A full-time single mom of two active sons, eight-year-old Corey and seven-year-old Carter, Robyn successfully maintains a balance between family, work, and fun. Never one to sit still, Robyn is pursuing a career as a publicist and event manager and has recently launched her own special events firm in the DC/MD area, Visionary Events. Robyn focuses her philanthropic endeavors towards causes benefitting women, children, and families.
The Real Housewives of Potomac Season 2 premieres on Sunday, April 2 at 9/8c on Bravo. For International #RealHousewives TV Listings, click here!
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