Although the start date hasn't yet been confirmed, it is typically something that happens in early spring, so it's just around the corner.
However, producers appear to be having a hard time with the casting of season five. Not only have they reportedly chosen to get rid of two stars, Carlton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud (both of whom joined the show during season four), and downgrade the role of Kim Richards, they are also dealing with the possibility of losing their star, Lisa Vanderpump.
During season four, Lisa lost a couple of her friends and was left with nearly no one on her side by the time the series wrapped. While she and Joyce have established a friendship, she's reportedly not returning, which won't help Lisa any.
“I don’t know right now I have to be honest. It is a tough season for me," Lisa revealed to Radar Online on March 19. "I have got a lot going on. If it becomes about a b***h fest then it is not something I signed up for; but if it becomes about documenting my life, which is the show I signed up for and having fun and supporting women that is something I want to do. But the way the show was in the end, the last episodes, that is not something I would care to repeat.”
“I am not signed on and I don’t know whether I am staying and don’t think any of us do right now," she added.
Despite Lisa's rocky season four, it is odd to even think of the show without her. She embodies all that fans think of when they think of a "Real Housewife," and losing her would surely be costly for Bravo when it comes to the ratings.