U.S. cable net Bravo has confirmed that it will be moving forward with the original September 5 air date slated for the second season premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Following the suicide of Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of cast member Taylor Armstrong and an occasional cast member in the series himself, there was speculation that the season premiere would be pushed back.
In a statement released by the NBCUniversal-owned network today however, Bravo Media president Frances Berwick said: “Given that these episodes were filmed months ago, the producers of the show taped a brief interview this week with several of the cast members to introduce the premiere. Re-editing of the episodes is still underway.”
She added that the network has partnered with the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC), a non-profit organization founded by entertainment industry leaders that provides information, awareness and understanding of major health and social issues. The partnership will “raise awareness about suicide prevention,” said Berwick.
Various public service announcements will air during the program, and additional information and resources pertaining to the subject will be available via Bravotv.com, including details for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
“Our thoughts continue to be with the Armstrong family during this difficult time,” said Berwick.