via press release:
BRAVO GOES FROM ORANGES TO APPLES ON THURSDAY, MARCH 4
Season Finale of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” airs on Thursday, March 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT followed by the Season Premiere of “The Real Housewives of New York City ” at 11p.m ET/PT
“The Real Housewives Top 25: The Early Years” Premieres on Monday, March 1 at 10 p.m ET/PT
NEW YORK – February 17, 2010 – Bravo serves up a double dose of housewives drama as the network heads from Orange County to the Big Apple on Thursday, March 4th with the season finale of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” airing at 10p.m. ET/PT and then immediately followed by the premiere of the highly anticipated third season of “The Real Housewives of New York City” at 11pm ET/PT. To celebrate the cross-country housewives handoff, Bravo will premiere “The Real Housewives Top 25: The Early Years” on Monday, March 1 at 10p.m. ET/PT. The special will feature the 25 favorite moments from the first seasons of New York, Atlanta and New Jersey and the first two seasons of Orange County, as chosen by Bravo’s SVP of Original Programming and Development and host of “Watch What Happens,” Andy Cohen. From table flipping to wig pulling and all the drama in between, Cohen reveals his top 25 moments of Bravo’s favorite leading ladies.
The drama continues on Thursday, March 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, when the fifth season of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” ends with a bombshell. It’s the final party of the summer and as Tamra Barney and her husband Simon prepare, the tension between them reaches the breaking point. Is this the end of the road for the Barneys? Meanwhile, Vicki Gunvalson and her husband, Donn, revel in the newfound strength of their marriage; as Lynne Curtin tries to reign in her teenage daughters wild behavior at the party. Alexis Bellino and her husband, Jim, invite the Curtins to join them at their church, hoping it will help the situation with their daughters. Then, Gretchen Rossi and her boyfriend, Slade Smiley, show up at the party wearing coordinating white outfits. The question everyone wants answered is: are they getting married?
The highly anticipated “The Real Housewives of New York City” Season 3 premieres immediately following, at 11p.m ET/PT. The ladies are spending their remaining summer days together in the Hamptons, but friendships and alliances have shifted significantly. Ramona, Jill, LuAnn and Alex all enjoy a sun-filled day on a yacht that Ramona has commissioned for the day – until nasty comments and tears break loose. Jill shares that she is angry with Bethenny and that the two haven’t spoken in months. Meanwhile, after having spent the summer falling in love, Bethenny is back in Manhattan, posing nude in a photo shoot for PETA. LuAnn and Jill give Kelly a chance at friendship and meet her for lunch. The three women catch up on lost time and Jill clues Kelly in on her issues with Bethenny. Similarly, Bethenny and Jason are lunching in Montauk and Bethenny shares some details of her own with Jason. The next day, Bethenny and LuAnn meet for an afternoon cocktail to catch up, but LuAnn comes with an agenda – blindsiding Bethenny by bringing up yet another issue that she didn’t see coming.