"Vanderpump Rules" season 11 will premiere in January 2024, Bravo announced Friday.
Exes Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval are both returning and have filmed scenes together.
Rachel (formerly Raquel) Leviss, who infamously had an affair with Sandoval, won't return to the show.
When does 'Vanderpump Rules' season 11 premiere?
Season 11 began filming in July, according to a post on the network's official Instagram account featuring images of Ariana Madix, Lisa Vanderpump, Katie Maloney, Scheana Shay, Lala Kent, and James Kennedy's girlfriend Ally Lewber in front of the cameras. The filming began less than a month after the show's three-part Scandoval-tinged reunion finished airing.
Most of the 'Vanderpump Rules' cast is returning for season 11
Bravo's press release about the "Vanderpump Rules" renewal in May didn't include any information about the cast for season 11. The show has seen its fair share of major shake-ups over the years, including the firing of original stars Kristen Doute and Stassi Schroeder Clark over their racism scandal and the departures of Jax Taylor and his wife Brittany Cartwright.
However, the July Instagram post announcing that filming had started made clear that main cast members Vanderpump, Maloney, Shay, Kent, and Madix were all filming together.
And on July 7, Queens of Bravo wrote on X (formerly Twitter) that Tom Schwartz and a mustache-less Tom Sandoval were apparently spotted filming for season 11 at TomTom, the namesake bar the two opened with Vanderpump.
—Queens of Bravo (@queensofbravo) July 7, 2023
Sandoval spoke to E! News in September about filming what he described as a "rough and isolating" season of the show, confirming he'd be appearing.
"You walk in and you feel like nobody in the room likes you. And it's a s--t feeling, I can tell you. But, I'm glad we got through it and I feel like there was a lot of things that needed to be said and that needed to be addressed," he said.
Bravo officially confirmed at BravoCon 2023 that the cast for season 11 includes Vanderpump, Madix, Kennedy, Maloney, Kent, Shay, Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz. Kennedy's girlfriend Lewber and Shay's husband Brock Davies both return as friends of the cast.
Will Raquel Leviss return for 'Vanderpump Rules' season 11?
After season 10 filming finally wrapped in March, a spokesperson for Leviss revealed that she had checked into a mental-health facility. The rep told People that Leviss and her family had decided before Scandoval was uncovered "that she would enter a voluntary facility for mental health counseling."
"She was scheduled to go in pre-reunion but decided she wanted to finish her filming commitment," Leviss' rep said at the time. "Bravo and production were aware and in support of her journey towards better mental health."
On June 30, TMZ reported that, per sources, Leviss was in the process of negotiating her return to the show. But in an August episode of Bethenny Frankel's podcast, when asked if she'd ever return to reality TV, Leviss responded "Oh hell no."
In October, Leviss auctioned off her famous lightning bolt necklace and TomTom sweatshirt, saying she was, "currently in the process of letting go: letting go of the things that no longer serve me anymore."
At BravoCon, it was confirmed that Leviss wouldn't appear in "Vanderpump Rules" season 11.
Will former 'Vanderpump Rules' cast members like Jax and Kristen return for season 11?
It's not totally outside of the realm of possibility for some departed stars to make a comeback, and some of them seem pretty open to it.
"It is a distinct possibility that some past cast members might make appearances on this upcoming season," executive producer Alex Baskin told The Hollywood Reporter in June. But who might those "past cast members" be?
Doute, a one-time "villain" on the show and Sandoval's ex-girlfriend, made a brief appearance at the end of the season 10 finale to support Madix as Madix dealt with the fallout of Sandoval's affair with Leviss. She hasn't said anything about returning to the show on a more regular basis, but some fans are hoping for it, having seen the revelations about Sandoval as something of a redemption arc for Doute, who was made to look like an unhinged ex-girlfriend in early seasons of the show when Sandoval began his relationship with Madix.
Brittany Cartwright recently said she and her husband Jax Taylor aren't opposed to returning. Cartwright told Us Weekly in June that the two were "definitely getting the itch" to make a reality TV comeback and had fun filming their "Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen" appearance in May. Taylor also didn't rule out a season 11 return during a recent interview with Rolling Stone, saying, "we just can't talk about it right now, unfortunately."
It's unclear whether Schroeder Clark, who recently had her second child with husband Beau Clark, would ever return, but it seems unlikely. She's mostly steered clear of the Scandoval drama, save for a few podcast comments, and hasn't re-entered the fray in quite the same way that Doute, Cartwright, and Taylor have.
Will 'Vanderpump Rules' split into 2 different spinoff shows?
Arguably the most intriguing rumor swirling around the future of "Vanderpump Rules" was the (once again, unverified) speculation that Bravo may divide up the cast into two series. Some theorized that this could be a way for Madix to avoid filming with Sandoval and Leviss; Madix told The New York Times in May that she wasn't open to filming with them after the affair.
"I have nothing to say to either of them," Madix told The Times. "Our show is very real and follows a real group of friends, and neither of them are in the group of friends, so, good luck."
However, The US Sun captured footage of Madix and Sandoval filming together in a group setting in July 2023.
A spinoff may pan out separately, featuring former cast members. Deadline reported in June that Bravo was working on a new eight-episode series featuring Taylor, Cartwright, Doute, and others.
Per Deadline, the show will be about "a group of tightknit friends" who "are trading in their glamorous West Hollywood lives and swapping bottle service for baby bottles as they adapt to the next chapter of their fun-loving lifestyle in The Valley," referring to the San Fernando Valley, a more suburban area in the northwestern part of Los Angeles.
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