Bravo Premieres New Season of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY, 7/10

Bravo Media's original series that started the hit franchise THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY is back for an emotionally-charged new season, premiering Monday, July 10 at 9 pm ET/PT. Returning for season 12 are Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Meghan King Edmonds and Kelly Dodd along with familiar face, Lydia McLaughlin (Season 8) who is back to mend broken friendships in the OC. With wounds still fresh from last season, the ladies draw their lines in the sand. They are joined by new housewife Peggy Sulahian, marking the 100th housewife to join the franchise. When brought into the mix of Orange County, she ends up ruffling feathers on both sides of the fray, resulting in unexpected fireworks. For a sneak peek, go to: http://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-orange-county/season-12/videos/your-first-look-at-rhoc-season-12

Season 11 was the most-watched season in series history with 3 million total viewers and over 2 million P25-54, growing 11% and 10% respectively from the prior season, according to Nielsen Live+7 data.

This season, things are looking up in Vicki's life-- her relationship with new beau Steve is getting serious, her business is expanding and she finally has her daughter Briana and grandbabies back in the OC. Except, Vicki and Tamra still find themselves at a major crossroads in their decade long friendship. Tamra, still filled with anger and resentment from last season's accusations, struggles to find forgiveness. Her FEUD with the OG of the OC has pushed her even closer to God as she reconnects with her old friend Lydia over bible study. Back into the fold, Lydia tries to reclaim her title of "Friendship Whisperer" by attempting to mend fences with Vicki and Tamra, but quickly realizes that being Switzerland will be easier said than done.

The residual stress from last year's bus ride from hell leaves Shannon in a vulnerable state as she tries to refocus her energy on getting into shape, keeping the spark alive in her marriage and caring for the newest member of the Beador clan, dog Archie. New mom Meghan finds motherhood rewarding but difficult as she struggles with lack of sleep, post-partum hormones and Jimmy being an overbearing father. Meanwhile, for Kelly, her marriage to Michael is still complicated, but when Tamra and Shannon befriend her, it makes everyone around her question what her motives are.

Meet the new housewife:

Peggy Sulahian

Born in Armenia, Peggy lives a life of luxury in the exclusive Crystal Cove community with her custom wheel mogul husband Diko, and their three children - daughters Giovanna, 19, Gianelle, 17 and son Koko, 9. After losing her mom to breast cancer at the age of 51, Peggy made the difficult decision to undergo a double mastectomy when doctors recently found a lump in her breast. As she prepares for reconstructive surgery, she wastes no time inserting herself into the drama, but often finds herself lost in translation amongst the women.

This week, Bravo's Instagram and Snapchat @SnapsByBravo will take a walk down memory lane to honor all 100 women who have held the Housewife name.

Season twelve of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" is produced by Evolution Media for Bravo, with Douglas Ross, Alex Baskin, Stephanie Boyriven and Adam Karpel along with Scott Dunlop, serving as Executive Producers. Andy Cohen also serves as Executive Producer.

About Bravo Media: Bravo Media is the premier lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content focusing on the network's passion points of food, fashion, beauty, design, digital, and pop culture. The network's diversified slate includes Bravo's scripted series "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce," "Imposters," and "Odd Mom Out," in addition to unscripted favorites such as Emmy Award-winning "Top Chef," "Vanderpump Rules," "Below Deck," "Southern Charm," and the popular "Million Dollar Listing" and "The Real Housewives" franchises, as well as the only live late-night talk show, "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen." Available in 87 million homes, Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Bravo anywhere: on demand, online, or across mobile and connected TVs. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980.

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