The Real Housewives of Orange County season 17: next episode info, trailer, cast and everything we know about the show

Heather Dubrow, Gina Kirschenheiter and Jennifer Pedranti sitting on stage at The Real Housewives of Orange County season 17 reunion
Heather Dubrow, Gina Kirschenheiter and Jennifer Pedranti in The Real Housewives of Orange County season 17 (Image credit: Jocelyn Prescod/Bravo)

It’s hard to believe that The Real Housewives of Orange County has been on the air for 16 seasons. That’s a lot of episodes for viewers to watch the cast "whooping it up" on trips, hurling insults at each other on any given day and revealing the daily drama of their lives. While the core group featured in the series has changed over the years, the premise of the show remains the same. A group of "friends" interacting with one another while trying to thrive in sunny California. 

Here’s everything we know about The Real Housewives of Orange County season 17.  

When is the next episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County season 17? 

RHOC season 17 officially wraps with part 2 of the reunion. 

Part two of the reunion airs on Wednesday, October 11, at 8 pm ET/PT. Here is a synopsis of what's to come: 

"The reunion concludes with new details about Shannon's relationship with her ex-boyfriend, John Janssen. The group has a fiery debate over what really went down at BravoCon, leaving Heather at odds with the rest of the ladies."

Check out this sneak peek. 

The Real Housewives of Orange County season 17 trailer

Excuse the pun, but judging by trailer, Tamra Judge is back this season to stir the pot. By the way, a certain Shark Tank investor is making an appearance in the new episodes. Take a look at the video clip below. 

Who is in The Real Housewives of Orange County season 17 cast? 

The RHOC season 17 cast has certainly received a slight shake-up in comparison to last season as Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip alum Tamra Judge is back on RHOC to reclaim her orange as a full-time member of the cast. She joins Shannon Storms Beador, Heather Dubrow, Gina Kirschenheiter, Emily Simpson and new housewife Jennifer Pedrant. 

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills veteran Taylor Armstrong also joins the RHOC cast as a friend of the show, making her the first to officially switch Housewives franchises. Additionally, the OG housewife, Vicki Gunvalson, is also set to make appearances this season. 

The Real Housewives of Orange County season 17 plots

Bravo was kind enough to highlight what's going on with the cast this season. Check out the overview below: 

  • After a two-year break, Tamra Judge is back with a new perspective and is ready to repair a few broken friendships.  After almost ten years in business, Tamra and Eddie close their beloved gym CUT Fitness.  Tamra comes in hot and her reconciliation with Shannon does not go as planned. Tamra is holding everyone accountable, especially her friend Jennifer, but when the narrative doesn’t add up, it leads to some explosive confrontations. 
  • Shannon Storms Beador is trying to keep the positive energy around as she looks to mend her fractured friendship and rebuild trust with her former bestie Tamra.  Once Tamra and Shannon clear the air, it makes way for the Tres Amigas to reunite as the OG of the OC Vicki Gunvalson joins the fun for tequila and keg stands.  When the group brings up concerns about the status of her relationship with John Janssen, Shannon continuously reassures them everything’s fine.  The spotlight on her relationship makes Shannon question who she can trust in the group.  As the whispers become louder, things quickly take a turn for the worse during a long weekend in Mexico and she struggles to keep her relationship afloat.  
  • With her twins off to college on opposite coasts, Heather Dubrow embraces a new chapter of her life.  Heather is determined to dive back into her acting career and launch a new business venture, but she questions whether she can accomplish it all.  Planning for the future, Heather and Terry purchase a high-end getaway penthouse in one of the ritziest buildings of Los Angeles. With the ladies, Heather lands herself in the middle of Tamra and Shannon’s feud, but when they finally reconcile, she wonders where she fits in between their friendship.    
  • Gina Kirschenheiter and Travis join forces in real estate, hoping to be a dynamic duo, but first she has to pass the exam and get her license. When one of the ladies tells a story about infidelity, it sets Gina back emotionally and she is forced to deal with repressed emotion about her ex’s affair. She is informed that her style of friendship is not up to Heather’s standards, but as Gina works to prove her loyalty, she feels continually shut down. With Tamra back in the group, Gina feels it’s complicating her bond with the women, and when she gets involved in the chatter about Shannon’s relationship, her past comes back to haunt her.   
  • With her husband Shane working as a full-time lawyer, Emily Simpson fulfills her dreams of being a stay-at-home mom as she supports Annabelle’s modeling aspirations, while continuing to help the wrongly convicted as part of the California Innocence Project. In a turn of events, Emily reconnects with Tamra, as the two develop a close friendship after working through their tumultuous past. Never leaving room for unanswered questions, she seeks the truth from all her friends, but finds herself in hot water with Shannon and Heather when she shares her own opinions.    
  • Brought into the group through Tamra, new Housewife and yoga studio owner Jennifer Pedranti is a mother of five with children ranging from 5 to 18.  A strong advocate for fostering children and animals, she recently adopted her youngest child Dominic. She is currently navigating her recent split from her husband, Will, who runs her family business, as they share a home.  Her alleged affair with her now boyfriend and CUT Fitness member Ryan has been the subject of the gossip mill in town.   Her friendship with Tamra is put to the test, as she is forced to explain the rumors and confront difficult truths.   
  • Taylor Armstrong moved to Orange County nearly ten years ago and is brought into the circle after becoming fast friends with Tamra. As Taylor pursues an acting career and is offered her first movie role, she seeks coaching and advice from Heather. However, Taylor feels slighted when Heather dismisses her offer to be a part of the cast, causing a tidal wave of discussions with the group about Heather’s character, and an epic showdown about IMDB credits.   

How to watch The Real Housewives of Orange County season 17

The Real Housewives of Orange County is a Bravo Original series and airs live in the US exclusively on the Bravo network. For those that have cut the cord to traditional cable/satellite television, Bravo is available on live TV streaming services such as Fubo TV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV. Additionally, episodes become available to stream the day after they air on Peacock.  

UK fans can access new episodes utilizing a subscription to Hayu. The episodes also become available on NOW.  

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