Several weeks before the Season 1 reunion, Bravo confirmed that RHOSLC will return for Season 2. The renewal was inevitable: per Deadline, the show was Bravo's biggest series launch in nearly five years, not to mention that there was no shortage of drama. Kicking off with a "hospital smell" argument — involving Mary Cosby, a cast member who is married to her former step-grandfather — the premiere episode drew in a well-deserved 3.2 million viewers.
Even with the renewal, though, Bravo did not officially confirm which cast members would return for RHOSLC's second season. For a while, the only possible holdout seemed to be Mary, who told Entertainment Tonight in late January that she didn't know if she would "do this again." "That's a strong question, and I think I need a little harvesting," she said. "I think it's premature. I mean, would they want me back?" Fortunately, a new first-look trailer released on Aug. 13 appears to clear everything up — Mary will be back, as will the drama. The trailer saw Mary confront accusations that she’s a cult leader and open up about her marriage, while Jen Shah and Meredith Marks continue to argue and deal with the fallout of Jen’s arrest earlier this year. We also saw footage of newcomer Jennie Nguyen and received a premiere date for Season 2, which will be debuting on Sept. 12.
Even though Mary will be back, there still seems to be plenty of tension surrounding her perceived place in the group. Mary's comments about not returning followed speculation that she was originally cast as a "friend" to the women, not a main cast member, because she frequently missed group trips and events. However, she implied that her dwindling presence on the show was by her own accord; she took any opportunity to avoid Jen.
"It just wasn't purposely done, but they kind of tried to fade Mary out and didn't know Mary was going to be more wanted," she said. "I feel like if I go in to do an event, or go to do something fun or enjoyable ... I'm gonna go with someone I enjoy, someone that enjoys me. That sounds fun. But to go with this group? Every escape was, like, literally an escape for me. I was like, ahhh! Especially when I didn't have to go to Vegas. I was so happy, I was so relieved."
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