Lisa Vanderpump is ruling over a new project in the wake of Vanderpump Rules Season 10. Hulu has ordered 10 episodes of Vanderpump Villa, a new reality show following the staff of Vanderpump’s luxury French villa as they “live and work together to navigate every extravagant desire of their well-to-do guests.”
If the concept sounds familiar, that’s because it’s not too far off of the original conceit for Vanderpump Rules, which started as a series about the servers, bartenders, and hosts working in one of Vanderpump’s many restaurants. Over the past 10 years, it evolved beyond that as the cast grew out of their service industry roles, and Vanderpump’s presence in the series has become less and less necessary. Vanderpump Villa feels like an attempt to reset in a new setting with new people who still actually work for her.
If nothing else, it expands Vanderpump’s reach in the television industry. She is the executive producer and star of five different shows on five different networks and streamers: Vanderpump Rules on Bravo, Overserved on E!, Vanderpump Dogs on Peacock, Pooch Perfect on ABC, and, now, Vanderpump Villa on Hulu.
The announcement doesn’t bode well for those hoping for Vanderpump’s return to the upcoming season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Because Vanderpump Villa films overseas, it gives Vanderpump an even better excuse to avoid run-ins with her former best friend Kyle Richards. Plus, it’s much less likely that she’d rejoin an ensemble when she can focus on being the center of yet another namesake series instead. The added wrinkle that this new series has no affiliation with Bravo seems like an attempt to distance herself from the network and franchise that first put her in the spotlight.
Hulu hasn't announced a premiere date for Vanderpump Villa.
Brianna Wellen is a TV Reporter at Primetimer who became obsessed with television when her parents let her stay up late to watch E.R.