Bravo Introduces New Real Housewives of NYC

Finally! After an unbearable and nearly unwatchable -- Cindy Barshop, really? --  fourth season, The Real Housewives of New York City is making good on its promise to re-invent the show with some new blood.

Bravo exec and housewife referee Andy Cohen introduced three new housewives to the New York franchise Wednesday night. They are: Aviva Drescher, a cousin of Fran Drescher, and more interestingly, an amputee; Carole Radziwill, widow to a prince (Countess LuAnn, watch out!); and Heather Thomson, the fashion designer behind shapewear line Yummie Tummie. No, we've never heard of it either.

The new 'wives replace Jill Zarin (good riddance), Kelly Bensimon (ditto), Alex McCord and Cindy Barshop. They will join original New York housewives Ramona Singer (pinot grigio addict); LuAnn De Lesseps (no longer a countess but won't let go); and Sonja Morgan (daffy but likeable housewife who replaced Bethenny Frankel).