The women of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" are back -- and they're proving even more undeserving of their wealth, real estate and fabulous wardrobes.
Every "Housewives" franchise has its deck of narcissistic loons who get drunk, berate one another, then hold a series of social functions to discuss the fallout. But something in the way the Beverly Hills gals do it makes the Ministry smile the most.
In theory, "Beverly Hills" should denote a level of taste and behavior congruent with the status that comes standard with every well-appointed manor. However, no one explained that to these ladies — or, paraphrasing the New York franchise's Alex McCord, to these thugs in dresses.
A trailer for the second season of "Beverly Hills" hit on Wednesday (watch it below) containing mortifying gems like slaps and shoves, language that would make truckers blush and insane displays of foolishness. (Moroccan-themed croquet! Mermaid photo shoots! Another Dinner Party From Hell!)
Cast additions include businesswoman Dana Wilkey and Eddie Cibrian's ex-wife, Brandi Glanville, who gets the adorable welcome of "You're a slut pig" from returning cast member Kim Richards. We hope that was written on the card attached to Brandi's New Neighbor edible arrangement.
Kim's sister Kyle is back as well, pointing her finger and whipping her hair at Season 1 cohorts Lisa Vanderpump, Camille Grammer, Adrienne Maloof and Taylor Armstrong.
So what can we look forward to? The complete emotional (and, sorry, physical) collapse of Taylor, who is a weeping disaster area throughout the clip presumably because of marriage trouble (and, you know, maybe because all of her friends are self-obsessed rage cases). Also, a controversial new love for frequent flier Kim, possible trouble in Maloof's own marriage and some raunchy, cougar humor from a newly single Camille.
Oh! Note that everyone, at some point, hates Lisa, even though she's perhaps the classiest in the bunch. We can't blame her fellow wives -- who wants an element like that in the neighborhood?
[Updated, 7:36 p.m. Aug. 16, 2011: The video originally embedded in this post is no longer viewable. After the death of Taylor Armstrong's estranged husband Russell Armstrong on Aug. 15, Bravo no longer has the video on its website.]
— Matt Donnelly
Photo: The first-season cast of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" was Taylor Armstrong, left, Camille Grammer, Kyle Richards, Lisa Vanderpump, Adrienne Maloof and Kim Richards. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times.