It’s never easy to say goodbye to a good and loyal friend that has stood by us through thick and through thin; that same rule applies to television shows: Like a reliable pal, a telelvision series is with us on our good days and our bad, never judging us and always on-hand to make us feel better through a well-timed laugh or cathartic cry. Heck, I’ve actually had a tougher time in letting go of a well-loved series (looking at you here Lost and Home Front) than I have some folks I’ve been pals with over the years (don’t even get me started with what this salient fact says about me…). I bring this all up as a point of relation to the fans today who might still be reeling from the news from Variety that the Bravo network has, after eight seasons, pulled the proverbial plug on one of their longest running shows, Don’t Be Tardy.
Don’t Be Tardy is a reality series that acted as a spin-off of sorts for the ever-popular The Real Housewives of Atlanta. It followed Housewives alum Kim Zolciak and her hubby Kroy (Kroy…now there’s a name specially-designed to sell hardy canned beers) as they and their family stumbled into misadventures right out of a bad Bravo made for TV reality series. Hmm (I’ll let this particular irony settle in for a moment).
A nameless spokesperson for Bravo – you know you’re being given the ouster from a network when the company won’t even identify themselves in a press release – said of the cancelation that “We have enjoyed watching the incredible journey of Kim, Kroy and their entire family who grew up right before our eyes. We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to share their life and all the touching moments with our audience. While Don’t Be Tardy will not be returning for another season, the Biermann’s will always be part of the Bravo family and we look forward to seeing what’s next.”
Do not despair, Don’t Be Tardy fanatics, there is still possible light at the end of this dark tunnel. In their own press release this week, Kim and Kroy revealed that they might be back haunting the boob tube faster than you can say “brand relevance”: “The Biermann family is extremely grateful for their 13 year-plus relationship with Bravo and NBC Universal. We greatly appreciate and value the support from all of our fans as we continue to grow in the entertainment industry. In times of significant growth there are steps that have to be strategically taken, but rest assured, you will see the Biermann family on your TV screens again very soon. Grab yourself a glass of wine and stay tuned.”
And with that half-threat/half-promise ringing in our ears, we here at Vents Magazine wish god-speed for the Don’t Be Tardy crew. Everyone has a favorite television show, and for eight solid seasons, Don’t Be Tardy certainly had their fair share of fans.