The Real Housewives of Orange County

BRAVO | 9:00 pm

One way to refresh a flagging TV show after a long run is to re-introduce a former cast member who is vividly remembered, fondly or otherwise, by fans. That's exactly the strategy this "Real Housewives" series — which launched the entire franchise — is trying as it opens Season 16, after a 15th edition that faltered in the ratings. Heather Dubrow, who was a Housewife from Seasons 7 through 11, is rejoining the cast, along with fellow returnees Shannon Storms Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson.