"The Real Housewives of Orange County" will be returning for a third season, Bravo announced today. That is, all the cast members but two: Slade Smiley and Jo De La Rosa. The off-again, on-again couple are in negotiations with the network for their own spinoff project, the pair said in phone calls.
While Vicki Gunvalson, Jeana Keough, Tammy Knickerbocker, Lauri Waring and new housewife Tamra Barney will all be showing off their real-life "behind the gates," Smiley and De La Rosa are focusing on her music career in Los Angeles. "It's kind of like Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey when they were newlyweds," De La Rosa said.