It's official! Bravo's Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has a new resident. Yes, it is really happening! The hit reality series will welcome model and actress Denise Richards as a full-time Housewife in Season 9. Word of the Bond girl potentially joining the cast of the show first circulated late last month.

Now that word is official as Denise Richards confirmed the news herself to People, which reports that the announcement is the result of discussions that have been held for years between Richards and the show. So, this casting news has been a long time in the making. Richards also shared that she is a huge fan of the show and is hoping to meet Boy George, a close friend of Richards' new castmate Dorit Kemsley.

Denise Richards will presumably join the previous season's cast for Season 9. In Season 8 that roster included: Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave, Dorit Kemsley, Erika "Jayne" Girardi, Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, and Lisa Vanderpump. Season 8 had not seen the drama brought about from previous installments, so time will tell if Season 9 has more in store for fans of the show's more dramatic side. News of Richards joining the series comes as her ex-husband Charlie Sheen recently said he has been blacklisted from Hollywood.

Here is hoping Denise Richards' lovable father Irv will appear on Real Housewives. He played a pretty significant part on Denise Richards: It's Complicated. And it would be cool for him to do the same on his daughter's latest reality venture. With a successful career as an actress and model, as well as her own personal experience with reality television, Richards should hit the ground running on Real Housewives.

Not to mention, she is a fan of the franchise. So, she is likely well-versed in how a season on the show tends to unfold. First, there is relatively little drama before it all goes full-tilt when the Housewives go on their end of season trip.

If Denise Richards ends up needing any pointers, she can call upon friends of hers who are already resident Real Housewives. Richards is already close friends with Lisa Rinna, and she guest-starred on Rinna's reality series Harry Loves Lisa. She can also count Real Housewives veteran Kyle Richards, who has been on the show since it began, as a friend. Of all the interesting dynamics fans can look forward to, there is one in particular that stands out.

It will be interesting to see how Denise Richards goes high-heel to high-heel with Lisa Vanderpump, among others. Richards is the only new Housewife this season, meaning she will be on the show with seasoned pros. Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave is the newest addition with one season under her glamorous belt. Season 9 is sizing up to be a fun one!

The ninth season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills should begin airing sometime this fall on Bravo. For new television to watch while you wait for the new season to start, check out CinemaBlend's summer premiere guide. For other new television shows set to arrive this fall, check out CinemaBlend's guide to TV's fall premieres.

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