Credit: Joe Pugliese/Bravo

Image Credit: Adam Olszweski/BravoBuried amid Bravo’s announcement about the launch of The Real Housewives of Miami debuting Feb. 22 is the sad — or maybe not so sad? — news that the fourth season of The Real Housewives of New York City, which had been scheduled for a Feb. 15 debut, won’t see the light of day until spring. Indeed, EW is hearing a late March premiere for the antics of the Countess, Jill Zarin, Ramona, & Co. The big question that comes out of this rather jarring change: Could The Real Housewives of Miami (above) really be a suitable replacement for The Real Housewives of New York City (below)?

Image Credit: Joe Pugliese/BravoIt’s clear that Bravo wouldn’t like it to seem as though they’re swapping one for the other (we can already hear the chorus about them being totally different shows!), but there’s no way that Real Housewives fans — who likely anticipate New York City as one of the franchise’s best iterations — won’t make such leap.

Judging by the preview clip that Bravo released (see below), Miami has the potential to be good. There’s more than one Kim Kardashian look-a-like! A pole-dancing scene! A nude butt through frosty glass! Lots of big hats! And Scottie Pippen’s wife! And from what EW knows about the shaky first cut of the premiere of The Real Housewives of New York City — remember, it’s devoid of star Bethenny Frankel now that she’s had so much success with her own show, which is heading into a second season — this might not be the worst replacement move ever. In fact, this gives the folks behind New York City a little more time to figure out how to cut the remaining ladies’ (and new Housewife Cindy’s) interactions in the most interesting way, post-Frankel. But you tell us if like what you see when it comes to the upcoming Miami. Good call? Better than the aging New York City?

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