The Big Apple drama queens are back on Bravo with a new cast member, tennis rivalries, and catfights galore

By Lindsay Soll
February 13, 2009 at 05:00 AM EST

NYC’s domestic drama queens are back (Bravo, Feb. 17, 11 p.m.). Here are five things to watch out for in season 2 of The Real Housewives of New York City.

1. And Then There Were Six
Meet the new housewife, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, a model, designer,? author, and editor: ”I don’t like people who are inappropriate ?in public,” she ?says. Inappropriate in public? On this ?show? Never.

2. The Fame Game
The? gals will take ?self-branding to the extreme: LuAnn (the Countess) is penning an etiquette book, ?Ramona’s creating a skin-care line, Bethenny’s trademarking ?her ”SkinnyGirl Margarita,” and Jill’s working the charity circuit. Alex, however, is focused on remodeling her town house; that’s not surprising, considering the mocking that went on at its expense last season.

3. Media Frenzy
The cast’s well-manicured claws come out when they start a war of words in the press. In the season opener, ?after Alex’s hubby, Simon, makes a comment about Jill in New York magazine, she vents to the New York Post and snaps, ”If ? you hit me, I’m going to hit you back.”

4. Balls of Fury
We know from last season’s Hamptons match that tennis serves up trouble, but this time a game in the city has much higher stakes. ”There’s a ripple effect of drama leading up to and including the match,” hints Bravo exec Andrew Cohen. Adds LuAnn, ”We have a new player, so that’s where it gets interesting.”

5. The Fight Club
All the clashes ?witnessed last season were just a warm-up for chapter 2. ”There are an unbelievable amount of fights and people offending each ?other,” Cohen says ?of the ”jaw-dropping” confrontations to come. ”The Housewives of New York are like Duraflame logs,” he adds. ”They burn so fast and so big, and eventually they go out. But as soon as you strike a match again, they engulf in flames.”