With its high production values, glossy vistas of stunning LA mansions and over-the-top in-fighting, Selling Sunset has become one of Netflix’s most addictive reality offerings.
Following the employees of high-end real estate firm The Oppenheim Group at work and off duty, it harks back to the glory days of US reality TV (it’s no surprise that the show shares an executive producer with Noughties hit The Hills).
As the show’s profile has risen, the antics of the cast have started to hit the headlines ahead of new episodes - making it easier for fans to pinpoint exactly what we can expect from future series.
So, in the same way that a glance back at the Kardashian-Jenners’ social media feeds can help you make an educated guess at what each new season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians will have in store, sleuthing through US gossip sites like People and Us Weekly can give us a pretty good idea of what the Oppenheim Group gang will be up to in series three.
With weddings, divorces and celebrity cameos on the cards, here’s what we can expect from the new episodes (naturally, you’ll find potential spoilers below…)
Chrishell Stause often alluded to her husband Justin Hartley, who has appeared in This Is Us, in Selling Sunset's first two series, but sadly the actor filed for divorce last November - bang in the middle of filming for season three - citing irreconcilable differences. It’s safe to assume, then, that the fallout from their split will form a major storyline this time around.
Speaking on the RealiTea podcast, she admitted that it was difficult to work on the show during such a tumultuous time in her personal life, adding that she will find it hard to watch the series back.
“It’s an embarrassing, humiliating type of thing to go through without cameras and without people judging you, so I just hope people are gentle when they watch,” she said.
I just learned Christine is giving press “information” about my divorce. Let me be VERY clear. She knows absolutely nothing about the situation and is obviously desperate to gain attention by doing so. Anything from her is either a complete lie or total conjecture on her part.— Chrishell (@Chrishell7)July 13, 2020
The media interest in the split has also been another recent source of contention between Chrishell and on-screen nemesis Christine Quinn, with the former tweeting out a furious rebuttal after the latter discussed the break-up in an interview.
“I just learned Christine is giving press ‘information’ about my divorce,” Chrishell wrote.
“Let me be VERY clear. She knows absolutely nothing about the situation and is obviously desperate to gain attention by doing so. Anything from her is either a complete lie or total conjecture on her part.”
Christine ties the knot
After Mary’s wedding (and the endless discussions over whether Davina would be able to attend after incurring the wrath of her fiance) dominated series two, it looks like Christine’s spectacularly OTT nuptials will appear in the third season.
Our favourite anti-heroine tied the knot with businessman Christian (yes, Christine and Christian…) Richards in December - and the official photos, published in People magazine earlier this year, are a truly wild ride.
Turning bridal tradition upside down, Christine dressed in black - with a pair of red Louboutins - for the occasion and arrived at her venue, a cathedral in downtown Los Angeles, in a Victorian horse-drawn carriage before walking down the aisle to Ava Max’s Sweet But Psycho. There was plenty of fake snow, too - and a pair of black swans...
This being a structured reality show, her castmates were naturally in attendance, presumably to detonate a few gossip bombshells on the bride’s big day.
… and believes she had coronavirus at the wedding
You read that correctly. Ahead of series three, Christine revealed that she was feeling dreadful on the day of her wedding - and retroactively reckons that she was in fact suffering from Covid-19.
“I was really, really sick on my wedding day,” she told Goss Chats. “I actually had, which I now know, was corona.
“I got really sick in late December and we were travelling. I was sick for about a month when we were filming.
“I couldn’t even have a bachelorette party, I was so bummed about that. That time was such a high but a low at the same time.”
Yikes. Given that the coronavirus outbreak is thought to have started in China in late December, it’s worth taking Christine’s comments with a liberal pinch of salt...
Queer Eye’s Karamo makes a cameo
It’s the Netflix crossover we didn’t know we needed. Queer Eye’s culture expert slash de facto counsellor Karamo Brown is set to make an appearance in series three, when he’ll appear as one of the gang’s clients.
According to Quinn, the star is “one of [her] best friends.” Here’s hoping that the producers can fudge a Tiger King cameo for Selling Sunset series four.
The $44 million house is off the market
The infamous $44 million home in Hollywood Hills that featured in the previous season, which boasted 20,000 square feet, a home cinema, an infinity pool and a handful of hot tubs, was peak property goals - but the agents seemed to struggle to find a buyer (no doubt thanks to that hefty price tag). However, it seems that Jason Oppenheim managed to pull off the sale, according to co-star Amanza Smith.
“He sold it to a couple,” she explained. “I was upset because we were kind of hoping that the really handsome single bachelor would buy it so we could go and hang out at the pool.” We’re sure the producers were hoping for a similar scenario, too.
Selling Sunset series three is available to stream on Netflix from Friday, August 7.