To replace Hartwell, the Bravo series will welcome model Cynthia Bailey and lawyer Phaedra Parks.
Bailey is described as a model-turned-single mother and is old friends with castmate NeNe Leakes. She joins the show at a crucial point in her love life as she tries to hold on to her longtime beau.
Parks is an entertainment attorney handling several high-profile clients. But it's her younger husband who promises to cause a stir, thanks to his much-discussed jail time for a "white-collar crime."
Besides this season's fresh faces, Season 3 promises plenty of change for the original cast. Kim Zolciak is trying to manage her burgeoning singing career and the speculation about her sexuality. NeNe's marriage is crumbling as she lands a new job. Plus, Sheree Whitfield has jumped into acting, and Kandi Burruss is reeling from her ex-fiancé's murder last year.
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The third season of Real Housewives of Atlanta premieres Monday, Oct. 4 at 9/8c on Bravo.