Entertainment TV 'Real Housewives of Potomac' : Season 5 Premiere Pushed to Summer Due to Coronavirus Pandemic A source close to production tells PEOPLE that the latest installment of the hit franchise, which was set to premiere May 3, has been postponed By Dave Quinn Dave Quinn Instagram Twitter Dave Quinn is an Editor for PEOPLE, working across a number of verticals including the Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams. He joined in 2006 as a Writer/Reporter where he became known for his Bravo and Broadway exclusives across print and digital. Dave is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, Not All Diamonds and Rosé: The Inside Story of the Real Housewives from the People Who Lived It. He's appeared on many broadcasts including ABC's Good Morning America, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, E!'s Daily Pop, NBC's New York Live and PEOPLE's own Reality Check, as well as a number of podcasts like Bitch Sesh, Everything Iconic, Watch What Crappens, Hot Off the Mess, Mention It All, and PEOPLE Every Day. Prior to working at PEOPLE, Dave was the chief Theater Reporter for NBC New York and co-host of Entertainment Weekly's acclaimed TV Recaps series. People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 23, 2020 09:11 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Sophy Holland/Bravo Bravo viewers will have to wait a little longer for the Real Housewives of Potomac‘s fifth season. A source close to production tells PEOPLE that the latest installment of the hit franchise — which was set to premiere Sunday, May 3 — has been postponed until later this summer. Network executives are expected to make the announcement on Thursday. The decision comes as the coronavirus pandemic has halted production on a number of reality shows across the entertainment industry, including upcoming seasons of Bravo shows like Southern Charm, Below Deck, Married to Medicine, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, The Real Housewives of Dallas, and The Real Housewives of Orange County. Pushing back RHOP would ensure Bravo has a steady flow of new programming on Sunday nights throughout the summer. Season 2 of Married to Medicine Los Angeles, also set to premiere May 3, will remain on the schedule as planned. Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 12 Reunion Will Be Filmed Remotely Due to Coronavirus Crisis Earlier this month, Bravo announced that they would be filming the season 12 reunion of The Real Housewives of Atlanta remotely. “Listen, this is obviously not how we would prefer to do, it but life is not how we prefer it right now,” Andy Cohen said on his SiriusXM radio show. “We want to be in the same room, but we cannot risk the health and safety of our Housewives and our incredible crew in Georgia.” “We need to reset the table with the ladies in Atlanta,” he continued. “If we wait for this pandemic to be over for when we all are in the same room, it’s going to delay everything. We need to move forward. We need to live in reality right now, and reality right now is if we’re going to do this, we’re going to do this virtually.” That reunion is taping on Thursday and is expected to air across at least the following two Sundays alongside M2M LA, perhaps three. Cohen, whose Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen has been filming from home, has also said that he will film Summer House‘s season 4 reunion remotely. An airdate for that has not been announced. RHOP Season 5 Trailer: Romance Troubles, a Stripper Scandal and One Explosive Fight RHOP debuted in January 2016, the eighth installment in the Real Housewives franchise. PEOPLE premiered the trailer for its highly anticipated fifth season back in March. Returning stars Gizelle Bryant, Karen Huger, Ashley Darby, Robyn Dixon, Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard Bassett are joined by new Housewife Wendy Osefo for what looks to be the franchise’s most explosive offering yet. “Five years, boo boo, and we going strong,” Huger, 56, boasted in the clip.