08/19/2010 at 01:00 AM EDT
Despite reports that Kim Zolciak
and NeNe Leakes
were going to be fired
from The Real Housewives of Atlanta
, the two frenemies
will return for a third season of Bravo's hit show. And while Lisa Wu Hartwell
is out, there are two new Housewives joining the cast.
and Phaedra Parks
will make their debut when the series returns Oct. 4, Bravo announced Thursday, with plenty of drama to come. Get acquainted with Atlanta
's new stars and then watch a preview of the upcoming season below.
Alabama-born Bailey, a model
who worked the runways of Paris and Milan, risks losing her boyfriend of three years, Peter Thomas
, after he issues her an ultimatum. She leans on NeNe, a close friend, as both struggle through relationship issues this season. Bailey's career credits also include staring in a movie opposite Sandra Bernhardt
and having a guest spot on The Cosby Show
. She's also mom to 10-year-old daughter Noelle.
Parks isn't exactly greeted with open arms when she arrives on the Real Housewives
scene. The entertainment attorney's marriage to a younger husband, Apollo
, sparks gossip because of his prison stint for a "white collar crime." A self-proclaimed "Southern Belle," Parks is involved with multiple charities when she's not running her Atlanta-based boutique law firm. This Housewife is also expecting her first child with Apollo.
As for the other ladies, they're all continuing to pursue their various careers. NeNe scores a gig as an entertainment reporter for a local news station, Kim is focusing on music
and so is Kandi, who's struggling after the loss of her fiancé
. Meanwhile, Sheree
has a found a new passion – for acting. – Eunice Oh