I largely agree, even though I was previously a purist. But there was something about the last season (with Dorinda and Tinsley leaving halfway—pre-COVID, so no excuse there) that, while still somewhat enjoyable and watchable, felt a little too well-worn, with the same dynamics we’ve seen year after year. Leah as the too-self-aware Tasmanian devil didn’t really enhance things.
(Sonja is a lot of fun, but, unpopular opinion, I think she could use a break from the cameras, at the very least. Her drinking and drugging can’t continue to be a story. I’m a little bit over her.)
Could be a good idea to spin off some of the OGs for Peacock exclusives or something, and reinvent the show for a more multicultural, LGBT-inclusive, non-UES/Hamptons-focused scene of actually married friends.
That whole thing still squicks me out. I guess the only not-totally-negative thing I can say about it is that Robin Wright had long departed SB. No way can I picture her paired up with A Martinez after they had played the big brother/little sister vibe for so long - even at the beginning of the show in 1984 before Eden came on.