Remember the days of Denise Richards: It's Complicated? The series debuted about a decade ago. it also came to an end almost a decade ago. That's life.
But it looks like Denise is poised to return to reality television -- but this time, as part of a successful franchise.
Denise is poised to join The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
A source tells People that Denise Richards is in talks to join the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for the series' 9th season.
"It’s not final yet," their insider tells them of the negotiations.
But the source says that "It’s very close."
That's great news for fans, and could be even better news for Bravo.
The insider says: "Everyone is really excited about the possibility of having her on board!"
You would think that Denise Freaking Richards joining the cast would take nothing more than her expressing an interest, but things aren't always so simple.
"Denise," a second insider reveals. "Has been wanting to join the show for a long time."
Well, dang. What's the delay?
"She’s a huge Housewives fan and watches all of the shows," the source continues.
If you imagine that just being a huge fan is enough to get you on the cast, though, you should think again.
But Denise has more than just fame to make her a total shoe-in for the role.
For starters, she's already part of that world.
"And she has close relationships with many of the women in real life," the insider explains. "Including Kyle Richards and Lisa Rinna."
Lisa Rinna just celebrated turning 55 with a nude selfie, reminding everyone why she's a delight. But why hasn't Denise joined the show before now?
"The timing was never right for her in the past," the source reveals.
Okay, so that explains it. Timing for Denise and for Bravo needs to line up just right. We can absolutely understand that.
Right now, however, it's become clear to the showrunners that Denise is exactly what the show requires for its ninth season.
"But," the insider says. "The producers needed to shake the dynamic of the show up."
Reality shows can stagnate, and the easiest way to change that is by shuffling the cast. Real Housewives is well known for this.
The source points out that Bravo knew that they needed to make a change "after a season without much conflict."
People mature and quash feuds, which is great for them. But it doesn't make for good television.
Denise could really spice things up.
But Denise isn't intended as any old change. She'll be an interesting addition on her own.
"She’s going to be a great fit," the insider states.
That's no surprise. She's no stranger to television.
The source reminds everyone: "She’s not afraid of the drama."
We should think not -- we're talking about a woman who was married to Charlie Sheen.
"And she lives a glamorous, Hollywood life," the insider says. "Which the show looks for."
We hope that this deal doesn't fall through.