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Despite Season 4 of Total Divas averaging the fewest viewers in the show’s history, E! is officially bringing the show back for a fifth season in “early 2016.”
E! and WWE are shaking up the cast in hopes of drawing in more viewers. Mainstays the Bella Twins will remain central figures along with Natalya, Eva Marie, Paige, Rosa Mendes, and Alicia Fox.
Added to the cast is Amanda from Tough Enough, who is going by “Mandy.” Mandy was the female runner-up to Sara Lee and made it to the end of the show due to questionable judicial decision-making.
From the press release: “In the upcoming season, Mandy, the runner-up on the most recent season of ‘WWE Tough Enough, is joining the Divas, bringing her own flavor to the already dynamic group and looking to prove she belongs amongst the veteran Divas. Plus, with Nikki Bella recently losing the championship title, the cast members of ‘Total Divas’ are all vying to claim the title of Divas Champion.”
Production is currently ongoing leading into the 2016 return.