Posted by Ilana Angel
It feels like we have been waiting for this show to air forever. The trailers Bravo has been showing have been fabulous and made the anticipation even greater. They are making it appear as if this will be a season of Teresa bashing so that will be interesting. She is clearly the breakout star, the most famous and popular of the ladies, so of course there will be problems.
We start the show by recapping a few things from last year and we are quickly reminded that of all the housewives franchises, this is the best television. They are the most authentic women in terms of family dynamics. Plus every group has their kids on, and in terms of entertainment value, this is the best bunch of kids. Jersey is back, so let the blogging begin!
This season was shot last summer so we already know how half the storylines will play out but it does not matter. They are compelling and we are all going to get hooked. I’m 2 minutes into the show and I’m already excited about next week. Everyone is getting ready to go to the shore for the summer and we start with Kathy and Melissa hanging by the pool.
Teresa’s cookbook has come out and everyone is pissed off about it. They think what she wrote about all of them is untrue and so rather than talk to Teresa about it, they are going to bash her on camera so that we can see the true depth of their jealousy. Love it. Melissa, Joe, Kathy and Richie are together and Richie is starting up trouble with the book.
Melissa is acting holier than thou about the book, and Kathy is trying to take the high road but it is an epic failure. These people cannot stand Teresa and how popular she has become. Richie is rude, Kathy is a bitch, Melissa is jealous, and Joe does not hesitate to bash his sister on camera. Kathy’s sister Rosie is there, and this chick seriously needs her own show.
There is a BBQ happening at Jac’s house with Caroline and her brood, and Teresa and her bunch. Jac talked last year about how she was done and not coming back, yet here she is. This woman is a bore and her need to humiliate her daughter, no matter how out of line this child is, is gross to me. She should be ashamed of what she does to Ashley on camera for all to see.
Caroline and her children are all a little heavier, and a little crankier. By cranky of course I mean their jealously of Teresa follows them around like a cloud over their heads. They used to all be such good friends and it is proof that jealousy can rip lives apart. The Manzo’s are sad Black Water is a such a flop and they blame Teresa. This season is going to be fabulous.
Important to note that I have interviewed Teresa Guidice and Melissa Gorga recently and I found Teresa to be fabulous and Melissa shady. Teresa was very open and funny. Melissa was also very open, but her answers were rehearsed. She was lovely, but Teresa was real. I liked Teresa more than I liked Melissa, but this is not a blog about who I like or don’t like as people, just on the show.
My conversations were not about the show.. I don’t know these women, and talking for an hour or tweeting back and forth does not make them my friends. They were both great ladies off the show with me, but on the show I think there is a simplicity to Teresa that is nice, and a complicated web to Melissa that is not so nice, but who cares? It’s just television right?
Teresa arrives and nobody is thrilled to see her. Teresa takes Caroline outside to clear the ar. She knows Caroline is pissed about the cookbook, so she tries to ease the tension. She tells her she meant no harm and the things Caroline is upset about were just jokes. Teresa was in fact out of line in her book, but the reaction of everyone is over the top because of jealousy.
Caroline is bitter and it shows. Jacqueline is stupid and it shows. Teresa is oblivious and it shows. Everyone is getting ready to go to the shore and it’s hilarious. Teresa has the funniest and most beautiful kids. Gia is like a grown up and Melania is perfect television. Juicy Joe is obviously embarrassed by his troubles and is not a happy or kind camper.
Jac has a meeting with her life coach and I am laughing at the fact that she is paying someone to come to her house to say her life sucks and she needs to change it. Read my blog for free Jac, or have an honest moment on Twitter and people will tell you what to do. I just don’t like Jac on this show. She is not honest, changes her sides constantly, and favors her sons.
Ashley has gone blonde, has no direction, and is taking advantage of her mother and step-father. She is 20 and treading water instead of swimming forward. Jac acts like its Ashley’s fault, but she created this monster. Jac is always crying or yelling about Ashley. It’s going to be a long season if we need to sit through this each week. Still laughing at the life coach.
We head over to Melissa and Joe’s house and the “Lets Bash Teresa Show” really gets started. Sad they feel the need to bash her in front of their kids, but whatever. I get that Joe is defending his wife to his sister, but why throw his sister under the bus? Melissa talks about Teresa and how she is manipulative but there is something about Melissa that does not ring true.
Teresa and Joe are off to the shore and it’s sad. Teresa is driving because Joe has no license. Joe is being a pig. He is rude, abrasive with his kids, and it’s uncomfortable. Gia is obviously aware of the gossip and it is heartbreaking. I feel for Teresa and think she stays with Joe for her kids, because his humiliation and disrespect of her is too much for her to stay for love.
Caroline is going through menopause and she thinks that could be what’s making her cranky. News flash, she was a bitch long before the menopause kicked in. Back at the shore, Joc and Melissa have a house, but it’s under construction so they go to stay with Kathy. Silly part is that Melissa acts shocked the house is not ready. Like she didn’t know? So scripted.
Teresa tells Joe about Gia being old enough to understand his legal troubles, that he might go to jail, and cheats on Teresa. Joe could care less. He is not sympathetic to his kids, or compassionate to his wife. He has ruined his life and does not care that he taking his family down with him. Joe is a caveman and Teresa’s unwavering love and support for him needs to stop.
Over at Kathy’s everyone is talking about Teresa. Again. All any of then seem to be talking about is Teresa and it’s very predictable so they better start giving us something more or we’ll be bored before long. Teresa’s kids are hilarious and I would watch an hour of a camera following Melania around. Teresa needs to get her own show, and an English tutor.
Kathy, Teresa and Melissa’s families are on the beach. The kids are together and it’s nice. Juicy Joe is being a pig, while Richie is telling Joe Gorga he needs to reach out to Teresa and let her know he has her back. Richie is nice one minute and talking trash the next. He’s cute and funny, but he needs to decide who he is going to be on the show and stick to it.
Caroline and her daughter Lauren are out for a walk with Jac and bashing Teresa and her book. Lauren is wearing a Black Water t-shirt and they are also drinking it. They are the only ones drinking it because it is gross. I’m sure the Manzo’s are pissed Teresa has turned the show into a way to make lots of money and they have not been able to make that happen.
Teresa and Joe Gorga go off to talk on their own and it is the bipolar segment. I hear Joe talk and I believe him, then Teresa responds and I believe her. It’s crazy. Only they know the truth and depending on how many sips of wine I’ve had, I go back and forth like a tennis match picking sides. These two are really great television but I am embarrassed and sad for them.
I love Teresa and I love Joe so it’s hard to watch them always fighting. Teresa is trying to pull the blinds shut on her life and Joe pulls the same blinds on his wife. In the end they need each other and should get it all worked out. Easier said than done when you factor Juicy and Melissa into the mix. Those two are as responsible as Teresa and Joe for the problems.
Chris tells Ashley she needs to move out of his house and go back to Vegas. Her hair is blonde, eyebrows are black, injections have ruined her face, and she is wearing the wrong lipstick. This kid is a mess. She cannot make a decision, which makes her just like her mother. Jac is punishing Ashley for being just like her. Ashley needs to find a pole and settle in.
Too harsh? No. If your kid is out drinking every night with friends, is Vegas really the place you should be sending her too? What will she do there? I’m guessing a pole or perhaps a bar tending license are in her future. Jac is failing with this kid and needs to stop blaming and stop enabling. Kick her in the ass and keep her close, don’t ship her off.
And so the first episode of season four comes to an end. It was mellow with no real excitement, but it certainly set the tone for what is to come. I fear this season will be a hate Teresa marathon. By fear of course I mean hooray for great television. I am setting aside personal favorites and watching the show with an open mind. Time will tell if they will be keeping it real.
12.3.13 at 10:31 am | Liar, liar, pants on fire.
12.2.13 at 7:09 pm | Second week in a row of boring television.
12.2.13 at 7:12 am | I was bored with all the jumping around.
12.1.13 at 9:20 am | The constant end endless desire to hurt someone. . .
11.25.13 at 11:14 pm | They started off strong, but tonight tanked.
11.25.13 at 9:02 pm | Some of this episode was uncomfortable to watch.
12.1.13 at 9:20 am | The constant end endless desire to hurt someone. . . (3628)
12.2.13 at 7:09 pm | Second week in a row of boring television. (2969)
12.3.13 at 10:31 am | Liar, liar, pants on fire. (2384)
April 20, 2012 | 8:39 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
This show is getting better each week. It started out great, had a few slow weeks, and is now getting exciting. It still does not need to be 2 hours long, but it’s getting good. I’m ready for it to be over, but I’m in it, will stick it out to the end, and am enjoying watching Lisa Lampanelli humiliate herself, and Aubrey’s Botox distort her face each week. So good.
This week’s task is to do a puppet show with the Stuffed and Unstrung improve troupe. Important to note that one of the judges is Patrick Bristow from Stuffed and Unstrung. In the interest of full disclosure, I know Patrick. By know him of course I mean love him. He is married to my darling friend Andy, who I write about often. He is a delicious man.
Sidebar: I want to let you know that the Stuffed and Unstrung show is brilliant, and if you get a chance to see it while it’s on tour, or in NYC, you simply must. Patrick is a genius, the cast is wonderful, the puppets are delicious, and the show is fabulous. It’s very exciting to see my friend on the show and I know he is going to do great. Bravo Patrick!
Teresa gives her winnings to her charity and it’s sweet. It’s worth it to sit through two hours to see charities get money. By worth it of course I mean for the charity, not for those watching. Two hours is painful. Lisa is PM for her team and Paul Sr. is leading his. Clay swaps teams so we are now Arsenio, Paul Sr., Teresa and Aubrey vs. Penn, Clay, Dayana and Lisa.
Lisa immediately starts the attack on Dayana. She simply hates Dayana because she is beautiful. Lisa is a cold, bitter, bitch who is ugly inside and so Dayana is her kryptonite. She hates her and that hate is all about jealously. It’s hilarious to watch. Sad for Dayana but really great television for us. Rather than try to hide her hatred, Lisa thrives off of it.
Lisa immediately lets everyone know she is the greatest improve performer in the history of mankind. Dayana tells the team she has been studying improv for a year and a half and she would like to be one of the puppeteers and the character would be a funny Latina. Lisa is pissed off that Dayana thinks she can do what she does. Lisa is a lunatic.
Over with Aubrey, she is convinced she is the only talented one on her team, and knows she needs to lay low because everyone hates her and she is not a team player. The ego on this chick is fascinating. She appears to have no talent, yet she thinks she is the greatest thing ever. She is either medicated or perhaps just delusional and rather dumb.
Teresa is adorable. She is not pretentious or stuck up, just real, honest, and uncomplicated. She is working hard and I dig her here. Paul is sweet but useless on this task, and Aubrey is trying to be a team leader but careful not to overstep her place. She is still leading though. She is “suggesting” everything to Paul and he is in over his head so he just lets her.
Lisa is going to do everything she can to keep Dayana out of the task. She is hateful. She then decides she and Clay will be the puppeteers and the best part is that Lisa’s puppet is going to be a Latina. Lisa is going to be a Latina puppet rather than Dayana? Dayana then does an impression of Lisa and it is the most perfect moment of the night.
The teams need to design their puppets and it really looks like a fun task. Penn and Dayana are designing puppets on their team. Lisa is sure to tell Dayana that she needs her puppet to be really pretty. She then lets the camera know, in her best condescending tone, that Dayana is getting busy work because she is useless. Lisa is a nut job.
Paul is in over his head, clearly going to get fired, and so he is setting Teresa up as the weakest link early. Aubrey is talking on and on and on and on. I zone her out now. She says nothing of interest and her voice is based in her nose so I can’t stand to listen to her talk. I think Lisa and Aubrey are horrific, but certainly good train wrecks.
Teresa, Arsenio, Lisa and Clay get lessons in puppeteering and it’s hilarious. Teresa is great television. She is just cute, and watching the mother of four struggle to remember a nursery rhyme is hilarious. Aubrey is going to be the host/MC for her team, and Penn will take it on for his. Dayana has no role other than sewing some eyes on a puppet and she is pissed.
That said, her puppet is gorgeous and the Stuffed and Unstrung puppet makers are in awe of her workmanship. Eric comes by to check on the team and he can feel the tension from Dayana. He pushes Dayana to sell her team out, but she won’t because she is a lady. Lisa is a pig and Dayana is a lady. By pig of course I mean bitch. I don’t want to be mean to pigs.
They are practicing with the puppets and I’m skipping over it. Two hours is brutal so if I miss something great here, oh well. I will say that in the few minutes of rehearsal I watched, I thought Lisa sucked and Teresa rocked. Aubrey is trying to embarrass Teresa and say it will be on her shoulders to win the task, but at the end of the day Teresa rocks and Aubrey sucks.
Clay suggests Dayana help with the puppets and Lisa looses her mind. She does not want Dayana anywhere near the puppets. Dayana tries to share that she is not really doing anything, but Lisa goes off. Lisa gets mad and starts crying. She is talking about how she does this every night and Dayana is a useless pain in the ass. Lisa once again does all the work.
She is screaming at Dayana to shut up, stop being a baby, and telling her she’s useless. Dayana walks off crying, which makes her look even more beautiful. I am loving Dayana a little more every week. Back in the dressing room Lisa is now having a nervous breakdown. She is crying, hysterical, and telling Penn and Clay they need to support her not Dayana.
Lisa is saying she needs back up, and while she is being a lunatic Penn gets up and walks out. Penn is a gentle giant and I love him. He goes to check on Dayana and listens to her but it’s just weird. This girl is getting beaten down by a bitter hag and nobody has anyone’s back. It’s time for the puppet show and I imagine there is more crying to come.
Lisa is okay as a puppet, but Clay is fabulous. I still think Clay is bitchy, but he is getting better. Lisa is not as talented as she thinks she is, and her talking about how she has been doing this job for years is getting old. Its the other teams turn and Aubrey wants us to think she is keeping the team alive, and Arsenio thinks there is a country called Norwegia.
If Clay and Teresa had been on the same team it would have been the best puppet show ever. Teresa is adorable, but Aubrey wants us to thinks she sucked. Paul has done nothing on this task and he is going home. This show is just too predictable to go for 2 hours. I’m actually a little bored and annoyed which is a drag. Aubrey makes me want to hit her.
I have no idea which team did the better show, but I do know that the sun revolves around the earth because of Aubrey, and beautiful people are dumb, thanks to Lisa. I also know that Patrick Bristow is divine, puppets are fun, and Lisa Lampanelli is a mean girl who is probably in love with Dayana and since she knows she will be rejected, she is attacking her.
That’s it! Lisa is in love with Dayana! It all makes perfect sense now. She is mean to her because she loves her. Her outburst are not driven by hate, but rather love. It makes Lisa almost likable that she is tormented by her desire for Dayana. By almost of course I mean not at all. Lisa is a troll, Dayana is a goddess and that is simply never happening.
In the boardroom Dayana tries to be gracious in how she speaks of Lisa, but Lisa immediately throws Dayana under the bus.. Trump asks Lisa who she will bring back into the boardroom if they lose and she bursts into tears. Again. She is rambling about being a comedian, and that she does not want to be a villain. Really? She sucks and is mean.
Lisa says if they lose she may bring just herself in because as a comedian, on a challenge to make people laugh, the failure would be hers. Penn is talking about being a comedian and I totally dig him. Lisa is embarrassing herself, ruining her hardcore image, and needs to start drinking so she can numb the pain of her love for Dayana not having a shot in hell.
Lisa’s team wins and Dayana is once again a lady in congratulating her team leader. I may actually be in love with Dayana too. In the boardroom Teresa and Paul are going at it. He thinks she was the weakest link, she thinks he did nothing. Paul is blaming Teresa for everything and she is not standing for it. She is going to go Teresa on his ass if needed.
Aubrey and Arsenio refuse to pick someone to be fired, but both lean towards firing Teresa without saying to fire her. Lame. They are all so afraid of a table flip they won’t say they like Paul more. Paul is going, we knew it the minute he threw his back out, so they should have just gotten behind Teresa. I like ithat she is fighting for herself.
Aubrey immediately lets Trump know everyone loves her and there is no way she should be in the boardroom. It’s hard to listen to the banter because it’s so predictable. Paul is not going to attack Teresa, there are no fireworks, just a feeling of finally get there already! Maybe next week Lisa will let Dayana know she loves her. That would be keeping it real!
April 18, 2012 | 9:04 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
The world of reality television blogging is fascinating. By fascinating of course I mean cutthroat. It is a world where reality stars can talk to 5 bloggers in one day and each blogger calls it an “exclusive”. For a genre of entertainment that is all about being real, there is not a lot of reality.
I talk to a few other bloggers on Twitter, and there are some lovely people who have chosen to get on the blogging train. For every sweet person there is one who is in desperate need of both medication and incarceration. It makes sense that the madness of reality TV would attract crazy.
I had been hearing a lot about a blogger called Rox. She has a site called All About The Real Housewives and people seem to adore this woman. I then started to get mentioned with her on Twitter. People would tweet that Rox and I were their favorite bloggers and so I was very curious about her.
She would send me tweets saying hello, and when people would say they liked us both, she would always be gracious and say she was in good company with me. I started to follow her on Twitter and began reading her site. She is a talented writer with a kind heart, who has managed to remain decent.
She is able to write about people without judgment, and provides information without sounding like a trashy gossip rag. Rox engages her readers in a way that they feel involved and connected. I was intrigued so I wrote to ask if I could interview her.
I spoke with Rox this week and I was blown away. She is not what I was expecting. This is a remarkable young woman. She is not even 20 years old, which makes me old enough to be her mother. Having spoken to her, I now feel very protective of her. This is a truly fabulous girl.
Roxanne is a full time college student, who has a job in addition to her blog. She is a first generation American, lives at home with her mother, and is gorgeous. She should be on television, not just writing about it. With her movie star looks, and pure heart, she is special.
Rox started writing by accident. She was a fan who joined Twitter to follow some of the stars. One thing led to another and before she knew it she was tweeting, blogging, and creating her own website dedicated to reality TV. She is now hugely popular and a go to blogger.
She is not mean spirited or hurtful. She stays out of the gutter, does not engage in Twitter wars, and stands on the sidelines to watch the craziness. She is aware of everything that goes on, just opts out of the drama. She is young, but also mature beyond her years. She is a grown up.
In a business where grown women act like high school mean girls, she is a voice of reason. Some of the old hags who blog could learn a thing or two from this young girl. Myself included because I get sucked into drama and I can take a tip or two from Roxanne.
Roxanne has a great accent. It sounds like a mixture of east coast and Canada and it fabulous. Her parents are originally from Iraq and they are very proud of their daughter. Her father is amazed at how big her site has become and supports her 100% in her pursuits.
Her mother sounds adorable. She thinks reality television is ridiculous and cannot understand why we care about these people. I wonder that myself most days. She is from a tight Catholic family and while they don’t exactly understand how this all happened, they love her.
Roxanne decided early on that she was going to be ethical. She spends a lot of time fact checking and researching her stories. She also will not post stories that might be hurtful. She is not out to humiliate anyone and does not write about a lot of things that are sent to her.
In the reality blogging world we all get things sent to us for stories. People send pictures, private documents and damaging gossip stories about reality stars. Roxanne reads everything, but rarely prints what is clearly crap being sent from someone with a grudge or agenda.
It is because of these choices that she is so close with many reality stars. From housewives to mob wives, people like her and trust her. They go to her when they want to talk because they know their voices will be heard. This young girl has earned her stripes and it shows.
Roxanne is very open. She was also supportive and kind to me. It was interesting to get advice from her. She could be my daughter, yet at one point in our conversation, she was like my mother. She spoke to me with a gentle firmness that I appreciated.
Rox has watched my Twitter struggles and let me know I did not need to worry. She assured me the crazy people had no power and the people who read my blogs, herself included, could hear my voice and they were not paying attention the silliness that occasionally surrounds me.
She told me I won’t ever be able to please everyone so I need to please myself. This is a remarkable woman and I found myself wanting to hug her. I also wanted to protect her. She is a doll and I want her to stay true to herself without getting sucked into the drama.
She may be young, but we can all learn something from Roxanne. Reality bloggers need to pay attention to her because she is doing the job correctly. She is not jaded or bitter. She does her job, does it well, and stares straight ahead without paying any attention to the trolls of Twitter.
I asked Roxanne to tell me three words that best described her and she chose grateful, ambitious, and confident. I asked her if there was anything she wanted her fans to know about her and she said she was an open book and they already knew everything. I love this girl.
I started the interview wondering why people lumped us together as their favorite bloggers, and ended our conversation flattered that I am being kept in her company. Roxanne allowed me to set aside my jaded view for a minute and reminded me how great my job is.
There are a lot of reality television bloggers and there is a lot of competition. That competition can lead to people being very unkind to each other and in the end it’s not like that for Rox and me. We respect each other, like each other, and wish the best for each other.
I am inspired by this young woman and also proud of her. She is building a life for herself, and she is going far. I am so pleased I was able to speak with her and am lucky to call her my friend. In the unreal world of reality TV, Roxanne is keeping it real.
April 13, 2012 | 8:07 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
I spoke with Melissa Gorga this week and I must tell you I was surprised. I invited her for an interview long ago and it never happened, even though it was confirmed. It did not happen due to a young assistant who was in over her head and made a mistake, so there were no hard feelings.
I wrote about the interview not happening, and I moved on. Thanks to her professional and very sweet publicist, along with Melissa feeling bad about the screw up and wanting to fix the situation, it finally happened this week. It was simply a comedy of errors and Melissa did nothing wrong.
I am pleased to report that Melissa said “Thank you Jesus” several times and it was fabulous because I would have been disappointed had she not. We spoke about a lot of things and while some of it did not ring true to me, she was kind and surprisingly candid, so you take what you like from it.
Melissa is a woman of faith and like me she is unapologetic about it. She believes in God and spends a lot of time praising Jesus for the blessings in her life. She has been thanking Jesus since she was a little girl and it’s not just us who thinks it’s entertaining. So does her family.
She goes to church every Sunday, and usually without Joe. He generally stays home with the boys and she goes with Antonia. She tells Joe he needs to go and he assures her he prays and talks to God so he does not need to go to church because they are in constant contact.
Joe tells Melissa God sees him and knows him so there is no need to schlep to church. Important to note that before we started the interview I let Melissa know I was in fact in love with her husband. She needed to know so there was no tension, plus I was not sure I could hide it.
We spoke a little bit about how life has changed since they began on the show and she told me it has not changed that much. She let me know life was certainly simpler when she didn’t need to explain herself all the time, but overall she thinks life is pretty much the same.
I think her response is silly. You cannot go on a reality television with the type of following that RHONJ has, and tell me that your life is the same. Her family has been ripped apart for the world to see so how has nothing changed? There were problems before, but going public changes it all.
Before the show Melissa was not on Twitter having people hate her and wish her harm. I am on Twitter and I have seen people bash her as it their lives depended on it, so if she thinks I believe her life is the same now as it always was, then she must think I’m an idiot, which I am not.
She is surprised by the amount of time put into negative comments about her on Twitter. She can read an attack in the morning, go to the gym, take the kids to school, grocery shop, clean the house, make dinner, and then check Twitter again and the same person is still talking about her.
She understand that people are interested in the show and she is grateful for that, but she has learned to not pay too much attention to the hate and truly likes Twitter, so she tries to keep it fun and not dark. She also assured me that her sisters are not bullying on Twitter.
They are all busy with their kids and their husbands, and simply do not have the time to dedicate to Twitter in the way people think they do. She enjoys Twitter and it makes her sad that so many people make it dark. If you follow me on Twitter you know I’m going to agree on this one.
There are people on Twitter whose only job is to be on Twitter. They stalk, bully, torment and actively try to destroy people and both their reputations and spirit. There is a group of people on Twitter who hate her, but I have haters too so Twitter, while interesting, is not important here.
We spoke a lot about her husband Joe and I must tell you that when she talks about him you can feel her smile over the phone. This is a woman in love with her husband. She is old school in the way she views her husband and their marriage. Talking about Joe was my favorite part.
Melissa says when Joe talks to you, he makes direct eye contact and all bets are off. He is hypnotizing and magical. She loves him, perhaps as much as I do. She describes him as special and it is lovely. She told me she adores him and thanks Jesus for their marriage, which is solid.
It hurts her feelings when people say she is a gold digger because they built their life together. She is his partner and proud of their life. She also says he wears the pants in their relationship and he is the king of the castle. She is a throwback to another era in terms of her marriage.
Her and the kids are in love with Joe and when he speaks, they listen. He is in charge and while she is no pushover, the final word on things is his and she likes it like that. He protects her and her children and takes care of them physically, emotionally and spiritually. He is the boss.
We also spoke about Melissa’s father, and hearing her speak of her dad made me want to cry. Her pain is real and fresh even though he died when she was 17. She misses him every day and is angry about the things he is missing. She is also envious of her sisters time with him.
There is 10 and 12 years difference between her and her sisters, so they got to have their father walk them down the aisle when they were married, and he met their kids which makes her happy for her sisters, but sad for herself. She saw him as a grandfather, but not to her own kids.
She believes her father watches over her, and so do I. Joe supports her and her dreams in the same way her dad did which a great comfort to her. She is raising her children to love and respect their father as she did hers, and it is lovely. The death of her dad has shaped who she is.
After we talked about her dad, we got to talking about family and of course Teresa came up. I have done many interviews with reality television personalities and they are about the people not their shows, so while I appreciated that Melissa spoke about the show, I’m not going to.
This is an article about Melissa as a person, not a real housewife. I don’t want you to think I am keeping any juicy news from you. Melissa told me things about her coming on the show that we have all read in a million places, and that I’m not sure I believe, but what I think does not matter.
Melissa spoke at great length about her relationship with Teresa and I want to be clear that I did not ask specific questions, but she gave specific answers. I like both Teresa and Melissa on the show for different reasons and it changes with each episode. I have flattered and battered both.
Melissa told me she is a believer in karma, which I found to be interesting. She also told me she has only seen one or two episodes of Teresa on Celebrity Apprentice. For someone who is so big into karma, she does not seem to worry about her own which is fascinating.
If we are to believe that family is the most important thing to her, I would expect her to be watching her sister-in-law on Celebrity Apprentice. Even if they were not getting along, that would be an even bigger reason to watch her, because you are hoping she fails.
I do not believe that Melissa does not watch Celebrity Apprentice. I do however question her motives in lying about it. If she watches, she should be proud of her and say so. If she is not watching, then her stories of their family being intact are not true and there is lots of tension.
I am not picking sides and I am not that interested or invested. I’m simply saying that there are pieces missing in her story about Teresa and if I were a gossip columnist I would report them, but I’m not. I am writing about Melisa as a wife and mother. From that perspective, I really like her.
I asked Melissa to tell me three words that best describe her and she used loyal, impulsive and friendly. She also said she was sassy and a chameleon. She said she can have dinner with the President of the United States and a homeless person, and find a way to talk to them both.
Love or hate her on the show, Melissa Gorga is charming. The love she has for her family is epic and so in that way she is just like Teresa. There are two camps when it comes to Mel and Tre and I understand opinions from both sides. At the end of the day we don’t see everything.
Can we see a few hours in the life of these people, read a few magazines, follow them on Twitter, and know what the real story is? Not a chance. We know about these people what Bravo wants us to know and only the people living these lives can tell us what is going on in their lives.
I interviewed Teresa and I liked her. I interviewed Melissa and I liked her too. It’s not my job to pick a side, and while as a fan I have a side, it’s not my job. At the end of the day Melissa Gorga is a mom and a wife, trying to do the best she can under intense scrutiny and judgment.
The upcoming season will be interesting and I’m sure Melissa will give out a few more “exclusive” interviews before it starts. We will and pick a side, but that is what reality television demands of us. If the commercials are any indication of what’s to come, sides will form quickly.
I am going to watch the new season and I will blog it for as long as I can stand to watch. I wish Melissa well with the show and I am happy she is there. She is a nice girl, caught up in a big life and that is exciting and scary. I thank her for taking the time to talk to me.
Melissa is a sweet girl and I think she is doing the best she can under a lot of pressure. Fame is enticing and it can take some time to understand how it all works. I think once she gets into the swing of it, people will see that she was not mean, but simply misguided.
Once the season begins I will be unkind at some point, because I am a fan and get sucked in. I will be honest, and I will change my mind often. At the end of the day, regardless of the show, I like Melissa Gorga. She puts herself on display and for the most part, keeps it real.
April 11, 2012 | 9:27 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
It’s a drag this season is only 6 shows because we are just starting to get into it and they will be gone. It’s been interesting to meet these people and I hope when they return for season two, Ryan Seacrest lets go of the fake situations and just lets it flow. These people are good television and they don’t need lame reality scripting. We’re in Ryan, so respect us. Let these fascinating people do their thing and let us watch.
This week starts with GG and Asa shopping together, which is ridiculous. I’m not buying for one second that these two hang out and the awkwardness of GG makes it all painfully clear. These forced situations are boring and just not needed. They hate how each other dresses so how can this be enjoyable for them? These two grabbing a drink would have been weird, so shopping is just too much. It’s cliché one liners from GG and nothing from Asa.
Reza’s mom is over visiting him and let’s be clear, this man is a star. He is articulate, authentic, and oddly attractive. From the facial hair, to the insane amount of product in his hair, this man is simply delicious and I love him. He is reminiscing with his mom and it’s very sweet but sad. She is a Muslim, and his dad is a Jew who converted to Islam to marry her. It is a very sad scene but also riveting and impossible to turn away from.
His mom loved her husband, he cheated on her, and it was painful. The pressures of religion were stressful and a family was torn apart. She is clearly still scarred by it all and says she had a nervous breakdown after the divorce. Reza is crying for the family he never got to have, she is crying for the family that she lost, and I am crying as I watch a grown man relive the pain of his childhood, and a mother weep for the pain of her child.
Sadly we jump from Reza and his beautiful mom to GG planning for a girls night out. I really like her but she is very one dimensional and insanely predictable. She is going out for ladies night and lets the camera know nobody better get in her face. Really? We know she is going to fight with someone so this whole badass persona she has going on is just silly. There is more to GG and it’s a drag we are not getting to see it.
The girls are out for dinner and quite frankly, it is stupid because they are not all friends, and the ones who actually know each other have tension. This group would never hang out for dinner so it’s disrespectful to us that Ryan thinks we are buying this scripted crap. Everyone is having fun, there is no drama, and then GG decides she needs to confront MJ at dinner after she just said she will find an appropriate time to address her issues with her.
Dear Lord. It’s fake and I’m bored. Why would GG confront MJ for coming late to her parent’s party in front of this group? MJ is saying she was working, which I’m not buying. MJ has a very complicated life between work and her parents and she was late. It happens and GG needs to relax. Asa gets involved, Asa’s friend Sunny gets involved, and Anita is chomping at the bit to get involved. Anita wants to be a Shah, but she’s not.
Anita then confronts MJ about what happened in Vegas a million years ago. GG jumps on the bandwagon and says MJ was wrong in Vegas. GG is supposed to be friends with MJ, but she is throwing her under the bus, which is gross. They are talking about Vegas and Sunny says GG is mean, Asa agrees, and the kabob is hitting the fan. Sunny is on her feet telling GG she is not a nice human being and a mean girl. GG then crosses all lines.
Sunny is telling her she is not nice and GG tells her she should go prostitute herself to make a few dollars. It’s not entertaining, but then it just gets funny when GG tells the camera the last thing she wanted for the night was drama. Really? GG is all about the drama and it’s not cute. Asa is annoyed and embarrassed. She comes back to tell GG she was wrong. Then leaves with her friend. Asa is calm and kind, but not authentic.
Asa is a beautiful girl who dances to her own beat and I love that about her. That said, there is something that simply does not ring true about her. How does she live the life she lives? I assume her Dad supports her, yet she seems to be judgmental of GG who does the same. GG owns that she is spoiled and supported by her parents, but Asa keeps it quiet which is not cool. Diamond water is not paid for by her music career.
GG is retelling the story of girls night to her sister and I’m skipping over it because it’s lame and boring. MJ goes to see Sammy and she gets her birthday gift. I like MJ and I like Sammy but this entire scene was just not needed. It was out of place, and was a time filler to set up the trip to NY with Reza. MJ says Sammy needs to settle down and meet a nice girl, which I guess is a set up for something next week in the finale.
Reza is going to see his dad after being estranged for years. His dad left LA when he was a teenager and he has not had contact. The father left not only the mother, but his child. Reza lets us know his paternal grandmother is a million years old and the reason the marriage did not work. The conversion to Islam was too much for her and she contributed to the end of the marriage. Reza is going in with an open but broken heart.
Sidebar: MJ talks about how she has been best friends with Sammy for 20 years, yet tells Reza the Shabbat dinner in New York will be her first. How is it possible that her best friend, who is Jewish, would never in twenty years invite her to Shabbat dinner? It seems odd to me that a group that claims to be so close, would not share something as basic but important as a Shabbat dinner. Not sure why, but that bothers me.
MJ and Reza arrive to dinner and as they get ready to go in to see his family, Reza tells MJ to have his back and if they start to go after him, she needs to save him. It is heartbreaking. This grown man is scared and nervous and I want to hug him and tell him it will be okay. The family embraces him and it’s awkward but lovely and once again this show is making me cry. Reza sees his dad and I am bawling my eyes out.
Reza is nervous and it’s very sad. They show the grandmother and I just think it’s mean. This woman is very old, clearly unaware of the smack talk, and I think it’s unfortunate that they are showing her at all. She is ancient, loved her son, and was broken when he left her faith. It was a different time and a different place and while that does not make it right, it was unkind to humiliate her in this way. I didn’t like it.
Reza takes his dad out for a private conversation and I have now gone into a full blown ugly cry. Reza’s dad is trying to explain his mistakes and Reza is crying and begging for him to love him. They are both emotional and it’s very sad. Reza is telling his dad he hates his grandmother, but the fact is he will under understand the pressure that was placed on everyone in this family. The pain is deep and it is upsetting.
Reza hugs his dad and tells him he loves him. MJ pushes them to embrace like they mean it, which is really sweet. It’s sad because we see Reza’s pain, we see MJ’s pain, and we see how fragile families are. You can have all the love in the world but even that is not enough to hold families together sometimes. I feel exhausted after this episode and really hoping they come back next season without the crapfest and just the reality.
Next week will be the season finale and it’s a drag. There has been a lot of controversy around this show in terms of how it depicts the Persian community, but if you can look beyond that, these are interesting people, living interesting lives. They are good television and giving us only 6 weeks is not fair. We need to get them back and it needs to happen quickly. Shahs of Sunset is reality television that actually tries to keep it real.
April 9, 2012 | 9:33 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
Last week this show went from slow and boring to fabulous, so hopes are high they keep it going. Aubrey ran off like a spoiled kid, while Arsenio lost his mind. Lisa took credit for everything, and Dayana was once again punished for being beautiful. I am reinvested, ready for more, and really hoping someone punches Aubrey in the face. Just kidding.
This week starts with Arsenio still fuming about Aubrey. He is spot on and I’m digging it. Arsenio calls Aubrey a bitch and a whore and Lisa gets pissed off and says it’s rude. Really? The filthiest female comic in the world is upset he called her a bitch and a whore? She is telling Arsenio every woman in America is going to hate him for using that language.
News flash Lisa, we freaking LOVE Arsenio for calling Aubrey out and we think you are a bitch a whore. Lou and Dayana come in and when Lisa sees that Debbie has been fired she loses her mind again. She tells them both they are stupid losers and storms off. Lisa is a nightmare. She is low class, ignorant, and ridiculous. She is not good television.
Sadly Aubrey gets over her silliness and comes back. I was so hopeful she would bail. She is talking about being bullied by Arsenio and Clay, and it’s lame. She was a bitch and got called on it. That’s not bullying, but she is a complete moron so you can’t blame her for not knowing what bullying is. Teresa is PM for her team, and Dayana is leading hers.
Aubrey confronts Arsenio, lets him know she was hurt by what he said, and tells him she is a fan. He says he’s a man for admitting he was wrong, but he doesn’t admit he was wrong. It was funny and totally fake. They hate each other and it was painfully insincere. Over with the others, Penn needs to go to another gig and Lisa is pissed she is stuck with morons.
The editing on this show sucks. The continuity is non-existent and you have to wonder exactly how much here is fake. I’m guessing about 99.9%. They need to do a commercial for Entertainment.com, which is a fun task. Sidebar: Teresa Guidice is fabulous on this show. She is beautiful and the other real housewives of New Jersey must be pissed about it.
Lou is pissed that as an actor, he was not selected to be in the commercial. Hilarious. I don’t get why they feel the need to do sub-titles for some of his lines. We understand him and it’s not nice. Lou is trying to help direct but they are not into his suggestions. It’s so predictable. They are annoyed with him, they will lose, and he will be the one to go.
Paul is made up to look like a regular guy and it’s strange to see him that way. He looks handsome and I love him for jumping in and doing what needs to be done. Teresa is digging saying action as the director and Aubrey is throwing her under the bus to the camera, but smiling to her face. Aubrey O’Day is evil and if she had a career, her time on this show would kill it.
Lou is still talking about how he wanted to be in the commercial. He is sweet, but enough already with the broken record. Lou needs simply stop talking. He’s so totally getting the boot that watching this feels like a waste and I want to fast forward over the task and get to the boardroom. I could never blog this show live because I need to skip a lot.
Lisa is working well with Dayana, so she has no choice but to bag on Lou. Lou tells Dayana if he didn’t like the commercial he would tell her, and assures he like it. He then tells the camera that he does not like it. It’s so obvious he is going home that it’s not really fun to watch. I am an hour in and all I want to do it go to the boardroom because I’m bored.
The presentations happen and we see both commercials. Teresa’s team has a video based on sexual innuendos. It’s funny and cute but Aubrey is painful and it’s a shame they cast her because she is nauseating. Dayan’s video is super cute but Lou is bitching, Aubrey is bitching, Lisa is bitching, and it is now so clear Lou is being fired that I’m annoyed.
Dayana is proud of her team, but when asked who the weakest link is, she says it is Lou. Surprise! Lisa says Lou was useless and Dayana was great. Lou then goes over the edge. He says Lisa is lucky to be a woman because if she was a man he’d throw her out the window. Lisa tells him to not threaten her, but Ivanka calls her out on being mean to Lou.
Lisa denies she calls Lou a loser, and they are going at it. Lisa says Lou needs to get ready for an elevator ride, which I thought was an awesome line. Nobody is willing to admit they heard Lisa call Lou a loser, but they all did. I love a woman with balls but Lisa is not ballsy as much as she is bitter, angry, negative and nasty. She is just not nice.
Clay says Teresa is the nicest woman on his team, which we all know. Apart from the fact that Aubrey is a rotten child and not a woman, Teresa is doing well and handling herself in a way that is surprising to those who watch her on Housewives. I am a huge fan, and I was not always, but she is rocking it and I hope she is in the finals. Time will tell.
Teresa says she will bring the entire team back into the boardroom because everyone was excellent and there was no week link. Aubrey looks constipated, then annoyed when Ivanka calls her out for taking over and answering questions for Teresa when she should have shut up. I dig Ivanka Trump and love it when she throws out Jewish lingo.
Trump asks why Dayana did not use her team in the commercial, and Penn says he was too old. Trump plays a long and says he hates “those people”, referring to older men with younger women. I love me some Donald Trump. He’s great television. Not at all Presidential, but he is good television. Lou tells Trump the other team did a better job.
It is a desperate and insane way to try to save himself, and the whole thing is sad because Lou just looks like a fool. I wanted him to do well because I love the idea of him, but in the end the idea of Lou Ferrigno is better than the real Lou Ferrigno. Watching Lisa beat up on Lou is depressing and I think was wrong in terms of the editing.
Lisa is humiliating and embarrassing him and I think he deserved a little more respect. You can’t edit out that he is a bit of an idiot, but he made himself look bad so having Lisa beat him up was just not nice. Lisa is a bitter shrew and I want her to go down in flames. FYI, her make-up is brutal. I’m guessing Gibson left her make-up bag behind.
Trump calls out Lou for saying the other team was better, and Lou is trying to take it back. The boardroom is an hour which is stupid. There is no reason this show should be two hours. In the end Teresa wins $60K. The bad news is that we now need to watch Lou get beat up for another twenty minutes, which is going to be gross.
The public beating of Lou continues. Lisa is a pig. Paul says he does not want to work with Lisa so you know he going to be moved to her team next week to make it even. Penn says Lou did not work too hard, Dayana says Lou did not work too hard, but Lisa is calling him out as a useless human being and I have no respect for her and never will.
Penn is safe. Dayana, Lou and Lisa are up for firing. Lou knows he is going home and tells Dayana and Lisa it was a pleasure working with them. Dayana says nothing, which is rude and mean. Lisa does not care about what he says and rather than accept his generosity towards her, she is rude and abrasive, confirming she is a classless pig.
Lou has been talking for weeks about how is hearing loss is not a factor and he does not want to be judged on it, yet now he is saying he takes longer to understand things because of it. It was sad. He was pulling the deaf card when he needed the sympathy and it did not sit well since he’s been fighting against it for weeks. I feel bad for him.
Lisa calls out the manipulation of his hearing issues, and Lou is saying her profanity is uncalled for. Lisa can’t get over his being there when he does nothing, and Lou can’t get over her calling him a loser on national television. Lou says Trump should fire Lisa, then changes it to Dayana being fired, as she was the Project Manager.
Trump fires Lou for being disloyal and Lou asks him to take it back because he does not want to be fired. It’s heartbreaking. He leaves without hugs to anyone and I’m not sure why, but it made me want to cry. This show was not great for Lou. In the end his turning on his team was more about hurting them, than it was about keeping it real.
April 6, 2012 | 12:51 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
Dear Ms. Frankel,
My name is Ilana Angel and I am a writer for The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. I write a blog about my life and worldview called “Keeping the Faith”, and a blog about reality television called “Keeping it Real”. As you know, I write about you a lot. I know you know because you are talking about me. The world is small, we know people in common, and so it makes sense I would hear things about you and I assume you hear things about me too. I think we would both agree that we are very aware of each other.
As a bit of a back story, I met you years ago while working at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. I watched you on Martha Stewart’s Celebrity Apprentice, then on the Real Housewives of New York City. I was a fan, and on those early years on RHONYC you were charming, funny, entertaining and great television. I’m not sure when or what it was exactly that things changed for me in terms of how I viewed you, but at some point you stopped being funny and started to be obnoxious.
You have lost many fans over the years, which I imagine does not matter to you since you picked up more than you lost. The thing is though, the fans from the beginning are the ones, like myself, who liked you when you had nothing. We were your fans not because you sold us something, but because we wanted you to get to the place where you could sell us something. We are not Kool-Aid drinking fans who think you care about us because we buy your stuff. We liked you before you had so much stuff.
With your success, which is impressive, you have become mean and rather vulgar. I am of the opinion that it’s too bad because when you were uncensored you were fabulous, but there is a thin line between racy and fun and vulgar and mean. I no longer find you appealing to watch, but I do because I am paid to, and because I keep waiting for you to settle into your fame and fortune and get back to who you were before you became this new Bethenny. I could be wasting my time, but whatever, I’m waiting.
I think you have been lying about a lot of things and have written as much. Your stories simply do not make sense to me, and while I am smart and educated, it does not take a scientist to put together the pieces of your stories and see that they do not add up. From tales of your dad, your mom, your childhood, your relationships, your education, and your fame, there is something that simply does not make sense. That said, it’s just my opinion and clearly has no impact on you or your life, or me and my life.
I like reality television and make a living writing about it. I am not a hobby blogger, but rather someone who is employed as a writer. I have an opinion and I share it. I understand the game of reality television, don’t take too much of it seriously, and appreciate it as a form of entertainment. It would appear however, that you take my writing more seriously than I take your show, so perhaps it’s time for us to talk about it. Let’s see if you are ready for a little dose of reality into your reality television life.
On your show last week, you said that the “tow boat guy” spoke to “The Journal” and he lied. Well, I am the writer who spoke with Tim Russell after he “saved” you, and I don’t think he was lying. Of course I have only spoke to him and not you so it’s one sided, but this was a lovely man who was clear with his story and his opinion, and he said you lied. Immediately after he spoke with me, you placed a gag order on him so he could not speak with me or anyone else again. That spoke volumes about you, not him.
He was adamant that there was no emergency, you fabricated your lost at sea story, and I believed him. Rather than call me to say it was not true, you put a gag order on him and made no attempt to set the record straight. Now, having seen the episode of your boat trip, it would appear that it was really not a dangerous situation as much as annoying. Why would you work so hard to hurt this man and his reputation? If he lied then so what? You say people lie about you all the time, where are all those gag orders?
It seems that you are able to have opinions on everyone, but nobody is able to have an opinion about you. This man had a lot of details about your trip, and I spoke with him at great length, in addition to speaking with the Coast Guard, and the fact is Bethenny, you were never in danger. It was an unfortunate experience that was made up for television, or perhaps was not made up for TV but simply a case of the doctor not being that talented of a sailor. Either way, you set up this story to crumble.
You are on your show talking about how people are trying to set you up to be caught in a lie but come on, it’s not that hard. You have lied about your mom, your dad, your childhood, your road to success, and your friendships. People lie. The issue here is that you are believing your own lies and it makes you look like a compulsive liar, not a woman who is being screwed over by those who are envious of her success and want to tear her down. I can assure you I am not one of those people.
I write about reality television and someone who had an issue with you contacted me and I wrote about it. I am not out for blood as you told your therapist, I am just writing what was told to me. It is not envy driven criticism, it is simply spelling out the story of Tim Russell, and he was there. You are on your show ripping him apart and it’s not nice. You are worried about your credibility, but this man has been working on the sea for 30 years and you don’t seem to mind killing his credibility.
If I am going to be completely honest, I dig you Bethenny. You have overcome a lot of heartache and struggle to create a life for yourself that is full. You are a mother and how you view your own mom is shaping what kind of mother you are to your own child. There are weeks when I want to scream at you to stop lying, and others when I want to hug you and tell you I am proud of you. At the end of the day that is the reality of reality television I suppose. I would have sat back and done my job, but you have now brought me in.
I don’t get paid more if I write about you, and the only one getting rich off of you is your mother. You are talking on your show about how you are going to go after everyone who lies about you, but I have yet to hear from you. I broke the story about Tim Russell and many outlets picked it up, yet you have not written to me to say it was not true, only put a gag order on Tim Russell. Who by the way insists you did not tip him or appreciate his generous gesture of coming out to get a boat that was not in danger.
Could he be disgruntled? Of course. Could he be lying? Absolutely. Let’s talk about it. I invite you to get in touch wit me and I will happily share with you what was shared with me, and you can set the record straight. I am happy to have that conversation with you and your husband. I resent you telling everyone I am a liar when you have not proven in any way that what I wrote was a lie. If I was wrong, I will print a retraction. I will let everyone know I was wrong, and Tim Russell was not honest when he spoke to me.
Until you stand up for yourself with me, his story stands, and my opinions stand. I don’t understand why you are on your show clearly talking about me, yet what you are saying is again not ringing true. You are saying you are going to stop bloggers from writing lies about you, you are clearly referring to my blog, but I have not heard from you. I am here, I am willing to talk to you, and I am willing to say I was wrong if I was. If you are serious about wanting people to know the truth, then get in touch and tell the truth.
I am not out to hurt you Bethenny and I’m certainly not getting rich by writing about you. I am a single mother in my 40’s who is working hard, searching for love, and trying to do it all with my faith in tact. Rather than hating me for hating you, perhaps you need to stop being a victim and realize there is no hate in sharing an opinion, and you have the power to set the record straight. Get in touch, or don’t, but stop attacking me for doing my job. I have done nothing but share a man’s story, and my opinions.
Not everyone is going to like you, or respect you, but more importantly, not everyone is out to get you, or is jealous of you. Some people, like myself, are happy for you and wish you well, but are tired of the vulgarity, the lies, and the victim stories. The important thing for you to know is that even when we don’t like you, we are on your side, and you could probably win a few of us back. I think I’m officially out, but I will listen and again, if I was wrong, I will say so. I am a writer, and my reputation is based on keeping it real.
April 5, 2012 | 5:29 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
Has Andy Cohen lost his mind? He is a really charming man and I appreciate all he has done for Bravo, but this hour of television was a complete and total train wreck. It was 60 minutes of ass kissing and sucking up and I watched out of shock, not interest. This was an embarrassment.
I really just do not get the purpose of this show and if we are going to be totally honest with each other, it was stupid. It was not made for us fans at home, but rather for them as fans of each other, which is weird because they all love themselves but are clearly embarrassed of each other.
You could tell that some people were annoyed to not be featured on the show. By some of course I mean everyone who did not get face time on camera with Andy. It was like a popularity contest. Who does Andy like the best? Who gets to talk to him? Who is he going to ignore?
They showed new shows that will premier in the coming weeks and honestly, I’m not sure any will be winners. I will watch, at least once, but time will tell if they are interesting enough to get all of us to come back. Bravo is a reality television factory that produces 24 hours a day.
We need to figure out if it is a state of the art factory with air conditioning and good lighting, or if the factory needs to be shut down for subpar products. I love reality TV but this show did not excite me about the shows as much as it embarrassed me for admitting I watch them.
The new shows are Gallery Girls, Decades, SUR, Silicon Valley, Miss Advised, and The Kandi Factory. I could tell you what they are all about but I fear if I actually give them any thought my head might explode. You’re all on your own with these new train wrecks. I need an intervention.
Andy does a contest between east coast and west coast housewives and it made me want to punch things. By things of course I mean housewives. We meet the 3 new housewives of NYC and learn they are interesting, but we see Jill would have been great in new mix.
This is an hour long commercial for Bravo where there has been nothing entertaining or exciting. It would have been better to not have all the people there, but rather just show us clips of the news shows and trailers of the ones coming up. Bravo does not get us.
The show took a sad turn when the stars of Top Chef played a game with Andy. I love this show and they have always been above the garbage level of the others, yet here they are making fools out of themselves. In the end even gorgeous Tom is just another fame whore.
The much hyped “live” singing of Melissa Gorga and Countless are nothing more than lip syncing karaoke performances. The singing was mortifying and after Melissa sang the camera shows Tabitha and her look of total confusion pretty much said it all. She was disgusted.
This show was a complete waste of time and left me annoyed. The viewers are making this network rich, yet they treat us like we are stupid. They need to give us our garbage TV and save their love fest for themselves. There was no reason to put this “party” on TV.
I could have spent this hour doing much more interesting things. Like watching my hair grow, or taking out the trash. Andy needs to spend less time using his network to entertain his friends and more time entertaining his viewers. Time to put down the cocktails and start keeping it real.