Reality Roundup

Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida (Source: BravoTV.com)

Things aren’t always sweet down in the peach state! The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Apollo Nida was sentenced to eight years in prison this past Tuesday for fraud charges.

Apollo, the husband of Atlanta Housewife Phaedra Parks, was found guilty for committing mail, wire, and bank fraud.

According to federal court documents, Apollo deposited millions of dollars worth of “fraudulently obtained checks” into almost 40 bank accounts that had been opened using “stolen identities.”

In addition, Apollo stole United States Treasury checks, “retirement checks issued to Delta Airlines employees, and checks in the names of real people that were owed unclaimed property from various state and federal government agencies,” court documents stated.

“Today’s sentencing exemplifies impartial justice regardless of economic class or perceived celebrity status. Nida’s sentence should be an eye opener for other like-minded criminals who scheme to steal victims’ identities, defraud them and ignore the consequences of their actions,” said Reginald G. Moore, of the United States Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office.

Despite the bitter downfall, Phaedra Parks is keeping her head above the water. “Phaedra’s doing great,” Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss told Hollywood Life of her friend.

“She’s basically working,” added the newlywed singer. “That’s how I deal with things too; when I have a lot going on, I just put more into work. I know that she’s promoting her book and doing the book tour and stuff like that and she’s not really trying to focus as much on what’s happening.”

Apollo, 35, will serve five years under parole supervision after he completes his eight years in a federal prison, U.S. District Court Judge Charles A. Pannell, Jr. ruled during sentencing last Tuesday. A hearing on July 17 will determine how much restitution Apollo will have to pay to his victims.

This will not be the first time Apollo will be spending time in a jail cell. The father of two was released in 2009 after serving time for racketeering charges.

Polish those dancin’ shoes! Season 19 of Dancing with the Stars is just around the corner! Rumors surrounding the Season 19 cast have already begun running rampant!

One of the rumored cast members set to star on the upcoming season of ABC‘s Dancing with the Stars is newlywed Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss. Other cast speculations for Season 19 include The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards and The Real Housewives of Orange County‘s Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Barney.

The beloved ballroom television show was given a lot of love this week! Dancing With the Stars was nominated for an Emmy Award yet again for Best Reality-Competition Show.

Season 19 of Dancing with the Stars is set to debut this fall.

Speaking of the Emmy‘s, one Bravo show that may have a statue is Million Dollar Listing New York. Ryan Serhant took to social media last week to announce the nomination and thank his co-stars and fans. The series just finished its third season and is at the top of the Million Dollar Listing game. There are currently three MDL franchises, the newest being Million Dollar Listing Miami. Is Bravo now going to grow this Housewives style?

LuAnn DeLesseps is reportedly not getting paid, but don’t believe everything reported. After Radar Online ran an article that stated Countess was either getting fired or she had to work for free, Hollywood Life sought out the truth. A rep for the Real Housewives of New York star told HL, “Every year they talk about the same potential of firings.  LuAnn had a great season and she is looking forward to returning, but she is very busy with her new business ventures including her Countess LuAnn Dress Collection and she is set to follow up with jewelry and home. So whatever the future hold will be positive.” The rep went on to clarify that the only work miss DL does for free is her “charity work.”

When we spoke to LuAnn at the RHONY premiere she stated she was happy with her currently part-time Housewives gig. Though to us, it seems like she’s still as much a show staple as ever. What do you all think?

Shahs of Sunset has one less cast member. Lilly Ghalichi, the “Persian Barbie” has been fired. This suits co-star Mercedes (MJ) Javid just fine. MJ told TMZ that her co-star was too fake for reality television. “I think it was inevitable”, Javid says in a TMZ video when asked her thoughts on the firing. “You’ve got to be real to be on reality TV, I think she was very interesting, but she wasn’t herself and that was her problem.”

Not far from Sunset, a new baby has been born! The Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson is a grandma, again!  Vicki’s daughter, Briana Wolfsmith-Culberson, welcomed her second child this past Wednesday morning. The new bundle of joy weighed in at 6 lbs., 8 oz.

“Being a mother is one of life’s greatest joys. I never knew there was a love out there greater than the love I have for my own children,” Vicki said in a statement. “Being a grandmother, now twice, teaches me that love is never ending and life is full of divine surprises … This is a real Woo Hoo moment.”

Briana and her husband Ryan Culberson are also parents to son Troy, 22 months.

 “Real glamour, real drama, fake boobs.” That’s the tagline for Hulu‘s newest original comedy series The Hotwives of Orlando, a spoof on Bravo’s The Real Housewives.

“A parody of one of the most popular franchises in reality television, ‘The Hotwives of Orlando,’ takes you inside the uber-exclusive and glamorous…more world of six hot housewives livin’ large in Central Florida’s sexiest city, Orlando,” Hulu executives described. “The show follows a cast of ladies as they fight over pretty much everything except for their love of shoes, plastic surgery, and the pursuit of spending all of their husbands’ money.”

While the seven episode series will debut this Tuesday, catch a hilarious preview below!

Lastly, tonight is the big night. Hold onto your tables, Real Housewives of New Jersey is back along with born again Housewife Dina Manzo. Dina, who left after season 2, told E!Online that she’s hoping to bring back some of the lighthearted fun that the fans have been requesting. “I think the the fans-viewers and the network- were ready for a change. I kind of believe them when they say we need to go back to that feeling of season one, kind of fun and a little bit of drama, but nothing that hurts a family and got too dark,” she says in a new interview.

As for family she will not be speaking about hers. “I didn’t like being talked about when I was on and I’m sure they (Caroline Manzo, Chris and Jacqueline Laurita) wouldn’t like it either. So that’s the kind of one thing I said I wasn’t going to talk about.”

Tonight TBB will be on deck at the RHONJ premiere party, Fabellini in hand (ticket comes with one…side-eye) to get the scoop and meet Dina for the first time. Rumor has it that Untying The Knot‘s Vikki Ziegler, who went to high school with the Laurita clan, will also be present.

Tell us— Are you looking forward to the new RHONJ season? What city would you like to see MDL happen in next? Which Bravolebrity would you like to see compete next on Dancing with the Stars? Leave a comment below and voice your opinion! Your email will never be sold or shared.

Do you have a submission or idea for next week’s Reality Roundup? Email your thoughts to brent@tbbreality.com!

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About HousewifeGuy

Brent Osborne has always been loud, a little brash and unapologetically truthful. Prior to joining TBB, Brent founded and authored the successful Real Housewives blog, ThatHousewifeGuy.com and the Starpulse.com column of the same name. Brent’s industry experience is extensive and includes interviewing former Real Housewives of New York City star, Jill Zarin. Inspired by his former teachers, Brent is currently pursuing a career in Childhood Education with hopes of becoming a High School Guidance Counselor. With coffee running through his veins, Brent works numerous jobs and attends school full-time. Brent’s mantra is “Love what you do and work with others who do the same.” He’s grateful to his supportive family and friends for cheering on all of his endeavors!

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