A Break From Reality

The cast of GG2D restored my faith in Bravo TV! photo: bravotv.com

The cast of GG2D restored my faith in Bravo TV!
photo: bravotv.com

By Tara Cushing (@TheBravoBlonde)

I have a confession to make. Reality TV and I have separated, or at least, we were separated. After one too many seasons of forced drama and women tearing down other women, I had just had it. I packed my bags and said goodbye. We were officially on a break. We tried to work things out. Occasionally I would be lured back in with the promise of that old feeling I used to get when I watched The Real Housewives, via a good promo, or an interesting new addition, Lisa RinnaEileen Davidson, the anticipation of Bethenny Frankel returning to RHONY, but each time I tried to watch an episode I could only half pay attention. The attraction just wasn’t there like it used to be.

I feared my love affair with Bravo TV was over. How could I still be The Bravo Blonde if I no longer watched Bravo TV? However, those clever Bravo execs found the perfect solution. Whether it be a coincidence, or the reality that reality television may have already piqued, the programming department had the foresight to launch its first scripted series with a cast of characters and actors worthy of prime time on its mothership NBC.Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce had me from the very first episode. It was witty, fun,edgy, and real, as opposed to reality, television.

Every Tuesday night we conducted our affair. I poured the wine at 10pm and gave my undivided attention to all the drama, comedy, and romance that can only be done right when it is authentically faked! How I’d forgotten the joys of character and story development unfolding at the hands of gifted writers, directors, and professional actors. Watching people who graced my television simply because they loved their craft, and not necessarily the glare of the spotlight.

Between GG2D and American Horror Story (the only scripted show I had watched since Desperate Housewives went off the air in 2012) this was the season I went back in time. Back to a time when the small screen was reserved for those who made their profession solely to entertain. It was enjoyable and stress free. To turn off twitter and just watch, as old school as it is, felt fresh and new.

With both shows over for the season, and thankfully both renewed, I have returned to my regularly scheduled programming. My refreshed eyes have readjusted and have been watching The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills  and The Millionaire Matchmaker again. With the winter ending, hopefully, I plan to be ready to leave my self-imposed hibernation and get back to the circuit meeting the stars of Bravo and beyond.

Yes reality TV, I am watching again. I’m ready to see new seasons of NewlywedsReal Housewives of New York City, and Real Housewives of Orange County. Or at least I thought I was ready, until I saw the season premier of Shahs of Sunset.

What scripted shows do you like to watch? Do you think reality tv is on the decline? Share your thoughts below!

Reality Roundup November 22, 2014

Reality Roundup by Tara Cushing (The Bravo Blonde)

Will Lisa Rinna be the new queen of the Housewives? Source:stylebistro.com

Will Lisa Rinna be the new queen of the Housewives?
Source:stylebistro.com

Ramona Singer and Real Housewives of New York City castmates celebrated in Atlantic City last weekend. The group, which included Bethenny Frankel, whose filmed birthday celebration we reported about last week, hopped aboard a party bus to celebrate the newly single Singer’s birthday.

Countess LuAnn DeLesseps shared a photo on her social media that showed the cast, and an unidentified blonde, lined up on their way to one of my favorite places, The Borgata Casino Hotel. This is the first time the cast was filmed at the Jersey Shore and not their usual weekend playground, the Hamptons. I’ve got three thoughts, who is the unknown woman, I wish I had gone there last weekend, and is Bravo’s cast vacay budget shrinking?

It’s a trend! It seems that Housewife returns aren’t going to stop. The latest name to be dropped as a born again HW is Caroline Manzo. Radar Online reports that with its star Teresa Giudice leaving the land of fur collars for the cell of orange jumpsuits, Bravo execs are trying to get a game plan together for the next season.

A source told Radar that both Caro and Jacqueline Laurita are very good prospects for full time status once again for season 7. One factor is that ratings increased when Jacqueline and Kathy Wakile both returned to the show for small parts during the ratings starved season 6. For those who are wondering if Caroline returning means that Manzo’d With Childen is not, the source told Radar that the spin-off actually “exceeded Bravo’s expectation ratings-wise and they are definitely interested in another season.”  Check out TBB next week when we post a Jacqueline exclusive in which she talks about plans for next season!

How would you feel about a double dose of the Manzo family? If Caroline were to return she would be joining the ranks of her estranged sister, Dina Manzo, and Bethenny Frankel as Housewives who learned the hard way to never say never. Also on that list are Camille Grammer, who called her actor ex Kelsey a “dick” and an “ass” on Watch What Happens Live  on Tuesday, Taylor Armstrong, and Adrienne Maloof. All three women made return appearances on this week’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills premiere. How much of them we will see this season? We hope enough to keep it interesting.

While on the topic of The Real Housewives of Beverly HillsE!Online says that everybody’s new favorite 90210-er is going to be Days of Our Lives and Melrose Place alum Lisa Rinna. Rinna, who has several reality series to her credit (Celebrity Apprentice,Dancing with the Stars and Harry Loves Lisa) told E! that filming RHOBH was “was very close to doing Melrose Place without a script in your hand.” Interesting words for “reality”. If any of you have seen the trailer of Lisa tossing a glass of what appears to be wine at Kim Richards, you have to be wondering if a veteran soap star isn’t going to be acting at least a bit. Fellow soap actress Eileen Davidson is also joined the series. Bring on the drama queens! What are your thoughts on actresses on reality television?

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On Beyond Bravo by Lesley Rousso

Can Kathy carry Joan? Photo credit: Getty Images

Can Kathy carry Joan?
Photo credit: Getty Images

Although she hasn’t confirmed it personally, TMZ is reporting that Kathy Griffin will take the place of Joan Rivers on Fashion Police. Reportedly the show will no longer be  airing weekly and will be downsized to only awards shows and special events. Radar Online reports that Griffin was handpicked for the show by Rivers’ daughter Melissa. Do you think Kathy can fill Joan’s shoes?

Radar Online is reporting that Kyle Chrisley, the troubled son of Todd Chrisley, is making claims that his father is in fact gay. The family patriarch’s sexual orientation has been questioned since Chrisley Knows Best began airing due to him being overly flamboyant. Kyle, whom his father says is bipolar, is not the first one to make this claim. A former male employee sued the reality star after he asked him to perform a sex act on him. What are your thoughts on Todd Chrisley?

MTV reality star Diem Brown passed away last Friday after an extremely long battle with cancer. Family and friends payed tribute to her in a memorial service held in Manhattan on Tuesday. Her sister and friends eulogized her and Tricia Yearwood sang. Former The Challenge castmates, including Chris “CT” Tamburello, Diem’s on again off again boyfriend, were also on hand at the 34 year old’s funeral. We send her family love and prayers.

 

We are happy to introduce our new and improved Reality Roundup! We know you are busy and will still offer the same all in one place gossip “cheat sheet”, but we will also give you the option of reading it as the gossip grows during the week. Read now or read later, it’s up to you, but we will have the latest buzz waiting for you when you are ready!

Tell us below what you think of the new Reality Roundup format and any opinions you have on this week’s news!

Let the tongues wag! 

 

Reality Roundup

Is Tori Spelling faking it? Photo credit: people.com

Is Tori Spelling faking it?
Photo credit: people.com

By Lesley Rousso

It’s been quite the busy week in the land of reality tv. But then again, when isn’t it?

First off, let me welcome Bethenny Frankel back to The Real Housewives of New York City. Opinions seem to be mixed about the Skinnygirl‘s return but I for one, am thrilled. Bethenny belongs on reality tv and always brought fun and a little drama to the scene. I can’t wait to see her interaction with the other ladies.

Speaking of The Real Housewives, Us Magazine is reporting that this will be the “most intense” season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills yet. According to Kyle Richards and Yolanda Foster, it’s a complicated season that features newbies Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson. On a side note, how ironic is it that two soap opera stars are joining a soap opera? Anyway, the ladies dish that there is all sorts of drama to go around in the fifth season, including many disagreements and some new friendships. Additionally, several outlets including Radar Online are reporting that Lisa Rinna’s husband Harry Hamlin refuses to appear on the show. His agents allegedly told him it may be bad for his acting career if he participates. Sources say it’s quickly becoming a storyline as one cast member relentlessly questions Lisa about Harry’s absence. We shall see. Season five of my favorite housewives franchise premieres soon on Bravo TV.

True Tori premiered this week and as expected it was another crying and whining fest. I cannot for the life of me figure out why anyone would do a reality show of this sort. Well obviously for the money but it seems like blood money to me. While I do think Dean McDermott is definitely a cheater, I did a little investigating the other night and I cannot find a photo of this woman he cheated with anywhere. Is it fake? The world may never know. Tori Spelling meanwhile who’s in the hospital with respiratory issues, yet again tweeted out a cryptic message the other day, claiming she now knows there’s one person who will never be there for her. Is it Dean? Is it Mama Candy? Again, the world may never know, and probably doesn’t care anyway!

Hasta la vista Honey Boo Boo. TLC has cancelled this ridiculous show after four seasons. Why you ask? Well, Mama June is currently dating a convicted child molester who People magazine reveals is an old boyfriend. Mark McDaniel served ten years in a Georgia prison for aggravated child molestation. Get this, Anna Cardwell, June’s 20-year-old daughter, was the eight year old victim of McDaniel. Anna is reportedly beyond hurt by her mothers actions and says their relationship may be over. Honestly, why these people were ever on tv is a mystery to me. I found this show only mildly entertaining and I’ll watch pretty much anything. Watching those fools and their disgusting behavior does not, a tv show make. Na Na Na Na Na Na Na, hey hey hey, goooooodbye.
Tonight on Bravo, Real Housewives of New Jersey secrets revealed part one airs at 8 EST. Why not the reunion? That’s annoying. It’s followed by a couple of episodes of Manzo’d With Children and Watch What Happens Live with Dina Manzo and Mark Consuelos at 11:30.
Watch this space for my latest reality adventure as I meet up with Andy Cohen yet again at his next book signing in November.  Stay tuned…