Reality Roundup

John Bluher and Taylor Armstrong (Source: Paul A. Hebert/Getty)

I hear another spin-off in the works… The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong, is engaged!

Lawyer John Bluher proposed to the 42-year-old reality star on Thursday at the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort in Mexico, E! News exclusively confirmed.

“The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort is where we fell in love, it was the perfect choice for this wonderful occasion,” Bluher told Us Weekly. Taylor was beautiful and never stopped smiling! it was an amazing evening, a ten all round!”

As RHOBH watchers know, this will be Taylor’s second time walking down the aisle. Taylor’s estranged husband, Russell Armstrong, committed suicide back in August 2011. Russell left behind his and Taylor’s daughter, Kennedy, now 6.

Reports suggest that the New Jersey housewives have already begun filming season six of The Real Housewives of New Jersey in an effort to catch Teresa Giudice’s legal troubles. However, RadarOnline has revealed that none of the current cast members have been presented with contracts for next season.

“They’re all starting to freak out,” a source close to production revealed.

“The women won’t get their contracts until after the reunion show for this season is filmed and that is happening the first week in September. They have to do everything that is required of them for THIS season and then Bravo will lock them down for the next season. But the stalemate is making everyone really nervous.”

After seeing how the New York City housewives were not granted any of their demands while negotiating contracts for season six of The Real Housewives of New York City, Caroline Manzo, Melissa Gorga, Jacqueline Laurita, Teresa Giudice, and Kathy Wakile are afraid to ask for more money.

“With Teresa’s crazy indictment and October trial coming up the ladies know that Bravo wants them all back, but they don’t know if they’re going to be able to get any more money,” the source said. “They would basically be filming two seasons back-to-back without a break and that is a lot more pressure for all of them.”

However, the cast believes that Giudice’s legal trouble will work in their favor.

“All the ladies know that Teresa’s court drama could be amazing for ratings and they all want to be a part of that and they’re hoping Bravo will quickly get them all new deals so they can start filming again right away. They know that Teresa is the star and they’ll have to have her back so they’re hoping that they all will be back too.”

In a recent video interview with TBBReality, Caroline Manzo discussed the possibility of a sixth season and revealed that reunion shows are not taped until most of the current season’s episodes have aired. My guess is that the reunion show will be taped by the end of September.

Find out what Caroline said here in this exclusive video:

Real Housewives of Miami star Adriana De Moura posing naked in a bathtub for a new PETA campaign. (Source: Aubrey Chandler)

Aiiiiii Mami!

The Real Housewives of Miami star Adriana De Moura stripped down for pictures for her new campaign with PETA.

The Brazilian reality star posed completely nude in a bathtub for the animal rights ads. Adriana’s ads aim to bring awareness to the controversial practice of keeping marine mammals in captivity for entertainment purposes.

Adriana isn’t the only Miami housewife to bare all for a good cause. Fellow RHOM cast member Joanna Krupa was featured in PETA ads as well.

Kim Zolciak may need a new house!

The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Don’t Be Tardy star Kim Zolciak announced back in June that she and her husband, Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann were expecting, again.

Now, the reality star has announced that she and Kroy are expecting TWINS!

“I was completely shocked,” Kim told E! News. “I had no idea. It was a natural conception, but twins do run in the family, so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised.”

The couple have two children together, Kroy Jr., 2, and Kash Kade, 9 months. In addition, Kroy officially adopted Zolciak’s daughters Brielle and Ariana from previous relationships.

I can’t believe I am going to be a mom to six children,” Kim said. “It’s going to be very busy but it’s a dream come true.”

Season four of Vh1’s Mob Wives is going to be explosive!

Alicia DiMichele Garafola is the newest cast member of the Staten Island based reality show and we can already feel the tension brewing!

Drama between Karen Gravano and Alicia is sure to be captured this season as the two have deep family history.

Karen is the daughter of ex-Gambino underboss Salavatore “Sammy The Bull” Gravano. Alicia’s late father-in-law, Edward Garafalo, was murdered by members of Gravano’s crew on orders of then-Gambino boss John Gotti. Yikes!

“Alicia has been filming and there’s a ton of drama since she is cast mates with a family enemy,” a source told . “It’s crazy but she’s loving it.”

Adding to the drama, Joseph “Joe Boy” Sclafani, the fiancé of the Mob Wives star Ramona Rizzo, was sentenced to 15 years in prison last week. Joseph, an alleged member of the Gambino crime family, pleaded guilty to distributing cocaine.

It doesn’t look like Ramona will be walking down the aisle any time soon.

Sheree Whitfield may loose her dream home before she can even move in!

According to, an Atlanta area real estate agent claims the home is in foreclosure and is available for immediate short sale.

The home, referred to as Chateau Sheree, is reportedly on the market for $340,000, but sealed bids are now being accepted for the property and buyers may be able to purchase the un-finished home in the low $300,000s.

Despite the home’s great location, a source classifies the home as a possible “tear down” because of exposure to various elements during construction. Reports reveal it has been ”sitting in the rain wearing nothing but an expired Tyvek wrap” for months!

Sheree spoke about the home, and what it represents to her on Iyanla: Fix My Life earlier this year.

Watch Sheree discuss Chateau Sheree with Iyanla Vanzant below.

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Briella Calafiore Goes From Glam to Grimm in an Original Play By Brandon Monokian

Briella Calafiore, Brandon Monokian, and Jessica Romano during their production of the Vagina Monologues.

Briella Calafiore, Brandon Monokian, and Jessica Romano during their production of the Vagina Monologues.

There’s been a lot of reality stars crossing into theater lately. Back in November we saw My Big Gay Italian Wedding with Mobwives’ Ramona Rizzo and Karen Gravano making cameos, the first in a huge group of reality stars who have appeared in the play since. Now Glam Fairy’s Briella Calafiore, one of MBIW former guests,is starring in the second run of playwright Brandon Monokian’s Grimm Women, a modern day twist on the classic Grimm fairy tales we’ve all grown up with. The show, which previously ran in a NY Off Off Broadway production, now moves to the Adrienne Theater in Philly. The new run, which features new characters and a longer script, starts on April 22nd and runs through May 5th. We interviewed Monokian and Calafiore about the play as well as how one goes from the drama of reality television, to the art of creating drama on a live stage.

TBB: Grimm women takes the classic fairy tale heroines and brings them into modern times. What inspired you to write this play?

BM: I had just graduated from college a few years ago and I was lucky to be doing shows with Suzzanne Douglas and Alice Playten who I had grown up watching on TV. Being around their amazing energy and watching them work got me inspired to be creative so I started doing a lot of writing. At the same time I was working with them I was working for the Princeton Public Library where we were doing plays that had been adapted from literature and I was directing them. I wanted to write my own so I chose the Brother’s Grimm fairy tales. I’m so interested in cliches, I think they’re so prevalent in our modern culture and lot come from these fairy tales. I thought we could adapt them. They are so much darker in their original form. They get “Disney-fied” over the years. I knew we could go back to their roots, bring the characters into modern times and create something really outrageous!

TBB: Briella, tell us about your role in Grimm Women…

 BC: I play the modern day version of Red Riding Hood. She is a pot smoking bad ass. She gets into a lot of trouble but she has a really big heart. She’s very dramatic but is hysterical, similar to me in some ways but so different in others.

TBB: Brandon you cast Briella after she was in your production of the Vagina Monologues. How did you initially meet?

 BC: (Glam Fairy cast mate) Jessica Romano went to Montclaire State University with Brandon where they did a lot of theater things together. Last year I told Jessica that I wanted to do a play. I said “I think it would be fun to be on stage and do something different,” so she introduced me to Brandon. We did the Vagina Monologues after I heard what it was about and how Brandon’s Montclaire State production was to benefit domestically abused women. It was such a cool opportunity.

BM: I have been friends with Jessica for years and she saw a production of the Vagina Monologues that I directed. I said, “You should do it next year.” When she did she brought Briella and we hit it off. I approached them both to work on (Grimm Women)! Jessica does the makeup and co-designed all the looks of the actors. Jessica actually did the makeup for the very first thing I directed in college so we go way back.

TBB: Brandon, you’ve done some acting yourself. Do you prefer to be on the stage or behind it?

Brandon with Jessica Romano

Brandon with Jessica Romano

 BM: It’s really 2 different kinds of things. I like to work on pieces I have a lot of control over. I like original work so a lot of the acting I have done has been off the wall, not huge big things. I really love both behind the scenes as well as being on stage.

TBB: What about you Briella, do you find it more challenging taping a reality show or being on stage in a live performance?

BC: I would definitely say being on stage in a live performance because I’m new at it. Stage is always going to be more challenging than TV, because TV you can edit. On stage it’s something different. You have one shot and all eyes are on you.

TBB: Had you previously done any stage acting?

BC: When I was younger I did theater camps, but in high school I focused more on hair and cosmetology. I think its safe to say I’m back into it.
I was in My Big Gay Italian Wedding a couple of weeks ago.

TBB: Can we expect to see more acting from you in the future?

 BC: Yes for sure. I’m trying to pull myself out of the reality tv role and dive into more authentic self expressive areas. I just read a play called Tattoo Girl. Brandon did it before and we are working on doing another production of it. I plan on working with Brandon a really long time.

TBB: Brandon, you previously ran Grimm Women in NY and now you’re moving on to Philly. Have any changes been made for the new run?

 BM: We have three new cast members. One part that was previously played by a woman is now played by a man. The show is also a little bit longer now, it was pretty short in its first run.

TBB: Are you planning to take the show to any other cities?

BM: I would love to go back to New York. I’m talking about doing it in New Jersey this summer, and I would love to take it to Boston, just because I selfishly want to hang out there!

TBB: Briella do you plan on staying with Grimm Women in other cities?

 BC: I absolutely plan on staying with (the show) for as long as I can and as long as I’m capable. The only thing that would stop me would be if I do more television work. Like if Glam Fairy gets picked up for a third season.

TBB: Have heard anything regarding that yet?

BC: Not yet, no.

TBB: Do you think there will ever come a point where you will have to choose one world over the other?

BC: I think I would have to leave reality TV. I would definitely have to be done to be taken seriously in the theater world. I always see myself doing TV and theater. My dream is to have my own sitcom on television. I always think I’m going to be dabbling in theater on the side!

TBB: Are you currently taking acting lessons?

 BC: I’m taking private lessons with Brandon one on one. Classes are something I’m looking into.

TBB: Thank you both for talking with me. Is there anything you want to add?

BC: I’m working on a book of writings. It’s going to be called Kiss the Crazy. It’s only in the beginning stages. It’s a collection of poems and short stories about embracing your inner crazy. There are about 50 writings altogether.

BM: Working with Briella and Jessica has just been great. They’ve really brought (Grimm Women) to life!

For more about Grimm Women and to purchase tickets visit


My Big Gay Italian Wedding

Anthony Wilkinson writer/lead role.

Brett Douglas “Maurizio”

When Anne Cahalane (Mom’s Thoughts Radio) told me about a special performance of My Big Gay Italian Wedding featuring a special appearance by Mob Wives Karen Gravano and Ramona Rizzo I was interested. When she threw in an invite to see it with a group of fabulous tweeple (complete with an exclusive dinner party before hand) I was flattered, and completely sold. My assistant Melissa and I purchased our tickets and the countdown began!

The evening started at NYC Midtown eatery Etc. Etc. in a private upstairs dining room. There was a 3 course prix fixe meal for $32 (a bargain in NY!) The food and company was great. A room full of fabulous girls and gays. Only odd thing was that the gays were on one side of the room and the girls on the other. “Trust me, everyone will mingle after the show,” Anne told me. One could only hope so, after all I had come out for a night of My Big Gay Italian Wedding, not “My Big Gay Hasidic Wedding.”

Daniel Robinson “Andrew”

With dinner ending just 5 minutes before the show we were the best dressed sprinters in NY making the 2 block dash to the St. Luke’s Theatre on 46th Street. For those not familiar with  NYC theatre life, St. Luke’s is an Off-Broadway venue (smaller theaters than Broadway). We arrived shortly before the show began surprised to see that we had front row seats thanks to Anne’s early invite!

MBGIW is the brainchild of writer Anthony Wilkinson, a “three time Daytime Emmy Award winner, and four time recipient of the Directors Guild of America Award for his work on ABC’s One
Life to Live.”

Anne Calahane (Mom’s Thoughts)

The show first opened in 2003 and has had several successful runs. Though he now resides in Dallas, Wilkinson loves being able to bring MBGIW back to NY. In addition to being the writer he plays the lead role, Anthony Pinnunziato, a recently engaged gay man who has to convince his traditional Italian parents to throw him the Italian wedding of his dreams. He has several obstacles to overcome in order for this to happen, including gaining the support, and matrimonial services, of his family priest (Chad Kessler), and the attendance of the unwilling mother of Andrew(Daniel Robinson), his groom to be.

Karen Gravano and Ramona Rizzo
had cameos.
Judy Torres “ToniAnn”

The large cast, directed by General Hospital’s Sonia Blangiardo, consists of a great group of actors with various credits from stage, television, and film. Playing Anthony’s Aunt ToniAnn is Freestyle music legend Judy Torres whose hair is higher than some of the notes she hits. (ToniAnn is also played by songstress Kim Sozzi some nights). Audience members will be treated to snippets of Torres’s music throughout the show. (I’m assuming the same is true of Sozzi when she plays the part). In addition to music there are some dance scenes that are very well choreographed by J.Austin Eyer.

The show is very well acted. Three standouts the evening I attended were Brett Douglas, Erik Ransom, and Meagan Robar. Douglas is flamboyantly hilarious as wedding planner Maurizio Le Grande. His character reminded me of Martin Short’s Frank in Father of the Bride. If you are in the front row, beware of his critical eye. My high boots were eyed by the snarky Le Grande and I was dubbed “hooker boots” and the joke became a running gag the entire second act.

Ransom is brilliant as the cross dressing queen Rodney. He has great comedic timing and razor sharp sarcasm. Plus the guy rocks heels and a dress better than many women I know.

Robar plays bridesmaid Connie. Her character is tough as nails and in a constant battle with fellow bridesmaid, and former girlfriend Lucia (Liz Gerecitano). Robar’s mannerisms and facial expressions are all very believable. She takes her craft to the brink without falling into overacting the role.

RHONJ’s Kim Pirella

If you have a chance to visit the St. Luke’s Theatre this holiday season this is a great evening out.  My Big Gay Italian Wedding is loaded with laughs and a couple of warm fuzzy moments that made even this Bitch cry. However, if you are a devout Catholic that lacks a sense of humor I would abstain as you may get offended by the portrayal of the family priest. Also this is not an appropriate show for children. The profane language and sexual innuendo is for a mature audience. I spotted one child in the crowd, I can only imagine the conversation those parents had on the way home that night!