E! Didn’t Botch This One

Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nasiff make quite the team. Photo: nypost.com

Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nasiff make quite the team. Photo: nypost.com

It’s been quite a while since I broke my allegiance to Bravo TV. I confess I seldom have the desire (or the time) to venture to other networks and become addicted to more reality shows. When Househusbands get their own gig, however, I simply must check it out.  Throw in plastic surgery and I now am actually looking forward to the show.

Botched (10/9 C on E!) follows The Real Housewives of Orange County‘s Terry Dubrow and former The Real Housewives of Beverly Hillsstar Paul Nasiff as the latest surgical partnership to hit the small screen. With Dubrow’s down to earth pragmatism and Nasiff’s cool with the right amount of cocky, they are The Odd Couple meets Nip Tuck.

The series debuted on Tuesday June 24th, to rave reviews from TBB‘s twitter following.  Though the doctors may have a Houswives pedigree, Botched is no table flipping, cat fighting trainwreck. It’s instead interesting and informative with an appropriate balance of sarcasm and quirk. Nasiff and Dubrow are a plastic surgery A-team that know how to push one another’s buttons as they tackle uniboobs, and collapsed nostrils.

Dubrow specializes in breast reconstruction and Nasiff is the nose-man. Together they assess three potential clients, two with a plastic surgery gone wrong nightmare and one narcissist cum would-be mental patient. The two former get the thumbs up and the latter gets the big reject, which should come with referral to a psychiatrist. Don’t worry, you will get your share of quirk, apparently. Though a robotic looking Ken Doll cosmetic surgery addict and a Chinese comedian (at least I hope that was her excuse for her wardrobe and behavior) were given the boot, one patient who made the cut was whacky reality television veteran and supermodel Janice Dickinson.

Housewives fans will enjoy getting to know these men apart from the women that made them household names. It’s a true testiment to the Mars/Venus theory as we see just how real and calm these men are in their element. The men are blunt with their patients, and Dubrow, the softer of the two, shows genuine care and concern.

I can attest that this is as real as reality tv can get. Last summer I had the pleasure of speaking to Dr. Dubrow by phone before my own plastic surgery. I had last minute questions the week before while my own surgeon was on vacation. Dr. Dubrow listened and gave sound advice. He treated me as if I were his own patient.

On Sunday Botched moved to its regular time after Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Will we see Bruce Jenner on the show? One can only hope! Set your DVRs folks, Botched on E! has my seal of approval!

RHOBH: Season 4

WIll the ladies make it to another season? Should they even be allowed> Photo: bravotv.com

WIll the ladies make it to another season? Should they even be allowed? Photo: bravotv.com

By Lesley Rousso

Where do I begin? We all watched this season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills , mostly appalled. Sorry, but I’m not sorry, it’s true. The season brought us two new Housewives, Joyce Giraud  and Carlton Gebbia. Each came with their own brand of drama, but the real drama involved veterans Brandi Glanville  and Lisa Vanderpump. For Brandi, it was another season of inexcusable, but ultimately excused, bad behavior. Her alchohol infused tirades got old quickly and I was easily exhausted by her. What I couldn’t believe was that she  turned on her biggest supporter, LVP.

At first it was all about Lisa’s “mothering”. Brandi, under the false assumption that she doesn’t need any guidance, felt she was being bossed around by her former BFF. Then the conflict centered around Scheana. Brandi was convinced that Lisa purposely brought her around to upset her. Can we say reaching here? Honestly it seemed as if all season she was looking for a way to stir up trouble with the Vanderpumps. Kyle Richards, prone to Mean Girls type behavior, was happy to join in on the “lets bash Lisa olympics”. Then Yolanda Foster decided to hop on the bandwagon. If you ask me the whole season just evolved into everyone but Joyce and Carlton turning on Lisa and Ken. (Subplots included Kyle and Carlton accusing each other of horrible things and Brandi against Joyce, or shall I say Jacqueline.)

By the time the season was winding down I had sympathy anxiety as far as Lisa was concerned. Season four ended as it started, at a Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce event, but things had definitely changed. The three part reunion rolled around and mercifully finished off Monday night. As much as I love and adore Andy Cohen, you don’t have to be Nancy Drew to see where his loyalties lie. It was painful to watch.

So, where does the future lie for the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Who will return next season and will there even be a next season? As much as the majority of us loathe Brandi, there’s no doubt with Andy behind her, she’ll be back. Did Joyce and Carlton add enough to the drama to merit a return? Rumor has it they didn’t. Does Kim Richards even deserve to come back after much of the season centered around her training her dog? Boooooring. Then there’s continuing talk of Faye Resnick joining the cast. Excuse me, I just threw up in my mouth a little. I’m not sure what’s next, but I cannot and will not watch another season of bashing Lisa Vanderpump. Unfortunately with the status of Lisa and Brandi’s relationship currently, I’m afraid that’s what we may be in for, if this show sees another season at all. Guess we’ll have to stay tuned…

 

Tell us: Do you think RHOBH is done or should there be another season? 

 

Reality Roundup

Jacqueline Laurita, Teresa Giudice, Caroline Manzo, and Dina Manzo. (Source: BravoTV.com)

Get your meatballs and leopard print handcuffs ready! The stars of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey have reportedly started filming for season six of the series.

“The first day of filming for everyone was this Tuesday!” a source revealed to AllAboutTRH.

While the complete season six cast has yet to be confirmed, rumor has it that Jacqueline Laurita will not be returning to the series. Both Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice are expected to be retuning while Kathy Wakile takes  a back seat to the other women next season.

Marked by the departure of her sister Caroline Manzo, original cast member Dina Manzo will be returning to the series this season. Producers will also be adding three new housewives to the mix—twins  Nicole and Teresa Napolitano and their friend, Amber Marchese.

In a recent interview with In Touch, Dina reveals that after three years she and her sister Caroline have reconciled, saying she and Caroline are “totally fine.”

“When we see each other, we kiss each other hello. We just don’t hang out for Sunday dinner, that’s all,” she said.

“I will be at Lauren‘s wedding,” Dina told In Touch. “If Caroline needed me and called me tomorrow, I would be there. I love my sister. I will always love her.”

Despite the alleged reconciliation, an insider revealed to TBBReality that the story is completely false. Could Dina just be pulling a good PR stunt?

For more RHONJ news tune into TBB Monday for a new TBBonTV special with designer Lindsey Andrews as she talks about the dress Caroline wore on the reunion, gives us a tour of her new Hoboken NJ apartment, and answers the question we are all asking!

The anticipation for season six of The Real Housewives of New Jersey is high as the production team is rushing to capture all the drama surrounding Teresa and Joe Giudice’s legal troubles. The couple faces a federal trial in February.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Stewart is single and ready to mingle, legally.

E! News reports that Porsha and Kordell Stewart are officially divorced. “Kordell wishes to thank his family, friends and fans for their loving support and encouragement during these difficult days. He is grateful and thankful for your continued prayers for him and his family,” Kordell’s attorney said in a statement.

“Today is the 1st Day of the rest of my LIFE” #blessed #lovinglife #favored #free,” Porsha posted on Instagram this week.

Kordell filed for divorce back in March claiming that their marriage was “irretrievably broken.”

The Real Housewives of Orange County welcomed a new suntanned star to the season nine cast last week.

According to Tamra Barney, Shannon Beador is the latest  addition to the RHOC cast. Tamra broke the news via Facebook and Instagram after posting a photo of the two together with friends at the USC-UCLA football game this past weekend.

“Excited to be going to the game tomorrow with Shannon & David (new housewife) can’t wait to see you…,” Tamra wrote on her Facebook page.

The Facebook post and Instagram photos with Shannon have since been deleted.

Production for the ninth season of the show is currently underway and although the season nine cast has yet to be confirmed by Bravo, rumor has it that both Alexis Bellino and Gretchen Rossi have been given a pink slip by the network.

Vicki Gunvalson, Heather Dubrow, and Tamra will all be returning whereas Lydia McLaughlin announced her departure for the series last month after only one season.

Season nine of the hit reality show is set to premiere in early 2014.

Real Housewives of Atlanta favorite and Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Kandi Burruss is about to add off-Broadway actress to her resume!

Kandi will be joining the cast of the off-Broadway comedy NEWSical the Musical from January 13 through January 26, 2014.

The play sets all of today’s top pop culture headlines to music, including news about Honey Boo Boo, Paula Deen, and Andrew Weiner. Good luck, Kandi!

After a spell of dreadful ratings, over 1.9 million people tuned in to Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills this week—a positive increase in viewership for this season.

The current fourth season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills debuted to disappointing ratings last month as BravoRatings reports that only a mere 1,592,000 people tuned in for the season four premiere— a major decrease in viewership compared to the season two premiere which pulled in over 2,183,000 viewers.

Thursday night marked the long-awaited return of the newly revamped reality series, Mob Wives: New Blood. With two new faces and the returning ones of Renee Graziano, Drita D’Avanzo, and “Big Ang“, this season is certainly going to be full of drama!

The entire cast, including new girls Alicia DiMichele and Natalie Guercio, gathered at Greenhouse in New York City Thursday night to kick off the season.  To no avail, the party ended in a scuffle.

TMZ reports that it all started when Natalie’s boyfriend got into a verbal argument with another partygoer. The situation quickly escalated and more than ten people got in on the action. TMZ’s sources revealed that bottles were being thrown and one partygoer may have suffered a broken ankle. In fact, it was confirmed that one person was transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

Just one day after newbie Alicia DiMichele made her reality television debut, she attended the sentencing hearing for her husband Edward (Tall Guy) Garofalo, Jr., in Brooklyn Federal Court.

A Federal Judge sentenced the mobster to seven years in prison for murder conspiracy, extortion and witness tampering. Alicia herself is facing a potential prison sentence.

Each week we will rummage through the Bravo vault to find vintage photos from the past, revisit a classic moment from one of our favorite shows, or update the status of a past Real Housewives cast-member! Last week, we revisited an event that made national headlines involving the former Real Housewives of D.C. star Michaele Salahi. This week, we will discuss one of the most infamous feuds in Real Housewives history.

The ongoing feud between former BFF’s Bethenny Frankel and Jill Zarin escalated during their stints on The Real Housewives of New York City. Although The Real Housewives of New York City is a distant memory for both Frankel and Zarin, the two have yet to reconcile.

Bethenny, in an attempt to bury the glittered hatchet or was it to save her ratings, recently invited Jill to be a guest on her new talk show; however, Jill rudely declined.  Current Real Housewives of New York City star Countess LuAnn de Lesseps  visited Bethenny’s studio last month and as part of their discussion on moving on, Bethenny and LuAnn de Lesseps revisited the infamous feud between Bethenny and Jill.

Catch a glimpse of their conversation below!

 Tell us— Is it time for Bethenny and Jill to kiss and make up? Leave a comment below and voice your opinion! Your email will never be sold or shared.

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