The RHONY Season 7 Premiere and TBB on Huff Post Live!

Sonja and Ramona on Huff Post Live. I chime in around 7:30 and then I'm back at the end.

Sonja and Ramona on Huff Post Live. I chime in around 7:30 and then I’m back at the end.

By Tara Cushing (@TheBravoBlonde)

The Real Housewives of New York City are back, and they are back in a big way, a big Bethenny (Frankel) way. If you love Bethenny this is great, if you’re not her biggest fan, well it might not be. “The show was at least 40% about her,” my husband quipped at the end of the Season 7 premier episode which aired last Tuesday. So what happened in the other 60?

Ramonja– Ramona Singer, fresh from a very public divorce, and Sonja Morgan, who is acting like she’s fresh from her divorce, continue to be best frenemies. They fight for dominance of conversation, of the camera. Hey ladies, give up, Bethenny wins.

Heather Thomson– I love her, but was she even in this episode?

Kristen Taekman– Her daughter is finished with physical therapy, which will leave her plenty of time to go for the psychiatric variety she will be needing from having had a mother on Housewives.

Carole Radziwill– Carole has missed a deadline for a book deal. Perhaps Aviva Drescher‘s suggestion of a ghost writer wasn’t such a bad idea after all.

Countess LuAnn DeLesseps– She looks very, umm, refreshed. Hey I’m not knocking it, I just want to know what she’s done. Spill the beans please Lulu!

Dorinda Medley– Though Sonja and Ramona assured me on my Huff Post Live appearance (see clip below) that she “hit the ground running”, she seems more Real Housewives of New Jersey to me, than RHONY. Maybe it’s her boyfriend who seems the Jersey dry cleaning stereotype.

Bethenny Frankel– Aaaand back to the star, hey, she has no control over how much they edit her in or out. She’s back with the one liners and she’s as interesting as always. One thing that lit up Twitter was her scene with Million Dollar Listing New York‘s Fredrik Eklund, in which a displaced B states she is homeless, in the same breath that she talks about having bought a house in the Hamptons over the summer. In the words of Ramona on that evening’s Watch What Happens Liveshe should rent something while she works on renovating her new apartment, and figuring out what to do about the one that her soon to be ex still inhabits. Between her and Kim Zolciak‘s similar statement on last season’s Don’t Be Tardy, I think it’s time for a new series…The Real Homeless Housewives, now that would be an interesting show. Skinnygirl dumpster dive recipes anybody?

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PS: I was not at the premier party this year. I blame the harsh New York winter that made me a hermit on my absence of an invite. I turned too many invites down over the last few months. I love everybody and sincerely wanted to go to everything but, I don’t love you more than I hate the snow!

What did you think of season 7 opener? Share your thoughts with us!

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Giudice Jailed:Reality Roundup 1/11/15

By Tara Cushing (@TheBravoBlonde)

Happy New Year Bravo TV watchers. I took some time off…for which I was sick, boohoo…and now I’m trying to relight the fire under my (thanks to the holidays) well padded ass. Even though I was off, gossip wasn’t, and it never is. Let’s explore some of the stories from this first week of 2015!

Of course the biggest news is Teresa Giudice‘s sentence commencement. She arrived at the Danbury Federal Correction Institute in Danbury, CT very early Monday morning. The star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey arrived at the prison at 3am, dodging the press. Personally, I find it quite interesting since she hasn’t seemed to be camera shy during this entire process, what with showing up on Watch What Happens Live only a day after she was sentenced to 15 months for financial crimes committed by both her and husband Joe (Juicy) Giudice, who will serve 41 months upon his wife’s return.

Speaking of return, Teresa is obviously already making an impression. Before even her first week of incarceration was complete, he release date was already changed. As of now Tre fans will have their queen back to reality on February 5, 2016; two months earlier than originally planned. My prediction is we will continue to see her sentence shortened. Would love to hear your predictions of when she will return home. (Please comment below!) The home she returns to, however may not be the one she left. Her Towaco, NJ mansion continues to sit on the market and has just been reduce another $500K to $2.999M. The home originally was listed for $3.999M in September.

For more on Teresa, and what I think about her situation, check out the above video from The Derek Z Show. Thanks Derek and team for filming me! It was a blast.

In other news Real Housewives of New York City‘s Sonja Morgan opened up about her divorce. The boisterous blonde made an appearance on Millionaire Matchmaker where she talked about being ready to find love again and that due to her high profile ex-husband (grandson of J.P. Morgan) she has mostly stayed private about the details. Also appearing on the episode was Perez Hilton. Jill Zarin appeared with daughter Ally Shapiro, the week before. Hmmm rating issues, as in we need Millionaire Matchmaker the celebrity season? Did you catch Sonja on Patti Stanger‘s show? What did you think? Let us know in the comments section. By the way Sonja, I thought you looked fantastic! Where can we find that awesome black blouse?

The other RHONY blonde making headlines is former Bravoleb Aviva Drescher who along with husband Reid, stars in the new season of Marriage Bootcamp which is a Reality Stars edition. The show debuted on Friday on WEtv. Aviva told me about her experience a few months back. For some of the shocking drama tune in Fridays at 9/8 C. Did you see the first episode? Share your thoughts with us!

Finally, we should call this Reality Roundup, “3 Blondes and a Brunette”, Gwyneth Paltrow will be the next heavy hitter to be interviewed by Andy Cohen on WWHL. The actress will appear on Thursday’s show. Andy told E!News “I am so excited for Gwyneth Paltrow in the Clubhouse that I plan on drinking the most goop-tacular health drink I can find to toast her with!” What are your thoughts on Gwyneth?

Last but not least, do you all have any New Year’s Resolutions? This year I need to be more forgiving of myself for things I can’t accomplish, and I totally need to stick to my TV watching schedule! How about you?

Reality Roundup- December 6, 2014

Snookie ties the knot... Source: Twitter

Snooki ties the knot…
Source: Twitter

On Beyond Bravo by Lesley Rousso

Tuesday night’s episode of True Tori was a train-wreck if I ever saw one. The episode began with Tori (Spelling)‘s mother (Candy Spelling) showing up at one of her grandkid’s birthday parties with Tatum O’Neal. Despite both women being from legendary Hollywood families, Tori and Tatum, did not know each other…and we thought the entertainment industry was small. In the episode, Tatum was ragging on Tori because she was in the house with a headache. Not that I don’t agree, but, desperate for air time much? Meanwhile, Tori doesn’t speak to her mother unless it’s at one of her kids’ parties. Later in the episode Tori went away on a girls’ weekend and basically complained the whole time. She really needs to pull herself together.

Nicole Snooki Polizzi married her baby daddy Jionni Lavalle over the weekend. I saw the pics, she looked gorgeous. Jionni unfortunately spent his first weekday of married life in court copping to a DUI claim. His license was revoked for three months and he’ll have to attend a drug and alcohol education class.

By Tara Cushing (The Bravo Blonde)

Speaking of DUI, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro pleaded guilty on Monday to a similar charge. Valastro, who reportedly told cops, “You can’t arrest me, I’m the Cake Boss,” stated that he was “very disappointed” in himself for the event which occurred last month. Valastro, 37, was pulled over in New York City when police noticed his yellow Corvette was swerving in and out of traffic. Valastro lives in Montville, NJ, the same town as another favorite reality star convict (see next story)…

Credit:Getty/Dave Kotinsky via popsugar.com

Credit:Getty/Dave Kotinsky
via popsugar.com

Whether you love her or loathe her, you can’t argue that Teresa Giudice makes great TV. She’s the Housewife that changed Housewives and she’s been the unofficial star of Real Housewives of New Jersey for seasons. E! Online reports, however, despite rumors,  the star will NOT be appearing on camera at all prior to her January 5th departure for the big(ger) house. E!, who, like Bravo, is part of NBC Universal, states that not only is Tre not filming before she reports to a Danbury, CT prison, but without her the show may not go on…initially. “Postponing season seven is just one possibility,” the article that was published on Tuesday reads, “…the powers that be are considering all options regarding the future of (the) series and whether Teresa is a part of it or not.” Jacqueline Laurita revealed to us in a recent interview that her own full-time return to the cast of the show is one of those possible options. Would you watch RHONJ without Teresa?

Speaking of Tre, TMZ says they have “obtained” a lawsuit she has filed against her bankruptcy lawyer. Teresa is suing Jim Kridel, for being “a slacker who never even met with her prior to filing bankruptcy docs.” Giudice accuses Kridel of failing to list several key assets including bank accounts, cars, and rental property income. Teresa is suing Kridel for malpractice to the tune of 5 million according to the TMZ article.

Our condolences go out this week to Todd Tucker, husband of Atlanta Housewife Kandi Burruss. Todd’s mother, Miss Sharon, passed on Tuesday unexpectedly. A friend of the family found Sharon unconscious. Todd was in Atlanta and flew to New York to be at his mother’s side where she was comatose in a New York hospital. Tucker, whose father passed when he was young and was raised by his mother, made the following statement via his social media:

“Today I lost my partner, my ride or die best friend! I don’t know what to do? I’m lost! My heart hurts so much! She was a fighter, a warrior for her son! It was me and her agains the world! She’s in a better place!! Mom I love you to death! Rest in peace!”

 

Nene takes on Broadway! Credit: theatermania.com

Nene takes on Broadway!
Credit: theatermania.com

In other, happier Real Housewives of Atlanta news, Nene Leakes has taken on Broadway and she’s been attracting Housewives from across the franchises to the Great White Way. Since her first night as the Evil Stepmother in Keke Palmer’s Cinderella, Nene has been cheered on by Melissa and Joe Gorga with their three children, Kathy Wakile, Kristen Taekman, and former RHONY star Jill Zarin. On her website Nene, who is never humble bashful, posted:

“Waking up this morning in a daze like what just happened! I stood before a SOLD OUT Broadway theatre screaming my name! The overwhelming amount of love and support brought me to tears! I have so many people to thank this morning…I can’t believe this. Like I really can’t believe this!”

Based on your behavior on recent seasons of Real Housewives of Atlanta, neither can we! All jokes aside though, it sounds like an amazing show! Maybe I should try to get my glass slippers down there to check it out! The show runs through January (Hmm maybe that could be my birthday present…calling Mr. Blonde…)

Speaking of Nene, it appears she will get another chance to tell Kim Zolciak to close her legs (or stop reproducing). The frenemies are scheduled to have a sit down with Housewives Fairy Godfather Andy Cohen on a December 7th airing of Watch What Happens Live. Despite a tumultuous relationship, the two have both come around to wanting to reconcile, with Kim recently saying that she missed her pal. Could this be a prelude to a RHOA comeback for Kim? Don’t Be Tardy for this WWHL episode!

Tell us: Would you like to see Nene and Kim together again?

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