I’m an advocate for all installments in Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise, but the ladies of New Jersey have a special place in my heart. It was the first installment in the series that I watched regularly and I fell under its spell, transfixed by these women and their lives, fascinated by the way reality TV has become a genre of its own, entirely removed from the cinema verite of early iterations like “The Real World.”
Reality TV 2.0 presents a case study of how normal people react to a particular and sudden kind of fame. We love these women and their antics because it shines a bright light on the conundrum of modern celebrity and what it means to be “famous.” Their actions provide a mirror for the viewer to reflect. “I would never behave like that,” you’ll say as Teresa Giudice flips a table at a christening, or as Melissa Gorga indulges the adenoidal advances of her beefed up husband. Half the fun of watching is to reflect on how you’d behave in their place, and to watch the slow, careful unravelling of what was a normal life, amped up by cameras and Andy Cohen. Keep reading »
Oh, happy day! Although Andy Cohen denies it, according to an anonymous source at InTouch Weekly, Danielle Staub, my favorite “Real Housewives” cast member of all time, is coming back to the show.
“Bravo has offered Danielle a contract. Danielle is contemplating whether this will be full-time or part-time … She will be filming several episodes … The producers squeezed all the juice they could from the Giudices-versus-Gorgas story line and had to think of a fresh outlet for drama. Having her back on will ruffle a lot of feathers!”
I don’t really care if it’s true or not. I’ve already gone off on a total storyline dreamscape. After the jump, my ideas for the return of the Staub, since we all know the show is more or less scripted anyway. Keep reading »
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” is back, minus Sheree Whitfield and Marlo Hampton, plus Kenya Moore and Porsha Willams-Stewart. Don’t try to do the math, it still equals all the drama one could ever hope for.
The teaser at the beginning is like whoa. Apollo might be cheating with one of the new girls, NeNe is dating her ex-husband Gregg, Kim is pregnant and about to be homeless, Kandi’s in lurvveee and possibly tying the knot, Cynthia is all about The Bailey Agency and Kenya is the self-appointed coochie crack police at the Bailey Agency. And Phaedra? Well, she’s focused on her business ventures as always. Keep reading »
The nightmare calvary rolls on with the latest installment of “Gallery Girls.” This week is part two of the girls’ decimation of Art Basel Miami, an art scene wankfest set amongst the palm trees and poolsides of Florida. Above, Amelia and Greg from Hyper Vocal discuss their reactions to the episode, which I shall recap in full (with clips!) after the jump! So much “Gallery Girls,” no soulless moment left unanalyzed. Keep reading »
Okay, so we’re a little late on recapping the new Bravo show “Gallery Girls.” We’ve Julia Allison-ed our responsibilities. But better later than never, because “Gallery Girls” is sure to be our — and your — new guilty pleasure. In typical Bravo style, the show follows a gaggle of gals, in varying degrees of reprehensibility, as they navigate the social stratosphere of whatever field they’re half-assedly pursuing. In this case, the field is art — making, buying, selling, and displaying — and the stratosphere is New York. Which means that “Gallery Girls” is so much more pretentious than any Bravo show maybe ever. Keep reading »
I’ve never really had any desire to go on a cruise until I heard there would be one with HOT CHEFS ON BOARD. Bravo’s “Top Chef” has announced a five-day voyage, which will set sail in April of 2013. Best part: Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons will be hosting along with some other favorite “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Masters” contestants from past seasons including — I’m only mentioning the boys — Hubert Keller, Tim Love, Michael Isabella, Spike Mendelsohn, Hosea Rosenberg and Angelo Sosa (who actually kind of frightens me). No mention of the Voltagggio brothers YET. But they are besties with Mike Isabella so maybe? Guests will eat their way from Miami to Cozumel, Mexico while participating in fun activities like mock “Quickfire” challenges. Um, yes please. Tickets are on sale now for a $699 per foodie fan. I need it. [Hollywood Reporter]
I’ll admit it. I was pretty skeptical of Bravo’s newest reality confection, “Gallery Girls.” Although I do love a good “Real Housewife” or two, it’s not exactly life-changing television. But “Gallery Girls” surprised me, after watching the pilot and fourth episode. The show follows seven girls, all trying to make their own way through the NYC art world. Some want to be photographers, others art sellers and some just aren’t quite sure. Sound familiar?
So here’s why you’re going to love it. Or at least why you have to catch the pilot, airing August 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and decide for yourself. Read more…
Being a “Real Housewife” on Bravo opens the door to many career opportunities — starting a clothing/makeup/jewelry/sex toy/cookbook line, auditioning for “Celebrity Apprentice,” recording a God-awful single or, best-case scenario, landing a spinoff show. In addition to the show dedicated to exploring funny cat memes (WTF? I can’t even … NO!! ), Bravo has green lit two new “Real Housewives” spinoffs for its 2013 season. One, tentatively titled “SUR,” follows “RHOBH” star Lisa Vanderpump as she opens a new restaurant. The other, “The Kandi Factory,” features Atlanta “Real Housewife” Kandi Burruss as she works with aspiring music stars. Meh. We have some better pitches for Andy Cohen and the gang … [The Wrap] Keep reading »
The gods of fashion have spoken: André Leon Talley, the former Vogue editor-at-large more recently recognized for his position on the judging panel of “America’s Next Top Model,” will be receiving his very own reality show on Bravo. Finally! ALT, without a doubt one of the most endearingly excellent personalities in fashion, will be the subject of a series tentatively titled “Fashion Stories” of NYC in which he acts a “mentor” to four enterprising fashion design teams as they “produce the defining collection of their careers” while striving to “create, show, and sell,” with the ultimate goal of building and maintaining a legitimate business in New York City. As NY Mag rightfully pointed out, the premise of the show does sound like an amalgamation of many fashion reality shows we’ve already seen… but man, who cares about that when André’s at the helm? I would happily watch a show in which he sat chair-bound for 30 minutes. For now, let’s just hope some of his industry pals make a cameo — like, say, Grace Coddington? Hey, just a suggestion. [The Cut]