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“Brooklyn 11223″ Is Our New Reality TV Obsession

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This ain’t the Jersey Shore, it’s Bay Ridge  – “Brooklyn 11223,” Oxygen’s newest reality show, stars Brooklynites Christie and Joey Lynn, two former best friends who juggle life, love and friendship in the neighborhood made famous by “Saturday Night Fever.” Outside the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, Bay Ridge is where up-and-comers mix with tradition in a tight-knit community. Both Joey Lynn and Christie know what it’s like to have their loyalty and respect tested; and we know where we’ll be tonight at 11 p.m — on the couch watching the “Brooklyn 11223″ drama unfold. [Oxygen]

Mamma Mia! The Real Housewives Of New Jersey Are Back!

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Well, hallelujah, today just got elevated by the curious joy of Teresa Giudice’s mysterious three-head! Yes, Andy Cohen’s fave Jersey girls return to Bravo on Sunday, April 22, presumably with more red wine, drama and pasta fagioli. This season, it looks like some of the bad blood that played out at the season three reunion show between Teresa, Jacqueline and Caroline continues to deliciously fester. Yay, grown women! Check out the preview after the jump!

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“The Bachelor” Sketchbook Is A Brilliant Work Of Art

Bachelor Manipulation
This season, Courtney taught us how to manipulate a man. Read More »

Artist Lisa Hanawalt did us a solid with her set of sketches and quirky observations about this season of “The Bachelor.” Unlike me, she turned her deep shame about watching the show into art. And the result is far more entertaining than the show could ever have aspired to be. Ugh. Ben was such a turd. But, turns out, his hair is inspiring. Click through to see a few of my favorite pages from Lisa’s “Bachelor” sketchbook. All words and images by Lisa Hanawalt. I may even buy myself a print. She’s selling them on her website! [NY Mag.com]

The Good, The Bad & The WTF: “Fashion Star” Is Surprisingly Compelling!

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The starlet shines in yellow at the Fashion Star premiere. Read More »
Let's Talk Fast Fashion
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I wasn’t really planning to watch “Fashion Star,” NBC’s new fashion design competition, but I just moved into a new apartment and turned on the TV to keep me company while I was unpacking boxes of books last night. “Fashion Star” happened to be on, and daaaaaaaaamn did I get sucked in. By the end of the hour, I was cheering and gasping and yelling “No deal!” even though that catchphrase has nothing to do with this show. After the jump, check out my list of the good, the bad, and the WTF of the “Fashion Star” premiere… Keep reading »

How To Manipulate A Man Like Courtney From “The Bachelor”

Courtney Pulls A Carrie
Courtney Robertson's wedding vows sounded awfully familiar. Watch »
Courtney Confronted
Courtney is brought to tears during "The Women Tell All." Watch »
Court Gets Auto-Tuned
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As a fan of reality TV competition shows, I always, without fail, root for the villain. The villain is usually the smartest and most strategic, attributes that entertain and impress me far more than physical strength or niceness. Stick me in front of an episode of any reality TV show and I will be cheering for the Richard Hatch of the group, the person 10 steps ahead of the others who are too busy braiding each other’s hair to notice.

That’s why I am such a big fan of Courtney, the mean-spirited model on this season of “The Bachelor.” Because even though she ‘s fond of using dated catchphrases like “Winning!”, Courtney is the only one who seems to recognize that after 16 seasons (plus an additional eight of “The Bachelorette”) of final roses, failed engagements and broken hearts, “The Bachelor” is a competition and that winning very rarely results in finding true, lasting love. As a result, Courtney has played “The Bachelor” game with very little regard for the actual “prize” in the end, and watching her has been a master class in manipulating a man. Here’s how she’s done it. Keep reading »

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