We were totally shocked when we saw former “America’s Next Top Model” contest Jael Strauss — who’d appeared on Cycle 8 of the series — would be appearing on a “Dr. Phil” episode devoted to her drug abuse. Since appearing on the series six years ago, Jael’s life has taken a severely downward slide. She’s been addicted to meth, and her family begs her to get help during a harrowing Dr. Phil intervention. Jael hardly looks like the beautiful girl she was just six short years ago — with pockmarked skin and bleached blond locks, she appears much older and worn out than most other 28-year-olds.
We wish her the best and hope that Thursday’s episode of “Dr. Phil” gets her the help she needs. Jael is hardly the only reality TV star to slide into addiction — let’s review…
On this episode of “Fancy White Bitches Behaving Badly,” er, “Gallery Girls,” we have a birthday, a breakdown and a frenemy breakup.
Maggie’s birthday is coming up and while she wants to go bowling, her friend Chris (who is still wearing Kefiyahs in 2012, how trendy) tells her that’s “trashy.” Shut up, Chris! Bowling is America’s premiere sport. It’s Maggie’s first birthday with Ryan, her neanderthal boyfriend. “Would it be unclassy of me to get a Diet Coke and a wine?” she asks him. Um, hi Maggie, welcome to my world. Keep reading »
“Start with a polarizing stereotype, saturate with unapologetic flaws, and then add in a dash of humanity for good measure. Snooki is this party girl with tons and tons of makeup and she’s loud and obnoxious. But then she cries and calls her mom or gets pregnant or something and then you find yourself kind of liking her.”
– Reality TV show casting agent Sarah Monson explains her “Snooki principle,” which she uses to cast shows like “The Bachelor” and “Survivor.” If you need more advice on how to be a “polarizing stereotype” with “unapologetic flaws,” Monson has written a whole book on the subject called Me On TV: The First Ever Kick-Ass Guide To Get You On Any Reality TV Show. Yes, a whole book of tips on how to act like a backstabbing lunatic with no personal dignity! [Business Insider]
It took me all of 10 seconds to fall madly in love with “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” the “Toddlers and Tiaras” spin-off about Alana Thompson, the 6-year-old pageant hopeful known for her one-liners and love of Go-Go-Juice, and her self-described redneck family. While I was already enamored with Alana after seeing her on “Toddlers and Tiaras” last year — for being, essentially, the opposite of everything the pageant world wants their living dolls to be — but “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” sold me on the entire Thompson family. What Alana, June, Sugar Bear, Pumpkin, Chubbs, and Chickadee lack in traditional etiquette and higher education, they make up for in love, acceptance, and family values. Keep reading »
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…
I want to climb into the womb of “TLC” and live there forever. The network really, really gets it. Um, did anyone see the preview for “Abby & Brittany,” the new reality show about the conjoined twins? Holy crap, TLC. I bow down. Anyhow, last night’s two-episode premiere of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” was more epic than I expected. Not only were most of my pressing questions answered, but I learned things I never expected to know in this lifetime. Bless you, Boo Boos, for how you’ve enriched my life. This is definitely my new favorite show. Bottom line. Here are the six very important things you might have missed on last night’s episodes of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” Be prepared to have your mind blown. (Plus! Bonus clips of Alana on a new episode of “Toddlers and Tiaras,” which also aired last night.) Keep reading »
Well, I suppose it’s a good thing that the first (and probably last) season of “Miss Advised” has come to an end, as the show has been giving me nightmares! Last night, after watching the finale, I dreamt that I totally Julia Allison-ed at work today. That is to say, I overslept, missed all of my deadlines, and generally made a mockery of all the opportunities that have been given to me. I woke up in a panic at 6 a.m., when I immediately began writing this recap. I shall not become that which I mock! (FYI, feel free to use “Julia Allison” as a verb — in addition to the context in which I used it, “To Julia Allison” can also mean “to act like a lunatic on a date,” i.e. “Ugh, I totally Julia Allison-ed on my date last night with Greg — I got drunk and begged him to kiss me!”) Keep reading »
WERK! Take that, Tyra and your “America’s Next Top Model All-Stars.” “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is doing an all-stars season, and obviously, it will be way better. Sister against sister, squirrelfriend against squirrelfriend — 12 of the best Queens are back to battle it out on the catwalk. Ahem. Pandora Box and Latrice Royale are getting the chance at redemption I’ve been dreaming of. Sickening. October 2012, all will be right with the world again. [WOW]