Reality TV is a tricky medium. It claims to be a realistic portrayal of the people (“characters”) and themes (“storylines”) it pieces together in each episode, but viewers are often left wondering how much of it was all for the cameras. So when a show is supposed to be a “real” portrait of a subset of under-represented people, it can be a little dangerous. And I’m not talking about any Housewives, Kardashians or aspiring pop stars.
Last summer, Showtime premiered the first season of “The Real L Word.” Reviews and ratings were poor, but the president of the network and producers of the show believed they identified a diamond in the rough in one of its “real” lesbians named Whitney. The second season, which premiered last Sunday night, is a radically different show in that Whitney is the only returning cast member, and the rest of the new ones all appear to be just as willing as she is to get naked and intimate on screen. Keep reading »
T-minus 19 days until the season premiere of “True Blood.” Luckily, HBO isn’t going to leave us fiending for that long. They’ve now released the first six minutes of the premiere episode (an extra three minutes on top of what we posted last week!). What to expect: fairies, forbidden glowing fruit, Sookie’s grandfather, and an evil fairy plot. Sookie’s best line to her fairy godmother: “If your job is to look after me, can I just say … you suck.” Keep reading »
“I had feelings of nostalgia, excitement, hurt, betrayal and embarrassment. I could not stop watching. I was glued to the screen and even though I lived it, I quickly learned that I did not know many things that were being said when I wasn’t around. As I watched, I found myself both laughing and crying. People may speculate I was attracted to the ‘bad boy,’ or maybe they thought I wanted what I couldn’t have. The truth is that I always look for the good in people, and I saw that in [Bentley]. I only knew what he showed me, and I felt it to be real at the time. I can tell you that from the bottom of my heart, I don’t remember ever feeling this depth of hurt and embarrassment.”
—Ashley Hebert, this season’s “Bachelorette,” writes a diary entry for People.com about how it felt watching last night’s episode, where she finds out that her favorite of the guys—the one she says she’s in love with—actually had no feelings for her, said nasty things behind her back, and was “playing everyone.” We hear you, Ashley. Here’s hoping you were able to move on from the episode and fine-tune your BS detector because of him. [People] Keep reading »
This weekend, I had a bookcase to assemble. So I turned on the television hoping to find something fun and mindless to watch while I tried to decipher Ikea assembly instructions. I am normally very anti-wedding shows—I don’t like how they play into the fairytale of weddings
and put all the focus on spending an extravagant amount on one day rather than on working hard to make a relationship work every day. But for some reason, I decided the thing to watch was a marathon of “Say Yes To The Dress: Big Bliss.” And I would now like to declare this my new favorite guilty pleasure show.
The series follows the wedding dress consultants of Kleinfeld’s boutique, which has one of the largest collections of plus-sized wedding dresses out there, as they help brides—sizes 16 through 30—find the perfect wedding dress. So why am I so obsessed with this show? Keep reading »
It’s funny. I always thought I despised the red carpet arrival specials that proceed most awards shows and are a flurry of what-are-you-wearing questions. But for last night’s MTV Movie Awards, the network decided to do away with this tradition. Instead, they aired the season finale of “America’s Best Dance Crew” and then dropped us straight into the awards show with a “Hangover 2” spoof. It felt like there was no wind up, no anticipation built. Let’s just say that I will never roll my eyes at another red carpet special again, as I now see that they serve a purpose.
Overall, last night’s MTV Movie Awards seemed a little … flat. Jason Sudeikis‘ jokes elicited scowls rather than laughter. The presenter pairings—always people starring in a movie together—felt a little shillfesty. And almost all of the awards for the night went to the same movie—”Twilight: Eclipse“—a problem since the cast members didn’t seem to even want them.
But that said, there were some great moments, too. After the jump, the five best and worst moments. Keep reading »
I always thought I was a picky eater … until I watched “Freaky Eaters.”
The TLC show is back for Season 2 (premieres Sun., June 5, 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET), but according to the show’s experts, psychotherapist Dr. Mike Dow and nutrition specialist J.J. Virgin, the difference between Season 1 and 2 is night and day.
Last season, we met freaky eaters addicted to pizza, french fries and Coke. Now, that seems normal compared to this season’s addicts. In the premiere episode, we meet Nikki, a woman obsessed with eating corn starch. Just plain corn starch. Up to 3,300 calories worth of corn starch a day, as a matter of fact. Read more… Keep reading »