Tonight marks the second season premiere of Bethenny Frankel's (now better-named) spinoff Bethenny Ever After, so to promote the big event Bethenny participated in a media call to address baby Bryn, the Real Housewives marriage curse, why she decided to come back for Season 2 and, of course, Jill Zarin. Read on for highlights after the break.
Today it was announced that NBC's upcoming sitcom adaptation of Chelsea Handler's memoir Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea has found its 20-year-old version of Chelsea Handler in Laura Prepon, a TV veteran who is 30, and a mere five years younger than Chelsea Handler's (alleged, because, come on) current age. We're not saying Laura Prepon won't do a decent job, but nevertheless, this means it's time to cast other comedians' memoirs with their TV-inappropriate counterparts. Because you know TV executives would do half this crap.
TGIF, everybody! It's time to sort through all the human trash that was on reality TV this week and crown a king of the garbage heap. The following are my five nominees, plus this week's big winner. As always, this stuff is extremely scientific and cannot be argued with. Congratulations, top jerk!
Bethenny Frankel's Real Housewives of New York spin-off Bethenny Getting Married? begins tonight (with the goddamn stupidest question mark in the history of television), and while I'm on the fence as to whether it will be awesome or unforgivably boring, I do know that the media call Bethenny participated in to promote the show ended up being all about how Jill Zarin is the devil and how Kelly Bensimon is the mayor of crazytown, which is definitely awesome. I mean, I only posted like a tenth of it, because it got pretty redundant. Read on for the gloriously catty highlights.
Bethenny Frankel's Real Housewives spin-off returned last night for Season 2, and watching the new episode, I was reminded of the essential problem with this show: as much as I love Bethenny and am glad that she's finally happy, her relationship with Jason just feels increasingly hollow, often negating the entire premise. Maybe he's just bad at being on camera and is completely different off-screen; maybe there's something darker going on. I can't really speculate on where Jason's head is at, but I can say that the show doesn't exactly inspire me to root for the couple at the center of it -- hell, it doesn't even inspire me to take them seriously as a couple -- and that's a problem. Luckily, his perfect parents from Season 1 have finally devolved into the nagging, demanding, passive-aggressive, clingy, normal in-laws the rest of us have. Now that? That, I believe.
This show tried to make me believe that it was the most dangerous competition on TV, but c'mon. I watch The Challenge on a regular basis and those people are 50 feet up in the air dangling on a string or something between buildings. Jonny Moseley used to host that program (back when it still had the Real World/Road Rules moniker), so I'm surprised he didn't call the Skating With the Stars producers out on that. Frankly, I think even Wipeout is more dangerous.
Well, that was delightful. Bethenny Getting Married? (while still being very, very stupidly named) started out last night like the Top Chef Masters of The Real Housewives franchise. There was no manufactured drama, nobody on a Pinot Grigio IV drip, nobody accusing anybody of being a Kabuki vampire. It was a nice contrast! Plus, Raven was there for a second!
As if she wasn't inescapable before...
ABC's gotta do something to fill the time between Dancing With the Stars seasons, so starting in late November and abruptly ending before the new year we are getting six episodes of Skating With the Stars, a DWTS on ice, if you will, 66 percent filled with people I've actually heard of! Not a bad ratio as far as these shows go, really. We don't know who their pro partners are yet (I didn't recognize any figure skating celebs in last night's promo, but I wasn't really looking at the pros), but here are some comments on the "stars" we'll be watching falling on their asses and accidentally slashing themselves and others with their skates come Thanksgiving time.
Bravo decided to supersize The Real Housewives of New York's reunion this season, making it a three-hour, week-long extravaganza of crazy, accusations, denials, tears, walk-outs, "systematic bullying" and Andy Cohen, sitting there loving it. We watched all three hours, of course, and have concluded which 10 of the reunion's many moments are the finest. Slip into a straitjacket and read on for the deliciously depressing highlights.