Our TV viewing was mainly devoted to all of the scripted premieres this week, but these reality TV folks acted like big enough idiots to draw our attention away from shows that might actually have some real value.
A ratings-machine Real Housewives series may lack a certain criminal factor next season, as the devious Danielle Staub may not be back to wreak havoc on New Jersey (well, at least not on-air). But there's better news for people with a grasp on reality in today's news...
The Countess (aka LuAnn de Lesseps) is going to be on an upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU, and not just because they've already cycled through every available New York-based actor/waiter twice. The Countess will be "acting" as an art patron who is posing semi-nude for a painter. Wonder if the painting she already has in her boudoir will be used as a prop? Anyway, since she's the first Real Housewives star to land a real acting gig (and no, we're not counting Sheree's community theater thing or the off-off-Broadway show some of the Jersey girls do, or the softcore porn movie Camille was in) it got us thinking about other shows that the various Housewives could "act" in.
It's the week of Jersey Shore and yet those morons weren't the worst people on TV... yet. Let's give them time, shall we? In the meantime, see who did make the cut.
Despite a surprisingly (and perhaps less than sincerely) conciliatory end to the otherwise contentious two-part RHONJ reunion, Bravo confirmed last night that Danielle Staub will not be returning to the show for its third season. "The reunion was Danielle's last appearance," Andy Cohen told BravoTV.com. "We thought the hugs were a great way to end two seasons of bitterness between the women."
While that's no doubt a relief to the rest of the cast, as viewers, we're worried that without Danielle, the show will be boring. Heck, we're still reeling because we lost Dina this season. Without Danielle, that just leaves us with Caroline, Teresa and Jacqueline. That's a pretty slim and motley crew, and the drama level might be practically non-existent. We don't watch these shows to see people have family dinners together. We watch for the table-flipping and to see the claws come out. Without Danielle, the Manzo/Guidice families actually seem to get along, so the action will just be all about them spending money and dealing with their self-inflicted phony problems. Who needs that? Not us. Here are the reasons we think a season without Danielle will bore us to tears:
For years we've been conditioned to lower our TV expectations during the warmer months, seeking out shows that we would never allow to clutter our overstuffed DVRs at any other time of year. But even though it's only early June, there's already an unusually high amount of truly addictive television - shows that we should be ashamed to watch, but aren't. Here's our top ten favorite guilty viewing pleasures of the summer so far.
Most of us expect reality TV to be a little outrageous, with either scantily clad girls making drunken fools out of themselves or some vicious cat-fighting during the course of competitions, but some contestants just don't know when to stop, like Survivor's current bad boy Russell, who lied about being a victim of Hurricane Katrina, emptied his tribe's canteens in the dead of night and tried to gain sympathy with a tale about a dead dog. Sometimes it's fun, sometimes it's just morally reprehensible and sometimes we're actually scared for their fellow contestants. We've collected some of the best/worst of these borderline moments (though there were so many, we could have filled the whole list with CT, Bad Girls Club or Big Brother alone) to see which really crossed the line.
Jon Gosselin is making the most of his onscreen fame with a new girlfriend and a new career -- designing an Ed Hardy clothing line for children. It makes sense; after all, who knows more about kids clothing than the guy who has eight rugrats of his own? But it got us thinking about other reality stars who should develop their own product lines, based on their areas of expertise, and we've compiled a list of stars who should revel in and exploit their own short-lived fame while they still can.