Monday, December 31, 2012

Kim Kardashian is Pregnant With Kanye West's Baby!

I don't believe a thing that Kim Kardashian does isn't completely calculated. So when Kanye West announced at his concert that Kim's pregnant, I did have an "oh my goodness" moment, but not because I thought Kim may have forgotten her birth control.

A survey confirmed that America wants less Kardashian news in 2013, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. Why? Because Kim Kardashian being pregnant with Kanye West's baby is something that momager Kris Jenner can pimp out like CRAZY.

Because the Kardashians seem to be falling out of favor, and Kim and Kanye seem to believe that their romance is forever, I think the pair planned to get pregnant in order to keep Kim and company relevant. That and they're reportedly shopping around to get their wedding on TV and nobody's biting, so they needed a backup plan. (Need I note that a child should never be a backup plan?)

I could just be cynical - the pair may have genuinely discussed having children, getting married and stepping out of the spotlight to raise their child quietly together, but I don't think anyone really believes that. And oh yeah, there's that whole pesky court case that's still open because Kim is still legally married to Kris Humphries! If Kim's trying to dig an even bigger hole to prove her marriage was a fraud, I think the baby just did that. Congratulations, Kim, you may have just handed your savings over to Mr. Humphries.

Kanye initially announced the news during his concert on December 30th at his concert in Atlantic City, NJ. The Kardashian clan then confirmed the news in true Kardashian fashion - via social media. Kendall Jenner even called the unborn baby a "Kimye" baby, using the media's often negative nickname for the pair.

I bet Kris Jenner's already planning how to pimp this kid out for more Kardashian cash.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Why Won't LeAnn Rimes Step Out Of The Spotlight For a Minute? She Really Should.

Can someone please let me know why LeAnn Rimes won't let the world forget about her affair with Eddie Cibrian? And why won't she step out of the spotlight until the public can like her again?


LeAnn Rimes has been a hot mess lately. First, she and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville are having an all out war. In case you haven't been following, LeAnn's husband Eddie Cibrian was married to Brandi before he left her for LeAnn, who he met while filming a Lifetime movie. Now, Eddie and LeAnn won't let Brandi and Eddie's kids to appear on RHOBH, yet LeAnn has no problem posting pictures of them and calling them 'her boys' on social media.

Second, LeAnn tried to make a comeback by singing How Do I Live on the X Factor with finalist Carly Rose Sonenclar. LeAnn was BAD. Like, Carly Rose sang nicely, and LeAnn stepped in with some crazy melodies that came out of absolutely nowhere. Carly Rose actually lost the X Factor after this, and her family is pissed.

Third, LeAnn released a single about her affair, an event which ruined not only Eddie's family, but her own. (She was married to Dean Sheremet at the time that she met Eddie.) Okay, LeAnn...your affair was YEARS ago. You can never take back the pain you caused, but you can stop throwing it to the media to keep you relevant. I can list a few, healthy ways to stay relevant, which I've listed below:

- Release a good single about something happy
- Get a part in a movie and ROCK IT!
- Make peace with Brandi Glanville for the sake of your stepkids...for real

We all make mistakes. But as human beings, it is our responsibility to move on, learn from our mistakes and make things right in the best way that we can...even if that means taking LeAnn taking a step away from the media for a while. She claims to hate how the media talks about her affair, but there's one easy way to fix that: stop giving the media things to talk about. When you stop giving them stories, they'll stop reporting on you. Try it, it works!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sister Wives: Helping Polygamists That Walked Away

This week on Sister Wives, Madison, Logan and Aspyn took a trip to help an organization, Holding Out Hope, that helps people escape negative polygamist situations.

We heard the stories of some of the former polygamist community members like Suzanne. Suzanne came from the FLDS community. When she first arrived at Holding Out Hope, she was terrified. Steven, another helper at Holding Out Hope, was kicked out of the FLDS community for staying out late one night. Nicole, from the Kingston community, was told she had to be married at sixteen. She didn't, and broke away and married a man outside of the community. Kollene, 19, left the Kingston group of polygamists twice, the second time at age 17. She was beaten by her father, who was a leader in her community, all throughout her life. Kollene was very strong in her convictions against polygamy - she thinks no one should participate. It turns out that she was shunned almost her whole life in her community, which explains some of her negative feelings towards the polygamist community, along with her other very valid reasons.

Nicole shared terrible stories of young girls who were abused in her community. While the Brown children were horrified by this, they maintained that polygamy isn't the issue - it's the negative leadership in certain polygamist communities.

Next, we joined the Brown kids as they met a host family, which sponsors a polygamist who left the community. While at dinner with her host family, Kollene explained that in her family, her biological father only came along once in a while, and he was treated like a king while everyone else was garbage. Kollene told Aspyn she's dumb for wanting to continue in a polygamist lifestyle. Fortunately, she was able to stick up for herself, despite Kollene's strong personality.

The Browns invited the people they met to visit them in Las Vegas to experience their lifestyle. The former polygamists were understandably skeptical, although Nicole began to get sentimental about the good memories she had of her family.

On the way to the Brown home, Tonia, the leader of Holding Out Hope, worried about how the Browns would react to her. This made sense, since the Browns were concerned about her from the get-go. It turns out that the Browns didn't need to worry about Tonia - she said that she helps people both within and outside of the community.

Suzanne had a very sad story - her father left the family to repent (in his words) and a caretaker was assigned to her family. It didn't work out and her family went to a friend's place for help. The friend directed Suzanne's family to Tonia, and she helped them get away.

Nicole's story was sad. She said she hardly had a family, even though she had 27 moms and one day. She said her mom was so busy fighting for her dad's attention that she she didn't feel like she had a mom of her own.

The guests were treated to a tour of the Brown homes and to a picnic. The visitors seemed surprised to see family photos of the Browns as a whole. Their lives weren't really like that, with the moms working together as a cohesive team. On the picnic, Kody sat down with Kollene and they talked. Kollene questioned Kody about his parenting, and she seemed to loosen up a little bit as Kody spoke about how he's close to his children.

In the end, there was definitely no convincing Kollene that polygamy is a good thing, and that's completely fair. But I think the Browns did show her and the others that not all polygamist families are abusive. I'm not going as far as to say that some polygamist families are completely positive, but I will say that the Browns are certainly not toxic like the abusive families in other polygamist communities.

The Browns took Tonia and the others out for dinner in the last night of their visit. It seemed like a really enjoyable dinner. Everyone laughed, even Kollene. It was nice to see Kollene smile and relax a bit. After dinner, the teens had ice cream and talked. Kollene said before getting to know the Browns, she assumed they were fake and hiding something. The former polygamist community members were asked if the visit with the Browns made them consider polygamy again, and while the answer was no, the former polygamists did seem to respect the Browns. Even Kollene was pleasantly surprised by the Browns and how Kody acted as a father and husband. While she certainly isn't embracing polygamy with open arms, it was nice to see her understand that being a polygamist doesn't automatically make someone evil.


Friday, December 7, 2012

Kate Middleton's Hospital Nurse's Suicide: A Tragic, Avoidable Event

A senseless prank call caused a hospital nurse to lose her life.

If you recall, a set of radio DJs from Australia, Michael Christian and Mel Greig, thought it would be funny to call the hospital where Kate Middleton was staying with morning sickness. They pretended to be Prince Charles and the Queen, and spoke to the (seemingly naive) nurse Jacintha Saldanha asking about Kate. The interaction was broadcast on the radio as a prank, bringing public humiliation and shame to innocent Saldanha.

In response to her newfound fame and this cruel trick, Ms. Saldanha took her life, leaving behind a husband and children.

Should Ms. Saldanha have provided the information to the callers? Probably not. But I can certainly understand why she did it. It seems that many British people deeply respect and admire the royal family, and Ms. Saldanha had no reason to believe that someone would fake a call to find out how Kate is doing, let alone broadcast it on the radio!

Since Ms. Saldanha's suicide, the radio DJs have stepped away from their jobs and deleted their online presences, including their Twitter accounts. And who can blame them? People are obviously outraged that their lack of consideration for Ms. Saldanha led to such a tragic end.

What I want to know is, how did these DJs think their actions were funny or appropriate in the first place? What business did they have calling the hospital where Kate Middleton was being treated? That's unfair to Kate's privacy (and she doesn't get enough of it as it is!), to the hospital staff and to the royal family.

I hope this unfortunate and tragic outcome teaches the world a lesson - sometimes you need to consider other people before making a decision. The radio station DJs knew what they were doing was ethically and morally wrong, yet they still did it, and now they've destroyed a family.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Anything Browns Can Do, Dargers Do Better...And Other Notes From The Week

Did anyone watch last night's Sister Wives? I hate to say it, but the Brown family's friends, the Dargers, put their family to shame. Did you see their organizational skills? Their well-packed suitcases? The way the family got along? The way the wives looked so happy and put together? They painted a much prettier picture of polygamy than the Browns have on recent seasons! I'm pretty sure the jealousy was evident on the episode, and I hate to say it, rightfully so!
On some other notes:

Kate Middleton is pregnant! There will soon be a royal baby. There's sure to be a ton of fanfare for this child, who's sure to live a privileged life in the spotlight! Here's to hoping the family chooses a nice name for the young royal.

Courtney Stodden is casting a guy for a music video. If you're an attractive male (a Chris Hemsworth type, per Perez Hilton) it can be you. You know, because being in a Courtney Stodden music video is quite an honor. (Sarcasm.)

I loved the season finale of Couples Therapy. It was so nice to see Nik Richie and Shayne Lamas actually getting along. I bet by now that's ancient history, but it's still nice to have seen it.

Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris are going to give marriage another try. Well, let me rephrase. They're going to give getting married another try, despite Crystal selling her engagement ring and bashing Hef on the radio and stuff. My guess? She broke up with her boyfriend, realized her music career was going nowhere and decided to be a kept woman for a while.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Second season of Rachael vs Guy: Celebrity Cook Off premieres January 6th

The first season of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off had a huge start. The series premiere was seen by 3.524 million viewers, had a rating of 1.1 and ranked 3rd in the cable ratings, well, that night anyhow. Now the series is back with a second season, with the season premiere set to air on January 6, 2013, at 9pm ET/PT.

The mentors of the show are best-selling cookbook author Guy Fieri and Food Network icon Rachael Ray. Both of them will have their own teams of four celebrity contestants. Each week there's a challenge between the two teams, with losing team having to send one of their member home. The winning celebrity won't have the chance to take anything *home*, well, except for him- or herself, but the charity he or she chose to play for, will get $50 000. And by the end of the day, that's what the show is all about.

In this second season the list of competing celebrities is as follows: Chilli, Cornelia Guest, Dean McDermott and Johnny Weir will be part of Team Guy; Gilbert Gottfried, Kathy Najimy, Hines Ward and Carnie Wilson will be part of Team Rachael.

Both of the cooking mentors are happy to have the chance to go against each other again to determine who in reality is the best cooking mentor.

"Rachael's like family, and when we go into the show, our sibling rivalry comes out. It’s fierce, but we have a blast," said Guy Fieri.

If you're fan of great cooking shows and aren't scared of celebrities with knives, be sure to tune on on January 6, 2013, at 9pm ET/PT for Rachael vs Guy: Celebrity Cook Off.



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Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez Provoked Gabriel Aubry Thanksgiving Fight? I Believe It.

If you've been following Halle Berry news lately, you know that she and fiance Olivier Martinez wanted to take Berry and Gabriel Aubry's daughter Nahla to live in France. You also know that Gabriel Aubrey said NO WAY and blocked this in court, because, you know, this would mean his daughter lives halfway across the world from him.

So (reportedly) what did scheming Halle Berry do? She took advantage of Aubry's violent past and planned a fight between her ex and her fiance on Thanksgiving. Word had it that Aubry threw the first punch, but only after being strongly antagonized by Martinez. Now, Aubry's saying that he'd been bullied by Martinez for weeks and was forced to admit that he threw the first punch even though he did not.

Now, let's keep in mind that Aubry could be concocting this whole story in his memory (as the incident did occur several days ago) but I would believe that Berry and Martinez could set this up in an attempt to undo the court ruling that they can't move to France with Nahla. Berry hardly has a stellar track record of being nonviolent herself, and I'm sure she's used to getting her way. When (according to PerezHilton.com) Berry and Martinez spent $3 million on a custody battle to move Nahla to France and lost, you can be sure that Berry wasn't thrilled. This fight could serve to get Aubry deported, giving Halle back her freedom.

I'm not sure Aubry's story is entirely true, but I would definitely believe at minimum that Berry and Martinez purposefully set off Aubry's temper and instigated the fight in order to win their custody battle. And that, for sure, is shady, shady, shady.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Extreme Cougar Wives: WTF?!?

TLC aired a special tonight called Extreme Cougar Wives. It's about women that are dating younger men. Not like, five years younger men...like, 30+ years younger men.

We first met Kevin (21) and Jude (in her fifties). The pair had known each other for years...in fact, Kevin had dated Jude's daughter in junior high. Kevin, at age 21, approached Jude about a relationship, and she reluctantly went for it...but it worked.

Hattie, a woman in her seventies, was up next on the show. She likes guys under 30. (We've seen Hattie on TV before, by the way...I believe she was on Strange Sex a while back for being a cougar.) She's very much into sex and bring a 'young soul'.

Stephanie and Octavio were last. Stephanie's husband died while they were having sex, so she turned to younger guys. Octavio, at 13, was seduced by a friend's mother. So, essentially, they're psychological trainwrecks.

(So far, this show hasn't painted a terribly flattering image of cougars and their cubs.)

The show isn't all about the fun of cougar / cub relationships - it's also about reality. Jude and Kevin had to be sneaky about having sex...Kevin lived with his parents! So to circumvent this, Jude had to sneak out of Kevin's bedroom window. Wow. Then Kevin had to tell his family about how he's doing a commitment ceremony with Jude...and they did not approve. (Kevin's brother attended the hand-fasting commitment ceremony and he looked kind of like he would throw up...and I don't blame him, as Kevin addressed the time when Jude was like a mother figure to him.)

Octavio and Stephanie had no picnic either. Stephanie's 65 and Octavio's 28, and while Octavio wanted his friends to accept Stephanie, it was not happening.

Hattie...well, last year she hooked up with an 18 year old. That kid could be Hattie's grandson. It hardly sounds responsible to me.

Don't get me wrong...there's nothing wrong with dating someone older or younger than you. But when your date is 30 years older or younger, you are bordering on creepy territory.

Sister Wives - 11/25/12

Kody began by addressing that he and his wives specifically raised his kids together as a family, despite the fact that being openly polygamist has been recognized negatively in society. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Kody and the moms went to some of their kids' school for parent-teacher conferences. The moms and Kody went as a group, and all of the parents planned to attend each conference together. Meri noted that she was nervous about meeting teachers as a polygamous unit even though their situation is very public. The first meeting was with Ms. Hess, Mariah and Madison's Spanish teacher. The family noted that she tried very hard to be socially acceptable with Kody and the wives - she tried to look all of them in the eyes.

Next up was Coach Alia. This year she has Aspyn in class but previously had some of the other kids in class.While her grades are good now, Aspyn had some trouble in Coach Alia's class because she'd missed too many classes. On the couch, Meri addressed the fact that Mariah sometimes asked to take a day off from school but was told no. She noted that Mariah often said that Aspyn gets to miss school, and Meri counters by saying that she's not Christine. When she noted this on the couch, Christine's mouth dropped. She looked absolutely horrified. Ouch, sore topic!!!

Dr. Guido was third, and he complimented Hunter as a student. Dr. Guido noted that he knew nothing of Hunter's lifestyle and didn't have any problems with him. The fact that he was well adjusted in school was a relief, considering that he had a lot of trouble adjusting to the move to Las Vegas. Dr. Guido noted that Logan's not a problem either, although he hardly speaks in school. He was positive about Madison's performance as well.

At this point, the show broke off to a sidebar about Logan's use of f-bombs and other curse words. The moms aren't exactly thrilled with this.

Mrs. Reuel was next. She's teacher to Mykelti, who aims to be a fashion designer. Mrs. Reuel noted that Mykelti can be placed at a table with anyone and get along with them.

House Issues

Back at the house, Meri got an email saying that she couldn't get the hobby room and pantry that she wanted unless she got the fifth bedroom in her home. (If you recall, the Sister Wives got their loan agreements and were planning to build houses together in Las Vegas.) Meri brought this up to Kody. Kody looked stressed and said they'd talk to the realtor.

On the couch, Kody said that each wife would get the same budget for her home. Janelle and Christine aired their concerns, with one of the pair noting that originally she was concerned because she felt Meri should get a smaller home because she had less kids. The other said she felt fearful that she'd lose out on something she needed in the name of budget equality. Meri said she truly loved the wet bar that she couldn't have without the fifth bedroom. Kody reiterated that all of these desires created the idea for housing equity.

The family met with the builders to ask questions. Kody brought up the issue of the wet bar. The builders explained that a floor plan doesn't exist with the wet bar but without the fifth bedroom so they can't make it happen.

Back on the couch, Meri discussed her concerns: she didn't want to be judged by having the extra room, she doesn't need the extra room, etc.

The builders said that it would be five months from breaking ground on the homes to moving in, and they could start building a week after having approval from the families.

Logan Graduates

Logan, headed for UNLV next year, graduated high school. Kody blamed Janelle for the fact that no one knew what was going on for Logan's graduation. Kody said he wasn't blaming, just noting that the graduation planning was disorganized, but it sounded like blame to me. Drama, as usual, ensued. Hunter was told that he had to dress up, but he saw that others weren't dressed up and was upset. Robyn was asked to bring a camera to the graduation. This would have been fine except she planned to come a bit late because Solomon couldn't sit through the whole graduation...and she got epically lost on the UNLV campus. Kody ran out of the auditorium to find Robyn, and the wives worried that Kody would miss the graduation. Fortunately, Kody made it back, but Janelle missed the exact moment that Logan's name was called, and she was devastated. About 15 minutes later, Robyn walked in and realized that she'd missed the big moment. She was noticeably angry.

Addressing the Baby Issue...Again

Kody and Meri addressed the issue of Meri having a baby yet again. For someone that really wants more than one kid of her own, Meri sure flip-flops a lot.

Meri visited her sister Elaine, who also struggles with fertility issues. The difference is that Elaine had just had another child. Elaine told Meri that the motherly instinct comes back so that shouldn't be a concern. Elaine noted that Meri doesn't seem as desperate as she did five years ago to have a baby. During those years, Meri tried multiple fertility treatments, not including in-vitro. Elaine encouraged Meri to try it once, and Meri then seemed unsure about how she'd feel if she did get pregnant.

On the couch, Kody told Meri to "get God's opinion" on the situation. He also told Meri that she needs to decide what she wants to do because he would have more kids no matter what. Kody put Meri on the spot but she couldn't make a decision in the moment. Kody offered two months to make a decision, and Meri countered by saying she'd decide by the end of the year. They then settled by saying that the decision would have to be made by the time they move into their new homes.

During the show, some of the children's wishes about plural marriage were addressed:

Mariah wants a plural family.
Aspyn does too but isn't willing to wait for it to happen, so she'll take it as it comes.
Madison does not believe that a polygamist lifestyle isn't for her because she doesn't want a big family.
Logan plans to have "one wife...and maybe one later".

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Couples Therapy: Too Short Will Not Put Courtney Stodden in His Music Video

On the episode of Couple's Therapy that aired on 11/21/12, it seemed that after a lot of hesitation, Shayne Lamas finally had a breakthrough.

The first event was to revisit Shayne Lamas' complete lack of appreciation for the special date Nik Richie planned for her. If you recall, Shayne used every excuse in the book to hate the date - she said she couldn't horseback ride because of her boob job and all kinds of other crazy things. Dr. Jenn Berman saw right through Shayne's excuses and said she's trying to sabotage things, as she usually does. Granted, Shayne had some valid points about Nik's surprise date - not bringing sunblock and other things were valid - but her insistence that Nik is trying to sabotage her is absolutely crazy. Dr. Jenn called Shayne out on her actions - she told her she was acting like a spoiled brat and she needs to stop pushing her husband away. Shayne admitted that she was acting out and said she'd try to stop acting so "my way or the highway".

Joel "JoJo" and Tashaunda "Tiny" Hailey talked about going on a date, but JoJo brought up drinking, and that was a major disappointment to Tiny.

In the group session, Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison spoke first. Doug admitted that it hurt that he lost his family over his marriage to Courtney. He later told Dr. Jenn that Courtney's the first woman he's been with that isn't damaged, and Dr. Jenn explained that based on his background, he's accustomed to being around damaged women, and this can negatively affect his relationship in the long run.

JoJo and Tiny were next, and Tiny addressed the alcohol issue. JoJo made it clear that he'd be drinking, no matter what. Tiny was visibly frustrated and made the case that she's been there, by herself, for JoJo in the hospital when he's overdone the alcohol. Dr. Jenn emphasized what JoJo needs to do, but it seemed like he couldn't absorb her words.

Next up was the touching story of the episode - we met the parents of a teenager named Sarah Elizabeth who passed away from cancer. Her parents talked about how they made it through the situation and then gave advice to the Couples Therapy participants. They advised the participants to remember what brought them together and it will keep them strong. They credited the support they got from each other to make it through Sarah's struggle. Nik and Shayne seemed deeply affected by their story, and it seemed like they would apply the wisdom learned to their own relationship.

Doug Hutchison talked to Too Short about how Courtney Stodden is multi-talented (I'm not convinced, by the way) and tried to get him to collaborate with Courtney on an upcoming project. Too Short (who Doug referred to as Too Small) said he would not be working with Courtney and could only see her as a whore in one of his videos. Ouch.

JoJo walked into a conversation between Tiny and Dr. Jenn, and was acting out and being accusational. JoJo demanded that Tiny tell him what she's saying, and she said straight up that she doesn't want him to drink. JoJo didn't take it well, and during his rant, the show cut to the end sequence, so we can be sure that we'll be hearing more about this next week.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

This Whole Kevin Clash Thing? What a Mess.

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street? Remember that song? With the whole Kevin Clash saga going on, it's more like Can you tell me how to get, get away from Sesame Street?

Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo on Sesame Street, was initially accused by one male of the pair having an illegal sexual relationship while the accuser was underage. Evidence showed that the pair did have a relationship - but after the accuser turned 18. That was only the tangible evidence at that point. Kevin Clash denied all allegations of wrongdoing and paid off the accuser to shut his mouth. The original accuser, a wannabe model with a criminal past, didn't seem that credible, so Kevin could have been off the hook...if the accuser decided to recant his story and stick with it. Which he didn't.

So, you've got this guy, who said Kevin did stuff with him, then took it back, then said it again. That sounds...inconsistent.

So then walks in Cecil Singleton, who said that he and Clash never had sex while he was underage, but they did some groping and dry humping, and how he wants $5 million in damages. It sounds a little opportunistic, but if this is true, it's pretty screwed up. Clash, at this point, stepped down from his role on Sesame Street, which was a really good idea, but also sort of seemed like an admission of guilt.

So, here's the thing - I believe Kevin Clash did have an interest in, um, young men. And I think that's a pretty solid reason not to be a star on a children's television program. But I do question whether it can be proven that he technically did anything illegal, and that might get the accusers caught in a bind in court. Was he immoral? ABSOLUTELY. Trolling on underage people is not okay, no matter what. But if he technically didn't have sexual contact with either man - or it can't be proven - the guys don't have a case. It's kind of like what went down in some high profile cases in the past (think OJ Simpson's trial) - if you can't prove it, you've got nothing. Which makes me question the motive behind the actions of the two accusers. What do they really want? Justice? Or fame and money? This trial could have been kept much quieter than it was if they truly just wanted justice.

I hope the two accusers are simply seeking cash and fame, and if they are, the truth will set Kevin Clash free. Unfortunately, being that Kevin did have relationships with both men when they were of age, it's not looking too good. I do hope that the guys are just looking for their 15 minutes in the sun and none of this is true, but...well, I just don't know at this point. Thoughts?

Monday, November 19, 2012

11/18/12: A Week In Review

The Trisha Goddard Show did the impossible this past week - the show got Michael Lohan to take a paternity test, and it proved that 17-year old Ashley Horn (who he previously denied) is his daughter. If you do the math, you'll realize that Michael Lohan had a daughter with Kristi Horn while he was still having kids with Dina Lohan. This makes Ashley Horn the half-sister of Lindsay Lohan, who claims that she's never even heard of this mystery half-sister before! This seems to be pretty clearly a lie, which is lame, but even lamer is that Lindsay wants nothing to do with her half-sister. That's not fair - Ashley shouldn't suffer for Michael's indiscretions.

Sister Wives, again, showed wisdom from the children that the adults can't seem to accomplish. Mariah showed so much emotion as she told us why her mom, Meri, should have another child. (Sister wife Robyn would be the surrogate.) Meanwhile, Kody and the wives plunged forward with their desire to buy a bunch of separate houses, despite Robyn's massive debt and the fact that they just don't need them. Seriously, Brown family, let's be realistic! Oh yeah, and Robyn's sister's name is Taralyce...Robyn seriously lucked out in the name department in her family!

The Breaking Amish: The Shunning Truth Part 2 was a disappointment for one main reason: Rebecca didn't reveal who the father of her daughter is. While some Google searching will tell you it's Abe, and Rebecca's ex says it isn't his, we don't have confirmation because the pair is so hush-hush about the whole thing.

Kim Kardashian received death threats after tweeting positive thoughts towards Israel after Hamas rocket attacks. While I agree with pretty much nothing Kim Kardashian does and says, she doesn't deserve the negativity she received for her innocent tweet. She tried to cover up the error by also tweeting for Palestine, but that didn't do her much better, so she deleted both tweets and released an apology. I think people being critical towards Kim for this is ridiculous - she simply wanted to show support for people in a positive way. I guess you just can't do anything right anymore!

Secretly Pregnant, again, did not disappoint. This week, we met a 40 year old woman, Susannah, who was married but separated from a 25 year old man who already fathered two of her children. While she seemed to want to be with him, his criminal past got in the way, as did the fact that both Susannah and her husband were financially supported by their parents. This show is great - I can only imagine what the participants' families are thinking when the main participants have them on video but they don't know why.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Joe Simpson Bones Men; Family Divided

If you follow the celebrity scene, you've probably heard that Joe Simpson, father of Jessica Simpson and Ashlee Simpson, has found his way into a messy divorce from his wife Tina. Why? Well, primarily because he was boning a wannabe male model and a male escort...and spending family money on those endeavors.

Here's my thing - everyone deserves the right to be who they are. So even though it may have been a challenge for Joe to shed his religious image and admit that he plays for the other team, he should have done it the right way. Here's my take on the situation:

When Joe realized he was gay, he should have addressed it with his wife so they could handle it together. But he didn't, so...
When Joe decided to cheat, he should have realized his wrongdoing and stopped until he could separate from his wife. But he didn't, so...
When Joe spent the family's money to pay for his affairs, he should have confessed and apologized. But he didn't, so...
When Joe's story came out, he should have owned it, apologized to his family and turned this into a lesson about how it's okay to be gay and religious. But he didn't, so...
The family is divided (each daughter is siding with a parent) and the whole situation is a mess.

Last I checked, Joe isn't openly admitting anything to the public and instead is hiding behind a makeover. My hope is that he turns this situation into a positive to the best of his ability and allows himself and his family to move forward. My heart goes out to the Simpson family - not because Joe's gay, because that's totally fine - but because Joe didn't have the decency to discuss the situation with them before the story went public. It's not as if the Simpsons haven't faced divorce and scandal before...they can take it. But Joe could have made this into a much less negative situation through honesty, but instead cheated on his wife and spent her money on his own secret endeavors. Shame, Joe Simpson, shame.

Ariel Winter's Mom Accused of Abuse; Brother Denies Claims

Ariel Winter of Modern Family fame has been removed from her home and put in the care of her sister Shanelle Gray (formerly known as Shanelle Workman) because of claims that their mother was abusive towards Ariel. Their brother, Jimmy Workman, says the claims are false, but evidence seems to point in the other direction.

First and foremost, sister Shanelle was removed from mom Crystal Workman's care as a child because of similar abuse allegations. While Jimmy can deny that the allegations against the siblings' mother are false, this incident happening twice seems a little too coincidental. Plus, mom was quick to defend herself by saying that she has letters from doctors and stylists that she doesn't abuse her daughter. Well, that's great, but who in their right mind just has letters sitting around that they don't abuse their kids?!? Isn't that typically a given? Or at least something that most people don't need to have because they're treating their kids fairly?

Secondly, the allegations aren't primarily about physical abuse. While it was cited that Crystal slapped Ariel, a bulk of it is emotional or less trackable abuse - calling her fat, withholding food, etc.

Ariel has been appointed an attorney and is in her sister's care, although her earnings are still in an account that her mother, not her sister, can access. The fourteen year old's custody with her sister is only temporary - the case will go to court and further decisions will be made.

Whatever the truth, we certainly hope Ariel is in a safe and happy place where she can thrive and continue her successful career.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Why Vision Therapy Should Be Covered By Insurance: A Plea to Insurance Companies

I realize that the question “What is medically necessary?” is not easy to answer. Sometimes the answer isn’t a challenge, like when it pertains to treatment for ‘obvious’ medical issues. But sometimes the answer is less clear, like when it comes to chiropractic therapy, psychotherapy or vision therapy, the answer is less clear.

In this blog, I want to address the issue of vision therapy. I was born with strabismus, which most people recognize as a lazy eye. However, there’s much more behind strabismus than the physical affect of the disease. Strabismus causes one eye to turn off, forcing a person to rely on solely one eye. This, in turn, causes:

Lack of depth perception (which affects perception and driving)
Eye strain (which affects life in general)
Learning challenges (which makes it difficult to realize academic and athletic abilities)

All of these things, in conjunction with the physical effects of strabismus, lead to a key problem: depression. So, what I don’t understand is why my insurance company is perfectly okay with paying for me to see a therapist for multiple years so I can accept what’s wrong with me, rather than allowing me to spend 52 weeks total seeing a vision therapist to correct what’s wrong with me.

Allow me to share my story. I was born with a lazy eye as part of my strabismus. I had three cosmetically corrective surgeries throughout my childhood and none of them worked for an extended amount of time. Now, as an adult, I’m told more surgery is not an option because it’ll only make the problem worse (as I already have scar tissue in my eye prohibiting full movement), and aside from that, cosmetic surgery does not fix the underlying problem.

As much as I’d like to have the ‘magic’ surgery to correct the positioning of my eye, it doesn’t fix the following, which vision therapy does correct:

My depth perception
My eyes’ ability to work together
My ability to better interpret space and my surroundings
My ability to find a sustainable solution that won’t ‘fade’ in a few years
My ability to read without eye strain
My ability to live without constant headaches

What’s confusing to me is that my insurance company (Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program) would be willing to pay for my strabismus treatment if I was under 18 years old. I’m not sure if this would cover vision therapy (I don’t think it would) but it would cover surgery. So here’s why this is inappropriate:

This makes surgery the better option for budget-conscious parents of children with strabismus. Surgery is NOT the answer. Well, surgery may be part of the answer, but it without vision therapy, it’s significantly less effective.
I’m being forced to pay out of pocket for vision therapy because of my parents’ mistakes. It is not my fault that as a child, I wasn’t given the option to attend vision therapy.
 
I have been forced to live my life plagued with depression because of strabismus. I didn’t even realize until recently the tie-in between my visual issues and depression. I thought:
 
I was simply not athletic. So, I couldn’t catch a softball. So what? I’m just not good at it. WRONG. I wasn’t able to see where the ball was in space and time.
I wasn’t a good dancer. Actually, that was because of my vision problems, too. I favored one side of my body based on my visual imbalance. Therefore, I never learned how to use my body as a whole and learn how to dance properly.
I didn’t pay attention while reading. I spent so much of my life reading paragraphs, then stopping to think about them and realizing that I’d retained practically nothing. Was it my inability to pay attention? NO. It was the way I learned to compensate and favor one eye, therefore changing the way I read. It’s still amazing to me how much anxiety I get when I have to read out loud because I do not read the way that normal people do.

Let’s not forget the constant self-consciousness that comes along with a lazy eye, even as an adult. I’m tired of being told “Oh, it gets less important as you get older.” REALLY? Is that the answer when a therapy that can fix the problem exists, but only if you have enough money to pay for it because insurance refuses to help?

I understand why insurance companies are hesitant to pay for vision therapy. There’s no ‘concrete’ evidence that it helps, unlike with more physical treatments. However, vision therapy has helped people improve their self esteem, improve in school, improve their driving, improve their overall vision and more. I know plenty of people have asked insurance companies for vision therapy – I’ve spoken to many who have fought the fight and lost. Yet for some reason, insurance companies refuse to believe that it helps, even though people have shelled out the cash and had proven results. My insurance company has denied me time and time again – despite the positive results, despite the letter of medical necessity, and despite the fact that I’ve proven that it has the ability to save them money on my coverage in the long run.

Below is an excerpt from the vision therapy appeal letter that I wrote to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program. Even though I detailed the benefits of vision therapy, my appeal was denied.


I submitted my claims initially and was denied, so I got a letter of medical necessity to prove that this therapy is needed for my well being. The reasons I need this therapy are as follows:


Headache treatment. I am headache prone, and have prescription medication for the headaches I have on a constant basis. These headaches have decreased significantly since beginning vision therapy.
Treatment for eye strain. It does not seem that others have severe emotional distress when being required to read out loud. For me, this is difficult because of the extreme concentration that it requires. My eyes often tear up due to strain, and I trip on my words because of how much effort it takes to multi-task with reading out loud while maintaining focus on the letters. While reading normally is easy (aside from the blurring of the words and eye pain at times), reading out loud is nearly impossible because I have to take in the words one at a time or in small groups, rather than in large chunks as my eyes have been trained to do due to overcompensation for visual problems.
Emotional well-being. Having eyes that point in different directions has taken a toll on my self esteem, and because of this, I’ve been in and out of emotion-related therapy for since childhood. I’ve also taken antidepressants, which I was recently able to stop taking because of the improvement in my eyes, and therefore, my self esteem.
Personal safety. I do not see depth, which makes driving difficult for me. While I’ve never been involved in a moving violation because I’m extremely careful, the depth I am working on gaining through vision therapy will make me a better driver. It will also make me less accident prone, being that it will help me not walk into objects as much. (I know this sounds ridiculous but when you can’t tell how far an object is away from you, tripping on things is pretty common!)
Visual proficiency. Until beginning vision therapy, I did not properly use my peripheral vision. Through treatment, I’ve become better as looking all around, not just in front of me, allowing me to function better in society.
 
Vision therapy has begun to fix all of these issues with extreme success, and over the planned one-year course of treatment, it will continue to improve them even further.


If you are a potential vision therapy patient, or someone who has been denied coverage for vision therapy: Please comment on this blog post and share your story. If we stick together, we can make a difference, and hopefully we can get vision therapy coverage for those who need it in the future.

If you are a representative of an insurance company (specifically the company that denied my claims): Please email me at lessthanreality@gmail.com. Maybe we can make this right.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Week In Review: 10/27/12

Teen Mom's Leah Messer is pregnant again. The Teen Mom star (formerly Leah Sims and currently known as Leah Calvert) is expecting her third child, this time with husband Jeremy Calvert. Apparently being a teen mom to twins didn't teach this young mom a thing. I would guess that Leah wanted this baby so badly because she and Jeremy recently had a miscarriage, but I think that unfortunate incident should have been a reality check for the 20 year old. She's living her life publicly on television, and that can't be the healthiest way for this vulnerable young woman or her children to grow up.

If you've been following the drama, you know that Breaking Amish was revealed for being less honest than it appeared to be. The premise of the show was that young people were leaving their Amish and Mennonite communities to go to NYC. However, news broke that the participants hadn't been Amish / Mennonite for quite some time, and two participants (who pretended to only begin dating on the show) actually had a child together. In what seems like an effort to alleviate their PR nightmare, TLC will be airing a two-part tell all in which the allegations of trickery and lies will come to the surface. The first episode will air on Sunday, November 11th, and it's sure to be surprising - after all, aside from the truth of the participants once being religious, it seems that most of this show is a lie.

Joe Simpson seems to be in some kind of downward spiral these days. Joe Simpson, who was recently convinced of a DUI, is now involved in a divorce from wife Tina Simpson. I will say, the pair had a good run - they found fame for daughters Ashlee Simpson and Jessica Simpson and kept their marriage alive for 35 years - but I would guess that his creepy and unethical behavior finally got to Tina, leading her to want to split from her husband. That's just speculation on my part, but between Joe's creepy comments about Jessica's breast size back in the day to his recent legal issues, I'd think Tina's reached her breaking point.

VH1's Couples Therapy seriously hit gold with the blondes they cast this season...and their husbands. While the show makes me feel kind of sick, I can't stop watching how co-dependent Doug Hutchison is on his wife Courtney Stodden...and how much she controls the guy. While I've never had a positive impression of their relationship (as I'm not entirely sure that would be possible), I didn't realize how much Courtney was the manipulator in it. I thought they shared the responsibility, however, I'm pretty sure she controls everything about their relationship and Doug's just an insecure, easily influenced person.

Shayne Lamas doesn't do herself any favors on the show. She's constantly combative towards her husband Nik Richie and towards Doug & Courtney. I don't think she'll be leaving this show with any more fans than she had before - she may even have less.

I do have sympathy for Tiny Hailey, wife of Joel "JoJo" Hailey. Her husband clearly has an alcohol problem and that girl has fought long and hard to stick by her man through his madness.

Snooki's gone out and gotten herself a jewelry line filled with affordable accessories. I took a look at the pictures and while they don't look super cheap, I'm sure the quality is about as high as Snooki's intellect when she appears on Jersey Shore. I don't know why every celebrity thinks he or she needs a fashion line these days. Actually, I probably do know - they do absolutely none of the work but the line sells like wildfire because of the celebrity's fans. I guess I shouldn't hate - I'd make millions of dollars doing nothing too, if I could.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Negative Effects of Reality Television on Teens

Below is a guest post from a wonderful blogger, the author of thefamilycompass.com. Please give her article a read and share your comments!

Studies show that the average American will watch about 9 years television in his or her life, according to staticbrain.com. The average amount of television time a child gets is roughly 1,480 minutes a week. That is about one day and a few extra minutes if converted into hours. While people may consider it just a sign of the times, watching television may affect how your child thinks.

With the emergence of reality TV shows, more people are turning on their television sets to watch what goes on in the lives of their favorite showbiz personalities. Sadly, reality television is more than just entertaining. It can alter how you child thinks about himself or herself. Although you have raised them to adhere to good old moral values, your teen may prioritize fame and wealth over anything else. Blame it on reality TV.

Teenagers and children fail to realize that these shows are scripted. They believe the brawls to be real and that may cause them to seek out more fights at school. If they see their idols having one night stands, they may consider it the norm and become more promiscuous. Your teenage daughter may also wonder why women in reality shows look so good all the time and she does not. She may not be aware that they have makeup artists to retouch them before each scene. They look fit at all times because they have personal trainers and diet consultants to help maintain their figures.

While many parents may shrug it off and say that they tell their kids that these shows are scripted, they forget that their younger children and teenagers are at impressionable stage where they are still developing mentally and emotionally. Exposure to these shows may negatively affect how they see themselves in the future. They hear about multi-million dollar endorsements and the lust for fame replaces all the morals instilled in them when they were younger. Reality television glamorizes problems like drug or alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancy, catfights, promiscuous sex and so much more. It teaches people that opening your private life to the world is healthy for the right price.

Many consider reality television the basest form of entertainment. However, they watch these shows anyway. Rather than scoff it off as a fun albeit annoying habit, think about what these shows can do to your teenager. If you notice any disturbing behavior in your teen, you may choose to consult a counselor and browse through sites like thefamilycompass.com for tips on how to deal with your child.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Week In Review - 10/7/12

Remember I said that TV will air just about anything these days? I certainly do not take that back, now that I'm hearing about the latest soon-to-be celebrity ability show. So let's see...we've already covered dancing and skating...now we're onto...diving? It's true. ABC's looking into a show called Celebrity Splash in which celebrities learn and compete in diving. While the show's made a splash in the Netherlands (pun intended) I can't imagine the show holding the attention of US viewers. But we will see!

Another show will soon hit the airwaves - and it's from TLC, the network that brought us some of the best and most horrifying reality shows of all. This time, they're creating a show called Starter Wives, which will feature the ex-wives and baby mamas of pseudo-celebrities (the only two I've heard of are Lamar Odom and 50 Cent). What that means is that I've hardly heard of the celebrities, let alone their former wives and girlfriends! So how good can this show really be? As RealityTea reports, this show does sound a lot like VH1's Hollywood Exes, so who knows - maybe Americans do want to see more unknown celebrity exes. I certainly won't be watching.

Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr were caught making out in a public place, which probably has Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders thanking their lucky stars about no longer being the most recent famous cheating couple. Both Jason and Brittany have issued public apologies, and I'm sure Jason's pretty sorry about what he did. As for Brittany, well, I'm sure she feels a little bad for Jason's wife Jessica Ussery, but she's also gotten way more fame from this than she's earned by being an NBA cheerleader or a contestant on American Idol. While this may momentarily hurt Jason's career, it's sure to boost Brittany from a barely known American Idol hopeful to a mini-celebrity. So honestly, I bet she's kind of thrilled.

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Bravo may be seeing some change in the Housewives universe in the near future. Though the network denies it, rumor has it that the network is casting for The Real Housewives of Santa Barbara, which would be the newest addition to the Housewives empire. Additionally, Kim Zolciak will be moving away from a main role on The Real Housewives of Atlanta because she landed a permanent spinoff of her own, and NeNe Leakes has less time for the show because she's splitting her time between Atlanta and LA, where she's filming scripted sitcom The New Normal. Do I think RHOSB is confirmed? Definitely not. But do I think it's in consideration? Absolutely. It's not like many of the current housewives shows are as great as they used to be (we miss you Jill Zarin!) so it may be worth Bravo's time to branch out. Will the network do that? Only time will tell.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Couples Therapy: Here's to Fake Blondes With Fake Attitudes!

I caught the first episode of VH1's Couples Therapy tonight and I think I need to go to therapy after watching this show.

VH1 hit ratings gold with this season of their show Couples Therapy. While I'd hardly call the participants celebrities, I would definitely call the participants controversial figures...and they certainly lived up to that title.

We'll begin with couple Doug Hutchison and (at the time of filming) 17 year old Courtney Stodden. Courtney's since turned 18...which is somewhat of a relief considering that we've already seen way more than we ever need to see of a 17 year old's body. Anyway, Courtney began by putting on this big show about how she and Doug love each other soooo much, and Doug defended their relationship by saying that the pair were married under the eyes of God. Okay, creepy enough, but it got even creepier when asked if he had a daughter, Doug said, "I'm raising my wife." Ummmmm....yuck. Just...yuck.

Shayne Lamas and Nik Richie, who married just 8 hours after meeting for the first time, were the second most interesting couple on the premiere episode. Despite their blink-and-you'll miss it courtship, the pair did well together until stress took over. Shayne's stress was evident on this episode because when Courtney asked how she was doing, Shayne lashed out, stating that she was uncomfortable when people put on shows...a direct dig at Courtney. While I don't disagree that Courtney was being incredibly fake, I think the fact that both bottle blondes with brown eyebrows are competing for the "hot girl" spot on the show, and it seemed like Shayne thought Courtney was winning.

Alex McCord and Simon Van Kempen, who caused a ton of drama on The Real Housewives of New York City, seemed relatively chill compared to their competitors. Of course, this isn't a challenge when you're up against a 17 year old who sings really awful music (Courtney), a former reality star (Shayne) and a guy who runs a website meant to embarrass people (Nik). Alex actually took the role of peacekeeper in the Shayne/Nik vs. Courtney/Doug insta-feud.

I hate to say it, but couples Too $hort and Monica Payne and JoJo and Tashaunda Hailey didn't get the attention they probably wanted by being on the show because they were completely overshadowed by the blond drama. But that's not to say that things won't change as the season progresses - it looks like Jojo and Tashaunda, at the very least, will cause some drama as the season progresses.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Nothing less than reality: The Next Iron Chef On The Food Network

If you want to see real people doing real things, only with the difference that all their moves are followed by the camera, reality TV is meant just for you. If you want to see some rough competition in the kitchen and see people creating delicious meals or simply failing in it, you might want to check out The Next Iron Chef: Redemption, where the participants have all already managed to fail winning a show, but have been brought back and given the second chance to become a member of the Iron Chef culinary society.

With the main judges panel consisting of Donatella Arpaia, Geoffrey Zakarian and Simon Majumdar, and only 9 contestants already announced, the show will start long before the official premiere. While the show premieres on November 4th, the selection process of the tenth cast member will start already on October 12th and will continue until October 26th. The tenth cast member is chosen through a web-exclusive "Road to Redemption" tournament. Competing for the tenth slot are Duskie Estes, Robert Trevino and newcomers Lee Anne Wong and Madison Cowan.

"Our web-exclusive  'Road to Redemption' tournament adds a whole new layer to The Next Iron Chef experience," said Bob Madden, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Digital – Food Network Category, Scripps Networks Interactive. "This online exclusive will give our audience more of the content they crave and the opportunity to witness more excitement and energy from these skilled competitors.  FoodNetwork.com is thrilled to play a part in selecting the tenth competitor for this season's cast."

Other competitors are Nate Appleman, Jehangir Mehta, Elizabeth Falkner, Amanda Freitag, Eric Greenspan, Alex Guarnaschelli, Spike Mendelsohn, Marcel Vigneron and Tim Love.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

So Excited! Secretly Pregnant Will Be Back Soon!

Although I find many of the pregnancy-related shows to be absolutely ridiculous, I find Secretly Pregnant on Discovery F&H to be a great show.

Secretly Pregnant follows women who aim to keep their pregnancies a secret from select people in their lives. For example, a 20-something named Danie kept her pregnancy a secret from her father because he'd said cruel things to her, like that children cost too much, make life difficult and cause heartbreak. (How horrible is that? I can't imagine a father saying that to his child!) Ultimately, the participants spill the beans, and at least from the scenarios I've seen, find peace with their situations.

The reason I like this show is because we see raw emotion. Despite the fact that the participants are on camera which can create a lot of falseness, we seem to see genuine anger, sadness and happiness as the women progress. Additionally, we see many successful women on the show, like Danie, who keep their pregnancies a secret not because they aren't capable of raising children, but because of the negativity of others in their lives.

If you are a fan of shows like I'm Pregnant And..., this is a show for you. If you like the drama of 16 and Pregnant, this may not be for you, because it's truly about the women avoiding drama, not seeking it out. For example, one participant was told that accepting her pregnancy and unborn baby will be healthy for the baby because the woman will allow herself to bond with her child. This is such a wonderful thing to hear - a woman getting and taking good advice about how to proceed with her pregnancy.

My verdict on this show? Watch it. It's a feel good show with a positive spirit, but also with enough excitement to keep things interesting.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Reality TV Week In Review

Some interesting, and not so interesting, things happened on reality TV this week. I'll detail some of the highlights below.

A bunch of shows were on TV this week that you should be grateful that I watched...primarily so you don't have to waste your time watching them. Most notably was Oh Sit!, in which contestants are given silly nicknames (like Amber Waves) and play a game show version of musical chairs. I know filming an unscripted show is way cheaper than filming a sitcom, but I didn't realize that networks has gotten quite this cheap...or lowered their standards quite this much.

Secret Princes made its premiere on TLC. I have one major problem with this show. Okay, I take that back. I have several problems with this show. First and foremost, the castmates (not all of which are technically princes) are on the show to find a girl that likes them for who they are, not because they're princes. Well, that's great and all, but it'll never work. Why? Because they're being followed by TV cameras. And that's just as attractive to many females as a royal title. So being normal guys? Not going to happen when you're being tracked by television cameras. Secondly, the guys made it sound like they had to go find minimum wage jobs. In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it TV moment, all the guys got jobs. OMG, so convenient!!! I think my favorite show participant is Salad. In his accent, it's supposed to be pronounced Suh-LAHD. But when the guys made up their fake names, he chose to be called Salad. Pronounced like the food. I think he'll have enough trouble finding a woman based on his height and lack of smoothness...and being named after a healthy food isn't going to help him.

Abby and Brittany continued on TLC. While I enjoyed the first few episodes of this show, it got stale really fast. It's still a good show to put on in the background, but as far as actually watching this show? It's like ingesting pure sugar for a whole half hour - by the end you've crashed out and fallen asleep.

I'm not exactly sure if this show was on this week, but a few weeks ago, I saw a show called My House, Their Money on HGTV. For the sake of this post, I'm going to assume the show lasted more than a week. This show was fun. I'm sure it's scripted in the same way that House Hunters is, but this show is great to watch. The premise of the show is that someone's buying a house, but someone else is making the down payment. So, in one episode, daughter Joanna was buying a house, but mom was paying for it, so the pair had to battle out who got their way - Joanna, who wanted a bungalow, or mom, who wanted a two story new construction. The best part of this show is hearing what the people paying for the homes have to say. One mom was making really inappropriate comments about the people in the neighborhood - it was hilarious. And so, so wrong.

Breaking Amish continued its run on TLC, and it was a fun watch. Research shows that the show's completely fake, and a real formerly Amish person thinks the people aren't acting like real Amish people would, but it's still fun to watch two girls gang up on the other and try to find her false teeth during the night. I have to say, it's pretty noticeable how mean the girls on the show are! I know they wanted to leave the wholesome Amish culture, but they display a lot of anger, bitterness and b*tchiness for girls who just left a culture where almost everything, including electricity, is considered evil. Tonight's episode will feature one of the housemate's family members coming to take him or her home. That screams 'staged' to me, but I'm sure it'll be fun to observe.

That's So 80's aired on DIY Network. The show basically follows the I Love The 80's formula. Remember when that show was big on VH1? The formula is that a concept, in this case, a home design, is introduced, and a bunch of comedians make fun of it. Most of the jokes were pretty bad, like the one where the comedian said "The Clapper? It's only second to my Chlamydia-er" or something like that, in response to the equipment that allowed you to clap your lights on and off. I think the most disappointing thing about this show is that I was expecting a lot from Joey Lawrence, but instead I got an episode full of a guy who looked like he was losing his self respect second by second as he read from a teleprompter.

Word has it that the cast of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo told TLC to show them the money if they're going to come back to television. Reportedly, they're making $4,000 per episode now, but they want $10,000. While I think that's pretty steep, Alana Thompson does make a fantastic television personality, and I'm sure that her family's bringing TLC a ton of money in revenue, so I say give it to them. I mean, June Shannon's a 32 year old grandmother - some cash would probably make it at least a little bit easier to raise her four daughters and her first grandkid. Word has it that Sugar Bear just needed some emergency surgery for an injury caused by an untreated cut, so some more income may help cover the medical bills from that, as well.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Bling It On: My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding's Sondra Celli Gets Her Own Reality Show

If you were a fan of the over-the-top attire on My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding, you'll love Bling It On, which features Sondra Celli's clothing design studio. If that name sounds familiar to you, it's because Ms. Celli designed many of the wedding dresses featured on My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding.

On this show, we get a glimpse into Sondra's creative process, including seeing her team of Blingettes, who apply gems to apparel and accessories. Sondra, who began as a sweater designer, now specializes in being creating and stepping outside the box to design one of a kind creations.

The fun part about this show is that it's like Jersey Couture and Say Yes To The Dress if a glitter factory exploded on them. No longer are we limited to Gypsy dresses or traditional wedding dresses - now we're seeing girls' birthday dresses, neon wedding dresses and more.

The most fun part of this show was seeing Sondra get a request to make a steam punk costume for a girl named Amanda. Sondra, unfamiliar with the steam punk culture, had to step out of her comfort zone to design the outfit. Sondra and Amanda had some issues because Amanda wanted her corset super tight, but Sondra knew it would fit better with a little more room to breathe. In the end, let me tell you - Sondra rocked that steam punk outfit out. Amanda looked absolutely amazing in her dress and Sondra seemed to capture her vision perfectly.

My verdict on the show? Watch it. You'll get so many creative ideas, whether you like blingy dresses, sparkly shoes or colorful Halloween costumes. And even if you don't, you'll cringe when you see neon wedding dresses and kids' dresses that probably cost more than most of us spend on groceries in a year.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Oh Sit! - They Really Will Put Anything On TV These Days

I had some time to scroll through prime time TV today and came across a show called Oh Sit! Not only is the show a thinly veiled homage to a curse word, but it's also a thinly veiled copy of Wipeout mixed with a children's game. Let's just say that I wasn't feeling it.

Oh Sit! is a combination of a couple of things:

Musical chairs: The competitors have to land in chairs, each worth a secret dollar amount, at the end of every round. They go through a circle of obstacles until the music stops, and then they have to make their way to the chairs. So, much like the beloved children's game, people run in circles until music stops, then find their way to a chair. Each time, someone's kicked out of the game.

Wipeout: Like Wipeout, the competitors have to compete in a series of obstacles to get to the finish line (in this case, a chair). Also like Wipeout, the hosts are snarky and sarcastic. As a side note - on this show, host Jessi looks a bit like Sarah Jessica Parker.

Nickelodeon Guts: Like with this vintage competition show, the contestants get nicknames and compete in a series of obstacles to be the ultimate winner. The difference between Guts and Oh Sit! is that on Guts, the nicknames were positive. On Oh Sit!, they're somewhere between weird and offensive. On this episode, nicknames included King of Tweens, Pole Dancer, Brazil Nut and Amber Waves. What's an Amber Wave, anyway, may I ask?

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: It's like this strictly because you have to do take risks and do stuff to make money. It's a loose comparison, but it still counts, right?

Shows where random people play music: I can't think of one offhand, but this show features a live band singing cover songs. It's kind of like early episodes of American Idol - it features lots of songs, many of which aren't particularly memorable. Also like on American Idol, famous bands perform every so often.

My verdict on this show? Don't waste your time. If you're into stuff similar to Oh Sit!, put Wipeout on in the background and watch some kids play musical chairs. It'll be about 1,000 times more entertaining, and you'll at least know that some kids had a good time running in circles.