Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Catfish: Jen and Skylar...or Should We Say Jen and Bryan

Did anyone catch last night's episode of MTV's Catfish? Wow, Bryan's a jerk.

If you watched last night's episode of Catfish, you saw 18 year old Jen fall for a guy named "Skylar", a 22 year old student at San Francisco State University. As it turns out, Skylar was actually a guy named Bryan who seems rather, well, confused. He was a student, as he claimed, but that's about all that was true.

Image courtesy of MTV.com
Bryan's deal was that he pretended to be Skylar to build up his game with girls (although he said he never tried his game on Jennifer), at least per his initial excuse. In his post show interview at MTV.com, his excuse varies - he says he used a fake name because it's not safe to use your real name on the internet. Valid, sure, but also BS at a certain point...and he's 22 years old, for goodness sake - he should know when he should be honest.

The scary part about Bryan is how dead he seemed on the show and in his post show interview. He didn't even really try to defend himself - he just made up a bunch of excuses about how he never cared about Jen (I'm not sure how much I believe it), about not using his real name for personal safety and how he's using the show as a way out of his online relationships. It certainly doesn't paint a pretty picture, and it's a true warning story about how the internet can be very untruthful.

Bryan even claims that he's upset with Jennifer for using Catfish to find her 15 minutes of fame. OMG!

Shame, Bryan, shame.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Whoa - Joe Giudice Could Be Deported!

Joe Giudice and his wife Teresa Giudice from The Real Housewives of New Jersey could be in some real trouble.

The pair, accused of tax evasion, lying about income and other things of the sort, were released on a combined $1 million bond until their trial, but that may be the best news they get for a while, considering that their crimes could lead to jail time, and Joe Giudice, a non-US citizen, could be deported.

The couple also cannot leave the NJ / NY area in the meantime, which means that it's a good time for the other RHONJ cast members to take a trip to Connecticut or something if they want to exclude them.

It'll be interesting to see the outcome of their trial, and to see if their fame positively or negatively impacts their outcome. It certainly would make a statement if the pair was jailed. I would feel bad for their children, but Teresa and Joe certainly aren't entirely innocent.

We'll see!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Erica Gimbel: Easily Manipulated?

Ashlee White brought up an interesting point on Princesses: Long Island this week - that Erica Gimbel is easily manipulated.

I'm not saying I necessarily agree or disagree with Ashlee, but it was interesting how this came up. If you recall in previous episodes, Joey Lauren and Ashlee had some issues. Then Joey talked to Erica about the problems and if I recall correctly, Erica did actively participate in a discussion with Joey about Ashlee.

In order to set the record straight, Ashlee had Erica come over to let her know that she'd always defend her and let her know the stunts that Joey is pulling. And in this conversation, Ashlee told Erica that she can be easily manipulated and she doesn't want Joey to do that to her - but isn't she doing the exact same thing? I do believe Ashlee's actions are somewhat pure - to defend herself and keep Erica out of trouble - but there is natural selfishness and manipulation behind her words as well.

In the confessional later, Erica said Ashlee's words gave her a new perspective on the Joey situation, which showed that she was affected by it, if not a bit manipulated. So is Erica easily manipulated...and was she by Ashlee?

That being said, later in the episode, both Ashlee and Joey called each other evil regarding a shared social situation. Then they started attacking each other during the social situation. The pair has a lot more in common than either of them realizes - they're fighting exactly the same way towards each other.

Of course, this comes down to Erica, in part, manipulating both Ashlee and Joey by sharing Ashlee's text message with Joey. And Erica insists that none of this is her fault...and unfortunately, she is a significant part of it. As far as Erica instantly taking Amanda and Joey's side as friends when Ashlee ran away and Chanel followed her, I can understand it in the moment, but I hope she realizes that she can't fault Ashlee for leaving the uncomfortable situation.

Just my two cents.

On a random note, does Jeff and Amanda's relationship border on ridiculously creepy? Their PDA and over the top behavior in front of their parents is, well, scary! In a way, I respect that they're so into each other and willing to show it, but it's definitely a foreign concept to me to act like that. Jeff's parents seem okay with it, though, so it's probably a cultural thing that I don't understand.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Let's Reward More Bad Behavior By Giving the Man With Many Kids a TV Show

Orlando Shaw has 22 kids with 14 women. He can't pay his child support, so the state pays it for him. Apparently this is interesting to the American public, so he might get a reality show.

What? What? We're glamorizing the life of a man who has a ton of kids and can't pay for them? WTF?

One on side of this, I'm appalled. Because this is ridiculous. But on the other hand, he reportedly wants to use his earnings to support his kids, and I can't hate on that. At 33 years old, he's got 22 kids and a grandkid on the way (!!!) so he's got to support them somehow. And because he's already pseudo-famous, I suppose he should capitalize on that.

I'm not even sure what else I can say about this. It's madness. That is all.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Princesses: Long Island - What Do You Think of Joey?

When I watch Princesses: Long Island, I have strong opinions on a lot of the show's stars. One person that I'm a bit torn about is Joey. I just can't decide how to feel.

At first, I liked Joey. As a non-rich girl, I can relate to her more than the others. (I mean, who in the real world can go $5,000 shoe shopping whenever we want?) But then when she made a joke out of speed dating, I lost respect for her. It's as if she wasn't even willing to try, even though none of the men outwardly met her standards. Then her actions at Amanda's party didn't reflect well, but that probably came from a place of pain.

I have to give Joey a pass, in a way, because of her dad. Sure, it can be frustrating that Joey lives at home in her late 20s, but her dad seems to really want her out of the house, even if it means giving up on her dreams. It seems like all Joey wants is his approval and that's the one thing she can't obtain.

Thoughts? What do you think of Joey? What do you think of the others?

Sister Wives: Season Premiere 7/21/13

Sister Wives is back, and as this season began, we took a look back at the Sister Wives family leaving Utah two years ago - and we also get some foreshadowing about the turmoil that's been haunting the family, including the struggles of being separated into different areas of Las Vegas.

The older kids let us know the feelings they have about being in the rentals - namely, that it's unsettling and the rentals don't feel like homes.

The Brown family went through a walkthrough of their new houses. (If you recall, the Browns were trying to buy four houses on a cul-de-sac so they could all be together.) There were walls up already in Robyn's home, and of course, already problems, as one of Robyn's windows was incorrect and it would cost money to fix it. Also, Christine had an open doorway where she should have had a solid wall, although that ended up being a happy mistake, as she'd make that room into a library. The family doubted that the homes would be done by their goal in two months from the time of filming - a Christmas deadline.

The adults of the Brown family had a meeting about their jewelry line, My Sister Wife's Closet, because their internet sales were low. The family had planned to go to a trade show, but it seemed like many of the participants had timing conflicts. Meri had limited time to go to the show so Kody said she shouldn't go, but Robyn insisted that she go to help push products. The goal of the trade show, at least for Jenelle, was to see the income potential of this company, or whether she should be focusing her efforts elsewhere. Robyn wanted to put more into this business and felt like some people weren't fully invested - which Kody agreed with, even going as far to say that he doesn't even like working on it. Ultimately, it seemed as if everyone except Robyn wanted this to be a hobby business, not a primary source of income.

As the family traveled to their destination in St. George, Utah, Robyn was nervous. She revealed that she was in her old hometown, where she often see negative news about the FLDS church, and how in school her teachers would say negative things about polygamists. She was uncomfortable about being in an area with such a negative view of polygamy.

When the trade show opened, the room became swamped with people. A woman came by the booth and got excited about buying a lot of jewelry...and ended up buying nothing. At the end of day one, only seven pieces of jewelry had been sold, most likely due in part to their high prices as compared to other booths at the expo. Other issues were the long stories associated with each piece of jewelry and the public's disdain for the polygamist lifestyle. (The whole expo created only 19 sales - not great!)

Meri addressed that it was Solomon's first birthday, which means it had been a year since Robyn made her offer of surrogacy. She'd have to address it soon. Meri did talk to Robyn, and she said she felt guilty if she doesn't take Robyn up on her offer. Robyn didn't want her want to feel guilty, of course. Meri reviewed her options: in vitro, surrogacy, or not have a kid. At the end of the conversation, tears were shed, but no decision was made.

Janelle addressed the fact that she sees the tight bond between Robyn and Meri, and how she wants a part of that, but it requires a lot of work.

Solomon's birthday was celebrated next and each person made a wish for Solomon's future. Some were funny, like Solomon being rich, and another wish was for him to be happy with his future wives. That one was funny for me, not so much for them, primarily because it shows the adults' desire for the kids to continue the polygamist lifestyle.

The episode closed out with more talk of wanting to get the family's prospective homes in the cul-de-sac...and the differences in the family members' lives once they all lived together again.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Cory Monteith, Glee Star, Found Dead in Hotel Room

Cory Monteith, 31, was found dead in his Canadian hotel room, per UsWeekly.com. Foul play is not suspected. The actor recently completed a program to help him overcome a substance abuse problem.

The Glee star, who was dating fellow Glee actress Lea Michele, is sure to be missed by friends, family and fans. He truly was a core member of Glee and his career had only just begun. Also, he showed incredible strength and courage by seeking treatment for his addictions.

RIP, Cory Monteith.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Is Below Deck Real?

When Below Deck premiered, I'm pretty sure at least someone besides me was asking the question - is this Bravo reality show real?

The answer is yes...sort of.

The yacht on Below Deck isn't actually called M/Y Honor. It's M/Y Cuor di Leone, and it's a rentable luxury yacht. The captain, Lee Rosbach, was legit, as was his engineer. But Bravo hired the eight featured crew members, and the actual crew members for the Cuor di Leone were offboard during Bravo's five-week charter.

Captain Lee was less than thrilled with the hired cast. Although they are qualified to do their jobs (at least to a point), he would have fired them if given the opportunity. Per Lee, quoted from the-triton.com:

“The producers of the show wanted to show the long hours and the stress of yachting, but most of that was caused by the crew being inept,” Rosbach said. “On a 50m charter boat, they were all way over their heads. A couple of them tried really hard and they might have made good entry-level crew. I’m worried people will think this is what happens on a 50m charter yacht.

The show was the idea of Rebecca Taylor, who works in TV and has yacht experience. She noted that while keeping the 'real' crew of the boat would have worked great for television, logistically, it wouldn't have worked. She needed all castmates to be American citizens and go through background checks, so the show needed to be cast as any other show would be.

It makes sense that the show is chartered by Bravo, because I highly doubt random guests would want their super expensive vacations aired on TV. Plus, real guests probably would put up a fight when they're kicked off the boat for alleged drug use...the group in the first episode didn't seem to put up too much of a fight. And that whole situation seemed a little staged, don't you think?

I still really enjoy the show, and it's just about as real as other reality TV - sort of, kind of, but not completely truthful.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Would You Trust Your Kids With Gordon Ramsay? Some Parents Apparently Will! Masterchef Junior Will Soon Hit TV Screens

America can't get enough of Gordon Ramsay. He'll soon be bringing us yet another show to join is empire. But this time, kids will take center stage.

Would you trust your kids with knives...and this guy?
That's right - unlike Gordon Ramsay's other Fox shows, including Masterchef, Hell’s Kitchen, Hotel Hell and Kitchen Nightmares, this show will feature young, impressionable kids between the ages of eight and 13.

Ramsay was inspired to create this show because he saw how much his own kids like to cook, and he cites their skill and passion as extraordinary.

My question is - will the kids - and their parents - be able to handle the heat in the kitchen? Gordon Ramsay's hardly known for being a kind, compassionate human being. Will he tone it down for the kids, or will they face the same abuse as their adult counterparts? And if he does tone down his abrasive personality, will the show still have the Gordon Ramsay appeal?

The show will premiere September 27th, 2013, so we'll get our chance to see Ramsay in action at that time. Until then, we'll have to wait and see if Ramsay can control his temper or plans to make kids cry on TV.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Below Deck: My Initial Review

Bravo's new reality show Below Deck is one to watch.

Below Deck follows the lives of the crew of a luxury yacht. While the crew members found their ways to working on a yacht through different channels, they're forced to have a common goal: serving the ultra-rich customers aboard their ship.

What makes the show so interesting is that the cast members work and hang out together, meaning that the drama has nowhere to go - everyone's confined.

Right off the bat, Adrienne stuck out as the most interesting character. She's a leader, and it's evident that she'll be getting on everyone's nerves this season.

This show has a nice twist from the usual 'housewives' type Bravo drama. It's pretty fresh and I think it'll do well this season.

Hollywood Darlings: Episode 2, My So Called Prom

On Hollywood Darlings (which is an improvised comedy, not reality), the girls drank a charcoal drink, which Jodie hated. Someone came up to ...