Saturday, May 31, 2014

Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars - Highlights From Episode 1 (5/30/14)

Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (as opposed to Marriage Boot Camp: People Who Want to Be Reality Stars) premiered last night on WeTV. While it is by no means worth recapping the whole thing, here are the highlights.

Tanisha Thomas and Clive (Tanisha's from Bad Girls Club) arrived first, and in a big way. Tanisha's got a huge personality. She was screaming an ranting and raving and whatever else one can do. She also let us know that she and Clive have been married - and separated - for two years. Okay, then. Clive has a problem with cheating.

Tanisha had a total mental breakdown during a segment where people were allowed to ask her questions. That was certainly something to see. She felt pretty dumb after the fact when she learned that the reporters were fake and the situation was meant to test their relationships in the public eye.

Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley (Real Housewives of Orange County) arrived next. Tanisha said Gretchen looked like a Barbie, and Gretchen called herself "the white Oprah" because she asks a lot of questions. I considered it a slip and a bad choice (comparing yourself to Oprah? Making race an issue?) but when she repeated it, that theory was all over. Slade said something horrible - he said there are millions of beautiful women out there so he wouldn't be that concerned if the relationship ended.

The group was joined by JWoww (Jenni Farley) and her boyfriend Roger from Jersey Shore. Jenni said Gretchen is as real as her boobs. That was good. This couple has a problem where Jenni wants more camera time and Roger wants some privacy.

Traci Braxton and her man Kevin from Braxton Family Values arrived next. Their 17 year marriage is plagued with infidelity and control issues. Tanisha described Kevin as a guy 'who can't keep his legs between his legs' which I will assume was a mistake in her wording. The truth is that they've both cheated.

Trista and Ryan Sutter (The Bachelorette) were the final pair to arrive. Tanisha made it clear that she thought Trista looked way better when she was on The Bachelorette, but she has really nice teeth. The pair wants their marriage to work because they're the pair from the Bachelor / Bachelorette franchise that has made things work when so many others fail.

All of the couples made videos about their relationship problems...except for part of one couple - Ryan. Showing strength in their marriage, Trista defended him, saying he'd worked a long week. Ryan admitted he wasn't too keen on being on the show but had been turning around since their arrival.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Random News From The Week

Did anyone watch Catfish last night? That episode was craaaazy. It was about a guy who went by the alias of Kidd Cole and scammed people out of bunches of money by pretending he's in the music industry. He claimed songs that weren't his were, told people to hire him limos and stuff in order to earn a job at his record label and asked people if he could use their credit cards because his wallet was stolen. When confronted, he kept lying, like having his new friend rent a recording studio and claiming he lived there and it was his, and continuing to claim that he works with big name artists. The truth is that he's insecure and was once told that he'd never amount to anything, so he created this whole fake life. It was for sure one of the strangest episodes of Catfish and the most disturbing because the guy clearly learning nothing. He refused a post-show interview and according to the girl being Catfished, he continued to lie after the show aired. Hopefully anyone he tries to Catfish watches the show and he never gets away with it again.

Juicy Couture has fallen from grace. That's right, the company that brought us the overpriced track suit is shuttering its stores and - get this - has signed a deal to sell its clothing at Kohl's. KOHL'S. That's a huge drop from the upscale markets it targeted in the past. Don't get me wrong - I think this is a smart move on JC's part - many brands decline over time, and I don't think Juicy is anywhere as popular as it used to be. My real question is what the tracksuits and other apparel will cost when they hit the Kohl's shelves. I guess the price will have to decline, although I don't think the quality will have to because it wasn't that great to begin with. (And I can say that from experience because I used to own a whole bunch of Juicy apparel.)

I Wanna Marry Harry continued this week and it was actually fun to watch, but in a way that makes me not really want to watch it. Why? Because it portrays images of women being dumb, mean and having too much to drink. I understand that the goal of these reality shows isn't to portray women in a positive light, but many of these women aren't exactly doing the gender justice. Be strong, be kind and make yourself a positive role model for others...don't talk on national TV about how one of the girls is trying to separate the pretty girls from the ugly ones.

Cody Simpson graduated as valedictorian of his high school class. He made some comment about how intelligence is sexy, but let's be real, Cody knows that his intelligence isn't what made him a star. If it was, I don't think Justin Bieber would be anywhere near as famous as his is.

Scout Willis decided to walk around NYC topless, where it's legal, to protest Instragram prohibiting boob pictures from appearing on their website. It seems to be in support of breast cancer survivors who want to share their stories, but it also looks like a bit of a publicity stunt.

Lynne Curtain from The Real Housewives of Orange County revealed that her daughters are both in the porn industry in some capacity. This is not surprising. End scene.

That's all that's on my radar for now. Hopefully some interesting reality news will occur shortly so I can feel inspired to write about it.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I Wanna Marry Harry: A Show That Made American Girls Think They Can Be British Royalty

Tonight was the premiere of I Wanna Marry Harry, which is Fox's answer to needing a creative new dating show. On the show, American girls are flown to Britain and told that they're dating Prince Harry, but are actually dating (gasp) a commoner who just looks like the prince.

The goal of the show is that fake Harry wants to find love. His goal is that the girls will fall in love with "Harry," but remain in love with him once they find out the truth.

So while you're wondering how 12 American girls would believe that they were on their way to meet Prince Harry, stop - they didn't go into this knowing they'd be meeting "Harry". They went into it knowing they'd meet a British guy of some sort...but not necessarily Harry.

Cue Matt Hicks. He is single and poor...but he's a nice guy. And he looks a heck of a lot like Prince Harry. So FOX brought

Maggie, 24, was introduced to us first (and I think she looks a little like Kendra Wilkinson). She, like the others, wondered who the mystery man they'd be dating would be. Leah, 24, who looks a little like Tori Spelling, was next. Karina, 25, followed. She just got her doctorate in physical therapy. Meghan, 25, let us know that she's the package deal and she thinks some of the others don't have anything. Cue the cattiness.

Kimberly, 23, was introduced after the commercial break. The girls had tea, and one commented that her tea at home was happy hour. Classy, classy. Although I bet that's fun! Next up, we met Kelley, 24, a southern belle. Chelsea, 21, was next, and she made it clear that she wants a rich guy.

The girls noticed that security guards were watching them, and a helicopter came into sight. The girls realized the helicopter would be dropping off their mystery man. Then one of the girls made a startling realization - their mystery man was Prince Harry. Another girl said she wouldn't know what Harry looked like, and Jacqueline, 25, was sure it couldn't be him. Jacqueline later said she's awesome but can also be a b*tch.

The camera went to Matt, whose caption was labeled "Not Really Prince Harry", who admitted that he's feeling excited and nervous. Andrea, 25, introduced herself and said she hasn't had much luck with guys.

Anna Lisa, 23, was introduced, and she said her occupation is "Miss Los Angeles." She, amongst many others, definitely don't have self esteem issues - they all said they're not nervous because they know how great they are.

Carley, 24, said she doesn't know what Prince Harry's looking for, but she's intelligent so that sets her apart.  She may be smart, but the logic may not be there if she's convinced this guy is really Prince Harry. Then again, reality show situations do twist people's minds, so I can't be entirely judgmental. They did surround the girls with servants and flashy decor.

The girls were rounded up to hear an announcement. They were told that they'd be going to a masquerade ball where they'd meet the still unnamed "sir". They were told that one lucky lady would be selected to spend some alone time with him. Rose, 22, hoped she had what it took to be with a guy of the stature of the mystery man, and then we were informed that one girl would be leaving that night.

The girls were told that "sir" had arranged some presents for them. They ran into another room where clothes for the ball were waiting for them. Kimberly seemed sad - she said a guy's never bought her a dress before, and all she wants is a guy that's good for her...regardless of whether he's Prince Harry or not.

When asked his name, Matt didn't want to lie outright, so he made comments that kind of eluded the question. The girls bombarded him with questions, and he struggled because he's not good under pressure.

Matt waltzed with the girls as they talked. I wonder if they were given dance lessons before this scene was filmed. Actually, they must have because Leah said she was trying to count "one, two, three" as they danced.

Matt pulled Rose aside for some one-on-one time. She spoke very loudly, and Matt noted that American girls are really forward. Some girls said Maggie drinks too much. Matt said Kim is a little ray of sunshine and Meghan is stunning.

At midnight, it was time for Matt and the girls to remove their masks. Matt said all of the women were beautiful and way out of his league. Matt removed his mask last, and the girls seemed to be convinced that he was, in fact, Prince Harry. However, Matt said he heard a few hushed comments so he wasn't sure everyone believed him.

To spend the first bit of time in the Crown Suite with him, Matt chose Rose, even though he told her she's a bit loud and brazen. On the flip side, he eliminated Leah because she didn't look like she was having fun. To do this, he sent Leah to the drawing room and Rose to the library, which was a pretty tricky way to do it...and get good camera shots of happiness and despair. While this went on, the girls talked about how they liked Leah for being genuine...and then they realized she'd been eliminated. Still, they cheered for Rose, even though Meghan later trashed her for being fake. And Andrea said she doesn't think Rose is right for Harry. Rose realized the girls weren't being genuine, but she was ready to fight.

On the next episode, Rose tried to learn more about the mystery man and things got cattier. Oh, goodness.

My thoughts on this show? It's alright. Not particularly original once it got started, but fun as a brainless, popcorn kind of show. Worth watching, but only if you've got time to waste.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

As If The Tori and Dean Saga Wasn't Bad Enough...

Okay, so Dean McDermott cheated on Tori Spelling with some chick named Emily Goodhand, who went to the press to brag about her exploits. Then Tori magically makes a TV show out of it. Later we hear that Emily Goodhand might not be real and the whole thing was a publicity stunt. And now, we hear that Tori's not as innocent as she may seem.

Dlisted tells us that at a party several years ago, Dean McDermott offered up Tori Spelling to a friend in an intimate way. And Tori was all about it. Unfortunately, the friend was not and fled the event.

So what does this tell us? I believe I've read rumors that Dean was allowed to 'cheat' as long as it was kept quiet, but don't quote me on that - I could be recalling a story about Robin Thicke or something. Either way, this shows that Tori's not so innocent, either. Sure, maybe Dean has been sleeping around for years - but she could have been too.

One thing's for sure - this family is pretty screwed up. Then again, much like the Eddie Cibrian / LeeAnn Rimes story, Tori and Dean met while cheating on their significant others, right? So what did we really expect?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Catelynn Lowell of Teen Mom Fame is Pregnant!

Reports are saying that Catelynn Lowell of Teen Mom fame is pregnant.

Catelynn and Tyler, who put their relationship issues on display on VH1's Couples Therapy, have decided to have a baby. Intentionally, this time. While the pair is older and wiser than they were when appearing on 16 and Pregnant, it still doesn't seem that they're ready. After all, they called off their engagement during Couples Therapy - it seems they have a lot to work on.

If the pair is pregnant, I wish them all the best, and I hope they can stay together and create a great life for Carly's sibling.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Sorry Farr-Bear, You're Cut From Teen Mom

Remember how the Teen Mom girls didn't want Farrah Abraham on any upcoming seasons of the show because she'll be talking about sex toys and stuff? It seems they got their way, and as usual, Farrah is busy showing absolutely no emotion about it.

Catelynn Lowell, Maci Bookout and Amber Portwood basically told MTV that if the network wants them back for the Teen Mom franchise, Farrah has to go. The line MTV is using is that they agreed because Farrah sets a bad example and doesn't properly represent the network, but I think it's because MTV weighed their odds and decided three of the original Teen Moms will net them more cash than just keeping Farrah.

Farrah's response when she heard about this was along the lines of that she and her costars started separately so they should keep it that way. Which to me sounds like, "Fine! If they don't like me, I don't like them either!" Whatever, Farrah, whatever.