In the early days of reality TV — you know, when strangers were chosen to live in a house and have their lives taped — it was a social experiment in exploring human differences. Now it has become a social experiment in exploring communicable diseases and making out under strategically placed blankets. The reality TV show romance — the “showmance” if you will — was bound to happen. Find enough young, attractive type A personalities and throw them in a house together without television, internet or inhibitions — and add a hot tub for good measure. If you want to play dirty, as in the case of Big Brother, don’t provide enough beds for all the house guests to have their own. I’m sure there are contestants who will make out with someone for less than a good night’s sleep.
If done correctly, a showmance can be a very lucrative career move. Many of the below couples have turned up on “All-Star” seasons — regardless of whether or not they were actually “All-Star” players on their own. And if you feel your fifteen minutes slipping away, may I suggest a wedding special? Free swag, a designer dress, and a surefire way to make next season of The Amazing Race. And, if all else fails, who knows, you may at least get a lasting relationship out of the deal. Continue reading →
Bravo has introduced a couple new reality shows to the mix this summer, including Newlyweds: The First Year, Below Deck, and my particular favorite, Princesses of Long Island (love to hate, obvs). Continue reading →
In 2006, a relativity small cable network called Bravo let their audience peek behind the gates of a wealthy suburban community in Orange County, California called Casa de Cota. We were introduced to five privileged, yet hardworking (OK, some of them) women: Vicki Gunvalson (“the OG of the OC”), Jo De La Rosa, Jeana Keough, Lauri Peterson, and Kimberly Bryant. This docusoap would be the start of the Real Housewives franchise, which, let’s be honest, we now can’t live without. What would the world be like without Vicki’s “woohooo,” Tamra’s snarky comments, Jeana’s smart-ass kids, and the man behind the women, Slade Smiley. Next week marks the 100th episode of the series and it will feature candid interviews with former housewives throughout the years, and even some of the Real Kids of Orange County. The two-hour special will explore the Housewives phenomenon, and how the series has changed the women and their families. 100 Episodes! These ladies are looking good. Thank god for plastic surgery!
On Sunday, June 2nd, a new E! series came across my Tivo called The Wanted Life. The reality show chronicles the personal and professional lives of the English/Irish breakout band, The Wanted. I have always been a big fan of a good boy band (N’SYNC, Backstreet Boys, NKOTB, Jo Bros… the list can go on and on). However, now that I am a little older and wiser (maybe), I thought I was past the age of screaming, fainting, and fangirling freak outs…guess again! Last Sunday I fell in love with these cheeky ball-busters, and I look forward to seeing their success in America grow. Bloody hell — watch it already! (Okay, I think those are the only two English references I can remember.) Continue reading →
Nothing kills the spirit of a 29-year-old girl quicker than an episode of The Millionaire Matchmaker. Oh whew, Patti, you’re making that 50-year-old poser date age-appropriate women. I was worried you wer— wait, whattt? Age appropriate is 27? #$@%!& Continue reading →
“Money doesn’t give you class…it just gives you money.” — Is Brandi’s line in the opening of Bravo’s TheReal Housewives of Beverly Hills throwing a dig at the many “wealthy” women of the 90210 or, perhaps, is it another jab at LeAnn Rimes? Either way Brandi’s statement differentiates her from the housewife stigma. She decides to stand out from that façade of housewife excess, and instead gives the Real Housewives audience a fresh voice on their television screen. Continue reading →