Articles for The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 2

Last season on the Real Housewives of New Jersey we saw that Teresa had breast enhancement surgery. She and her husband were excited that she would now have a flattering bust size. And if you remember her shape before the surgery, she had a real need for enhancement.Now Real Housewife Dina Manzo has had breast surgery of her own, but not to enlarge them. It seems that Dina had the opposite problem. She needed to have her breasts reduced. Ten years ago she had her breasts enlarged, but she has been miserable ever since. Her breasts caused her back pain and made her self-conscious. Read more »
That‘s right, Teresa Giudice, the table toppling, outspoken Real Housewives of New Jersey star, has a book on the bestseller list. Who knew?I suppose all the people who have bought her book so far knew it was a big hit. But the rest of us are just now finding out about it. I think it‘s interesting that another "housewife", Bethenny Frankel has a cookbook called Skinny Girl Dish. Now Teresa‘s book is entitled Skinny Italian. I guess Housewives like the word "skinny." Read more »
In the wake of Danielle‘s ridiculous behavior at the event at the Brownstone, people are lining up like the generic nannies in Mary Poppins to talk to her about it.Meanwhile, in a sub-sub-plot, Theresa‘s daughter, Gia, does poorly at an audition for a feature film.  Her agent tells her that, among other things, she needs to lose the Jersey accent.  Gia does poorly at that as well. Kim confronts Danielle about her entourage calling Chris a faggot (allegedly).  Danielle, a "gay advocate" uses the defense, "he wasn‘t calling a gay man a faggot!"  At Danielle‘s birthday party, her friends try to tell her not to freak out and Danielle, Queen of Reason, responds by freaking out. In the name of children with cancer, Dina decides to be the hundredth person in line to confront Danielle.  In lieu of confrontation, Jacqueline‘s daughter Ashley has set up "hate pages" on Facebook against Danielle, who found them (because everyone is on Facebook, ASHLEY). Danielle turns this into Ashley sending her a text message threatening her life.  In the game of Danielle vs. the 18-year-old, Ashley ends up taking the higher of the two low grounds.  Dina calls Danielle to meet for drinks.  Danielle decides to have Danny, the ex-con who happens to be suit shopping with her, around for protection.  Meanwhile, at the Big Italian Family Dinner, Ashley brings up the "D" word.  The family decides that, although her method wasn‘t the smoothest, Ashley was protecting the family so they will fuhgeddaboudit.  They also plan to fuhgeddaboutDanielle.Dina goes to the meeting to cut Danielle out, Danielle goes expecting an apology.  Dina: "I‘d like to form some boundaries" Danielle: "you think you‘re better than me?"  Another successful communication with Danielle.  Check back tomorrow for Lessons Learned (from this episode, and from Danielle)!(image courtesy of Bravo) Read more »
Here are the lessons I learned from last night‘s episode:1.  DON‘T CAUSE PROBLEMS AT THE BROWNSTONEJust don‘t!  It will take more time than you have to resolve it.2.  Your Facebook life can sometimes affect your real life.  It turns out people read what you say on the internet and it can hurt their REAL feelings.3.  Gia will probably never get an acting job.  Cooawfee, caffee, coffee, caffee, coffee, cooawfee!4.  Dinner is nice, but SOLO CUPS make it a PARTY!!5.  This cat‘s name is Grandma Wrinkles.Lessons Learned from Danielle:1.  Slurs are okay if someone who‘s not you is saying them.  And you can call a straight man a faggot and it‘s not a big deal.2.  It‘s good to have friends in low placesFor protection!  And for when you roll into the Brownstone unexpectedly.3.  If someone wants to meet you for drinks, they have put a hit on you.4.  A wall post on Facebook is actually a text message that someone has put a hit on you.5.  SOMEONE HAS PUT A HIT ON YOU!  GET DANNY! Read more »
Another day, another celebrity sex tape. Suuure, the stars didn‘t want anyone to see it. (So perhaps not pressing record should have been their first move.)The latest "celebrity" ready for her closeup: Danielle Staub, resident crazy person and "prostitution whore" of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. According to TMZ, a 75-minute filmed sexscapade of Staub is about to hit the market with the help of Hustler. The sex tape features Jersey‘s most hated Housewife with an unknown man and was filmed last September -- after Staub had already appeared on The Real Housewives of New Jersey.  Read more »
Last night Dina cut Danielle out, then left the show. Also, Danielle decided "to live again" (aack! The Undead!) and there was a poker game and Ashley got mad at Jacqueline. Every episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey can be an educational experience, and here is what I learned from last night‘s episode:1. Danny has nothing better to do than wait outside restaurants and listen to Danielle‘s stories. For an ex-con, he is really into DRAMA. Read more »
Tonight‘s episode was primarily about parents taking care of their children . . . boobs can be children too. Sans Dina (but plus a bedazzled hat), Teresa, Caroline, and Jacqueline have decide to press forward. But first, Danielle has to get something off her chest . . . a nasty, hard, infected fake boob. Thank God for DVR, because I would have spent most of the episode vomiting and missing crucial information about Danielle‘s boobs. The time has come for Danielle to get her fourth breast augmentation. But who‘s counting?Parent-daughter conversations are fine (Ashley felt fat and stormed out of the house and we‘re still talking about it) but is anyone else just waiting for Danielle to do something completely insane (again)? Just move back in and accept a curfew, Ashley, you‘re boring us. Read more »
Whether or not you were among the many happy online fans that sent questions and comments to the cast of the Real Housewives of New Jersey during the episode this evening, you know what a fun premiere it was. If you missed it, here are some of the highlights of the evening. A Look Back It was hard to wait for season two to find out what happened after Teresa lost her cool and tossed a table full of dishes and wine in an argument with Danielle. My favorite quote about it, "If you‘re not familiar with the ‘table flip,‘ you are not from New Jersey." The season finale of season 1 was absolutely New Jersey at its finest Read more »
On this week‘s episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Danielle & Teresa were both working with their daughters to get them booked as models.Danielle was excited that her daughter did a photo shoot, then had her picture on the cover of Daily Magazine, along with a 5-page spread inside. Then she was booked to walk during fashion week. Christine seemed shy about the whole thing. Read more »
On this week‘s episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Danielle and Christine got some amazing roses from Jacqueline. Danielle wasn‘t sure what they were supposed to mean, but she tried to call Jacqueline to thank her. Jacqueline didn‘t pick up the phone to talk to her. "You Can‘t Change the Hoe-bag That She Is."Teresa looked like she was ready to give birth at any moment, but she went to Dina‘s house for a visit. Dina was afraid to give her herbal tea because she didn‘t know if the tea would make her labor start. Read more »
In this week‘s episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teresa woke up in labor and told her husband Joe to take her to the hospital. It‘s their fourth baby, so neither of them was in a panic. A BirthShe helped her daughters with breakfast and packed her best jewelry for the hospital. (Jewelry...for the hospital?) Meanwhile, Joe was having his coffee. He was in no hurry at all. Read more »
This week on the Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teresa and her new baby went home from the hospital. On the way there, her husband teased her by telling her that he wants to have several more babies.Teresa asked Joe to get a vasectomy. He told her that she‘s "got the wrong guy." (Is it just my thinking, or would there be a lot fewer babies in the world if men had to give birth to them? I‘m just saying...) Read more »
In case you forgot, last week ended with "To Be Continued . . ." but why would you forget? We were all counting down the hours until we could find out how Danielle and Dina‘s conversation ended (logically, I‘m sure!). And we were all dying to see which Real Housewife of New Jersey would leave the show FOR GOOD. These are some broad assumptions I‘m making, but I‘m just doing it in the spirit of the Real Housewives.Danielle tells Dina that she has "no choice but to keep reliving [her] past." We are all victims, Danielle. Victims of Dina‘s family. Danielle looks like Skeletor, and that might be one of the top five reasons to cut her out of your life. And because she MIGHT get Danny to rough you up.  Read more »
The Real Housewives are no strangers to opulence, but when I heard that Teresa Giudice has declared bankruptcy, the episodes of The Real Housewives of New Jersey became creepy warning signs against spending money like it‘s going out of style. Here are my top five signs of the (financial) apocalypse from last night‘s episode.1.  When your party planner‘s name is Elvira, and she makes fun of you for not having live-in help, show her the door and cancel the party. Read more »
Well, Real Housewives of New Jersey fans, riddle fans and masochists everywhere ... did you guess? Ding, dong! That‘s right, it‘s her boobs.From the mouth of the plastic surgeon who molded Danielle Staub‘s new warmer, softer (eww) and anatomically accurate (but still plastic!) breast implants:  Read more »
As if we even cared, Caroline met with some of the other women in her family to laugh about how they all look like the same man wearing different wigs (I editorialize). They also discussed Albie‘s stunted journey through law school. Meanwhile, Teresa and Jacqueline meet up with Kim "D" (D for Drunk-most-of-the-time) to talk about everyone‘s favorite subject: Danielle. Kim‘s throwing a party and Danielle will probably be there, which is reason enough for no one else to go. But Teresa feels obligated, so a-confronting we will go!The good news is that Danielle is back to her crazy miscommunicating self! She yells at the new front desk person at "Posche," but gives me enough time to try to re-forget that this woman has raised children. Danielle‘s anger re-directs at Kim D, owner of The Quacker Factory Posche. Danielle, out of the goodness of her cold, shriveled heart, tells Kim that she will no longer shop at her store. NOOOOO! How will the economy thrive without Danielle‘s business?! Read more »
In last night‘s episode, Danielle said, "Kim D. has no idea what kind of crazy she invited to this fashion show."  Well, I don‘t think we‘re quite sure what kind of crazy Danielle is, either. We‘ve all described people as "crazy" before, but it‘s not always a bad thing. And it‘s not always how Teresa and the other Housewives mean it when they describe Danielle. Sometimes when people act "crazy," it‘s fun, because it causes tasty drama or they‘re being particularly daring or controversial. And then sometimes "crazy" just means crazy and you should seek professional help. So without further ado, let‘s play the game! Danielle: Fun Crazy or Real Crazy!Exhibit A: Danielle visits Posche and feels personally insulted when the person at the front desk doesn‘t know who she is and was on the phone.Verdict: Fun Crazy. This is just a case of entitlement blown out of proportion. Meds don‘t help the fact that Danielle just treats people horribly. Read more »
They made us wait an extra week for it, but it‘s finally here. The Big Season 2 Altercation! Danielle has been all kinds of crazy this season, so most of us have already sided with Teresa, but Teresa‘s not totally sane either. Also, I would like to point to Kim "Not Actually a Housewife" G‘s behavior. It felt sort of like watching The Dog Whisperer where the owners bring Cesar Millan in to take care of their normally aggressive dog, but then it‘s the other dog who‘s starting all the fights. In this case, the other dog is Kim G. Sneaky biyatch. And this DID go down like a dog fight; it was totally explosive. Also, Kim G. looks like Michelle Pfeiffer as cat woman after she "dies" in Batman Returns.Already heated up, Teresa brags about her expensive home. Danielle mentions that it‘s in foreclosure, which Teresa denies, even though Danielle is right. Danielle tries to leave but Teresa chases after her all crazy, spitting insults and practically Hulking out of her chinchilla coat. Danielle‘s heel(s?) breaks and she hides behind a stone pillar. For some reason Danielle can‘t walk, and Ashley pulls her hair. WHAT!? Kim G, self-designated umpire and still not helping anything, yells, "GET HER OUTTA HERE!"  Read more »
Last night‘s episode featured the extension-pull heard ‘round the world, and a big explosive fight at the country club that out-crazied last season‘s dinnertime, table-throwing, screaming match.  Wasn‘t it awesome? The police showed up on the scene, but no one was charged with anything (yet). In a way, though, all the Housewives are guilty of something, and here are the crimes I‘m charging them with:Danielle: Premeditated Lunacy. After the heels to her thigh-high patent leather boots broke, Danielle was left screaming "I told you! I told you this would happen!" in the car. Maybe she knew this was all going to happen because she went to the Posche fashion show with the sole intention of acting like a bitch. She didn‘t start this fight but you‘d better believe she‘ll finish it. At least she can plead insanity. Read more »
One clump of weave and "like, eight" police cars later, The New Jersey Housewives prepare for the inevitable aftershock of a Teresa-Danielle girl fight. Teresa sends her daughters to karate class, in hopes of strengthening the Giudice Army. Meanwhile, Danielle takes her daughters to a self-defense class (but it‘s really for her, because why else would Danny be there creepily watching, looking like a war-torn extra in the movie Footloose?).As part of her petition to become the new Housewife, Kim G. visits Jacqueline. One of my burning questions was answered, Danielle got the remnants of her weave from Kim G., who will do anything to fuel the flame. There were also some very slow developments with the Albie story line but I just don‘t even want to talk about it until someone throws a table. Read more »
Things have been pretty sad for the New Jersey Housewives lately, so I thought a good old everybody-gets-a-trophy awards ceremony might cheer them up. So, based on last night‘s episode, here are the awards!Most Improved: Jacqueline. She has successfully navigated the stormy waters of the Real Housewives drama and has come out looking very sane and mostly impartial. She still has room for improvement, though, because no one should dress a baby like this: Read more »
Get the Party StartedTeresa‘s daughters start this episode off playing Monopoly. My ears were ringing so loudly with irony that I almost missed that Joe and Teresa are celebrating their ten year anniversary and she wants some expensive gifts. Or else she‘s withholding sex. Speaking of parties, Danielle‘s daughter, Christine, is having a Sweet Sixteen party. Christine wants to donate money, and Danielle looks skeptical. "What‘s charity? I‘m a charity case! Did I mention my weave got pulled out?"I have a theory that Teresa‘s baby is actually one of those reborn dolls. It never moves, and only looks life-like. Sort of like these are the "Real‘Housewives of New Jersey." And like Danielle‘s other daughter, Jillian (who?), is a "budding musical artist." And Albie is "going to go back to law school." Right after he takes a slight detour through Police Academy. Where did this Police Academy sub-plot come from? Read more »
I believe the children are our future, but if the children of The Real Housewives of New Jersey are any indicator of where we‘re headed, I‘m worried. Here are my predictions for where the Real Housekids of New Jersey will be ten years from now, provided the world does not end in 2012 as Nicolas Cage predicted.Christine (Danielle‘s daughter): At 26, Christine will have retired from her modeling career and, after one or two failed marriages to photographers, will marry a rich old guy who gives her a diamond that can be seen by satellite. Read more »
UPDATE: Apparently Aikman was joking, and will not join DWTS. The Dallas Morning News is now reporting that they emailed Aikman to ask if he will appear on Dancing with the Stars. His response: "Heavens, no." Aikman‘s Fox reps also said he was just playing with the videographer when leaving an L.A. restaurant Wednesday night. The original story is below.Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and Fox Sports analyst Troy Aikman told TMZ that he will appear on Dancing with the Stars "this year." No confirmation as to whether that means he will join this fall‘s season 11 cast or swing in for season 12 in early 2011. But, as TMZ noted, "It‘s pretty unusual for a celeb to spill the beans before ABC makes its official announcement ... so if he was being serious, there might be some hell to pay down the line." He sounded pretty serious in the video.If he joined the cast, Aikman would be in good company as the eighth former or current NFL star to take his skills from the field to the ballroom: Jason Taylor, Jerry Rice, and Chad Ochocinco have all learned to salsa in sparkly shirts on the show. His former teammates Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin, known with Aikman as the Triplets, have both competed, meaning that Aikman would complete a sweet casting trifecta for ABC if he signed on.  Read more »
This week on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, some words were thrown around. Some made more sense than others, and a lot of them had to be bleeped out.  Here are some of my favorite, and most poignant, words thrown around by the True Poets of New Jersey.Teresa: "I used to be able to spend what I wanted, when I wanted. Now [Joe]‘s like, ‘don‘t spend a lot of money!‘" But we don‘t listen to Joe. The pizzeria is raking in the dough! GET IT? DOUGH?!Teresa: "I just wish that it could go back to the way it was and Dina being around again."  Me too, Teresa. Me too. Read more »
The Real Awkward Moments in New JerseyTo prove that her baby is real, Teresa is throwing a "Big Fat Italian Christening" for Audriana. To prove that Christine is a real woman, Danielle is taking her to her first OBGYN appointment. Is it just me or is Danielle the LAST person you would ever want to come along with you for a doctor‘s appointment?Christine was uncomfortable, the doctor was uncomfortable, I was uncomfortable, birds flew into sliding glass doors and planes dropped out of the sky. Meanwhile, Chris plays pool with John "G," Kim G‘s son.  Kim G heard that the camera crew was downstairs so she threw on her ugliest sweater and came downstairs to talk about things that Chris and John would never, ever talk about. Awkward silence at the pool table. Read more »
Joe Has a ‘Mission Impossible‘ MomentRight away, Joe was in an accident and yes, Jacqueline, it did look bad. The car was upside down! But I guess Joe is okay, and "wasn‘t drinking." But that‘s not how Danny‘s going to tell it! According to Danny, he was arrested for a DWI. According to Joe, it was a big yawn (huh?) and he‘s "lucky the car didn‘t catch on fire" because Joe‘s life is an action movie.Danielle cites Karma as, still, the biggest bitch in town. Then she says, "I‘m just gonna continue  living in the love and light that they make fun of, while their darkness rains upon them." YES. But that rain cloud of darkness will have to move and hang over Italy for a while, because Caroline, Jacqueline, and Teresa are planning on going. Read more »
We‘re definitely in it for the slow burn, as the show gradually shows us how Joe and Teresa Giudice are spending more and more, and in turn losing control bit by bit. Teresa still has dollar signs in her eyes, but Joe‘s eyes are starting to roll with every party she throws.  Before the gang (minus Danielle) left on their trip to Italy, Jacqueline‘s mom broke a big, expensive vase. Jacqueline wondered out loud, "is this a foreshadow of what is to come?" Yes, Jacqueline, it is.  Here are five more events from this week‘s episode that foreshadowed (yet again) the giant broken vase of Teresa and Joe‘s unlimited wealth.1.  Teresa buys a new outfit to get lunch with Jacqueline and Caroline. It was all fun and games for them as they asked her, "is this new? when did you buy it?" but soon that jacket will be a sad reminder of days when you didn‘t have to look at your accounts online. Read more »
We last left three of the Housewives and their families in Italy, and they can stay there for all I care. But they still have to ruin the natural beauty of Naples. I did enjoy hearing Teresa try to pronounce "bidet" though. Caroline and Albert plan their escape and Albert takes the words out of my mind: "with any luck Vesuvius will erupt."Back in New Jersey, Danielle (bleh) forces her daughters to hear her bemoan the spoiling of her decision to find her biological mother. Good talk, girls, let‘s begrudgingly pound and explode it.  Later, Danny stops by to spread the word that Danielle‘s enemies have fled to Italy. "Are you sure? Because I want panini," Danielle says in complete seriousness. Then she tips the scales to full-blown crazy, talking about how she won‘t even let her kids walk around in certain areas in case Jacqueline and Teresa are there. It‘s cute how paranoid she is (it‘s not cute). Read more »
Some Housewives like to plan ahead (Jacqueline), some just like to fly by the seat of their pants (Teresa). Some Housewives are rational and pleasant (Caroline), and some are crazy and unpleasant (Danielle). New Jersey is full of contrasts and this week three of the Housewives took those contrasts to Italy; they had some good ideas and some bad ones. Let‘s examine.Good Idea: Coming prepared to Italy.Bad Idea: Packing an entire duffle bag full of hair extensions, and another suitcase full of accessories for the girls. Read more »
Rumor has it that Danielle Staub will not be returning for a third season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey but the big question is: did she get fired or did she quit? Reports have surfaced that Danielle Staub was fired from the show, or perhaps told to leave to work out some of that crazy on her own time. However, sources close to Danielle are telling a different story. Now we‘re hearing that Danielle might not be on the third season to focus on, you guessed it (and dreaded it), her music career. Because her musical debut on Watch What Happens Live went over so well . . . Read more »
We just saw The Real Housewives of New Jersey visit Italy, but that was just for two episodes. For years now, the Real Housewives franchise has been as American as baseball, apple pie, and over-indulgence. But according to MovieLine.com, Bravo has plans to expand the franchise overseas.Ladies and Gentlemen, brace yourselves for The Real Housewives of Athens, which is set to debut this fall. According to The New York Post, "this version will follow affluent Greek ladies as they bustle about the cradle of democracy."  Call me stupid but I‘m a little confused about how this is going to work. Granted, you can barely understand some of the Housewives when they‘re adding words to our dictionary, but will the Real Housewives of Athens be speaking Greek with subtitles? Do they even speak Greek anymore? Or are they wealthy American ladies who have moved to Greece? Read more »
On the Real Housewives of New Jersey finale, it seemed like things were actually going well for a second. As well as they could go between Caroline and Danielle I suppose. And I remember times when Danielle seemed a little irrational, but not completely paranoid and batsh*t crazy. Sure, she‘s kind of a lunatic, but it‘s like there‘s a switch that goes from everyday paranoia to raving mad.  Therefor, as a scientific study, we‘re going to measure Danielle‘s crazy level on a scale of 1 to 10 at key moments in the finale.  Expect the crazymeter to go well beyond 11 on the reunion special.Danielle receives Caroline‘s text message, reads it out loud in front of her kids, and dissects it.Crazy level: 3Danielle got immediately defensive, a little enraged, the made sure that her daughters know that she‘s "not in fear no more." Just regular Danielle crazy stuff. Read more »
It has been a real roller coaster ride on this season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. A roller coaster named Danielle. We had a break while the Housewives went to Italy (boring!) but now they‘re back in Jersey ready to throw down with the second biggest bitch in town (the biggest is karma, I hear). Also, Danielle lied to the judge, saying that Ashley was saying, "I‘ll kill you," when she pulled her hair. We all know that‘s just made-up crazy talk.Matriarch to MatriarchAt the giant Italian dinner table, it‘s time for the Manzo family to get downright Sopranos on Danielle. Caroline asks, "Can we find a solution to make her go away?" After the group comes up with nothing (that they can say on record), Caroline offers to go speak to Danielle. Caroline is probably my favorite Housewife of all time, promising not to let her feathers get ruffled. She plans to make a deal with Danielle; drop the charges against Ashley and they‘ll disappear out of Danielle‘s life (and vice versa). I‘m not 100% sure what‘s in this for Danielle, but Caroline is smart enough to make Danielle think she‘s getting something in return. Read more »
Remember the movie The Ring? And its tagline, "Before You Die, You See The Ring?" (Why are you looking at me like that? It only came out in 2002. This is totally topical. Stay with me.)Well, sorry Naomi Watts‘ character in The Ring, but you‘re wrong. Because THIS is what you see before you die.Behold, Real Housewives of New Jersey resident head loon Danielle Staub performing her new single, "Real Close," live before a trapped and tortured studio audience, backed by a gang of clueless meathead stripper clowns. It is literally impossible to decide what part of this video is the best/worst. Even so, after the video, I will try to name them all. But first, see if you can get all the way through the performance. I dare you. (And I promise you won‘t die. Except a few of your brain cells.) Read more »
I‘m not sure if there were any winners on part one of the Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion special. Everyone came with different objectives and in the end they all clashed and got them nowhere. Andy Cohen kept trying to talk about the show, but Teresa was determined to call Danielle a pig (among other things). Danielle clearly wanted to redeem (or absolve) herself, but wouldn‘t directly answer any questions or take responsibility for anything she said on the show. Caroline didn‘t manage to stay as cool as usual, and Jacqueline tried to fight with Danielle but was overshadowed by other craziness and rudeness.  But let‘s take a look at the Top 5 Moments from the reunion so far.5.  Caroline slow-claps Danielle. It was very Christian Bale‘s sarcastic "oh GOOD FOR YOU," in response to Danielle saying "[my daughters‘] friends really love me and so do their friends‘ parents."  Caroline finished the argument telling Danielle "we‘re in the O.K. Corral, buckle up." Because that‘s what you do when you‘re about to get in a gunfight or release a sex tape, you buckle up. Read more »
If last week‘s finale didn‘t provide enough crackly fireworks for you, the Real Housewives of New Jersey two-part reunion is sure to. I mean, Andy Cohen is going to get PUSHED. But first, without the knowledge that we have, Andy Cohen wants to begin by talking about New Jersey, "so have you heard about Jersey Shore?" Poor Garden State, everything it did for New Jersey has been erased.SparksCompletely out of the blue, Teresa begins attacking Danielle and calling her a pig. Like, seriously, immediately. Andy Cohen tries to lighten things up with a clip package about what idiots the New Jersey Housewives are and how they pronounce words incorrectly but the air is already so icy they can see their breath. Read more »
It‘s a busy day for TV news with a ton of casting announcements and renewals. Let‘s get into it.  Read more »
Last week was pretty intense (need I remind you that Teresa Giudice got all King Kong and PUSHED Andy Cohen?) but apparently there‘s another hour and fifteen minutes‘ worth of clips for Andy to introduce and the Housewives to ignore.Things pick right back up with Danielle‘s Brownstone-crashing incident, and the "f word." Danielle says she refuses to speak to Danny after the incident (that doesn‘t seem true at all) and apologizes to Andy if he was offended, but won‘t take responsibility for what Danny said. But this is nothing new, as Danielle doesn‘t really take responsibility for anything. Quickly, things digress into catty accusations and insults coming out of left field and Danielle walks out again. Read more »
For maybe the last time, this batch of Real Housewives of New Jersey reunited and yelled at each other. Nobody really won, but things sort of concluded.  Here are the five best moments from the second part of the reunion special.1. The cat fight that resulted in Danielle outing herself. The Housewives called Danielle a stalker, for whatever reason, then Teresa resorted to childish mimicry (which is my ultimate most hated thing--I would have slapped her). Jacqueline accused Danielle of sleeping with married men, which causes Danielle to leave the couches. Backstage, in a huff, Danielle says, "you know what? Lori can tell you I definitely don‘t sleep with men." She‘d probably deny it later, though. Read more »
How about some of today‘s TV news in 300 words?The Office May Get a HeroHeroes‘ alum Jack Coleman, who played Noah Bennet on the NBC series, is in talks to guest star on an upcoming episode of The Office. If he takes the role, Coleman (who just shot an upcoming episode of The Mentalist) will play a wholesome government agent. What in the world is a government agent doing on The Office? I wonder if a government agent‘s presence has anything to do with the malfunctioning Sabre printers? Or, perhaps it has to do with Michael Scott‘s exit? The suspense is killing me! [Ausiello] Read more »
Last week Cartman infiltrated the "Poor and Stupid" world of NASCAR. But next week, it‘s South Park that will need to defend against invaders: The tanned, ripped and roaring residents of New Jersey, as epitomized on shows like Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of New Jersey. On South Park, they‘re not just taking over our airwaves. They‘re taking over the world.Here‘s the episode description: "Everything east of the Rockies is now part of New Jersey! South Park is in danger of becoming West Jersey within the week. As the Jerseyites spill into Colorado and approach South Park, Randy and the boys stand strong against the onslaught."Watch the promo for Wednesday‘s episode, in which an army of raging guidos descends upon South Park like so many Lord of the Rings orcs:  Read more »
As a proud native of the great state of New Jersey, I was happy as a clam watching last night‘s episode of South Park. Any time my home state gets some attention, I swell up with pride, even when it‘s negative. Read more »
Last night‘s South Park took on Jersey Shore and Real Housewives of New Jersey, and held nothing back as they ridiculed (and at times straight up imitated, word for word) the ridiculous behavior of its reality stars.During the episode, Kyle‘s mom Sheila explained that no matter how much you tell someone from New Jersey that you despise them, they‘ll always find a way to convince themselves you love them. (Well, either that or insult your "muff cabbage.") So: What did the stars of Jersey Shore and Real Housewives of New Jersey think of the animated mockery? Check out their reactions below. Apparently Sheila was right, because it sounds like they loved every loud, obnoxious, ugly minute of it. Maybe it‘s "just a Jersey thing."  Read more »
It is the considerable opinion of BuddyTV that the people should not be allowed to vote. This morning the 2011 People‘s Choice Award nominees were announced and the choices are less than inspired. Sure, like a broken clock, some of the choices show an impressive exhibition of taste (nominating Ian Somerhalder‘s highly entertaining performance on The Vampire Diaries), but mostly, it‘s an embarrassment. Read more »
In news that is too amazing to let slide, New Jersey Housewife Teresa Giudice is teaching a seminar. The seminar is titled, "How to Have it All," with no follow-up (ie; "... and lose it all, too," or "... Or At Least Lie About Having it All,"). The class will be taught at the Learning Annex in midtown Manhattan on Jan 10, 2011 and women can participate for just $44.95 each. That‘s a small price to pay for "it all." The seminar advertises Teresa as, "a hero to modern women," and adds that, "Whether you want to get on a reality TV show, write a book, start and run a business, change careers, this inspiring evening with a woman who has 377,000 online followers will get you going in the right direction." [Radar Online]  REALLY? Does the seminar also include how to look completely dead in the eyes in photographs? Or proper table manners? Read more »
Why is it that every series of The Real Housewives features at least one Housewife who makes stuff up like it‘s their job? More often than not, it stems from just the right combination of delusion and paranoia, and the other ‘wives call them out on it. Here‘s a look at our favorite Houselies:Real Housewife of Beverly Hills, Camille Grammer: what Kyle said.Camille accused Kyle of saying, "why would anyone be interested in you without Kelsey there?" and calling her "insecure." Both of these were taken out of context, even though we didn‘t see the first comment, it just doesn‘t seem likely. The newest addition to the Liars‘ Club has a lot to learn about the power of a good rant but she‘s got the accusation part down. So far, Camille is only guilty of hearing things incorrectly and then twisting them around to reveal her insecurities (but don‘t tell her that). But it‘s still early in the season and I have a feeling Camille has a lot of crazy to give. Read more »
What‘s going on with the Real Housewives of Television? Who declared bankruptcy, whose house got broken into, and who can‘t believe the fight she got in with Camille Grammer? I‘ll tell you! (Okay, that last one is a little obvious)Real Housewife of New York, Sonja Morgan files for bankruptcySad! On Wednesday, Sonja Morgan filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, just like Teresa Giudice, Michaele Salahi (chapter 7, technically), and Blockbuster. She blames the financial trouble on a movie she wanted to produce with Hannibal Pictures starring John Travolta. Well, there‘s your reason right there. Hannibal Pictures sued Sonja Productions for over $7 million. Really? "Sonja Productions"?It should come as no surprise to you that she‘s now considering other typical Real Housewife endeavors, such as producing a clothing line or writing a cookbook. Make it stop! [Wall Street Journal] Read more »
Here‘s what‘s new in the tv-related world!AGT Star Jackie Evancho Debuts at No. 2 on Billboard 200This makes her the youngest solo artist ever to have a Top 10 album. Now we have numbers to back up our "I told you so," except we‘ll be saying "I told you so" to nobody because we all knew this would happen. It‘s not much of a surprise, especially since it‘s a Christmas EP and who doesn‘t want to listen to an angel sing about the Holidays? The EP also includes a DVD of Jackie Evancho‘s performances on America‘s Got Talent. It‘s the perfect gift for my dad, if only he knew what iTunes was. [Zap2it] Read more »
The Real Housewives are taking over television, one cross-over at a time! I was so excited to see Atlanta Housewives on Ghost Hunters last night, even if they weren‘t there for very long and didn‘t see much. Next week, on The Fashion Show Ultimate Collection, the fashion houses will be designing clothes for the Real Housewives of New Jersey and the Real Housewives of Orange County. I‘m all about it! I love when we see the Housewives outside of their natural show habitat (showbitat? Let‘s just let this one go). In the past we‘ve seen the Real Housewives of Orange County (and their kids) on Shear Genius, and Kim Zolciak just made an appearance as a guest judge on Hair Battle Spectacular. Here are some shows I‘d like to see some Real Housewives cross into.  Read more »
The holidays are here! But not for the Real Housewives, it looks like it‘s mostly trouble for them. Here‘s what‘s going on in the lives of the rich (or not-rich-anymore) and fabulous (or depressed):Teresa and Joe Giudice are selling their stuffMaybe not enough people were interested in that seminar? The Giudices are putting their household furniture up for a private sale, but have bid on it themselves to set a price. So if you want their furniture, you can have it for the "best" bid over the Giudice‘s bid of $54,405. So, by overvaluing their stuff, they‘ll get to keep it. Happy endings for all! [Radar]  Read more »
Are you stressed out about finding gifts for the holidays? Or maybe you‘re just looking for a good book to curl up with by the fireplace. These books by Bravo-lebrities will either solve all or none of your problems. Either way, here is your Bravo-lebrity book list and gift guide. Get ready for lots of long titles with colons!It‘s Not Really About the Hair: The Honest Truth About Life, Love, and the Business of Beauty by Tabatha CoffeyThis book has not been released yet, but is available for Pre-Order. It is described as, " Part memoir, part business manual, and part coaching guide on achieving self-acceptance and love," and encourages readers to find their inner "bitch" ("Brave, Intelligent, Tenacious, Creative, and Honest"). Uh ... want it!The perfect gift for: Anyone who works in the beauty business, fans of Tabatha‘s Salon Takeover, or your favorite "bitch." Read more »
Yes, please! With a lot of my favorite shows ending or going on hiatus, Bravo is serving up all new episodes and this week we get a new episode of Watch What Happens Live every night! Monday night he had Rebecca Romijn and Kenan Thompson in the clubhouse and it was surprisingly awesome. Last night he had Iman and Diane von Furstenberg and it was surprisingly not awesome. BUT tonight Tom Colicchio and Amy Sedaris will be in the clubhouse and I could not be more excited.But know what else we have to talk about? The Real Housewives on The Fashion Show! The designers had to design for The Real Housewives of New Jersey and Orange County. The challenge was to make them look classy and not like hookers. Still, the New Jersey Housewives told Teresa that her dress (designed by Calvin) looked like something they‘d wear at Scores.  Read more »
We rejoiced when we heard the news that Danielle Staub wasn‘t returning to The Real Housewives of New Jersey, feeling fortunate that we didn‘t have to see her carrying around that weird mannequin head to demo for any and all how she had her weave ripped out on the Bravo show. (Of course, there‘s still her musical "career" to contend with, but that seems more easily avoidable.)But now the rumors that have been swirling for months about Danielle‘s new reality show seem to be somewhat more substantiated now that we have a clip of the filming from Radaronline, which reports the new show Social will be coming to a small screen near you on Wealth TV (an actual network apparently) and will be a sort of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous for a new generation -- which apparently we haven‘t gotten enough of through the likes of The Real Housewives. Read more »
It‘s almost the New Year: The exciting time of change and new beginnings, yes. But in order to make that change happen, we also need to make it the time of honest self-assessment and (hopefully) absolution. And so I must come clean: Among these TV-themed bad habits, I have been guilty of at least five. OK, more like seven. Fine, nine. Screw it, I‘ve done ALL OF THEM. Nobody‘s perfect, and me, even less so. But I hope that laying them all out here will put us (talking at you, my fellow mistake-making TV fans out there) on the right track to a better relationship with our shows and screens going forward. It‘s important work, and that‘s why we do it.So here I come, New Year. Here are the TV habits I hope to kick in 2011:  Read more »
Real Housewives all over the place! Here are some rumors surrounding the RHBH reunion, what Camille did or didn‘t say about Kelsey Grammer, how Teresa wants her daughters to grow up in New Jersey, and who‘s releasing a new book (spoiler alert: it‘s Bethenny.)The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills had a reunion taping last week, and according to Andy Cohen‘s tweets, it lasted all day and is sure to be full of drama. Would we expect anything less? Well, E Online claims to have an inside scoop on the goings-on at the reunion and it seems to be anything but boring.  Read more »

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