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Is anybody still watching the pathetic husk of a show that Real Housewives of New Jersey has become? Once a crown jewel in Bravo’s Housewives lineup, in the course of six seasons has devolved into a tepid sorrow-filled Giudice apology tour that only illustrates my previous post on the importance of casting to these reality shows.
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There’s over two dozen new shows premiering this fall, not counting new and returning shows on cable and Amazon/Hulu/Netflix. That’s a ridiculous amount, and many won’t even make it till the end of the season. Some look really, really good (Gotham) and some are already circling the dreaded hiatus designation (Red Band Society, The Mysteries of Laura). That’s all fine and good, but which shows am I the most excited about? Glad you asked!
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Back in 2011, Bravo aired a 30 minute pilot based on the New York magazine back page feature “The Approval Matrix.” Hosted by Faith Salie, the show attempted to bring the popular feature to television. I barely remember watching it, and the pilot was so disastrous, Bravo has wiped any trace of it from their website. Proving there truly are no new ideas in Hollywood or cable TV, Sundance TV has given a new version a six episode commitment, this time with Neal Brennan (co-creator of Chappelle Show) as host. Let’s compare the two!
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(Cue the smooth guitar solo)…

This season of The Real Housewives of OC brought us Tamra trying to convince Eddie to have a baby by adopting a robot for a few weeks. Vicki faced her empty-nest square in the eye and cried every time she thought about Briana and Troy moving to Oklahoma. Heather continued to be judgemental and privilaged, and Shannon joined the cast with a whiny needy voice and a husband whose main attribute is looking sweaty. Lizzie joined the cast too, and besides playing a masterful game of ‘marry, shag, kill’ contributed little. All the ladies took a trip to Bali, which gave Vicki myriad excuses to scream, Tamra plenty of excuses to get pissed off, Heather to act cool and better than everyone else, and Shannon to snivel to all the girls how mean Tamra is. Oh, and Lizzie came along too. We end the season, much like other seasons, in Vicki’s backyard…
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