What happens when reality TV gets real on 'Giuliana & Bill'
After the “is the breakup real or is it fake” brouhaha surrounding “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” I decided it was worth looking for a reality TV show that was, at least in part, indisputably real. While “Giuliana & Bill” (a new season kicks off on the Style network Mon. July 18 at 8 p.m.) has its scripted moments, last season the show was forced by circumstance to get real – and was all the better for it.
To the Rancics’ enormous credit, they’ve opted for transparency in this hellish ordeal. Giuliana grimaces through her hormone shots and cries to her therapist, quietly asking why she’s being punished. We even watch as she’s being revived from general anesthesia with no make-up and her hair tucked into one of those ugly hospital rain caps.
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