A new housewife joins the cast, but doesn't make much of an impression
On last night's episode of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," many significant things occurred. Tamra and Vicki made up (that was quick, right?), we learned Heather has a problem child (which totally messes with her perfect facade), and we met the new Housewife. On paper, Lydia McLaughlin appears to be a perfect fit for "The Real Housewives" franchise. Her family came from money, she describes herself as a princess, and her husband takes her out for date night on their private boat. Sounds just right, doesn't she?
The gimmick of adding two pros to each dance made for a crowded night
I think we can all agree that tonight was an unfortunate night for "Dancing with the Stars" to test drive a new gimmick. By plopping a second pair of dancers -- polished professionals -- into each routine, the floor seemed crowded at a time when most people were likely distracted by thoughts of what had happened in Boston, of what they'd seen on the news moments earlier. Sorting out which couple was the one to watch and which couple was simply good was a little more effort than maybe some of us wanted to dedicate to reality TV tonight.
NeNe and Phaedra fight, and later there is actually hugging
So, we're now two-thirds of the way through "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" reunion, and I'm pretty sure all of these women are just damn tired. There's not a lot of yelling at this point, and everyone seems more hungry than actually pissed off about things that happened months ago that they've mostly forgotten. Plus, it doesn't help that the weight of their false eyelashes is starting to make their faces sag, poor dears.
While Kenya tries her level best to throw herself into arguments that have nothing to do with her, Cynthia says something forgettable and Porsha doesn't make a peep, this episode really belongs to NeNe and, to a lesser extend, Phaedra. Oh, and I can't forget Kim. You remember Kim, right? The one who stomped off the show a while back? Yeah, she returns for some reason, probably to subtly remind us her spin-off show debuts on Tuesday. And there is hugging, which really suggests these women might be fully delirious.
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Four designers get European vacations, but the reward comes at a cost
Before we start, I have a question. Last week, did Michelle just tune out when Nina Garcia said not to make a damn T-shirt and a pair of pants, or did she just not care? Or did she not realize she made a damn T-shirt and a pair of pants? I love Michelle's aesthetic, so for her to so completely whiff the ball last week (I should say, though, nice outfit, even though it was A DAMN T-SHIRT AND A PAIR OF PANTS) was simply distressing. I guess she thought that, because it was a nice ensemble, that was enough. No, it landed her in danger of going home -- and, as Heidi says OVER AND OVER AND OVER again, Michelle needed to fight for her life this week. Or, really, design for her life. She doesn't have to get into an MMA fight or anything. Jeez, Heidi.
We discuss 'Buckwild''s cancelation and the return of 'Mad Men,' too
This week we had a lot to talk about -- the furor over Brad Paisley's "Accidental Racist," the cancelation of "Buckwild," Alec Baldwin potentially taking over Carson Daly's late night spot, the return of "Mad Men" and so much more. But go ahead and listen, why don't you? Here's the rundown:
The tortured mother-daughter duo hits a new speed bump
The new NBC dating show throws spaghetti at the wall and makes a mess
In this era of crazy mash-ups, I'm sure someone at NBC thought "Ready for Love" was an awesome idea. Or maybe just an idea. NBC has been boasting only slightly better ratings than my microwave lately, so I think the network will try anything at least once. Or, in the case of "Ready for Love," everything at the same time (not that it worked; the ratings showed it pretty much shed all of its "The Voice" lead-in). It's like that Taco Town skit on "Saturday Night Live": It's a taco wrapped in a corn husk and a Parisian crepe and a deep dish pizza and then a deep-fried blueberry pancake! Yeah, "Ready for Love" is kind of like that. And just as hard to swallow.
Did this clip-heavy reunion deliver the goods?
While this is technically a piece of the multi-part reunion for this season of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," this mish-mash is half clip job, half reunion and mostly a mess. Jumping from past to present, battle to battle and from silly to unspeakably sad, this one is sure to hurt your head. And even though this is the "Secrets Revealed" episode, there weren't so many secrets. But there are a few takeaways from this episode, and none of them revolve around Alexia learning to drive. So you can fast forward through that insanely boring segment. You're welcome.
New series "Toxic Office" also gets an air date