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
Porsha does her research to take on her nemesis
And so it begins. The first part of a three (yes, three!) part reunion for "The Real Housewives" aired tonight, and the women wasted no time getting into it. Or throwing shade. Or cutting to the white meat or something. There was a lot of yelling, basically. Because this is going to drag on and on for a few more weeks, I thought it might be helpful to come up with a scorecard of who wins which argument. I suspected Kenya, who loves arguments the way some people love wine, savoring their nuances and earthy undertones, would pummel a few of the other Housewives into submission. But guess who brought a gun to a knife fight? Porsha, or all people! Yes, it was a night of many surprises. And some really great eyeshadow. This season, the women on all the reunion shows look like tweens who've hijacked Mommy's make-up box or drag queens, but I kind of love it.
Huck and Olivia should watch their backs, too
It's funny that, even in a fictional Washington D.C., we'd find so many characters tortured by the lies they've told. Everyone from the advisor's boyfriend to the President himself seems to lie awake at night, wondering about who they really are other than, of course, lying liars who lie. I guess we should all be happy that fake Washington D.C. has a big, judgmental conscience with which to flog themselves, as I'm pretty sure that's not the case in real life.
We talk about whether reality TV needs to cast more responsibly
The cute couple almost works, then doesn't
The pilot for "Nashville" was, hands down, my favorite of the year. The music, the cast, the concept -- all of it seemed poised to be a heady mix of soap,"All About Eve," youthful striving, and middle-aged regret set to a beat. But then, the road became rocky -- and the first characters to falter were Gunnar and Scarlett.
Don't get me wrong. The reason I'm frustrated with these two (and a few others on the show) is that, especially with such strong actors playing these roles, I really want to believe the powers that be can correct course (which I also believe of the show overall). I'm still hooked on "Nashville," but lately I feel as if the show is trying to make me watch "Chicago Fire" instead.
Matthew Beard, Joshua Sasse and Leah Gibson talk about playing tough
Sitting down with Matthew Beard, Joshua Sasse and Leah Gibson to discuss their new series, "Rogue," what's immediately striking is their accents. Beard and Sasse are Brits and Gibson Canadian. I wondered what it was like on the set with so many actors from so many places (star Thandie Newton all coming together to play a buch of tough Hungarian criminals and the cops who hunt them.
The star reveals what drew her to her first lead role on TV
Sometimes technical difficulties aren't such a bad thing. Thandie Newton and I had just started discussing her new DirecTV drama, Rogue (her first spin as the lead in a TV series), and the clock was ticking. I had so many questions and so little time, I babbled out my first question more than asked it (and managed to call "Missing" and "Red Widow" movies instead of TV shows). But then, the camera guy called for the interview to stop. Something had gone wrong with his camera, so we needed to wait. And wait.
She's still talking about Costa Rica, but should she just get over it?
On the season premiere of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," a lot has changed since cameras stopped rolling last year. Vicki and Tamra haven't seen one another for seven months, Vicki is about to become a grandmother AND had plastic surgery to look less like Miss Piggy, Slade got an actual job as an annoying radio DJ, Gretchen has to make her morning coffee ALL BY HERSELF, Alexis got a haircut and Heather is planning a clambake. A clambake!
Accused of being a liar who wants her sister to fail, is she as bad as she seems?
During the first season of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," Kyle was my favorite, hands down. She seemed far more grounded than, say, Camille (who sneered at poseurs who only had two or three houses and no islands or gold encrusted toilets in Aspen). She came across as fun, bubbly and, yes, concerned about her sister Kim, who seemed flakier than a lard-based pie crust.