I've always been a loyal supporter of Dr. Drew Pinsky. Even when I had qualms about his methods (the seemingly endless talking head interviews every time LiLo melted down, for example), I felt his heart was in the right place. He wanted to help people. I may have watched "Celebrity Rehab" for all the wrong reasons, but I never doubted that Dr. Drew recruited his roster of D-list has-beens in the hopes that someone knee deep in a bag of heroin might look up at their TV and think, hey, rehab doesn't look so bad (although if they were hoping for the same level of craft services, they were probably sorely disappointed). Over the years I've listened to Dr. Drew wearily talk people through their chaotic relationship woes on Loveline, certain that he meant well even when he was clearly rolling his eyes. But now, I'm thinking the guy who wrote the book on narcissism (literally: it's called "The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism Is Seducing America") has crossed over to the dark side.
Although part of me expects the results of tonight's show will be pretty predictable, I am wondering if Nancy Grace will survive into the semifinals simply because of the rumor that people were going to vote for her simply because Len was so harsh in his comments. I'm not sure that's a great reason to keep someone on the show, but really, this season the results have been so haphazard, I'm not sure it's not just as acceptable as any other reason.
What I love most about the housewives of Beverly Hills is that they're not shy about pumping their faces full of plastic and Botox and possibly drain cleaner in their quest to remain young and (sometimes) creepy looking. Take, for example, tonight's big event: Paul's Night of Beauty. Paul, as we know, is Adrienne's plastic surgeon husband, and he's inviting all of the housewives over for snacks and free treatments. It's like a spa day, except with numbing cream and pain! While most of the girls are lining up for Botox and fillers, Kyle is bravely taking on having her "love handles" (she thinks calling them that is cute, but I can't get the image of a fat, middle-aged man out of my head) warmed off. Or I think it's warming it off. It looks like she's being slowly roasted under a fast food heat lamp, but I'm sure it's much, much fancier than that.
We're down to the final five couples, and, with the exception of Ricki and J.R., this was not the line-up I expected to see. Nancy Grace? Rob Kardashian? I'm hoping that Hope Solo manages to reach her potential this week, because otherwise the final three is going to be a case of "which one of these things is not like the others?"
If you take the time to watch the season premiere of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," you may initially be lured into believing that wealth and fame has finally (and I mean finally) refined our fair ladies. Life seems to be a series of breezy, pleasant tasks, like moving into a fabulous new house or paying cash for a brand-new car. But rest assured -- these women are still crazier than bloodthirsty bedbugs and have lost none of their appetite for fighting and shrieking in public places, purses swinging back and forth as they hysterically flap their arms in indignation. Ah, some things never change!
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A few seasons back, Chris March was one of my favorite designers on "Project Runway." Make that favorite personalities -- I'm still a bit grossed out by his human hair gown. Anyway, on "Runway" March was affable under pressure; a cheerful, funny presence on a season otherwise dominated by Christian Siriano. Beyond reality TV, he's also built an intriguing resume as a designer, having created costumes for everyone from Prince to Lady Gaga and countless drag queens and theater geeks. Thus, it seemed like a natural fit for Bravo to build a show around March, and it seemed like a natural fit for me to love it. How could I not?
This week we'll be treated to Klaus and Rebekah's origin story, and as you might expect, there are flashbacks, not-always-successful hair extensions, plot twists and plenty of helpful hints as to how our intrepid Salvatore brothers and Elena might ultimately bring down these fearsome originals. This has the air of inevitability, though I will hate to see Rebekah and Klaus leave the show, if only for a little while (I'm guessing there has to be some loophole a hybrid like Klaus can slip through, and these two are immortal, after all). They're compelling villains and we've only just scraped the surface of who they were before they became selfish, ruthless baddies. But maybe what we learn tonight and in next week's midseason "finale" will provide all the Rebekah and Klaus we'd ever want.
As you probably already know, this edition of "Top Chef" is going to be supersized -- and not just because the chefs will be galavanting around the great state of Texas. Twenty-nine chefs will compete for the 16 "real" slots on the show -- in the first challenge. In other words, don't get attached to anyone. In a recent interview, judge Tom Colicchio said he felt this mega-challenge actually improved the show, and I'm inclined to agree. A chef knowing that he or she has almost a fifty-fifty chance of being knocked out immediately clearly amps up the tension, plus this gives candidates who might look good (or not so good) on paper a chance to show what they can do under fire, so to speak. I hope this is a tweak they stick with. Now, putting Emeril "Bam" Lagasse on the judges' table, that I'm not as sure about, but I'll try to keep an open mind.