Even more than watching the clothes swish down the catwalk on "Project Runway," I love watching mentor extraordinaire Tim Gunn do this thing. When the show returns on Thurs. (July 18, 9:00 p.m. on Lifetime), the good news is that we'll be getting even more Gunn than before. This time around, his role is expanded -- not only does he present the models to the judges, he gets to talk to them about what he saw in the workroom. Plus, Gunn gets the chance to save a designer from elimination -- though this is a once-a-season opportunity. Gunn spoke to reporters in a conference call this week about his new job, whether or not he exercised his "save" -- and the first episode scandal over one model walking the runway showing enough skin to require pixelation.
The mentor has a new role and can save a lucky designer - once
Nate appears, but will he ruin everything?
It's the hometowns! This could be a potentially fraught episode, as we know that the hometown visit was the one that got Des booted from Sean's season of "The Bachelor." And guess what? Nate, the horrible brother who was so nasty to Sean, is back! Let the crazy begin!
Alas, Nate isn't showing up until later in the episode, like a bad plot twist. Instead, we kick things off on a happy note -- Des visits Zak in Dallas. Initially I thought Zak was a bit of a fruit loop, what with the "do you accept these abs" opening line (which was so groan-worthy I'm shocked she kept him around) and the jumping into pools and such. But as the show has progressed, he's turned out to be an awful lot of fun. More than that, he sincerely seems to adore Des. If his family is anything like Zak, this should be a good time for all.
A bonding, healing retreat ends up in a brawl
We knew it all had to come to blows sooner or later, didn't we? In this nightmare episode of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," the two Joes finally got into it, with Joe Gorga scrabbling across the floor like a feral monkey and Joe Giudice snarling like, well, Joe Giudice. Punches were thrown, Melissa somehow sandwiched herself in the middle of the ruckus -- and Teresa, the one who started it all, tottered away from the fight like a little kid who's been caught stealing cookies. I guess she was toddling off to ask someone to call 911, but really, that might be assuming too much of Teresa.
The rumors are true
So, the rumors were true after all. Barbara Walters announced this morning that, after 17 appearances on ABC’s “The View” and eight as a guest co-host, Jenny McCarthy will join the talk show as a co-host this fall. The comedian/actress/host and best-selling author officially starts on Monday, September 9 to help kick-off to Season 17.
Eric takes a big risk, but is he up against a tougher adversary?
This week's episode takes us in some unexpected directions, which is never a bad thing in and of itself on "True Blood." Most importantly, we get a plotline for Sookie that reflects some of the mixed feelings I've had about her character lately (yes, faeries and half-faeries are delicious, but she always seems to be knee deep in one-note hot-guy adoration). A few of our favorites were put into physical danger (and one seems to be in the process of losing her mind), and it made for a tense episode with sometimes unbelievable moments, and it stirred up some potential plotlines that could be fabulous or less-so. Let's hope for the former. This season holds plenty of promise, and with the vampire-human war afoot, it's anyone's game.
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If you have any interest in reality TV, you must listen to this
This week Melinda and I had the great pleasure of having reality TV producer Troy DeVolld ("Hollywood Game Night," "Basketball Wives") as our guest on the show. I think it's safe to say that both Melinda and I learned a lot about how our favorite (and least favorite) shows work. We also talked about the Kardashians. A lot. It's tremendously reassuring to learn that an expert in the field thinks that their fifteen minutes might someday tick out, too.
Rumor has it the actress will be the latest addition to "The View"
Elisabeth Hasselbeck "voluntarily left" (read: was kicked off of) "The View" this week, and though I think it was her time to go, it's a little sad. Whether or not you agreed with her politics, she was able to do something you wouldn't expect from someone whose only real credential coming into the job was not dying on "Survivor."
He talks about the 'undeniable chemistry' between Brooks and Des
On Monday yet another bachelor was sent packing on "The Bachelorette," and this time the unlucky-in-love competitor for Desiree's heart was Michael Garofola, a federal prosecutor based in Miami. While Des gushed that he always looked on the bright side of life (and, to their credit, neither one of them launched into a Monty Python song), he lacked Brooks' smoldering hotness, Chris' bad poetry-writing skills and, more importantly, his relationship with Des wasn't quite as advanced as some of the others on the show. Michael G. talked to reporters in a conference call about being on the show, getting cut, and going after Ben and James.
See three clips from the latest episode of the show
Did you ever watch "Blue Lagoon" and think, wow, I'd love to be stranded on an island! It's so romantic! Well, "Naked & Afraid" (Sun. at 10:00 p.m. on Discovery) will disabuse you of that notion in a hurry. Not only is foraging for food and water not in the least romantic, neither are sharks, tiny biting bugs or snakes. I don't remember Brooke Shields having to deal with any of those, do you?
In the clips below, watch the latest couple bicker, try (and fail) to make fire and, in one case, have an anxiety attack in the water (hint: it's not the woman). Then, if you really want to, watch "Blue Lagoon" if you want to think of being stranded on an island as a good thing.