This year's reunion went a hour too long
Did we really need three hours for this year's "Real Housewives of Atlanta" reunion? Based on what happened in the final hour, apparently not.
Some key topics were touched on, including NeNe's new gig on "Glee" and more indecent behavior from Marlo. But most of this either could've been shoved into a supersized second half of the reunion, or saved for online exclusives.
So, what did we learn?
Less chaotic second hour tackles Peter, Marlo and Africa
Yikes. After the epic brawls on Part One of the three-part reunion, this follow-up hour felt like a bunch of childish whining, even before Marlo came out to embarrass herself all over again.
But Andy did finally raise the Africa controversy, with sadly predictable results.
This entire episode was upstaged by Sheree's bombshell announcement this week that she won't be returning for season five. After tonight, it seems like that's for the best.
Who made it to the semi-finals? And who was sent packing?
Carson welcomes us to the really big shew: The Wanted are going to perform with Team Blake, Justin Bieber will world premiere his new video and both Blake and Christina have to boot one more quarter-finalist.
After last night's shocking Instant Elimination of Team Christina's Jesse Campbell, and Team Blake's less shocking (but also less deserved) Instant Elimination of Jordis Unga, what will happen tonight?
Can opera man Chris Mann viva la vida in the competition? Will teenaged toddler without a tiara RaeLynn stomp her way to safety? We'll know soon enough...
Two surprise eliminations close the night
The coaches are down to four contestants apiece, and favorites have started to emerge.
Odds are good that coaches' darling Jesse and darkhorse Lindsey will advance on Team Christina (though I'm still partial to teen rocker Ashley). While Team Blake offers more suspense, though I would guess RaeLynn and either Erin or Jordis are the most likely to move forward this week.
But tonight Christina and Blake each get their own chance to alter the competition: They both have to eliminate one contestant before voting even opens.
Oh, I love it when they force the coaches to be mean! And I'm sincerely glad these decisions aren't left entirely up to America...
It's a war of words over sex toys, child support and Nene's 'Trump checks'
Last week was the season finale. Now it's time for everyone to reunite in a storm of catfights and craziness. And boy, do they deliver. The first hour of this reunion packs more drama than the entire season leading up to it.
Andy Cohen has summoned the ladies to the Biltmore Hotel, the site of the very first Atlanta Housewives reunion (a time that only Kim, Sheree and Nene would actually remember). Kim sports her Farrah wig, Sheree isn't in She By Sheree but vows the line will make a comeback, Phaedra is dressed in her funeral best, Nene's feeling very "'Glee'-ful" and even if the reunion alters her mood she "will remain rich," and Kandi didn't bring a sex toy. But if the couch starts vibrating, Nene promises to "get off."
So somebody run and grab Nene a few batteries before we break down the biggest smackdowns in the first of an epic three-part reunion.
Team Adam and Team Cee-Lo say goodbye to two singers apiece, but who was saved?
The results are in for the first round of eliminations from Team Adam and Team Cee-Lo.
Will Jamar sail right through? Will this be the end of the road for Pip and his bow ties? Will fan non-favorite Erin walk like an Egyptian right off the show? How will Christina stab Tony Lucca in the back tonight?
Carson promises a big show and a great performance by Jessie J! So let's get to it...
The '90210' 'bad girl' plans her third marriage, this time on camera
- Critic's Rating B
- Readers' Rating n/a
Shannen Doherty doesn't have a great track record in reality TV.
She spent one season as the host of SyFy Channel's hidden camera show "Scare Tactics" (back when it was still called Sci Fi Channel). Fronted Oxygen's "Breaking Up With Shannen Doherty," which lasted a single season. And was the first celebrity eliminated on the tenth season of "Dancing with the Stars."
(She's also been mocked for participating in a series of ads for online college EducationConnection.com, even though her goal is to get a degree as a tribute to her late father.)
But she's not giving up just yet. Doherty's latest reality project is the WE tv docu-series "Shannen Says," charting a seven week rush to the alter with photographer fiancé Kurt Iswarienko. It's her most personal and revealing reality effort yet, and Doherty's personality seems suited to the medium. This one just might work.
Christina Aguilera disses fellow Mouseketeer Tony Lucca when Team Adam and Team Cee-Lo take the stage
The season finale serves up a sex toy party, half naked masseuses and a certified donkologist
It's finale time in Atlanta, and first we get a quick recap of the season's highlights.
Nene freaked out on Sheree. Phaedra got cozy with dead people. Kandi developed a sex toy line. Cynthia and Peter hit some rough patches in their first year of marriage. Kim and Kroy had a baby. Sheree fought for child support. We met crazy Marlo. The ladies went to Africa.
And it's pretty much been downhill since then. The last few episodes were marked by very little drama outside of the ludicrously inflated tension between Kim, Kandi and Cynthia over those jokes made in Africa.
Will the finale turn it up a notch? Or will the ladies end their fourth season in an unusually quiet fashion?
Carnie Wilson's struggle with weight dominates reality series premiere
- Critic's Rating B-
- Readers' Rating A+
Celebrities use reality TV to their advantage in a variety of ways. The women of Wilson Phillips have chosen the advertainment route with their TV Guide Network reality show "Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On."
With a tagline promising "Three parts harmony, one part drama," the innocuous eight-episode half-hour "docu-series" tracks the singing group's latest attempt at a comeback with built-in drama courtesy of personal conflicts and Carnie Wilson's ongoing battle with her weight. It's not a bad deal: give cameras a peak into your personal life in exchange for promoting professional endeavors. And TV Guide Network gets recognizable faces to help establish their still evolving brand.
"Still Holding On" isn't groundbreaking, but it's not going to embarrass anyone involved (unless Carnie's battles with "bad gas" count as shameful). In reality TV, that's a win-win.