"Four Houses" moves to Monday nights on TLC at 10 PM (ET/PT) beginning June 24. The 10-part series follows four designed-obsessed homeowners as they snoop, tour and score each other’s homes in hopes of having their home ranked number one and winning the $10,000 cash prize.
Murray the magician turns up his nose at a secret passage
Even when she's not at the party, Teresa manages to dampen the mood
I always love an episode of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" with lots of Rosie in it. Though she's only "housewife adjacent," she's fiercely loyal, completely honest about her feelings, and possibly insane. She's the attack dog of the series, and while she can be embarrassing (she seemingly does not have an indoor voice), she usually says the things other people are thinking, and says them at very, very high volume.
Sookie meets a new boy, but she doesn't kiss him
Well, this week's episode of "True Blood" was another mixed blood bag (maybe A positive and a smattering of O), though the good news is that we learn that some (though not all) of the plot points that seemed truly predictable and ridiculous last week actually aren't so bad. Since it seems there's not a lot of love for traditional recaps, I'm dividing up the bad blood, the good stuff, and the ugly of the week below.
In the season finale, Kathy Hilton asks a question the star can't answer
When the first few episodes of a TV series fall short of expectations, I don't always grit my teeth and hang on. All too often what starts out as disappointing ends pretty much the same way, but for some reason I didn't give up so easily on "Life with LaToya," which had its season finale on OWN Saturday. After all, there could always be a car wreck. She is a Jackson, after all.
Tim Gunn gets a new role and so will web savvy viewers
"Project Runway" is back this July, and fans of the show may be sorry to see that Michael Kors won't be back full time, but other tucks and trims might be more satisfying.
Sixteen new designers will compete for the grand prize, including a designer from seasons past chosen by fans on the Lifetime website. While Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen are back as well as mentor Tim Gunn, it's Gunn who will be getting a twist. He'll be sitting in on the runway shows so that judges can suss out who's a behind-the-scenes troublemaker, plus he'll even get a chance to save a designer during the season. This may be a result of what happened last season, when Michelle Lesniak Franklin claimed that it was Gunn who begged the judges to keep her when she faced elimination. Franklin went on to win the competition.
The creator of 'CSI' combines Agatha Christie, 'Clue' and dinner theater
It seems that every once in a while, I stumble across a local restaurant or social club or fundraising group promising an evening of fun revolving around a murder mystery dinner, which never really seems like all that much fun. I like theater, I like mystery, not so keen on murder though fake ones are fine, and I like dinner, so it should be 75% lovely. But breaking down the fourth wall for theater always makes me a little uneasy. Not the murder part, mind you, but the fact I will be stuck solving a fake crime with very real audience members who I may or may not want to murder before the dinner is over.
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We weigh in on fake reality TV, Lady Gaga and Cher's duet and more
Melinda is back in town, and we had so much to talk about! Although we both reminisced over our brief encounters with the late James Gandolfini (R.I.P.), we also disagreed about a lot -- including whether or not "Blurred Lines" is a "rape-y" song and whether or not all of the bachelors looking for true love on "The Bachelorette" are full of crap. Listen in. We had a great time, so we hope you will, too. Here's the rundown:
Watch the fatty food pusher apologize for her use of the N-word
This week was not about good eats for Paula Deen. After a scandal broke over her admitting to her use of the N-word during a discrimination trial, it seems the Food Network has decided not to renew her contract according to TMZ. Her contract was due to expire at the end of the month.
In the trial, Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers stand accused by a former employee of sexual harrassment and a hostile work environment in their restaurant, Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House. In testimony, Deen admitted to having used racial slurs in the restaurant.
When news broke, Deen released a video statement apologizing for her use of the N-word and backed out of a scheduled appearance on the "Today" show. In the video she said, "I've made plenty of mistakes along the way," but begged for forgiveness. The video was yanked from her official YouTube channel and another version was posted today.
In the second video, Deen addressed her cancellation on 'Today.' "I have to say I was physically not able this morning," Deen said. "The pain has been tremendous."
Watch the video below. What do you think of what Deen said and the Foot Network's decision?
It turns out Joe Francis is just as much of a jerk as you thought he was
Once long ago, VH1 had cornered the market on pimping out D-list celebrities for embarrassing and potentially revealing docudrama. "Celebrity Rehab," "Celebrity Fit Club," "The Surreal Life" were memorable for inviting people we'd mostly forgotten about to reveal their drinking problems, upper arm flab and general nuttiness to the public at a time when not everyone was doing it. VH1 shows did a remarkable job of tarnishing the golden memories of our youth, or simply confirmed stuff that we always suspected (like Screech really was a jerkwad in real life, too).
But now it's understood that when an acting job doesn't come your way, it's time to hit the reality TV circuit, exposing yourself for free food and a basic cable paycheck. "Couples Therapy," now in its third season (Wed. at 10:00 p.m.) is remarkably like "Celebrity Rehab" with its group therapy sessions and gimmicky bonding activities, with the exception of the so-called professionals at the helm. Where Dr. Drew radiated a certain amount of calm, collected confidence in his abilities, Dr Jenn Berman communicates mostly by yelling. When she wants cast member (there's no way to call him a patient or client without rolling your eyes) to pay attention to his wife's pain, Dr. Jenn (that's what everyone else calls her) shrieks, "You bleeping laughed at her!" which just makes Flavor Flav laugh a little more. It's pretty clear that, though all of the celebrities on the show clearly need help, they don't expect to get it here.
In season 1, the sorta-celebrities are Joe Francis and Amber Wilson (smut peddler and model), Tyler Baltierra and Catelynn Lowell (unprotected sex partners on "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom"), Chingy Bailey and Tempest Poteat (rapper and model), Heather Marter and Dustin Zito ("Real World Las Vegas" co-stars) and Flavor Flav and Liz Trujillo. I often forget that Flavor Flav was actually in Public Enemy. He's been peddling ridiculous on VH1 for so long it's hard not to think he was a sideshow freak or a cartoon creation by the network itself.
In this week's episode, the focus is squarely on Joe, Amber, Flav and Liz. It's not unlike a battle between two couples to prove which one is more screwed up, but as they're both train wrecks we can start with the less nightmarish of the two. Joe wants us all to know he's absolutely about empowering his live-in girlfriend. Yes, the guy behind "Girls Gone Wild" is alllll about female empowerment. Those drunk chicks flashing their hooters for creepy guys everywhere? I'm sure that was about helping them own their sexuality!
Anyway, Joe tells Dr. Jenn in group that he feels really, really bad that he didn't notice that Amber had a severe eating disorder. Hell, I noticed Amber had a severe eating disorder when she put on a tank top and looked like she was auditioning for Skeletor. Anyway, Dr. Jenn screams at Joe that he's a control freak. He's not! He's not! Amber, you should have defended me, he says in a calm, serial killer kind of way. Amber apologizes profusely as if she's about to be hit. Temple points out that Amber seems pretty afraid of Joe, though he certainly can't understand that. He's a slimeball, though a rich slimeball, and he refuses to see that he picked a neurotic, anorexic girl 14 years younger than himself because she's sort of like a whipped dog he can legally have sex. Dr. Jenn is so mean to him! She called him controlling, waaah!
As a bonding exercise, they climb a rock wall together, which mostly consists of her saying, "I don't want to do it anymore," and him screaming at her to put her foot on the green doodad and then the blue doodad. When he finally stops yelling, she scrambles to the top and he's so relieved. She didn't embarrass him after all! Now he can just complain about how Liz is ruining all their group therapy outing fun. If you're unclear, Joe Francis is a narcissistic ass who doesn't realize how much of a narcissistic ass he really is. Go figure.
Admittedly, Liz is a pain in the ass. Flav tries to cajole her and sweet talk her and then laughs at her and tells her he's not giving her access to his bank accounts, but still, Liz just sulks around the set, threatening to pack her things and go when she's not sullenly staring at things. At the end of the episode, she glumly agrees to hold a rope so Flav can climb a small tower and play junior acrobat, but it's not much of a win.
What's more interesting is watching their therapy session with Dr. Jenn, during which we learn he was in a committed relationship with her while he was doing all those awful "Flavor of Love" series. Yes, reality TV eats itself yet again, exposing network fakery on yet another fake reality TV show, though as usual the D-listers always reveal more about themselves than they ever intend.
Do you watch "Couples Therapy"?