Welcome back to CulturePop! If you listened to us in the first weeks, you'll notice some of our sound is much better and some is not. Unfortunately, I've discovered that my line-in on my Mac isn't working and have to find a time to drag it in for repairs. We also had a little Skype slogginess, but that being said, we're getting there and we hope you'll tune in. Here's the rundown for our seventh podcast:
We weigh in on 'The Real Housewives' and more
The couple is splitting after just two years of marriage
While it should never come as a surprise when a reality TV couple decides to call it quits, I'll admit I was still a litte shocked when I saw that former Pittsburgh Steelers star Kordell Stewart is filing for divorce from his much-younger "Real Housewives of Atlanta" wife Porsha Williams. Heck, we only just got to some light squabbling between the two of them on the show! It's not that they were a great couple, or even an appealing one. It's just that Porsha seemed so determined to cater to Kordell's every whim that I couldn't imagine why he'd kick her to the curb. Maybe he found a country that sells affordable house slaves.
If it happens, the CNN show would go for the funny
I've always been a fan of Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper, both together and apart. I've loved Griffin's celebrity-poking stand-up acts, her D-list dramas, and her new chat show, which mashes up real people with celebrities to surprisingly good effect. Whether he's reporting real news, rescuing a kid from getting pummeled in Haiti, or just giggling over pee jokes on "Anderson 360" (still love that clip), Anderson Cooper is no slouch, either. Even his short-lived talk show was pretty good.
Together on New Year's Eve, they've proved to be more than the sum of their parts as they counted down the moments in Times Square. He, a slightly prudish foil; she, a merry prankster with a potty mouth who lived to make him blush. The only tiresome part has been CNN vowing repeatedly to bar Griffin from returning after she said or did something offensive, only to bring her back as if she might actually play nice the next time. Like we ever expected nice.
The bickering heats up when the women accuse one another of being fake
Oh, this is going to be fun! It's the first part of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" reunion, and at first everyone is largely well-behaved and almost civil to one another. It takes these gals a while to warm up, it's true. But by the end of the episode, there's yelling and screaming and accusations, just as we expect. Of course, then the question is, which woman is lying? Really, take your pick.
Blake snaps up talent, but will Adam choose anyone for his team?
"The Voice" is back, and for the first five minutes of this two-hour marathon show we are reminded how awesome it is compared to, say, other singing competition shows. Cough, "American Idol," cough, "X-Factor," cough cough. "The Voice" cares about the artists! It's not superficial! The voice has Shakira! And Usher! And, you know, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine! And Usher launched Justin Bieber! Take that, Randy Jackson!
Before we get to the blind auditions, the judges perform "Come Together" by the Beatles. Adam Levine is on drums and Usher is on bass. There's Shakira being Shakira! You know, she can play guitar, too,
Faye and Adrienne manage to suck the fun out of a romantic vow renewal
It's the big finale of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," and that also means the big finale for Adrienne Maloof. As we know, not only is she not returning next season, she didn't even bother to go to the show reunion. I guess that means that the reunion will be like what most of this season has already been -- lots of people fighting on her behalf, talking behind her back, and generally making her the center of attention even though she isn't there. I can't say I'm sorry to see Adrienne go. I'm just hoping that means everyone can stop yapping about her.
Rumors are flying that the conservative host will follow Joy Behar out
After Joy Behar's announced she would be leaving "The View" after 16 years on the daytime show, it was only moments before the rumors about Elisabeth Hasselbeck following her out the door began. Barbara Walters even went so far as to attempt to dismiss them while on air, saying, "We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave this show," before ominously adding, "When one of you makes the choice to leave, that is your choice, and we will support your decision." Uh-huh. Most people interpreted that as a Hollywood way of saying Hasselbeck shouldn't let the door hit her in the butt on her way out as she makes "the choice to leave" her parking pass with the front desk and let security escort her to her car.
Plus, Greg asks NeNe for a second chance and Porsha seeks mental help
We are right on the cusp of the season finale of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," and thus some important story lines are getting wrapped up. Or unraveled, take your pick. This week, the matter of the Kenya vs. Phaedra workout video war heats up, although a quick look at Amazon suggests exactly who might have won this skirmish, at least in terms of sales. Hey, on this show, dollahs make them hollah. Wait, that's Honey Boo Boo. But hey, same idea.
Olivia is paying the price for betrayal, but has she forgiven herself?
I wish Olivia Pope wasn't just a TV character just so I could get some time management pointers from her. She somehow runs a hefty chunk of Washington D.C., manages a staff of gladiators, squeezes in an on-again-off-again affair with the President, takes all of her phone calls while walking quickly from one place to another (that must be her cardio) and always looks fabulous. I feel tired just looking at her, don't you?
Damon and Elena head to New York, but there's trouble brewing back home
Anyone else worried about Silas? Anyone? Just checking. It seems as if everyone on the show has gotten distracted with other stuff, so I'm guessing he'll be on the front burner this week. Unless, say, Elena eats the wrong person or Caroline finds a working cell phone number for Tyler. Of course, these are valid distractions, but, ahem, Silas? You know, the one who wants to bring back all the dead supernatural beings? It would be sort of like "Torchwood" times 200. I'd totally watch that, mind you, but that would not be a good thing for our beloved vampires.