Inside TV and Pop Culture with Liane Bonin Starr

'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' recap: Is Walter stalking Kenya?

Or is Kenya just overreacting to seeing her ex?

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

Credit: Bravo

I think the greatest drawback of being on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," other than the invasion of privacy and the shrieking, has to be the non-stop social calendar. It's like being a member of the British aristocracy in the 1800s, when no one had television and everyone had to talk to one another because they had nothing better to do other than die of consumption. It seems like there isn't just one party per episode; there are many, meaning everyone just has time to rush home, select a fresh ball gown, pick a new wig, and head out all over again. Yes, I realize these things are edited to compress time, but still. Lotta parties. 

Reality TV Roundup: The latest on 'Amazing Race,' 'Project Runway' and more

It's been a busy week, so get all your reality news here, now

"The Amazing Race"

 "The Amazing Race"

Credit: CBS
Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...
 
SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! One more time: SPOILER ALERT. If you watch any competition shows, the latest elimination for each show is probably revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me if you find out something you didn't want to know. You've been warned. Also note: lots of non-competition reality info lurks below, too. 

Ryan Murphy reveals the witchy new title for 'American Horror Story'

Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe take the stage with a surprise guest

"American Horror Story"

 "American Horror Story"

Credit: FX

Joining some of the stars of "American Horror Story: Asylum" at PaleyFest in Beverly Hills, Ryan Murphy gave the audience a tantalizing hint of what's to come in season three. "I can't tell you what it's about," he admitted, before revealing the new title: "Coven." "It's a really cool idea we've been talking about for a couple of years," he added. 

He also revealed that the show, which has been heavily reliant on sound stages in the first two seasons, will be hitting the road this time around, shooting in New Orleans and "a couple of different cities." 

'The Vampire Diaries' recap: 'Bring It On'

Elena doesn't care anymore, and that's a problem for Stefan and Damon

"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

Credit: The CW

When last we saw "The Vampire Diaries" (and man, that seemed so long ago, didn't it?), Elena had lost her brother, burned down her house, and stopped feeling anything (thanks to Damon turning off her emotional switch). Oh, and Catherine stole the vampire cure right out from under everyone's noses, but we can get to that later. The focus of this episode is really on Elena becoming, well, a petulant teenager who doesn't care about anyone or anything. Even better? This forces Damon and Stefan (with, to an extent, Caroline) to play the parts of her worried and often powerless parents. It's not the sexiest of triangles (or, really, sexy at all), but it's definitely interesting. I'm not sure this is an improvement, but it's a nice change of pace to see Elena behave like something other than a sad-eyed velvet painting come to life. 

'Grey's Anatomy': Does Meredith Grey need to get fired?

A change of scenery might provide a new inroad into the character

"Grey's Anatomy"

 "Grey's Anatomy"

Credit: ABC
Look, don't misunderstand me. I really do like Meredith, and she is, of course, the core of "Grey's Anatomy" (heck, her name is part of the show -- if she left, what would they call it? "Anatomy"?). Oh, and don't assume I mean that Ellen Pompeo needs to go. Fired doesn't mean gone, especially not on "Grey's."

Watch: Snooki, JWOWW, Roger and Jionni chug breast milk shots

Snooki says shots of breast milk are the only shots she's had

"Snooki & JWOWW"

 "Snooki & JWOWW"

Credit: MTV

Well, we knew Snooki giving birth would change everything, and this clip from Tuesday's episode of "Snooki & JWOWW" (airing at 10 p.m.) is just further proof of it. Instead of hitting a club, forgetting her underwear, and staggering home, Snooki instead curls up on the sofa with her friend JWOWW and their significant others Jionni and Roger. Yes, they do shots, but not of booze -- of breast milk. It's not high tea or anything, but it's quite a bit calmer than their pre-baby antics, isn't it?

Exclusive: 'Funeral Boss' premiere sees dead people

Warning: This may be disturbing to some viewers

"Funeral Boss"

 "Funeral Boss"

Credit: Discovery Fit & Health

It turns out that every tiny niche of daily existence from the cradle to the grave has been plumbed for the purposes of creating reality TV. To make that case, Discovery Fit & Health has created "Funeral Boss," a series about life (and death) at a mortuary premiering tonight at 10 p.m. As this show isn't for everyone, this exclusive clip may not be, either, so consider yourself warned. 

Listen: CulturePop Podcast No. 5 - 'The Bachelor,' 'Burt Wonderstone,' Natalie Maines

We weigh in on the 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' casting process, too

"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

Credit: Bravo

Welcome to the latest installment of CulturePop! We had a lot to talk about this week, including David Bowie's new album, some reality TV faves and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," and the rundown is posted below. We hope you'll listen!

'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills recap: Kyle opens her store and confronts Kim

Kim explains why she seemed loopy in Paris

"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

Credit: Bravo

So, the ladies are back in Los Angeles, and that means no jogging by the Siene, no beheading ducks, none of Kyle's terrible fake French accent. Thankfully, drama follows these women around like vultures after a wagon train or high school chicks after Justin Bieber. It doesn't matter where they are, they can find something to scream, argue or cry about. Remember, Kyle and Kim managed to have a physical altercation in a limo. I mean, that takes some effort.

'The Bachelor' recap: Does Sean make the right final decision?

Does he propose to Catherine, Lindsay or neither one?

"The Bachelor"

 "The Bachelor"

Credit: ABC

OMG! Can you believe it? Sean is going to pick either Lindsay or Catherine! Or neither! And, if he picks one of them, he'll probably break up with her in a few months! Okay, that was a little negative, I know, but let's face it; the odds are rarely in anyone's favor on this show. Yes, it's very romantic, it's fun to watch, but it doesn't usually translate into actual, you know, nuptials. 

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