Category: Real Housewives of Orange County

Late Night: Andy Cohen hosts 'Real Housewives' screaming match


The Bravo Clubhouse was a whole lot more crowded than usual on Wednesday night when Andy Cohen hosted a "Watch What Happens Live All-Star Party," a veritable orgy of the network's demi-celebrities.

Everyone was there, including marquee names like Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio, breakout star Bethenny Frankel, and Bravo B-listers like what's-her-name from "Flipping Out" who looks like Julia Louis-Dreyfus. As Kathy Griffin aptly described the event, "This is like the most messed-up Golden Globes I've ever seen." 

Of course, no Bravo gathering would be complete without plenty of housewives. The "All-Star Party" featured trainwreck musical performances by LuAnn "The Countess"  de Lesseps and Melissa Gorga, but the official lowlight was almost certainly the "Real Housewives Battle Royale." For the quiz game, 18 different housewives were divided into two teams --East Coast versus West Coast -- and asked questions on "their favorite two subjects -- themselves, and each other," as Cohen put it.  Not surprisingly, the contest quickly descended into a Babel-esque cacophony of shrill screams, like a "Housewives" reunion show condensed into four brief but blood-curdling minutes. It was so harrowing that even the usually indefatigable Cohen appeared to lose his patience.

You can watch the "Battle Royale" above, but be warned: You may want to be sure all your crystal is tucked away in a safe place before you press play. 


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Move over 'Glee': 'The Real Housewives Live Tour' is coming

Real Housewives of Bravo will be going on a live tour

Mark this date in history: “The Real Housewives Live Tour” is actually something that is happening.

With all the singing that the ladies (and Simon) are doing, you’d think it’d be the place to hear “Tardy for the Party” and “Money Can’t Buy You Class” in one convenient spot. But it seems things won’t be leaning  on the music side. Instead, “Housewives” from various cities will come together for a three-city tour and discuss “the most talked about moments, reveal cast secrets and answer questions straight from the audience.”

Among those slated to appear are Caroline Manzo (“Real Housewives of New Jersey”), Lisa Vanderpump (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”) and Jill Zarin (“Real Housewives of New York City”).

And apparently Bravo thinks attendees live the lavish "Housewives" lifestyle: Tickets range from $49.50 to $170 for the red carpet package (which includes perks like a cocktail reception hosted by "The Real Housewives" and a tour laminate and matching lanyard).

The tour kicks off in Atlantic City, N.J., Oct. 1, with stops in Chicago on Oct. 8 and Atlanta on Oct. 15. L.A.-area folks, you’re spared out of luck. 


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--Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: The cast of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." Credit: Bravo.

'Real Housewives of New Jersey' renewed for Season 4

The-real-housewives-of-new-jersey-gossip1 Bravo announced Tuesday that “Real Housewives of New Jersey” will return for a fourth season. But that’s hardly surprising, right? When a show provides viewers with such gems as “Meet it before you eat it,” it’s practically destined for longevity.

Table-flipper-turned-cookbook-diva Teresa and her housewife counterparts are already unleashing drama with the third season currently airing on the network. And it seemed the absence of Danielle Staub this season did little to stifle the show’s allure with viewers. It  delivered the highest-rated season premiere in the network's history with 2.02 million adults 18 to 49 and the highest-rated season premiere in the "Housewives" franchise with 2.87 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The network also announced that the present season will be moving to Sundays at 10 p.m. (the slot previously occupied by “Real Housewives of Orange County,” which just aired its finale) beginning June 12.

-- Yvonne Villarreal


Complete coverage of 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' on ShowTracker

Photo: The current cast of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." Credit: Bravo

Catching up with the 'Real Housewives of Orange County' [Video]

Gym, tan and laundry -- eh, maybe shopping before laundry -- are heading to the O.C. via “The Real Housewives of Orange County.”

The original ladies in the expanding “Housewives” franchise -- well, that title might really only apply to Vicki Gunvalson -- return for a sixth season on Sunday. And things have changed since we last saw their bronzed faces. Lynne Curtin and her bejeweled cuffwear are no longer part of the cast. Tamra Barney has ditched Simon and has a new man in her life. Vicki’s own marriage unravels during the season. Alexis Bellino is starting a new business endeavor. Gretchen Rossi is now designing handbags. And newbie Peggy Tanous joins the bunch. 

ShowTracker caught up with the ladies -- all except Vicki, who was in Kansas -- recently over lunch, during their trip to the Grove in Los Angeles as part of their media blitz. And nothing was off-limits for the spunky women. Here’s a Cliff’s Notes version of what was discussed. (Omitted is the part during which they talk endlessly about the height of their fellow "Housewives." But note: Beverly Hills Housewife Kyle Richards is "super short" in person.)

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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' reunion: Coming together after all the drama


The support group of survivors from the first season of the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” aired their grievances in what was practically a clinical setting on Tuesday night on Bravo.

They shared experiences seemingly exclusive to the life of a housewife in Beverly Hills: the sisterly conflicts of former child actors, who also happen to be aunts of Paris Hilton; the ex-wife of a wealthy celebrity addressing her feuds, her psychic friend and her married friend whom she kisses on the lips; and the drama of a Permanent Houseguest who storms from the nest, quite possibly seeking to wet his beak from the 15 minutes of “Housewives” fame.

Bravo threw me for a loop with the second part of the reunion. I missed it on television, expecting it on Thursday night. So, I had to play catch up with the full episode (thankfully) available on Hulu. (Click here if you want to relive it.)

I was surprised by the dignity demonstrated by women who had spent an entire season seemingly trying to strip away whatever dignity they had before the cameras. For all the drama of the last season, it culminated in a tempered, practically anemic, conversation about the lives they lived on camera.

Camille was apologetic but not really. Kim was remarkably coherent and honest about her relationship with her sister, though she declined to dig further into the allegations of alcoholism and all that went down at Taylor’s birthday party. Taylor clued us into the underlying sadness that we saw all season. And, as usual, Adrienne didn’t say much of anything.NUP_142968_0123

It was Lisa who was most interesting to watch. She was her typically effervescent, humorous and classy  self -- it says something about how bizarrely ostentatious a show is when the person who comes across as the sage of the cast wears a necklace that could pass for a chandelier.

Despite all the cheeky wisdom that she readily offered to others on the show, she failed to recognize the swindler (alleged, of course) within her midst. In her live chat last week (read the transcript here if you missed it), she hinted at the pain caused by Cedric the Permanent Houseguest and the tearful discussions that would follow this week, on the second part of the reunion.

And it was, indeed, heartbreaking.

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'The Real Housewives of Orange County' returns in March

Who needs a day of rest? Bravo wants to keep your Sundays drama-filled, not drama-free so, naturally, the return of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" will make that possible.

The sixth season of the series that started the hit -- and wacky -- franchise will air Sundays starting March 6. 

Joining Vicki, Tamra, Gretchen, and Alexis are Peggy Tanous, a 41-year old former model and now stay-at-home mom, and Fernanda Rocha, a 34-year old Brazilian lesbian fitness instructor.  Yes, viewers, if you haven't already heard the news, Lynne Curtin is not returning. Start the detox from her cuffwear now. 

What do you think, Show Trackers? Still like the O.C. women, or have the other franchises overshadowed them? Which "Housewife" are you most looking forward to catching up with?

--Yvonne Villarreal


Jerry Springer still has some fight in him after 20 years

There's something about talk show host Jerry Springer that brings out the worst in his guests. Fights are always breaking out around him. And he couldn't be more pleased.

Springer is celebrating a milestone Wednesday, marking the 20th anniversary of "The Jerry Springer Show," the syndicated talk fest featuring outrageous topics such as mistresses battle wives and threesomes with Grandma. Read the feature on Springer here.

Springer is also being recognized as one of the pioneers of reality television, the genre that has sparked the confrontational "Jersey Shore" and "The Real Housewives" franchises.

Here are some video highlights -- and lowlights -- from Springer's greatest hits:

-- Greg Braxton


'Real Housewives' coming to KNBC

Housewives_OC Desperate for more “Housewives”?

The manicured ladies of the “The Real Housewives” are bringing their rich and famously drama-filled lifestyles to syndication. As O.C. “Housewife” Vicki Gunvalson might say, “Wahoo!”

NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution sold "The Real Housewives" of Orange County, New York and Atlanta to stations from NBC Local Media, Hearst Television and other leading broadcast groups in the nation's top markets.

Starting Monday, Sept. 13, L.A.-based fans can re-live the antics five days a week, beginning with the first five seasons of O.C., on KNBC (Ch. 4) at 3 p.m.

--Yvonne Villarreal

Photo credit: Bravo

A Times investigation finds few legal safeguards for kids on reality TV shows


After a month-long public records investigation, Times staff writers Matea Gold and Richard Verrier found that dozens of children are appearing on reality television shows without legal safeguards because of widespread confusion among state regulators about how to classify the shows.

In its examination of some of the most visible series featuring children under 16, The Times found that a majority had not obtained work permits to employ minors — including TLC's "19 Kids and Counting," WE TV's "Raising Sextuplets" and the entire "Real Housewives" franchise on Bravo.

Because producers say that the kids on their programs are participants, not employees, child labor laws are rarely applied. As a result, for the vast majority of these shows, there are no state-mandated instructors or union representatives on set to limit the number of hours the children are on camera, to make sure they get meal breaks and go to school, or to prevent exposure to dangerous situations. Most reality show children are not guaranteed that they will be compensated or that any money they do earn will be set aside for them.

After inquires from The Times, state agencies in California, Florida, Georgia and Virginia are looking into whether production companies violated child labor laws while filming in their states.

Read the full story here: Reality TV kids don't have a legal safety net

-- Matea Gold

Photo: Jim Bob Duggar, who appears with his family on TLC's "19 Kids And Counting," told The Times that they do not consider the filming work. Credit: TLC

Season 2 of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" returns on a new night

Real_housewives_of_new_jersey Long before Snooki and her poof pièce de résistance were a television powerhouse, the ladies of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” were bringing the drama from the mid-Atlantic region to the small screen. Now the Jersey Girls, er, Women, are back for a brand new season on a brand new night.

Flip the channel — not your table — to Bravo on Mondays, starting at 10 p.m. May 3, if you can’t get enough “bubbies” or if you just want to catch up with sisters Caroline and Dina, their sister-in-law Jacqueline, family friend Teresa and the delightfully wacky Danielle.

For a sneak peak of Season 2 — which sees both Jacqueline and Teresa having babies and a persistent Danielle still fighting her way into the inner circle — click here.

-- Yvonne Villarreal

Photo credit: Bravo

'Real Housewives of Orange County': The boys and girls club


I'm so glad Part II of the "Housewives" reunion wasn't Part Snooze, although, I have to admit, I was a bit nervous at the beginning when things got started with a Lynne montage.

Cause you never know when those cuffs will creep up on you. Actually, who am I kidding? You always know. Because they are always on her wrists. Always. And all that wrist bondage she has going on seems to be working because her business is able to sustain the family -- so she says -- and heck, Frank is even working for her. I wouldn't be surprised if that youthologist becomes her next employee.

Now, on to more important matters ....

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'Real Housewives of Orange County': Where's the drama?

Dear Bravo,

Are these two-part reunion shows really necessary? Don't get me wrong. I'd gladly watch an hour of Lynne's shackled wrists over anything else on TV, but that doesn't mean it's good for me. Still, I tuned in anyway. And each time I fast-forwarded through commercials, wondering when is this supposed to get good. Pause. Pause. Jim is on? Drama! Oh, wait, it's just a preview of Part II. Of. Course. 

Instead I was left watching the possibility of drama. Most of good stuff from Part I came from the packaged footage from the season. It was like taking a trip down memory lane. Aw, the limo ride when Tamra told Simon what she really thought of him. Oh, and Alexa using a colorful term of endearment toward her mom. Wait. There's footage of Tamra receiving her divorce papers? That was awkward. 

Sure there were glimmers of hope. Here were my highlights:

-- Gretchen learning the meaning of karma. Psychology majors can't know everything, right?

-- Lynne trying to justify getting plastic surgery in the midst of her financial situation, calling it a business decision. Right. Because the people who are buying her cuffs are doing so because she no longer has excess skin under her neck. I mean, I know that's why I'm going to buy one.

-- Lynne saying she think she looks like a wrestler on TV.

-- Alexis and her conversations with God about the show. So glad to hear the big guy approves of this season! Now I don't have to go to confession every time I watch.

-- Alexis revealing that her pastor and his wife fasted in honor of her and Jim's appearance on the show. Um, wow.

-- Any cutaway to Vicki's reactions to all of the above. 

But it wasn't enough. Even Alexis seemed bored, taking more interest in making sure she was sitting up straight and sticking her chest out.  

So, Bravo, please, when it comes time to reunite "The Real Housewives of New York City," consider making one really awesome reunion show, not two average ones.


Yvonne Villarreal

So Show Trackers, were you just as dissatisfied with Part I? What were your highlights? And are you ashamed, like me, to be excited for Part II with appearances by the husbands (and Slade)?

Photo credit: Bravo


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