I Hate Jill Zarin The Real Housewives of New York AND Beverly Hills Returns on September 5th! by LynnNChicago
I love that Lisa’s pup Giggy is in the cast photo…suck it Jill Zarin! It looks like four of the six got the memo to wear a pastel gown, it would have looked a lot better if they’d all been consistent.
With just five weeks until the premier, Bravo has posted a few preview video’s of our beloved Beverly Hills Housewives. Two new “Friends of the Housewives” will be joining the cast there will be more drama than ever. There is no telling who will emerge as this season’s evil one and who we will all fall in love with, we’ll know soon! September 5th is the scheduled air date for the new episodes, here’s what Bravo’s site had to say about the new season:
The critically acclaimed series, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, returns for a second season of glitz, glamor, and high drama. All six original over-the-top housewives are back including: Taylor Armstrong, Camille Grammer, Adrienne Maloof, Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, and Lisa Vanderpump. Though not official “housewives,” this season the ladies are joined by two new friends: Brandi Glanville and Dana Wilkey, who certainly know how to spice things up in the world’s most famous zip code.
The series offers a glimpse inside the world of luxurious wealth and pampered privilege, but as we learned last season — in Beverly Hills, luxury has its price. Sisters Kim and Kyle are still trying to mend their relationship after last season’s blowout fight, but with Kim focused on a new boyfriend, her relationship with her family and the other ladies seems to not to be a priority. Lisa continues to be the voice of reason, but with six opinionated housewives, the witty Brit begins to ruffle some very expensive feathers. Camille is back and focused on starting her new life without husband, Kelsey. She’s determined to stay away from the drama, but she’s also not one to hold her tongue. Adrienne is forced to make some serious business decisions and when she introduces the ladies to her friend, Brandi, she is also forced to break up a few fights. Last but certainly not least, Taylor and her husband Russell have always put business before pleasure, but it’s had a major impact on their relationship. As Taylor struggles with a loveless marriage, she acts out against the other women and falls on the shoulder of her friend Dana for support. While each of the ladies have their share of drama, they also know how to have fun in true Beverly Hills style. With trips to Hawaii, Vegas, and Vail, jaw-dropping parties, and shopping sprees on Rodeo Drive –The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills do not disappoint.
I love Bravo’s use of “critically acclaimed” like it’s a life altering, important film or something. Beverly Hills has created a new category of Housewife, there are now “friends of Housewives” and this new post is being filled by Brandi Granville and Dana Wilkey.
You may have seen Brandi in the tabloids, she is the ex-husband of Eddie Cibrian, now married to country singer Leann Rimes. The two ladies have had a few snipes and digs at each other over on Twitter as Leann responded to a fan who asked if Eddie would be appearing on Housewives with his ex-wife, she gave a resounding “NO!”. Rumor has it Leann forbid Eddie to appear or to even talk to his ex-wife while filming.
You can read all about the Brandi / Leann battle here: http://wp.me/pVOhN-1ix
The second “Friend of Housewives” is Dana Wilkey, party planner and friend of Taylor
Armstrong. Dana is the force behind the $60,000 birthday party for Taylor’s daughter last season. The engaged mother of a 22-month old is originally from the East Coast. I will give her the benefit of the doubt having not seen her yet, any friend of Taylor’s is a friend of Taylor’s and bound to be trouble!
All six original cast members return and Kim tells us that she’s stronger and tougher than ever, Kyle tells us that her battle with her sister Kim last season was extremely difficult but after rebuilding their relationship, they’re stronger than ever. Camille says that she’s going through a lot of changes and difficult times in her life but don’t expect to see a down in the dumps Camille, I think the loss of her husband and the increase in her bank account is going to change Camille for the better.
My theory about Camille is that this smart lady watched herself last season, she made some really great strides at the reunion correcting her mistakes and I think she’s going to present to us a more refined and likable Camille this season.
Camille was able to work through the child custody battle enough to allow her kids to appear on-screen, I think she’s going to use that to her advantage to show what a great mom she is. We did see her kids in the photos of the ladies filming their Bravo sponsored vacation in Hawaii. That’s my prediction about Ms. Grammer.
The preview video shows the ladies looking better than ever with one exception, marriage problems do not agree with Taylor Armstrong, the big lips and limp hair show she’s not taking great care of herself this season. There are some really bad shots of Taylor in the preview.
More on the Beverly Hills Housewives coming soon on IHJZ!
Until then check out the preview video’s on Bravotv.com
And take a look at Terry Aley’s site for more Housewives news:
Real City Housewife posted her The Real Housewives of New Jersey recap, hysterical!- Get Out Of (Not) My House: http://t.co/b0KEFJ5
The Real Housewives of New York the Reunion Part I
I had to laugh out loud after Jill Zarin tweeted to Andy Cohen asking him who his guest would be on Watch What Happens Live on Monday after the second part of the reunion show airs. Clearly Jill didn’t know that there isn’t one scheduled for Monday but that Ramona Singer and Denise Richards will be on this Thursday. Poor Jill, Ramona will get the last word.
I’m sure Andy’s blackberry will be exploding as Ramona is telling her side of the story and Denise Richards is agreeing that the Blonde’s are the good guys. Jill will be tweeting until her fingers bleed and screaming voice mail messages to Andy Cohen! Bwahahahah!
The story hasn’t died down much, even days after the Reunion episode aired, twitter is still buzzing, articles are still whirling around the internet and the water cooler’s continue to be working overtime.
The Brunette’s are absolutely the losers of part one of the Reunion, they looked like bullies, they sounded like mean girls, they had no remorse and clearly had no idea how poorly they came off looking while sitting on those couches.
For Jill Zarin it was a far cry from last year as she sat next to the useless Kelly Bensimon with the unpredictable Luann on the other end. Jill faced Bethenny with her tail between her legs and knowing that her only way out was to apologize her way out. It was an epic fail because for every apology she sent Bethenny’s way, she sent a jab or a dig Alex’s way proving that the only thing that Jill changed was her target. (and maybe her shoes)
Even Jill’s constant mumbling to Kelly was the same, Jill apparently feeds Kelly lines and that gives Kelly her cue to speak, Jill has her trained pretty well after three seasons together. Hopefully she’s trained Kelly better than she’s trained her dog Ginger otherwise someday Kelly will be pooping all over Jill’s ugly living room.
This season Jill’s PR troop didn’t give her advice to apologize or even to own her words and actions, she was allowed to be herself and say anything she wanted to say. Big mistake! Jill was better off being apologetic, even if they were all fake, but did she change? Not at all!
Jill started the season as she always does, with a strategy. She admitted it at last year’s reunion, she tried to explain away her decision not to film with Bethenny as a “strategy”. This season Jill knew she had to make amends with Alex, but it was all fake just as Alex predicted, we all know Jill never liked Alex and she never will.
After thinking she had everyone fooled by making up with Alex, Jill set her sights on Ramona. Just as Jill underestimated Alex’s popularity, Jill thought she could paint Ramona as an alcoholic. Knowing Ramona would be pushing her Pinot and having set the stage last season, Kelly mentioned several times at the reunion that Ramona was drunk, we watched the Turtle Time episode. Ramona made it easy for Jill and Jill jumped on her plan, recruiting Luann, Cindy and Kelly to mention Ramona’s drinking on camera every chance they got.
Unfortunately for the Brunette’s, viewers are smarter than they are and there was rarely any attention put on the nasty comments that Ramona had a drinking problem. Jill’s plan failed again because she underestimates viewers intelligence, as always, but we know that just because she says it, doesn’t make it true. In other words, Jill’s lies carried no weight.
On next week’s show Ramona is going to turn the tables and call Jill Zarin out as an alcoholic. Over the past year that I’ve been writing this blog I’ve gotten quite a few “tips” and “inside sources” telling me that Jill is an alcoholic and that I should write about it. The fact that Jill only ever drinks Diet Coke is a good indication that she very well may have a drinking problem but if she did have a problem and is a recovering alcoholic, there is absolutely nothing negative for me to say about that. While it isn’t necessarily anything to be ashamed of, the anonymity of an alcoholic is critical to the success of the AA program and I’d never even consider “outting” anyone, not even Jill Zarin. If Jill is a recovering alcoholic, good for her, if she’s not an alcoholic and simply chooses not to drink alcohol, that’s ok too. The only reason I bring it up today is because it is going to be brought up on next week’s reunion.
I’m surprised that Ramona would bring it up, clearly it was out of frustration and anger as Jill just kept banging away and badgering Ramona and finally she cracked. I have to wonder if Ramona brought up Luann’s daughter Victoria’s You-Tube video as well, it’s possible that she did but it was edited out of the final show. I do not believe that Ramona is an alcoholic, she announced that she has one or two glasses of wine with her dinner and Jill jumped all over that saying that she’s seen Ramona drink wine without food, really Jill? What a ridiculous thing to say! Of course at a cocktail party Ramona will have a glass of wine like anyone else. Why does it matter to Jill if and when Ramona drinks her Pinot?
This proves once again that Jill not only doesn’t care who her target is, a pregnant woman, the mother of two young boys or the mother of teenage girl close in age to her own daughter. Yet she has the nerve to yell at Ramona for her remarks saying that Luann’s daughter will see that. Doesn’t Jill know that the children of her victims are watching too? Someday little Bryn will look into her mother’s television beginnings and Alex’s boys will Google and find scenes from the shows watching Jill Zarin attack their mom on some reunion show.
Sure, we’ve seen Ramona a little tipsy on the show, we’ve seen Sonja tipsy too! On other series we’ve seen Gretchen Rossi in Orange County drunk, along with numerous others, does that make them all alcoholics? I doubt it.
I figured out why I seem to forgive Luann for her nasty, horrible behavior while I can’t seem to forgive Jill. On screen they’re both equally horrible but Luann walks away at the end of the season, she doesn’t tweet or post on Facebook endlessly but rather she just quietly goes away after the season ends and we never see her again until next season. Jill never goes away, she never stops plotting, planning and attacking, her whole life revolves around this show and her reputation. The more Jill tries to repair her reputation, the worse it gets. Her speaking out by Tweeting and posting on Facebook about bully’s makes her look ridiculous because she’s the biggest bully of them all, her pushing all of her wares is completely out of control. Jill’s constant desperate tweeting to d-list celebrities is pathetic and extremely annoying.
According to Jill Zarin, Simon threatened her and Mario shoved her, if all of this were true, Jill would have her attorney’s on it like white rice!
If Simon and Mario were dangerous, threatening or in any way a liability to Bravo, action would have been taking by the production company or by Bravo. Jill tries to paint an ugly picture for her own benefit, not caring about harming reputations.
There are some interesting comments on Rob’s blog today. Gee, I think he IS talking about us! hehehe
Meanwhile as we’re all talking about the explosive New York Housewives reunion show, The Real Housewives of New Jersey continues to pull higher ratings than New York:
Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” Earns Nearly 3 Million Total Viewers http://t.co/IqEyKDO
Big Brother 13 Episode 9 Veto Recap By Shannon
We pick up after the nomination ceremony with Rachel telling both Adam and Dominic that if they want to talk later they can come up to the HOH. This leaves Dominic a little surprised because he already made a deal with them and doesn’t understand why he would need to come and make any new deals. Unbeknown to Dominic they also made a deal with Adam. What the viewers don’t see is that Daniele is in Dominic’s ear telling him how she is going to pit Brendon and Rachel against Jeff and Jordon. She has already started to plant little seeds whenever she gets a chance to Brendon and Rachel. She is playing on Rachel’s insecurities and we all know she has a lot. Daniele is telling Dominic how good of a manipulator she is.
One of Daniele’s many mistakes of this past week is that she goes up to the HOH and pushes way to hard to get them to back door Jeff and Jordan. It went from a little nudge to a full blown tantrum. CBS decided to leave out most of that out. Not that I’m taking up for Brendon and Rachel, because at one time they were considering the option. Some of the scenes in tonight’s episode where it shows them talking and questioning Daniele about the move, was after they had already informed Jeff and Jordan about them considering it, and about how hard Daniele was pushing for it. They were setting Daniele up to see how far she would take this, and she fell for it.
Dominic goes up to the HOH room and talks to Rachel about the deal. He confirms that he wants to work with them because without them he has no shot. Rachel and Brendon both lie to Dominic and tell him that they have no deals with Adam. We see Dominic’s diary room and he tells us All I need you to do is take me along until I shank you in the back three weeks from now.” Showing Dominic also has no intention of keeping any deals with them. Brendon tells Dominic that he should throw the Veto competition to show he is really with them. If anyone knows anything about this show, it is that you NEVER throw a Veto competition if you are on the block. It’s usually doesn’t end up how you want it.
Next we get to see some of Daniele and Dominic’s flirting. For us long time Big Brother watchers, we are having flashbacks of Season 8, where Daniele spent the first few weeks laying in bed with Nick. We also know how that turned out. Daniele’s next mistake was letting everyone see how much she was falling for Dominic. She pushed for Cassi to go because she wanted to work with Dominic, but did she really want to work with Dominic or be with Dominic?
Drawing for the Veto Competition was a huge disappointment for Daniele. Jeff and Jordan’s names are pulled, having four veterans playing in the Veto Competition. Rachel picks Porsche to host the competition.
Brendon and Rachel decide they need to speak to Jeff and Jordan, they now feel like Daniele is pushing them both to fight against each other. Leaving her safe in the middle. She has most of the newbies thinking she is aligned with them, plus she is still good with the veterans. Leaving her a clear path to the end. After they compare notes they discover this to be true. They don’t show it on the show, but on the live feeds we see them make the decision to play along with Daniele not let her know that they are on to her. They want to see how far she will take it.
Porsche comes out in a pink bathrobe with 6 different color ducks in her hands. Each player picks a duck and that is the team color that they are on. They houseguests walk outside to a giant bathtub with a huge woman with big spiky hairs on her legs. Each hair has a letter on the end and the competition is to see who can spell the longest word. For those season 11 fans we get a flashback of Jeff trying to spell technotronics, which resulted in a great fight between Jeff and Russell. The houseguests have to run and pluck out a hair and then run back to their razor and drop off the letter. They have 10 minutes to see who can spell the longest word. In the end Brendon wins with spelling understanding, that is also the same word he spelled last year and won.
Brendon celebrates because they now have all the power in the house with Rachel winning HOH and him winning Veto. They get to decide who they want to get out. Rachel decides to talk to Daniele again and try to get a reason on why she is pushing so hard for them to break the veterans alliance and go after Jeff, so she tells her she is thinking about getting Lawon out this week. Daniele again pushes really hard for Jeff to be back-doored, telling Rachel that Jeff and Jordan are building an army to come after Rachel and Brendon. Rachel knows that really it’s Daniele that is closest to the newbies. If anyone is building an army it’s Daniele.
Dominic goes to Shelly and tries to cut a deal, he wants an alliances with the newbies plus Daniele, to go after the veterans. Shelly plays along but she really wants to be with Jeff and Jordan, so she tells them about the conversation. Jordan wants Shelly to tell Brendon and Rachel this so they both go up to the HOH. After they hear this they know they can’t trust Dominic. This leads Brendon to tell Jeff all about the other plan about back-dooring him. They don’t admit how far in it they were, but push most of the blame onto Daniele. This makes Daniele Jeff’s number one target to get out after Dominic.
At the Veto Ceremony Brendon leaves the nominations the same. So in the end either Adam or Dominic will be voted out. The only thing that will save Dominic now is if Daniele can spin this some way to get the votes. Since she thinks she is the master manipulator, and was cheated out of the win her season, I’m looking forward to her trying.
Thanks Shannon, great job! Who do you all think will be voted out? Daniele is really trying to get Dominic to stay, does she have enough “pull” to get her way? Will the veterans realize soon enough that Daniele is flipping on them? It won’t be long now until the golden key safety net will be gone, will Danni be the first to go once that happens?
Rocco’s Dinner Party by BB
Rocco’s Dinner Party by BB Chefs are Janet, Kevin and Chris. Janet works in one of Gordon Ramsey’s New York restaurants. Kevin is an executive chef who started out as a dishwasher and works for a company who services seven hotels. Chris is the executive chef at Café Amici in New Jersey. None of them went to culinary school. Janet already has the two other chefs intimidated because she works for Gordon Ramsey and has worked for Chef Jean- Georges.
They have 30 minutes to cook their signature dishes. Kevin is making his interpretation of shrimp and grits. Chris is making a blackened mahi mahi with citrus shallot beuer blanc. Beuer blanc is a butter based emulsified sauce. Janet is making a spicy Korean barbeque pork crepe with three different kimchees. Kimchee is spicy fermented vegetables.
At five minutes left, Janet is a little shaky plating her food. Chris’ beuer blanc is broken, which Janet says is a culinary sin. Kevin is way ahead of the game. Time is up. Chris’ plate is not pretty. Rocco tastes Chris’ dish first. Rocco says Chris is talking like he’s in the principal’s office. He likes Chris’ dish, but says his beuer blanc is a total disaster. Chris says he rushed it a bit. Next is Janet’s dish. Rocco doesn’t like the texture of her kimchee. He thinks the pork is the only delicious thing on her plate. Rocco loves the pork. Rocco thinks Kevin’s shrimp and grits look like something that would come off an assembly line in a very large restaurant, which is actually what Kevin does. Rocco thinks it is a good plate nonetheless. The party is over for Chris because he hasn’t mastered the fundamentals of making a buerre blanc and he made too many excuses. The winner is Kevin because he had made assembly line food delicious. Rocco tells Kevin to leave the engineering mentality at home. He wants Janet to think less and cook more. Rocco tells the chefs the theme of the evening will be Gastropub. He wants them to make English Pub Grub. Janet went to school in England and loves English food so she is excited about the challenge. Kevin chooses to serve second. They meet with the event planner Jes Gordon to plan their dining rooms. Kevin picks the formal dining room and wants it to look like the traditional English pub with the brick walls, butcher paper, crayons, etc. Jen wishes he would put more of himself the room. Jes is blown away by the way Janet wants her intimate dining room to look, a cross of punk glam rock meets English farmhouse chic. Edgy chic.
Kevin’s menu is going to be English Pea Soup, Fish and Chips, Lobster Pot Pie, Roasted Lamb Tenderloin, Seared Liver and Onions, and White and Dark Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding. Janet’s menu is going to be Bacon Chili Crisps, Pimm’s and Lemonade Beet Salad, Bone Marrow with Stilton Cheese, Beer Beef Brisket with Yorkshire Pudding, and Rose Mascarpone Cloud. Kevin says his food is not pretentious and he doesn’t want to reinvent the wheel. Janet says her menu is ambitious and she’s taking a risk. She tells Kevin her menu destroys his. Kevin is nervous about the competition.
The chefs are shown their rooms by Jes. Janet loves her room. It is very country flowers meets punk style. Janet says Jes is her style sister. Kevin loves his room also. It definitely looks more like a London Pub to me, but what do I know. Rocco informs the chefs that one guest does not eat pork, beef or organs (it’s Raven-Symone’). Kevin has to recreate two dishes for her. He prepares a toasted cumin and tomato soup to replace his pea soup which has bacon in it. Janet is going to pan sear gnocchi to replace her brisket.
The dinner guests are:
Amanda Hesser, New York Times Food Writer
Ken Oringer, Chef and Gastropub Owner
Christopher McDonald, Actor
Frank Carfaro, Founder, DESIRON Furniture
Cat Deeley, Host of So You Think You Can Dance
Since Cat is the only British guest, Rocco takes her back to meet the chefs. She tells them it was her family’s tradition to buy all the Sunday papers and go to the pub. Kevin worries that he didn’t make any of Cat’s favorites. Janet just wants her to stop talking and leave.
They love Janet’s room and the spike napkin rings. She puts malt vinegar into Raven’s crisps instead of the bacon. Ken starts talking about molecular gastronomy and things I don’t understand. Raven describes herself as a chickaturkeyfishatarian and was not raised to eat pork or beef. She says the crisps with the chili and bacon smell like old feet. The salad comes out and Amanda doesn’t like the fact that she separated the salad. Cat loves the cheese and Chris likes it too. They think the bone marrow dish is sublime. Everyone loves it. The brisket is next and Janet is worried about it not being tender enough. Raven gets the gnocchi and it reminds her of school tater tots and she says it brought her joy. The others think the brisket is too lean and dry but like the Yorkshire pudding. The last course is the Rose Mascarpone Cloud with the milky tea broth. Chris loves it. Cat thinks it’s terrible and she has no idea what milky tea broth is and she’s English. Frank thought it was adequate.
Kevin is next. The guests think Kevin’s room feels more like a pub. I think they like Kevin’s room better than Janet’s. The menu is on a chalk board and Cat seems excited about what’s on it. Kevin says his food is solid food and comfort food. Raven does not like her cumin and tomato soup, but the others like their ham and pea soup. Janet thinks Kevin’s food looks really simple as he’s is pulling it out. The fish and chips are next. They like the batter and the cole slaw. Raven says she loves that she’s in London without taking an 18 hour flight. Kevin is afraid he put too much saffron on his lobster pot pies. Rocco says he thinks of Cartman when he thinks about pot pie. Raven imitates Cartman and Christopher says “That’s so Raven.” Amanda says the pot pie tastes like bathroom tile because of he saffron. It’s not a hit. Next they get the lamb dish and everyone seems to like it except Cat because it has beans and chard and she’s not used to her lamb done that way. Raven won’t eat the lamb (Rocco didn’t know she didn’t eat lamb and apologizes), but she likes the other ingredients on the plate. As a substitute for the liver and onion dish, Raven gets an edamame salad. Raven loves it and the others love the liver dish. The dessert is white and dark chocolate bread pudding. Ken says it seems a little off. The diners really didn’t like it. Rocco says Kevin did a really good job, even though his last impression wasn’t really a good impression. Cat says the dining experience felt comforting.
All guests say they enjoyed both dining experiences. The winner is (I hope it’s Kevin) . . . . . . . . . . . .Kevin! Rocco tells Janet her room made a big impact, but they didn’t like her salad and that she thought too much about it. He tells her the bone marrow and Yorkshire pudding was the best dish of the evening. He tells Kevin his room felt like a gastropub and was warm and inviting. They loved the pea soup and calf liver, but didn’t like the pot pie. Rocco tells Janet that when she allows her intellect to take a back seat to her all of her gifts she will be well on her way to being a great chef.
Thanks BB! Great job on Rocco’s Dinner Party!
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Today on Bravo they force feed us Millionaire Matchmaker all day...I really hate that show and that woman! Tonight during prime time they'll re-run the last few episodes of the Real Housewives of New York including Part One of the Reunion in case you missed it or turned it off in disgust.
Finally, Happy Twitter Birthday to Jill Zarin (thanks Boston02127) Jill joined Twitter three years ago today. 6,194 Tweets later….minus the one’s she deleted, and no sign of slowing down.
Until Next Time…