I Hate Jill Zarin Preview – Real Housewives of Atlanta October 4, 2010
Last week my friend HD did an outstanding preview of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and tonight’s the night, the premier will air at 10pm / 9pm Central.
It feels like a really long time since we were all frustrated by the Real Housewives of Atlanta Season Two reunion shows. We know now that the women had rebelled against Bravo and made a pact not to speak badly about each other or argue about anything. This was in response to Bravo refusing to give the women a raise, there would be no drama on the reunion and therefore Bravo wouldn’t benefit from their fighting any longer, not without more money and more perks! Sort of like the cast of Friends, The Real Housewives of Atlanta banned together for a common cause, money!
It was actually a pretty smart thing to do, and apparently to some extent it worked because they’re all coming back tonight! Even Lisa Wu Hartwell, I’m sure you’ve all heard, will be in just a supporting role this season, she may appear only in a few episodes at the beginning of the season. Word is Mrs. Hartwell refused to amp up her storyline for Bravo, I guess her bubble baths with her husband just weren’t as sexy as she thought they were.
So we’re left with the four from last season and two new housewives that will be introduced in the next few weeks. We have three bat-shit crazy women, NeNe, Kim and Sheree, and then there is Kandi Burress who could not be more unsuited for a Bravo housewives series. I’m assuming that Kandi joined the cast to spark her musical career but I can’t imagine why she is still there. Kandi is truly talented and it actually annoys me every time Bravo executive, Andy Cohen plays these talentless housewives songs on his network and completely ignores Kandi! Kandi is the only one with any talent and she doesn’t get air time. Possibly Kandi refused to give Bravo a portion of the proceeds, and rightly so!
Kandi Burress is a single mom who joined the cast last season with her cute little daughter, overbearing mother and a slew of aunts watching over her! Overbearing or not, Kandi’s mother cares so much about her daughter and the love that they share is beautiful.
Kandi has an internet radio show called Kandi Koated Nights and the conversations get risqué leaving all of the other housewives blushing in shock. I hope this season Kandi finds true love! Kandi is the Sonja (RHONY) of Atlanta.
NeNe Leakes is a big woman with a bigger mouth and even bigger personality! She has battled with every Atlanta housewife at one time or another and her highly publicized marital problems are no surprise to anyone who’s been following the story of NeNe during the off season. Kandi aired a telephone conversation that NeNe’s husband Greg had with a radio personality on her internet radio program. Greg apparently did not know that this was being recorded or would ever be for public consumption, naturally it was less than kind. Greg talks about how much money he spent to help his wife become famous, renting an expensive home, buying her a new wardrobe and expensive vehicles for her and her son, he wanted to be repaid for those things. While it appeared as though this couple were pretty tight during Season One, Greg was the voice of reason that would rein NeNe in when she got completely out of control and we rarely saw them argue. Apparently this was all part of the plan to make NeNe a star and support their lifestyle.
This season we’re going to see this couple implode and their marriage is stressed to the extreme. We’re also going to see NeNe’s son Brice featured as his problems with drugs and the law are highlighted.
NeNe’s on again off again best girlfriend, Kim Zolciak is just a hot mess, this chain-smoking, wig wearing egomaniac who needs a reality check. She fancies herself a singer but has the worst voice of any of the singing housewives. As much as I love Kandi, I totally blame her for allowing Kim to record a single and force us all to hear this horrible song! Kandi says, “Kim has one single and she thinks that she’s Lady GaGa.” Well, now Kim as two singles, her new song, “Goggle Me” was just released last week and it is worse than “Tardy for the Party” if you can imagine.
Kim has two daughters who I can see going in the same direction as Lynne Curtain’s daughters as they’re both already on Twitter, a social network that is arguably an adult site. This woman has had an on again off again relationship with a man she calls “Big Poppa” who we all now know is Lee Najjar, a very successful – and married – real estate mogul based in Atlanta. TMZ cameras were the first to capture images of Zolciak and Najjar on a romantic vacation at the Hotel Atlantis in the Bahamas last November.
Word is that Kim and Big Poppa are now over once again, for the time being, Kim has also been linked romantically to DJ Tracy Young fueling rumors that Zolciak is bi-sexual. Big Poppa was in the picture during filming so he will be presumably talked about but never seen. (the Tommy Manzo of Atlanta)
Bravo has posted some previews of The Real Housewives of Atlanta including the ladies giving tours of their homes and long previews of the show.
New to the show this season is Phaedra Parks, who is with child as we join her this season. This newly married entertainment attorney is the talk of the town due to her new husband and his past stint in jail. Phaedra is a friend of Kandi’s and will be introduced to viewers as she’s planning her very own baby shower.
Also joining this season is supermodel Cynthia Bailey and her 10-year old daughter Noelle. This independent lady who has also done some acting is struggling with the decision to marry her longtime boyfriend.
Finally, I was surprised to learn that Bravo was bringing back Sheree Whitfield to the show. Sheree’s now defunct clothing line She By Sheree was really the only interesting thing about this housewife. A single mom, we watched last season as the usually cool and calm Sheree was visibly nervous meeting with a fashion house executive. Her clothing line seemed to define her storyline and with that gone, it will be interesting to see what comes next for the divorced single mother.
Sheree has a huge ego, throwing herself lavish parties and having a massive painting of herself unveiled to hang in her home. Sheree’s children do not appear on the show presumably because the father of the children will not allow them to appear, I’m not really sure what we’re going to see Sheree doing this season. She seems to be the Dina Manzo (RHONJ) of Atlanta, without the shy husband and ugly cats.
And so with six and a half housewives, Atlanta kicks off tonight and I, for one, can’t wait so Watch What Happens!
NeNe Leakes will appear on Wendy Williams show today, here’s her announcement:
@NeNeLeakes: Tune n2 @WendyShow Monday Morning! Watch me my girl Wendy catch up on all the rumors & the housewives drama
@NeNeLeakes: Tune n2 @WendyShow tomorrow morning! Me & my girl gotta lot of catching up 2 do!
NeNe is also scheduled to appear on Watch What Happens Live on Thursday night with Michaele and Tareq Salahi immediately after the finale of The Real Housewives of DC. NeNe is in NYC all week
@NeNeLeakes: I don’t really party but I might come out 4 a few minutes some where nice?? I gotta fly 2 NYC Sunday 4 a week
@NeNeLeakes: Come on New York show some luv! It’s cold & I didn’t pack 4 this!
NeNe has been tweeting lately about rumors that have been spread about her and claiming that the new season of RHOA will prove she’s been telling the truth. There is no way of knowing exactly what NeNe is referring to, but I’m assuming it is the rumors about her cheating on her husband with a professional NFL player, more Tweets from NeNe:
@NeNeLeakes: Nobody would stop me from proclaiming my innocents against such serious allegations! Especially when it involves my family
@NeNeLeakes: I’ve been accused of wrong doings b4 by the media(tv radio blogs etc) & the 1 thing I said was THAT IS A LIE, I’VE NEVER DONE THAT!
@NeNeLeakes: The person that tried 2 accuse me knew they were a low down dirty no good 4 nothing piece of s*** that wanted 2 bring me down but I went up
Kim Zolciak is having her own little impromptu premier party, surprisingly there isn’t a pre-planned bash in Atlanta hosted by Bravo considering Atlanta currently stands as Bravo’s top rated housewives series.
@KimZolciak Ok Twist it is!!!!! Tomorrow night 9pm…who Is coming with me??
@KimZolciak Tonight is the night!!! RHOA begins 9pm on Bravo…who is going to be watching? Who is coming to Twist 2night to celebrate?????
Here’s what Kandi had to say:
@Kandi: The premier of the 3rd season of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta tonight 9pm!
@Kandi: Ok on the 1st episode of RHOA & I look like I weigh a ton! Its so obvious I’ve gained weight since last season…. Ugh!!!!
@Kandi: I had 2 remind a friend not 2 worry. It cant rain 4ever! God just didnt make life that way. Even after the worst storm the Sun Shines!
I really like Kandi, she is a nice person but she also stands up for herself and she tells it like it is.
Not to be ignored, Cohen had this to say:
@BravoAndy: BAM!! “Real Housewives of Atlanta” premieres tonight on Bravo! #dontbetardyfortheparty
Last night I did my second interview with Carly Hall along with Laura (@Geoaubsmom) who ripped open the latest Dina Manzo story. Laura is responsible for providing us with the documents on the charity, she really did her homework.
Carly has interviewed Sonja Morgan (RHONY) for her show and has invited Dina Manzo to give her side of the story on the show, so far no response.
When the interview is released, should be later today, I’ll post the link so that you can all hear Laura’s story.
This whole Project Ladybug thing could have been a complete nothing had Dina just answered a few simple questions rather than losing her temper and becoming defensive. People who donate their money to charity have the right to inquire as to where that money is going, how it’s being spent and how much of it goes directly to the children that Dina’s claiming to help. As it turns out, past year’s financial statements have revealed only 51% of the funds donated to Project Ladybug have been turned over to St. Joe’s Hospital to help children.
That is less than some charities and more than others so it isn’t necessarily the end of the world, and it is within legal guidelines, but Dina’s refusal to cooperate with Laura’s requests for information resulted in more questions and more research. Laura has committed to seeing this through to the end, Project Ladybug is required to file their final 2009 tax returns by the end of this year and Laura will be watching…
Until Next Time…