I Hate Jill Zarin Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Premier October 16, 2010
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this show, sort of a Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous with more detail.
As of now just two of the Housewives have posted blogs but there is a new twist in the Bravotv.com blog world, a producer has posted a blog, here is a small portion of that blog:
Among the BH Wives are an NBA team owner, two former child stars who also happen to be Paris Hilton’s aunts, and Kelsey Grammer’s soon to be ex-wife. The marital split happens during our season, and you are not going to believe the inside stuff you will get to see. Among the other highlights of this season: a party in a $55 million dollar mansion, backstage at the premiere of a Broadway show, a dinner party from Hell that you have to see to believe, and a brutal sisterly argument that is one of the most intense things I’ve witnessed in the nearly twenty years I’ve been working in reality TV.
This producer certainly does know how to paint a great picture to keep us all watching! Although I would imagine that Paris Hilton’s brother and sister could be a bit offended as they are rarely mentioned as relatives of Kim and Kyle Richards.
Starting with Kim, she embarrassed herself quite a bit with the story of her and her niece Paris shopping and calling herself an “icon” over and over, she seemed to not know how to emphasize her point that she was entitled to just as much, if not more attention than her niece, then didn’t seem to know when to stop talking. I think I mentioned this before, but I hadn’t heard of Kim Richards when I heard her name announced as a Beverly Hills Housewife but I was in the minority, many of you have heard of her and after last night I certainly remember her face and her voice. I just never knew her name, as a kid, I didn’t care about celebrities but I do remember watching her in different movies and on TV shows. I remember her voice and wishing I could talk with that raspy tone.
So what happened to this woman over the past 30 years? She seems to have very little confidence in herself and although she is a mother, she seems to rely a bit too much on her younger sister, Kyle. I understand that being a single mother is difficult, four children and no husband is challenging. That said, three of Kim’s children are over the age of 18 and as her sister pointed out, don’t require her constant care or attention.
We join Kim’s life as she’s searching for a new home to live in with her children, although her children seem to be only part time residents. Kim does realize that someday very soon, they could be moving out completely, Kim is adamant that she get a five bedroom home so that the kids don’t have to share bedrooms. Kim seems to be a bit neurotic and anti-social as she explains that away by telling viewers that as a child actress she didn’t get to socialize with other children or in fact get to enjoy what typical children enjoy growing up. Is this just an excuse for her odd behavior or do child actors really have these horrible residual affects many years after these experiences?
I had to feel a bit sorry for Camille Grammar while watching her talk about her marriage to Kelsey Grammar. She talked about the longevity, the children and how she was his backbone, his strength and his everything. Just a few short months later, she would find out that she wasn’t nearly what she thought she was to this self-absorbed actor.
I was a bit surprised to learn that both of her children were born of a surrogate, with no explanation many questioned whether it was just so that she could maintain her figure, even Camille’s cast mates wondered about that. I knew very little about Camille Grammar prior to this show, but we learned that she was once a dancer on Club MTV and has two children with Kelsey with four nannies. Her children are five and eight years old and four nannies is overkill for two children unless they’re newborn, then you could possibly justify it. Clearly Camille Grammar wants her complete freedom, never having to worry about making plans or last minute outings, she can do what she likes any time of any day or night knowing her children are always being cared for by one nanny or another.
I’m going to reserve any judgment on this until we see more of Mrs. Kelsey Grammar, I suppose we could look at the positive, there are four women employed as Nannies who may otherwise be out of work. This is going to be an interesting story as we watch the demise of a long-time marriage.
Adrienne was determined to be the richest of the Beverly Hills Housewives, as her family owns the Sacramento Kings Basketball team, the Palms Resort in Las Vegas among many other ventures, I would say that is probably accurate. Someone in this family is genius and got in on the ground floor of the fairly recent endeavor of poker tournaments being televised and filmed at the Palms. These tournaments have been going on for decades but only in the past few years have they appeared on sports television. Brilliant!
Adrienne is a little fire-ball, full of energy and strength we see her throwing grown men to the ground in their fully equipped home gym. Adrienne informs us that she and her husband keep their financials completely separate, not surprising since Adrienne’s business is not hers alone but is a family company and most likely other family members have a financial interest in these business’s.
So far, I like Adrienne. It was nice of her to fly the ladies down to Sacramento to watch her basketball team take on the Los Angeles Lakers, unfortunately they took the loss. A few of the ladies remarked at how well they were treated, like queen’s and what a classy operation the family has in Sacramento. These are not easy women to impress so I’m sure it was first class every step of the way.
Lisa allowed us to see a large part of her large home along with her babies (dogs) and one that she takes with her wherever she goes. (even to a basketball game in Sacramento) Lisa seems to have a great sense of humor and an even greater marriage that is in its 21st year. Lisa’s children, Pandora and Max have moved out of their fabulous home, at 24 and 18 years of age, it wouldn’t be altogether unusual if they still lived with the parents but alas, they’re gone. (see Caroline?) I wonder if we’ll meet Lisa’s children? But the home isn’t all that empty, Cedric the trainer followed this couple from London to Los Angeles and has lived with them for almost 2 years with no intention of leaving. Looks like trouble waiting to happen!
Lisa’s husband is a plastic surgeon, and best I can tell all of the Beverly Hills ladies have partaken in some sort of services, the problem is, it is so obvious. I always thought the best plastic surgery or procedure to improve the face should be transparent, it shouldn’t be so obvious, right? The whole idea is to make the face look better but if you’re staring at these huge pumped up lips or a face so stiff it can’t smile or show any emotion, it sort of defeats the purpose.
Kyle Richards is actually the one who is least likely to have had an extensive amount of plastic surgery. In my opinion, Kyle is the most beautiful of the Beverly Hills Housewives and seems to have a good heart as well. It was sweet to see her trying to help her sister through a very stressful time in her life. Moving is right up there with divorce and death in the family for stress levels and while she may be a bit lacking in the patience area, she certainly did try with Kim. These two sisters have a volatile relationship and I think we’re going to see some of that as early as next week.
Taylor is a close friend of Adrienne’s, and has a business partner…er husband who apparently is ready to leave his wife at any moment for a younger woman. Another one that I can’t quite figure yet as I don’t think we’ve seen enough of Taylor. What I did see was exactly what Kim described, Taylor turning her back to Kim at the basketball game. I noticed it before Kim mentioned it to Kyle. I find that to be highly rude, regardless of whether or not Kim was speaking to Taylor, turning your back on someone is extremely disrespectful and a complete snub.
Taylor and Kim will continue to have conflicts going forward based on the previews, Kim does seem difficult to befriend but Taylor isn’t exactly a Mickey Mouse Club member.
Watch What Happens.
Speaking of Watch What Happens, Andy was back for another Thursday night of fun with all six of the Beverly Hills housewives jammed into tiny bar stools on that ridiculously small set. Why do we have to have all six at one time, it would be a whole lot easier to get to know these women if Andy invited two at a time as he has always done in the past.
We learned nothing new or substantial from these six ladies except that the view poll chose Kyle as the “sexiest Beverly Hills Housewife” a title that seemed to embarrass her more than anything else.
Andy Cohen seemed agitated and nervous, having six guests all at once must really get him going. I think that Andy is a bit intimidated by these ladies, he clearly did not know them well in fact it seemed as if a few of the ladies had not met Andy before appearing on his show.
The problem is, with just one show airing, there wasn’t a whole lot to talk about, they have that lovely gag order that doesn’t allow them to speak of upcoming storylines so that would be another great reason to have just one or two of these ladies on the show this week and schedule the rest to be guests after more episodes aired. There weren’t even any calls from viewers because there isn’t anything to talk about…yet!
Andy’s three obsessions this week, as if people care, were 1.) BH Housewife, Taylor’s trip to the plastic surgeon to have some foreign matter injected into her temples resulted in big angry welts, but all’s well that ends well – cut to Taylor’s plastic face minus said angry welts. 2.) Is BH Housewife Lisa a long lost relative of Jackie and Joan Collins? Well no, she doesn’t even really look like the Collins sisters but she does have that groovy British accent, right Andy? and finally 3.) The revelation that Lynda from the DC Housewives smokes pot still has Andy all in a tizzy!
We did learn that BH Housewives Lisa and Kim are both writing books, can’t wait…sigh! Taylor is nicknamed “Blowfish” no surprise there, her lips rival Lisa Rinna pre-lip reduction. The ladies voted Lisa their “Queen Bee” and she’s also the oldest of the group.
Here’s what I did love, Andy’s Mazel possibly should have gone to the Chilean minors who were all freed safely. I was happy that he gave a nod to Barbara Walters for her professionalism on The View when moron Joy Baher stormed off the set because she didn’t like what Bill O’Reilly had to say. After interrupting the man several times, O’Reilly finally put Joy in her place telling her to listen and she’ll learn something. If you watch only the few minutes where Bill jabs Joy you won’t get the full affect. She had been interrupting him throughout his interview and he’d finally had it.
Whether you agree or disagree with your guest, you should remain professional and allow them to speak. Joy needs to take a few lessons from Ms. Barbara Walters and rather than storming off the set like a 2 year old, make your point with words. Joy seems to think if she doesn’t care for her guests, she can treat them like absolute garbage but she learned something new that day! Barbara was forced to give her a lesson right there on television. Ms. Walters has interviewed serial killers and dictators, she has always been professional and handled it with grace and dignity. Love her or hate her you have to give her that. Maybe someday Barbara Walters will re-evaluate her choices of hosts for The View so that it can become watchable again.
Thank you for indulging me in that rant, The View has gotten ridiculous with the hosts shoving their own opinions down viewers throats. These women need to treat each guest with respect and if you can’t do that, don’t invite these guests on the show.
Did anyone else not buy for one second that Andy Cohen was sipping on and enjoying Amaretto and Ginger Ale by choice? Anything for Bravo’s sponsors!
I nearly vomited hearing about next week’s guests on WWHL, I love Hoda Kotb and she is one guest, unfortunately they’ve paired her with the horrible, disgusting, vile creature, Patti Stanger so I’m still debating whether to torture myself by watching or if I will allow myself to skip it. It could get interesting since Stanger chose to slam Bethenny Frankel so publically while Hoda is a good friend of Bethenny’s, but that topic may not even come up. Maybe this is the night to call in and ask Hoda how she felt about Stanger calling Bethenny a “C U Next Tuesday” or her comment about Bethenny, “any cow can push out a baby”.
Whether or not you’re a fan of Bethenny, Patti Stanger is an offensive human being. Her show is a despicable waste of airwaves and she shouldn’t be allowed to interact with human beings.
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