I Hate Jill Zarin Happy Thanksgiving Nov 25, 2010
Ever since the housewives series began fans have been talking about their favorite housewives having their own show, a spin off of the Housewives series.
Why did it work for Bethenny? I think she had so much going on in her life, everyone loves a wedding and of course having a baby is an event that many of us can relate to. Bethenny has a huge personality, love her or hate her, she puts it all out there.
Bethenny’s role as underdog in the beginning of The Real Housewives of New York had us cheering for her right from the start and we liked Jill Zarin back then because she was so supportive of Bethenny. Jill wanted it all for her friend and Bethenny gave Jill someone to champion, someone who she could transfer her mothering skills toward as her own daughter grew and needed her less and less.
But it was probably the most recent season of RHONY that drew us to Bethenny, she was trying to have it all while Jill seemed to have turned on her, the one person we all thought that Bethenny could always count on was slamming her at every turn. Rather than having the outcome that Jill Zarin was hoping for, fans flocked behind Bethenny and Jill was the ultimate villain.
And so Bethenny Getting Married? was a hit! Not only because we pitied her, we watched as she got her own back by having a fabulous life. The new season renamed, “Bethenny Ever After” is filming now and Bethenny is more popular than ever. While Jill continues to be the bully of the Real Housewives of New York.
Every Housewife has fans, and I believe I’ve seen every housewife receive a message asking why they don’t have their own show, Andy Cohen of Bravo gets tweets from fans every day asking why this or that housewife doesn’t have their own show. It’s simple, it wouldn’t work with most of the other housewives.
The buzz now is that Kim Zolciak, who is in the exact same position that Bethenny was in when she was awarded her own show. Kim’s pregnant, she may be getting married, although there is no official word on that yet. Kim’s baby daddy is a famous Atlanta Falcon football player. So will Bravo, or another network green light Kim Zolciak’s own spin off? I certainly hope not, I’m no fan of Kim’s but the problem here is that she’s just not a likable character.
Just a few episodes ago on the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kim actually used the phrase, “eat sh** and die” when referring to fans who may not approve of what she’s doing. I don’t think I’ve heard that phrase since Jr. High School and it came out of the mouth of a 13 year old. This is a grown woman with two children who is pregnant and she is basically speaking to fans like this? What is wrong with this woman?
I believe that Kim is insecure, she appeared on Watch What Happens Live and was timid, defensive and evasive. She was clearly hiding her pregnancy, so I get that but she has absolutely no confidence in herself. She tries to come off as not caring what people think of her, but its obvious that cares a great deal. She tries to defend what she’s doing but ultimately when she’s unable to do that, her response is, “eat s**t and die”. Kim is shown telling her assistant to “shut the f**k up” and based on what we’ve seen is just a mediocre mom, not the loving, caring and nurturing mom we watched Bethenny turn into.
What about some of the other housewives? Why can’t they all have their own show? If it were up to fans, Jill, Dina, Sheree, Sonja and Vicki would all have spin-offs on Bravo. I’ve seen fans telling Jacqueline and Gretchen that they should have a show like Bethenny’s. So why not?
These women simply don’t have what it takes, in my opinion. Jill Zarin’s scenes on the show last season revolved around her feud with Bethenny. She had a few scenes where she attended fashion shows, she hosted an event at a department store for her fabulous friends and she visited with her friend Luann in the Hamptons. What made those scenes with Jill even bearable to watch were her cast mates. She had words with Bethenny at the fashion show, Ramona, Alex and Kelly were the only reasons to watch Jill’s department store dinner and without the feud between Luann and Ramona, Jill visiting Luann’s Hamptons home would have been dull. Jill’s life is not all that exciting, without her cast mates, there isn’t much to see there, it certainly could not fill a whole season of hour-long shows.
I always giggle when I see someone Tweet to Dina Manzo that she should have her own show. I wonder what on earth they could film Dina doing? She doesn’t work, her daughter is not allowed to appear on screen, her husband refuses to appear on screen and she spends her day’s twittering to fans and foes. While Dina does have her charity, Project Ladybug, I can’t see even one hour long show about Dina Manzo, let alone an entire season. Bravo won’t even allow her to return to Real Housewives of New Jersey because she isn’t interesting enough and her family won’t appear with her on screen.
Vicki of The Real Housewives of Orange County has dozens of fans who’ve told her that she deserves her own show. Vicki is a self-proclaimed work-a-holic and even missed out on filming events for Bravo due to her work commitments. Good or bad, that is Vicki’s life and no one wants to watch Vicki sell insurance for an hour.
I simply cannot see any of the Orange County housewives having what it takes to carry their own show.
Jacqueline Laurita of New Jersey is a stay-at-home mom, an important and extremely difficult job but it’s certainly not something that I want to watch on TV. Sheree and Tamra don’t have what it takes to carry a show all on their own, they’re both supporting players and not all that interesting without their cast mates to play off of, let’s face it.
So who could carry off their own show? NeNe Leakes of Atlanta has the personality but probably not enough going on in her life. Her new “career” as an entertainment reporter, should that take off, could be interesting and as a contestant on The Apprentice, but could all of that be filmed for another network?
Teresa Giudice gets at least one tweet a day from a fan suggesting she get a spin off, but unless she’s willing to put all of her legal woes on screen, catch her husband cheating on screen and flips a hell of a lot of tables, I can’t see that happening.
Adrienne Maloof of Beverly Hills seems to have a lot going on in her life, raising a family and running an empire with her family certainly could be a promising spin off, but would she be willing to commit to her own show, commit to putting her family on screen? Her husband seems to be up to the challenge, he seems to enjoy his screen time. Adrienne hasn’t really been shown on screen all that much, certainly not as much as her cast mates but she would be the most likely candidate for a spin off from Beverly Hills.
Kandi Burress is a possibility, she does have a career in an exciting industry, she’s single and dating, she has a young daughter who does appear on screen and an overbearing mother. She would certainly be a candidate over any of her cast mates.
Kim Zolciak may just get that spin-off, she has a strong fan base but she is simply not as likable as Bethenny. She just isn’t strong enough to carry her own show, I feel that she needs people like NeNe and Kandi to make her more interesting. Rumors are that she is in talks to create her own show, but without her pregnancy by a NFL Football player, I doubt any network would even consider it.
One of the worst offenders of believing her own nonsense has to be Teresa Giudice, she thinks a whole lot of herself and honestly believes that she should have her own show. Arguably the most popular New Jersey housewife, Teresa truly believes her own PR and all the fans that suck up to her simply because they can on Twitter. Not to take anything away from her, even after her poor behavior, insulting fans with her ridiculous blog on Bravotv.com, her bankruptcy and subsequent lavish spending, her table flipping and her ripping apart fan favorite Bethenny Frankel, Teresa maintained her popularity. She sold thousands of books and made the NY Times Bestseller list. She has certainly been successful in bamboozling fans, because this woman is dumb as a box of rocks but she must have good PR people. I don’t believe for one second that she wrote one book, let alone a second one that she’s releasing soon. I don’t believe that she’s even cooked half of those dishes in her cookbook. I don’t believe that some of her blogs on Bravotv.com were even written by Teresa, she can’t string two words together.
I simply cannot wait for the next season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey as Bravo brilliantly brought in Teresa’s nemesis and sister in law, Melissa to stir the pot! Fans didn’t blink when Teresa started trouble/fights with Danielle Staub but how are they going to feel when Teresa can’t even get along with her own family? A beautiful family and a sweet woman like Melissa whose only crime is having more money than Teresa. Teresa is jealous of her brother and his wife, they have a baby boy, a bigger house and are not “under foreclosure”. Sorry about the Teresa rampage…had to get that out!
The best part of this is that whenever a fan tweets to any of these housewives that they should have their own show, they never ignore it. Most of the housewives get dozens and dozens of tweets every day, and typically they can’t respond to them all but they never miss a chance to respond to those tweets that suggest a spin-off of their very own. They will usually tell their fans to “talk to Andy Cohen” or “tell Bravo” because I think that each of these women truly believe that they can, in fact, carry off their own show and most of them believe that they deserve their own show. Rather than being humble and realistic and saying “wow, that’s sweet, thank you” or “that’s a nice compliment” they tell the fans to run right over to the Network Executive with their brilliant idea. Seriously?
Be sure to stop by tomorrow for a Guest Blog from Quincy who will explore Housewives’ assistants, a hysterical blog you won’t want to miss!
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