I Hate Jill Zarin Bloggers Unite! An Open Letter To Andy Cohen

I Hate Jill Zarin Bloggers Unite!

Yesterday on the blog, I made this announcement:

Hi Everyone!

Yes, its true, I won’t be blogging about The Real Housewives of Miami. I’m not “banning” any discussion of the show, but I want everyone to understand why we’re all doing this and I’m hoping for your support.

By “we” I’m talking about Real Old Housewife, Real City Housewife, TVTime101 and Terry Aley. We’re all a bit upset with Bravo right now and we are hoping that this will change the relationship between us and them and in turn improve our blogs and improve the content that you all read on our blogs.

Let me explain. We bloggers support each other, we have all wondered more than once why we don’t see any support from Bravo. We’re providing them with free advertising, free unlimited feedback (from all of you) and with constant reminders of their shows through the blogs, Twitter and Facebook. This type of advertising and consumer feedback through focus groups would cost them millions.

We’ve all gotten feedback from people telling us that they wouldn’t be watching some of these shows if we weren’t blogging about them. We’re not arrogant enough to think that we can make or break a show, but we do feel that our efforts, while we enjoy what we do, benefits Bravo.

A few of us have attempted to contact Bravo, we’ve respectfully asked for advance copies of shows, we’ve asked for interviews with cast, we’ve asked for advertising/support and we’ve even asked for something as simple as a RESPONSE. We’ve all gotten absolutely nothing, not even a return email acknowledging that we’ve contacted them.

While we understand that the reality show / blogging relationship is fairly new and there isn’t any standard for how a network handles this, we do know that Bravo leaks information and provides advance copies of their shows to outlets like TMZ, People and RadarOnLine.

Those news outlets cater to many different networks, TV shows, movies and celebrities. We “Hobby bloggers” focus mainly on Bravo and Bravo’s shows. Why are those outlets more deserving of any attention from Bravo than we are? We feel that our blogs are helping the network and the network is ignoring us.

We’re not asking for the world here, we would like a representative at the network be assigned to “handle” us, answers questions, respond to our emails and maybe sends us a preview of a show once in a while. We’d like a little bit of access to the cast members, maybe a monthly interview with one of us and we rotate bloggers to do the interview.

Both Terry Aley and TVTime (@Imajustsaying) have already written blogs about this. And we are looking for the support from our readers because in the end, it will benefit all of us, including our readers. All of you are the reason we do this, without readers, what is the point of blogging.

http://terryaley.com/2011/02/22/the-lights-are-going-out-on-the-real-housewives-of-miami/

http://tvtime101.com/2011/02/22/watch-what-happens-after-show-with-kandi-and-phaedra-plus-i-am-on-strike/

http://tvtime101.com/2011/02/22/other-programs-to-watch-tonight-at-1000-pm-est-power-to-the-people/

And so I hope that you’ll all support this action we’re taking, we don’t have anything necessarily against The Real Housewives of Miami in particular, we’ve chosen this show because it is new and is in need of bloggers to spread the word. We’ll continue to blog daily and blog about Bravo shows. We are just looking for a little love from Bravo after all the love we’ve given them in the past.

I’m wide open to feedback, I already know some disagree with this decision and we may fail miserably, but we felt that we had to try something to get their attention.

Thank you all for your unending support.

The following is the letter to Andy Cohen that we all put together:

Dear Andy Cohen / Bravo Executives

This letter represents five major blogs who focus primarily on Bravo shows, more specifically, we focus on all of your Housewives series.

Some of us have attempted to reach out to you in an effort to connect with the network that we spend so much time blogging about, unfortunately you’ve chosen to ignore us.

Since all previous attempts to communicate with you have failed, we’d like to make one final attempt and make these points:

  • Our blogs attract thousands of readers who are die-hard Housewives/Bravo fans. You, as a network, tend to work with TMZ or RadarOnline who have no clear focus but cover all entertainment from movie stars to television personalities.
  • We have a strong influence on what viewers watch and don’t watch. All of us have gotten messages from viewers telling us that they wouldn’t be watching a particular show if we had not been blogging about the show.
  • We feel completely taken for granted by Bravo as we provide millions of dollars in free advertising to Bravo yet are completely ignored by the network.
  • Many of us have attempted to reach out to Network Executive, Andy Cohen and received absolutely no response.
  • Our readers don’t just occasionally watch a Housewives episode here and there, they watch every Bravo show and are fans of not only the shows but the Network.
  • The endless comments from viewers on our blogs provide you with invaluable consumer feedback that you would otherwise have to spend thousands on creating a focus group.
  • Some of our blogs have become chat rooms that keep the discussion about Bravo shows alive for days and even weeks after the shows are over.
  • All of us Tweet in addition to blogging bringing focus to Bravo’s shows on this social network.
  • Many of us also have Facebook pages providing free advertising to Bravo’s shows.
  • We all do this on our own time and do not get paid for any of it.

Even when we have some negative things to say about Bravo’s shows, it is still free advertising and gets people watching the shows. You know it and we know it.
We are proposing that things change and while we understand that Reality Shows and Bloggers have yet to create any type of relationship, Bravo does tend to be a trend-setter and its open to new ideas. Here are some of our thoughts, we respectfully request that:

  • Bravo assign an employee to communicate openly with us. A Bravo employee who can be our iron clad “Source” providing us with solid information and allow us to ask questions, give us advanced information about premier dates, new shows and previews of new episodes. Things that you would typically leak to TMZ or RadarOnline would be provided to us as well.
  • Bravo allow us to do periodic interviews with Bravo cast members, possibly once per month on a rotating basis for all five bloggers represented in this letter. We’re open to different thoughts on this. It could be as simple as a list of questions emailed to the Bravo cast member or a telephone interview.
  • Bravo provide us with advanced copies of some episodes of Bravo shows, on a rotating basis taking turns between the bloggers
  • On Twitter we would be looking for some acknowledgement that we’ve spend hours promoting Bravo’s programs. Possibly a re-tweet of some links to our blogs by @BravoTV or @BravoPR. Again details could be negotiated.
  • Links to our blogs posted on BravoTV.com

These are suggestions made by some of us and all are obviously negotiable, we don’t expect to get everything we’re asking for but we sincerely hope that some breakthrough will result from this communication.

Imajustsaying  from http://www.TVTime101.com and Terry from http://terryaley.com have already announced that they will not be blogging about Bravo’s newest Housewives series. I hope you will take a moment to read their thoughts.

The rest of us are prepared to follow suit, and not mention The Real Housewives of Miami on our blogs at all. This isn’t something that we wanted to do, this is something that we feel we’ve been forced to do by Bravo because we’ve been ignored. We feel as if we’ve been providing free advertising, focus groups and support and have received nothing in return.

If you would like blog stats, please let us know, we are all happy to provide it from our prospective blog hosting sites to underscore the number of viewers that we represent.

Please understand that we are fans, no we are SUPER FANS of Bravo, we do what we do on our own time because we love your shows, we want to work in harmony with you, we are simply asking for a little recognition that won’t cost Bravo a thing, except hopefully a growing audience right along with our growing readership.

You can contact us at the following email addresses:

Sincerely,

LynnNChicago LynnAHudson@aol.com
TerryAley Editor@terryaley.com
RealOldHousewife housewifemanateeco@yahoo.com
RealCityHousewife Realcityhousewife@yahoo.com
TVTime101 imajustsaying13@yahoo.com

For your convenience, listed below are the web sites represented here:

http://www.LynnNChicago101.wordpress.com and http://look.ac/h2wUfs
SONJA MORGAN REALITY BUZZ with LYNN HUDSON! http://j.mp/hJg7fA
http://www.terryaley.com/
http://thereallyoldhousewivesofmanateecounty.blogspot.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i95dN5tIS4U RealCityHousewife created this YouTube video which has 35,000 hits

http://realcityhousewife.wordpress.com/
A Chat with Cat from the Real Housewives of DC @ http://look.ac/ikphCr
http://www.tvtime101.com

 

Frequently Asked Questions, (ok, they were asked once by HD, thanks HD!)

HD Said:

Wow.

1. I know you said you are not banning discussion of the show but to me that seems counterproductive to what you are trying to accomplish here. Which is fine with me. I watched tonight and it was boring as hell. If we never discuss it I am fine with that. I know you are not banning it but if you are not blogging about it but you have 200 people on this site talking about it then to me that works against you. JMO.

2. An honest question here…do you and the other bloggers feel you have “put in your time” to have these demands met? Do you have the numbers/”followers” (for lack of a better word) to back your demands? What may seem like a lot to us is nothing “entertainment land”. Do you have the type of clout in the blogsphere/Twitter/Facebook, etc for anyone at Bravo to really listen to you? I’m just asking because I don’t know. You can have a million followers on Twitter or whatnot.

3. Out of the bloggers you mentioned no one knows anyone at Bravo through degrees of seperation that can get you a step closer to what you want?

4. Have you and the bloggers thought about uniting in one area to make an impact? Like maybe a Twitter account or a Facebook page? Maybe if they see a lot of people support you they will sing a different tune.

1. True, I will not be blogging about the show but I don’t try to control content and want everyone to feel comfortable talking about anything they want to talk about. I only hope everyone supports my decision. :)

2. We simply don’t know. We know that we have a lot of readers, the comments made on the blog only reflect a small portion of the hits that the blog gets. We have a lot of lurkers here. In January I posted the summary that WordPress provides to us with some stats for the year. The blog started in May 2010 and here are the year end stats:https://lynnnchicago101.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/2010-in-review/

I don’t have stats on the other blogs and we know we have readers in common but we feel that a good portion of viewers who do read blogs, read at least one of our blogs. So the answer really is, we don’t know but we believe that we do make a difference to Bravo, we think we enhance viewers experience and expand on the shows, keep people talking about the shows long after they’ve finished airing, sometimes even weeks after.

3. Surprisingly enough, no … none of us have any connections to anyone even remotely connected to Bravo.

4. That is a great idea, we have all agreed that in addition to not blogging, we won’t Tweet or post anything on Facebook about this one show but we hadn’t thought about creating a Facebook page, something I will talk with them about. Thank you!

Thanks HD! xo

Finally, some of you here at IHJZ have already posted with your unending support, thank you to all of you who have done that, here are just a few:

WindyCityWondering says:

Lynn – bloggers would be the ideal focus group for Bravo HW franchise!
But a one sided relationship never works and Bravo IMO, has not acknowledged their most actively engaged fans – bloggers and their followers! Many viewers came to the hobby blogs because they could not participate on Bravo’s blog.
Through you, I have found other HW blogs and with you I am comfortable enough to say that unless Bravo wants to invite you and your peers to the party I have no problem saying NO to RHOM.

VincenzoNewYork says:

I think that you deserve to be heard and to be listened to. Your podcast also promotes Bravo and its celebrities, and you definitely deserve some type of a respons from the network.

Debbie says:

Thank you Lynn et all bloggers involved. I completely support and respect this decision you have all made. You are the reason I don’t miss a thing, rewatch episodes to catch something you point out that I have missed and are the only places where I get real info and answers. The blogs are the only place for us fans to leave feedback with comments that actually get posted. Bravo themselves doesn’t even allow this. You are doing them a huge service and they should be kissing all of your feet for all you do for thier shows. They are shooting themselves in the foot by disreguarding you all. I want Bravo to know that without the “hobby bloggers” they would eventually not really even have shows that we care to watch. I want bravo to know that any one of you bloggers could do Andy Cohens interviews with more insight, concern for the viewers, better questions and better information. You all are, unlike Andy, in touch with the viewer. I will gladly support you all and not even bother watching some if not all Bravo shows until Bravo and Andy Cohen give and show you all the respect you so much deserve. Thank you for all you do for us, Debbie

Nancy says:

Lynn,
Count me in too. Maybe we shouldn’t even watch RHOM?Does anyone know the head of BRAVO? (Andy’s boss?)
We all know how we stand with Andy so lets go over his head.

Cusi77 says:

Lynn I was just talking about this “Bravo” mistake of not acknowledging the huge support they receive from you… If you were not blogging Bravo’s programs I will not be watching them! (I never watched TSM, or Top Chef, RHOA, Etc.) I think they should give you some recognition for your hard work bringing more viewers to their programs as well as for RCHW, Terry and Really Old Housewife. My support is all yours! Not RHOM! Thanks for blogging, thanks for your hard work, thanks for your friendship! Cusi

HD says:

Whatever happens, I wish you the best. Be true to yourself and your work and never forget the reasons you started blogging. Sometimes as things grow bigger we have pause and come back to our first love and remember why we started doing something in the first place. The blog is not bigger than you, you are over it. If you never get your demands met are you still going to blog about housewives shows?

DarkSonnet says:

I agree with Windy’s comments and I will also being saying NO to Miami.

I don’t think you are asking for too much at all. Bravo is using the popular blogs as focus groups right now and it is indeed a one way street.

Listen Lynn, I remember asking Andy months ago to consider having you as a guest on WWHL. If it wasn’t for you and these blogs, Bravo wouldn’t have a clue as to what the “real “watching public thinks and feels about these shows- they basically ignore their own blogs. We all know they read the boards and have gotten limitless free feedback on a multimillion dollar industry.
I think the internet is moving even faster than they are capable of understanding, and they need to address the power and influence that the boards have. (and i’m not even considering the craziness that is twitter) Bravo knows who you are-they just don’t know what to do with you yet! they will soon enough, i consider it growing pains on their part- they’ll come around, they have to. (I also think they are somewhat afraid of the talent, if you can call it that, and how they will react)  I respect what you’re doing, and understand it as well. If you say no Miami, well then- no Miami.  after all, you listened to us when no one else would, it’s the least we can do to show you our appreciation.
My best to you always—Bev

cdnfillie58 says:

I won’t be watching RHM either, and not blogging about it won’t hurt my feelings any. Besides that…I’m not passing up my favorite tv show The Good Wife for another bunch of crazy housewives IMO ;)

  • BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

    I support you 100% Lynn~
    I think you do help Bravo & their shows.
    This is the only place we know we can come & talk about the shows & honestly be heard by everyone whether other people agree or not.
    Bravo makes you wait & usually does not post what you say anyway that’s why I am here too. I hope you get the recognition you & all the other bloggers deserve.
    Love to all..

    Kellita says:
  • I totally support you in this, Lynn! I recorded RHOM last night with the intent to watch it today. I was really on the fence, not wanting to invest in a whole new show with a whole new cast. But the only reason I was going to watch was to join in the discussions on here because that’s really fun. Now this confirms what I was leaning towards; not to even bother to watch this one. Go you and the other bloggers!

Thank you to ALL of you who have shown your support, its  been asked several times, YES!  I will continue to blog about other Bravo shows, I’m looking forward to Bethenny Ever After and hopefully someday, The Real Housewives of New York!

Other bloggers are welcome to join us, feel free to email any one of us, all of the bloggers who have “United” are listed above in the letter to Andy Cohen.

Mickey Mouth has shown her support!  Thanks Mickey!  @MickeyMouth1 on Twitter

http://mickeymouth1.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/bravo-bloggers-unite/

Until Next Time…

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298 Responses to I Hate Jill Zarin Bloggers Unite! An Open Letter To Andy Cohen

  1. Julie says:

    Good work y’all! Your fans appreciate you!

    • i have to say if NY was more boring than Miami, they might as well never show it. Miami is too boring for words. (first time commenting here so if i did it wrong, i apologize!!! long time reader tho)

    • twoile says:

      I’ve been off line 4 a bit so only read today….FULL SUPPORT AHEAD Captain! You deserve consideration & much more. Best of luck, Jeanne
      P.S. saw the prequil….not missing much;)

  2. bella says:

    I think all of you bloggers deserve recognition and respect for what you do. Andyand Bravo really are out of touch. I watched RHMIA this morning, I don’t care to watch it again. It isn’t worth the time. I would love to read the blogs on this mess, but I wouldn’t watch the shows. I am behind you on this. Here’s to hoping the network and Andywake up.
    Luv ya

  3. error404 says:

    Kadooz girl! I got your back! Who gonna check ya boo?

  4. Wendy says:

    Sorry Miami. I’m out. Good luck to you, Lynn. Love this blog and read daily.

  5. VincenzoNewYork says:

    To Whom it May Concern:

    Come on Andy Cohen of the Bravo Network, I know you are reading this particular blog to draw some conclusions based on of how the show; “The Real Housewives of Miami” has been recieved. Well, I highly doubt that the show has been recieved well by your network’s targeted demographics. They show may or may not do well in comparison to the other ‘Real Housewives’ iterations, especially “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

    It concerns me deeply that you have not responded to a well known, and quite honestly, a respectable blogger! I implore that your network uses better judgement in such matters in regards to bloggers. You are well aware that the internet transmits viewer feedback almost instantanously, during the duration of a program.
    The bloggers united here, represent a sample of of the targeted demographics.

    Also, the opinons voiced on this blog ensure that the network has a fairly accurate random sample, due to the nature of various opinions expressed here. This blog in particular, does not contain a skwewed response like the blogs on Bravo.TV. We are well aware that the comments on your network’s website are censored, and edited, to garner a specific viewpoint. This is due to the fact that many people have complained in the past that Bravo rarely posts comments in the opposition of what Bravo deems a valid depiction of a viewpoint! Hence, the reason this particular blog is popular!

    I think that it is about time that you make some concessions to the bloggers that support your shows. It is the least the netowrk could. It may be necessary in order to sustain necessary ratings for a show that may have a high probabiliy of failure. I have read several articles on the interent from media websites discussing the bland nature of the new show. A blog, and the opinions on posted on the blog, may convince a viewer to view a particular show because of a distinguisable opinion.

    Sincerely,
    VincenzoNewYork

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  7. sugarmagnolia10 says:

    Although I’m disappointed not to read your thoughts about RHofM, I understand your POV. I hope at least some of your demands are met, as I know we will all benefit as viewers/blog readers from some inside information. I wonder if Bravo’s resistance is more about not being able to control content if they reach out to bloggers, rather than not wanting to reach a larger audience. Perhaps in addition to the boycott, you could work on tracking down the name of someone in the network in the PR or legal divisions. Maybe they would be more willing to listen and could get the letter in front of the right people. I got the impression the other night on WWHL that @bravoandy is not really Andy’s twitter, so much as a bravo twitter, with a producer/assistant in charge of it. He said something like, “someone actually tweeted that to @bravoandy”.
    Anyhoo, best of luck, we will all be waiting to see if Bravo responds!

  8. KIT says:

    oh please

  9. krone says:

    I admit that I haven’t read your entire post Lynn, but support what you’re doing. I don’t think bravo understands how much bloggers contribute to viewers’ enjoyment of their shows. Hopefully, they’ll find out. Carry on luv.

  10. Diane Quinlan says:

    Lynn – I completely support your decision. I have been a fan of the housewives series for a long time, but never enjoyed the show as much as I have since finding your blog. I hope Bravo is smart enough to realise the value of blogs….Bravo has gotten lucky with the RH series….but that luck can run out fast. RHM was a lot of the same last night…perhaps because it’s a new group and I haven’t connected to any of them. Bravo….Lynn is not asking for a lot….Bravo’s success is not because of Andy….it’s because of people like Lynn and me, who watch the shows. I find Andy frustrating lately….his innocence used to be endearing…but now he seems “cocky.” He doesn’t ask the right questions of the RH…..I don’t even watch his half hour show anymore. It’s not entertaining.
    Good luck Lynn….we’ll be watching and reading to see what happens!!!

  11. Bobbi says:

    Lynn,

    I haven’t had time to read all this yet this morning but I will in a bit. However, I just wanted to say that there is a precedent of Bravo dealing with bloggers. @TomandLorenzo were “hobby bloggers” who helped put Project Runway on the map when it was one of Bravo’s breakthrough shows. Now, I don’t know if they received advance copies of shows, but they certainly were invited to the fashion shows put on by the finalists and interviewed contestants as they left the show. It was a mutually beneficial relationship because their blog has grown past Bravo and has branched out into other venues. Lifetime has embraced them since the show moved.

    I don’t know these guys personally. I’ve just followed their blog (http://projectrungay.blogspot.com/) for years. They’re also on twitter @tomandlorenzo. It might be worth contacting them and see if they could offer a bit of advice or get you in contact with someone. Never hurts to ask, right?

    Anyway….I support the cause! Will be back later.
    Bobbi

    • error404 says:

      I suspect that TLo’s relationship is/was with the producers of PR, not with Bravo or NBC. I also think they got friendly with some of the cast first. I know Laura Bennet from s3 reaches out to them, but I’m not sure if that’s how it all started.

      Each HW show has a different producer, so RHoNY, RhoBH, etc… may not give a flying monkey if you boycott Miami, in fact they may like it.

      • Bobbi says:

        Maybe so, but they’re now friendly with Andy Cohen and continue to blog other Bravo shows such as the Rachel Zoe Project. I’m sure they could help point Lynn and the other bloggers in the right direction there, at the very least.

        • error404 says:

          Yeas. I was just making the comparison between Laura Bennett and Silex. Lynn has already thrown a lot of PR and support Silex’s way, it would be nice if they could return the favor and get her a foot in Andy’s door. Or are the too busy helping Kiki tweet. 😛

      • DJ Fruit Loops says:

        BUT Andy is executive Producer of all of them

    • LynnNChicago says:

      Thanks so much Bobbi, I wasn’t aware of this blog. I enjoyed Project Runway a lot when it was on Bravo. It seems that when it moved to Lifetime it was just different, not the high quality contestants and I really did not like the “Models of Project Runway” or whatever it was called.

      The model drama irritated me from the beginning. I certainly didn’t want to see more of it.

  12. MickeyMouth says:

    I gave you all links on my site too!! Power to the bloggers :0)
    Bravo Bloggers Unite!: http://t.co/xOghg42

    • LynnNChicago says:

      Thanks Mickey!!! So glad you’re with us. I’m happy to add you to the letter to Andy Cohen if you like… a few others have asked to join in.

      • MickeyMouth says:

        You can if you think it will help. I’m just the jester in the bloggershpere. I’ve always thought it wrong that Bravo doesn’t reach out to you guys considering all the FREE support you give them.

        • BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

          why marry when you can get the milk for free eh?
          I happen to love your jests our sweetie..

  13. LisainPensacola says:

    You have my full support. EVERY point was valid & imo supportable. I enjoy the shows & bravo more than I would without the blogs. I will miss ur insight, humor & good old fashioned gossip for this franchise to get through it, now i can BAIL guilt free & for a good cause. My daughter told me this morning that the new series was horrible(her words). Bloggers need support & while you did volunteer Bravo needs to incorporate your internet success with their ad $$. The exec’s that are ignoring you almost feels like sour grapes. Get on board Bravo!! Andy Cohen is losing his new car smell. Lisa

  14. Brigid A. says:

    Count me in as fully supportive, Lynn. I won’t be viewing or commenting on the RHOM.

  15. Shannon says:

    A also will not be watching RHOM. I think Lynn and the other bloggers deserve respect from Bravo for all that they do. I am one who only started watching a lot of the Bravo shows because of this blog. I had no interest in any of the shows besides the Housewives, until reading about them here. So count me in Lynn! 🙂

  16. Night Light says:

    I am sorry but I have been waiting for RHOMiami and I will be making time to watch.

  17. LynnNChicago says:

    “Real Housewives” shows often seem like covert ads for cosmetic medicine, filled with characters who owe their looks to plastic surgeons.

    This Saturday, cast members of “Real Housewives of Orange County” will promote cosmetic medicine explicitly, as Alexis Bellino, Gretchen Rossi and perhaps others attend a “plastic surgery workshop/luncheon” in Newport Beach.

    And the Real Housewives will go on…. Orange County ladies promoting plastic surgery? How cliche’ LOL

    • Brigid A. says:

      Ugh. My least favorites are Alexis, Gretchen and Tamra. Seriously, a Plastic Surgery Workshop??? These women have no shame. I’m guessing it’s an upscale Botox Party, but in the HW world “injectables” are not considered plastic surgery. Alexis’ lips are starting to rival Taylor’s.

      • HD says:

        I wonder why they would go to a workshop for plastic surgery? That seems so manufactured. It is obvious that most of the women ( I believe minus Gretchen) are walking advertisements for plastic surgery. This is kind of silly.

  18. nancy says:

    Lynn, you know I have always supported you. You have done an excellent job with this blog, podcast, etc. You can count on me. Besides I watched on Sunday nite and it was a real snooze fest. You go, girl.

  19. LynnNChicago says:

    @bluefly_com

    Watch @KyleRichards18 Closet Confession! http://bluef.ly/41y2Q

    Have you all seen this?

    • error404 says:

      Bravo aired it during the bootleg airing of RHoMi. When she said the thing about the reunion, I like “Ugh”.

    • California35 says:

      …and Paris gave me this bag, and Paris gave me this shoes and Paris gave me… lol sorry I didn’t even heard it, I had to mute it.

      • Brigid A. says:

        I refuse to watch and I’m glad I missed it when it aired. Kyle stated in that NY Mag interview that she and Paris talk all the time about the pressures of fame. Gag.

        • I’m not a great fan of Kyles, but I thought the
          commercial was cute. and I liked her hair curled.

          • Thelittlewife says:

            If Kyle is so close to Paris how come a week or two ago when Kathy Hilton was on E! News talking about Paris it was KIM sitting next to her and Kyle was nowhere to be found. Kyle was also not mentioned.

            I really have a problem with Kyle for the reasons you have all stated here. Her much put upon martyr thing doesn’t sit right with me.

            I watched about ten or twenty minutes of the rhom but fell asleep. It was noon. That is how boring it was. It reminded me of the ten minutes I accidentally watched basketball wives the other day.

    • alicia says:

      Wow, her personality came across much nicer on this video . Too bad she could not have been that sweet to her sister !

    • Mimisfbay says:

      Bethenny set the bar too high for these ads. BF’s was smart and seemed like fun. No one has done a better vid than Bethenny.

  20. HD says:

    Funny, I am watching Top Chef-the one with Hung on it. They are doing restaurant wars and Padma just said, “Unbeknownst to the chefs we had a blogger dining in the restaurants tonight.” She had some food blog. Her name was Andrea Strong I believe.

    So it would appear are open to bloggers and getting them involved.

    • HD says:

      I meant that last sentence like, so maybe you have a chance. (When I read it again it sounded like I was saying seeeeeee they DO use bloggers which is not they way I meant it.) If they actually invite bloggers on the damn show to participate AND give critiques on the food, which were not all that nice but she was just being honest, then why not you? Why couldn’t you go on WWHL? They had an actual blogger on the freaking show!

      • Nancy says:

        Lynn,
        It is obvious that BRAVO is threatened by your talent but they are shooting themselves in the foot by continuously ignoring you.
        If “little ‘ol me” can figure that out why can’t BRAVO? It doesn’t make any sense. Maybe Andy feels like you are out for his job?

    • LynnNChicago says:

      I remember that, I remember thinking at the time, what about Housewives bloggers? We’re never asked to be on the show to judge the Housewives LOL 🙂

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        Bloggers fit in the reunion formula – top questions from blogs and bloggers vote for a guest host – who keeps on the housewives until the question is answered! I’d watch those reunions!

  21. HD says:

    I have another question, Lynn. I am home today so I probably have too much time on my hand. 🙂

    I’m just throwing this out here…do you think that perhaps you are too controversial? I am sure when the Jill & Bethanny fight was at it’s peak, you garnered a lot of attention. I remember the whole fiasco with the cards (which you did not suggest) but you know to some people it will always be guilty by association. Also the other blogger, ROH, is in that (fake because Kim G has nothing better to do) legal issue with Kim G. Do you think Bravo has more vested interest in keeping the wives happy versus meeting your requests?

    Do they think you are fruit of the posionous tree so to speak and having you involved or replying to you in anyway would cause issues with the women on the shows?

    • cdnfillie58 says:

      I don’t see Lynn as controversial at all…HD. She did garner a lot of attention, but that’s all courtesy of JZ. This is just another forum, that’s drawing alot of traffic, for people to voice and read some interesting and sometimes controversial comments about these HWs. If it weren’t for JZ’s antics, which might I add is one of the most controversial people around, I’m not sure LynnnChicago would be so well known…that’s one thing you can thank Foghorn for Lynn…maybe she’ll agree to meet you if you bring that point up to her 😛

      • HD says:

        I don’t think Lynn is controversial either but I am wondering if Bravo people do? I wonder if the blog has ever came up and Andy is aware of the blog and Lynn and blah blah blah? I am pretty sure these women read everything that is written about them.

        • ~Luvz Cappuccino More'n Bravo~ says:

          Yepperz…..
          Those unreasonably wacky wives won’t sign off on this petition…….not that they don’t have reason….ahhh ha!

          But bravo for try’n.

          Reasonably Yerz,
          ~L 😉

        • Rabble Rouser says:

          I agree, while I don’t see Lynn as controversial or a ‘hate’ blogger we all know that Jill Zarin would blow a gasket and crap herself if Bravo gave Lynn the slightest bit of support or recognition. I think Jill might even make it a a new chapter in her book.

          She had her little gingette’s (all one or two of them) kick up a fuss when people like Tabitha talked to Lynn other podcast.

          Of course, this aspect of it gives the whole idea even more appeal to me. It’s like the icing on the cake.

    • klmh says:

      I think this is a valid point. This blog I believe, was begun because Bravo deleted any or most of the negative comments made by posters towards the housewives or their particular situations. Bravo lost control of opinions and disclosures of these housewives when this blog as well as others, began. This is or was, a place to share opinions and information gathered by the posters and the blogger.
      I do not see a reason why Bravo would give a blogger any control over anything to do with their series. I would imagine Andy and the powers that be would enjoy once again taking control.
      I have no interest in Miami housewives and it doesn’t make any difference to me, but I support your right to try become a more powerful voice, if that is your choice.

  22. karenne says:

    Lynn, you have my total support. I am not going to watch RHM. I had decided that last night, and just when I was wondering if I’d give in…I read your blog. So, you have my total support about this decision to not blog on Miami!
    Andy is showing his true colors a bit more on the WWH show, and even more so at some reunions. He is showing himself to be someone most likely NOT to deal with anyone not connected to Bravo.
    Well….he doesnt get that this blog makes his shows so much more interesting.
    If he was really smart, he would listen to bloggers, and fans that comment.
    why?
    Because he is cranking out the shows, willy nilly and too much of a good thing, can become tedious.
    When the drug no longer gets you high, you watch reruns and then, seeing as how they are boring for the third time, you quit the drug all together.
    But, with the witty comments and blogging you do, it makes it a party!

    Personally, I think most of “sources” are not VP’s, but someone on the set, or in production. I would just ask for one.

    But aside from that, I am totally behind you on the Miami lack of blog. Why help them for nothing. you have proven your point, your worth as a blogger!!!! Now, stand down and lets not watch it. if all the readers, dont watch it…..I wonder what difference might be made that way as well?

    Love you, Love your blog and am always happy to see a new one!
    now its time to put our money where our mouth is….Ban RHM from our site!….until Andy or someone, gives some respect to the bloggers that give so much free advertising, as well as make those shows way more addictive than usual.
    Bravo, Andy, Wake up!!!!
    Karma can be a B!
    you reap what you sow……

    Karenne

    • DJ Fruit Loops says:

      Andy does reply to tons of people not associated with Bravo
      but keep in mind he is the vice president of programing for Barvo now as well as ex producer of most of the shows and there is on 24 hours in a day
      he simply does not have the time to reply to everyone
      as for the real housewives of Miami im gonna watch it
      has noting to do with my devotion to Lynn she knows i adore her but im addicted to the franchise

  23. vilzvet says:

    I speak not nearly as well as the others here, and they have said it all beautifully, so I am just going to add, “Let’s strike!” I feel Norma Rae! Let’s do it, Miami also put me to sleep and I have no interest. Cannot believe I am saying how MUCH I am looking forward to NJ at this point! Heck I will even look at the mugs of Teresa’s kids again and listen to them scream, just keep us interested Bravo.

  24. WindyCityWondering says:

    A show doesn’t become a hit unless people are talking about it. Wake up Bravo, this is the new water cooler!

  25. Mimisfbay says:

    Nothing like a good boycott… shades of my youth. I support this 100%.

    Oh, and if you want to blog something new, try the Joan Rivers Melissa Rivers show on WE. OMG it is hysterical and I just love it. Orrrrr there is always FACE OFF on Syfy. My grandson, age 10, and I are hooked on this show. We watch it OnDemand because his mother wouldn’t approve. The contestants are different, to say the least, and the work is beyond amazing.

    Miamiwho? Go bloggers, unite and hopefully you will all get some attention and I am hoping for compensation in the form of ads!!! Go.

    • Brigid A. says:

      Mimi, have you watched Joan Rivers on the E Channel’s “Fashion Police” program? She’s on a panel with Giuliana Rancic and other guest critics. In each segment, they have a special feature “Bitch Stole My Look!” Joan’s commentary is pure comedy. Looking forward to the post-Oscar episode which should air the day after the Awards.

      • Mimisfbay says:

        I love that show too!

        I also watched the Documentary that was done about her and it was wonderful. Sadly it was ignored by the Oscar’s. She is just the funniest and the time she spends with her grandson is hilarious. She literally put those pre-Oscars shows on the map and they kicked her to the curb. She keeps coming back funnier every time. I can’t wait either!!!

        • Brigid A. says:

          OK, Mimi, we’ll both be watching the post-Oscar Fashion Police! I can hardly wait for Joan’s commentary, and her picks for best and worst look.

          • California35 says:

            I will be watching also….
            I love to see those stars all made up.

            • Brigid A. says:

              Yaaay! We can have our own “best” and “worst” dressed picks!!! I’ve invited some friends over to watch the Red Carpet arrivals. The ceremony can get long and boring! LOL!

        • DJ Fruit Loops says:

          i also love the Joan Rivers show with Melissa
          if anyone saw the one where joan flys back to nyc to do letterman hope you had kleenex ready
          i was crying so much

    • KookADoodleDo says:

      The Joan & Melissa show is my new favorite. LOVE IT!!
      Lynn, as far as RHOM, no problem with me not watching & supporting all of the bloggers. I personally am also adding WWHL to my list of boycotts. The whole housewife series is over saturated IMO. Bravo should of stoppped with any new cities after RHoBH or permently dumped NJ.
      “POWER TO THE BLOGGERS”

  26. sweet pea says:

    Hi Lynn! I don’t comment often (other commentors seem to say what I am thinking before I can post) but I do check your blog daily. I will also skip RHWM. Good Luck to you!

  27. Realminkey says:

    I’ve come out of hiding to voice my support for you and your cause, Lynn!!

  28. kbinldo says:

    I don’t know what’s up, Lynn, but this morning my barely-used twitter account got a couple of interesting new followers. Maybe they’re gearing up NYC for another new & earlier starting date? 😀

  29. LynnNChicago says:

    Thank you to Terry Aley for pointing this out:

    I noticed US Weekly got an advance copy of Bethenny Ever After! http://www.usmagazine.com/moviestvmusic/news/review–bethenny-ever-after-2011222

    And they sure didn’t have much to say about it, like we would have!

  30. Mimisfbay says:

    Does anyone really care about NY anymore? BRAVO is missing a huge opportunity with the bloggers. Wouldn’t this be something to slip to the blogging group? Geez, they are just a bunch of dopes.

    • DJ Fruit Loops says:

      well i know a lot of people that follow Lynns blog sure seemed upset when they found out NY was being pushed back
      and people all over twitter was upset
      Personally i will watch because i love Alex and her Hubby
      and i love the ramonacoaster
      and then out of habit
      I prefer Bethennys show as she was the main reason i watched NY to begin with

    • DJ Fruit Loops says:

      Oh yeah they took a struggling network and turned it into a ratings winner and they are the dopes
      LMGAOFR

  31. KookADoodleDo says:

    FYI, the President of Bravo TV is Frances Berwick. (According to the following article) Perhaps this person needs to be contacted rather than Andy Cohen??

    http://www.deadline.com/tag/andy-cohen-promotion/

  32. LynnNChicago says:

    Newest Portrait of a Housewife:

    Portrait of a Housewife Jacqueline Laurita @ http://look.ac/hB0mzR

    • vilzvet says:

      Nice read, glad you didn’t back off recapping the daughter’s awful behavior at the same time of praising Jacq. The baby story was awful, wish we could all send encouragement in that anonymous viewer’s direction.

      • LynnNChicago says:

        Thanks Vilzvet! I’ll be sure to pass it along, she does read the blog so I’m sure she’ll see any words of support you all send to her. xoxo

        • LavaLady (formerly known as American Idiot) says:

          It was very kind of Jac to take the anon viewer under her wing, and encourage her. I wish she had been able to hold on to one of the pregnancies. How wonderful that would have been for her after so so many disappointments. Hopefully she may fulfill her wish one day.

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        Jacq is so much more without the “influence” of the clown queen. Thanks for reminding us of what she truly is and not what other people include her in.

  33. Sam says:

    I’ll be boycotting too — not just Miami, but as many other Bravo shows as I can muster. They deserve the strongest wake-up call possible, given how badly they treat their fans and how heavily they censor their message boards.

    • Mimisfbay says:

      You are so right because that is what drove most of us here. I was so frustrated that they didn’t ever publish my comments I went on a search. Found lynnchicago and felt so much better. Well, I did try to say, on their blog, that they were basically spotlighting a breakdown. It was during the whole Kelly being carted off in a straight jacket on Thorazine, allegedly. They were literally editing out anyone who said anything meaningful or funny. Just saying…

      • Sam says:

        Yes, this is how I found LynnChicago too. And the censorship on the Bravo boards was just ridiculous. They didn’t allow comments that were even a tiny bit negative about their shows, yet they allowed a handful of posters to bully others so badly they left the boards.

  34. KookADoodleDo says:

    This is a really interesting article about the BRAVO mentality………
    “Talking TV With Bravo’s Frances Berwick”

    http://www.forbes.com/2010/06/15/bravo-real-housewives-business-entertainment-frances-berwick.html

    • Mimisfbay says:

      Interesting that she mentions the hated Jill Zarin huh? Great article, thanks!

    • HD says:

      Good find. This was interesting. Maybe Cameron Blanchard is the person to contact and not Andy or you can contact them both.

    • quincyil says:

      In just a few years, Bravo got so many more viewers. Wow..

      Good article.

      • KookADoodleDo says:

        Yes Quincy, Bravo viewship grew leaps & bounds, Andy Cohen got a big promotion, A big raise & his own show. Perhaps reaching out to him & expecting a response would be a conflict to his new found fame??

        • DJ Fruit Loops says:

          Andy had his own show long before the promotion
          BUT he singlehandedly was responsiable for the growth of the network
          i support Lynn but i wont support a boycott of any kind

  35. boston02127 says:

    Lynn—I’ve been super busy. Between required reading for school, working & packing. I’m finding myself a little behind on the blogs but I’m slowly keeping up. I just wanted to let you know…I’m in.

    Miss you guys & hope everyone is well.

  36. quincyil says:

    I will skip Miami, but I’m going to watch Bethenny’s show on Mon. nights.

    The blog was well written. Good job, Lynn.

  37. California35 says:

    Lynn,

    I am with you and the other bloggers on this. To add to what I said last night, I like your letter to Andy. You made a long list, and I hope that gives him options to choose from. That is if he is even considering your petition.

    At this point, I am not sure if I will be watching any of the other HW’s. Some have been in the air for a long time, and some characters just need to leave. I have been watching the first season of the new HW’s, and if not for this blog I wouldn’t even try to watch the old ones. NY was my favorite, and who knows what is going on with it now.

    I will be watching B for sure.

    Again Lynn, thanks for creating this blog!

    • DJ Fruit Loops says:

      they arent characters they are real live people
      i often laugh when people here say they are bored with someones s/l
      they arent storylines they are incidents happening in peoples lives

      • California35 says:

        You are right, wrong word.

        • DJ Fruit Loops says:

          sorry i didnt mean to single you out
          there are a lot of people here that say things like that and it always kinds of makes me laugh but then feel sorry for the person they are talking about

  38. sss says:

    I do not agree. You started blogging because of your interest in the shows. That does not entitle you to input.

    • KookADoodleDo says:

      Input is earned if you are increasing viewship.
      JMHO…..

      • DJ Fruit Loops says:

        i am not saying that Lynn doesnt help increase veiwership but the shows them self are pretty much self promoting
        most people started with the first one and then watched all the others
        I remember way back when ,when bravo shelved rhom it was after that other miami show they had on bombed
        so when Lynn twitted me about the new one i said i think its gonna be the same show they shelved and she thought it might be a revamp with a new cast
        not sure yet which it turned out to be
        Lynn you know i adore you
        im just not sure a boycott is a good way to go about getting what you want from Bravo

    • Noreen says:

      If the viewers (who now include bloggers) are not entitled to input, than who the H-E-DOUBLE TOOTHPICKS is entitled to input. Viewers must control the airways and we do it through the sponsors. Maybe we should boycott a sponsor!

  39. Adgirl says:

    Hi Lynn, I behind you 100%.
    I’ve worked in media for years, but not on the editorial side. I’m fairly sure there is a hierarchy of “press” you are competing with. There is surely a special dept (not Andy) that handles 99% of the public interactions (Press Relations?).
    I know you and your comrades might find these suggestions distasteful because they reek of Old School main stream media, but it has occurred to me that it might be helpful to the Bravo Blogger Cause in general if you (and your colleages) could:

    Obtain Press Credentials which might elevate your stature when dealing with Bravo/NBC.
    Form a Reality Blogger organization and hire a professional PR person to interact with Bravo’s team.
    I think that could be what Bravo is used to.

    On the other hand you can “go guerrilla” and contact other blogging sites, tabloids and publications to complain loudly about your situation.
    Absurdtosublime, Perez, radar etc might enjoy tweaking Bravo & Andy a little.

    Just random thoughts.

  40. shamrockblonde says:

    awww Lynn – sharing your name with you is now and always will be an honor – I walk with you all – no MIA for me – and as they say – I’ve got your six – we all do – talk about being too big to fail – BRAVO needs to remember that words are power – and there are some really powerful words written and shared here each and every day – to ignore them is to invite defeat – I don’t like Andy all that much – never did – I never watch his silly after show either – carry on Lynn!! – you are not alone – we are many – we are strong – but most of all – we are educated, articulate and not afraid to use our voice – *hugs the whole board*

  41. kmuellfa says:

    I hear ya Lynn. I really didn’t have an interest in Miami. If you had written a recap, I may have been compelled to watch. Hell, if it wasn’t for you, I would have stopped watching DC after one episode.

  42. Jennifer says:

    Lynn, love your blog as well as all the other ones mentioned. I have been a lurker since August. I found this site by accident while just looking for New York Housewives stories. It quickly became a daily addiction checking in daily to see what you would recap or interesting side stories going on in real time with the housewives. With that said I might have to check into rehab because I am bursting at the seams to find out what everyone else has to say.

    I am on the fence with your boycott. Honestly, I like that you are writing without an agenda…..from a viewers standpoint per say. I would be afraid with extra info from Bravo it wouldn’t seem authentic.

    But maybe I am being selfish I am just trying to get through another loooonnnggg Wisconsin winter. Oh and avoid the shakes.

    • Salish says:

      I agree that the extra info from Bravo wouldn’t seem authentic. If you had the extra info I would feel like I was reading a tabloid instead of a nice place to interact with people all on the same level.

      Either way, your blog will still be getting hits from me.. good luck

  43. theres says:

    Oh I like Lynn’s blog, but I am still going to watch RHOM- sorry, I liked it, and don’t feel Bravo needs to respond….sorry Lynn

  44. Noreen says:

    Count me in; I mean out. I am boycotting Miami! It drives me crazy that Bravo controls the blogs on their own network. With exception of vulgar language or threats, etc., they should let the blogs flow on their own web page AND give respect to this and other fantastic blogs. Show us the love. And thanks Lynn, you are terriffic!

    • DJ Fruit Loops says:

      LOL who do you think is gonna control a blog on the networks own site LOL

      sorry i have to laugh but dont you realize that is a standard operating procedure
      all the networks do that

      • Noreen says:

        Nope, didn’t know that. Thanks for laughing at me. I have blogged on other sites, such as MSN, NY Daily News and a few others and everything I have posted has been added to the blog. Maybe only networks do it. You seem to know everything; is there a place I can go to get as smart as you.

  45. Colibrimoon says:

    Hi Lynn,
    I think you should research TomAndLorenzo they did blowup after Project Runway. I’ve followed them for a couple years on both their blog and on twitter. They seem to be very approachable. I’m sure they will respond to your query.

    I have mixed feelings about bloggers obtaining press credentials. I know that there is a hierarchy in the publishing world;however, bloggers have gained respect in many other industries, certainly Bravo should understand the relevance of the blogger.

    Since most of Bravo programming focuses on “real people” Bravo should be willing to listen to “real fans”.

  46. Audrey La Salle says:

    Lynn,

    I am totaly behind you and the bloggers. Bravo needs to reach out to the bloggers and fans as well their blanted disrepct to all of us must be dealt with. I for one don’t feel the demands are overboard or unwarranted, I truly hope that Bravo execs see this and do something about it, otherwise they may lose viewership. I know they have lost me for Miami and that is sad as it is in my home state. Please step up to the plate Bravo or else I don’t feel comfortable surporting you if you wont play nice with others.

  47. Pantry Viewer says:

    I’m with Noreen … I’m in! I mean out! Not going to watch Miami, I don’t believe, and won’t discuss it here.

    xoxox

  48. catmom1 says:

    I’m passing on Miami too. Although have to admit, after watching last nights episode, that’s not a great sacrifice. The true sacrifice would be watching any more of that waste of airtime. What I’m really looking forward to is tonights American Idol. Love that show this year. Really enjoy the new judges.

  49. BH says:

    If RHOM turns into a drama-filled hit, will you continue to stand pat and not blog the series?

    I understand your intent, but the internet is saturated with individual blogs and major media outlet blogs (People, EW, and Gawker) that are already promoting, gossiping, and recapping the Miami series without expecting anything in return from Bravo other than train wreck goodness to write about. Blogs are a dime a dozen. If you (and your fellow bloggers) choose not to recap Miami, it opens the door for up and coming bloggers who are anxious to fill in the gap for viewers who want to watch and feast on the RH Miami gossip & discussion. Is getting Bravo’s attention worth the risk of losing readers who can easily go elsewhere for similar content?

    Good luck and I’ll look forward to reading the outcome of your campaign.

  50. MSU Chicago says:

    I love TLo! I use to read them once a week after every Project Runway episode. I enjoyed it so much that I started reading their blog more frequently. Project Runway really seemed to embrace them, so why can’t the RH franchise embrace their bloggers?

    It is interesting to read other people’s POV. Some of my friends watch these shows, some do not, so I like to read what other people think even if they do not agree with me. Also, I like to read all the other interesting things we find out about these so called stars.

    I really do not see a down side to Bravo giving the bloggers more access, in fact I see the opposite. These are suppose to be reality shows, so why don’t they send a little love to their real fans?

    I would have never watched Atlanta, if it wasn’t for this blog. I didn’t have any interest when it first came on. This blog peeked my interest and I caught up on the seasons and watched season 3. I am glad that I did, because I enjoy those trainwrecks.

    Good for you and the other bloggers for doing what you feel you should. I will go and read the other blogs, so that they will get more hits. I may be one person, but it has to start somewhere.

    No Miami for me. I did watch the first episode and it irritated me, because all I thought is that it should be NY, not these ladies. I will not be missing anything by not watching Miami, in fact I will be better for it.

    Good luck!! I am with you.

    • DJ Fruit Loops says:

      i knew Lynn from twitter but didnt know for the longest time she had a blog if i remember correctly Lynn you were kind of suprised that i didnt know that
      and i was watching all the bravo shows and dishing about them with her
      im sure she has gotten bravo more fans but some of us were watching the shows all along
      im gonna watch Miami
      1 i love the h/w franchise i sat thru all of DC despite how listless it was
      2 i was going to south beach every summer since i was 9 months old
      ill watch anything that ahs miami in it even that dreadfull movie just loves kelly or whatever that rubbish was called with kelly clarkson

      • MSU Chicago says:

        I agree with you. I had watched the others, just had no interest in Atlanta. My best friend lived there for 2 years, because of a work transfer. I had visited a few times, but didn’t really have a love for it. No offense to anyone from Atlanta. She didn’t want to leave Chicago, so she didn’t embrace it. I felt the dislike when I would visit, even though we had fun. So when Atlanta came on, I was indifferent. This blog made me give the series a try.

        I found the site because I was so irritated by Jill Zarin, I read the comments on the Bravo site and was shocked about all the Jill love, so I typed in something like Jill Zarin sucks, or maybe even I hate Jill Zarin 🙂 I don’t remember. I read back posts and I was hooked.

        I suffered through DC as well.

        You must really love Miami, watching Justin loves Kelly!! Eek! I understand your loyalty to Miami. I have places that I am loyal to as well.

        On a more positive note, I can’t wait for Top Chef!

        • Realminkey says:

          I love Miami as well, or should say, Miami Beach. (Miami proper leaves me cold. ) My husband and I get down to South Beach every time we need a few days to decompress. And I must say, …

          I hate this new show. To me at least, it ain’t the place I love, that’s for sure!

        • DJ Fruit Loops says:

          trust me most of the times i have watched that film is with the sound off LOL i just watch it for the scenery
          Miami is really like a 2nd home to me and i havent been back in a few years so i honestly miss it

          • DJ Fruit Loops says:

            i havent watched it yet but what to

            saddest memory for me regarding miami was watching this crap film in the 80’s called band on the hand and seeing my all time fave rest in miami Piccolos all shuttered up
            mind you this was the place my family would go to for dinner EVERY night when we stayed sometimes 3 weeks at a clip
            we got to know the family that owned it
            went to Mr Piccolos funeral Mrs Piccolo came to my dads
            then we all just lost touch and had no idea it had closed
            this will give you an idea how these people were when i was 5 2 things happened there
            1. they put the veal parm on the kids menu just for me
            and one time when the intercom came on and startled me i began to cry and Mrs Piccolo actually took me into the kitchen and w/o talking down to me as i was 5 showed me exactly what the intercom was and what it did and had me laughing again
            sorry for the long post i just got filled up with that memory

            • MSU Chicago says:

              That is a sad, but nice memory. Gotta love someone who loves the veal. It is my favorite. PC, not so much. Oh well! LOL!

  51. Miss Anthrope says:

    I do support this, and I do agree that these blogs make a diference to Bravo but it’s really hard to determine just how much of a difference it is.

    Bravo gets a LOT of viewer feedback from their own forums. I’d guess that they rely more heavily on the information and opinions they receive over there than they do on the blogs. This could be one of the big reasons that you have never heard back from them.

    These blogs tend to be biased. Like I would never bother to contribute to the conversation over at RCH blog if I were a fan of Teresa. I would also never bother to contribute to this blogs discussion if I were a fan of Jill. The people here (and I’m including myself here) are not totally indicative of the majorities thoughts. Obviously we aren’t the only ones who think Teresa is a piece of crap or that Kelly is a lunatic. But when you take a look at the Bravo forums you get a better idea of just how many people are on their teams, and believe it or not- the ones we can’t stand have a lot of fans. This is why Bravo may not rely as heavily on these blogs as we’d like in terms of trying to find out what viewers want.

    As far as publicity is concerned- I’m just not sure. I mean, this is definitely a successful blog. I’ve seen blogs with less comments turned into best selling books (ie- waiterrant). But it’s really hard to determine just how much free publicity you are giving them since in all probability, most if not all of the people who read this site found it because they already watched the shows.

    So i think you may be asking for a lot when you request to have someone over at Bravo assigned to dealing with you, or special screenings of new episodes. TMZ and Radaronline make hundreds of thousands (probably millions, actually) of dollars. They’re big time. I don’t think you should expect to be treated the same way. But I do think Bravo could do SOMETHING for you. Maybe a spot on WWHL instead of Ben Weiner or wtfever his name is. I mean, if they can have HIM on there then surely they could have you on there too. Or even something as simple as a free dvd box set of one of the seasons every now and then. Something. Anything to show that they appreciate what you’re doing.

    • Sha2000 says:

      “These blogs tend to be biased. Like I would never bother to contribute to the conversation over at RCH blog if I were a fan of Teresa. I would also never bother to contribute to this blogs discussion if I were a fan of Jill. The people here (and I’m including myself here) are not totally indicative of the majorities thoughts. Obviously we aren’t the only ones who think Teresa is a piece of crap or that Kelly is a lunatic. But when you take a look at the Bravo forums you get a better idea of just how many people are on their teams, and believe it or not- the ones we can’t stand have a lot of fans. This is why Bravo may not rely as heavily on these blogs as we’d like in terms of trying to find out what viewers want. ”

      I agree to a certain extent. I have said many times here that I do NOT hate JZ & that I felt “hate” was not an emotion I could have for someone I didn’t know & my opinion was accepted respectfully. Conversely on the RCH blog I left a comment that I thought she was nit picking Dina in an unnecessary and what I perceived to be a very mean way. I was pounced upon and told to leave the blog if I didn’t agree and my opinion was the brunt of their nasty jokes. No, Lynn’s blog is a much more welcoming & warm place to say the least
      and that’s why I continue to return here. Beyond discussing Bravo show’s discuss life & current events, ask and give advice, share jokes & even sometimes share heart break and find a friendly voice to bring comfort. There are some special ingredients found here at lynnnchicago : )

      All that said, I think it would be nice if Bravo was more open & interactive. One of the fun things is being able to watch WWHL which in it’s self is a bit of a televised blog, having the opportunity to “tweet Andy”, post on FB our thoughts, read the cast blogs, and hope that our feedback is finally posted on their site. Coming here to Lynn’s, scouting the internet for HW’s “news”, being able to tweet to a HW, finding funny recap’s on YouTube or BSide blog’s hilarious hw’s photo recap’s, makes it all that more fun & addictive to watch. If Bravo would include these elements we would never stop watching, it would be great if at least we had Andy take a phoned in call from Lynn or even popped in and posted here once in a while (like Simon did last week…Thank You Simon 🙂 ), it would be great.

  52. WindyCityWondering says:

    Lynn’s blog makes Bravo shows more interesting for me. I love the community and the ability to share opinions and to snark! Without Lynn and her peers, I doubt I would still be watching some of the housewives or have even tried some of the non housewives offerings from Bravo.
    Before she asked us to blogcott RHoM, I came to the decision that there were too many HW franchises and I didn’t have the time, interest or desire to invest in all of them. Bravo made the decision to pull back RHNY and take another franchise off the shelf (if DC was deemed better than Miami what does that tell us?) and throw it out like a bone for us – sorry but I take quality over quantity every time.

  53. Mookies1mom says:

    I came here, much like a lot of the other posters, because Bravo would never post my comments. Some were good, some were bad or some were just plain indifferent. I found this site out of pure frustration. There was no exchanging of ideas on Bravo’s board because of the heavy handed censorship. When I came here I found a lot of people able to freely exchange their opinions (respectfully, even if people didn’t agree no less) and have come back daily for that and because of Lynn’s writing. So, with all that Lynn has given me I fully support her and the other bloggers in their boycott! Hope Bravo is taking it all in because their is power in numbers and maybe they won’t get those numbers they so desperately need.

    • Mookies1mom says:

      Er, there not their!

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      The censorship on Bravo’s blog is laughable. We witness a housewife’s heinous behavior and all the posts are sunshine and lollipops! I understand they don’t want vulgar language or death threats – but when only positive posts are allowed – who does that serve?

      • Sha2000 says:

        Agree Windy!

        • Mookies1mom says:

          I so agree Windy! Even if something I wrote without vulgar language but did not reflect what Bravo wanted it never made it on the boards. Even when I had nice things to write it wouldn’t make it. I thought I was banned, as many others have thought, until I wrote this:

          “Please don’t refer to her son as “her adopted son”. It’s insulting, like he’s not really her son because she did not give birth to him. I am sure she loves him just as much as her daughter. I am an adoptee. I don’t like it when people refer to me as the “adopted daughter”. I am simply the daughter and part of my family just as much as my brother whom happened to be born into the family. Families are created in different ways but no matter how they were created, they are still a family.”

          I couldn’t believe it was posted. I merely wrote it thinking I’ll get this off my chest and be done with it. (This was in reference to how somebody referred to Lisa’s son. But I’m not trying to start a debate here. Just my experience in posting at Bravo.) Even though this was posted , by some fluke, I knew I should have come here and posted it. But in my defense I was heavily medicated after having some dental work done and I know I was not thinking straight!

  54. LavaLady (formerly known as American Idiot) says:

    Hi Lynn, I wanted to wait to comment on today’s blog until I had viewed the Miami episode. I watched it today, and while I don’t think it was horrible, I really didn’t see anything compelling, as in “must see TV”. I do understand why you are not going to blog about it, and I fully support you. I do feel there are too many housewife series, and truthfully, although I do watch most of them, New York was my very favorite. With Bethenny Ever After coming up soon, there are just so many show you can watch religiously, so eliminating Miami from my TV diet will not be too painful. I always check in here daily, and I am looking foward to any and all of your blogs (and Quincy’s too) You have done so much for us Bravo viewers; I don’t mind doing something for you.

  55. Scorpiosue1102 says:

    Lynn,

    I support your decision completely. We all know that the Bravo reality stars read the blogs as does people at Bravo. Also, many readers have had questions answered on WWHL, etc. so why not acknowledge the bloggers that keep the conversation going? By keeping the discussion going that means that most of us will re-watch an episode to dissect it even more or how many times on this blog we’ll see “There’s a RHONY marathon on,” word of mouth does wonders for Bravo. With all that said I too will keep mum about RHOM.

  56. BlackBerryAmber says:

    On the road I will fix this when I get home.lol Lynn I am gonna need some answers re choosing miami and not oc or perish the thought mizB. Also why continue blogging the current shows if a boycott is in order?

  57. AZ Girl says:

    You have my full support Lynn. I posted yesterday on why I will not be watching Miami. Basically it was thrown out on to the schedule because NY was not watchable. How messed up is that? Bravo is saturated with too many HW franchises.

    Viewer’s post here due to the fact that at Bravo their comments were not taken seriously and “edited for content”. Andy and HW’s read this blog and the comments posted because it is “here” that Bravo gets real feedback on what is working and what is not. Why they treat the blog’s as if they are insignificant is a mystery.

    It will be interesting to see what does transpires. Looking forward to Bethenny Ever After.

  58. Miss Katherine says:

    I love this site… I truly do, but I feel like why you are a real success story as far as hobby bloggers go, and though this site is my must-read every day, bravo probably has a different opinion. Just because Jill Zarin is obsessing over this blog doesn’t mean that the Bravo execs are. I think it is a bit much to ask for pre-screenings. There’s nothing offensive about Miami so far… they are far less awful than I thought they’d be. Still, it’s not that interesting and Bravo is oversaturating the network. Especially when one considers Top Chef, which has the most integrity of any other show on the channel, and is truly great, reliable. Most of the housewives are poseurs, the Jills who pretend to be “great connectors,” but the guest judges and (mostly) the contestants are talented, renowned, respected. Tom Collichio is very concerned with preserving the integrity of the show. There needs to be more of that on the other shows!

  59. dsc60 says:

    i wish i had read about your decision prior to watching RHoM last night. maybe i wouldn’t have bothered watching and considering it was a snooze fest, that would have been a good thing. i hope you’re successful with all or at least some of what you are asking for, which i don’t think is much considering what you give back. let’s hope this opens Bravo’s and Andy Cohen’s eyes to each of your contributions. until you at least get some sort of response, i won’t be tuning in.

  60. Fairweather Viewer says:

    Does anybody else have the song “Who Made Who” running through their head? Just wondering.

  61. LynnNChicago says:

    LynnNChicago

    The Real(ly) Old Housewives of Manatee County: I Say No To Bravo Real Housewives of Miami http://t.co/07BtzGb

    Real Old Housewife had a bit more to say about our cause 🙂

  62. Anniieee says:

    So what happened to WSL? I lurk and all day long and she comments all day long…. Sometime to the point of HUSH>>>>>>>>>>> She has been missing. What is her take on this?

  63. PJ says:

    The reason I posted here in the first place was because Bravo screens their posts. I would leave an honest comment and it would never show up on the Bravo board. My opinion may at times have been a bit different from the way bravo was portraying the particular Bravo star I was posting about; but nothing I ever said was in any way objectionable. I got so frustrated with Bravo that I went searching the net and came across this blog. Had Bravo paid more attention I would never have found this blog in the first place. Then when I got here I found out that many of your posters agreed with my opinions that Bravo refused to post, so my opinions weren’t really different from what viewers were thinking after all. I had decided against watching Miami but if you were blogging about it I probably would get sucked in and start watching. As long as there are no blogs to read about it I won’t be watching. Maybe Bravo is a bit behind the times regarding bloggers. As you said all this is fairly new. I support you in this as you have given fans an outlet that Bravo didn’t.

    • Sha2000 says:

      “Had Bravo paid more attention I would never have found this blog in the first place. I support you in this as you have given fans an outlet that Bravo didn’t.”

      Well said!

      But I do think it would be fun if you used that creative imagination you’ve shown here & blew their minds with a really funny comment on their blogs.

  64. California35 says:

    Hey Brigid,
    What time should I show up at your door step on Sunday? 😛

    Lynn,
    I am looking forward to Bethanny’s. I am glad you and many in the blog are a fans 😀
    I was wondering about WSL, I am glad to know she wrote you this morning. She must be busy….I might run into her tonight…since I know she some times stay up late like I do.

    • Brigid A. says:

      Ca35, don’t forget to bring the SkinnyGirl Margaritas! We’ll need lots of them to enhance our viewing pleasure! Remember we’re judging “best” and “worst” dressed in the Fashion Police tradition! LOL!

  65. error404 says:

    this weeks Glee recap:

    http://www.poptalkers.com/blog/

    hope you enjoy!

  66. Amber...RealWife says:

    As an avid reader of your blog, I am aware of all the time and energy you put into giving us your daily musings on the RHW’s and all things BRAVO. I do believe you do deserve some recognition as you pretty much blog their original line up 5 days a week! It’s great to see you and your fellow bloggers unite for a common cause. However, BRAVO may not care as they’ve always been of the mantra “IF WE FILM IT THEY WILL WATCH!” And… “IF THEY DON’T WATCH, ON TO THE NEXT ONE!”. I do find it a little suspect that your group has decided to choose a new, unkown franchise, with zero fan base, while you continue to blog their current and future schedule. Wouldn’t it make more sense to boycott the juggernaut that is RHOC, with millions spent on salaries and advertising, v. a show that is unproven? Is that the point? To see if the show does well, despite your group refusing to blog about it? Would you encourage viewers to strike against RHOC… No, I think you know your audience. They are chomping at the bit to get to the BlondeCondition franchise. Hell, I am too! 🙂

    I sat through seasons of NY and OC enjoying their nonsense, but was pleased when ATL came on. Finally! Crazy women of color and different cultures were being represented. Many outside the demographic refused to watch but the show became a hit, and they were converted. Then NJ with it’s mobcentric vibe came along and talk of oversaturation of HW shows and trashy women began. Then those viewers were converted too. There was DC a literal snoozefest which only had the Whitehouse PartyCrash as it’s theme. Many boycotted on that premise, but while never considered a hit, it had decent viewership for a new show. Then BH came with crazy women of REAL wealth and it became a hit, as viewers were tired of broke posers from the OC, ATL and NJ! Now we have Miami, geared to other groups, still hoping to entice the franchise diehards to give it a shot too. I will be watching. I am the perfect specimen! LMAO I’m female, a rabid HW fan, Hispanic, a Floridian, still in the first age group and a reality tv junkie too! Sorry Lynn, but i’m the perfect storm for this series and hope you will not hold it against Me, as I will not hold you choosing this offering to boycott against You! LOL

    • LynnNChicago says:

      I would never hold that against you! You are partially correct, an attempt to boycott Orange County would be crazy as they’re established and it would be pointless and fail. Most of us do like Orange County and we all really like New York, so that wasn’t an option. You’re right, an established series wouldn’t work, and we all agreed on that.

      Real Old Housewife explained some other reasons why we chose this series (and timing) as well:

      The Real(ly) Old Housewives of Manatee County: I Say No To Bravo Real Housewives of Miami http://t.co/07BtzGb

      Each of us have our own history, agenda and frustration levels with Bravo but the timing was perfect and we all agreed that this was what we wanted to do.

      That said, I understand that people will watch the show, hell I may even watch the show but I am choosing not to promote it for Bravo right now in hopes that they will acknowledge that we exist 🙂

      • Amber...RealWife says:

        Love ya girl! I’m a spicy firecracker! LOL I’ll pop off anywhere and enjoy doing it here! Good luck though! 😉

      • DJ Fruit Loops says:

        Lynn if Gretchen left OC so would i
        i know this was the first one but there are TOO many JILLS on it to make it a fun experience
        VICKI & Tamara MUST be related to Jill somehow as they just seem like wicked stepsisters im so repulsed by them i think i actually break out in hives
        I know a lot of the veiwers dont really like Gretchen as they precieve her as something quite different then the sweet person she is
        and of course there are a lot of lies out there about Slade as well
        but i love em both
        the rest are just ugh

        • Amber...RealWife says:

          ITA I got the wicked stepsister vibe towards Gretchen off them too! Vicki and Tamra. Hideous to look at, disgusting behaviour, they are two peas in a putrid pod!
          Mean jealous girls turned middleaged shrews. Of course they hate Gretchen. Regardless of her bad choices she is a beauty with an infectious laugh who lights up the room. I can only imagine the competition now that Tamra is single and free to make an utter fool of herself. Her divorce was the best thing that could’ve happened to an exhibitionist like her, as the upcoming bathtub scenes will prove.

          • DJ Fruit Loops says:

            that one scene wher Tamara flings the drink in jeanas face in teh ads out now make me wanna throttle her

    • NightLight says:

      I am with you Amber…RealWife! I have been waiting for my latin girls and I am watching. I was reading comments left on the ladies blogs and facebook and they are getting support.

      • Amber...RealWife says:

        Exactly! I’m waiting for the Latin ladies when I started hearing rumblings about boycotting because of KIMG and ROHOMC! It seemed like an alternate universe where a nut like KimG, who isn’t an official housewife, threatens a blogger who then blames BRAVO/ANDY because they won’t chastise her? That bitch is rich and if her own family can’t control her, how do the hot ladies of MIA end up paying the price? LOL Anyway, I love the crazy and I believe Miami will bring it!

        • NightLight says:

          Well I am latin so I am happy to see them on screen. I want them to bring the crazy.

          • NightLight says:

            watching Modern Family with my other latin girl Sofia Vergara!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • alicia says:

            I did watch Miami not knowing there was a boycott ! I’m Italian but live in South Fla so this is the enviroment I’m used to. I worked in Miami as a sales rep and the Hispanic girls are really very sweet to work with. However, I can’t handle the crime in Miami so I reside near wellington.
            I know this is off-topic but my mother in law is “disappointed” that my family didn’t send her a valentines card. Huh? I barely got it together to have one for my son(basket w/candy)and DH.
            What is everyone’s opinion please? Didn’t help that my annoying sister in law sent her flowers. And I don’t send my OWN parents anything, who I’m very close to.

            • Amber...RealWife says:

              RealHusband gets my Valentine’s gifts, then he also gets medium hearts for my Mom and two sisters and now my 3year old niece. It is all delivered as if its from our Son! They all love it and my Dad waits on my Mom getting candy so he can eat too! LOL

              Life is too short. Get her a card and box of chocolates. Get some for your Mom too and make it a custom. They will really appreciate getting the love from the grandchild.

            • Sha2000 says:

              Surprise her with a treat soon (mani-pedi on you maybe) for no reason & she’ll forget all about it.

              • alicia says:

                Thanks for the replies. We have abit of a strained relationship anyway due to her “acid tongue”,
                but I will do SOMETHING for her soon. I know she would enjoy some cocktails !

                • Sha2000 says:

                  “acid tongue”

                  Lol, that made me smile.
                  How about then some chocolate covered tums; to counter the acid? 🙂

                  Seriously, what about some pretty cocktail glasses, something different than she would usually have & a bottle of her favorite drink mix? Plus the time spent with her would be the most appreciated I bet.

                • error404 says:

                  sounds like you’re being blackmailed into sending her her tithe to me!

                  every family is different, and not every one buys into all of this Hallmark crap.

                  if it’s not your scene, I’d think a minute about what precedent you’re setting. She’s let you know she was unhappy, now are you going to have to cave to her whims every time you don’t cater to HER idea of how to live?

        • DJ Fruit Loops says:

          and teh funny thing is no one knows for sure if that person actually is Kim G
          last time i checked she hadnt verified her twitter acct
          and half the things she has posted have been proven to be false
          1 item i can verify myself is she claimed she was going to be working at the Jersey City Gay Pride now only wasnt she there (i was) but every official i asked had no idea who she was and had no record of her
          if i was the person she threatened to sue i wouldnt be sweating it

  67. jeang says:

    If you are going to boycott a housewives series/bravo show, do it where it counts, against an established money maker. Doing it against a nonestablished fan base is useless. If you want to show them your power do it to OC or NYC or Bethany. I love betheny but why boycott only one bravo show? If this boycott doesnt work, then all is good and well and and forgiven and and we will pick back up with bravo on OC,NYC and Betheny as if nothing ever happened?

  68. AZ Girl says:

    @Quincy: Looks like Tabitha Coffey will be working the red carpet at the Oscars. Man is that red carpet going to be crowded. Camille, Tabitha and mainstream media. I am not sure if Joan and Melissa have a parking space on the carpet. Anyone?

  69. AZ Girl says:

    There is a picture of pregnant Kim Z in bra and panties for Life & Style Magazine posted on Perezhilton.com. Kim is trying to channel Demi Moore’s Vanity Fair photo and it is just not working.

  70. boston02127 says:

    I get Jill’s emails regarding her newsletters. She still hasn’t figured out who I am on twitter…..ha….the dumb ass. Anywho…..
    Her newsletter:

    Special Announcement!
    My new and improved website will be going LIVE at 4PM today. I trust all of you to tell me what you REALLY think. If we have taught you ONE thing in our book..BE HONEST! Have a HAPPY DAY! Please go to jillzarin.com and explore!
    Jill
    .
    .
    LOL…if she’s taught anyone anything in THE BOOK…..be honest~!
    .
    Jill….Buy a mirror ya hypocrite.
    Blech…

  71. boston02127 says:

    K, this is pathetic. It’s exactly 8:53 PM and I’m going to bed. I’m burnt out.
    Night all. 🙂

    PS –can someone link me to Kelly’s new twitter (her real one) I like to make fun of her, I mean follow her. Thx.

  72. MichellefromNY says:

    Lynn, I appreciate what you’ve been doing and I know you’re not paid for what you do, but I think what you’re doing can be possibly counter-intuitive for you. Bravo works like nbc which is old-school. They are not used to the “new way” aka blogging. This is unlike industries like the fashion world where a fashion blogger gets invited to fashion shows and the like. Remember the superbowl scandal with janet jackson? ever sinc then, we’ve suffered with boring aging rockers and only this year was treated to something more contemporary. I think that the show 30 rock’s alec baldwin as the conservative executive of nbc explains my point perfectly.

    Lynn, I’ll be honest, I’m a little disappointed that you guys are not blogging about miami so i dont have to watch it, but I tottally understand and support where you’re coming from. Just know that tv execs tend to be more pompous than most and this anti blogging movement could tottally backfire.

    Anyway, I’m really sad which is selfish on my part but good luck to all of you so called hobby bloggers and kick some bravo tv ass 🙂

  73. @tweatcyn says:

    I think that Bravo/Andy cannot publicly support or acknowledge Lynn, despite their obviously reading this blog, because of the blog’s name. It would infer their siding against an active cast member, ie Jill Zarin, and they just cannot do that.

  74. jeang says:

    Boston it is @kellybensimon

  75. Adgirl says:

    Bravo is so killing their own network and our blogs by not carefully managing their jewel – RHNY.

    1. Bravo over saturated us with any form of RH series and WWHL to the point Bravo stuffed the pipeline and the channel with poor quality offerings.

    Now I am wondering if I should watch any of the RHs franchises.

    2. I’m so tired of RH that I am not excited about Bethenny! She is my favorite but I am not excited! Why? because I have no mental time to anticipate her show because I’m still watching lost footage of BH and reunion shows about NeNe.

    3. If I can’t get excited then I may find a new channel to love.

    4. New channel makes my time on Bravo blogs less interesting.

  76. AZ Girl says:

    Top Chef Spoiler alert: Mike Isabella steals a recipe of Richard Blais in competing in tonight’s Quickfire. That totally changes up drama. Paula Dean is the judge.

    • AZ Girl says:

      Mike Isabella wins QF and violates 1st Chef law. You do not steal another chef’s recipe. Now TC is getting interesting.

      • LynnNChicago says:

        And Chef Tom defends him on Twitter: (sort of)

        It happens every day you would be amazed if to find out how many chefs steal or borrow from other chefs.

        Not cool but menu items cannot be protected under copyright or IP laws

  77. sweet pea says:

    I’m watching Luann on Law & Order SVU. Hmmmm. I can’t act either (tried commercials as a teen) but I think she needs to keep her day job.

    • I watched it too. I am surprised how small her role was. She has been promoting her appearance on the show so much that I was under the impression that she had a bigger role. She just had a couple of scenes in the beginning of the show.

  78. Olivia says:

    BOOBS+BOTOX+BRAVO=BORING!

    I tivo’ed the Miami Mess and all I can say is that this one ranks as close to the bottom as any show out there. The Kardashian’s are far more interesting than this retread of past franchises and for me that is saying a lot.

    Whoever assembled this cast of horrors should be fired. Either that, or Miama is populated by more pretentious tarts than has ever been given credit. Not one of these wannabes is even close to interesting let alone attractive. All I heard coming out of the reworked mouths of these beauties was how beautiful, smart, confident, and sexy they are. In their dreams!

    The Miami franchise is an example of a network “jumping the shark” as they say in televisionland. Milking the same themes and narratives, delivered by some of the most overworked of plastic surgeons while dressed in outfits suitable to a Las Vegas “fun ranch”, has brought this series to a new low. Stringy hair enhanced by weaves, cleavage cut down to the nether regions, skirts hiked up to the papsmear line, and faces that must have been carved been the same stonemason who did Mount Rushmore does not equal glamour.

    And who is that elderly woman holding and sipping her wine from an urn that looks as if she ordered her face from a Hello Kitty catalogue? Surely no one in their right mind would be seeking her out for advice?

    Watching this travesty did bring out the laugh track. I have never seen such a sorry mix of women assembled in one group unless you consider “road groupies” following rock bands. A little older and longer in the tooth perhaps but not much different.

    Bravo has turned the corner with this “masterpiece”. Fade to black. Quickly!

    • Adgirl says:

      Is Miami a trumped up version of Miami Social? I thought some of the women were the same … but I only watched that mess 1x.

      • LynnNChicago says:

        Rumor has it that RHOM was originally another version of Miami Social but that their Housewives series are so popular they just edited the footage into a Housewives series. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but that’s what I heard.

        • Olivia says:

          This one deserves having a stake run through it.

          Awful!

        • DJ Fruit Loops says:

          BUT Lynn dont you remember long ago when they anounced they were doing a real housewives of miami and then a few months later they shelved it
          and i mentioned to you that most likely it got shelved because how bad the ratings for miami social was despite one of the stars of it had been on Big Brother
          then when they announced it again i told you i thought this was the shelved series and you thought it had a whole new cast but nothing was concrete
          after miami socials ratings there was no way they would film a second one

    • DJ Fruit Loops says:

      wow you can tell all that from 1 eppy huh LOL

    • Amber...RealWife says:

      @Olivia

      “And who is that elderly woman holding and sipping her wine from an urn…?
      Why that would be the sole Anglo in the cast, Lea Black, wife of famed attorney Roy Black! LOL She would also be the one with the stringy hair and bad weave in case you missed it.

      Regardless of their attitudes, the four members, Larsa, Cristy, Adriana, and Alexia (prior to upkeep), are IMO pretty housewives. They need very little makeup to look attractive. While you can bring on the warpaint for Patton and Black! As for short dresses it is Miami and they’ve got the legs! But it seems that Lea will keep her thighs covered and dress her age. Thankfully! 🙂

      So glad that you are back with the flowery prose we so missed. Hope you are as descriptive with the OC cast, as they are a plastic surgeons best patients. DUMB, BLONDE,VAIN,COMPETITIVE, TOLERANT TO PAIN and RICH!

      The OC is Botox+Bleach+Boobs+Bimbos+Bitchy+BRAVO=SundaysOnBRAVO!

  79. CRH216 says:

    Sorry…..But no one is forcing you to watch these shows or blog about them in the first place. If you don’t like their shotty treatment of you, don’t watch the channel.

    I know that’s brutal. I tell it like it is. I think you would actually have you show some validity in how your blog would benefit them, say with stats, hits, advertising, etc. If you don’t have those to present to a network you are no different then the average viewer.

    Also are you really comparing your viewership to TMZ and Us Magazine? These websites reach milions internationaly daily. It only makes sense why they get the previews. It’s called…..common sense!!!

    Unless you are at the level of say a Perez Hilton, Bravo’s not going to give you previews.

    All you have done here is come off arrogant. Maybe a litte Zarin is rubbing off on you I dare say? I am not watching or blogging unti I get my way! That’s something she would say for sure!

    I have been a faithful reader, but this reasoning is stupid, childish, and you have lost me as a follower.

    • Go To Sleep says:

      I totally agree. Funny how Lynn is turning into everything she hated about Jill.

      • Kellita says:

        Um…….huh???

      • DJ Fruit Loops says:

        no way
        Lynn is nothing like Jill
        Lynn is actually one of the nicest people on twitter
        I think she is just a lil peeved that she does all this w/o getting any sort of aknowledgement
        but as one poster pointed it out that may simply be from what the name of the blog is
        how would it look if bravo even mentioned the blog by name
        that all being said Lynn is nothing like that dragzilla Jill

        • Kellita says:

          You said it! I was stunned by that nasty dig from Go To Sleep, who clearly needs to go back to sleep.

  80. battgyrl says:

    I am sure that I’m the minority here, but I cannot support this boycott for several reasons. These housewives blogs are hobby blogs started by people who wanted to talk about their favorite tv franchise. They were not in it for the money, and for me that was part of their charm. Now the undersigned want compensation in the form of press previews, even though none were ever hired – or even asked – to write these blogs by Bravo.

    Second, were are you getting the information that TMZ is getting previews or information directly from Bravo? I would bet money it’s the cast members themselves “leaking” tidbits to make themselves look better (or others look worse.) But regardless, the TMZ’s and Gawker’s of the world have a solid revenue stream in the form of eyeballs and page clicks, so from a business standpoint it makes sense for Bravo to give them gossip first. I’m still not convinced this happens much though.

    But my biggest issue is that the boycott is so selective. If you really meant it, you wouldn’t blog about any of the housewives. It’s easy to “boycott” the new show, but what about OC, NY, NJ and even Beverly Hills? Further still, why not boycott all Bravo shows? It has to be all or nothing to have any impact.

    Lynn, I don’t have any problem with you or your blog and if the boycott makes you happy then go for it. I question the point of it and it’s effectiveness. I’m definitely watching the Miami gals. I have a feeling most of the people here who say they won’t watch again will do so as soon as the drama gets into high gear.

    And that’s my two cents.

    • LynnNChicago says:

      I respect your opinion and have no problem with anyone watching the show. We’re not asking for “compensation”, we’re simply asking to be acknowledged. A preview now and then would be great but its not mandatory. I do know for a fact that several outlets were recently given a preview of Bethenny Ever After directly from Bravo. Why can’t the bloggers get it too? It costs Bravo nothing! That’s all we’re saying.

      Yes, they have the eyeballs but if you read a lot of their comments the readers complain whenever there is a housewife featured, they are looking for the A list stars and real entertainment news. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read “Why do you keep talking about these damn housewives?” Their readers are not Bravo fans. Ours are.

      The guts of the Bravo reality blogging is right here where we focus on their shows.

      • Olivia says:

        I don’t feel the need to defend Lynn since I think she has a pretty good handle of defending herself. But I do think that what she is asking for is not unreasonable.

        Her readers come here because they have been shut out by Bravo itself. Their comments are filtered and their feelings abou these shows are muted by that blogsite for reasons that have yet to be identified. This blog offered an outlet for many who choose to follow these shows which also boosts the ratings for that network whether or not they choose to admit as much.

        Some of the “stars” read this blog and have a fairly good idea of how they are viewed. Many readers here truly believe and accept what they see as factual and find themselves in company with other like minded viewers who get a kick out of discussing the latest transgressions of these cast members both on and off camera. For some this is a gathering spot, a comfortable place that eases the challenges of their day by sharing information back and forth and creating an atmosphere of fun.

        My approach is a little different in that I find much of what these so called “stars” say and do is often downright amusing. But having said as much, I do watch many of these Housewife shows but with a different slant. Bravo has to know of the existence of some of these blogs out there whose main function is the coverage of this franchise. It stands to reason as there has been indication forthcoming from the cast members themselves.

        Bravo, by refusing to acknowledge these blogs, is turning down an opportunity to enchance its product line. By offering snippets of upcoming presentations to these blogs it would appear to be in their favor.

        Having said that, I don’t think that what Lynn is requesting is unreasonable as she is also speaking on behalf of her readership. As for refusing to blog about the Miami franchise, she has not disallowed comments about the show to be made.

        Frankly, I am unable to see the problem with Lynn’s position. A little recognition would be a quid pro quo for all concerned.

        • Cusi77 says:

          Amen, Olivia! You have covered perfectly what I am unable to verbalize… Thanks!

        • Go To Sleep says:

          Have you read the title of this blog recently? Whether you like Jill or not, she is one of Bravo’s ‘talent’ and Andy makes it VERY clear that he doesn’t publically choose ‘favorites’ on his shows. So now, someone with the blog titled “I HATE JILL ZARIN” wants exclusive rights? This is almost laughable. I hope Andy makes the Bravo Hobby Bloggers his “JACKHOLE” of the week.

          • LynnNChicago says:

            Exclusive rights? Where did you read that?

            • BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

              Hi Lynn,
              I asked below but I will ask again.
              Are you able to contact Tabitha or Sonja
              or Simon & find out why you cannot at least have some real communication with Bravo or Andy or both?

              • LynnNChicago says:

                I have contact information for the cast members that I’ve interviewed, yes.

                I would never ask them for access to Bravo people or Andy Cohen, they were kind enough to spend time doing an interview with me but I wouldn’t take advantage of their kindness by asking them that.

                I get why you would think it is an option, but it really isn’t.

                I don’t think it would be appropriate and I don’t think they would do it anyway.

                • BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

                  Oh,
                  I just thought that it would help all involved so there wouldn’t be a problem just at finding out why they won’t even talk you all.
                  I understand what you are saying about not taking advantage of their kindness. Maybe someone reading this blog will help for the right reasons & get in touch with whom you need to speak to.
                  Peace Love & Hugs
                  Patty

          • AZ Girl says:

            Where does Lynn say she wants exclusive rights? The hobby bloggers just want some type of line of communication between Bravo and themselves. Its a “win/win” proposition. Bravo gets advertising and increase viewership the blogs have more info on the shows and more traffic. No mention of money etc. “Go to Sleep”

  81. California35 says:

    Watching Survivor…watching delayed, but that’s the latest I watch that one show. BF is happy 🙂

  82. KookADoodleDo says:

    “Now the undersigned want compensation in the form of press previews, even though none were ever hired – or even asked – to write these blogs by Bravo. ”

    Battgyrl, I think just an acknowledgment from Bravo would be acceptable from the “hobby bloggers” you mentioned in your post. Heck, I would settle for a Mazel shot glass weekly give away to bloggers!

    • battgyrl says:

      But these bloggers are not asking for simple recognition. From what I am interpreting from the letter they want a certain amount of journalistic “perks” that I just don’t see Bravo ever agreeing to. Keep in mind that most housewives/Bravo viewers don’t read ANY blogs, and generally speaking blogs do not generate new viewers, but rather existing viewers seek out the blogs.

      Don’t get me wrong, I love my housewives blogs and read them daily. I just think these “demands” are over the top and aren’t going to result in anything but more hurt feelings.

  83. Adgirl says:

    OMG!!
    “Shawna Forde Sentenced to Death.”

    I saw this headline and thought SHANNA TAYLOR FORD ARMSTRONG was in a mess of trouble but it’s about some crazy woman in AZ.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-02-22/shawna-forde-arizona-vigilante-sentenced-to-death/

    • AZ Girl says:

      This woman headed up a vigilante group that guard the border against illegal’s crossing. She and a group raided a known drug dealer’s home and killed him and his daughter. Really crazy. Again its AZ.

  84. lillybee says:

    I will not be watching Miami. I am so HW’d out. Too many shows.

    Mike I. is an ass. What he did is so nasty. As Carla said you don’t take another chef’s idea. Especially when they talked about the dish that morning.

    Lulu wasn’t great but she wasn’t bad either. She was what I expected for a throwaway character in L&O SUV.

    TWOP closed down RHOBH. I understand some of the posters were getting quite nasty.

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  86. HD says:

    I missed Top Chef last night.

    Did Mike REALLY steal the dish? I can’t believe it. He actually stole someone’s elses idea for a dish? Did the chef (is his name Rich or something like that) make that dish as well?

    I know Lynn is going to recap but will someone please tell me now? I can’t take it.

    • HD says:

      Okay…I read a blog from the senior editor which said Mike saw it in an idea book that Richard had. So Mike didn’t talk to Rich about the dish and then steal it? He made a deep fried oyster? Isn’t that pretty common. I have even made fried oysters. I have some oysters in my fridge right now waiting to be deep fried so I can have a po boy sandwich. Isn’t fried oysters pretty common?

      Did Mike say he was stealing the idea? Oh goodness, someone please tell me what happened! Why did I fall asleep so damn early?! I know I am alwys doing this. Sorry.

      • HD says:

        Okay…I’m calm now. LOL! I read about it online and saw it was not actually an oyster, etc and how he looked in the idea book.

        I have to say and I will get slammed but oh well…Yes, you should not steal dishes that is a given but for some reason these chefs forget THIS IS A COMPETITION. Don’t pull out your fancy sketches. If you want to look through your book I suggest you do it in private. These people are trying to win just like you. All is fair in love and Top Chef.

  87. Go To Sleep says:

    How does Bravo owe you guys anything? YOu have a blog because of Bravo…people read your blog BECAUSE OF Bravo. Sounds to me like you guys owe something to Bravo more than they owe anything to you. You all are getting a little full of yourselves…like I posted on RCH blog- sounds like some of you caught the “Jenn Sale” fever. That list of expectations is ridiculous. Just wait a couple months and your beloved Alex and Simon will be back on TV, don’t worry.

  88. BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

    Good morning~
    Well I watched RHOM because it was on at 4pm yesterday & couldn’t resist. I wish I had..
    Is there now a format all Real Ho Wives follow. Everything mainly the same just different state & different women.
    I did go to another site who is not boycotting Miami wives & they were not very nice to say the least. In most of their opinions Lynn & the other top bloggers deserve nothing & should stop being cry babies..:P
    I was so disgusted by the same old crap of a supposedly new ho wife show I may only watch Bethenny always & forever. Besides Bravo not listening to Lynn or anyone else who may have ways to help make these shows better, they are insulting my mentality
    to the point of pissing me off.
    I am more interested in relationships between real women than who has bigger diamonds or how many homes you have. I started watching NYC wives because I am a transplant from NYC to KY where it is a culture shock to say the least.
    Like I said I loved Bethenny & Jill & the other girls friendships & seeing them do fun things like boating & swimming & going out dining & dancing. I also liked that they had real problems like all of us & used their brains to fix them. There were no grudges back then either until Jill Zarin started after Bethenny which is why I came here.
    I hope you get what you need & deserve. Maybe ask Simon or Tabitha or Sonja since you have spoken to them right?

  89. Kansas Girl says:

    Lynn, I’ve been absent/lurking the past few days with not much time to read or comment. But just wanted to say I’m with you in this issue. Bravo is foolish to not acknowledge all the bloggers bring to them. Their housewives seem to catch on to the idea of creative marketing, so why has the network not?! Stand firm! You have so many of us behind you!

    While following workmen around the house (4 unrelated things broke down and it’s been an interesting few days), I’ve been cogitating on Bravo’s lack of response. I remember a very early interview where Andy said the original idea was to turn the camera on a group of people to see what happened — a kind of social experiment. It was where “watch what happens” originated. I think we now see that there is a pattern of what happens and we should not have been surprised. Turn a camera on any crowd and a few hide, a few wave, some do something to get positive attention, and some get negative attention. Unfortunately for the Bravo audience, the people who want negative attention have gotten encouragement on these shows. It’s no longer a social experiment, but one where the participants are guided or at least edited to heighten the negative behavior. And this has become formulaic. I did watch the version (mostly because I had no heat and was huddled under a blanket trying to find entertainment where I could be totally under the blanket, LOL) and it was like every bad aspect of previous shows. Not something I’ll be pulled to watch again at this rate.

    I do hope Bravo can see the advantage to them of partnering with their audience. The audience is part of their social experiment. If they’re watching what happens to us, they should see that they’re gradually losing us. There is a lot of other stuff on TV we can turn to.

    Please know that one more is behind you!

  90. china41042 says:

    Just a note to tell you I’m a lurker. I read your blog often, and have started reading the other blogs that you’ve posted links to throughout time. Just wanted you to know I appreciate your efforts even if I don’t post a comment. Good luck with your efforts!

  91. tootsie says:

    Here I am at the bottom, lurking and reading. As a big fat (fluffy) nobody I respond with “I will not watch RHofM” . I am behind you 110%. I found you by accident months ago and read you several times a day. You have my permission to add my name (or not) to any list you have.

  92. 4boysgotnoise says:

    I find this idea of blog banning, odd. I read your blog BECAUSE I watch the Housewives franchises. I don’t watch the Housewives because I read your blog.

  93. Rhetorica says:

    I just began posting last week but have been a long time reader. Most of the fun of Bravo shows are talking about them after they air! Bravo needs to reward boggers for promoting their shows. As once said, there is no such thing as negative publicity.

  94. JenFromCincy says:

    Obviously this is your blog and I don’t feel like you should write about anything you aren’t interested in, but this whole strike seems a little over-the-top.

    While a million and a half hits a year is fantastic in the blogosphere, People and Radar get those numbers (in unique users) daily.

    Also, while I enjoy your blog (and Quincy’s posts on it as well), I think that the “We have a strong influence on what viewers watch and don’t watch” statement goes a little far. If there was an episode I missed and you blog about how good it was, I may go back and watch it, but I hardly feel like a mindless drone that values your opinion over my own.

    Maybe it’s due to the midwest union fatigue, but people uniting to take their balls and go home seems so thuggish. If you feel strongly about it personally, fine, but when you go out of your way to unite to make your point bigger and louder? Doesn’t sit as well.

    I always thought that this was a fun way to commune with people who enjoyed the same shows I did, now it seems more geared to a desire to become part of the Bravo promo machine.

    Just my opinion though. I’ll still be a reader of what you do decide to cover.

    • tootsie says:

      Jen, aren’t we midwesterners absolutely rung dry from our political crap? Don’t know about you but if I don’t show up for work I’m fired, no excuses (except my own death). This blog takes me away from reality and into phoney reality (Housewives shows).

  95. DJ Fruit Loops says:

    Completely OFF TOPIC but i think thia may make some fans of RHOBH happy
    NBC gave Medium the show based on a certain dinner guest from hells life the Ax
    gee i wonder If Alison saw that coming
    LOL

    • Savannah001 says:

      Hi everyone, it’s been awhile hope everyone is well.
      Lynn A BIG THANKS to you and all the other blog sites that you listed.

      Miami I tried to watch and I was bored and went to bed early. I would much rather be watching the New York ladies..

  96. Chattycat says:

    You definitely have my support, Lynn. I was rather on the fence about the RHOM because it is just getting too much with all of the Housewives, but I so agree with your requests to Bravo that I will definitely sit out of the RHOM in support of you!! I will find another channel to watch when they’re on. YOU GO, GIRL…MAKE THEM LISTEN!!

  97. nathania says:

    I don’t think it will be missed. I was pretty appalled by the preview part of RHOM.

    It was like, “I have seen this show before. It’s called ‘basketball wives’ on VH1.”

    I guess I am going to be brutal, I don’t want to watch bimbos. That’s why I am not watching OC this time. Alexis Bellino makes me nauseated.

    I have thought about it alot why these shows appeal to so many people and probably a lot of us have forgotten but the first decade of this millenium was ruled by coke-added billionaire brats barely out of their teens flashing crotch shots at the camera and in general acting like complete idiots. You couldn’t get away from them, they were everywhere. Now instead of Paris and Nicky, we have Kim and Kyle. Bravo has brought back the WOMAN. Older actresses complain about the lack of good roles and Bravo is making stars out of every day women, women of what used to be called ‘a certain age’. Nowhere else in the industry is anyone devoting this much real interest to women who were once deemed ‘over the hill’. And Atlanta which is the highest rated housewives show, has five black leads which is amazing, and the leads are all women who are in their late thirties, and forties. It’s really amazing, to have all these shows with middle-aged women in the spotlight. It’s actually pretty unheard of.

    I get the feeling Bravo might be catering more to what I call ‘the demographic’ with Miami. The demographic being 18 to 49 year old males. The amazing thing about Bravo it that it steadfastly avoids doing so, when practically every other station is doing just that (except maybe Oprah and HGTV).

    So far I don’t like Miami at all, it seems like there is only one ‘woman’ and 4 little girls with great big fakies. There just doesn’t seem like much to interest anyone. I think Unless the cast gets shaken up that Miami will go the way of D.C.

  98. abbbygirl says:

    I thought the RHM was a real snoozefest.

    Maybe they need to vet some other cities like Chicago, Boston, or Baltimore.

  99. Austin says:

    Eh, I didn’t know about the boycott and I watched RHoM, although I did doze off a couple of times. OMG, it was like watching paint dry. And assuming they show some of their best clips in the “what’s to come” segment at the end of the show, it does not show much promise of improving.

    *yawn*

  100. BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

    hi everyone~
    I did something I am sure won’t get posted in Bravo’s Andy blog~
    I asked straight out why Lynn could not get a hold of him directly or someone at Bravo
    but I haven’t checked to see if anyone posted it. Wouldn’t that be great if that was all it took.

  101. BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

    I just checked bravo Andy & of course they didn’t post my question. Will check again later.

  102. Furalis says:

    Count me in as well long time lurker. I will not watch Miami – I never watched DC but read all the blogs. I did watch Beverly Hills because of this blog

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