Thanks to Boston02127 for the great photo! Love it!What a big night on television. The Celebrity Apprentice Finale was long and parts were rather boring but I was happy with the winner which I will let Quincy announce in her blog.
The Real Housewives of Orange County is winding down and I’m pretty happy about that, we heard that the reunion was 10-hours of filming and that all the ladies cried at one point but there is a whole lot of vicious feelings of hatred between these women.
I find it hard to believe that Peggy and Alexis were ever real friends. Another example of how a reality show ruins a relationship I suppose but I don’t think Alexis lost out on anything here, Peggy is a straight up bitch! I haven’t liked Peggy from the beginning and she’s only gotten worse. The woman can’t go 5-minutes without talking about Alexis.
Peggy came onto the show with an agenda and it was to jump on what she thought was the “I hate Alexis” bandwagon, like Jill Zarin Peggy had a plan. Peggy read all of the negative things posted on the internet and believed that viewers hated Alexis. Peggy believed that if she fanned the flames and took up against Alexis, she would become popular. Just like most of Jill’s plans, Peggy’s plan backfired in her face too! Peggy is coming off as jealous and a complete idiot. She spends her husband’s birthday dinner talking about Alexis and Jim Bellino. Peggy and Tamra were rude and overly critical of Alexis’ fashion show.
Peggy’s breasts are so huge they’re ugly and vulgar and maybe Tamra’s “cooch” falls out of her outfits but this is what is in style now and this is what thousands of women wear Tamra, maybe she forgot we’ve seen more than we’d like to of Tamra Barney. Peggy shared with us tonight her portfolio that was either her new modeling stills or a gift for her husband, again, more of Peggy than I’d ever want to see. She has no business criticizing anyone else.
It amazes me how really sheltered and behind the times the Orange County Housewives are, they have no clue about fine dining and obviously don’t know anything about the latest fashion trends. If the Orange County Housewives show survives another season let’s hope Bravo has the sense to lose this cast and start over.
Alexis planned and pulled off a fashion show and honestly, I liked the clothes. I don’t think they were anything over the top special but they were cute for the most part. That said, I think she’s kidding herself that people will buy her clothing. She didn’t show us anything original or anything we haven’t seen before.
Watching Alexis discuss the menu for her luncheon was embarrassing, just like Peggy a few weeks before, these ladies have no idea how to choose a menu and how to refrain from insulting a chef. Another example of how sheltered and just plain stupid they both are.
When Vicki fails to show up at the fashion show Alexis is insulted and Gretchen tells us that she’s not surprised that Vicki wouldn’t show up since she was probably working. I think that Gretchen would have been better to just keep her mouth shut and she did come off as pretty cold and unfeeling. Gretchen had the benefit of being allowed to explain her behavior later on Watch What Happens Live. Gretchen explained that Vicki had this issue (reported bleeding from her anus) a few months prior and did nothing about it. The day of Alexis’ fashion show is the day Vicki decides to have her problem checked out, it is questionable. Tamra gets the text message from Vicki telling her she’s in the hospital and the following chain of events lead me to believe that it wasn’t as serious as Tamra made it out to be.
First of all Tamra stayed at the party, she continued to drink and eat while texting with Vicki. The fact that Vicki was texting was pretty telling as well, who does that? If Vicki didn’t have a family member with her, she would have text to her family members and if her family was already with her, wouldn’t she have them call or text Tamra? I think the final straw was the photo that Vicki texted to Tamra of her IV, who does that? Was she trying to prove that she was really in the hospital? If her condition was serious why would she feel the need to prove anything?
Tamra mentioned “surgery” but in fact Vicki had a “procedure” where they stuck a tube up her butt to find the bleeding and took care of it.
I still think that Gretchen should have kept quiet because now she looks like the bad guy but I’m going to join her, I think Gretchen was right. Vicki was creating more drama than necessary and Tamra’s stone faces that she made just added to the unnecessary drama of it all. In the end Vicki was just fine.
Vicki has become quite a good actress over the past six-years of The Real Housewives of Orange County. Her speech to Tamra about her marriage was a great acting job but I think that she is the source of the majority of the tension between her and Donn. She has been brutal to him over the years, we’ve seen it so many times and if she does it on screen, just imagine what she does while the camera’s aren’t rolling.I think that Vicki is cold to Donn and I believe that her blaming Donn for lack of affection is unfair, why would he want to be affectionate with a cold bitch like her who puts him down all the time? Vicki revealing that it had been two years since they had sex contradicts her comments about their trip to Turks and Caicos where she claimed to have good sex with her husband while there for their vow renewal ceremony. That was just one year ago.
I hope that Donn finds a wonderful woman who treats him well and shows him respect. I think the least couples should expect from their spouses is to be respectful especially in public and in particular for the Gunvalson’s in front of the cameras.
Gretchen and Slade’s conversation was a bit surprising, I am glad that Gretchen feels comfortable enough to discuss their very sensitive problems and on television no less. Slade wasn’t shocked by anything Gretchen said about their future being questionable due to his child support issues. Gretchen is smart about this, she didn’t jump into a marriage and have children right away just because she happens to love Slade, as she said, that may not be enough.
Slade has a very large balance due on his child support and his side of the story is that the monthly amount that he was supposed to pay was set by the courts when he was making a whole lot of money. Now that he’s lost his high paying job and seems to be refusing to get any job the debt is piling up very quickly. Personally, I believe that this is the reason why Slade refuses to get a job, if he does he knows that his paycheck will be immediately pegged and they will begin to deduct a large chunk of his pay to go toward his debt.
Slade’s industry is the mortgage/title industry for home purchases and it hasn’t died, in fact with so many people restructuring their loans and refinancing homes, I would bet Slade could find a job fairly easily. If he is going to try to insist on making the same amount of money that he used to make, therein lies the problem. Slade makes the excuse that he can’t find a job but I don’t think he’s actively looking, he doesn’t want to work and he doesn’t want his pay to be garnished.
Like many men who have lost their jobs or have had to take lower paying jobs, Slade needs to go back into court and ask the judge to modify his child support amount but you can’t go to the judge and ask that you pay absolutely nothing because you have no job at all. Get a job Slade! If he really wants to marry Gretchen he should do things right. Instead reports are that Slade has moved out of Gretchen’s home. Watch What Happens…
Watch What Happens Live was extremely dull. Once Gretchen explained her behavior on the show it made more sense. Gretchen told us about Vicki’s problem a few months back and she told us about all the text photos of the IV in Vicki’s arm.
It was a bit confusing when they discussed why Gretchen couldn’t sing her song because she didn’t have the rights to it. Maybe we’ll get better clarification on that later. Gretchen seemed to want to tell one story and Andy another.
Kara clearly doesn’t watch the Housewives and whenever they have a guest who doesn’t watch the shows it is a bit awkward. Andy knows that viewers want to hear them talk about Housewives and Kara acted like she was above watching the drama. I wasn’t a fan of Kara’s on American Idol and maybe that wasn’t her fault. She was brought in as the fourth judge which I think most people agreed was one too many. American Idol knew that Paula’s time on the show was questionable and they wanted to introduce a new judge in anticipation of Paula’s departure. It simply didn’t work.
Kara is a talented songwriter and some people should just remain behind the scenes, in my opinion.
Celebrity Apprentice Finale 2011 by Quincy IL
The 2011 Celebrity Apprentice competition raised over $3,000,000 for the charities of the 16 celebrity apprentice contestants.
Marlee Matlin and John Rich met as project managers once again to design two campaigns for a new product with an old twist called, “Retro 7 up.” Marlee was to design a can, create a commercial starring Jeffrey Holder, and have a life performance with the Harlem Globetrotters for a 1970s theme. John was to design a can, create a commercial starring Twisted Sister and have a life performance with Def Leppard for a 1980s theme.
Last week Meat Loaf of Marlee’s team was on the phone dealing with Jeffrey Holder’s lawyers and the standard release forms for Celebrity Apprentice. He was screaming and going to throw his phone. John Rich was fighting with the manager of Def Leppard over the use of a kick drum. Both teams eventually worked out their issues in time for the performances.
We watch a photo shoot of John Rich holding his guitar. Lil John is there trying to help John succeed and relax a little.
Jeffrey Holder arrives in the white suit and white hat that he wore for the commercials in the 1970’s. He does his work perfectly and sounds just like he did in the 1970s. Twisted Sister also performs in the commercial. This was filmed and shown to us last week.
We watch the celebrities that have been fired arrive for the live performance as the show goes back and forth with the preparation of the commercials and the events featuring the Harlem Globetrotters and Def Leppard.
Mr. Trump talks to the fired celebrities and asks their opinions of their experience with the competition. Nene Leakes was there also. Earlier she had walked off the show and was fired as she drove away in a cab. David Cassidy is asked about Richard Hatch who was in jail at the time of filming for not paying taxes. David feels vindication as he felt Richard took the low road and belonged on a cold slab. David said that Mr. Trump did the right thing when David was the first to be fired.
Lisa Rinna blamed Star Jones for her firing and she would not respond to a question about that person (Star Jones.) Gary Bussey ramble and Mr. Trump called him “a piece of work.” Meat Loaf got emotional, but he is friends with John Rich. Lil John enjoyed working with good people, but he would never do this again.
We return to watch the teams plan the events with balloons, tables and signs. Star organizes her event and tells us that she has had parties for over 300 in her home and she had a wedding that we might have heard about. The wedding was more successful than the marriage.
Friends of John Rich bring him large checks made out to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. His total was $300,000 so he collected over $1,000,000 for his kids.
Marlee kicks in and begins to prepare for the arrival and show by the Harlem Globetrotters. Everything is falling into place and the team feels great about their event. Mr. Trump had his grandchildren in the stands for a performance by the Harlem Globetrotters. He loved being greeted by Marlee and felt the event was great.
John showed his video, but introduced Def Leppard when they had not arrived. He performed and talked to the audience to fill in the time, but this was an error. No one greeted Mr. Trump or the executives from 7 up which was another error. Def Leppard performed well and the audience had a great time listening to their songs. This band had has sold 65,000,000 cds/records.
The executives from 7 up loved the commercials and would hire both Marlee and John.
We return to the fired celebrities to discuss Nene Leakes and see video of her comments on the other stars especially, Star Jones. Nene stands by her statements and has no regrets. Star Jones notes that Nene attacked every Black woman on the show. Nene warns her to not make this racial. La Toya agrees with Nene that Star was manipulative. Mr. Trump says that someday Nene and Star with be friends and have lunch, but Star says, “When pigs fly.”
In the board room, they discuss the accomplishments of Marlee and John Rich. Marlee has faced adversity throughout her life and people have told her that she would fail. She rejected that then and she will never give up. She thanks he husband and four children for letting her have this opportunity.
John Rich explains that he raised an additional $300,000 dollars. Marlee is upset because she would have raised money too if she had known that was allowed.
We see videos of Marlee with kids receiving hearing aids in Africa and hearing sounds for the first time in their lives. We also go with John to St. Jude and see children with deadly diseases smiling and having a chance at life because of this hospital and the donations that it receives.
John Rich performs a song called, “For the Children,” while Marlee signs. Then children from the New York School of the Deaf also sign with the music. In the end, there is silence as the entire audience waves both of their hands.
Finally, Mr. Trump says there is no loser. Mr. Trump tells John Rich that he is the winner of Celebrity Apprentice 2011. They drop confetti and the entire audience cheers.
The End. Mr. Trump has announced that there will be another season.
Mob Wives by Quincy IL
Scenes of Staten Island are shown to us in the opening credits as we watch the day go into night and we see the moon in a black sky. Drita Davanzo arrives at the home of Carla Facciolo to discuss her verbal war with Karen Gavano over Lee, Drita’s husband and Karen’s boyfriend of 7 years. Drita does not like Karen bashing Lee in Lee’s home where Lee’s daughters may hear her comments. Carla agrees that the issue of Lee dating Drita shortly after he broke up with Karen is ancient history and is unworthy of discussion. Drita states that her friendship with Karen can never be as it once was.
Karen goes to Renee Graziano’s home for dinner and a discussion of the Lee issue between Karen and Drita. Renee admonished Karen for failing to demand an apology. Karen states that she failed to get her point across. Karen asks, “Do I trust Drita? No.” Karen does not believe that Drita will apologize and reestablish a friendship.
Drita is home and she receives a phone call from a federal prison. It is Lee her husband. Drita and Lee are playful on the phone as she tells him that she is going to tattoo herself with the symbol of the eveil eye. Lee suggests placing it on the back of her neck so it can watch over her because he is in prison. Lee liked the pictures of the house and the girls, but wants photos of Drita. Drita asks, “Who will take my picture?” Lee wants her to wear red lingerie. Drita is worried that the guards will look and send them back to her as it happened once. Lee said to cover up certain parts. She will have photos taken in a swim suit.
Carla and Renee meet the next morning in a coffee and pastry shop. Carla tells Renee that Karen doesn’t like Lee. Renee says that she doesn’t like Lee. Carla shares that Karen insulted Drita in her home about her relationship. Renee doesn’t like what Carla says and she brings up Carla’s boyfriend who they discussed before. Carla states that she has a great relationship with her boyfriend and the best comment that Renee can make is no comment. Renee plans to have a Sunday night dinner part to get it all out on the table. In an interview Renee asks herself, “Is this a good idea?” Then she answers, “I doubt it.”
Nikole, a connected friend of Renee arrives to discuss a business plan that Renee has decided to try after thinking about it for 26 years. Renee was always a letter writer and she has between 5,000 and 6,000 letters to friends and family that she calls, “Jail Mail.” She wants to use INC, but instead of “Incorporated,” she means “Incarcerated.” Renee think that non- writers like Nikole will sign up so cards will be sent to their loved ones in prison on special occasions.
Renee decided to do this now because Junior her ex-husband is going back to jail. He was arrested while on parole for gambling.
Drita’s bedroom is covered with designer clothes and shoes as she decided what to take to her photo shoot. Her little girl is there and she tries on sparkly/expensive pants and $900 shoes. Her daughter says Drita has a lot of clothes and Drita says that Lee buys them because he feels guilty that he is in prison. Giselle, the three year old, does not know her father.
Renee invites Drita for Sunday dinner during a phone call. Renee does not share that Karen is coming. Drita asks if children are invited. They are not.
Carla and Karen speak in interviews and both state that Renee should not get involved in other people’s business.
Renee goes to two web designers and requests a web site called, “Jail Mail, INC.” She wants it to be black and white and to have jail doors that open. You enter and see the heads of prisoners waiting for mail. The designers are enthusiastic.
Drita goes to a photo session to make sexy photos. She gets hair and makeup done. She wears a black dress, sits in a red chair, sits on a staircase, and poses in a fur coat while wearing a white bikini. Drita feels good about having photos taken because Lee will love the photos. The photographer compliments Drita and says she could be a model.
Renee tells Nikole about a text message from Carla’s boyfriend threatening her. He said that Renee should not talk about him.
Drita suspects that Karen is coming to the dinner and she says that Karen better not talk about Lee.
Drita and Carla arrive for Sunday dinner. Drita shows a huge evil eye tattoo on the back of her neck under her hair and Renee touches it. Drita does not flinch although she just got the tattoo. Drita is smoking a cigarette in Renee’s dining room when she asks who the extra table setting is for. Renee says it is a surprise.
Renee, Carla and Drita sit at the table and quickly Renee brings up Carla’s boyfriend. Karen is on the street and hears women screaming as she approaches the house. Karen takes her place at the table as the fight between Renee and Carla explodes. Karen said that he touched her rear and she did not like it or consider it respectful. Carla said he is playful when drunk and as long as he does it in front of her it is OK. Renee says that is it disrespectful and they argue. Carla claims that Renee is jealous and all hell breaks loose. Carla’s boyfriend is called a “groper.”
Carla says that Renee is jealous so Renee gets up and goes to Carla who also gets up. They attack each other and end up on the floor. At times, the group of 4 women moves so quickly that we see the cameramen who are filming the conflict. The women fling themselves and obscenities at each other. Drita seems calm, but she is upset and wants to fight. She takes her shoes off. Drita says she would like to punch the screaming out of everyone.
Next week: Cage fight
Jill Zarin met Drita Davanzo and later tweeter Drita asking her to lunch.
“Can you say “The Real Mob Wives of New York City?”
We cover a lot of reality series on this blog and sometimes I forget that these multiple “realities” can overlap! Such was the case in New York City last night when break out Mob Wives star Drita D’Avanzo showed up for the amNew York party celebrating the addition of RHONYC‘s Kelly Killoren Bensimon and photographer Patrick McMullan to their staff.
Drita appeared to be a bit of a good sport as she posed with Kelly’s cast mate Jill Zarin, who seemed to think it was funny to aim a finger gun at her.”
Drita has stated that the feds took everything when Lee, her husband was arrested and she has lived in 11 houses since she was married. She does not appear to have a job. Lee, Drita’s husband known for violence, is in prison. She has no relationship with her parents, but her mother does babysit for her. She goes out to clubs at night and wears $900 shoes and wears fur coats. After much discussion, commenters on the board could not understand where the money for Drita’s lifestyle is coming from. Lee is in prison for bank robbery. Perhaps, Jill Zarin will ask Drita this question when they lunch soon.