Check out Asa’s new video for Gold it’s BEAUTIFULLY done. Keep watching for a cameo appearance by Reza…I want that dress.
Monthly Archives: March 2012
The was a Svedka Vodka Bash last night called Night of a Billion Reality Stars, or something. I haven’t seen any particularly interesting pictures of the event. Pretty much all the RHOOC, and Kyle from RHOBH and Teresa from RHONJ and everyone from Shahs of Sunset and that guy who used to be married to Kate Gosselin and Maxim and Val from DWTS and a bunch of other people were there posing with cardboard cut outs of themselves and well, drinking vodka I guess. Macy Gray sang and the reality whores all took pictures of themselves and tweeted them. This was the first time Kyle and Teresa (pictured left) had met. It seems like everyone had a lot of fun. The reality personalities had to dress themselves and let’s just say this went more smoothly for some than others. Reza Farahan was there looking fabulous as always.
Sorry, there is just not much to say. It was sort of reality overload on vodka.
Nene Leakes is back in Atlanta after a busy trip to LA to film Glee. Apparently, her dinners with Kim Kardashian in Atlanta lately, replete will photographers and bloggers, were apparently more than just a publicity grab. Nene was met with the Shoedazzle people on Wednesday to design her pair of shoes to be featured on Kim K’s Shoe Dazzle website. I imagine they will be very high heeled and flamboyant. After her meeting with the design team she took her scarf-wrapped head out to straight to the salon for some color. Thursday she was already on the set of Ryan Murphy’s new pilot with her very blonde hair touched up. She met with her acting coach Wednesday morning to go over her lines. After a dinner out with Ryan Murphy, who is clearly under Nene’s charms, she caught a red-eye back to the ATL. This concludes your Nene Leakes update. Will you be buying the pair of shoes Nene designs for Shoe Dazzle?
Clarification: Nene Leakes is not going into business with Kim Kardashian. She is not designing her own shoe line. Shoe Dazzle is a website that sells a variety of shoes for $40 a pair. From time to time a celebrity designs a shoe to be sold on the website. The celebrity shoes are sold to benefit the charity of the celebrity’s choosing. It’s one shoe design that will have her picture next to it and be sold for a charity.
Reza is becoming a bit obsessed. It’s only Season One people. Here’s the latest rant. Which is your favorite?
Now that we have seen Shahs of Sunset episode three we are officially at the midway point of the season. The six episode run is sort of a test run by Bravo to gage audience interested. So far, it has not disappointed in the ratings despite some very strong counter programming on other networks. Are the almighty ratings in the 18-49 age group strong enough? That remains to be seen. Apparently, a lot of old people are watching this show, and old people don’t sell advertisements. Still, overall the show is likely doing well enough to pull another season. I’m not much of recapper. I don’t get the point of blogging the entire storyline of a show especially in present tense. I’ve tried it and it’s ridiculous to write and even more ridiculous to read. Let’s take a half-time look at the cast of Shahs of Sunset and see how they are holding up to the editing.
EDIT: I was waiting for Sunday nights numbers and finally gave up. Of course they came out while I was writing and editing. 1.491 that almost a 50% increase in viewers. YAY! Looking good for Season Two! The most important number is the 18-49 bracket and they got a 1.03 million adults. If this continues it’s a lock for season two. These are good numbers.
The best thing about episode three is we got the cast out of the club and into the workplace. The five out of six cast members that have jobs all had scenes at work. This is necessary to avoid the show being just an adult version of MTV’s Spring Break. I can’t watch people get drunk and party by the pool, get drunk and party in Vegas, get drunk and go to dinner, or shop for a swimsuit the entire season. In order to draw us in, we need to see more than just playtime. We need some real insight into who these people are.
In keeping with the Iranian stereotype that they are all in real estate, we move on to Mike, the commercial agent. Mike is a hustler. He knew that the property he was showing Hooman was not going to fly as a night club in a mixed residential area. That scene was a made for Bravo moment to allow Mike to get the property on the air. It’s a great property but that was never a serious buyer for that purpose. But he looked lovely in his fancy black car and that was plenty of reason to watch it for me.
Sammy is a builder with the mentor of every builders dreams. Mohammed Hadid is the man in LA for homes in the eight figure range. Here’s the thing though, we’ve seen this house before on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. On that show we see a lovely house that appears to be completed. Mohammed threw parties with deranged mermaids in the pool. One would have thought that he had lived there for ages. However, a bit of research shows that the house has just recently reached the final stages of completion and then, Mohammed is selling it and moving out. With all the eccentric details, I’m assuming that Mohammed likely already had the buyer in mind when he moved in rather than planning to live there himself? Mohammed may be out there a bit but manages to sell ginormous houses in a down market. Sammy is smart to learn from him. Personally though, I would have pocketed the 30K because I don’t see being a week ahead mid-project as being that big of a deal in a project that has taken several years. If the project was close to completion (and maybe it was) then it might have been worth his investment. Maybe. Rushing a construction job (as opposed to keeping everyone on task) usually results in more work and time in mistakes and revisions.
My suggestion for season two would be to tone down some of the focus on ridiculous spending. Bravo as a whole needs to understand that viewers realize that trips are paid for and rooms are given in exchange for being televised. We don’t need to see Reza at the cash register spending eight grand on champagne, or GG saying “charge it to my Daddy” at the cash register. We also need less forced scenes of everyone sitting down to eat/drink together. We need more scenes like Mike with his mother, but without the whole production team standing there telling them what to talk about. More MJ’s mother who wouldn’t listen to production if they tried. More scenes about Reza and his father. In general less “watch us spend money” scenes and more scenes where we get to know who these people really are. I’m excited for MJ’s dating scenes and GG’s dating scenes. I suspect Asa has a relationship that we are not seeing. Show me that. I think this show has some potential if we could just get Seacrest and Bravo to make it a little more real. Oh and bring Anita in as a regular cast member. I like her.
So y’all… now that we are half way through, do you want to see an episode two?
NeNe Leakes, who has been recurring on the current season of Glee as rival cheerleading coach Roz Washington, is re-teaming with Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy on his NBC comedy pilot The New Normal, about a blended family of a gay couple and their surrogate. On the project, co-created by Ali Adler, The Real Housewives Of Atlanta star NeNe will play the heavily recurring role of Rocky.
This show was just green-lighted for a pilot for a potential spot in the fall 2012 lineup. It’s about a gay couple and their relationship with the woman they chose to be their surrogate. Ellen Barkin was just recently cast to play the role of the surrogate’s mother. Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells play the lead roles and Georgia King will play the surrogate. The cast is still being formed and changed around a bit. No word on what Nene’s role as “Rocky” will entail. My guess is she is the loud talking black woman brought in for comic relief. That said, if this show gets picked up it would be great for Nene. This is a nice get for her.
If her last name looks familiar to you that is because she was married to Mohammed Hadid. In fact Yolanda and Mohammed hosted a party together on the first season of RHOBH so this will not be Yolanda’s first time around the crew. I’m not sure when they got divorced but I am pretty sure they were still married during the filming in 2010. Yolanda married David Foster in a magnificent ceremony in a private home on the same day Kim and Kroy were married 11-11-11. Yolanda’s marriage was a bit more spectacular though. She had a 40-piece orchestra, a 50 member gospel choir, and performances by 11 year old America’s Got Talent contestant Jackie Evancho, performing Pie Jesu, Andrea Bocelli sang The Prayer ,Michael Bublé, Natalie Cole, Donna Summer, Peter Cetera, Babyface, Kenny G, The Canadian Tenors and Neil Sedaka also sang. At the reception, Foster played the piano while Avril Lavigne and Kate Hudson did back up vocals to the Eric Clapton hit “Change the World.” Oh and the guest lists includes some people you may have heard of like, Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, Muhammad Ali, Heidi Klum, Rob Lowe, Bo Derek, Suzanne Sommers, John Corbett, Dr. Phil and Robin, former Canadian Prime Minister Mr. and Mrs. Brian Mulroney, Steve Wynn, Wolfgang Puck, James Brolin, Gayle King, Wayne Gretzky, Diane Warren, Chris Botti, Eric Benét, Carol Bayer Sager, Brian Grazer, Sandy Gallin, Lara Fabian and Larry Ellison just to name a few.
Lisa Vanderpump and her hubby were likely there as well as she is friends with Yolanda. This to me gives the Life & Style story the likelihood of truth since Lisa was hung out to dry during the season finale much like Kandi Burruss was this season in Atlanta. Lisa needs an ally with a clean slate to film with next season, and someone to bitch about the other girls to. Yolanda appears to be that person. She certainly is an experienced housewife of Beverly Hills with a brand new famous husband. Works for me. What do y’all think?
One does have to wonder why Life & Style continues to refer to her as Yolanda Hadid.
I don’t know exactly what religion Phaedra claims to be, but it seems to me that she has taken a random sampling of religious rites, thrown in a healthy dose of Dwight Eubanks and manufactured some made for Bravo TV religion. There was so much wrong with this event I hardly know where to begin. When it was first advertised I thought perhaps Phaedra belonged to a religion that follows the generally Catholic practice of christening, that is the practice of baptising a child with holy water for spiritual purposes. You know like Teresa from RHONY does with her kids. That is an event where the child’s acceptance into the religion is celebrated. Most southerners who are not Catholic do not have these events.
Phaedra referred to the ceremony as a blessing ceremony. In many faiths like Judism and Buddism for example a child is brought the church leader to be blessed. Biblically, this began in the old testament with Samuel being blessed by Eli and continued in the New Testament with Mary and Joseph bringing Jesus into the temple to be blessed. Very young babies are blessed in order to be officially a part of a religious family. It’s not a production, but a solemn ritual. In most southern churches, what we have is a Parental Dedication which generally includes a blessing from the pastor for the child. This ritual is part of a regular church service and is held once a month or once every few months depending on the size of congregation. Even though the children are not generally christened, it has become common for the babies to wear christening gowns and in some cases even have god parents participating. As part of the regular Sunday ceremony, the parents are tasked by the church to raise the child within the confines of their religion and the church family is tasked with assisting the parents and child of insuring that the child receives the proper religious upbringing. The ceremonies occur with multiple parents and babies of children born since the last ritual standing before the church and receiving this religious instruction and taking an oath to be proper parents.
I like Phaedra. I think her humor for the most part brings a lot to the show. However, there have been many times when her humor becomes very offensive. There are a lot of comedians who cross the lines and have very successful careers, Tracy Morgan and Kathy Griffin come to mind. The difference is, they do not bring their offensive material into a church where they claim to be practitioners of the religion. They don’t wrap themselves in religion while at the same time defiling it.
That’s just my opinion. I’m sure there will be other opinions in the comments. I just feel the need as someone from Atlanta to address the representations that television is putting out there of “church ceremonies” like the one you saw last night, or the viral videos of Eddie Long. These are not representative of Atlanta’s church going crowd. We’re not all snacking on chocolate likenesses of the baby Jesus while pretending to be southern belles with a fetish for royalty. That’s just Phaedra trying to be funny. Everyone has a different sense of humor. I was not amused.