We’re back with Oprah at Dina Lohan’s house. Oprah wants to talk to Dina alone. After a brief chat, Oprah lays down the law for Lindsay. She is to keep her schedule or Oprah is pulling the show.
Thankfully, Matt is agreeing to stay because frankly, he makes the show. The apartment is still an utter shit hole. It’s like a hoarder house with clothes and shoes and handbags stacked sky-high in every room and hallway. Lindsay is not up yet, but Hollie, Matt and her trainer are already slaving away trying to get things together. Production has purchased a ton of hangers and clothing racks to try to get everything organized. Continue reading
Have y’all been watching the Lindsay Lohan reality show on OWN? I know it comes on Sunday nights and that is a super busy night for everyone’s DVR but it’s really worth trying to see if you can. The great part about it for me is it’s actually a real reality show. There is no scripted bullshit. I like that they acknowledge they are being filmed. I’m about to watch the third episode and I thought I’d give you little bit of feedback.
First, Lindsay has a young male assistant who runs her life for her. It appears to a very trying job. Lindsay spent the first month or so of filming living in a hotel and trying to lease an apartment. It seems that her assistant literally does everything from waking her up to dealing with her real estate agent. He is also the go between for production. On the last episode he was the main person on the show as he was tasked with telling the camera crew that Lindsay could not be bothered to get out of bed and film. His name is Matt and he’s a saint.
I’ve been watching, but not blogging quite a few good shows lately so I thought it was time for a top ten list. Only I only have 8 shows. So, a top eight list. Lets get right to it.
Number 8: Kim of Queens Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.
Kim Gravel is the owner of The Pageant Palace. She collects misfit girls and attempts to make them her “pageant pros.” It’s NOT Toddlers and Tiaras. The girls are older and Kim and her sister Allisyn Varalla make most of the costume choices for all of the girls. Then pageant moms are almost as bad as the Dance Moms but there is less conflict between the moms and more berating of their own child. Kim and Allisyn are hilarious. It’s much more light-hearted than I make it sound. The major negative aspect of the show is that the “misfit girls” they pick up are obvious plants for the most part. The “hillbilly girl” is actually a pageant pro for example and is playing a part. Still, it’s a fun show to DVR and watch on a Saturday morning.
Number 7: Dance Moms Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Lifetime
I actually do try to recap this show when I can. It has been around long enough that you have probably made a decision about it already. If you think Abby Lee is a horrible person (I love her) then don’t bother giving it a second look. This show is one of the more “real” reality shows out there. Abby really dislikes most of the dance moms. This season Kelly (Brooke and Paige’s mom) actually attacked Abby at an open audition for “replacements” in NYC. Abby pressed charges and they recently went to court. It remains to be seen if Paige and Brooke are still on the show. Meanwhile, Nia is rapidly advancing her team rank with great performance.
Number 6: Real World EXplosion Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on MTV
My obsession with reality TV began with the very first episode of the Real World. I love people watching and this was a great glimpse into the lives of people who were at the time in my age group, living I NYC. More than 20 years later, I can’t stop watching. This season the show returns to San Francisco with a twist. After the seven strangers move in and start hooking up, their exes arrive to move in to the house. There is a lesbian couple that didn’t really seem broken up in the first place. They should be fine. But the token hot head guy hooked up quickly with a brash blond as “friends with benefits” and neither of their exes is happy with the relationship. The exes arrive in the next episode, so it’s a good time to start watching. Continue reading
I am not a Tyler Perry fan. I will just leave it at that. However, I do loves me some Oprah and I want to support OWN. So I am going to watch the new series The Haves and The Have Nots. I shall be live blogging as of now. Well, I am alive and it is on my blog but I will be watching on DVR. Whatevs.
Apparently my invite to the preview party at Bar One got lost in the mail. On Tuesday Bar One hosted a preview party for The Haves and Have Nots. It appears that cast members Tika Sumpter , John Schneider, Crystal Fox and Renee Lawless may have attended. Really? I find this odd. (Goes to @atlien’s timeline on twitter Update no word back from the Atlien so until such occurs I will not believe it happened).
As soon as the first scene opens, and it is set in Savannah, I am hooked. Apparently Jim Cryer is a rich Savannah dude with both a wife and a mistress. So far, so good. Jim is a 50-year-old white guy who is a judge. It’s his 50th birthday and he is spending it with a black call girl. It’s starting off sort of “Scandalish” I guess I am just saying that because of the interracial sex with a politician aspect. The acting is bad. This is all before the title sequence begins. Not surprisingly, the commercials for other OWN shows are many plus Oprah and Tyler apparently live tweeted during the show. The wife’s acting is medocre but so far NO ONE has a southern accent. Including, the Cryers. the mistress, or the woman seeking to work for them, although the maid’s accent comes out later in her personal scenes. And really Tyler, Cryer? It’s not just that the acting is bad. It’s that …it has this weird spoofy feel. I may not make it to episode 2. The prostitute gives Jim her personal phone number on a notepad by the bed. What would more likely be on the bed stand in a hotel? A pencil and notepad or oh I dunno, their cellphones? I am becoming increasingly disenchanted. Continue reading
I am so excited! It is time for Sheree to make a fool of herself on national TV again! The first thing I noticed is that they put the accent in the right place on her name. Does this mean Sheree has finally learned how to spell her name? Was the Speak and Spell Andy Cohen gave her a factor in this vast intellectual growth?
In the car on the way to Chateau Sheree, Sheree says she did not have a marriage from day one. That as soon as the got home from their destination wedding in the Caymans, he spent the first night back somewhere else. Sheree is a really bad fake crier. I know, I’ve seen her try to force out tears in person. And now the hilarity begins. They pull into a driveway to visit Chateau Sheree. But Chateau Sheree doesn’t have a driveway. They have managed to get the neighbors right behind them to allow them to film in their driveway, outside where they will interview in winter sitting in little chairs. Because, Sheree can’t have Iyana seeing her apartment with the blow up mattresses especially on TV. Sheree seems to think this show is the bash Bob program. She is very defense and has “the face” already. That, why are you not agreeing with my bullshit face. Continue reading
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I know we talked about Iyanla being on WWHL and seemingly saying that Sheree just doesn’t get it. DUH! And pointing out that Chateau Sheree is a monument to her stupidity. (I paraphrase) But I am DYING to see Iyanla Fix My Life on Saturday. Here is something I have not mentioned on the blog. Bloggers and mainstream media entertainment writers and producers talk to each other behind the scenes a lot. So before Sheree even knew she was going to be on the show, I was contacted by the producer from OWN. I won’t get in to what we discussed, but I wonder how much that played in to the whole rampage of legal action Sheree went on toward me and other Atlanta bloggers. The only regret I have about this whole legal circus with Sheree is I sometimes feel like if it were not for me, the other bloggers would not be in her sites. Continue reading
Oprah tweeted this picture from the set of the movie she is working on, The Butler. The movie is based on the life of White House butler Eugene Allen who served in the White House for thirty years. It looks like filming on the movie wrapped today.
In other Oprah news, OWN has struck a deal with Tyler Perry reportedly worth millions to bring two new scripted shows to OWN written by Perry.
Tonight, after watching a quite ridiculously edited episode of Big Brother and before tonight’s episode ever of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, I found myself flipping around for something good to watch. I happened upon the Oprah interview with Rihanna. I was about ten minutes late, which it seems as though was spent on touching dead grandmother stories. Let’s see if there is anything interesting enough about to happen to make me publish this blog.
This is my first time watching Rihanna speak on TV. I wasn’t expecting a particularly high level of intelligence, but she seems extremely immature. I don’t mean that harshly. She literally seems like a 13-year-old in every sense of the word. It’s amazing to me that with all that she has been through she still has this innocent naiveté about her.
Meanwhile, I got new cable boxes today. They worked great when the guy was here and for the last couple hours I have had my signal drop several times until finally there was none. Now I am trying that reset the box strategy they recommend. Don’t you hate that? /grrrr
The reset didn’t work on the new TV but the bedroom TV has some intermittent connectivity. Rihanna is talking about reconciling with her father. I read something just today about her father calling her fat. She’s actually in Japan with her father now. Why is he living in Japan? I dunno. Anyway, I heard her tell Oprah that she had forgiven Chris Brown and how that doesn’t make her like other victims of domestic violence. But I’ve yet to hear the answer to the question, “Is Chris Brown one of your true loves?” or however inanely Oprah worded the question. It looks like I missed it, because Rihanna is now giving her mother a house and there are four minutes left in the show. So tell me, did I miss anything important? If my fancy new TV every gets along with the new cable box should I watch the interview again? What did O say about the interview before she started? Was there the expected line about how deep and pure Rihanna is and how she is nothing like the nymph she is perceived to be?
Whut I miss? Oh Time for RHONJ and it sounds like the TV is back! Cross your fingers!
So we all know that Oprah has been in Barbados interviewing Rihanna for her Next Chapter show on OWN. Meh. Whatever. If you watch Oprah’s show on OWN then you know that Oprah has stopped trying to be Barbara Walters and has decided to be an entertainment report instead. She brings in someone like 50 cent and has some transformative interview where just falls in love with the person she is interviewing. You can expect the Rihanna interview to go something like this:
Oprah: Gee I thought Rihanna was some out of control musician who likes tweeting nekkid pictures of herself and dating guys that beat her up, but no! She’s a lovely church girl whose grandmother died recently and through this experience she has grown as a person and she is totally responsible and spends her spare time feeding the homeless adopting orphans.
But Anyway, that’s not the point. I am going to need y’all to help me to understand what is going on with Rihanna’s forehead in this picture. I seriously do not get it. Is there something on her forehead or is that really her forehead???
Tonight at 9 p.m. Oprah hopes to attract some new viewers to OWN with her interview with Bobbi Kristina Brown, Gary Houston (Whitney’s brother) and his wife Patricia. This interview has received the most publicity of anything on OWN since the network began. Unfortunately, it is up against some really stiff competition against Desperate Housewives
on ABC , The Good Wife
on CBS, Celebrity Apprentice
on NBC, Family Guy
on Fox and Bravo’s most successful show, The Real Housewives of Atlanta
all airing at the same time. It will be interesting to see how the ratings pan out for tonight.
In the interview, Patricia, who was also Whitney’s manager talks about the substance abuse, and Whitney’s love life saying Whitney was “looking for love in all the wrong places.” Patricia also doesn’t have anything negative to say about Bobby Brown and says that blaming Bobby for introducing Whitney to drugs would not be an accurate assessment of that situation. Patricia also shares her side of what happened on at the pre-grammy party that she attended with Whitney two days before her death. Patricia says she went with Whitney because she was worried. we’ll have to tune in to hear what she says happened at the party to get her all worked up.
In other related news today TMZ is reporting that Bobbi Kristina Brown, who goes by Krissi, wants to officially change her name to Kristina Houston. TMZ’s source says Krissi has wanted the name change since the divorce to avoid the association with her father, but Whitney refused to allow it. Krissi was 14 at the time of the divorce.
Despite the disjointed article on Huffington Post this morning with the title that proclaims The Rosie Show
is moving to New York, there is absolutely nothing other than their “insider” to base that title on. After just five months, The Rosie Show
has gone to hell in a handbasket and there is all kinds of behind the scenes drama taking place.
The most important problem is ratings. The show has averaged only 234,000 viewers per episode in the past month, with episodes dipping as low as 150,000 viewers. That’s baaaaad. Really bad. Bad ratings seem to be making Rosie, Cranky McCrankypants on camera and off. Gone are the days of The Queen of Nice facade that Rosie started out the filming season trying to revive. Back is menopausal Rosie who snaps on the set and seems to have lost interest in the show altogether. There is no greater indicator that Rosie is ready to leave the whole thing behind than putting her stunning Chicago home on the market resulting in an immediate sale.
So what is the real tea?
It does seem true that Rosie would love to be living full-time in NYC with her kids again. However, it is Oprah Winfrey’s call on whether that will happen. With ratings in the toilet Oprah would prefer Rosie stay in the expensive Chicago studio she owns rather than sinking more money into studio space in New York. Oprah has an entire team of longtime employees in Chicago who she is loyal to and she does not want to put them all out of work only to replace them with a NYC crew. Oprah’s employees are extremely loyal to Oprah and not so loyal to Rosie. Word is there is tension on the set between the few employees brought on by Rosie and the rest of the staff who are solidly Team Oprah. Without any kind of ratings at all to use as leverage, Rosie is pretty much stuck in Chicago or even more likely out of luck all together.
According to GoErie.com who interviewed several staffers of the show off the record, the staff only learned that Rosie wanted the show to relocate to NYC when Rosie made a comment to a guest during a commercial break. That caused a lot of ill will between the staff and Rosie. Staffers on the show have recently been told that their services will no longer be needed after this season wraps in May. Rosie has a contract through 2013. It seems more and more likely that Harpo will decide to buy out Rosie’s contract as the less expensive solution to the current situation. There is further speculation that the time has come to shut down the Chicago location of Harpo Studios altogether. In fact, Mayor Rahm Emanuel already has his eye on the studios location to build a “cultural and entertainment center.”
The Rosie Show
did not really fit into the Harpo production style used for Oprah Winfrey. This caused producers to try a variety of formats to try to work with Rosie’s more off the cuff style. Rosie herself claims to have come up with the current format after being a guest on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live.
She moved into a smaller auxiliary studio, got rid of the audience, the live band and the silly games at the end of each episode. The more intimate setting is actually a pretty good fit for Rosie, but it seems to be too little to late. Nobody is watching OWN in general, so unless they advertise the show on other cable stations, viewers are not going to just magically reappear.
So that one little article in the Huffington Post has everyone convinced that The Rosie Show is moving to NYC. I say it will never happen and The Rosie Show will film its last episode in the very new future. It may even been the last filming in Harpo Studios.
Something is going on with Rosie O’ Donnell and The Rosie Show on OWN. Shortly after Rosie was on Watch What Happens Live, which was sort of unexpected but a good episode, she completely revamped her talk show on OWN to be more like WWHL. She totally scraped the studio audience, got rid of all the game shows and hoop-de-la and changed the format to an intimate one on one interview with only one or two guests. It was actually pretty good. Ratings are not so good. Now, she has sold her 6000 sq ft Chicago home for 2.5 million dollars and is living in a corporate apartment. Despite her publicist saying that she has no plans to leave The Rosie Show or Chicago, it sure is starting to look like she is getting prepared for a quick exit. Have any of you seen the show?
Update: Chicago source Chitown Shelley confirms that The Rosie Show is shutting down. :(
here is the scoop from chicago; i have a close friend who works for the show, but behind the scenes. they were all told their services would no longer be needed after may, so they have already begun job hunting. even if show continues, it will not be originating in chicago. everyone seems to like new format better, but it seems to be too little, too late.