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'Real Housewives': How fame became part of the franchise

When The Real Housewives of Orange County premiered in 2006, the show was nothing more than a harmless look at the lives of wealthy women living in a gated community in Southern California with their families. The show was a response to the popular ABC series Desperate Housewives and America’s growing love of reality TV at the time. People became so invested in the scripted TV characters that it was easy to get invested in their real-life counterparts because they were so similar (you know, aside from all the murder on Wisteria Lane).

But as the years went on, the series expanded to different cities across the country and grew in popularity, and the housewives became household names. And the fame that has resulted from being a cast member on the show has gone from a nice perk to part of the plot. READ FULL STORY

Entertained or ashamed: What is happening with violence on reality TV?

When we go to see an action movie or play certain video games, we expect the violence that usually comes with those genres of entertainment. But while watching The Real Housewives of Atlanta? It seems that reality shows today have become more violent and central to a show’s plotline, making it a part of the story.

When Vanderpump Rules‘ Tom punched Jax in the face to see if he “could actually feel anything” after sleeping with his girlfriend Kristen and lying about it for months, you almost expected the blow. That’s what the story arc of the season had been leading to all along. That’s the ending we wanted and committed to the show to see. Why? Because that’s what makes good TV.

These aren’t just your random drunken Jersey Shore bar brawls, but full-on sparring battles with pent-up anger and tension and sometimes even personal betrayal. The second season of Vanderpump Rules, about Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant SUR and its staff, ended with a literal bang when two violent outbursts (one female-to-female slap, one man-to-man punch) resulted after a season filled with lies. As Lisa herself said, you can understand some of this behavior but never condone it. So why should we have to watch it then? READ FULL STORY

Memorial Day weekend TV marathons: An A to Z guide

Hopefully you’ll get to spend plenty of time outdoors this weekend, soaking up the sun. But if rain (or laziness) keeps you inside, we’ve compiled the TV marathons playing this weekend to keep you occupied! Enjoy! READ FULL STORY

Before tonight's 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' premiere, we pick 5 favorite Garden State characters

Tonight marks the fourth season premiere of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. The reality show has introduced us to some of the mid-Atlantic’s most colorful characters, from fiercely protective big sister and mother Caroline Manzo to Fabulicious! table flipper Teresa Giudice (still a contender on this season of The Celebrity Apprentice) and even Cop Without a Badge heroine Danielle Staub. But these ladies aren’t all that Jersey has to offer. The Garden State has been fertile ground for great fictional characters in pop culture. Below, we run down five of our favorite Jersey-born-and-bred characters. (Sorry, Shore fans! Snooki doesn’t technically count as a fictional character.)


Contrarian Corner: Money can't buy me class, but it can buy a whole lot of 'Real Housewives' music

Confession: When Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Shereé Whitfield gave Watch What Happens Live viewers a first listen to her new single “Who Gon’ Check Me Boo?” on Dec. 18, I may have reflexively let out a squeal of exhilaration. May have. Okay… I totally did. Yes, PopWatchers, I am coming out with it once and for all: I am a “Closet Freak” for Real Housewives music (shout-out to Miss Lawrence, heeeeeey!). READ FULL STORY

'Real Housewives of New Jersey' reunion: 'Go scratch!'

Teresa is one of those people who’s impossible to argue with. Not because she’s a great debater — her comebacks are some variation of “SHUT UP!” or “No, YOU are!” after the three seconds it takes for her to comprehend what’s been said — but she’s so dumb that any insults or valid arguments fail to have the intended effect on her. She’ll never answer a question in a satisfying way because she rarely understands the question in the first place. If I were Melissa, I’d want to throttle her for not being able to come up with anything she “regretted” saying about me. Arguing with a brick wall can be infuriating.

The Twitterverse seems to think Andy Cohen was too hard on Teresa last night, but I disagree. I think even he’s getting frustrated with how she seems to believe her own lies, and I think it’s valid that he asked for clarification on what “distanned” meant. America needed to know.

Perhaps the most jaw-dropping instance of Teresa’s stupidity and delusion: READ FULL STORY

'Real Housewives of New Jersey' enjoys record ratings. Other Jersey-centric shows I want to see.

I thought 2010 was the Year of New Jersey. Then we saw this news: Last night’s Real Housewives of New Jersey premiere attracted 2.87 million viewers, making Monday the best night in Bravo’s history, according to the network. Add to that the fact that interest in Jersey Shore has only increased in its third season, and that I see posters for Jerseylicious more than I see my own face, and it’s official: I was wrong. Clearly, 2011 is the year in which we will fully embrace the Garden State (until next year) with successful series that spout more stereotypes than a third-rate stand-up comic at an open mic night. Because, if we listen to reality TV, New Jersey is a state full of loud women with big hair and beefy husbands who are suspicious waste management workers entrepreneurs. Actually, that’s true. (Hey, I live there half the year.) But! It’s also full of other wonderful things that should be highlighted on the small screen. Television, here are the New Jersey-centric series I want to see in 2011: READ FULL STORY

The best and worst of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day TV marathons

Christmas-marathons-freaks-and-geeksImage Credit: IFC; Everett Collection; Monty Brinton/CBSWhen it comes to TV marathons this Christmas, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a sampling: On CHRISTMAS EVE, networks embracing the holiday spirit include AMC, which will alternate between the movies Miracle on 34th Street and White Christmas from 10 a.m to 6 a.m ET, and FX, which will air Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! four times in a row starting at 6 p.m. ET. I think we can also give Animal Planet the benefit of the doubt: It’s showing Planet Earth from noon to 6 a.m. ET (peace on earth, and all). Networks that are clearly saying bah humbug, on the other hand, include A&E, which has Criminal Minds scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 a.m. ET, and ID (Investigation Discovery), which has programmed Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry? from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. ET. That’s my personal favorite. Less offensive counterprogramming includes History’s UFO Hunters marathon from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET (with Alien History of Planet Earth breaks at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET) and Syfy’s Star Trek: The Next Generation marathon from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. ET.

CHRISTMAS brings with it some cheer: AMC will show the movie Scrooged 10 times in a row, starting at 10 a.m. ET, and, of course, TBS will be continuing its 24 hours of A Christmas Story, which will have begun at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve. FX will once again push Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, this day airing it six times in a row starting at 7 a.m. ET. WE must have toys on the brain, booking the movie Big for three consecutive airings starting at 10:30 a.m. ET (and for those who can’t turn back the clock in the end, it leads into Golden Girls, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET). VH1, perhaps wanting to give parents spending the wee hours of the morning assembling presents something fun to have on in the background, has I Love the New Millennium running from 3 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET. (It’s followed by a Best of I Love The… marathon from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET — something fun to have on in the background while they nap?). Still, I’d argue IFC is the winner this day, programming a Freaks and Geeks marathon that starts at 6 a.m. ET on Christmas and doesn’t end until 6 p.m. on Dec. 26. Other contenders include BBC America, which has Doctor Who running all day from 12 a.m., leading into the Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol special at 9 p.m. ET; the predictable Discovery with MythBusters from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. ET; Travel Channel with Man v. Food from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET; and Bravo with The Real Housewives of New Jersey from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET. TNT gets points for originality, choosing to gamble on The Librarian trilogy, starring Noah Wyle, starting at 2:45 p.m. ET. The award for worst Christmas marathon goes to ID, which has the festive I (Almost) Got Away With It airing from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET.

Danielle Staub's new music video will make you laugh, scream, and, of course, 'cry'

As promised, former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub’s new music video “Cry” will allow people to “literally hear and feel” what it’s like to experience abuse. Check it out over at Gawker if you’re a masochist, because it will cause you severe pain.

Between this and this, I just can’t today, PopWatchers. All right fine, let’s be serious … I’m holding out for the “Cry” dance remix.

Read more:
Danielle Staub speaks about ‘Real Housewives’ exit: ‘I didn’t want to be treated like crap anymore’

Teresa Giudice, Danielle Staub react to 'South Park' episode, look to 'SNL' next

south-park-1409-jerseyOn South Park, no one is safe from ridicule, and considering the ridiculous behaviors from the casts of Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of New Jersey, the Garden State reality stars seem long overdue for the Comedy Central treatment (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery). New Jersey’s most famous inhabitants were the subject of last night’s “It’s a Jersey Thing,” in which animated versions of the smush-loving, table-flipping gang moved to South Park, Colo. Jersey Shore‘s Snooki was seen as a snorting, crawling Pickle Monster, while Real Housewives‘ Teresa Giudice was a loud, foul-mouthed mother, whose husband Joe’s rippling biceps blinded his fellow dinner guests … so basically, they weren’t too far from their actual selves. All in all, the reality stars couldn’t be happier (a spoof is better than silence, no?) — or so some of them tell EW.

Former cast member Danielle Staub, who’s been portrayed as the villain of the series, got a laugh from the depiction of her former castmates. “I was pleasantly surprised it wasn’t just me being made fun of for a change,” Staub tells EW. “You realize you’re something else when you’re being made into a cartoon. It’s pretty funny.” Giudice, for her part, released a statement to EW saying she is “honored to be mocked by them,” yet considers herself lucky by default. “Poor Snooki though! I got off easy compared to her!”

Speaking of Snooki, the Jersey Shore cast took to their Twitter pages to respond to the episode: READ FULL STORY

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