Tag Archives: Reality TV

My New Guilty Pleasure: Tia & Tamera

1 Sep

In all honesty, from their first guest appearance on “Full House” to their “Sister, Sister” days (“Go Home Roger!”), I’ve been a big fan of the sisters Mowry…well, with the exception of that weird Disney Channel “Twitches” franchise phase.

Still, all grown up and with motherhood and matrimony on the menu, the twins have an extremely successful reality show on The Style Network that follows their lives and new experiences and I have to say, I am supremely addicted. But while I do admittedly need deliverance from all things boob-tube, at least this show is more endearing and wholesome than my other guilty pleasures like Dexter, True Blood and the infamous Real Housewives of Atlanta. That counts for something, right?

You can check out the lovely (and at times very loony) ladies for yourselves on Mondays at 9/8c on Style!

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Carmela “Keeps It” Real

8 Jun

Although VH1 recently put forth an ambitious yet crude effort with their new show, since the series finale of The Sopranos four years ago, I’ve sort of had mob wife withdrawal.  So when I came across an internet headline about Edie Falco this afternoon, I was anxious to hear what was up with the former first lady of New Jersey Organized Crime turned ER Nurse.

After I read the write up however, I was left wondering, why is this even a story, why are people upset and what did she say in this nonstory that was untrue? 

Basically, an attention seeker suffering through a slow news day writer over at accesshollywood.com took some comments that Edie Falco made during an interview for New York Magazine’s Vulture blog and ran for the border with them.  When asked if she watched a certain reality television show, Falco replied with a question of her own:

“Who the h3ll is Kim Kardashian?”

With little prodding, she inquired further about the state of television programming this day and age and its resulting effect on popular and social culture:

“Who are these people and why are they famous and why are they advertising things and being asked their opinions about things? I just don’t understand what these people did to be in a position of having everyone ask their opinions about stuff.  If there’s something about [Kim Kardashian’s] personality or something that she’s accomplished or her philosophy on something – beyond that, I don’t understand what’s happening; it’s actually frightening.”

Okay.  First off, the article is from accesshollywood.com so what did I expect? If they can make headline news of an interview with the store clerk who sold Anthony Weiner the infamous briefs that are now captured for all posterity in his twit pic (I’m kidding), then surely their efforts at instigating a slap-fest between Kim and Carmela really shouldn’t be that shocking.  Still, the notion from some of the article’s readers and commenters that because Falco spoke out about the nonsense that is now Reality TV; specifically Kim Kardashian’s meteoric “for-nothing” rise to super stardom and celebrity, she is somehow bitter or a hater is in my opinion, more than a little off the mark.

Again I ask, what did Edie say that was untrue, or malicious for that matter? Are the Kardashians known for anything substantial? Do they provide poignant and objective critiques on politics, the economy and society at large?  Does their peddling of clothing, autobiographies, fragrances or prepaid cards enhance or ease the way of life of anyone other than themselves?  Granted, her delivery may have been a little coarse but love them or hate them, didn’t Edie say what we all have been thinking about these reality stars for years?!

If anything, aside from stating the obvious, I see her incredulous questions and declarations as the strong opinion of someone who’s worked long and hard to hone her craft and earn her celebrity in the fickle town of Hollywood, only to be confused by the fame of a celebutante and her siblings. And trust me, Edie Falco is not the first or only thespian who feels this way (cue Samuel Jackson’s “rap-tors” rant).

Now, am I saying that the Kardashian’s don’t deserve their current success after discovering a lucrative niche from which they’ve built their empire? No.  But surely they can’t expect people to be elated about their rise to the top on the back of Kim’s homemade movie debut.

And before I’m called-out as a hypocrite, I do admittedly watch Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kourtney & Kim Take New York and Khole & Lamar…but mostly as research for the book I’m writing on um, uh…how to snag a professional baller; yeah.

Khlomar…and Kids?

28 Jul

It’s okay, you can admit it.  Whether your guilty pleasure is one of the many Kardashians reality wrecks or if like me, your eyes occasionally wander to the magazine rack “Head-lies” by the check-out counter, by now you have to be familiar with Khloe Kardashian and her recent (and overly exposed) marriage to L.A. Laker’s forward Lamar Odom. 

From the tabloid magazines and paparazzi photos to media interviews and Reality TV footage, clearly Khloe and Lamar have no qualms with all of their business being put “out there” for people to discuss and speculate about over popcorn and Coke Zero on a daily basis (or at least on Sundays at 10pm when E! airs their latest endeavors in love and marriage…alongside the customary Kardashian sibling dysfunction).  One such speculation of late has been, with all the frenzy in their lives, how the couple plans for Khloe to bond with Lamar’s kids.

Odom’s children Destiny and Lamar, Jr from a previous relationship, haven’t been seen in very many media moments involving the new couple, but according to people close to Khloe, all of that is about to change.  Apparently, she has been working behind the scenes (as reported in OK! Magazine) to have the kiddies appear in her reality series next season.  The ultimate decision of course (thankfully) will hinge upon the decision of the children’s mother, Liza Morales with whom the children spend the majority of their time.

Now, I am not suggesting that Khloe not be actively involved in the lives of her step-children, but I do wonder how healthy cultivating a lasting relationship with them alongside all the distractions, chaos and utter foolishness associated with reality television would be?  If anything, I’d think that Khlomar would want to protect the kids from such blatant intrusions in their private lives, especially with both children being in the developing stages of adolescence.

I suppose we will just have to keep our eyes and ears open for this developing situation.  Perhaps Lamar’s admittedly insane candy addiction and Khloe’s tendency to “pants” her sisters in public will be enough to give Liza pause on this one.

What do you think?  Would the addition of Lamar Odom’s children to the cast of a Kardashian series help foster a better relationship with them and their step-mom or simply provide a network ratings spike?  Should the children’s mother say “no” to plans to include them in a reality show as a way to protect them from the pitfalls associated with too much exposure to the limelight?

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