Formulaic reality TV makes for great boozing.
Poor people tell their sob story on live television in the hope that the studio audience will give them money. Where would TV and film be without the financially challenged as some easy entertainment?
“You know there are other channels besides TLC, right?” my boyfriend called from across the apartment. Oops. He had discovered my dirty little secret: My DVR filled with repeats of Say Yes to the Dress, Toddlers and Tiaras, and yes, even 19 Kids and Counting. I blamed it on my terrible cable package, that most of the time there was nothing else on, but the real truth is that I love “crap” TV. Read More The (Semi) Learning Channel
This past week has been a good time for two of my favorite celebrities, James Franco and Kanye West. That’s right, I said my favorite. There is something adorably smug about both of them. James’s new movie This is the End came out and took second place at the box office behind Man of Steel. All Kanye did was watch his girlfriend give birth to their first child and then release his new amazing album Yeezus. Read More Lunchtime Poll: Favorite Celebrities Most People Hate
Alyssa Edwards? Who? Children, gather round this open thread, like little cub scouts here to learn-e-ded. Read More This Open Thread Is Dedicated To Alyssa Edwards
There are occasional moments when I feel so confused by an aspect of our culture, it’s like being an anthropologist studying an obscure tribe, or Jane Goodall observing chimps. Usually those moments have to do with my teenagers – a joke they think is hysterical which goes completely over my head, or my 16-year-old trying to explain what makes a video go viral. (He discovered “Gangnam Style” before it had a million hits, which gives him some authority as being ahead of the pop culture curve.) When one of my videos topped 8,000 hits, his reaction was, “Well, mom, that’s viral for old people.” Read More Fame, Success and Honey Boo Boo
I love Betsey Johnson; even though some of her colorful frocks are just a bit too out there for me, I love her fearless attitude and ability to make every day seem like something to celebrate. That’s why I am excited about her new reality show, XOX, Betsey Johnson, which premieres May 12 on the Style Network. Read More A New, Colorful Reality Show Featuring Betsey Johnson Headed to TV
My guilty pleasure is watching the Real Housewives franchise, which is why I made sure to tune into the newest Bravo reality show, Vanderpump Rules. A spin-off of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, it follows the lives of the young staff at SUR, a restaurant owned by housewife Lisa Vanderpump. Read More “Vanderpump Rules” Does Not, In Fact, Rule