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  1. Cat

    Bravo's The Real Housewives of....

    I don't ever need to see Jacqueline on my screen again! She burned that bridge from Crazytown back in S7. I would however welcome Caroline and yes even Siggy back, and they could take Jackie's spot. Even though Siggy went certifiably nuts, I miss her dynamism. Caroline is very close IRL with Dolores, and of course is mortal enemies with Tre and Danielle. I don't think she's crazy about Melissa either. But I also don't think she would ever return to RHONJ without major family backup. This show is Teresa's patch now. Of course what they should do is give Danielle a talking head, if not an actual HW spot. All in all, though, it's a solid group at the moment with a couple of standouts. Andy was right for once when he announced that it was going to be a good season. Oh man. She saw the fan comments after the show aired and is seriously backtracking. ALL the cast were snarking at LVP on that red carpet; now we are supposed to believe Kyle wanted to use that public, crowded event to 'make amends.' Dorit must be the luckiest ho in Beverly Hills. Her negligent actions have been overshadowed by the furore over the story getting leaked. I don't understand how she consistently gets away with being such a grifting mess!
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    Bravo's The Real Housewives of....

    @Taoboi https://twitter.com/BravoIsLife/status/1095732717763944448
  3. I've read up on the history of Roy Winsor's "Love of Life" (1951-1980) via Wikipedia and ols WoST. The premise of the two sisters -- Vanessa and Meg -- and the people around them really appealed. Especially since one was "the good one" and the other, the scheming manipulator! I am most interested in 1970s LoL, in particular when Paul Avila Mayer and Claire Labine reinvigorated the show. They brought back manipulative Meg (played by the stunningly intense and queen-like Tudi Wiggins) along with her emotionally fragile daughter Cal and son Ben (played by a young Christopher Reeve). I've only ever seen one episode of the show (on YouTube) from this period, but I have fallen in love with its stunning opening credits (featuring roses -- referring to the fictional town of Rosehill, NY, where it was set) and theme tune. And the show seemed imbued with sweetness and tension and suspense and longing. It was only a half-hour program! I also read up some SOD recaps which recreated the atmosphere of the show alongside recounting "what happened." Anyhoo... thoughts, commentary, information. I'd be grateful to hear any of your stories with regards to Love of Life.
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    Bravo's The Real Housewives of....

    Jennifer is kind of dumb, and in some ways she reminds me of Lydia on Melbourne (the dumbest villain in the southern hemisphere and god i love her for it). Jennifer is somewhat less bitchy than Lydia tho, and she has an interesting cultural background while also being quite Jersey. Oh, and the way she growled like a drunken Rottweiler last week when people brought up affairs was 😂
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    That was the moment Carole definitively lost reunion imo. I am curious too about Tinsley without Carole. I feel like she is very much a blank canvas and not the smartest tool in the shed. However, the way she owned her hurt feelings at reunion regarding Carole's words made me appreciate her more. Hopefully this season she will have a little more oomph and confidence. RHONJ: The finale was a business-as-usual episode. Lots of unanswered questions -- we never did see Jackie reunite with her sister. Or Melissa find the half-sister the 'medium' told her about. Or meet Jennifer's brother's mail-order bride. I was also surprised that the finale didn't reference the fact that Danielle and Marty are no more -- especially as they were at the centre of the drama. I guess this is the price we pay for another nice, short, compact season. Still, it was an enjoyable episode, with the husbands taking centre-stage. I think I have enjoyed the hubbies more than the wives in some cases. All in all, this season has been a lot of fun and very watchable. After a strongish start, Jackie fizzled out. Maybe she was stopped dead in her tracks once that Teresa Superfan pic came out! I think she should be one and done. Jennifer OTOH grew on me and I wouldn't mind her getting a second season. Speaking of another season, Danielle REALLY needs to get her HW status back. She kept this season running on gas. Meanwhile, I feel like the crown has imperceptibly moved from Teresa's head to Margaret's.
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    Bravo's The Real Housewives of....

    It was cute! I hope Tinsley comes out a little bit from her shell. She can tend to get drowned out by the big personalities of the others. IMO she should dump the sausage king of Chicago or whatever he's the king of. He is never going to be that into her.
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    Bravo's The Real Housewives of....

    Luann's (and Sonja's) are probably the best/worst. I can't believe they went there with Sonja. Bethenny's is so uninspired and dull I can scarcely believe she let Bravo script that for her.
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    Bravo's The Real Housewives of....

    This episode of BH was probably the most involving in years. LVP has never been this vulnerable and, as awful as her brother's suicide was, when she goes deep about what she is going through, that is when you realise how erudite and reflective she is. This is the Lisa I like best. Kyle is clearly still smarting over Last Season. She has a new BFF now and is keen to make LVP pay. I liked the moment they hugged at Vanderpump Dogs but we know now it was fleeting. Meanwhile, Teddi REALLY wants to be embraced by the group and show what a loyal soldier she is. What was also clear (to me) was that LVP definitely wanted everybody talking about the Dorit-dog situation -- while she herself did not want to be seen advocating talking about it. LVP is 100% not over the dog thing. And I don't blame her. Does anybody believe Dorit about that lovely woman with the lovely home and God knows how the puppy ended up in a dog shelter? No of course not. Fairweather friend Dorit does what is convenient for Dorit and probably left the dog on the side of the highway. I also don't believe her story about having all her purses and jewellery stolen (WHAT a COINCIDENCE. Just like Kyle). You know she hid them so the Vegas creditors don't get their paws on them! And it all made sense when LVP pointed out (on camera) that returning the dog would have meant a $5,000 forfeit. THAT'S why Dorit dumped the dog somewhere. Dorit's look on her face -- she knew her goose was cooked. What surprises me is the other ladies bending over backwards not to hurt Dorit's feelings. Why? Erika who? She was an afterthought this episode. We saw more of Denise Richards, whom I really liked. Well... who else was on the show season 2? Season 4? Season 6? I think Lisa knows who it is, too. It was quite unexpected to see Melanie so emotional over LVP's situation. She was genuinely upset by it. Clearly they are close and Melanie knows LVP has been stung by the accusations. This is how I feel too. Usually I can maintain a happy distance from the silly Twitter stuff on the other shows, but for some reason, seeing the nasty putdowns by some of the BH cast stings. I know you love Rinna (and I liked that tiny moment between Rinna and LVP in the episode) but it's her jabs on social media which leave me weary, when normally I would like her. A lot.
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    Bravo's The Real Housewives of....

    And that's a much more interesting story than Dorit's giant, lopsided, Danielle Staub boobs. Will RHOBH show footage of the Kemsleys being chased around a pool in Jamaica by an aggreived Beverly Beach investor? Will we see PK owing $$$$$ to the Vegas casinos (creditors I would never want to piss off) ? After all, BH (indeed, all the RH franchises!) was built on the have-nots spending like the haves and getting into serious trouble. Or will production pretend this is KUWK and give us 16 episodes of Erika being primped by the glam squad? I know it's meant to be aspirational, but that is such a bore to me. I miss the grifter grittiness. TayShanna! Pam! Lol RHOC TT has a post up about what's happening between Vicki and production. I wouldn't usually mention it, but it is quite an informative and researched article. Basically, production is trying to ice out Vicki. Big mistake IMO. Naturally, Jeff Lewis, Kelly and possibly Shannon are THRILLED.
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    Yeah, I don't think Harry is down with that horrifc mess of an 'ideology' either (god, i hope not!). This was a boneheaded move, though. Did he think this would make him look badass? He looks like a dumbass. And she is equally an idiot for having co-signed this for giggles and shock value. BTW, for context, this photo is a few years old, and she dismissed at it the time as no big deal. JUST OWN IT, LISUHHHH!
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    Bravo's The Real Housewives of....

    I kind of wish LVP had gone to Andy's baby shower. I know why she didn't, given who was hosting, but I hate that this has stopped her from going to Bravo engagements and having a good time. She's a stronger woman than me, because I would have had serious FOMO. I feel like if she had gone, the other ladies wouldn't have this stick to beat her with. Nene would never have claimed that cockamamy story about having the idea for Pump because she's too cowardly to confront her face to face. Anyway, it seems like LVP is happily done with the HWs and ready to move on.
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    Y&R: Potential Neil Recasts?

    Those were highly problematic introductions, and very dated perceptions. What spoke to me about these characters was the way the actors lifted them with their own talent and charisma, and Bell responding to that and writing more and more layers around them. As a kid, I was aware of the dodgy significance of Dru being illiterate and therefore 'less than'. That SL was shot through with condescension. However, what spoke to me, a teen uncomfortable in her own skin, was that Dru felt out of place and rejected by her family (and therefore society as she knew it) and never felt she could measure up to Olivia, Neil and others. Looking back on the way Bell wrote Neil, I wonder how much Bell imbued the character with values he publicly espoused (family first and all that) and how much was KSJ's own energy and character. It's clear from the tributes what a kind and loving guy he was to everybody around him. I was just speculating though, and nothing I have read about Bell or KSJ supports my speculation.
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    Bravo's The Real Housewives of....

    Notwithstanding the fact that I enjoyed the WWHL episode as a great piece of promotion -- Rinna needs to STFU. She, Kyle and Teddi are feeling themselves so hard, but Rinna in particular is insufferably smug about having 'beaten' Vanderpump. Rinna won't rest until her target is off the show. It only took one season to see off Kim and Yolanda, but LVP has been harder to dislodge, and consequently Rinna's obsession has grown with exposing LVP to the world. I don't think she gets that most viewers actually have a pretty accurate picture of LVP, the good, the bad, and the ugly, and they don't really care. Because it's just a TV show. What's interesting to me (if we assume that this is LVP's last season on RHOBH) is who will be Rinna's next target? IMO, it's a toss up between Kyle and Dorit. I don't think anybody truly likes or trusts Dorit further than they can throw her. However, for some reason, I feel like Rinna will go after Kyle first. I wish somebody would get Rinna in their crosshairs TBH. NBA, I had not realised the extent to which she targets somebody in a vulnerable state but yes, you are right. She uses peoples addictions or weaknesses against them. I think that's why I can never enjoy Rinna's laughing, loud jokes or her pot-stirring -- because there is something quite spiteful underlining all that.
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    Y&R: Potential Neil Recasts?

    100% this, ESPECIALLY your last paragraph. There was a time when I thought TPTB's treatment of the Winters family was casual, unconscious racism of the over-privileged -- like that was the way it had always been on TV. Now I know better. The dismantling of this family has been purposeful, conscious, targeted, overt. It is the rejection of one demographic in pursuit of the waning interest of another. It is shocking and it breaks my heart that Y&R never followed up on the hard work William J. Bell laid down. It's even more crazy to think a Midwestern, white, conservative male of a certain generation, like WJB was, wanted to establish flesh-and-blood black characters that went beyond tokenism. Watching the show back in the early 90s, it felt to me like he had fallen in love with these characters, especially Nathan, Liv, Drucilla and Neil. Sometimes I wonder if Neil (as opposed to Jack) was sort of a Bell alter ego. On the other hand, so much of Kristoff was infused into the character of Neil. The sweetness, the commitment to family, the desire to present a certain picture of manhood at odds with the prevailing mantra of 'only bad guys are interesting' that still exists in Daytime. Anyhoo, sorry for going OT.
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    Bravo's The Real Housewives of....

    RHONJ: Teresa should no longer be given a free pass about turning against Margaret. This is NOT a case of Teresa trusting the wrong people. Teresa may not be able to articulate herself, but she knows Danielle is poison, the black widow of Jersey [(c) Joe Gorga ]. IMO Teresa sees that Margaret is getting popular, and she feels threatened. It fits her agenda to side with Danielle and Jennifer. And I say this as a solid Teresa supporter during those Gorga Seasons. I did like the scene between Teresa and Marge back in Jersey, though. Dolores about to go Paterson on Jennifer's ass -- NJ almost turned into Mob Wives. I liked seeing this Dolores, though. Dolores can call Teresa out on her BS, but they've known each other so long that Teresa doesn't sweat it. That gala was probably the nicest gala I have ever seen filmed on NJ. I must say in this episode everybody looked glitzy and spectacular, and so did the locations. I can't express enough my love for the Husbands. Joe & Joe are super-cute together -- and they are even the same height! Bill was a revelation this episode. Whether it was the look on his face when Jennifer told him she smashed the wine glass at Melissa, or his general joking around with the hubbies, I have a newfound appreciation for him. He's hilarious and he talks sense.
  16. It's extensions. I don't believe her hair is that long. I would chop it at the collarbone and gave her a lob. And try and talk her into a side part and maybe a retro-throwback wave for fancy events.
  17. Cat

    Y&R: Potential Neil Recasts?

    Agreed that while the OP's intent was not meant to be callous, it comes across a little like asking a widower who just lost his wife two days ago "So when are you going to remarry?"
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    Y&R: Potential Neil Recasts?

    I don't want Neil replaced with another actor. This was KSJ's role, full-stop. Y&R needn't bother recasting anyway, as they had no use for the original.
  19. Yes, they have. This formula has picked off soap after soap after soap. Isn't the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result? Frons/Pratt/Guza remind me of Linda Bloodworth Thomason's excoriating account of Les Moonves' reign, when he replaced great, ratings-winning shows with a bunch of CSIs featuring hookers dying grisly deaths. F/P/G seem to represent a similar pathology. LOL SC's hair -- i call it The Gwyneth -- was already out of date by the time she debuted it. But hey, at least when I tuned back in yesterday I recognised her immediately.
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    Bravo's The Real Housewives of....

    All i could think when i read that headline was "18 years! 18 years! She got one of your kids, she got you for 18 years!" Hmmm. Michael was so adamant about not wanting kids with Ashley and not really trusting her. I wonder what changed his mind.
  21. Same. I did an intake of breath at that part. Well. I tuned in for KSJ -- I haven't watched since Lily was sentenced and we heard all the BTS changes with the show. The show as I saw yesterday is unrecognizable to me, like a pale imitation of a generic ABC Daytime hybrid as concocted by Brian Frons and Chuck Pratt. Devon's showcase was the one scene the stood out, mainly because the actress who plays Ana lights up the set. And KSJ... 😪 I can't believe I won't hear that voice again. It was hard seeing tiredness and tension on his face, but his manner was still 100% assured and present. What a pro. What a loss. I wonder if TPTB even realise what they jettisoned. One small thing I appreciated -- no matter how many regimes, how many incarnations Y&R goes through, Sharon Case's centre-parted hair remains exactly the same. No joke, I love that dedication to consistency from her.
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    Y&R: RIP Kristoff St John

    It's been about a day and it is starting to sink in what a huge devastating loss this is for Y&R, for soaps in general. Like @Juliajms, when I heard the Winters family were being written out and KSJ would not be coming back, I was like 'That's it for me!' There was really nothing left to entice me to keep watching. KSJ was a cornerstone of Y&R. I wonder if, even now, CBS-Sony even realises how crucial KSJ was to the canvas. Shermar and Robert Adamson, wow. KSJ touched so many lives so deeply. 😪
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    Y&R: RIP Kristoff St John

    I just heard the news. Absolutely devastated. I have never known a Y&R without Kristoff on it. He was an icon, pure and simple, his presence filled the screen, and so did his heart. I am not surprised in any way to hear how beloved he was -- it was obvious that he was a kind, caring, lovely individual. I was hoping to hear news of his return to Y&R in order to tune back in, truth be told. Something about that deep, reassuring voice, that presence, leapt off the screen. It devastes me that he may have succumbed to his depression like this. I know he is at peace now and reunited with his adored son but... I wish it didn't have to be this way. Not for a man as loving and as impactful as KSJ was. I hope that doesnt sound too selfish to say.
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    Bravo's The Real Housewives of....

    Thank you for putting it so clearly and succinctly. I find it very hard to believe that Nene had the idea for a bar in WeHo. Not least because she had just moved to LA (and lived there only on a part time basis!) and was desperately trying to establish herself as a jobbing, respected actress. Not to mention the gaping lack of financing for such a project. Was Greg going to tend bar? Bryson work the door? Nene has always disliked LVP, not least because Nene is tight with Kyle, and feels incredibly threatened by anyone she perceives as more successful than herself.
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