There’s an old saying that when one door closes, another door opens. I am so thankful that holds true with VH1 and the Love & Hip Hop franchise. Sure, this season of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta is going by way too quickly (seriously…is it shorter than normal?), and I’ll miss Stevie J., Yung Joc, and the crew’s crazy shenanigans, but at least we’ve got Love & Hip Hop Hollywood waiting in the wings! Atlanta may be the fan favorite, but laughing at Ray J squeak through each episode as he talks his tough guy game is a close second!
Thankfully, we won’t have to wait much longer as the sophomore season premieres Monday, September 7th at 8PM/ET. Judging by the previews that have been released, we’re in for quite a treat! In case you were wondering, Ray J and Soulja Boy (I’d forgotten how much he looks like a tatted preteen–adorable!) are still having issues with monogamy. Say it ain’t so! Don’t believe me? Enjoy the preview clips after the jump!
Can you see the light at the end of the tunnel? After last night’s episode the season finale of Dance Moms is finally within our reach! Thanks for hanging in there with me…I know sometimes Abby Lee Miller makes it a tad difficult! Maddie has pretty much solidified her solo at Nationals, and last night Abby pitted Kalani against Nia for another spot in the competition, with a side of some major drama…per the usual!
Kira is feeling better after last week’s pregnancy scare, and the moms are glad to have her back and ready to face MDP. Holly is fearful that the ALDC is going to become the MDP’s version of the Candy Apples. Jill is missing from pyramid because she’s back home at her daughter’s graduation. She has left Kendall in Melissa’s care in Los Angeles. Before announcing the pyramid, Abby is thrilled about the grand opening of the West Coast ALDC studio, but she lectures the girls on their priorities. She doesn’t think most are ready for Nationals.
Is it just me, or are the “Previously On” clips for Love & Hip Hop Atlanta getting longer and longer with each passing week? Perhaps if there weren’t so many characters stars to keep up with, we wouldn’t need such an extensive reminder of what’s been going on up to this point! Last night’s episode begins as Kalenna douses Rasheeda Frost with her drink. Tony Vick ushers out her wife as Rasheeda complains to Kirk. Kalenna is beyond hurt that Tony would casually mention he thinks she’s suffering from postpartum depression in front of a friend who may spread the news as gossip.
Momma Dee is prepping for her big day with Ernest. She’s flower shopping with the mother of her granddaughter, Erica Dixon. Dee praises Erica and Lil’ Scrappy for being able to co-parent so well together even though they are no longer a couple, and she asks Erica to be a bridesmaid in her wedding. Where is Ashton Kutcher? Is Erica being punked? Dee and Erica have always had a tumultuous relationship, but now that Scrappy and Erica are getting along, Dee would like to repair her friendship with Imani’s mom. Erica is flattered, but she’s going to have to think about the offer.
As Caitlyn Jenner finds her way in the world, she does so with the support of her famous family…for the most part. Her new show I Am Cait chronicles her struggles as she transitions from Bruce into Caitlyn, but it hasn’t always been easy for those closest to her to accept the change. While Catilyn’s ex-wife Kris Jenner and his Kardashian stepdaughters plaster on smiles when asked about the former Jenner patriarch, Khloe Kardashian admits that she and her sisters have wrestled with letting go of Bruce.
It’s not surprising that Khloe is having a difficult time “losing” Bruce, as she was always the closest to him of the Kardashian siblings. While Bruce’s biological children (Kylie, Kendall, and Brody to name a few) have rallied around Caitlyn, Kim and krew seem most koncerned with Cait making them look badly. Khloe recently opened up about the road to acceptance.
Basketball Wives LA has transformed into a ridiculous reunion by women who once claimed they never wanted to be part of the show. If this is their plan to redeem themselves from bad behaviors of the past, they are going about it all wrong! Shaunie O’Neal made her crossover last week, but last night’s episode included a cameo by Evelyn Lozada and the arrival of Tami Roman.
The night unfolds with with MehganJames continuing to scream at Draya Michele for the FUPA comment in Jackie Christie’s cognac commercial. Draya stays calm, claiming that she just wanted to spare the newbie from looking badly in the video. After the viewing, Draya remains quiet as Brandi Maxiell, Malaysia Pargo, and Patrice Curry fight her battle. When Mehgan tries to bring Jackie into the argument, Jackie reminds Mehgan that she was the star of beautiful cognac commercial debut and she’s not about to speak out of turn in the silly FRUPA (no R!) battle. Shaunie swoops in to see why the girls are ganging up on Mehgan, and Draya exits with an eye roll. Malaysia dismisses the newbie as Mehgan shows her lack of FUPA to the group, and Jackie is appalled when Meghan ducks out of the debut party without saying good-bye…or thank you.
Many story arcs on the housewives franchise are touching and personal, but it’s rare to see such a vulnerable side of Real Housewives of New York’sCarole Radziwell. She tends to offer comic relief and snarky commentary regarding her often dramatic co-stars, but this season viewers have seen an entirely different side of Carole’s life. We followed her to London to retrieve the ashes of her late husband Anthony who passed away from cancer a few short years into their marriage. While there have been accusations that Carole is exploiting her her husband’s death for a story line, she explains why she felt compelled to share something so intimate with fans.
LuAnn DeLesseps continues to stir the pot, claiming that Carole angered her mother-in-law by bringing her son’s tragedy back into the public eye on a reality show, but newbie Dorinda Medley feels differently. Having also lost her husband and lived in London, Dorinda feels differently about Carole’s journey and her decision to accompany her friend to London. In her Bravo blog, Dorinda begins, “As I wrote last week, I was quite hesitant about going on this trip. I had so much anxiety about returning to London. I lived there for almost 10 years, and it still holds a very special place in my heart.”
Tami was expecting a child with Reggie Youngblood, the first for her boyfriend. Tami has two older daughters from her previous marriage to NBA star Kenny Anderson. This news comes on the heels of Tami’s frienemy and former Basketball Wives Miami cohort Evelyn Lozada opening up about her recent miscarriage on her new series Livin’ Lozada.
The closer we get to Nationals, the closer we get to the season finale of Dance Moms, and you know what that means! We’re one episode closer to a (fingers crossed!) a break from Abby Lee Miller. She’s been pitting her girls head-to-head in solos, and last night Maddie faced off against Kendall for another week in the running for Nationals. Y’all know Jill was on pins and needles watching her daughter’s dreams unfold!
The ALDC and the moms are excited to arrive at Abby’s new studio. There’s a dumpster outside, so that means progress! As everyone enters for the first practice in the new space, they are thrilled to see all that has transpired. Abby is in an amazing mood (for once), and she plans to have her grand opening the same time as Nationals so that the girls will be around to meet people and sign autographs before heading back to Pittsburgh. Jill worries that her focus will now be more on the studio and less on the important competition. While Abby is glad about last week’s win, she hasn’t seen any improvement from her team in the last year. She’s worried they’ve been blinded by the bright lights of Hollywood. Someone on this show has…that’s for sure!