On last night’s Around the World in 80 Plates, the chefs head to Chiang Mai Thailand. While I am still not the biggest fan of the Suvivor-esque format (more food, less strategy!), at least the challenges are getting a bit more interesting.
Jenna Johansen is wary about heading some place where she isn’t as knowledgeable about the cuisine (or the language for that matter), and Nicole Lou is convinced that she would have been sent home had she not had immunity. Nookie Postal couldn’t agree more. He’s livid about having to send Nick Lacasse home, and he plans on getting back at Nicole. John Vermiglio thinks Thailand is going to put everyone on an even playing field.
The contestants arrive in Thailand and begin the course at the airport. They must first divide into three teams of two and find the Ton Phayom market where they must purchase two baskets of coconuts. They learn that the winning team will get the exceptional ingredient and $10,000 while the losing team will be “left out in the cold.” John and Nookie immediately pair up, followed by Liz Garrett and Nicole. That leaves poor Avery Pursell with Jenna. Liz is hoping that Nicole’s experience with Asian style cooking will be helpful.
Bravo is really stepping up its game in regard to the Real Housewives of Atlanta, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Straight From the A is confirming that the girl we all loved seeing grow up under the watchful eye of Cliff and Claire Huxtable is joining the cast. That’s right! Rudy HuxtableKeisha Knight Pulliam is going to be hanging with the Neenster and Krazy Kim! I have no words…it’s just so exciting! Granted, she’s not a housewife, but seriously, when has that ever been criteria to be on a housewives’ show?
Of course, while Keisha is known around the globe as lovable Rudy, she’s quite the accomplished business woman and philanthropist. She graduated from Spellman College in Atlanta and also founded Kamp Kizzy which is a summer day camp for tween and teen girls to boost their self-esteem. One may question if she’ll be tarnishing her impeccable reputation by joining a reality show (especially THIS reality show!), but I beg to differ. The stunning Keisha will do nothing but class up this franchise…mark my words!
After a tumultuous but victorious competition in Chicago, Abby Lee’s dancers are back for more. Last night’s Dance Moms proved to be even more explosive, with Abby and Kelly once again butting heads. As much as she wanted to leave the studio, Kelly wants her daughters to get to enjoy dancing with her friends, so she has returned fully prepared to see her daughters on the bottom of the pyramid.
Kelly called it. Both Brooke and Paige are at the bottom of the pyramid. Not only will they not get solos, they have the word “probation” splashed across their head shots. Brooke thinks it’s unfair that she and her sister are being punished for an argument that their mother had with Abby. Chloe is also at the bottom for missing a rehearsal due to a doctor’s appointment. Christi is livid. MacKenzie is on the middle tier, with Abby citing she needs more ballet training. Nia joins her, and Abby praises her trio. Holly knows how excited this makes her daughter, so she is very proud. Maddie is once again back on top.
With the Real Housewives of Orange County drawing to a close, there has been a lot of speculation about what is in the works for Alexis Bellino. Not always portrayed as the sharpest tool in the shed, Alexis has lost good friends and gained unusual allies this season.
Alexis was recently interviewed by WetPaint.com about how she was portrayed and whether she’s mended any of her relationships with her cast mates. Highlights from that interview follow.
As if the Kardashian family isn’t overexposed enough, the Queen of Talk, Oprah Winfrey herself, felt compelled to give them yet another platform from which to spew their ridiculousness. Thanks a heap, O. Couldn’t you just stick to book clubs and giveaways? UsWeekly reports on the interview’s highlights.
Questioning Kim about her blink-and-you-missed-it wedding to Kris Humphries and career catapulting sex tape with Ray J, the reality mogul oh so eloquently replies, “I’ve obviously made plenty of mistakes in my lifetime, but I’m not the type to sit and beat myself up over it. If a real lesson was learned, I’m so okay with having experienced that.”
CAUTION! Before you read what comes next you may want to arm yourself with some sort of trash receptacle or barf bag. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
The rule of thumb for VH1? If a show brings the brawls and the drama, by all means give it a spin-off! The most recent phenomenon is Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. After a very glossy introduction, it seems more like I’m watching night time soap (which, let’s call a spade a spade…) than a reality show. The series promises a lot of skin, a lot of crying, and, of course, a lot of drama. This isn’t Bravo’s Atlanta, that’s for sure, although I’d love to see a Phaedra Parks crossover since she’s friends with Rasheeda. Make it happen, Apollo!
We meet Mimi Faust and her boyfriend of fifteen plus years, Grammy winning record producer Stevie J. They have a two-year-old daughter together, and Mimi is more than ready for her beau to step up to the plate. Mimi is done turning a blind eye to his after-hour antics. After over fifteen years, I’d say he’s probably used to getting his own way. Stevie surprises Mimi with a beautiful home way outside of Atlanta for her and their daughter. Basically, he wants to move her far away so he can “do him” in the ATL. She wishes that he wanted the house to be for the three of them, and he seems to think she is being ungrateful. So, I’m guessing we’re going to watch yet another season of women who complain that the men in their lives are dirty dogs, yet they do nothing to change their situation. Glad I tuned in!
Rumors have been swirling about the cast of next season’s Basketball Wives. Have Jenn Williams, Kesha Nichols, and Royce Reed been handed their walking papers? While Jenn and Kesha have remained mum on the gossip, both Royce and producer/Queen Bee Shaunie O’Neal have taken to twitter (where else?) to add their two cents. Deny, deny, deny! Shocking, I know.
After the news broke, Royce tweeted, “This is so entertaining!!! Gotta love TMZ!”
Shaunie chose to respond in a manner that didn’t really answer any definitive questions. It’s not surprising, knowing how well she’s mastered the ability to double talk. She responded to a follower’s question about the firings by saying, “Let’s just say… I will not entertain anything but the truth hence me not replying 2 this RUMOR of the day.” So…what you’re saying is?
Last night’s Sister Wives was more like solo wife, as the majority of the episode focuses on Kody and Meri.
Kody is taking Meri to Mexico…she’s beyond shocked. He’s been saying he wanted to take her back to Mexico for ages, but she never expected him to actually follow through. Kody’s having a hard time packing, given that his closet is spread out among several houses. Kody is hoping that trip will provide him with the opportunity to force Meri into a decision about having another baby with Robyn as the surrogate.
Both Meri and Kody admit that there is pressure when such a big trip is planned. Kody hopes the other wives aren’t expecting the same treatment, and Meri hates that she can’t act too excited for fear of hurting the other wives’ feelings. Robyn and Janelle think that Meri is long overdue for a big trip. Christine agrees and says she’s thinking about where she wants to go on her next Kody vacay…cut to Kody talking about the pressure of his wives’ expectations.