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Top Chef does it, Real World and Road Rules do it, Big Brother does it, Survivor LOVES to do it, and Project Runway is doing it next season. What am I talking about? All-Star shows, of course!

Nothing screams ratings more than bringing back the craziest, most controversial, and in some cases most talented, cast members from seasons past of any given show. America’s Next Top Model is jumping on that bandwagon with Cycle 17, ANTM All-Stars, premiering next month.

Fourteen of the wildest, loudest, and strongest personalities from cycles past are coming together to compete for the title that has previously eluded them. This season’s prizes include an Express modeling campaign, a fashion spread in Italian Vogue, a stint as a guest correspondent on Extra, and the staple Cover Girl contract.

Expect to see Kristin Cavallari, LaToya Jackson, Tyson Beckford, Nicki Minaj, The Game, Ashlee Simpson, and Kathy Griffin as guest judges…just to name a few. As always, the challenges are sure to be outrageous with stiff competition among the ladies.

ANTM All-Stars premieres on the CW on Wednesday, September 14th at 9pm ET, and as always, Tyra Banks will be front and center teaching these up-and-coming models how to pose and tell a story with their eyes…fierce!

Get reacquainted with the models of Cycle 17 below!

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Ding! Ding! Ding! It’s round two hundred for Real Housewives of New York frenemies Jill Zarin and Ramona Singer.

Season four of the show has finished airing, capped off by three hours worth of hateful and hostile reunion footage. While these two ladies are schooled in the art of cat fighting, especially with each other, things got even more heated during the reunion when Ramona’s love affair with Pinot Grigio was addressed. In the aftermath of both ladies’ allegations of alcoholism, the women continue to speak about their feelings. And speak about their feelings. And speak about their feelings.

In an interview with People, Jill says she was hoping to help her friend (sure, we all buy that) by accusing Ramona of having a problem. “During the reunion, [Ramona was] hitting below the belt. I tried to be a friend to Ramona. And I thought that she was acting a little bit erratic, more so than before. I was trying to help her and point it out. A lot of times people who have problems don’t see it themselves. That’s why there are interventions … I really wanted to try to help her. And instead she tried to turn it around on me.” Cue the violins.

Jill is, of course, referring to the fact that Ramona called her out for being an alcoholic and going to AA. Jill contends, “Whether it is true or not, is irrelevant.” She reiterates that she went to the meeting with a friend to show support, but is appalled that Ramona would out anyone for attending something that is supposed to be anonymous for a reason.

Jill hopes that Ramona’s irresponsible statements won’t deter others from getting help through Alcoholics Anonymous. Ironically enough, Jill has since seen an example of her worries on the subject. A fan of Jill’s has reached out to her. Jill reveals, “The mother tells me the daughter is scared to go in the program because she’s worried that a friend of hers might out her. It’s destructive to people and the damage that [Ramona] caused is going to prevent people from getting help.”

As for Ramona, she stated in her Bravo blog that she was embarrassed by the reunion show. “To say I was embarrassed by everyone’s behavior on the reunion, including my own, would be an understatement,” wrote Ramona. “Who would ever think that we are a group of educated, sophisticated, polished, New York women? This was not evident in what I watched. The reunion was mostly negative energy. I, myself, made a few comments that I am not proud of.”

Jill however wants Ramona to make things right. Jill asserts, “She should really retract that and try to figure out how to go back out there and say, ‘I’m sorry.’ So will this deter Jill from famewhoring filming another season of the show? She admits, “The damage is done. I don’t know if I can film with these girls.”

She may not have to, if recasting reports are true (oh please let them be true!). According to the Huffington Post, season five of New York is scheduled to begin filming around Labor Day, meaning that cast members must be secured ASAP. An unidentified Bravo housewife reveals, “No one knows at the moment who is in or out, but the second the contracts go to our representatives we all email and call each other immediately. So if someone does not get a letter we know within hours. All the cast will now be glued to their iPhones as they wait for the call from Bravo on whether they are being invited back.”

Another housewife chimes in, adding, “What’s happened with other casts in the franchise is offers go out to the women they want and those [they] don’t do not hear a word. Technically no one gets fired they are just not invited back.” Sounds a lot like sorority rush…no wonder the ladies seem so catty!

If the show is recast, the bigger question is whether it will be able to hold the viewers’ attention. Former fans seem turned off by the ladies’ negativity and mean girls mentalities. Ratings for the show took a nosedive from the first half of the reunion to the second half, plummeting from 2,325,000 viewers to 1,781,000 in a mere week. Numbers don’t lie…and that can’t be good.

And finally, Bravo’s own Andy Cohen posted the following cryptic message on his facebook page yesterday morning: “Thank you for all your comments on the reunion and the future of RHNYC. Consider yourselves heard loud and clear. There is work to be done!!!” Wonder what that means?

Photo by: Brad Barket/Bravo

ARE YOU ON JILL OR RAMONA’S SIDE REGARDING THE AA DEBACLE? WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE RECAST? MORE IMPORTANTLY, ARE YOU EVEN STILL WATCHING???

On last night’s episode of Teen Mom, it’s time for witches, monsters and costumes…and I’m not talking about the actual cast. Happy Halloween, Teen Moms! Amber struggles with her recent Child Protective Services investigation, Farrah does her best to finish culinary school on a high note, Maci and Ryan don’t succeed in co-parenting, and Catelynn and Tyler look for employment.

Tyler and Catelynn hit up a local haunted corn maze, and while I am normally TERRIFIED by these kinds of things in real life, it looks ridiculously silly on television. The couple assesses their finances and realize they both need to find an after-school job. They are growing up so fast.

Sophia is “helping” Farrah load the dishwasher as she stresses over the end of culinary school. Sophia seems to be as hard-headed as her mother. Farrah’s mom hopes her school recipes are gluten free so she can sample. Farrah accepts an invitation from her sister, with whom she’s had issues, to go to the pumpkin patch the following day.

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Welcome back to the States, Basketball Wives! Jen gets her single on, Royce potentially gets her acting on, and Suzie is back in the middle of everything, yet again. Evelyn celebrates a milestone with her daughter, and she and Chad show a different side of their relationship. Tami makes a couple of cameos, and Shaunie is totally absent. Must be jet lag.

Tami is meeting with Royce to “bring her up to speed” on what happened in Italy. Tami still isn’t Meeka’s biggest fan (to put it mildly) and tells Royce there was an altercation. Tami brags that she at least got one swing in, and Royce asks, did you land it? A friendship made in Heaven. Royce makes the keen observation that you can take the girl out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the girl.

Al Reynolds (yes, Starr Jones’ ex) is apparently Jen’s best guy friend and she is so excited to meet up with him while he’s in town visiting. His first question about her new single lady condo is “have you broken it in yet?” Jen asks, “What, the bed?” “The bed, the bathroom…” Oh, Al, you just took me into the bathroom with you and Starr Jones. I am scarred for life. He wants to set up Jen, and she wants no blind dates–she needs to see the goods. They decide that Jen needs a tall dude with a tall bank account.

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It’s Jesus’ birthday on the Real Housewives of New Jersey, and Caroline celebrates with her diamond studded version of Silly Bandz, while Rich and Kathy celebrate with a six foot fried fish. The Gorgas and Guidices go head-to-head for the most modest Christmas ever, and the ever thoughtful Ashley forgets to buy gifts for Chris and Jacqueline. Plus, there’s an added supermodel cameo!

It’s a very juicy Christmas Eve dinner at the Guidices. The recently, and barely, repaired relationship between Teresa and her brother Joe is finally making headway, as he and his family are attending the melee. But wouldn’t you know it? The Gorga siblings’ horrible cousin Kathy has done the unthinkable…she’s invited Joe and Melissa to her house for Christmas Eve dinner as well. What’s such a popular couple to do? Well, attend both shindigs, of course, leaving Teresa forced to do what she does best–give her brother a guilt trip. She leads him into the dining room and shows him the place settings reserved for him and Melissa. Does the mean and hateful Kathy really want those seats vacant on Christmas Eve? Teresa and her brother are ALWAYS together Christmas Eve (newsflash, Teresa, he IS with you on Christmas Eve). Kathy is just a cousin, she can see Joe the day after Christmas. Boxing Day is a great day for cousins. Joe tries to play the peacemaker before he and his Gorgas peace out for Kathy’s dinner.

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The ladies of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stick together. This week it was reported that Taylor Armstrong is divorcing husband Russell Armstrong amidst allegations of abuse, and her friend and co-star Kyle Richards is stepping in to make sure Taylor is getting through this tough time.

About Taylor’s impending divorce, Kyle tells People,”She’s going to pull through. She’s a beautiful girl, she’s a smart girl; she’ll get through it.” Kyle has been trying to take her cast mate’s mind off of the currents situation with fun distractions like a recent beach day for the pals and their daughters. Commenting on Taylor and Russell’s five-year-old daughter Kennedy, Kyle continues,”Kennedy’s doing well. She’s doing great. She’s kind of oblivious to what’s going on.”

As for the long-term, Kyle believes that her friend will make it through this a stronger person. And as for Kyle, she’s just doing what any good girlfriend would do. She says, “I’ve seen her a lot lately. I love Taylor, and I know she’s going through a hard time right now. I’m just being there as a friend.”

Kyle is about to get a lot busier as well. RadarOnline reports she is returning to her acting roots, and I for one, was a HUGE fan of her in Disney’s frightening (well frightening for Disney) Watcher in the Woods. Kyle will be starring in an upcoming Lifetime movie entitled Deadly Sibling Rivalry. Should her sister Kim Richards (the bigger of the two as far as child stars go…need I remind you of the awesomeness of the Witch Mountain movies?) watch her back? “Don’t think too much into the title,” jokes Kyle.

Also on the horizon for Kyle is a handbag line and a book, a la niece Paris Hilton. However, nearest and dearest to Kyle’s heart is the housewives franchise. She is very excited about the upcoming season, despite ending on a sour note with some of her cast mates. Kyle admits, “The reunion was absolutely torture: It’s absolutely torture because you see things that the girls are saying that you never knew they said about you, and all of a sudden you’re like, ‘Wait a minute! I thought that we were friends? I thought we were OK?’” Nevertheless, it’s her favorite business venture.

And just because it’s too cute/strange not to mention, Kyle’s precious toddler Portia, with hottie husband Mauricio Umansky, is the newest member of the Twitterverse. You can follow Kyle’s youngest daughter as she spouts sweet sentiments such as “Dear God, I love u in the morning like a diamond ring.” A collective “awww” please!

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF KYLE’S NEW ACTING CAREER? WILL YOU BE FOLLOWING PORTIA ON TWITTER?

Two weeks after filing for divorce, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong is now alleging husband Russell Armstrong abused her both verbally and physically.

Taylor, 40, makes the shocking revelations in an all new interview with PEOPLE magazine. While all that talk about an amicable split came about after Taylor filed for divorce following six years of marriage, she is now telling a darker tale of her relationship’s demise.

“I felt like I was dying inside,” she says. “Now, there’s some sense of peace.” Taylor claims Russell was both verbally and physically abusive, with name-calling, hair pulling, and shoving being a staple of their marriage. She also alleges Russell threw things at her when enraged. As a child of domestic abuse, Taylor was an advocate for battered women, and her efforts were highlighted on the first season.

Taylor reveals, “I’m mad at myself for tolerating things I should not have tolerated from the first moment. Allowing this to happen in my own relationship was something I felt very ashamed of.”

After several months of counseling, Taylor realized she needed a better environment for the couple’s five-year-old daughter Kennedy and decided to end the marriage, adding the decision was a difficult one. “When I knew the filing had gone through, I just started to cry,” she says. “We tried hard to fix our marriage, but it wasn’t healthy.”

For his part, Russell, 47, admits, “Did I push her? Yes, maybe things happened in the heat of the moment, but it was during a time in our lives that was not characteristic of who we were. This show has literally pushed us to the limit.” Russell, however, denies ever pulling his wife’s hair.

The viewers of the reality hit will watch the couple’s marriage implode on the upcoming season which premieres September 5 on Bravo.

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On last night’s Teen Mom, Trials and Tribulations, Farrah goes to court, Amber fears going to jail, Catelynn goes to counseling, and Maci goes home to Chattanooga…permanently.

Maci has started her sophomore year in college, and as she is now living with Kyle in Nashville, she has to commute two hours to get to class in Chattanooga. Meeting with her advisor, she learns that she failed Algebra and Communications last semester. Maci goes to tell her dad about her decision to stay up there and go to school here, and MTV, do you think I buy into you dubbing over her voice? Her parents agree that school needs to be her main priority to ensure a future for Bentley.

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