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Nicole

If you had told me back in 2010 that a post-Jersey Shore Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi would appear on additional reality shows, my money would have been on Celebrity Rehab or some other franchise that reeks of Dr. Drew. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the fist pumping, cahhb cahhlling, Sunday dinner eating, GTL-ing, DTF-ing, Shore Store employees probably more than the average fan, but I didn’t really predict any sort of staying power. Of course, we all know I’m an idiot.

Not only has most of the cast matured and done very well for themselves, Snooki went on to star in a reality spin-off with bestie Jenni “J-Woww” Farley (with another one on the way!). She got married to Jionni LaValle, and the couple has two ridiculously precious children. While she still has a penchant for all things animal print, those giant sneaker slippers (I’m hoping) are a thing of the past. That’s right, guys, our little meatball is all grown up, and she’s embarking on a new reality endeavor for the FYI network. I think this is what is known as “adulting.”

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southern charm trav

“He’s got more honey… than any honeybee.” I cannot (cannotcannotcannotcannotcannot) wait to get that catchy little ditty stuck in my head, and the countdown is on the home stretch! Mrs. Pat, allow me to grab you a dressing drink. Shepard “Shep” Rose, I promise not to fangirl you in bars this spring. Cordially Cooper Ray, I’m sorry I can’t make you the same promise because it’s going to happen. Cameran Eubanks, Whitney Sudler-Smith, Craig Conover, and Landon Clements, my DVR has been lonely without you, but everyone knows we southerners have to hibernate when the temperatures dip into the upper 40s. 

Well, guess what dear readers? We hit seventy degrees this week in Charleston, Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Dennis emerged from their winter slumber to engage in an epic brawl on social media, and yours truly got her roots done. These signs can only have one meaning… we have a premiere date for the third season of Southern Charm! Bless all y’all’s hearts. It’s going to be sweeter than the Arnold Palmer at Martha Lou’s Kitchen (google it). 

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I’m not going to lie, watching last night’s Mob Wives was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do for this gig. I’ve recapped this show since it started, and I loved getting to see Big Ang’s fun-loving personality on her drama-free spin-off Big Ang. It’s so sad to recap Ang’s battle with cancer (and her co-stars’ ridiculous petty, immature, and bullish behavior) knowing the outcome. However, I poured a glass of wine, toasted Ang’s sass and class, and tried to keep the tears to a minimum…and I’m guessing a lot of you did the same!

When the episode begins, Drita D’avanzo is still raging at the thought that Karen Gravano is spreading lies about Lee, but she won’t let it spoil the high of her finishing the first draft of her memoir. She shares a precious exchange with daughter Giselle whose birthday is quickly approaching. All Giselle wants as a gift is a second puppy, but she knows her dad will be a tough sell. Drita does a role play where she pretends to be Lee so Giselle can practice her powers of persuasion. Get that adorable child another dog!

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dance moms maddie

Thank goodness Maddie was back on last night’s Dance Moms. She has to mitigate some of Abby Lee Miller’s crazy, right? Um, that’s to be determined. The ALDC welcomes back Maddie from her movie shoot, but Abby is quick to remind her that she didn’t garner the first place spot due to all of her gaps in training. Melissa interrupts to ask Abby if she saw Maddie’s segment on Ellen. Nope! Melissa reminds Abby she e-mailed it so she can still watch it. A dismissive Abby claims she’s too busy to take the time to view the three minute clip, and Maddie is clearly hurt. 

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Everyone grieves differently. Everyone grieves differently. Everyone. Grieves. Differently. I’m going to keep repeating that mantra so that I don’t go off on the fact that Mob Wives’ Karen Gravano is giving soundbites to multiple media outlets regarding her friend Big Ang Railoa’s funeral. In fairness to Karen (who thought I’d ever type that??), Ang was loved by so many, I know her fans want to know how her friends and family are dealing with her tragic death to cancer…and I am sure the sites requested a comment. 

Beloved Big Ang was laid to rest on Monday at Brooklyn’s Basilica of Regina Pacis with family, friends, and her Mob Wives co-stars of past and present in attendance. As I’m guessing is the nature of the “lifestyle” as the ladies like to call it, there were rumors that Karen and Brittany Fogarty were banned from the memorial service due to their father’s penchants for cooperating with the feds. Not so, says Karen!

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It’s a big season for RuPaul’s Drag Race! The drag queen reality competition returns to Logo on Monday, March 7th at 9:00 PM ET with a super-sized ninety minute premiere that also celebrates the series’ 100th episode…and the 100th contestant to strut down the catwalk.

Leading up to the big event, Logo will air a full RuPaul’s Drag Race marathon of the past seven seasons which starts at 7:00 PM ET on March, 3rd. The four-day event will include brand new behind-the-scenes dirt and interviews from former contestants. We’ve already met the queens, but wait until you hear who will be dropping by throughout the season! 

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Big Ang with granddaughter

The realization that Mob Wives’ most beloved star Big Ang Raiola has passed away from cancer still hasn’t really hit me yet. While she prided herself on her larger than life, surgically enhanced features, I think we can all agree, they paled in size compared to her giant, compassionate heart and her friendly, genuine smile. The world is a little smaller without her in it, but I am grateful she shared her vibrant personality with all of us who watched the show. 

Big Ang was the only reason to watch Mob Wives. As her co-stars brawl and partake in scripted drama, we could count on Ang to share no nonsense advice and sometimes humorously stirring the pot. While the current season features Ang’s second battle with cancer, here’s hoping her co-stars truly learn that there are much, MUCH more important things in life than holding grudges…if only to honor their true, sweet friend.

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Kathryn Dennis and Thomas Ravenel

Did you expect them to quit their public bickering? Surely not! In case you missed it, Kathryn Dennis has been hurling Twitter insults at Thomas Ravenel, and T-Rav is returning the favor by accusing her of keeping him from the pair’s two very young children.

As the two publicly spar over parenthood and partying, it has Southern Charm’s collective fan base waiting in anticipation for the show’s third season. After his Godzilla versus Jesus comparison, Thomas is expanding on his response to Kathryn’s allegations that he’s an absent father who doesn’t pay child support. His side of the story? It’s all Kathryn’s fault, naturally!

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