I think we can pretty much credit MTV with the birth of reality television thanks to the explosion of The Real World, but it didn't stop there. Think about all of the families we watch on a weekly basis, from the Robertsons to the Kardashians to everyone in between. Where did the madness begin? Some may say with a ride on the crazy train courtesy of The Osbournes. Don't act like you didn't watch!
We saw Jack and Kelly Osbourne grow up on camera (although eldest daughter Amy didn't participate) with the always hilarious chirping busybody of a "mum" Sharon and bumbling, mumbling former death metal star Ozzy. And, of course, don't forget their tiny pooches! Now Kelly is a fashion consultant for E! and Jack is family man–how precious is his wife? (pictured with him and his parents above)–currently competing on Dancing with the Stars…but do they ever think about going back to the days of reality television's first family?
Bethenny Frankel is upping the ante as far as guests on her talk show goes. She's graduated from her recent parade of Bravolebrities to the one woman who we have to thank for putting her on the air–Ellen DeGeneres. "Thank" may not be the word you would use, but as far as I'm concerned, Ellen can do no wrong. And who knows, maybe this is just another lesson in random acts of kindness courtesy of Ellen.
When Ellen appeared via satellite (is that what they still call it?) on bethenny yesterday, Bethenny introduced her by saying, "I am so excited and honored to tell you who my first guest is today. It's a woman who I trust, who I admire, who I love, who I respect. She's the most talented women on the planet in my book and she's the reason that I have a show today. I am so grateful to her, for this opportunity. Please welcome my friend and mentor Ellen DeGeneres."
Since the demise of the Style Network, I've been anxious to find out what will happen to a few of my favorite reality shows. While some of Style's lineup will simply disappear, a few shows will likely end up on E!, Oxygen, or Bravo.
The thought of never seeing my favorite Big Rich Texas stars again gives me a serious case of the sads. Le sigh. So, when Melissa Poe tweeted that she's involved with a new reality series, I may have let out a happy little squee.
MTV's Typhani Morgan desperately wants us to know that Big Tips Texas has heart. AWW. She insists her Redneck Heaven reality show isn't all about fights and drama, and then she and Morgan Adler endlessly talk about the catty girl drama on Big Tips Texas.
Clear as rodeo mud?
"A lot of other reality shows rely on cat fights and feuding to draw in viewers," says Typhani. "Our show, yes we have drama, but there's a lot of heart that goes into it. It makes it really relatable instead of just cat fights all the time."
MTV's Big Tips Texas features four veteran and six newbie waitresses and/or bartenders at a bar named Redneck Heaven. Yes, it's as trashy as it sounds. What the girls lack in clothing, they make up for in eye shadow though, so it all balances out.
Big Tips Texas wants to be Coyote Ugly. It's not. They're not even from the same planet. Big Tips Texas turns out to be Buckwild meets Bad Girls Club. The girls liken themselves to a sisterhood (Sisterhood of the Traveling Coochie Shorts?) or a sorority (No. Just no.).
The veterans and newbies do not work (or play) well together.
Two new reality shows are making their debuts tonight – and they couldn't be more different (other than their premiere times – 10/9c). Tonight marks the arrival of Oxygen's Preachers of L.A. and MTV's Big Tips Texas.
Preachers of L.A. follows six mega-pastors, depicting their daily lives, preaching styles and sharing their home lives.
Big Tips Texas (I cannot seem to stop wanting to type Big RICH Texas!) debuts on MTV and follows the lives of four veteran and six newbie waitresses and bartenders at a bar named Redneck Heaven, where the goal is to make the customers feel "happy and horny".
The former reality TV queen has been off the radar for far too long as she hides out doing rich girl things and learns to DJ and works on new music. Paris collaborated with Lil Wayne on her newest single "Good Time" and just released the music video for it.
If there's anyone who can ease my Kardashian suffering, it's Paris. Oh I've missed her so (and never thought I'd utter those words!). And I mean that. Paris was a permanent fixture on the paparazzi radar and in the media, but nowadays she's barely seen anymore. She just pops up here and there at events and has continued on with her life..doing her thing and never taking herself super seriously. Unlike those certain other reality starlets who just don't give us a minute of rest before the next story, photo, or famewhore move pops up online. Kudos to Paris for knowing when to step back.
Hmm..how long has it been since Paris and Nicole Richie graced our screen? (God how I wanted that pink truck!) I vote for a Simple Life reunion special of sorts. Just for old times' sake.