TheReal Girls Of The Bada-Bing follows the everyday lives of the strippers/exotic dancers who work at Satin Dolls (the club used as the Bada Bing on The Sopranos). Where does Kim G fit into all of this? Don't worry, she's not climbing a pole! Kim is actually an associate producer and the resident den mother, trying to help some of the girls.
The show is described as a little "Jersey Shore meets the Housewives meets the Sopranos". In the first season we'll witness an American Idol-style casting call, as well as spats among the girls – with each other and the customers. The dancers all lead very different lives and will be shown as they try to finish college, raise kids, and keep relationships going. Executive producer Tom Murro says, "it is a cutthroat biz and there can be only one pole queen." The network is a secret right now, but we're told it's a "good fit" for the show.
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Reality television isn't all housewives and hip-hop and Kardashian krazy (thank goodness for small favors!. There are some lesser followed, but equally entertaining reality shows that will be making their way back onto your guide channel after becoming hugely popular in their first seasons.
Both Breaking Amish and King Of The Nerds will be returning after stellar ratings. TLC will be renewing its hit which followed a group of Amish and Mennonite young people who were supposedly shunned by their ultra conservative religious communities as they navigated the mean streets of New York City. Likewise, TBS will be bringing back it's wildly popular King Of The Nerds reality competition.
I remember a much simpler time when TLC was all about stories. There was A Makeover Story (fun fact: The Office's Angela Kinsey and her friend from an improv group were once on it before she became famous), A Dating Story, A Wedding Story, and (the only one still left) A Baby Story. Sure, it was a really long time ago, but The Learning Channel didn't used to be all about scary pageant moms, wedding dress salons, and Gypsy Sisters getting kicked out of hot pink stretch limos and tanning with motor oil. The only thing I learn from the network these days is how to make Here Comes Honey Boo Boo's sketti. I must add that my boyfriend Clinton Kelly calls TLC home, so he's bringing the class.
Now TLC is just ninety minutes up the coast from where I reside, in what may be South Carolina's version of the Jersey Shore. That's right! The Learning Channel has landed in Myrtle Beach, or "The Dirtle" as many call it. Don't get me wrong, Myrtle Beach is all kinds of fun and has a little of everything. It's like a tiny Vegas with a Planet Hollywood, a Hard Rock Cafe, and a giant shopping/restaurant/bar/music venue that spans city blocks and includes everything from Medieval Times to a mini Grand Ol' Opry that features singers who look just like actual country stars. Add in the helicopter tours and a shop on every corner that sells over priced beach towels, shark tooth necklaces, and hermit crabs, and you've got a little slice of heaven in the Palmetto State. Don't take my word for it–you can now see for yourself on TLC's new series Welcome to Myrtle Manor. Joking aside, I have friends from Myrtle Beach who are none too thrilled at the idea that this show is potentially mocking their hometown.
While some of you hunker down and wait for the plows to unbury you from the snowfall of Nemo, curl up with Reality Tea and catch up on all the news, recaps, and photos from the past week in reality TV. Maybe try to solve a blind item or two!
Hold onto your wine glasses because a bigger trainwreck than Jenelle Evans is headed your way. Yes, Jenelle's idol Ke$ha just announced that she will be unveiling a new "docu-series" (fancy way of saying reality show) about her life on MTV.
Oh goody – Jenelle and Ke$ha will be co-stars, well kinda. They'll be sharing a network at least. Cue the comparisons for who is a bigger mess starting: now!
Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life will chronicle her journey from noname mess to household name (and symbol) mess. SheKnows reports that each 30 minute episode will feature a portion of Ke$ha's rise from wannabe popstar to superstar and is produced by her brother, an award-winning filmmaker named Lagan Sebert.
As if West Virginia didn't have enough of an issue with the kids from Buckwild, now TLC is bringing us Gypsy Sisters from the hills of Martinsburg. We first met Mellie on My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding as the stripper with a heart of gold penchant for violence. Now she's joined by her older sister Nettie, cousin Kayla, and friend Laura. Admittedly, I am fascinated with the gypsy culture.
The show follows the four women and their families, as they bling, tat, clean, tan, and engage in vicious fist fights. Ah, yes, The Learning Channel at it's finest. I am glad to see that it's keeping up with all of the other high brow reality networks. That said, I will totally be watching this madness. It's like the Bad Girls Club, but with gypsies! And just wait until you hear what Nettie's grandchildren are named. You just can't make this up, people…you. just. can't. The show premieres on TLC at 9PM ET on Sunday February 10th.
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