With two weeks until its official premiere, the VH1 network has now released the cast photo (you can click on it to make it bigger) for the all new reality show Famous Food as well as a video sneak peek!
The premise of the show is that renowned restaurateurs, The Dolce Group, will give the seven “celebrities” the chance to turn one of their West Hollywood, CA properties into a flourishing and fully-operating restaurant. The season will end with one lucky restaurateur’s dream restaurant open for business and ready for the public’s review.
In the sneak peek below, the cast gets to meet the Heidi Doll, who tries to prove she has a brain and isn’t a total boob. “People think I’m this train wreck that hasn’t wrecked yet,” says Heidi, 24. “Little do they know, I have a brain.” Uh uh. The preview clip is below!
Famous Food debuts Sunday, July 10 at 10/9c on VH1.
Months after stating Bravo was likely done with new housewives franchises following the Miami disaster, it seems Andy Cohen is deciding to leave that door open.
In a new interview with Variety, the Bravo executive VP of original programming and development reveals he’s happy with the current franchises on the air but is always open to adding a new series if all things are right.
“We’re at a really good place right now,” says Andy. “Each city will be on for three or four months, and then they go away for close to a year. That’s a nice thing. It allows the women to regroup. It also allows the viewers to miss them.”
Andy adds that if the cast is right, a new additional franchise is possible while also revealing a shocker! According to Andy, Bravo actually tried to get a Texas franchise, which might or might not be my dream franchise, going but failed to find the right cast.
“You only want cities with strong points of view, cities that have strong regional personalities,” explains Andy. “We’ve tried to mount a Texas (incarnation), but we never hit the nail on the head with casting.”
Sighs. Here’s to hoping the socialites, famewhores, and housewives of Dallas will step up to the plate and allow their lives to be featured on Bravo! I stand strong in my belief that a Texas franchise would be G.E.N.I.U.S.
In other Andy news, a new report came out today stating he is one of the three finalists being considered by ABC to replace Regis Philbin on “Live with Regis and Kelly.” The other two finalists are said to be Ryan Seacrest and Mark Consuelos.
TELL US – SHOULD BRAVO EXPAND THE HOUSEWIVES’ SERIES? SURPRISED BRAVO COULDN’T FIND THE RIGHT CAST IN TEXAS?
Kate Gosselin is looking for love and is passive aggressively finally getting along with ex-husband Jon Gosselin for the sake of the couple’s eight children. She opens up about her new arrangement with Jon and her checklist for a potential mate in a series of recent interviews. So, Kate’s on a media blitz again…did I miss a new book she’s promoting?
On Monday, Kate, who is pictured above yesterday leaving the Today Show in New York City, appeared on Access Hollywood, bantering awkwardly with Billy Bush. When asked about any current relationships, Kate reveals that she has a hard time letting her guard down and her suitors are few and far between. Schmoozing Billy, she responds, “It’s like I’m promoting a dating show, [but] I’m not,” and she asks his co-host, “Do you have any single friends?”
Billy Bush compares Kate to Angelina Jolie in regards to a mother with mutliple children trying to find lasting love. I think Kate’s head may explode. Kate admits she’d like an older man, someone in his forties, driven, smart, and hot. Billy believes Kate would have better luck if she’d “start making out a little.” Sorry, Jon…it doesn’t look like a reconciliation is in store for you.
And speaking of Jon, Kate hasn’t been silent on him either. In the same interview, Kate touches on Jon’s recent endeavors, as well as his time with the kids. She takes a subtle shot at Jon points out, “He is actually making an effort for the four days a month he has [the] kids. I do wish he would see them more, but that is what he has chosen. The kids would like to see him more. So at least it’s consistent. Anytime he wants them more he can have them more and he knows that.” Wow, that sounds a tad harsh, but also it sounds as if maybe Jon should see those children more.
Kate however sang a different tune to People, stating, “The kids enjoy spending time with [Jon]. They wish he would see them more, but as long as they come home happy – and more or less they do – I’m okay with that, so that’s good.” Still a tad biting, but a little better, nonetheless. She continues saying, “It’s just naturally gotten more peaceful, which is good,” while citing the couple’s very different parenting styles.
The mother of eight returns to her dating criteria, reiterating, “I want somebody who is older…I can’t be bothered with these little boys.” Ouch. However, she does concede that dating isn’t her be-all-end-all goal. “I’m at the point where I’m like, ‘Okay, there’s got to be somebody out there who would work. If it’s meant to be, it’ll be. And if not, then whatever. I’m happy as I am.” It’s a good attitude to have…let’s just hope Kate means it, and that she and Jon continue (start?) to make those children a priority. Regardless, I’m betting they both hope you tune in to the new season of Kate Plus Eight, this coming Monday at 10 ET on TLC.
Photo credit: SPLASH.
TELL US – DO YOU THINK KATE WILL FIND HER IDEAL MAN? SHOULD SHE STOP TALKING ABOUT JON TO THE PRESS?
UPDATE – Congrats to Linda/comment # 264 for being selected in the Friday drawing and responding to our email today! Thanks to everyone who participated. There will be more give-aways in the near future!
Hi guys! Wanted to give you an update on our first give-away – the $100 AMEX giftcard plus $60 in Bravo goodies.
As stated, we did our first random drawing on 06/01/11 (Wednesday) out of the 1007 qualifying entries, and emailed the winner. Unfortunatley, no response was received after 48 hours. The rules state the winner should respond within 48 hours. Another drawing was done on 06/03/11 (Friday), and so far no response has been received.
Perhaps the winners are forgetting to check their emails (you should check your spam folders as well just in case). The 48 hours for the Friday drawing expires at 6:05pm eastern today, so if the winner doesn’t respond by then, another drawing will be done today at 6:15pm eastern.
This time around, the new winner’s name/comment # will be posted on here, so please check this post again at 6:15pm eastern today for the latest update.
Hopefully by posting this, it will allow the winner to respond and get their goodies!! Thanks – RT.
UPDATE #3 – Congrats to Linda/comment # 264 for being selected in the Friday drawing and responding to our email today! Thanks to everyone who participated. There will be more give-aways in the near future!
UPDATE #2 – A new winner was selected on 06/03/11 by random drawing and an email was sent out to that person the same day.
UPDATE – A winner was selected on 06/01/11 by random drawing and an email was sent to the winner on the same day. Once the winner responds within the 48 hour given period, the username and post # will be posted here. Thanks!
Hi guys! Hope you’re having an awesome Memorial Day weekend! The Reality Tea blog continues to grow tremendously with this month of May being our biggest yet. Though the month is yet to be over, the blog has already surpassed over 800,000 unique visitors this month alone with over 3 million page views!
And I have you, the reader, to thank for that! To say a very special thank you to you all for being amazing readers of the blog, I am running our first blog contest ever!
Up for grabs is a $100 American Express cash gift card as well as some Bravo/OC Housewives goodies listed below!
The Real Housewives of Orange County Season One DVD
A Real Housewives of OC T-Shirt
Real Housewives Get Personal (Book – Paperback)
All a total value of $160! The contest ends at 11:59pm on Tuesday, May 31st and a winner will be chosen on Wednesday, June 1st!
CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO GET THE RULES AND HOW TO ENTER!
From L to R: Kim Lewin, Raquel Miller, Pat Smith, Tina Majerle and Lori Citron
Will there or won’t there be a Real Housewives of Scottsdale seems to be the lingering question today.
According to a number of local media outlets in Arizona, the new housewives franchise is indeed in the works! KPHO.com reports a pilot for the Scottsdale Housewives will begin filming this week at the VIP opening of Scottsdale Quarter’s Drybar.
A source tells the site that three cast members have admitted to having signed show contracts. Another media outlet Arizona Foothills confirms the same story, stating that three women have signed on for the show.
Those three women are Lori Citron, wife of anesthesiologist Gregg Citron; Tina Majerle, wife of former Phoenix Suns player Dan Majerle; and, Kim Lewin. The three ladies are pictured above at a 2008 event. Other possible cast members include Juliette Irakliev, Raquel Miller, Raya Cavernes and Char Hubb.
Sounds pretty good right? Except Bravo’s own Andy Cohen denied the news on his twitter page yesterday. When a fan asked him about the show, he simply replied “No truth.”
However, it is very possible that both Andy and the media outlets are right. Why you ask? Well for one, shooting a pilot simply means shooting a pilot. It means the show hasn’t been officially picked up by the network yet, and will only get picked up if the network likes what they see.
So the moral of this story folks is that it’s a definite possibility the Real Housewives of Scottsdale might soon be a reality… show; that is if the ladies can bring the drama. We’re guessing following the D.C. and Miami disasters, Bravo is playing it safe when it comes to new franchises. So the Scottsdale ladies had better bring it or else the show will just remain a pilot.
As for Andy’s previous comments of there being no plans for new housewives series, it’s very unlikely he has the lone say in that issue as there are other higher ups at Bravo that get a say as well. But at the end of the day, the fact that Bravo is shooting a new housewives pilot debunks that statement as it at least confirms the network is still open to adding on more housewives series. Plus Andy made that statement before the recent cancellation of the DC Housewives, which leaves room for the network to add a new franchise.
In the meantime, we will continue to daydream about our dream franchise aka the Real Housewives of Dallas. Sigh.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE POSSIBILITY OF A REAL HOUSEWIVES OF SCOTTSDALE? WHAT IS YOUR DREAM FRANCHISE?
Another milestone for Reality Tea as two writers have finally been hired following an intensive search that began a month ago.
Reality Tea continues to grow with March being our biggest month yet. Last month, we received over 729,000 unique visitors with over 3,055,000 page views. In other words, holy moly!
In other to continue to keep the site growing and most importantly, so I can stop carrying my laptop with me to people’s weddings, family outings, & events a la Vicki Gunvalson stop having to work 365 days a year, it was the right time to get some new blood!
Following an applicant pool of over 280 interested writers, I was able to narrow it down to two phenomenal writers! Trust me folks, they are goooood. Below are the bios of the new assistant writer Lauren Rounsville and contributor Mary McClelland -
Lauren – Lauren is an attorney living in South Carolina who has been captivated by all things Beverly Hills, Bravo and Bieber. She loves 80’s sitoms (Benson, Silver Spoons, Magnum P.I.), 90’s country music (the cheesier the better) and the accessibility of pop culture in the (now not so new) millennium. When she’s not reading the latest tabloids, this former first grade teacher loves trying new food, hunting down designer bargains, watching college football, listening to Waylon Jennings, and patiently waiting for Andy Cohen to realize she’s his new best friend, second only to Ben Weiner. Oh, and drinking cheap wine. Duh.
Mary – Mary is an avid collector of vintage clothes, lover of vertiginous shoes, reader of delightful books, and a possessor of a degree in Sociology – the evidence of which now sits sadly and uselessly in a box in her basement. She became an apostate of bitchy gossip from an early age – waiting for her mother’s trips to the grocery store so she could read US Weekly with glee. Other than that she is a mama to a little boy and a basset hound named Theodore Lovely.
Lauren & Mary will begin reporting to duty tomorrow and from here on out, there will be a new byline on top of each story letting you know the author. I will continue to write majority of the stories for the blog.
And in the comments section of this post, please let us know what shows you would like us to cover, what types of stories you would love to see or any other amazing ideas you might have for the future of this blog. Thank you and I can assure you the best is yet to come for Reality Tea – RT.
TELL US – WHAT SHOWS OR STORIES WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE US COVER ON THE BLOG?
While all of the stars on the show, including former cast member Chad Rodgers, had allowed their love lives to be a part of the show, Josh was the only one to keep that part of his life private.
Well, that all changes tonight as Josh makes the revelation both on the show and in his new memoir Million Dollar Agent: Brokering the Dream, which also comes out today.
According to Josh, 25, he is very pleased with the way he chose to come out. “You know my sexuality does not define me, it is not who I am, but rather it is part of me, and I did not ever want people to think of me as “the gay real estate guy,” I did not want that to be the only demographic that was watching me on TV or the only demographic to associate with me,” said Josh in an interview with San Diego Gay and Lesbian News.
“I am very glad I did things the way I did because I feel I eased people into it and I made people comfortable with ME, and then kind of just dropped the fact that I like guys instead of girls. Many people knew, many had no idea,” he added.
And how does Josh feel about his costar Madison Hildebrand, who also came out on the show, beating him to the punch? “Madison did not beat me to the punch. Madison just decided to come out on national television before I did, but as far as I know, I was out to the people I wanted to be out to well before Madison was. At the rate we are going, we might have to change the title of the show to “Two Homos and the Straight Dude.”” joked Josh adding that though he respects Madison’s approach, he chose to take “a different approach, a more subtle approach, and I kind of like the way Bravo did it … slowly revealing my life, because for the most part no one knows anything about my life other than what they can read on the Internet or what they see on the show with my family, but my private life was always kind of a mystery.”
Josh also reveals that his fellow castmate Josh Altman has been supportive. “He is a great guy and a good friend of mine and we have gotten closer since filming the show,” said Josh. “We do some business together and we get along real well. I have nothing bad to say about Josh Altman whatsoever.”
Josh is currently in a relationship with long term boyfriend Colton Thorn. Photos of Josh and Colton below. MDL airs tonight on Bravo at 9/8c. A preview clip is below -
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON JOSH’S COMING OUT? AND ON TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?