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The Real Housewives of New York City - Season 7

Carole Radziwill has often been the calm, collected, voice of reason on Real Housewives Of New York. With her wry sense of humor, spot-on sardonic observations, and lucid ability to cut through the drama, it’s surprising that she ever joined a reality show – let alone managed to hang around for three seasons! Yet Carole admits she’s glad she gave it another chance because season 7 is, in her estimation, a “really good season.”

One that almost didn’t happen for Carole! After Aviva Drescher spent all of last season accusing Carole of using a ghostwriter to pen her noted and famed memoir What Remains, Carole almost left the show for besmirching her career. However, the longtime friend of Andy Cohen‘s was swayed back by casting changes, a promise of a different direction for RHONY, and was rewarded with an emotional, honest, and interesting 7th season! 

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Last night was the first part of the Love & Hip Hop reunion, and Mona Scott Young has given up her throne in favor of Nina Parker. Here’s hoping she’s able to bring out the dirt without inciting anyone to physically injure any of their co-stars. I’m not counting on it! Per the usual, it’s a lot of fake hair and dresses for which I would have given my right arm to wear to my junior prom back in the mid-90’s. There have been so many random characters who have appeared this season for no reason, the VH1 crew was probably hard-pressed to find a sofa that fit them all

Luckily, they are one person short, as Erica Mena has decided to forego the festivities. Ahhh, it seems Mona has scored the sit-down with the original franchise’s most volatile cast mate who claims she’s ready to start a new chapter in her life. Erica doesn’t want to risk a setback to her positive life changes, so she’s refusing to take part in the reunion. However, she’s happy to dress as if she’s ready to cut a bitch while wearing a cleavage-friendly sequined semi-formal. Erica believes she’s being very generous by letting CynRich Dollazand Chrissy Monroe have their time without her interrupting. After all, she is their story line. They can make up stories while she continues to prosper. Erica’s volatile relationship with Cyn is showcased, and there are some scenes I would have thought were from last season they took place so long ago. That’s a may be a sign the season played out a little longer than necessary. 

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Teen Mom OG Amber Portwood

Is there a Teen Mom OG custody battle happening behind the scenes? In a preview of tonight’s episode, Amber Portwood declared that she plans to fight Gary Shirley for custody of their six-year-old daughter Leah. Amber voluntarily gave full custody of Leah to Gary in 2011.

In the clip, Amber meets up with Dr. Drew while promoting her book, Never Too Late. When Dr. Drew asked Amber how often Gary allows her to see Leah, she shared, “Since she started school, it’s been weird because he’s acting weird. He won’t let me have her on the days she is in school, which is Monday through Friday. Something’s going to happen because I will be getting her.”

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OK, folks! In full disclosure, I am writing this Blood, Sweat, and Heels recap after sweating and slogging around Disney World all day with my family, so I may be a little slow on the uptake. (Actually it’s been a blast and I have mad respect for all of the parents who’ve gone before me running the Mickey gauntlet.) I’ve got three full cups of coffee in my system now and am ready to roll – so, here we go!

We pick up with Melyssa Ford rehearsing for her soon-to-debut musical/comedy “For Vixens Who’ve Considered Homicide When the Video Was Too Much.” So, it’s catchy then! Melissa says she creates high pressure situations for herself so she can squeeze diamonds out. She’s looking to spoof the industry that’s defined her for so long – the music industry that made her, that is. She takes the stage to rehearse her lines and it seems as if she needs a BIT more work before opening day. Melyssa interviews that she wants to be more than a video vixen has been – she wants to be a professional, uh, professional. She can’t think of an exact title yet, so step off people!

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Last week on Shahs of Sunset, Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi let everyone within a ten mile radius know Mike Shouhed tried to sleep with her last year – allegedly – when GG decided a pool party was an appropriate place to confront Mike. Loudly. Obnoxiously. And in front of Jessica Parido.

GG took to her blog to explain why she felt compelled to confront Mike. “Many people don’t understand the dynamic between me and Mike, and they never will unfortunately,” she said. “After the incident in Turkey, things became very awkward between us, perhaps because of his guilty conscience, and he would always talk to me in an angry way. I had warned him many times to stop talking to me like that, but it only got worse. Mike was being extremely disrespectful and condescending toward me – so much so that everyone else noticed it too.”

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Kristen Doute is finally an independent woman… and she has the solo apartment to prove it! No, she hasn’t broken up with James Kennedy, but Kristen says that at the tender young age of 32 she is finally living in her own place. MILESTONES! And in other Vanderpump Rules news, Katie Maloney is tired of being independent and is hoping and praying and wishing and hoping and fervently believing Tom Schwartz will propose… soon!

While refusing to accept that she’d never be living with Tom Sandoval again Kristen confesses to couch-surfing and temporarily shacking up in her 22-year-old boyfriend’s studio apartment for months until finally scoring her own digs this fall. 

“It was overwhelming moving in by myself, but also so liberating,” Kristen gushes. “It was a blank canvas in more ways than one. Not only did I get to decorate my space however I wanted, it was also a chance to start over with new memories and new, positive energy.”

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Dorinda Medley joins RHONY season 7

Dorinda Medley is the newbie on Real Housewives Of New York, despite a longtime friendship with Ramona Singer, and she admits that joining the show was scary as hell because of one Bethenny Frankel, who channels her ravenous starvation into eating socialites alive with her piranha-jaw. After working out some kinks, Dorinda happily admits she’s glad she took to the plunge into the reality TV ocean – and believes she brought a peace-making energy to the motley crew of embattled socialites and social climbers! 

I “acted as a bit of a mediator” Dorinda describes of her strategy with her co-stars. “I didn’t think I’d play that role, but I tried to bring the girls together.” 

A widow and empty-nester whose daughter left for college recently, Dorinda says she was motivated to join RHONY on a whim. “I thought, ‘I’m turning 50, and I’ve never done anything like this.’ So I decided to give it a go.” Bolstered by a friendship with Ramona and being acquaintances with LuAnn de Lesseps, she went into it with trepidation and admits it wasn’t smooth sailing. 

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