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Many story arcs on the housewives franchise are touching and personal, but it’s rare to see such a vulnerable side of Real Housewives of New York’s Carole Radziwell. She tends to offer comic relief and snarky commentary regarding her often dramatic co-stars, but this season viewers have seen an entirely different side of Carole’s life. We followed her to London to retrieve the ashes of her late husband Anthony who passed away from cancer a few short years into their marriage. While there have been accusations that Carole is exploiting her her husband’s death for a story line, she explains why she felt compelled to share something so intimate with fans. 

LuAnn DeLesseps continues to stir the pot, claiming that Carole angered her mother-in-law by bringing her son’s tragedy back into the public eye on a reality show, but newbie Dorinda Medley feels differently. Having also lost her husband and lived in London, Dorinda feels differently about Carole’s journey and her decision to accompany her friend to London. In her Bravo blog, Dorinda begins, “As I wrote last week, I was quite hesitant about going on this trip. I had so much anxiety about returning to London. I lived there for almost 10 years, and it still holds a very special place in my heart.”

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Reality TV Listings Bachelor in Paradise

It’s time to check out the reality TV listings and plan your week.

A new month brings us a slew of new and returning reality TV shows, including Bachelor in Paradise (which I wouldn’t dare to miss even though I’m annoyed by Chris Harrison right now), former Pretty Wicked Moms stars Nicole Noles and Emily Dees Boulden‘s spinoff Get Swank’d, and Project Runway.

Also premiering this week is The Comment Section on E!, which explores the outrageous and hilarious comments from the internet about the week’s trending stories. E!: “The Comment Section will boldly dive into the most dangerous corners of the internet, take out the haters, anoint the heroes, and generate an all new brand of laughs from the biggest pop culture stories of the week.”

Check out the reality TV listings list, which includes the Watch What Happens Live guests for the week, and let us know what you plan to watch.

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Reality TV Gossip Taylor Armstrong

As always, it’s been a busy week for reality TV gossip, filled with ups, downs, and questionable decisions. This week, Taylor Armstrong pissed off Lisa Rinna, Luann de Lesseps questioned Carole Radziwill‘s decision to allow Bravo to follow her to London, Brandi Glanville fired her legal team in the midst of her battle against Joanna Krupa, and Teresa Giudice filed a lawsuit against her bankruptcy lawyer. More photos, recaps, and reality TV news:

PHOTOS

Yolanda Foster on vacation with David

Meet the cast of Below Deck season 3

Kim Kardashian’s changing belly bump

Sonja Morgan and friends in St. Tropez

Teen Mom, Real Housewives, and more

RECAPS

RHOC: Judgy Eyes and Tahitian Skies

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta: Countdown

Dance Moms: Baby Dance Mama Drama

Season 3 premiere of Little Women L.A.

Real Housewives of New York: London

Shaunie joins the Basketball Wives L.A.

Flipping Out: Design Scene Investigation

GOSSIP

Heather Dubrow on her 22,000 sq ft mansion

Meghan King Edmonds defends her marriage

Chris Harrison bashes Lifetime show UnREAL

Bethenny Frankel: Sonja’s the life of the party

Shannon Beador is tired of being called crazy

Ice-T And Coco Austin share exciting news

Meghan calls Vicki insecure and manipulative

Khloe says Kylie and Tyga are a “special case”

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It’s that time again: trivia night!  Brush up on your Atlanta knowledge, as Travis and crew have decided on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Part 2, as the theme of tonight’s game.  The fun starts at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST. 

Disclaimer: This is a fun community game that is organized by our commenters. It’s just a fun way to test your reality TV knowledge and pass the time with your fellow reality TV fans on a Friday (or Saturday) night.  If you don’t like it, move along to a different post and don’t play…simple as that.  In other words, don’t email with complaints, protests and the like if you don’t agree with or enjoy any piece of the game.  Comment policy still applies.   

See below for a note from Travis on how the game will be scored:

Reality TV Stars Birthdays Kylie Jenner

Happy Birthday to some of our favorite (and sometimes not so favorite) stars from Keeping Up with the Kardashians (Kylie turns 18!), Real Housewives of New York, Chrisley Knows Best, Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teen Mom, Real Housewives of Atlanta, and more. See which reality stars celebrate a birthday in August:

Todd Tucker – August 4, 1973
Kym Johnson – August 4, 1976
Reza Farahan – August 5, 1973
Juan Pablo Galavis – August 5, 1981
Betsey Johnson – August 10, 1942
Maci Bookout – August 10, 1991
Kylie Jenner – August 10, 1997
Asia Ray – August 10, 2005
Savannah Chrisley – August 11, 1997
Malaysia Pargo – August 12, 1980
Spencer Pratt – August 14, 1983
Tom Colicchio – August 15, 1962
Joe Gorga – August 15, 1979
Jill Vertes – August 15, 1965
Jase Robertson – August 16, 1969
Donnie Wahlberg – August 17, 1969
Giuliana Rancic – August 17, 1974
Gregg Leakes – August 18, 1954
Bob Harper – August 18, 1965
Carole Radziwill – August 20, 1963
Brody Jenner – August 21, 1983
Caroline Manzo – August 23, 1961
LeAnn Rimes – August 28, 1982    
Chelsea Houska – August 29, 1991
Kyle Chrisley – August 29, 1991
Courtney Stodden – August 29, 1994
Joe Budden – August 31, 1980 

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The Vanderpump Rules cast came together last night to help Katie Maloney celebrate the launch of her new website. 

Jax Taylor apparently made bail because he was there, along with his girlfriend Brittany Cartwright.  Also in attendance from the Vanderpump Rules cast: Peter Madrigal, Ariana Madix, Tom Sandoval, Tom Schwartz (who got a haircut from Lisa Vanderpump and others), James Kennedy, Kristen Doute, Scheana Marie and more. 

The launch of Katie’s new site, Pucker and Pout, was held at Frederic Fekkai Hair Salon, hence Lisa Vanderpump getting into the spirit of things by giving Tom a new ‘do.  

Check out all of the cast pics below, including Katie showing off that lovely new engagement ring.  And after you peruse the pics, check out some possible tea on Stassi and Kristen! 

Heather Dubrow with Collette Champagne

While one former Housewife is downsizing, another is overtaking the OC with her spread of rare marble. Yes, it’s Jeana Keough vs. Heather Dubrow luxury mansion-off! 

Jeana, one of the original Real Housewives Of Orange County stars, resided in the exclusive gated community of Coto de Caza, which once dominated the show. Jeana has faithfully remained Vicki Gunvalson‘s next door neighbor, but recently she revealed that she’s renting out the mansion that was once so prominently a part of RHOC! “I’ve decided to lease the house and see where this new adventure takes me!” the excited former reality star gushes. 

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