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I'm going to be totally honest, which seems to be my theme with these Here Comes Honey Boo Boo posts.  Here's the deal, one hundred percent of the time when I'm writing, it's because I love to express my opinions through the written word.  Eighty percent of the time I'm snarking, it's because I find humor in such crass sarcasm, and seventy-five percent of the time I'm watching these shows, I'm watching because I'm deeply enthralled…not just on the level of reality television, but as if I'm a sociologist with the stars, the viewers, the blog commenters, and Andy Cohen all as my study materials.

If I had to create a Venn diagram with each circle encompassing writing, snark, and a genuine affinity for programming (respectively), I can only guarantee that one show would make it to the center of that triad on a consistent basis.  That series is, of course, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.  If you take the viewers, the haters, and the family, you have such a study in socioeconomic groups, family dynamics, gender stereotypes, childhood obesity, charity, pigs as pets…the list is infinite.  Alana Thompson and her family are literally taking pop culture by storm.

I am likely to get skewered as this post continues, but I owe y'all the thanks for my thick skin.  Maybe it's because I'm from the South (and no, I have never seen a family like the Shannon-Thompsons on a regular, non-televised basis), or maybe it's because I spent a lot of time teaching in the public school system where I met my fair share of Alanas who didn't have the support at home, but I look at this family and see something special.  Call me uneducated (you'd be wrong), call me lacking in taste (let's call it a draw), or call me high on a fried chicken binge (I should be so lucky), but I adore this crew.  If you've never watched it because you're disgusted, I can't blame you one second.  I think only my teaching background (there are things with those children you can't un-see!) afforded me the luxury of not gagging during the majority of the season.  However, before you jump to judgment having never viewed anything more than a forklift foot promo commercial, I implore you to read on about Mike "Sugarbear" Thompson's (you know, Alana's dad with the dip and constant subtitles) homosexual younger brother.  Without further ado, I present to you a Poodle retrospective.   

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I apologize in advance for the lengthiness of this post, but we all know that the Kardashian Klan must constantly work to stay in the spotlight.  With so many of them, it's like a revolving door of gossip.  Bless 'em. 

Because things always seem to happen in threes, I have a trio of entertainment to share with you, dear readers.  There's a storm a' brewin' on the set of X Factor as now-confirmed hosts Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez are having a difficult time fitting their giant wardrobes–and their egos!–into their dressing rooms.  Of course, at least they HAVE dressing rooms.  Word on the street is that Kim Kardashian and sister Kourtney will have to slum it on the upcoming season of Kourtney and Kim Take Miami due to a slight "misunderstanding" with South Beach.  That misunderstanding being that no one in South Beach wants the Kardashian sisters around.

Last but not least, rapper Kanye West was visiting his girlfriend in her new digs when he found himself competing for attention with her former beau NFL player Reggie Bush.  It's like an awesomely bad episode of Melrose Place

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Tonight is the second half of the Real Housewives of New York reunion. It's also the end of the fifth season. And it wouldn't be Housewives without drama that far outlasts a season! Sonja Morgan and Aviva Drescher have been having issues since the controversial St. Barths smack-down.

Still not on good terms, Sonja speaks to The Examiner and admits she feels bad for Aviva – given all her issues. Oh dear… 

"She definitely has deep anger issues. When I’m not around her, I feel bad for her but when you’re with her and she’s saying this stuff to you, it’s so hurtful."

"As time goes by, my initial personal feeling is easing and I now feel more pain for Aviva. She definitely has some very deep seated anger that she projects on other people. It’s more than anger it’s fear. I feel she’s fearful & very hard on herself, she’s hard on others. I wish she could figure out a way to love herself more & understand that people need her to love her & not be so paranoid. I think one of the reasons I trust people so much is that I love myself, so I love others, maybe a little too much. So it’s very painful when it backfires."

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"Just a small town girl, living in a lonely world, she took a town car to crash the White House correspondents dinner…Just a city boy, born and raised in Oklahoma (I googled it!), he stole a faux cheerleader from a swindling wine maker."  I know the guys from Journey are devastated that they didn't enlist me to help them write their songs.

Sometimes I miss seeing Michaele Salahi and her gnome ex-husband Tareq in the tabloids.  They provided so much entertainment during their stint on Real Housewives of D.C.  There was that minor national security issue, coupled with Michaele claiming (among other things) that she was a former NFL cheerleader and suffered from M.S.  The quintessential cherry on top, however, was when Michaele ran off with Journey member Neal Schon right under her husband's nose, leading him to think she'd been kidnapped.  You just cannot make up this stuff!

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Shahs of Sunset season 2 has officially been announced and Bravo has released the cast. Sammy Younai is out and Lilly Ghalichi is in! Promising plenty of drama and lots of challenges for its Persian princes and princesses, the cast will deal with struggles both between themselves and in their personal lives. 

This season Reza Farahan will face a full-on "gaylife crisis" while MJ Javid decides to finally pursue a committed relationship. Mike Shouhed finds the girl of his dream, but there's one snafu – she's not Jewish! Asa Soltan Rahmati's dream of becoming a Persian pop princess is threatened by a financial crisis. 

GG Gharachedaghi decides it's finally time for her earn a living so she starts a business with her sister. Unfortunately her anger management issues cause major problems. And new girl Lilly seems to have it all on the surface – but balancing her business and her personal life are proving to be more difficult than it looks! 

No word on whether last seasons dramaful extra Anita Gohari will be returning, but I hope so. I'm surprised she wasn't promoted to a full-season cast member. I'm also surprised they haven't brought on an extra guy to replace Sammy

Below are the official cast photos – and the trailer for season 2!

Shahs of Sunset premieres Dec 2 at 10/9c on Bravo! 

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So we've made it. It's the end of Real Liars Housewives of New Jersey. I don't know about you, but I am so relieved to be done with this show. I don't know where I stand on things other than to say that I can see everyone's points as valid, but I'm tired of hearing about them. 

So let's get started. We begin with Juicy Giudice still under interrogation. He's familiar with it by now, I suppose, given all his legal infractions. Caroline Manzo's comments about how Teresa Giudice will leave her husband and write a book about it if he goes to prison are revisited. 

Caroline seems to be saying without saying it that editing minced her comment or took it out of context. Or perhaps she just doesn't want to admit that she said and meant it. There's so much backpedaling with these people I never know what to think. Anyway, Caroline dismisses it as a "hypothetical" and Juicy snaps that Caroline is a "know it all" She is – a very unwarranted 'know it all.' 

Caroline says since Teresa is discussing her marriage with magazines, it's fair game. Andy Cohen asks about Joe admitting in Napa they got paid by the magazines, but all of the sudden it's denies, denies, denies. 'Huh? I said that? I was drunk? Whaddai say?' Joe and Teresa are masters of obfuscation. That should be their next book! 

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I don't think any marriage counselor ever would advise you to go on a reality show if you and your spouse were having issues…especially not on one of the housewives franchises.  The Bravo freight train is riddled with divorce.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that of all the cities, Real Housewives of New Jersey is the only series that hasn't had a resulting divorce…and we all saw how well those ladies' marriages looked last night, right?

The most recent couple to separate is Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Adrienne Maloof and Paul Nassif.  The third season hasn't aired yet, but this is the third split we've seen from the housewives of 90210.  While marriages may be falling apart all around her, Kyle "Splits McGee" Richards is quick to say that she and husband Mauricio Umansky will not suffer the same fate.  Their bond is just too strong.

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