Reality Tea

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With all the new and returning reality TV shows headed our way this summer, we thought we'd take a minute to weed through the mess and try to gauge which ones our readers are anticipating the most.  There are so many to choose from that surely our DVRs are going to be smoking by July!  That's assuming that most of you will be recording shows to watch in the evening since you'll be outdoors this summer, enjoying some fresh air, sandy beaches and fruity drinks. But of course you'll have your phone along on those long hikes and whilst lounging in your lawn chair so you can read Reality Tea while getting your exercise and rest, right?  We hope so!

Making their debuts this summer are a slew of new shows that include Kandi's Wedding, Bachelor in Paradise, LeAnn & Eddie (unless VH1 cancels it before it even starts..), Ladies of London, Little Women LA and so many more! We also have a handful of returning shows – like Real Housewives of New Jersey (so excited!), Big Brother (voyeurs raise your hands!), Sister Wives, Don't Be Tardy and others. 

Take our polls below to tell us which shows are at the top of your reality TV viewing list!   And tell us in the comments which ones you're hoping that we cover here on the site. 

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Todd Tucker has always had his reservations about reality TV but he's never had reservations about his now-wife Kandi Burruss!

Todd kept his composure in difficult situations behind the scenes on Real Housewives of Atlanta and in a twist of fate, in front of the camera this season! And none has been more trying than dealing with the formidable Mama Joyce! Despite all the drama leading up to his wedding, Todd could not be more in love with Kandi although he admits filming the whole thing for reality TV was trying. 


Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars

The reality star edition of Marriage Boot Camp kicks off tonight and the cast celebrated the premiere last night in NYC. 

The cast members and a few other supporters turned out last night at Catch Rooftop to party (as much as a few of the pregnant ladies could) and enjoy their moment in the spotlight.  Among those in attendance: Jenni "JWoww" Farley and her fiance Roger Mathews, who are expecting a baby girl this summer.  Also hitting the red carpet: Traci Braxton and Kevin Surrat, Tanisha Thomas and Clive Muir, as well as Trista and Ryan Sutter

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi showed up to support her BFF and partner in crime, JWoww.  Also spotted was Mob Wives star Drita D'Avanzo and MBC cast member Gretchen Rossi

See all the premiere party pics below! 

ramona singer

If anyone was getting Ramotional on this week's episode of Real Housewives of New York, it was Sonja Morgan, not the normally loopy Ramona Singer. In fact, in her Bravo blog, Ramona almost sounds as if she's the most level-headed and logical one of the bunch. This is by no means turtle time! Not only does she calmly call out Heather Thomson for her conversation with LuAnn DeLesseps and Kristen Taekman, she also gives props to cast mate Carole Radziwill. Since when is Ramona ever nice or even keeled? I'm speechless.

Ramona begins, "It seemed childish when Kristen was speaking to Heather and LuAnn about me that Heather threw out all these negative nicknames for me. I would think they could discuss me without name calling…I really expected more from Heather, but perhaps she expected more from me in the Berkshires and felt justified."


Married to Medicine Dr. Heavenly

This week's reality TV viewer numbers report is nothing but bad news. As I predicted, Married to Medicine lost a ton of viewers without Real Housewives of Atlanta's lead-in. Only 921,000 watched Dr. Heavenly's shady dinner party this week. That's down 642,000 since last week and almost 1.5 million since the season two premiere.

On Monday, 16 & Pregnant continued its downward spiral, with only 795,000 watching Aleah and Peyton's story. Also, showdown at the hoedown on Real Housewives of Orange County attracted 1.638 million viewers, and just over three million tuned in for Scrappy's 30th birthday on Love & Hip Hop Atlanta

On Tuesday, a memorial for Sonja's dog on Real Housewives of New York garnered 1.167 million viewers. Ouch. In all fairness I'm sure the Memorial Day holiday played a part in this week's abysmal report. What remains to be seen is which of these shows bounce back despite warmer weather, fresh new summer shows, and so on.


Shannon Beador Sells OC Mansion

Shannon Beador truly isn't your typical Bravolebrity it seems. Not only does the Real Housewives of Orange County feng shui her mouth, she also isn't following the normal reality star protocol which usually involves moving into a much bigger home after a small taste of fame regardless of whether they can afford it.

In fact, as we reported earlier in the week, Shannon and family are actually downsizing (gasp! Is that even a thing if you're an OC housewife??), and selling their current digs for the low, low price of $13,498,000. That seems to be the going rate for multiple kitchens, secret rooms, seven bedrooms, more than a dozen bathrooms, and a regulation size basketball court, right? Of course, because no housewife in the history of the franchise has voluntarily left a ginormous mansion for more modest living, rumors of marital discord began running rampant.


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Farrah Abraham

Book one of Farrah Abraham's trilogy, Celebrity Sex Tape, will be released July 1 – and I could not be more excited about it. No I haven't lost my mind. I do not plan to read Farrah's smut book, but this also means Farrah needs to give interviews to promote it! I can't stand Farrah, the person, but I love Farrah, the interviewee. Bring on the interviews!

Farrah sat down with Huff Post Live's Ricky Camilleri earlier today to talk about Celebrity Sex Tape and say awesome things like her trilogy is the next stop in her "portfolio of literacy" and reality TV taught her to be "more better at communication." Let's have a moment of silence for Ricky. He deserves it. 

Farrah introduced the main character of her trilogy, Fallon Opal, and Ricky asked, "Not Farrah?"  She insisted, "Not me. I think we all use our inspiration and experiences of life to build our stories but this is very different from anything that I've ever had in my life. But I noticed through some drama that I went through this past year of my own sex tape that this is a popular issue." 


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