Chris Manzo and his brother Albie Manzo are hoping to follow in their father and uncle’s footsteps and add to the family restaurant business. The brothers opened Little Town three-years-ago, but then opted to move the restaurant to a more social atmosphere, opening an Ainsworth Hoboken franchise in the original location while relocating Little Town to another section of Hoboken. After renovations, the Manzo’d With Children stars have re-opened Little Town… just while the Bravo cameras are rolling, of course – and everything is going great!
“The opening was a blast!” Chris shares. “We had a packed house and everyone had a great time. Anyone willing to take a night out of their busy schedules to celebrate the grand opening with us is a special guest, so yes, there were plenty of them.”
“I want to look as best I can, so if it takes plastic surgery, dieting, working out or whatever, I will do it,” Vicki asserts. Part of the problem for Vicki is that television makes her hyper-aware of her appearance … it does… and she feels there is a constant pressure to keep things looking good.
Hey Mama! Holla! Heather Thomson not only begins her Bravo blog with these dusty old Heatherisms this week; she spends a full paragraph defending them. That is, before she moves on to defending her good friend Carole Radziwill’srelationship with Adam, which has become a rather tiresome storyline on this season of Real Housewives of New York. Heather begins, “Holla! I have nicknames for everyone. It’s really just a term of endearment, and a way I like to connect with people. ‘Holla’ and ‘mama’ are part of my heritage. I’ve been using those terms for as long as I can remember,” she explains. As long as she can remember? Yes, indeed. 1993 called and wants its catchphrase back. Heather goes on to dive deeper into the riveting origins of “Holla.” “Holla actually came about on the show when a producer asked me for a ‘Heatherism’ to add to the end of my tagline. ‘Holla!’ naturally flowed out of me as a positive shout-out, and it stuck. I’ve never tried to be anything or anyone I’m not. I’m all about being positive and trying to build people up, rather than tear them down, and that’s what holla represents for me.”
Now that her Girl Scouts of America speech about the deep cultural and personal relevance of “Holla” is over, we can move on to an equally interesting topic: Carole’s love life! Heather says, “I’m happy for Carole. She’s excited about someone, and it’s because of chemistry! You can’t hide a chemistry that magnetic. It’s exciting to see your friends find happiness. I believeLuann [de Lesseps], at least the one I thought I knew, meant it when she said she was happy for Carole, too. Unfortunately, she’s changed her tune on that.”
She knows she’s a piece of work, but now she’s a…Zen Buddhist? In Ramona’s Singer’s Bravo blog this week, she keeps her thoughts short, sweet, and to the point (just like her insults). Reflecting on this past week’s episode of the Real Housewives of New York, Ramona concludes that she is blessed to be surrounded by good friends and family during this trying time in her life. She also expresses empathy with Bethenny Frankel’s struggle to reconcile the demons of her past with her present life.
Ramona begins by reflecting on the ladies’ trip to Atlantic City and her birthday bash with the menopause mamas of the Upper East Side. “It was great to go on a trip to Atlantic City with all the girls to celebrate my birthday. What was more important to me was to celebrate over a lunch with my 30 girlfriends of 20 years,” she says, adding, “My girlfriends who came to the luncheon have been so supportive of me over the past two years in this difficult time. They never made a judgment call and always advised me to do what makes me happy, and they would support me in any decision I made about my marriage. I am truly blessed by each and every one of them.”
Former Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star June Shannon (aka Mama June) is hopping mad at TLC this morning and she’s about to lawyer up. June is furious that the network hasn’t pulled the plug on 19 Kids and Counting now that Josh Duggar has admitted to molesting several young girls when he was a teenager, a few even allegedly his own sisters.
Are you looking for something new, exciting, and original to watch? Yes, me too, so if you hear of anything let me know. In the meantime, can I interest you in Bravo‘s newest summer show Secrets and Wives? Think Real Housewives meets Princesses Long Island.
Secrets and Wives features a well-to-do group of long-time friends from Long Island. Bravo shares, “Navigating the pitfalls of marriage and divorce, these six women – Liza Sandler, Amy Miller, Gail Greenberg, Susan Doneson, Cori Goldfarb, and Andi Black – are all going through the process of reinventing themselves under the microscope of family, friends, and exes. Throughout the season, this sisterhood of friends will come together and take on some of life’s biggest challenges. From second or third divorces, new marriages, searching for love, and adjusting to an empty nest, every conflict is fraught with decades of real baggage. Years of memories are amongst this group of women, but can they come together for the moments that truly matter the most?”
Read the cast bios and watch the trailer below. Secrets and Wives premieres Tuesday, June 2 at 10P ET/PT on Bravo. I’m curious to see if these women are just as messy (in the very best way possible) as Princesses Long Island, so I will check it out. I can’t help myself.