Reza Farahan (how much do you love him already!?) and company must be doing something right because last week–only its third episode–saw a jump to 1.5 million; a 37% increase in total viewers. Ryan trained this new cast well. And you know what that means? More trashtastic reality TV coming our way…
With four of the main cast members (Mike Shouhed, MJ, Reza, and Sammy Younai) all involved in real estate in one form or another, it’s not surprising that we’re getting a chance to see inside of some fabulous Beverly Hills homes. And let’s face it, since we didn’t win the Mega Millions jackpot, this is as close as we may get to them.
In a recent interview, Mercedes “MJ” Javid explains why she loves the sometimes over-the-top mansions (aka “Persian Palaces”). “It’s in our blood — Cyrus the Great and things like that. Plus, it’s practical, too. Dynasty [the TV show] is the quintessential Persian lifestyle. Every Persian parent dreams of having a house the size of that mansion so all of their kids and grandchildren can live under one roof.”
In other Shahs of Sunset news, Asa Rahmati, who has gifted us with a few peeks at her tunes “Tehrangeles” and “Diamond Water”, made a video for her newest song, “Gold”. Asa enlisted Reza to help her out with this latest artistic project. Watch around the 1:15 mark as Reza pops up wearing nothing but his porn ‘stache and a gold chain from the waist up.
In tonight’s episode, Asa will get a chance to share her newest single with a big time producer.
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Last week on Shahs of Sunset, there was drinking and drama. Poor Reza Farahandid not have a good birthday weekend. Hayvoon Bazi did not happen. Well, some things did go animal style, but not in a fun way. (I’m looking at you, SnookiMJ)
This week opens up with the gang still in Vegas, after a weekend of celebrating Reza’s birthday in that insane suite at the Aria hotel. Reza blows in and finds that MJ (Mercedes Javid) and her fifty pairs of heels are still spread out all over the room and nowhere near ready to catch their flight. MJ enlightens the group that GG packed up her toys and went home in a huff. My question is..how did she slip out without being noticed when there are that many people in the suite? She clearly isn’t a packing-light kind of girl, nor one who would carry her own luggage. Reza is angry at GG and plans to confront her when he gets home.
MJ tries to play herself off as a “mere observer” in the mean girl antics toward Reza’s friend Anita. Thank goodness Reza calls out MJ for her part in the Anita dress drama from last week. MJ was sloppy, wasted and absolutely started the nastiness with her “where is her tired ass dress from?” comments during dinner with Anita sitting two feet away.
Asa Rahmati explains how abrasive and negative GG is and shares: “if you keep barking, eventually somebody will step on your face”. Asa is wise.
Back in Beverly Hills, an impatient GG waits for MJ to meet her for lunch. MJ feels like it’s her duty as a good friend to let GG know how bad her behavior was in Vegas and wants to help her be a better person. MJ clearly was too busy throwing up on club couches and attempting to peel off her dress one sleeve at a time to remember that she started this whole thing. GG says that Anita got her riled up and “brought the ghetto out” of her. Well, how much is Anita supposed to put up with? They picked on her dress and then started in again with her bathing suit. (Her $800 bathing suit!)
Sammy tries to get some work done. He meets with Mohammed, the biggest real estate developer in all the land. Mohammed lets Sammy know that he better do a good job or he’ll be part of the concrete. The Mob Wives would be so proud.
Asa is inspired to be artsy after her weekend in Vegas. Did anyone understand her bottling these Diamond Water “feelings”? And it’s connecting of her inner Aries fire dragon intergalactic Persian priestess? I didn’t quite get it, but that’s okay, as I don’t have any loose diamonds hanging about anyway.
We get to see MJ and Reza’s shared office. MJ explains that most of the Persian stereotypes are true: they’re loud, they’re gaudy, they drive expensive cars, wear a lot of gold, and they are “all” in real estate. She also wants us to know that she thinks her approach to selling is more laid back and completely different from Reza’s. She describes Reza’s style as “if you don’t take my advice and adopt my opinion like it’s your new Bible, then you’re an idiot, a moron, a loser, you have missed the bus of life.” Tell us how you really feel, MJ. She continues on with the revelation that Reza works harder than she does, but makes less.
GG heads over to MJ’s apartment to sit down with Reza to try to smooth things over before the champagne tasting goes down. GG reveals that she’s been in therapy her whole life for her anger issues and feels like she physically needs to lash out when she’s being confronted. (but clearly she’s okay being the one to do the confronting – that’s different.)
Mike Shouhed has a quick lunch with his BFF, aka his mom. Mike’s brain screams ‘SQUIRREL’ like the dog in “Up”: he can’t concentrate because there’s a modeling agency across the street with a stream of gorgeous women filing in and out. Anyone else think he looks like a cross between Lenny Kravitz and Kelly Ripa’s husband Mark Consuelos?
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I have such a love/hate relationship with Bravo. I love to hate it. I hate how much I love it. Given the network’s newest brainchild, Shahs of Sunset, I am hatefully smitten. I CANNOT WAIT to watch. In a recent press release, Bravo fills in viewers on what is sure to be our next very guilty pleasure.
The premise of what is being touted as a “docu-series” follows the stories of six Persian-American friends in Los Angeles. The kicker? While we are used to watching beautiful young people navigate friendships, social scenes, and budding careers, this program also focuses on a different aspect of the soon-to-be introduced group. The series will watch its cast members as they work towards successful positions in California while balancing the family and traditions of their old-world community.
The show will film the young men and women as they create individual identities and new opportunities while facing the pressures put upon them by family to settle down within their culture. We will join the cast mates as they socialize with the creme de la creme, shop at Pretty Women style Rodeo Drive boutiques, and bypass the red velvet rope at the hottest clubs. However, the most intriguing part of the show (for me) deals with Bravo newbies juggling these opulent scenarios with the traditional customs of their family’s values.
Even better? The king of reality television–Ryan Seacrest himself–is jumping E!’s ship expanding his network-ial (new word) horizons to produce the Bravo show along side Adam Sher and Pete Tartaglia. Even though I am strongly opposed to all things Kardashian, I am quite on board with all things Seacrest. It’s quite the conundrum, but I’m working my way through it…with counseling…from Andy Cohen. Don’t I wish? Read on to see the bios of the stars of Shahs of Sunset!
Set your DVRs and TIVOs dear readers! Shahs of Sunset premieres on Bravo Sunday, March 11 at 10 PM ET.
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