So apparently I wasn't the only one watching Bravo's newest reality show Newlyweds: The First Year. I had 999,999 of my closest friends watching with me…give or take a few!
The series, which follows four couples through their first year of marriage, premiered on Monday night with three of the four pairs saying their "I dos" in lavish ceremonies. The show promises to document the ups and downs of family, finances, sex, and the major adjustment that is the first year of marriage.
Money. Communication. Sex. The first year of marriage faces multiple difficulties…and I'm guessing that having your life filmed during those initial 365 days isn't going to make things easier. Bravo is now banking on the fact that half of all marriages end in divorce, and the network is following four couples as they face the ups and downs of the first year of marriage. I think I'm going to really like watching Newlyweds: The First Year!
Tina Sugandh and Tarz Ludwigsen are preparing for their wedding. She's an Indian pop star, and he's a dude named David who is always covered in glitter thanks to Tina's obsession with all things shiny. Tarz is an unfortunate nickname. The pair has been together for four years, and Tina never expected to marry a man who wasn't Indian. Early in their relationship, the couple had intense sexual chemistry, but now it's just eh. Tina's willing to power through on the wedding night so they can start a family right away, although Tarz would like to wait a while.
Kathryn Bougadis suffered lots of heartbreak before meeting John Lagoudes. She's giving up her career and home in Manhattan to move in with John in Long Island. The couple met when John spilled a drink on Kathryn at a restaurant, and they were engaged six months later. Many of their friends think that they are moving too quickly, and John has a hard time giving up space in his closet for Kathryn. Before John met Kathryn, he was engaged to a woman he'd been with for seven years. He broke off the engagement four times before it finally stuck.
Needless to say, the Lemon Squeeze ends on a sour note, with Jackie leaving the restaurant in tears, and I find it sad that these women cannot act like adults for one evening. Ugh. Let's start from the beginning.
The episode beings with Simone and Cecil, who discuss their new home bar and their alma maters' homecoming festivities. First, the bar, which is Cecil's baby. Simone did not want the bar, originally, but she has since decided that it's cool as long as it remains stocked with vodka. Second, Simone and Cecil plan a Friday Night Mixer, to kick off homecoming weekend. Simone plans to invite Jackie, because they're friends, and Toya, because she needs to get her drink on after the drama with Mariah.
Tamra Barney has never been one to hold her tongue, and she's not going to win any awards for couth. I certainly don't see her leading any sensitivity training seminars any time soon either! The Real Housewives of Orange County star's mouth is always getting her in trouble, and most of the time she couldn't care less.
Now, however, Tamra is speaking out about a little incident on a recent episode where she was bleeped by the network…for something she never wanted to air in the first place! Oh gracious, Tamra. What now?
"Things are getting a little petty," says Jackie. "These wounds are still open and no one appears to care for a remedy of healing. Constructive debates and resolve are nowhere in sight. There is constant salt throwing (shade). Salt in an open wound burns! We are wired to respond to burns. This is a prescription for another slap-slap!!! Although I sure hope this never happens again."
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With Newlyweds: The First Year, Bravo goes where no network has gone before – deep inside the lives of four newlywed couples and documents their most personal moments over the course of 365 days.
Partnering with Emmy Award-Winning and Oscar-nominated documentarian Lauren Lazin, Newlyweds: The First Year chronicles all of the trials and tribulations that arise as a newlywed. With issues ranging from fertility struggles and merging of finances to major cultural differences and family drama, which of these couples will survive the first year of marriage?
Do any of you remember that show starring Jim J. Bullock from the early '80s called Too Close For Comfort? I loved that show when I was little! Well, something tells me that Bethenny Frankel is feeling a bit cramped in her current living situation, although it's not sitcom with the hilarious Monroe!
Check out this week's blogs from Kari Wells, Quad, and Toya, and let us know what you think! The Queen Bee's blog is nowhere to be found. Color me not surprised.
Kari admits that she cannot believe what has transpired based solely on gossip, adding, "Most of the time, it is made-up or exaggerated, and I think we can all see the pain and repercussions spreading gossip can have on people and their families."
"After getting to know Toya, I find it very hard to believe that she would ever gossip about Lauren; she is a mother herself and she was also an adopted by her stepfather," Kari says. "Nonetheless, Mariah believes it, and I am deeply saddened for the pain that this is now causing her. Of course, as a mother, she would want to protect her child, but NOT listening to gossip may have been the best way to do just that, or at least confirming the truth before acting on it."