Jeff Lewis returns in Season 5 of Flipping Out and oh how I’ve missed him. Never leave me again, Jeffrey Lewis.
Opening the show we learn, Jeff has sold his Valley Oak house and is living in a sacreligious rental called West Knoll, because his schedule is too cray-cray to find new digs. Perhaps if he stopped micromanaging Zoila so much, he’d have more time, but something tells me he’d NEVER cut that out of his schedule. Jeff threatens Saint Zoila with a walker if she doesn’t stop resting her hands on the walls of his pristine rental – hey, the man doesn’t want to forfeit his security deposit! Zoila and Jeff go back and forth over who is more lucky to be stuck with the other one – Zoila is more lucky, no Jeff is more lucky. Personally I feel most lucky to have you both back in my reality TV life.
Sarah (with her signature garish makeup) and Trace are also back, and they are fighting over who gets to sit further away from “crazy” aka Jeff, who is apparently now screening their emails. I bet Jeff Lewis Design blocks Facebook at the office. Lame! Sarah is still looking for more project manager duties, and has been handling a lot of the client needs with (surprisingly!) few mistakes.
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Melissa spoke to TV Guide this week during which she touched on her portrayal on the show (she doesn’t feel she was edited fairly for the first 1 -2 episodes), her sister-in-law Teresa Giudice (“a leopard cannot change it’s spots” says Melissa), her singing, and how she really came about being on the show. Excerpts from Melissa’s interview below -
Do you feel you’ve been portrayed fairly on the show so far?
Melissa: I’m going to have to say the first one or two episodes I was a little disappointed with and I felt that they were heavily edited. And they were. I get it because they wanted to come out with a bang. I do feel like the more you get to know us and know my family, you’re going to see more of the real us and more of the real me and the real Joe. They’re definitely edited, but I feel like now as I’m watching, I’m seeing more of who we are.
Teresa has told the press that you and Kathy approached Bravo about joining the show and not the other way around. Is there any truth to that?
Melissa: What happened was, I was really just driving in my car on a Friday afternoon when they called me. They just said, “Hi, its The Real Housewives of New Jersey producers. We’re from Bravo. We want to interview you.” I have no idea how they found me. I think they found Kathy on Facebook. Neither of us pursued it, wanted it, were looking for it — it just kind of fell into our laps. Bravo is smart, they figured it out. They heard through the grapevine that there was some type of tension. … They caught on to it.
Do you have faith that your truth about your and Joe’s relationship with Teresa will come by the end of the season?
Melissa: Yes. I know it was said. I know that it was filmed so I don’t know what they’re going to choose to air and what they are going to choose not to air.
In the last episode, Teresa made a distinction between her old self — who threw out your cookies and things like that — and the new Teresa. Have you seen a difference?
Melissa: I think maybe she’s trying. She’s trying to be a new Teresa, but Teresa is Teresa. You cannot change a person. A leopard does not change their spots. … You can say what you want to the people, but I feel like it’s very transparent and everyone sees right through it. I know I do. I see certain times where she is acting a certain way, and I just wonder: Does America see it or is it just me?
Viewers are also going to get your pop star side as you start pursuing a singing career. How long have you been singing and trying to go professional?
Melissa: I have been singing my whole life, but never professionally. It’s just something that I always loved. … This is a great stepping stone for it. I have had the talent my whole life. I have always been the girl who can get on the stage and not be shy. I’m so excited that they captured this all, because it’s a little biography for me as well because I have to see the steps I had to go through to make this happen.
Moving on to tonight’s new episode of the RHONJ (the show moves to Sundays tonight). On the 5th episode this season titled “Stick It,” Teresa encounters her brother for the first time since the tumultuous christening. Elsewhere, Melissa tries to fulfill her dream of being a pop star; Caroline plans to offer matronly advice on the radio; and Jacqueline’s daughter plots to get a car. It airs at 10/9c. A preview clip is below.
Watch What Happens Live – The guests tonight are Flipping Outstars Jeff Lewis and Jenni Pulos. And earlier today, Jenni tweeted of photo of her and Andy Cohen and err, she is looking a bit different. Well, we’ll let you be the judge. The pic is below!
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The fifth season of Flipping Out will premiere July 6 at 9/8c on the Bravo network.
The network made the announcement this week. “Flipping Out’ follows everyone’s favorite obsessive-compulsive house-flipper turned interior designer Jeff Lewis and his loyal staff at “Jeff Lewis Design.” Jeff spent most of last year getting the business up and running and this season he is faced with more work than he could have ever dreamed.
The entire crew is also back this season! Including Jeff’s trusty Executive Assistant, Jenni Pulos, his lovable housekeeper, Zoila Chavez, his assistant/sister-in-law, Sarah Berkman, the hot house assistant Jett Pink, and intern turned full-time employee, Trace Lehnhoff.
So what can we expect in season five? Well with clients all over the country, the stress level is at an all time high. But in true Jeff Lewis style, he balances an all-new group of quirky clients while still indulging in outrageous tangents – including planning a truly over-the-top birthday present for Zoila (a facelift!) and organizing a wild bachelorette party weekend in Vegas for his assistant Sarah. And while Jeff is more successful than ever this year, he’s still figuring out how to deal with the stress of it all.
We will also get an inside look into Jeff’s personal life as the usually guarded Jeff introduces everyone to his boyfriend Gage Edward. Gage is the head of Jeff’s new Business Development team.
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Popular Bravo housewives Lisa Vanderpump and Nene Leakes were both on hand to help the network celebrate it’s first and fingers crossed lastNew Year’s Eve Party last Friday, and for some reason, no one is talking about the little tiff that occurred between the two housewives. But it’s a slow news day so we’ll talk about it!
Lisa told Nene she had heard her diss her franchise by stating all the women had too much plastic surgery. Lisa stated she found Nene’s comments to be hypocritical considering Nene had gotten a nose job, boob job and liposuction this year alone.
Nene immediately looked none too pleased with Lisa and adamantly denied ever saying those things. Nene then went on to add that she would never say such a thing about the Beverly Hills ladies because she thinks “they are boring.” Lisa looked a bit stunned as she tried to stick up for her show, stating the dinner from hell episode was far from boring. Nene disagreed calling it “wack.”
The little tiff ended and Nene appeared to give Lisa the cold shoulder for the remainder of the show. Unfortunately the footage has yet to appear online but if anyone comes across it, feel free to post the link in the comments section.
And the story gets even better as it turns out Lisa was right. Nene did indeed utter those words about the Beverly Hills Housewives. In fact, we at Reality Tea blogged about this back on February 26, 2010. Nene’s comments were made as rumors were swirling about the yet to be confirmed Beverly Hills franchise. Bravo wouldn’t officially confirm the news until weeks later.
Nene told FoxNews back then, “If they do the Beverly Hills Housewives, they’ll probably be all plastic – big lips, fake tits, tummy tucks.” Yikes, Guess Nene didn’t think Lisa was paying attention.
Other highlights of the show included Tamra Barney making out with Andy Cohen at midnight, Jeff Lewis teasing Kim Zolciak about pretty much everything, Ellen Barkin calling in drunk, Jenni Pulos debuting her new rap, and of course the wedding between Giggy and Grandma Wrinkles. Grandma Wrinkles refused to sign a prenup by the way. Can you blame her?
Jeff Lewis also tweeted the following after the show – “Still recovering from NYE. WWHL camera didn’t catch @KimZolciak throwing her drink on me after my off color comment. I probably deserved it.”
So, Nene and Lisa are the favorites of their franchises according to our polls bringing us to the question of the day…
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We are now onto the 12th episode of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, and while it wasn’t as good as next week’s episode will be, it was still very interesting to say the least.
There are two angles one can go with in doing this recap. One is we finally get to meet Tom Staub, the man behind the legend, you know the man who decided Danielle Staub was fit to be his wife and the mother of his children. The other angle is Teresa Giudice of course, who was one of the most searched people on the internet yesterday thanks to the news of the impending public auction of her home items, and her thirst for diamonds, you know considering this episode was taped just a few weeks after she signed off on the bankruptcy documents. Oh what the hey, I say let’s go with both angles!
The episode starts off with some precious family time with the Giudices as they do monopoly night. When Joe wasn’t busy threatening to kick one of his daughters, Teresa decides to bring up their upcoming 10th anniversary. Teresa can’t believe she and Joe have been married for 10 years because “it feels like 5.” Teresa asks the kids for anniversary gift ideas and one of their daughters suggests chocolate and flowers, but bankrupt Teresa makes it clear that’s not good enough. Joe has an even better suggestion, when he jokingly suggests the $100 luxury tax ring, before retracting it, joking saying that he couldn’t even afford that. Must say the financial jokes by Joe are very telling. Notice how they seemed to start just a few episodes ago? Teresa however makes it clear there will be no hanky panky for one month if Joe doesn’t come through, and I can’t help but wonder if Teresa can even go a week with no hanky panky from Jiucy Joe.
Danielle decides to meet up with her friend/party planner to plan a party for herself her daughter Christine‘s sweet 16. Danielle then lets us know she plans to make this a memorable party for herself Christine because she never had a birthday party “thrown to” her until she was 47-years-old. Really Danielle? Not even a party at 1? 10? 16? 18? 21? 30? 40? 45? Well since Danielle is not known to ever lie or exaggerate, I will go ahead and take her word for this.
Christinereveals her idea to donate all proceeds from her party to a charity and Dirty D decides this is a perfect moment to take credit for Christine’s idea because that’s her daughter and she gave birth to her. And I take a moment to ponder how Danielle’s daughters seem to have turned out amazing and well grounded in spite of their mother. Danielle asks Christine if she wants to invite her father and Christine answers yes. Danielle then lets us know that Tom hasn’t been the best father in the world to his daughters, and I can’t help but wonder if Danielle is being truthful about this, or just trying to paint her ex in a bad light out of vengeance, not that this is Danielle’s MO or anything.
Jacqueline and Caroline meet up and yet again Caroline is making perfect sense when she advises Jacqueline to distance herself from the three-faced Kim G. and focus on her daughter.
The Giudices and the Lauritas have a get together during which Joe, who looks rather stressed, ponders what to get his wife for their upcoming 10th anniversary. Joe mentions the 10-year gift has to be a “big one,” bankruptcy be damned. Teresa, who just signed off on bankruptcy papers to the debt of $11 mil a few weeks earlier, is then shown having a conversation with Jacqueline. “I love diamonds, diamonds and diamonds and diamonds,” says the bankrupt Teresa when asked what she wants for her anniversary by Jacqueline. And how genius are the show’s editors for choosing the oh so perfect background music for this ridiculous scene.
And it’s now that time of the show, when we get to see the hotness known as Albie Manzo. This time around, Albie is sporting a buzz cut, which might or might not be slightly taking away from his hotness, and we find out Albie has joined the police academy while waiting to get into a new law school. Must say it’s nice to see a Manzo with ambitions that go beyond the Brownstone.
Apologies in advance for the poor embarrassingtragic photoshopping skills. With that being said, let’s get right to the recap of episode 11 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, brilliantly titled – Staub Wounds.
The episode starts out with a scene of Teresa and hubby Juicy Joe, as they get the girls ready so Joe can take them out. For a minute there, I was touched at the thought of Joe being a good father to his little girls, well that is, until Teresa casually mentions that Joe threats their daughters like boys, you know because he hasn’t been able to get the son(s) he wants after 4 tries…
Things then take a disturbing turn when Joe makes his very young daugthers fight each other after their karate lesson. I just found this scene to be all kinds of wrong and disturbing. Nothing wrong with putting his daugthers in karate/taekwondo, but the making them fight each other was just wrong and icky to watch.
We move on to victim Danielle, who has decided the best way to protect her weave self is to take self defense classes, at the suggestion of her ex-con rumored bed buddy Danny, who spends the entire time standing back in ring glaring at Dirty D. Danielle of course is involving her two daugthers in her quest to be the ultimate fighter. Danny suggests Danielle picture Teresa and Jacqueline in front of her as a means to add more fuel to her fighting fire. The Bravo cameras then pan to Danielle’s daugther Christine, who looks pretty embarrassed and would probably rather be back home doing homework at this moment.
Danielle gives us her best dose of crazy during her 1 on 1 interview when she declares, “Walking away is not good enough for them. They want to make you feel like the prey. And then they sit there and they go, I don’t know why you keep you saying you’re the victim. Well Bitch cause I am. Stop effing chasing me!”
The former prostitution coke whore then declares, “It only takes one good smack to the head to make a person never walk again.”
We see Jacqueline at home, and Kim Granatell, who is arguably the most two faced person in the universe, decides to pay a visit. I’m just going to refer to Kim G. as the newest housewife from here on out. I don’t even think she’s auditioning anymore for a slot on the show, she has obviously replaced Dina. No need to wait for a press release from Bravo. So why exactly did Kim G. show up to Jacque’s? Well to stir up the drama pot of course! The two rehash the country club drama and Kim G. informs us clumps did indeed come out of Danielle’s head.
Next up, we see Mama Bear Caroline making individualized eggs for all three of her very adult children. Two of the kids leave to go to work and Caroline and Albie McHottie Manzo discuss his future. Albie informs his mom that he needs to get a recommendation letter from his old law school before he can get into a new school.
Teresa, who filed bankruptcy just a few weeks before this episode was filmed, is shown going into Kim DePaola’s boutique Posche to do some shopping, but then again Teresa is never really shown shopping, but rather talking during her time there. Teresa once again assures the world her house is absolutely not in foreclosure. Stalker Wannabe new housewife Kim G. then randomly shows up, wearing a very age inappropriate sleeveless fur attire. Teresa once again states that she meant well in trying to strike up a conversation with Danielle, despite admitting on last week’s episode of Watch What Happens that her intention was to confront Danielle on some of the rumors she was spreading about her.
Teresa then makes a funny, the funniest quote of the night actually, when she states, “The only thing I regret about that night was pushing Kim G. because she is an older woman and I do respect the elderly.” Hilarious, especially considering that it came from the very unintelligent Teresa. And how old is Kim G. by the way? She can’t be a day younger than 70 60, no?
Bravo held their 2010 Upfront Party at theSkylight Studio this week in NYC, and all of our favorite Housewives as well as other Bravolebrities were sure to be in attendance.
The upfront party is when Bravo announces what is to come during their next season of television.
OK magazine was there and was able to report some behind the scenes moments. Representing the Real Housewives of Orange County were Alexis Bellino, Lynne Curtin and Gretchen Rossi, who did not seem phased by their new competition – the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The OC ladies joked that they did hear the Beverly Hills Housewives all have their own private jets.
The Real Housewives of NYC’s Jill Zarin, Ramona Singer and Alex McCord hit the red carpet together during which Jill would not reveal whether or not she and Bethenny will reconcile, simply saying “watch the show.”
Kelly Bensimon also hit the red carpet with LuAnn De Lesseps, and when asked how she thinks Bethenny will be as a mom, she replied, “I can’t really speak to that. I’m sorry.”
The Real Housewives of Atlanta were the only housewives franchise to all walk the red carpet together. The Atlanta ladies are reportedly getting along better these days.
With the huge success of their Housewives‘ franchises, Bravo has decided to increase their reality programming by 20% in 2010. They announced their latest upcoming shows in a recent press release.
Coming this year is Bethenny Frankel’s new show titled Bethenny’s Getting Married? Interesting title to say the least. Also returning is Patti Stanger’s Millionaire Matchmakerand Rachel Zoe’s The Rachel Zoe Project.
More information on the shows and their premier dates below -
Bethenny’s Getting Married? – As one of the breakout characters of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” Bethenny Frankel has shared her social life with millions, and in her new docu-series fans will get an up close and personal look at her career. Viewers will follow the outspoken New York City socialite as she juggles her happy love life, plans a wedding and prepares for baby while managing her insanely busy schedule and career as a natural foods chef.
The Millionaire Matchmaker – Premieres Tuesday, January 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT “The Millionaire Matchmaker” follows Patti Stanger and her dogged staff as they give their big-bucks clients complete transformations with the help of personal shoppers, date coaches and therapists. In each episode, two wealthy clients are set up on dates hand-picked by Stanger based upon their beauty and intelligence. In the series’ third season, Stanger will stop at nothing to build her matchmaking empire – her business is flourishing, she has a successful book under her belt and is now hosting her own radio advice show.
The Rachel Zoe Project - The hottest stylist in Hollywood is back and offers an all access pass to fabulous fashion as “The Rachel Zoe Project” returns for a third season. The fashion-forward docu-drama delves further into the inner workings of Team Zoe as they jet from coast to coast attending store openings, fashion weeks around the world, and laboring to find the perfect gowns to adorn the red carpet during award season. This season Rachel parts ways with longtime employee and friend Taylor and Rachel and Brad welcome a new member to Team Zoe..
Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List - Returning for a sixth season of unpredictable hilarity is the two-time Emmy award-winning. Griffin has also signed on for two new stand-up comedy specials in 2010 with the network.
Flipping Out – The fourth season of Bravo’s popular docu-series “Flipping Out” returns with everyone’s favorite obsessive-compulsive house-flipper, Jeff Lewis. Lewis makes his living with the help of a group of diverse and often disgruntled employees he counts as friends. These include his incredibly patient assistant Jenni Pulos, who still dreams of making it as an actress, despite seven years at Jeff’s side, and his beloved housekeeper Zoila.
Top Chef: Just Desserts - Top Chef judge Gail Simmons will serve as host of the network’s newest culinary competition series “Top Chef: Just Desserts,” a spin-off of the popular Emmy-nominated and James Beard Award-winning franchise “Top Chef.” The series, produced by the Magical Elves, will consist of pastry chefs competing against one another in a series of challenges.
The Real Housewives of New York City – The anticipated third season premieres Thursday, March 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Top Chef Masters - The second season of Bravo’s successful culinary spin-off premieres Wednesday, April 7 at 11 p.m. ET/PT and moves to its regular 10 p.m. time period on April 14.
Thintervention with Jackie Warner – An emotional new docu-series inspired by renowned fitness expert Jackie Warner’s life mission to change lives through healthy habits, “Thintervention” will give viewers an even closer look at what Warner does best – kick butt and inspire drastic lifestyle changes for her overweight clients who are struggling to lose weight and get healthy for good.
Shear Genius – Premieres Wednesday, February 3 at 11 p.m. ET/PT. Bravo’s creative hair-styling competition series “Shear Genius” is back for its third season with a whole new look. International model and handbag designer Camila Alves makes her hosting debut alongside new series judge Jonathan Antin, celebrity stylist and former star of Bravo’s hit series “Blow Out.” Famed stylist Kim Vo returns as a judge for his second season, and new to the series, accomplished stylist Orlando Pita adds his voice of expertise as mentor to the contestants.