Craig Conover is (seemingly) the most innocent man on Southern Charm. Which says a lot considering the cast of characters who are still a part of the show – (side eye Shep Rose). Southern Charm is a great reality show, but sometimes the reality behind the series can get too dark – exhibit A and exhibit B. So, I’m happy to have lighter characters like Craig brighten my viewing.
Craig has spent the past two seasons getting over his relationship with Naomi Olindo. Most of his recent time on the show is spent drinking, sleeping till the late afternoon, and conning his friends into sewing pillows. Things finally seem to be turning around for Craig however – both in terms of business and personal relationships!
Kelly Dodd is no stranger to showing it all on Real Housewives of Orange County. She clearly isn’t afraid to say what she means or call out the tres amigas. In other words, Kelly is carrying this season on her back. Tamra Judge said prior to the start of the season that Gina Kirschenheiter was going to be the rockstar to watch. I guess now it makes sense that Tamra would say this, considering she’s on the outs with Kelly.
It’s definitely Kelly who carries the show. She is not afraid to put all the worst parts of herself on TV for our entertainment. Lately, a lot of good things have been coming her way. She is now engaged to Fox News reporter Rick Leventhal. Her relationship with Rick is a positive, and interestingly, she doesn’t seem to want to show this on RHOC.
Reality TV lovers know that the best people to watch on screen are those that show us the good, the bad, the ugly, and everything in between about their lives. Some fan favorites, however, manage to get away without showing much about their personal lives. I’m looking at you, Cameron Eubanks.
Other Bravolebrities face harsh consequences for not showing parts of their personal relationships on screen. Remember what happened to Kenya Moore when she refused to let cameras film her wedding to Marc Daly? Now the tables have turned and Kenya is talking a whole lot about Marc this season on Real Housewives of Atlanta. Vanderpump Rules star, Lala Kent is another reality star that seems to get away with leaving out personal parts of her story on screen. This is all about to change!
When Tom Schwartz isn’t in the hot seat for blacking out and kissing women who aren’t Katie Maloney, he’s usually stuck in the middle of his two best friends. It’s no secret that there is a sort of hierarchy (in the guy’s heads) among Tom 2, Tom Sandoval, and Jax Taylor. Tom 1 and Jax are often at odds over who gets to be the “number one guy” in the group. The tension between those two is definitely going to be at the forefront of Season 8 of Vanderpump Rules. January 7 cannot come fast enough!
We’re also going to see a lot of things we never thought we’d see on Pump Rules this season. First, Jax gets married – to Kentucky sweetheart Brittany Cartwright. Then Stassi Schroeder gets engaged to Beau Clark. And rumor has it we will actually see Randall Emmett, Lala Kent’s fiancé on camera. As much as things change though, they also stay the same.
Jeana Keough has been wearing the same hairstyle since the eighties, but that doesn’t mean her head isn’t full of great ideas! Jeana was, of course, present at Bravo Con this past weekend. People who couldn’t attend the way overpriced convention were able to catch Jeana on the Watch What Happens Live! with Andy Cohen stage for a hot second this past Sunday. I mean it when I say that I admire Jeana for amping her face up a bit, and keeping that hair. Hot roller bangs forever!
Was anyone else beyond excited to catch WWHL last Sunday? You could feel Andy’s excitement and it was like he read my mind by closing out the show with Kim Zolciak Biermann’s Don’t Be Tardy. Anyways, for those who watched, you know we really didn’t get to hear much from the Real Housewives of Orange County on stage. There were so many people in attendance, so many Bravolebrities, that the interviews had little info. That doesn’t mean that Jeana was quiet. In fact, she shared some amazing ideas in interviews at the convention.
Tamra Judge does three things on Real Housewives of Orange County: 1) take her top off, 2) stir the pot, and 3) make out with women for attention. Last week’s episode was one for the books. For once there was a lot going on in the O.C. I felt genuinely exhausted after watching the women fall off their chairs drunk, dance on the bar, and screech at each other. Among all the chaos, Tamra and Brown-Wind Braunwyn Windham-Burke made out lying down in a bar booth. It was A LOT.
Needless to say, Shannon Beador had a successful 55th birthday party and awkward make-out session. The only person who didn’t appreciate what was going down was Vicki Gunvalson. I do tend to agree with the O.G. of the O.C. that there has recently been an “overload” of “raunchy talk and behavior”. But these women are working for their lives right now! RHOC has been a bore for seasons, and it’s easy to see that these women are working desperately for a comeback. I’m here for it, but could do without Tamra’s attention-seeking behavior.
Love her or hate her, Tamra Judge always finds a way to amplify the drama on Real Housewives of Orange County. Sometimes she’s directly involved, but mostly she finds a way to drum up issues between others by talking out both sides of her mouth. Tamra still has real drama of her own that we don’t really see play out on camera anymore (thankfully).
I just re-watched Season 5 of RHOC (highly recommend). For a refresher, that was the season where Tamra screamed, “I want a divorce!!!” at Simon Barney in the back of a limo. From that point on, the drama within Tamra’s family escalated to a point that no parent can ever prepare for. It has been well documented on the series that Tamra has been “erased” from her eldest daughter, Sidney’s life. Sidney Barney moved in with Simon shortly after the divorce, and has since been living away at college. Back in 2017, Tamra reunited with Sidney and Simon for Sidney’s high-school graduation. The reunion was short-lived because Tamra posted about it on her social media. Sidney has also shared that her issues with Tamra are personal, and that she is “disappointed” in Tamra’s behavior on RHOC.
Bethenny Frankel knows how to hustle. There’s no doubt about that. She’s also been afforded plenty of opportunities to demonstrate that hustle across a host of platforms – reality television specifically. She got her start on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart in 2005, and came in second place. While she has admitted in interviews that she thinks Martha Stewart was not a fan of hers, she definitely impressed producer Mark Burnett. Shortly thereafter, Bethenny was cast on a little show we know called Real Housewives of New York City, and well the rest is history!
In her time on RHONY, Bethenny went from single, to married, to divorced mom, and author, all while building an immensely successful brand. She was able to make her ideas a reality, leverage her name and status from the series and build SkinnyGirl into a brand. The brand was executed so well that she sold the company to Fortune Brands Beam Global in 2011 for an estimated 120 million dollars. Her story is part of why fans admire her and she definitely has bragging rights.