Ashton Pienaar gave Below Deck viewers two seasons of incredibly charged behavior and infamous moments. As a deckhand, Ashton nearly lost his life after a mishap with tow lines. Last season Ashton was the misogynistic bosun who couldn’t apologize enough to Kate Chastain, Rhylee Gerber, and Captain Lee Rosbach.
Ashton did have some tender moments as well. He often talked about “planting seeds,” which more times than not were fruitless attempts. But Ashton did manage to hook up with Laura Betancourt in season 6 and the two remained friends after filming ended.
The last time fans heard the Real Housewives of New York talk politics, it was during the fallout of the 2016 presidential election. Carole Radziwill took it especially hard. She threw a party on election night in order to celebrate the first female elected president but ended up experiencing the 5 stages of grief instead.
Fast forward to the next major political and current events and once again, the ladies of RHONY are sharing their thoughts. Specifically Leah McSweeney and the newly-relocated Tinsley Mortimer. Leah’s political leanings may be easy to predict. Her “Occupy the Hamptons,” as Sonja Morgan called it, meltdown was quite spectacle. Urban anarchism suites Leah. But what do we know about Tinsley and her thoughts on governance?
Dorinda Medley must have felt vindicated by Tinsley Mortimer’s sudden departure from the Real Housewives of New York to get serious with Scott Kluth. Of course Scott and Tinsley have history. But Tinsley denied having anything to do with Scott all season then left for Chicago so quickly that she missed Luann de Lesseps halloween party.
What does this have to do with Dorinda? Logically, nothing. But Dorinda has made Tinsley’s relationship with Scott a bargaining tool on authenticity. Her supposed lack of transparency triggered Dorinda to the point that she couldn’t even maintain a polite demeanor with Tinsley. But just because Tinsley is out of Dorinda’s physical reach, doesn’t mean that they can’t take jabs at each other thanks to Twitter.
By now, it’s old news that Tinsley Mortimer ditched the Real Housewives of New York for a shot at happily ever after with Scott Kluth. So the footage from the second part of the season is lacking in any high pitch frequencies. There is, however, no shortage of drama and multi-layered conflicts.
The issues within the group are not new. There is some subtle foreshadowing but also a clear indication as to where alliances were forming. The ladies are also due at Dorinda Medley’s Berkshires estate this season. Maybe Dorinda’s home was built on some sort of energy field because there is always massive drama there. Part two of the season also includes a fun, tropical getaway during which Ramona Singer hails the return of Turtle Time and Luann de Lesseps mounts a camel again.
90 Day Fiance: Before The 90 Days star Lisa Hamme appeared in the fourth season. She seemed to be a replacement for the highly entertaining Angela Deem, but a lot more belligerent. Angela at least gave viewers some laughs while belittling her fiance Michael Ilesanmi. Lisa, on the other hand, was simply abrasive and rude to her man Usman Umar.
But, the tirades that we saw onscreen did not encompass the scope of Lisa’s verbal abuse towards Usman. Last month, leaked footage from the reunion revealed that Lisa used racial slurs in a prior conversation with her husband. It was unclear at the time how TLC would handle the situation. TLC decided to cut the footage entirely and sweep the verbal abuse under the rug. The reunion aired without any indication that Lisa used a derogatory racial slur. Now, TLC is facing backlash on that decision and moving quickly to distance themselves from Lisa.
Angela Deem was introduced to the world on 90 Day Fiance: Before The 90 Days. Her outrageous personality solidified a slot on the following season. Angela chastised and belittled Nigerian fiance Michael Ilesanmi. She gifted reality TV junkies with memorable moments that include presenting Michael with Trump boxers and smashing a cake in his face.
And this colorful matriarch often included her family during filming. Angela’s two daughters participated in her scenes on the show. In her first season, Angela would often video chat with daughter Scottie. Then, Angela asked her other daughter Skyla to carry her and Michael’s child. But what we saw on TV falls short of a shocking truth that came home to roost for this family last year.
Southern Charm’s Craig Conover spent his early seasons on the show ineffectively pursuing hobbies and avoiding the morning hours.
Since returning from a prolonged stay in the Bahamas, Craig has found his center. It’s unclear whether Craig started waking up any earlier, but he accomplished a lot in the last two seasons of the show on his own schedule. He started a successful pillow making company called Sewing Down South, and finally moved on from ex-Naomie Olindo.
It’s great to be a fan of the 90 Day Fiance franchise, because there are so many spin-offs now that fans can watch the finale of one show then tune in to a new season the next night. That’s exactly what was experienced this week. 90 Day Fiance: Before The 90 Days aired it’s reunion on Sunday night then season 2 of 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way premiered on Monday.
We can watch the carnage of couples that have fallen out by the end of filming, to meeting new pairs that give us all the feels of hope and promise in a new love. One couple from The Other Way really stood out. They seem to have a very uplifting and respectful love for each other despite the cultural and age difference. They are Armando Rubio and Kenneth Niedermeier, also the first male same sex couple of the 90 Day Fiance franchise.