Currently, we are in the midst of the Zoom era in reality television. TV shows are employing do-it-yourself confessional shoots (with terrible audio quality), video chat interviews, after shows that are filmed from home. It’s the new normal, but, apparently, the Real Housewives of New York cast is going to film the upcoming reunion in person.
Reunion host Andy Cohen does live in New York, so that’s not exactly surprising, but how is this going to work. Are they going to yell at each other through face masks? Will there be separate seating for each person (six feet apart) instead of the usual reunion couches? What about the cast members who have been traveling and catching flack for their (perceived) lack of precaution? Are they going to quarantine before the taping and get fresh corona tests? There are so many relevant questions to ask in this new era.
It’s a known fact that the Real Housewives franchises are short on diversity. Save for Real Housewives of Atlanta and Real Housewives of Potomac, the casting women of color is severely lacking. And while it’s progress, it took 10 whole seasons of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills before the first black woman, Garcelle Beauvais, was given a diamond.
The lack of diversity and inequality on Bravo was further highlighted this year during the Vanderpump Rules racism controversy. As a refresher, original cast members Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute were fired for falsely accusing their only black castmate, Faith Stowers, of theft. In addition, two other newbies were let go for their past racist behavior online. All of this is to say that Bravo really needs to diversify. And it sounds like they are continuing to move in that direction.
This has to be the most alcohol fueled season of The Real Housewives of New York ever. Hands down. We know these women love to drink, but this season is off the rails. Bethenny Frankel leaving the show did SOMETHING to this group. They’re totally insane. At first it looked like Leah McSweeney could be that force, but she’s fallen in line with the mess. Someone help these women!
Ramona’s birthday is front and center on this episode, and things look crazy! I cannot wait for her fourth wall breaking moment at the party. Apparently, she’s not fond of everyone’s out of control behavior. Normally I’d say Ramona is overreacting. However, this season it wouldn’t surprise me if they took things too far. After all, we wouldn’t want to embarrass Ramona in front of her fifty best girlfriends!
Usually, the Real Housewives of New York ladies bring a lot to the table. However, there really haven’t been any storylines other than Dorinda Medley picking on Tinsley Mortimer (who left halfway through the season). Oh, and the alcohol consumption… all of the alcohol consumption.
One person who’s not partying as hard as the rest of them is Elyse Slaine, a voice of reason/the only cast member who can actually remember what happened the night before. However, she will not be at the reunion taping… even though it’s probably gonna be a virtual reunion taping, which should be super easy for her to be a part of logistically.
What could have been missing from the Real Housewives of New York seasonal trip to the Berkshires? It’s not over yet, but the RHONY ladies already had an explosive blowup, fueled by a copious amount of alcohol,
Luann de Lesseps massive ego, and Dorinda Medley’s unhinged behavior. Sonja Morgan was cheerfully tipsy until she brought up the lack of compensation for appearing in Luann’s cabaret. The evening went to hell quickly afterward.
Would the evening have ended differently if the guest list was altered? The perfect person would have long-standing relationships with most of the women, would be able to speak up to Dorinda, and would be desperate to get back on the show. That sounds like Jill Zarin. And two weeks ago, Jill was indignantly claiming that Dorinda had blocked her from participating in the cast trip. After seeing last week’s episode, did Jill really feel like she missed out on something?
It seems like our favorite housewives are making good use of their quarantine by “freshening up”. Chances are, if you’re following any of them on Instagram, you’ve seen their before and after photos.
Teresa Giudice posted a pic with her doctor about getting her veins done. Dorit Kemsley used the same Instagram posting formula about getting new teeth. And we just told you about Margaret Josephs’ doctor showing off her new facelift, amongst some other procedures.
Never a dull moment with the Real Housewives of New York ladies. They’ve picked it up after their recently low ratings. If you missed the latest episode, I highly recommend you stop what you’re doing immediately and get watching. Viewers saw the most recent fight between Luann de Lesseps and Dorinda Medley escalate to new highs. Well, maybe not *so* new. Dorinda did recycle her drunk mugshot line and her Jovani ranting. But anyways. The argument was about whether or not Sonja Morgan should be paid for her time in Lu’s cabaret show. It turned into Lu sobbing while Ramona Singer and Leah McSweeny scoot her into a car to visit a pub. Friends forever!
The episode semi-resolved the issue when everyone woke up and basically admitted they had no idea what happened the night before. Now we’re getting Dorinda’s take after she’s gotten a chance to watch herself back. If you remember, she’s already said it’s been a tough year to watch. Sounds like this week was no exception.
“Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii.” I feel like that is the only appropriate way to start a story about Jill Zarin. The Real Housewives of New York alum will forever be etched on my brain with that greeting. Even after all these years. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Speaking of years, it’s been so long since Jill has graced our screens (full time). But that hasn’t stopped her from staying in the news. She seems pretty happy with life, especially after the loss of her true love and husband, Bobby Zarin. Jill found love again. She is even working with daughter, Ally Shapiro, to help those affected by coronavirus.