Below Deck Sailing Yacht is the unrefined spinoff of its highly successful counterpart, Below Deck. Yes, the boat is beautiful, and yes any of us plebs would be lucky to charter it. But it’s hardly the same luxury experience that we’ve seen previously. It would interest a sailing enthusiast, and that’s certainly a reason to tune in.
The views are breathtaking, but the parties and excursions have been a little underwhelming. Crew drama is really what keeps us coming back for more. And this bunch is bickering and imploding. Madison Stalker and Parker McCown are mouthing off to their superiors which gives Chief Stew Jenna MacGillivray lots of fodder to then snark over with Chef Adam Glick. Tensions are building for sure, and will escalate into larger conflicts.
Real Housewives of New Jersey fans learned the sad news that Giacinto Gorga, the father of Teresa Giudice and Joe Gorga, passed away on April 3. It was clear that Giacinto, known as “Nonno,” had struggled with health issues recently. Both Melissa Gorga, and Teresa had asked fans to pray for the beloved patriarch of the Gorga family.
Nonno was a part of RHONJ from the very beginning. Nonno loved being in the kitchen. He could boil an octopus like nobody’s business, and I loved seeing him cook with his granddaughters. Ever since the death of Nonno’s wife, Antonia, Nonno had been living with Teresa and her four daughters. He was a huge part of their lives, and a support during Joe Giudice’s incarceration and deportation woes.
Sonja Morgan is never one to hold back. The Real Housewives of New York star puts her whole life and all of her opinions out there. It’s just one reason I love Sonja so much and will never get tired of her. Oh, and the dancing on tables and falling off a chair. It’s as charming as it is messy. The first episode of RHONY this season was a little gloomy for Sonja with her daughter leaving for college and Sonja finding herself all alone. But I’m confident she will bounce back with some fun for us as the season goes on. And she did give us some of her typical Sonja shenanigans by insisting on biting into her sandwich mid-hug with Luann de Lesseps. That is the kind of content we need right now.
While Sonja and her kookiness usually take center stage, I also feel like Sonja has always been very nice and welcoming to new cast members. But one person she doesn’t seem to take to is newcomer, Leah McSweeney. Sonja seems to have some unfiltered opinions to share about her already.
If I’m being honest, I was pretty happy about Vicki Gunvalson’s firing from Real Housewives of Orange County. She’s been insufferable for many seasons and I will never forgive her for her part in a cancer scam. I don’t care how many times she screams through the streets of Key West that she was “conned.” Vicki claims to be a “smart woman.” Why wouldn’t she know what was going on?
After being demoted to a Friend of the Housewives role last season, she brought as much drama as humanly possible. This was most likely in a ploy to win back her orange full time. But spreading train rumors about Kelly Dodd wasn’t enough to save her. Neither was her suspiciously timed engagement to long term boyfriend, Steve Lodge. Too bad even that isn’t going as planned.
Love is Blind is long over but the revelations coming out of the show are still going strong! While some couples, like Kelly Chase and Kenny Barnes, didn’t make it or even stay in contact after the show, others thrived and are still together.
One such couple is Amber Pike and Matt Barnett. To be honest, I really didn’t think this couple was even going to say “I do”. Between Amber’s immaturity and financial problems, to Barnett’s family seemingly turning their nose up at Amber, it just didn’t seem like a good match from the start. But I’ve been wrong before and I will be wrong again – right now actually. Amber and Barnett are still going strong. Now, they’re dishing about some of the drama they faced behind the scenes of the show.
The Real Housewives of New York is finally back and there’s a new housewife on the block. Episode one jumped right in with the introduction of Leah McSweeney, RHONY’s newest cast member. I think we are all holding our breath this season, wondering if it’s going to be the same without OG Bethenney Frankel. But so far, I’m impressed with Leah’s willingness to jump right in.
The 37-year-old fashion brand owner (let’s face it, we can’t call her a fashion designer) jumped right in to defend Tinsley Mortimer during her fight with Dorinda Medley. She also told us she loves being single and completely shot down Sonja Morgan’s attempt at setting up a love connection with a young, attractive suitor at Dorinda’s party. Leah told the audience that he seems like the type of guy that erm, doesn’t know how to find a woman’s anatomy when it comes to sex. Tell us how you really feel, Leah. It’s clear from the first episode, along with a look ahead at the season, that Leah isn’t going to be shy or boring.
Real Housewives of New York is finally back and it started with a bang! It’s my favorite housewives franchise so I’m thrilled. One housewife I’m especially excited to follow this season is our ever-self absorbed cabaret queen, Luann de Lesseps. It’s obviously been a tough few years for her. First came her divorce from the Count, then the ill-fated marriage with Tom D’Agostino that dissolved as quickly as it started (maybe quicker). Then came her downward spiral with drinking, a wild arrest story, time in jail and the subsequent probation she had to serve.
Despite her newfound success and epic comeback as a cabaret star, the ladies of RHONY weren’t really feeling Luann as of late. They accused her of being selfish (true), narcissistic (also true), and insufferable (extra true). So it’s safe to say Luann hasn’t been having the best run on the last few seasons.
Another day, another pop culture tie-in to the Netflix show Tiger King. Recently, a photo resurfaced on Doc Antle’s Instagram account featuring Southern Charm cast member Naomie Olindo and her man Metul Shah.
The photo is from June 2019, long before Tiger King came into my life. Nevertheless, the couple still got a lot of flack for visiting the safari in Myrtle Beach.