Friday, May 28, 2010

Bret Michaels...American Idol?

I heard on the radio that Bret Michaels may take over for Simon Cowell as a judge on American Idol. I may actually have to watch if that happens!

Real Housewives of New York City: Fights and Relationships

In the episode from this Thursday, you can really see Jill start to turn around and see the err of her ways. I think this was stemmed from the fact that Jill is beginning to see that Kelly is a bit, well, crazy. It's funny because all of the girls hated Kelly in her first season, then embraced her, and are now seeing her crazy side again. However, I can't blame Kelly or Jill for the madness. Once life and friendships start to get you down, it's easy to get out of control. It happened to Kelly, Jill and even Alex. Next week, we'll see what happens in the finale. Will Jill and Bethenny become friends? I hope so!

Has anyone heard Luann's "Money Can't Buy You Class?" Oh my goodness...terrible!

Monday, May 24, 2010

YEA Bret Michaels!

Bret Michaels won Celebrity Apprentice! I'm not convinced that it has nothing to do with his recent medical issues, but still. YEA Bret Michaels!

On another note, Simon Monjack was found dead, just a few months after his wife Brittany Murphy's death. Both were suspected overdoses. I wonder if Brittany's mother will become a suspect in either case now that both died in such close proximity. If you didn't know, Sharon Murphy remained in a home with Monjack after Brittany's death.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Bret Michaels on Oprah

Bret Michaels, who was the star of VH1's "Rock of Love," shared the story of surviving his brain hemorrhage on Oprah. It was nice to see a real side of Bret, beyond the reality TV persona that he showed the world on his dating shows.

I don't follow Bret's life on a normal basis, but I was surprised to see that he's back with his girlfriend Kristi. I wonder if they ever did break up and if the shows were completely fabricated, or if they broke up and got back together. It made me think about the clip from Brandy & Ray J's show that was displayed on "The Soup," in which Ray J was shocked when the winner on his dating show actually wanted to give the relationship a try. It's like, you know you were on a dating show, right? That being said, we all know reality TV isn't reality, so what did I expect?

I'm very happy for Bret and his recovery. His recovery is truly due to his will to live. Props to Bret!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Psych Week on Discovery Health & Some other Reality Updates

Before I begin, just a quick question for anyone out there: are you watching Tough Love Couples? A fellow fashion and reality TV lover and I discussed this today, and she noted that she likes it, whereas I find it pretty awful. What do you think?

Psych Week on Discovery Health had some great shows. First, I watched "My Strange Addiction," which showed a woman addicted to tanning, one addicted to shopping and one to eating chalk. The woman addicted to tanning continued to tan even after being told it could hurt her. (Note: I heard on the radio today that women are more likely to quit tanning if they are told it will make them ugly than if they are told that it will give them cancer.)

Second, I watched "Born Schizophrenic: January's Story." This show was phenomenal. As viewers, we explored the pain felt by a little girl who was born schizophrenic, and the pain this caused her family. It was so interesting to see how numbers affected her life, and how she actually saw creatures that didn't exist. (For example, her cat 400 told her to do bad things.) This is a must see for a look into the complex world of schizophrenia.

I also saw "The Woman with 15 Personalities," which explored a woman's multiple personality disorder, which came about when she was abused as a child. She actually loses track of her existence as she falls into a personality other than her primary personality. She doesn't actually know if she's ever had sex, because one personality said no and another said yes.

"Enraged" was alright, but not worth watching. As a friend said, "I can see angry people at home. Why do I want to watch them on TV?" This show was interesting, but mostly because your heart goes out to the children of the perpetually angry individuals. I wanted to tell them that everything would be okay and that the pain that they feel is temporary.

The show "Primetime: What Would You Do?" has been pretty interesting, as well. As the viewer, you find yourself watching people react to what they believe is a person in danger, such as a drunk woman who is being coerced out of a bar by a man she doesn't know. We get to watch how people react. The show studies the difference between how a "nice" girl is treated and how a "party" girl is treated. It's an interesting study in psychology.

Just to add something snarky, has anyone seen The Real Housewives of New Jersey and The Real Housewives of New York lately? I am not loving Bravo's idea to air the NJ show on Monday and the NY show on Tuesday, because I'm getting them mentally twisted up. Which may be for the best, actually, because both shows kind of make my brain explode. Okay, first all all, what's up with Jill Zarin? It's as if her inner mean girl because a major component of her outward personality! And Alex? It's like she grew a backbone, but in a majorly wrong way. Now, onto New Jersey. I have to say, I love Teresa this season. She's so put together even in her pregnancy. The only thing I don't like is how she trashes Danielle, but she handled Christine's (Danielle's daughter) fashion magazine cover really well, which I give her so much credit for doing. Danielle proved once again that she's crazy. I wonder how she reacted when she saw her "friend" Kim trashing her at Caroline's party. Anyway, Danielle is completely over the edge. I think the coming episodes will bring us even more Danielle madness.

Oh, and I just learned that Jennavecia from Tough Love was on the Bad Girls Club. She's just one of the many to make her way around the reality show circuit. I wonder what she'll appear on next.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Real Housewives of New Jersey is Back!

The Real Housewives of New Jersey was back on a new night - Monday. Watching the season premiere was a great way to start the week. I loved seeing Jacqueline so happy with her new baby and Lauren looking so happy. The only downfall for me (which was likely due to editing) was that there was so much anti-Danielle talk. I'm not necessarily a Danielle fan (especially after she was going to stalk Caroline's party but ended up not doing that because Caroline would know she cared - newsflash, your obsessive behavior was caught on TV), but the Danielle bashing was excessive. I have to give Dina credit for sticking up for her thoughts that she and Danielle were doing well. It's easy to fall back into a negative pattern, but Dina resisted. Props, Dina!

Kim, the owner of Posche, is clearly in this show for the fame. I think she actually does like Danielle and they are friends, however, as soon as it became convenient to turn on her, she did. The way Kim attended and approached the NJ Housewives at the party pretty much shouted "Hello, I want to be on TV! Publicize my store! Make me famous! Make me some money!" I do feel bad for Danielle for this because Kim instigated the Danielle discussion that was not in progress before her interference.

This is sure to be a great season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Let's see how it goes!

On another note, last night's True Life on MTV featured people with traumatic brain injuries. It was so sad. The people featured were normal people who fell into unfortunate circumstances and are now trying to find their way back to normalcy. It must be difficult to have your life taken away from you in an instant. This episode provides an appreciation for what we have, and causes us to encourage those who need encouragement the most. I give the participants on this episode so much credit for sharing their stories and pain, because through this, they are sharing hope and explaining that those with traumatic brain injuries can be people that were normal one moment and different the next. It helps to create a whole new acceptance for those who have experienced this hardship. This is truly a hard-hitting, excellent episode of True Life. Was it as crazy and entertaining as the Hamptons episode or the Staten Island episode? No. But is it worth watching? Absolutely.