“The Real World: New Orleans”

THE ‘BIG EASY’ GETS A TASTE OF MTV AS THE NETWORK PREMIERES “THE REAL WORLD: NEW ORLEANS” ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30 AT 10PM ET/PT

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Los Angeles, CA (June 17, 2010) – MTV heads back to the Bayou in the height of Mardi Gras madness and Super Bowl mania, with the network premiere of “The Real World: New Orleans” on Wednesday, June 30 at 10PM ET/PT. Once again, eight diverse strangers come together in the “Who Dat Nation” to experience life, love, and the 24-hour party that is New Orleans, while also discovering a passion for the city’s legendary food and music. The premiere episode opens up with the roommates in the middle of The French Quarter, where they quickly find out first impressions are not always what they seem.

This season, “The Real World” goes inside the beautiful, resilient city of New Orleans and enters territory that the franchise has never embarked on before including a housemate recovering from an addiction to pain killers, a Muslim American liberal away from her family for the first time, a and a Mississippi party girl haunted by an abusive past relationship. From walking around on Bourbon Street to living in an over the top funky Southern style home, the roommates’ journey is not all about chasing beads and drinking Hurricanes.
“It’s been 10 years since ‘The Real World’ first visited the great city of New Orleans and I’m happy to report that the city, known for its tolerance and party spirit, is still an ideal location for a show about a group of young people figuring themselves out,” said Creator and Executive Producer Jon Murray.

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Meet the New Orleans cast:

Knight, Age: 23 – Kenosha, WI

Knight is a 23-year-old Wisconsin native who has lived and breathed hockey for as long as he can remember. Recently his life was turned upside down after a severe shoulder injury that cost him his athletic/academic scholarship at Arizona State University and left him unable to play the sport. During recovery he became addicted to painkillers, and now everyday is a battle to remain clean. Reclaiming his life, Knight is currently teaching hockey clinics to children and pursuing his marketing degree at the University of Milwaukee. Although he’s known for his promiscuity, he’s not afraid to show his romantic side when he finds the right girl, which just might happen to be a fellow roommate. Knight is most excited to move to New Orleans so that he can get away from all the negative influences in his life back home. But will the city, best known for its twenty-four hour party life, distract Knight from all of the positive progress he has made?

Jemmye Age: 21 – Starkville, MS

As vocal supporter of gay marriage and legalization of marijuana, Jemmye doesn’t necessarily come off as someone from a conservative Mississippi hometown. She enjoys casual sex with no commitment, and she has a preference for black men (until she meets fellow roommate, Knight), which is about as scandalous as it gets in her heavily Southern Baptist community. Jemmye is recently free of an abusive relationship. Her mother Alice is her best friend and they have no secrets from one another, to the point where Jemmye frequently discusses the intimate details of her sex life with her mom. But one secret she hasn’t told her mom is about the past relationship that haunts her to this day. For most people, Mardi Gras is a one day affair, but something tells us Jemmye will be collecting beads all season.

Eric Age: 24 – Arlington, VA

It’s not often that you meet a Real World roommate who’s a stand-up comic AND holds a job at the State Department, traveling the globe briefing foreign service personnel on American policy. Far from Mr. Serious, Eric’s true passion is comedy, and he’s already made significant progress in his career, performing regularly and winning several competitions. Eric, known for his dreamy eyes is a handsome ladies’ man and has perfected the art of juggling various girls at one time. We’re pretty sure Eric will be getting into a bit more than just Hurricane Katrina relief.

Sahar Age: 21 – Dearborn, MI

Sahar grew up in a conservative Arab community in Dearborn, MI. It would be easy to assume that because of that she’s a submissive, conservative girl. But that would not be the case. She’s a strong-willed, liberal Muslim who is not easily intimidated. Expect her to speak her mind. Sahar was fortunate to have parents who allowed her a bit more space to be herself; however, there are still things that she was forced to hide from her community, like her virginity… or lack thereof. Although in a vague long-distance relationship, Sahar is used to turning heads and is constantly crushing on boys– but just wait until she meets roommate Eric! A budding singer/songwriter, Sahar looks to explore more of this career in New Orleans, no matter what anyone in her conservative community thinks.

Ashlee Age: 22 – South Boston, MA

Coming to New Orleans fresh out of a rocky break up, Ashlee is anxious to explore new opportunities. That could include pursuing her ultimate dream job of being a sideline sports reporter. Or it might just mean partying hard in the Big Easy. Ashlee grew up in a small New Jersey suburb, where it was easy for her to cement herself as the top athlete of her high school. She continued her successful athletic career at Northeastern University, where she was the captain of her Division 1 basketball team—a position she likened to being a “babysitter.” The fact that she’s an athlete doesn’t make Ashlee a tomboy; she can transform into a girly girl at the drop of a hat. And yes, her lips ARE natural. She may seem like the perfect roommate in New Orleans, but one thing is for sure: Ashlee is a bit of an instigator, and is no stranger to stirring the pot.

Preston Age: 22 – Boston, MA

Preston’s first childhood memory is of crying in the back seat of the car while his mother went to score crack. Needless to say, his family life was anything but ideal. When he was 17, his mother essentially abandoned him, leaving Preston to fend for himself. Despite a rough childhood, he’s somehow managed to grow into a carefree individual who walks to the beat of his own drum. As a proud, young, gay, black man, Preston strives to be the center of attention. He has no filter, but what he does have is a bitchy side, which he’s not afraid to show. In fact, he encourages confrontation, happily putting you in your place if need be. But be careful. If you push Preston too far, something is bound to get thrown in the toilet. Known for his outlandish antics and urge to mingle, we’re sure Preston will be getting his fill on the New Orleans strip.

McKenzie Age: 21 – Jupiter, FL

Twenty-one-year old McKenzie is a down to earth sorority girl attending the University of Central Florida and majoring in psychology. Raised on Florida’s beaches with her three siblings and happily married parents, McKenzie’s childhood was pretty idyllic. As a practicing Catholic who experiences her beliefs on a deep and emotional level, McKenzie is nonetheless quite liberal. Just when you think she’s the picture-perfect example of a good girl, she whisks you away to the bar to pound shots — all the while playing up her innocent side. But don’t let that image fool you; she knows exactly how to use her sexuality to get what she wants. Known to party a little too hard, she often finds herself in very compromising situations totally unaware of what a flirt she is. No stranger to philanthropy, New Orleans is the perfect setting for this natural born leader looking to make a difference in the world. Hurricane Relief by day and pounding hurricane cocktails by night…sounds like McKenzie will fit right in.

Ryan Age: 21 Tempe, AZ

One part: unpredictable, two parts: ADHD and OCD, twenty-one year old Ryan is one of the most bizarre roommates in New Orleans. Whether it’s his fascination with cold ears or his tendency to chase his roommates around the house naked, Ryan’s high energy makes him the life of the party and chief instigator of the group. A legit hairstylist, Ryan is never far from his shears and blow dryer and is known to blow himself dry rather than use a towel. He ultimately wants to cut hair for rock stars and celebrities. Entirely unconcerned with how others perceive him, Ryan is in touch with his emotions and feminine side. He is charismatic, creative, and fun loving, and he wears his heart on his sleeve. This after battling with a variety issues, including both a rocky relationship with his father and depression. Extremely opinionated and unafraid to fight for the last word, Ryan will no doubt be at the front and center of any controversy in New Orleans.

“The Real World” was created for MTV by Jon Murray and Mary-Ellis Bunim of Bunim-Murray Productions. Jon Murray and Jim Johnston serve as Executive Producers of “The Real World: New Orleans.” Jacquelyn French is the MTV executive overseeing the project.

*Here are the preview clips from the premiere episode – including the first fight of the season!:

Ryan’s Kiss
Ryan and Preston Fight

About MTV:
MTV is the dynamic, vibrant experiment at the intersection of music, creativity and youth culture. For over 28 years, MTV has evolved, challenged the norm, and detonated boundaries — giving each new generation a creative outlet and voice that entertains, informs and unites on every platform and screen. On-air, MTV is the number one rated full-day ad-supported cable network for P12-24. Online, MTV.com averaged 24.6 million monthly unique visitors during the first quarter of 2010 — up +9% from Q4/2009 and up +13% year-over-year. Average video streams for the first quarter of 2010 increased +19% from the Q4/2009 and is up +18% over the same time period last year. And MTV’s successful sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unprecedented customized content, super-serving young males, music fans, and college students like no one else. MTV is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Wanna know more? Come on in… www.mtvpress.com

About Bunim-Murray Productions
Bunim-Murray Productions is the leading producer of innovative entertainment content. The company is widely credited with creating the reality television genre with its hit series The Real World (now in pre-production on 25th season on MTV). BMP continued to innovate with the first reality game show, Road Rules, in 1995, the first reality sitcom, The Simple Life, in 2003, and the first reality soap opera, Starting Over, in 2003. Bunim-Murray’s current programming includes The Bad Girls Club and Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too (Oxygen), Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami and The Spin Crowd (E!), The Real World/Road Rules Challenge (20th season on MTV), and Project Runway and the Models of the Runway (Lifetime). Launched in 2006 to better reach the Digital Generation, Bunim-Murray’s M Theory Entertainment is a spin-off entity focusing on new media initiatives. In 2007 Bunim-Murray launched BMP Films, a film division, which premiered its first documentary, Autism: The Musical, at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, and its first scripted film Pedro, at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, which made its television debut on April 1 on MTV. Autism: The Musical premiered to rave reviews on HBO on March 25, 2008 and won 2 Primetime EMMY awards. The company’s second documentary, Shadow Billionaire, premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. In 2008 Bunim-Murray Productions formed M Music, a music management division, with its first band, A Cursive Memory, signing with Vagrant Records. Bunim-Murray Productions is based in Van Nuys, CA. It was founded in 1987 by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim and joined Banijay Entertainment in 2010.

“Hot in Cleveland”

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** Tune In to an All New Episode of “Hot in Cleveland” Featuring Carl Reiner This Wednesday June 30th 2010 At 10 PM**

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When the ladies set each other up on blind date to celebrate their collective birthdays , its love at first sight for Elka and Max (Carl Reiner), but it’s no match made in heaven when Melanie turns out to be a dead-ringer for her date’s lost love. Meanwhile, Victoria waits until the last minute and fixes up Joy with a potentially “killer” date.

Hot in Cleveland” Propels Network To Score Highest-Rated And Most-Watched Month In Primetime Since January 2008

New York, NY, June 29, 2010 – Buoyed by hit acquisitions and the premiere of the hugely successful “Hot in Cleveland,” TV Land scored impressive, double-digit gains in primetime for second quarter 2010, according to The Nielsen Company (March 29th-June 27th). Additionally, TV Land scored significant increases for the month of June as the highest-rated and most-watched month in primetime since January 2008.

The month of June was very successful for TV Land in primetime as the network posted a 0.4/393,000 among Adults 25-54, up +37% in rating and +36% in delivery. The network attracted an average of 904,000 total viewers for the month. Among Women 25-54, TV Land scored a 0.4/232,000 up +43% in rating and +45% in delivery. The first two episodes of the fiery hit “Hot in Cleveland” propelled TV Land to its highest-rated and most-watched month in prime since January 2008 with a 2.3 rating and 2.4 million A25-54 viewers. The sitcom is averaging over 5 million total viewers and is also a smash with Women 25-54, pacing at a 2.9/1.6 million viewers.

For the quarter in primetime, TV Land posted a 0.3/360,000 among its target demo of Adults 25-54, up +21% in both rating and delivery over YAGO. Among Women 25-54, TV Land scored a 0.4/210,000, up double-digit gains of +34% in rating and +35% in delivery over last year. In addition to the huge premiere of “Hot in Cleveland” in June, regularly scheduled programming such as “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Roseanne” remained strong performers among Adults 25-54 for the quarter with “Raymond” posting a 0.4/415,000 and “Roseanne” scoring a 0.3/341,000. Additionally, the original series “How’d You Get So Rich?” starring Joan Rivers also performed well with a 0.3/341,000 among A25-54.

About TV Land PRIME and TV Land

TV Land PRIME is TV Land’s programming destination designed for people in their forties and the exclusive home to the premieres of the network’s original programming, contemporary television series acquisitions and movies. TV Land PRIME is part of TV Land, a network dedicated to presenting the best in entertainment on all platforms for Adults 25-54. Consisting of original programming, acquired shows, hit movies and full-service Web site, TV Land is now seen in 98 million U.S. homes.

She’s Got The Look

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NEW SEASON OF TV LAND’S “SHE’S GOT THE LOOK” PREMIERES ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25th WITH NEW HOST BROOKE BURKE AND TEN WOMEN OVER THE AGE OF 35 COMPETING FOR A SECOND CHANCE AT THEIR DREAMS

Six-Part Reality Series Which Taped in Los Angeles For The First Time

Features New Judge – Supermodel and Runway Icon Roshumba Williams

New York, New York, June 28, 2010 – TV Land’s competition reality series “She’s Got The Look” has a whole new look when it returns for its third season on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 10PM ET/PT as the series introduces a new host – Brooke Burke (“Dancing With The Stars, “Wild On”); a new city – Los Angeles; a new judge – supermodel Roshumba Williams and ten new finalists all over the age of 35 competing for a second chance at their dreams. The TV Land PRIME original series is a collaboration with Wilhelmina Models, Inc. and sets out to discover a beautiful, sophisticated and confident woman over the age of 35 who has the potential to transform herself into a model, representing some of the most high-profile brands and highly-coveted campaigns in the fashion and beauty industries. The winner of the series receives a contract with Wilhelmina Models, Inc. and a photo spread in SELF Magazine. Also joining Roshumba Williams are returning judges, celebrity stylist Robert Verdi and Wilhelmina president Sean Patterson. Emmy® Award-Winner Allison Grodner (“Big Brother,” “Blowout”) returns as executive producer and has joined forces with executive producer Rich Meehan (“Big Brother”) under their new banner, Fly On The Wall Entertainment.   Rachel Tung is also executive producer. RoC® Skincare is the presenting sponsor of “She’s Got The Look.”

“She’s Got The Look” chronicles a nationwide model search resulting in 10 contenders coming to live together in Los Angeles as they compete in photo shoots, a video shoot and high fashion runway shows. The series is now playing in over 70 countries, with the first three seasons sold around the world. It can be seen in France, Italy, Israel, Australia, Israel, Thailand, Korea, Holland and South Africa. “She’s Got The Look” is distributed worldwide by Fremantle Media.

Throughout the past three seasons of “She’s Got The Look,” contestants have ranged from the ages of 35 to 72-years-old.  The exposure and success from the series has secured a variety of top-tier bookings for many of the show’s alumni with clients such as: Kmart, Verizon, AT&T, Nicole Miller Cosmetics, Hallmark, Microsoft, Toyota, Volvo and many more.  These achievements illustrate the shows premise that beauty is timeless.

From a certified bus mechanic to a trial lawyer to an Olympic trial swimmer to an insurance agent from Michigan and a grandmother of six, this season’s finalists are all accomplished and diverse women with unique life stories competing for the grand prize.

“This season of ‘She’s Got The Look’ is even more exciting with a new host, new judge, new city and another amazing group of finalists, all 35 and older,” states Larry W. Jones, president, TV Land. “The series is filled with transformations on the inside AND the outside and our viewers will be able to witness the amazing mentoring between the contestants and our judges.”

Sean Patterson, president of Wilhelmina Models, said, “We never thought we would be able to top the amazing cast of women in seasons 1 and 2, but somehow we did. The depth of life-experience, the willingness to learn and the beauty that we unearthed in the women combined for the most compelling season for the show so far.”

“SELF’s message to our 6.7 million readers that beauty starts from the inner self matches the objective of ‘She’s Got the Look’ – uncovering inspiring women who are their happiest, most confident and beautiful selves at any age,” states Lucy Danziger, SELF Magazine Editor-in-Chief. “SELF encourages all women to continually challenge themselves to meet new goals and be their all around best, inside, outside and in the world. We call it being SELFy, and it’s exciting and fun!”

“She’s Got The Look’s” Ten Contestants Are:

Marilin Archie, 38 Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

One would never guess that this mother of two is a certified bus mechanic for the Los Angeles Metro. Born and raised in South Central, Marilin experienced a rough childhood but describes herself as relatable and adaptable. With an atypical model body type, Marilin believes her exotic beauty and competitiveness will take her far in modeling.

Annie Batista, 35 Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

A tried and true New Yorker, Annie manages a health club and works out religiously. One of four sisters, this Dominican-American has always been considered the taller, skinnier and more awkward one in the family. She’s out to prove them wrong.

Diane Capozzi, 39 Hometown: Natick, MA

A top ten finalist after trying out three times for “She’s Got The Look,” Diane has always considered herself an outcast. She was the only African American daughter adopted into a white family and was a tomboy at an early age, but Diane found strength in her athleticism. As a competitive swimmer, she even went on to qualify for the Olympic trials!

Regina “Nina” Cash, 43 Hometown: Long Beach, CA

Nina grew up in a very traditional Catholic military family and describes her ethnic background as a “Heinz 57 mix” – she is of Filipino, Spanish, German, Japanese and Native American descent. Briefly working as a model at 25, she found herself pregnant and put her career aside to raise her child. Now Nina wants to pick up where she left off twenty years ago!

Rachelle Love, 35 Hometown: Memphis, TN

A self-described country girl, Rachelle did some modeling in her teens in the Dallas market but turned down a chance to go to Milan because she was homesick. This now more confident and mature phone operator and mother of two isn’t going to let this second chance at modeling pass her by.

Julie Love-Templeton, 36 Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL

A true Southern Belle and former “Mrs. American,” Julie is the youngest of 10 children. Wanting to impress her father, she followed in her parents’ footsteps and became a trial lawyer. When her father passed away, she realized that she enjoyed being a lawyer only because it brought her closer to him. Even though Julie describes herself as a “bull in a china shop,” she’s always had the modeling bug.

Kim Maier, 37 Hometown: Highland, MI

Kim left her small Michigan hometown early to attend the Art Institute in New York City for photography. Her interest in modeling was fueled through photography, often finding herself in front of the lens. Despite her statuesque six-foot height, Kim refers to herself as quirky and a shy “shrinking violet.”

Susan Master, 54 Hometown: Worthington, OH

Susan may be the oldest of the competitors but this grandmother of six has the energy of girls half her age. She’s modeled on and off in and around Columbus, OH for 30 years but always wondered if she could make it on a national level. At home, Susan is the bridge between generations, simultaneously taking care of her 93-year-old mother and her 7-year-old grandsons.

Kathleen Neumann, 41 Hometown: Livonia, MI

This petite 5’5” insurance agent knows she is not average model height, but that’s not stopping her from pursuing her dream. Although Kathleen has never made it out of her hometown, this small town girl who is a single mom knows she’s photogenic and has a shot in the industry.

Jocelyn Williams, 40 Hometown: Round Rock, TX

This mother of three who married her high school sweetheart co-owns a security business but knows her true calling was to be a model. Jocelyn was once scouted while vacationing in NYC to be in a family magazine and was asked to play the part of a mother – ten years younger than her actual age! She believes that she’s only gotten more striking over the years!

Marco Bresaz, Keith Cox and Sal Maniaci serve as executive producers for TV Land; Sean Patterson and Corey Preston are executive producers from Wilhelmina.

About TV Land PRIME and TV Land

TV Land PRIME is TV Land’s programming destination designed for people in their forties and the exclusive home to the premieres of the network’s original programming, contemporary television series acquisitions and movies.  TV Land PRIME is part of TV Land, a network dedicated to presenting the best in entertainment on all platforms for Adults 25-54.  Consisting of original programming, acquired shows, hit movies and full-service Web site, TV Land is now seen in over 98 million U.S. homes.

Celebrate America’s Birthday with TV Guide Network and America Ferrera

“Ugly Betty” Marathon beginning Sunday, July 4 at 11:00 a.m. ET/PT

WHAT: Spend USA’s 234th birthday with everyone’s favorite America, “Ugly Betty” star America Ferrera. TV Guide Network will air nine fan favorite episodes of “Ugly Betty” as well as “The Fashion Team: Ugly Betty Style” and “Look-A-Like: America Ferrera” Sunday, July 4th beginning at 11am ET/PT.

During the America the Beautiful marathon, join Betty as she overcomes obstacles and finds success while working at the high-end fashion magazine, Mode. Follow her as she takes part in New York City Fashion Week, receives her first writing assignment, and faces more than one romantic dilemma.

Daphne Brogdon and Lawrence Zarian cover the fashion evolution of “Ugly Betty” and its characters while counting down the top trends from the show on “The Fashion Team: Ugly Betty Style.” They also take a look at the cast’s real-life style. Then on “Look-A-Like: America Ferrera,” the Look-A-Like Style Team takes a typical girl and transforms her into America.

Not enough “Ugly Betty” during the marathon? Tune in weeknights at 5 p.m. ET/PT starting Monday, July 5th for back-to-back “Betty” episodes.

WHO: “Ugly Betty” stars America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Vanessa Williams, Ana Ortiz, Tony Plana, Becki Newton, Mark Indelitcato, Michael Urie, and Judith Light.

WHEN: “Ugly Betty” Marathon beginning Sunday, July 4 at 11:00 a.m. ET/PT on TV Guide Network.
“Ugly Betty” Monday-Friday at 5:00 & 6:00 p.m. ET/PT starting July 5th on TV Guide Network.

WHERE: TV Guide Network. Check local listings for availability and channel number.

*Let’s revisit “Ugly Betty” from the beginning, or to check it out for the first time, click HERE for a preview clip from Season 1, Episode 1 that embodies “Ugly Betty” to the fullest!

Kathy Griffin : My Life On The D-List

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I absolutely love me some K-Griff. She is one of my all time favorite comics. Because anyone willing to showed off her vagina bedazzling, aka vagazzling, is alright in my book.

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And, I love her because she has made me laugh a lot over the years.

I could NOT have been happier watching the 6th Season Premiere this evening. I could feel all of her anxiety facing a big guest-starring role on Law & Order SVU. But that didn’t stop me from cracking up uncontrollably!

In a shocking turn of events, this year she’s almost completely un-banned from most talk shows! *shocking*

Im so happy she’s back for another Summer. Finally, I have something to look forward to on Tuesday Nights!

Food Network

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Food Network is getting in on the cupcake craze with the new competition show, Cupcake Wars, which premiered on, June 15th at 9/8c

About The Show:
It’s cupcake vs. cupcake in Food Network’s tastiest competition yet! Each week on Cupcake Wars, four of the country’s top cupcake bakers face off in three elimination challenges until only one decorator remains. The sweet prize: $10,000 and the opportunity to showcase their cupcakes at the winning gig. Whether a special Ace of Cakes anniversary celebration, a star-studded magazine party or an A-list celebrity golf tournament, these Cupcakes Wars really heat up. Candace Nelson (owner of Sprinkles Cupcakes) and Florian Bellanger (chef and co-owner of online macaroon company MadMac) serve as permanent judges with a third rotating judge each week, and Justin Willman hosts.

TV Guide Network And “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

TV Guide Network will be airing two more episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm

Wednesday at 10pm ET/PT is “Interior Decorator”, with a panel consisting of Rex Lee, Merrill Markoe, Seth Green and David Steinberg
Thursday at 10pm ET/PT is “The Wire”, with a panel of Randy Cohen, Peter Mehlman, Seth Green and David Steinberg

Also, Richard Lewis from “Curb” is hosting a live video chat before “Curb” on TV Guide Network tomorrow. Click HERE!

The chat will take place at 6:30pm PT/9:30pm ET Wednesday!

And, please feel free to click HERE for a funny clip previewing the chat!

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A Letter to Bravo Television

* This Post Has Been Written by my friend Lucy! * 

Dear Bravotv and Andy Cohen,

I would like to sum up my feelings for the Real Housewives Series!  I think that one Housewife, the ORIGINAL,Vicki Gunvalson from The Real Housewives of Orange County, stated it best when she said, “THE FUN IS GONE.”

Vicki is so right.  THE FUN IS GONE in all of the SERIES.

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY was a season of PURE DRAMA and not FUN drama.  I did not enjoy watching two friends become enemies.  You can tell me that was their REALITY and you were just taping but I am a HOUSEWIFE and my life does not revolve around FRIENDSHIPS.  In addition, I did not enjoy watching another mother go off the deep end completely.  THAT is not what I watch THE REAL HOUSEWIVES FOR.

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY I HAVE ONLY WATCHED ONE EPISODE.  I have found it to be SILLY and completely unrealistic.  The New Jersey Ladies and I use the word Ladies loosely AND I mean it for all FIVE have become quite FULL of themselves.  They are turning me off of the show.  The FOUR that are a huge click are quite condescending on TWITTER and in writing their blogs.  Unless, you go all lovey dovey over them and FOLLOW exactly who they say to FOLLOW then they BLOCK .  I have to admit, kind of gives a little CREDENCE to DANIELLE STAUB saying they are quite a FORCE when they want to be.  REALLY, makes a person think, hmm.

I started watching the FRANCHISE with THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA.  THESE WOMEN seem to handle the press the best.  Kim Zolciak loves Twitter and deals with the HATERS pretty well.  She doesn’t engage too often and she very rarely blocks.  NeNe Leakes has her ups and downs but has learned to stay low through the tough times.  The other women are not on as often and they tend to stay positive.  They do not BASH THE FANS at all.

Now, onto BLOGGING on BRAVOTV.  Yikes, I do not know where to begin.  I know that you are claiming that you are creating a REALITY show and the blogs are the women writing after they have viewed the episode.  I get it.  I am an intelligent viewer.  AND from what I understand, BRAVOTV has done their research too and knows their audience therefore I am the NORM.  Meaning, most (I used a qualifier) of the viewers are intelligent viewers.  Many (another qualifier) are women in their 30’s and 40’s with degrees and we have careers or had careers.  We tend to have decent incomes.  Actually, many viewers probably have better incomes and more degrees than the HOUESEWIVES’.  Another large demographic of viewers is the GAY COMMUNITY.   And, the one thing BRAVOTV has been commended for is sticking to programming GEARED for their audience BUT I think BRAVOTV is losing sight of this or trying to expand and it might be at the cost of losing their BASE AUDIENCE!

Bottom line:  the HOUSEWIVES need VIEWERS and their condescending tones and nasty blogs are starting to IRRITATE US intelligent viewers.  We don’t need lectured about MANNERS or told to GET A LIFE.  We are not the ones PARADING OUR FAMILIES AROUND on national television for PROFIT.  US VIEWERS USE THEM AS OUR GUILTY PLEASURE.  Oh, and here is a clue.  WHEN SOMEONE SAYS, “IT IS MY GUILTY PLEASURE”,   They are apologizing for watching something BENEATH them. It really isn’t the BEST COMPLIMENT.  The women need to come down off the HIGH HORSE.  A little self deprecation is in order.  Oh, the ladies from NEW JERSEY probably need to look up the meaning of SELF DEPRECATION, especially Teresa Giudice.  Lastly, I certainly did not appreciate having an 18 year old write a blog ripping the viewers.  Ashley Holmes is clearly a ‘child’ hoping to get a show on BRAVOTV just like Lynne Curtin’s daughters’ from Real Housewives of Orange County tried to do last season.  I was curious if BRAVOTV was testing these girls in hopes of luring in the younger crowd???  Give it up BRAVOTV.  The young crowd likes MTV!!!

On a side note:  My two young children, 18 and 21 informed me that I would love Kelly Cutrone on, MTV, THE CITY and forget KELL ON EARTH, that you guys tamed her.  So, that says it all.  If BRAVOTV is really going to try and LURE in the young ones they have to truly compete MTV style and I am thinking us OLDER ones, you KNOW, your HUGE BASE audience are not going to LOVE THAT because I already can tell  you I think the DAUGHTERS’ of the HOUSEWIVES can go straight to HELL.  Trust me if those girls were my kids they would not behave in the manner they do, spoiled little bitches.

Now, back to my true VENT!

BRAVOTV needs to go back to showing us REAL HOUSEWIVES lives.  We liked it.  We liked the FUN.  Gossiping about each other is good.  BUT, that is all I want.  A LITTLE GOSSIP!!  Some good old fashion gossiping.  For the most part, these ladies should live pretty SEPARATE lives.  Busy with family.  I am sick of all the BOTOX, PLASTIC SURGERY, VOW RENEWALS, FAKE TRIPS, BULLSHIT FAKE CHARITY EVENTS AND SO ON.  Get back to the basics.

Honestly, I liked seeing Gretchen Rossi, from Real Housewives of Orange County, get ready for her makeup line event.  I liked seeing Bethenny Frankel promote her cookbook products at the  grocery stores and Alex McCord &  Simon Van Kempen with their kids from Real Housewives of New York City.  Then, sprinkle in a luncheon.  I honestly can’t think of anything I have enjoyed on The Real Housewives of  New Jersey and I have stopped watching their season completely.

You need to go back to the basics.  You need to be honest about TRIPS.  Just tell the viewers it is a HOUSEWIFE getaway planned around SUCH AND SUCH an event.  WE, the viewers GET IT and don’t mind!

Now, I can’t ever send this as a letter it is too long but I use my blog to VENT.  It felt great.  I know it is silly to vent about television but that is what my blog is for.  My silly little stuff.

I use to  enjoy THE REAL HOUSEWIVES and now I have watched it all spiral into the UGLY.

The HOUSEWIVES THEMSELVES have let the FAUX fame (I liked How Jerry Seinfeld said that) really get the best of them.  They are not even D-List celebrities.  THEY are REALITY Celebrities.  These women need to put it all in perspective.  Once the shows are gone, they are gone.  They need to Keep their day jobs!!! Whatever those were or if they ever had a DAY JOB! BUT……

THEY need to stop bashing fans and get over themselves or they just might find themselves looking for DAY JOBS sooner than they think, oh and if they want to say , they don’t care they survived before REALITY TELEVISION then  more power to them we survived long before them too and even better there is always someone to FILL their shoes to keep OUR guilty pleasure going, they are the losers  not us

by lucy on June 9, 2010

Dear Bravotv and Andy Cohen,

I would like to sum up my feelings for the Real Housewives Series!  I think that one Housewife, the ORIGINAL,Vicki Gunvalson from The Real Housewives of Orange County, stated it best when she said, “THE FUN IS GONE.”

Vicki is so right.  THE FUN IS GONE in all of the SERIES.

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY was a season of PURE DRAMA and not FUN drama.  I did not enjoy watching two friends become enemies.  You can tell me that was their REALITY and you were just taping but I am a HOUSEWIFE and my life does not revolve around FRIENDSHIPS.  In addition, I did not enjoy watching another mother go off the deep end completely.  THAT is not what I watch THE REAL HOUSEWIVES FOR.

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY I HAVE ONLY WATCHED ONE EPISODE.  I have found it to be SILLY and completely unrealistic.  The New Jersey Ladies and I use the word Ladies loosely AND I mean it for all FIVE have become quite FULL of themselves.  They are turning me off of the show.  The FOUR that are a huge click are quite condescending on TWITTER and in writing their blogs.  Unless, you go all lovey dovey over them and FOLLOW exactly who they say to FOLLOW then they BLOCK .  I have to admit, kind of gives a little CREDENCE to DANIELLE STAUB saying they are quite a FORCE when they want to be.  REALLY, makes a person think, hmm.

I started watching the FRANCHISE with THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA.  THESE WOMEN seem to handle the press the best.  Kim Zolciak loves Twitter and deals with the HATERS pretty well.  She doesn’t engage too often and she very rarely blocks.  NeNe Leakes has her ups and downs but has learned to stay low through the tough times.  The other women are not on as often and they tend to stay positive.  They do not BASH THE FANS at all.

Now, onto BLOGGING on BRAVOTV.  Yikes, I do not know where to begin.  I know that you are claiming that you are creating a REALITY show and the blogs are the women writing after they have viewed the episode.  I get it.  I am an intelligent viewer.  AND from what I understand, BRAVOTV has done their research too and knows their audience therefore I am the NORM.  Meaning, most (I used a qualifier) of the viewers are intelligent viewers.  Many (another qualifier) are women in their 30’s and 40’s with degrees and we have careers or had careers.  We tend to have decent incomes.  Actually, many viewers probably have better incomes and more degrees than the HOUESEWIVES’.  Another large demographic of viewers is the GAY COMMUNITY.   And, the one thing BRAVOTV has been commended for is sticking to programming GEARED for their audience BUT I think BRAVOTV is losing sight of this or trying to expand and it might be at the cost of losing their BASE AUDIENCE!

Bottom line:  the HOUSEWIVES need VIEWERS and their condescending tones and nasty blogs are starting to IRRITATE US intelligent viewers.  We don’t need lectured about MANNERS or told to GET A LIFE.  We are not the ones PARADING OUR FAMILIES AROUND on national television for PROFIT.  US VIEWERS USE THEM AS OUR GUILTY PLEASURE.  Oh, and here is a clue.  WHEN SOMEONE SAYS, “IT IS MY GUILTY PLEASURE”,   They are apologizing for watching something BENEATH them. It really isn’t the BEST COMPLIMENT.  The women need to come down off the HIGH HORSE.  A little self deprecation is in order.  Oh, the ladies from NEW JERSEY probably need to look up the meaning of SELF DEPRECATION, especially Teresa Giudice.  Lastly, I certainly did not appreciate having an 18 year old write a blog ripping the viewers.  Ashley Holmes is clearly a ‘child’ hoping to get a show on BRAVOTV just like Lynne Curtin’s daughters’ from Real Housewives of Orange County tried to do last season.  I was curious if BRAVOTV was testing these girls in hopes of luring in the younger crowd???  Give it up BRAVOTV.  The young crowd likes MTV!!!

On a side note:  My two young children, 18 and 21 informed me that I would love Kelly Cutrone on, MTV, THE CITY and forget KELL ON EARTH, that you guys tamed her.  So, that says it all.  If BRAVOTV is really going to try and LURE in the young ones they have to truly compete MTV style and I am thinking us OLDER ones, you KNOW, your HUGE BASE audience are not going to LOVE THAT because I already can tell  you I think the DAUGHTERS’ of the HOUSEWIVES can go straight to HELL.  Trust me if those girls were my kids they would not behave in the manner they do, spoiled little bitches.

Now, back to my true VENT!

BRAVOTV needs to go back to showing us REAL HOUSEWIVES lives.  We liked it.  We liked the FUN.  Gossiping about each other is good.  BUT, that is all I want.  A LITTLE GOSSIP!!  Some good old fashion gossiping.  For the most part, these ladies should live pretty SEPARATE lives.  Busy with family.  I am sick of all the BOTOX, PLASTIC SURGERY, VOW RENEWALS, FAKE TRIPS, BULLSHIT FAKE CHARITY EVENTS AND SO ON.  Get back to the basics.

Honestly, I liked seeing Gretchen Rossi, from Real Housewives of Orange County, get ready for her makeup line event.  I liked seeing Bethenny Frankel promote her cookbook products at the  grocery stores and Alex McCord &  Simon Van Kempen with their kids from Real Housewives of New York City.  Then, sprinkle in a luncheon.  I honestly can’t think of anything I have enjoyed on The Real Housewives of  New Jersey and I have stopped watching their season completely.

You need to go back to the basics.  You need to be honest about TRIPS.  Just tell the viewers it is a HOUSEWIFE getaway planned around SUCH AND SUCH an event.  WE, the viewers GET IT and don’t mind!

Now, I can’t ever send this as a letter it is too long but I use my blog to VENT.  It felt great.  I know it is silly to vent about television but that is what my blog is for.  My silly little stuff.

I use to  enjoy THE REAL HOUSEWIVES and now I have watched it all spiral into the UGLY.

The HOUSEWIVES THEMSELVES have let the FAUX fame (I liked How Jerry Seinfeld said that) really get the best of them.  They are not even D-List celebrities.  THEY are REALITY Celebrities.  These women need to put it all in perspective.  Once the shows are gone, they are gone.  They need to Keep their day jobs!!! Whatever those were or if they ever had a DAY JOB! BUT……

THEY need to stop bashing fans and get over themselves or they just might find themselves looking for DAY JOBS sooner than they think, oh and if they want to say , they don’t care they survived before REALITY TELEVISION then  more power to them we survived long before them too and even better there is always someone to FILL their shoes to keep OUR guilty pleasure going, they are the losers  not us!

“Hot in Cleveland”

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TV Land announced today that in addition to the star-studded ensemble cast of its first original sitcom, “Hot in Cleveland,” Wayne Knight (“Seinfeld,” “3rd Rock from the Sun”), Shirley Knight (“As Good As It Gets,” “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood”), Huey Lewis (“Duets,” “Just Shoot Me!”), Hal Linden (“Barney Miller”), Susan Lucci (“All My Children”), Juliet Mills (“Nanny and the Professor”), Carl Reiner (“The Dick Van Dyke Show”), John Schneider (“Dukes of Hazzard,” “Smallville,”) and Amy Yasbeck (“Wings”) will make guest appearances during its first season.

Knight, Lewis, Linden, Lucci, Mills, Reiner, Schneider and Yasbeck will join the sensational veteran cast of Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White for TV Land’s first scripted series. “Hot In Cleveland” is written by Emmy Award-winning Suzanne Martin (“Frasier,” “Ellen”) and produced by Emmy Award-winner Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”) and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Productions.

The series is a TV Land PRIME original production and premieres June 16, 2010 at 10PM ET/PT.

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“TV Land is so excited about ‘Hot in Cleveland,’” states Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land. “Adding these celebrated personalities in the entertainment industry gives a different twist to every episode and only heightens our anticipation for this series. Our audience will love it!”

About The Show:

Three fabulous best friends from LA – novelist Melanie Moretti (Bertinelli), eye-brow archer to the stars Joy Scroggs (Leeves) and former soap star Victoria Chase (Malick) – who find their lives changed forever when their plane, headed for Paris, makes an unexpected landing. When the friends discover that they are hot in Cleveland, they decide to stay. Starting over, they rent a house that happens to come with a very feisty caretaker (White)

About TV Land PRIME and TV Land

TV Land PRIME is TV Land’s prime time programming destination designed for people in their mid-forties and the exclusive home to the premieres of the network’s original programming, contemporary television series acquisitions and movies. TV Land PRIME is part of TV Land, a network dedicated to presenting the best in entertainment on all platforms for consumers in their 40s and 50s. Consisting of original programming, acquired shows, hit movies and full-service Web site, TV Land is now seen in over 93 million U.S. homes.

Lewis Black Is Back

And he’s back with an All New Stand-Up Routine!

Lewis Black uses his natural talent for hiding subtle comedy inside explosive outbursts to full effect in this new one-hour stand-up event. Compelled by his passions and discontentedness with the absurdities of the world, he erupts in hand-shaking, body-trembling motion spewing of diatribe-laced dialectic comedy.

Below is an ‘Exclusive’ Lewis Black clip from his “Stark Raving Black” DVD. Shot at the historic Fillmore Theatre in Detroit, “Stark Raving Black” features Lewis serving up his biting social and political commentary on current events, guiding his audience through a catalogue of the woes of the world such as the absurdities of aging (60 is NOT the new 40!) to the pitfalls of becoming a “mainstream” comedian to the insanity of Washington and Wall Street.

The DVD will be available for purchase on Tuesday, June 15th!

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