Manipulation and Viewer Mistrust by NoMoreDrama
I suspect it is hard to be unbiased when you’re shooting a TV Reality show. You’re spending time with the people and sometimes you’ll connect – and others times you won’t. There is a certain amount of bias that will be inherent in any reality TV show. Someone will be cast as a villlain -someone else in more favorable light. Editors / producers are after creating a good story line to capture viewers. They may need to shift around timelines, edit in words out of context, or set up situations to increase the chances of drama. We all know it’s true and accept it.
We watched Jill Zarin call Alex McCord a f**ing bi&&h at a wedding. Jill complained that she made that statement off-camera to a producer and it was dubbed in to make it look like she said it at the table. Not a big deal. She did say it. Camille Grammer’s dinner party was edited to make her look awful. Later – in an extended version of the scene – we saw what led up to Camille’s reaction – and were more sympathetic to her.
What’s going on in New Jersey seems different.
Yesterday – Will Love sent this tweet to a few bloggers and other folks. It appeared in the blogs in the morning.
“@AutumnLeaves61 Andy Cohen does play a role in the editing process. He has said so directly in interviews. With that said, overall @yourfriendkitty and @carolineself have the most editing power. They are the executive producers of Season 3 and Season 4 of #RHONJ. They work on location and off location. They send the editors what footage to use as well as tell them what to keep in and what to cut out. @carolineself is tight with the Manzos while @yourfriendkitty is tight with the Gorgas and Wakiles. Cat edited @PDKhair as well as multiple ex-coworkers of Melissa’s, who were present at the salon and fashion show, completely out of the two-part finale. Their interactions made the Angelo incident look g-rated. Obviously that move was deliberate. Furthermore, Cat held Penny back from defending Kim when Joe Gorga called Kim a drug addict, a c**t and went to punch her. Even worse, as you will see in the finale, Cat completely butchered the conversation Angelo had with a friend at the bar to make it appear as though Teresa masterminded everything. The unprofessionalism of Cat Rodriguez and Caroline Self is disgusting. In this economy, why are these the type of people who have employment? Only a network like @BravoTV would believe that their viewers are so incompetent that they wouldn’t see past the blatant bias. Take note @stoopidhsewives. Take note @WetpaintTV. Take note @allabouttrh. This is the real reality.” http://tmi.me/x2SW7
Basically – this Will Love says that a producer – Cat Rodriguez who goes by the twitter handle @yourfriendkitty – edited a scene to make it look like Teresa is responsible for the setup of Melissa. We will see this scene next week.
I checked on @yourfriendkitty’s twitter account and it’s locked down, but it does say that she’s an executive producer of reality TV. And she clearly is a friend of Melissa’s.
None of this is new. Bloggers have reported the close relationship between producers and cast for the last year. Setting up drama for the Porsche fashion show is business as usual for this show. Bringing in someone to expose Melissa’s past – dramatic but not too big a stretch. Blaming it on Teresa? That’s a new one – but not inconceivable. Only no one seems to be playing along this time. New Jersey just doesn’t know how to keep a secret.
Have they gone too far this time?
For Bravo, it doesn’t really matter what happened that night; it only matters how viewers react, or if their cast has had enough and pulls out.
New Jersey is a ratings block buster for Bravo – yet ratings for Sunday’s episode were down 7 percent. Still far and above NY – but season finales usually bring in big numbers. Could viewers be smelling too much of a scripted setup? Has too much been leaked about this episode for viewers to care?
For the cast – we’ll see. Jacqueline Laurita was ready to walk away a year ago but seems to have had a change of heart. I’m pretty sure they need the money. I doubt Teresa Giudice is worried about her relationship with her brother any more; they haven’t talked for a year. She definitely needs the money and exposure to sell her stuff. Dina Manzo and Danielle Staub seem to be lobbying to get back on the show. Caroline has a book coming out. She’s probably not leaving unless they push her out.
In a few weeks the dust will settle, Bravo will crunch the numbers, and know if this paid off or not. My guess is it will have. There’s just something about those Jersey girls. But maybe not. All of the housewives shows have declining numbers. Perhaps this is the beginning of the end.
Flipping Out “Drawing the Line” by BB
At West Knoll, Jeff, Vanina and Andrew are describing cabinet pulls using terms like thickness, length and tips, and they decide they prefer the black ones, because Andrew says if you go black, you don’t go back. Gage points out to them that the office atmosphere is totally unprofessional. I agree, but the way the office is set up is not conducive to professionalism. It’s in the home Jeff shares with his partner Gage and his housekeeper Zoila. Jeff, Jenni, Vanina and Andrew are crammed into a room together (Gage has a separate office, but can hear what’s going on) when they’re not out and about at the various homes Jeff is currently renovating.
Jeff and Jenni meet with Lisa who has just bought a new home in Calabasas. Lisa wants to go over the budget with Jeff. At first, Lisa only wanted to redo the hardwood floors and replace the cabinets in the kitchen. Of course Jeff has managed to turn it into more of a major rehab. Lisa and Jeff go back and forth about the budget. Jenni calls it a spectator sport. Jeff wants the house to be amazing and he knows Lisa has the money so he doesn’t understand what the problem is.
At Spring Oak, Jeff is getting things ready for a final inspection. Jeff’s plan is for Spring Oak to be an interim house until Gramercy is done. Andrew seems to know what he’s doing. Jeff doesn’t have to micro-manage him. While Andrew and Frank the contractor are measuring something, Andrew asks Frank to hold his stick. Jeff hears this and is worried he’s going to get sued for sexual harassment. He calls Andrew aside and warns him about saying inappropriate things to clients and coworkers. Jenni has just been appointed Human Resources for the business and she and Jeff discuss the fact that Andrew may not know when it’s appropriate to joke and when it’s not.
Jeff asks everyone what time it is back at the office and it’s margarita time. How many people have margarita time at their work place? No wonder they have problems. Jenni has a discussion with Andrew about saying things that are inappropriate in the office. Jenni tells him he can still have fun, but to watch what he says. Jenni also realizes Jeff has to lead by example if he wants the dynamic in the office to change.
Jeff and Jenni go to Lisa’s office. Lisa is a big executive for the show Extra. They discuss the budget again and Lisa is adamant about not going over the $250,000 she has approved. Jeff doesn’t want to make Lisa too angry because she wields a lot of power and she could ruin his reputation, but he still wants to convince her that she needs to make sure the house is done right.
Andrew has a trust fund, so he doesn’t have to worry about money. The only proviso of the trust fund is that he has to hold a full time job until he’s 40. He has worked many different jobs but hasn’t carved out a career for himself. Gage doesn’t see Andrew as a long term employee in Jeff’s business.
In front of everyone in the office, Jeff tells Vanina that she’s leaving residual urine on the toilet seat and he’s tired of wiping it off. This is a total Bravo setup. Vanina makes a complaint about Jeff to Jenni, who has to write Jeff up. Jenni tells Jeff he should not say things like that in front of people. Jeff comes out and tells Vanina thanks a lot for getting him written up. Jeff now has a file started on him.
Jeff is with Lisa in her office trying to come to terms with the budget issue. Lisa is set on her $250,000 budget. Jeff needs for Gil, the contractor to come down on his estimates and enlists Jenni to talk to him about it. Jenni discusses the budget problem with Gill and he agrees he will look at things, but he’s already done some work he hasn’t even charged them for. Jenni promises that if Gil comes down in prices, she will rap at one of his kid’s birthday parties as the lizard or the animal of his choice. Gil agrees. Lisa thinks Jenni should have Jeff’s job.
Back at the office, Jeff asks about the Gramercy list and tells Jenni to go talk to Gage about it. Jeff asks Andrew if he likes his job. Andrew tells him sometimes it’s OK, but sometimes it’s like slurping rancid tuna salad out of Nancy’s ass. Everybody’s mouths fall open. Gage asks Andrew what he said and he repeats it. Gage calls him out for his unprofessionalism again. Gage asks Andrew to bring his file in tells Andrew how inappropriate he is. He now knows why Andrew might not have lasted very long in previous jobs. Later Jeff and Jenni tell Lisa what Andrew has been doing. Lisa brings Marcy her lawyer in. Jeff explains what Andrew has said to a contractor and Nancy. Marcy says she’s not sure if the contractor could sue Jeff, but if Andrew were their employee, he would be gone. (I’m not an attorney, but I have processed sexual harassment cases in the past and it’s a very complicated legal procedure.) Lisa asks Jeff if he’s going to fire Andrew, even though Jeff says Andrew is doing a good job.
During a staff meeting, Jeff talks to Andrew about leaving the office early to dog-sit for a friend. They go over the various projects that are ongoing. Jeff tells Andrew he made a mistake on one of the project to-do lists. Andrew tries to blame it on Jenni, but Jeff lets Andrew have it because he won’t take responsibility for the mistake. Andrew finally admits it’s his fault. Jeff dismisses Andrew to go to a job site. Andrew has the dog he’s sitting in the car with him when he leaves. Jeff tells Jenni Andrew has a great opportunity for someone who’s 37 years old and doesn’t have a career. Jenni tells Jeff it doesn’t matter if Andrew doesn’t care.
At Spring Oak, Jeff and Jenni are getting ready for the final inspection. Jenni asks Moses if Andrew told him to pick up the five bags of rocks. He says no. Jeff tells Jenni to call Andrew and tell him to bring the five bags of rocks immediately. Andrew still has the little dog he’s sitting with him when he goes to buy the rocks. Andrew is pretty much freaking out about having the dog with him when he takes the rocks to Spring Oak. The dog is crying loudly as Andrew drives up and Andrew is shushing her. Moses comes and helps Andrew unload the rocks. Gage comes outside and hears the dog squealing and finds out it’s Lacy the dog. Gage tells Andrew he can’t bring the dog into the house. Andrew yells to Jeff and asks him if he can leave. Jeff says no and finally hears the dog squealing in the car. Jeff is furious but is holding back because the inspector is there.
Later at West Knoll, Jeff tells Andrew how unprofessional it was for him to bring a dog to the job site. Andrew is in tears and Gage is not buying it. Andrew apologizes and Jeff tells him he’s not going to fire him. He tells Andrew to stop the constant sexual jokes. Gage thinks Jeff made a mistake by giving Andrew a second chance. Andrew is relieved but feels guilty because he hasn’t always been totally honest with Jeff. Next week we see just how dishonest Andrew has been.
Dance Moms Reunion Part 1 Recap 9/18 by Michigan Susan
The Reunion was moderated by Jeff Collins, Executive Producer. He started the show by showing a video montage of Abby Lee’s famous quote, “Everyone’s Replaceable!” He asked the Moms if Abby’s way of taking to the kids is too harsh. Holly responded that Abby is direct and that her message is on target but her delivery is off base.
Jeff asks the Moms if they have changed since becoming a Dance Mom. Melissa said she has always been an involved mom. Christi said that they are all involved because the kids are in school all day and the only time they get to see their kids is at Dance.
Who is the most outrageous Dance Mom? Holly says it’s Kelly because she speaks her mind. Kelly says it’s Christi because Christi pushes Chloe more.
Jeff comments that everyone can tell that Christi and Kelly are “besties”. Kelly and Christi agree because they always tell each other the truth. Holly says the whole group acts like a dysfunctional family but that they truly are family and friends.
Jeff asks about the PYRAMID! Abby says that all teachers do some sort of pyramid in their heads and that it’s equivalent to a cattle call or chorus line. She says the kids are okay with it because she explains why they are where they are in the pyramid. Christi says she thinks its hurtful. Abby responds that the kids are smarter than Christi gives them credit for. Holly says she thinks it’s okay because it holds Abby accountable.
Does Abby show favoritism towards Maddie? Jeff asks Melissa if she is concerned about that. Kelly points out that Maddie loses her cool when she doesn’t win something, even a minor fun competition. Melissa disagrees. Jeff points out that Maddie appears to be unstoppable and that no one can take their eyes off Maddie, especially Abby. They show a montage of Maddie and the part where Maddie forgets her solo, runs off the stage and Abby is crying. Holly asks Abby why she doesn’t cry over other students. Christi says all the girls want Abby to talk to them the way she talks to Maddie. Abby responds that Maddie is great, blah, blah. (I nodded off a bit here.)
Jeff asks why Melissa brought in all of Maddie’s crowns. Christi complained that Maddie always gets the best choreography, Abby says she’s trying to teach the other girls that it’s the work that makes the difference. Kelly says that she thought Maddie didn’t want to show off her crowns to the other girls.
Abby vs. Kelly. A video montage of Abby complaining about Kelly’s parenting, drinking, saying Kelly’s kids are crazy, that Kelly didn’t fix the chair, etc. Kelly yelling about costumes and props. Jeff asks Kelly if she’s in or out for next season. Kelly says it’s up for debate, that the kids want to be back but Kelly doesn’t know if it’s worth it. A question from a fan asks why Kelly hit below the belt by calling Abby a whore and saying mean things about Abby’s weight. Kelly said we didn’t see the part where Abby insulted her family.
Jeff asks Abby to describe Kelly as a kid: beautiful, dingy, great potential
Jeff asks Kelly to describe Abby: bossy, mean, but taught her a lot
The skip heard around the world: Maddie’s music skipped during a performance. Kelly thinks it was intentional because Maddie never missed a beat (as if she had practiced with the music that skipped). Kelly also says it’s known that if your music skips, you win. Melissa said everyone is instructed to keep dancing if something happens to the music and Maddie did it because she’s a professional! Abby goes ballistic because she thinks Kelly is making an insulting comment about her professionalism that could ruin her reputation. Christi says that Kelly has never lied to her but she can’t say the same about Melissa.
Jeff asks about the fun experiences the Dance Moms have had together. Christi says she shared her pregnancy with the ladies and that they were all helping her through it. Kelly says the kids hang out together even when they aren’t practicing or performing.
There is a video showing Christi as she talks about growing up with her grandparents and not being able to dance. She will make sure that Chloe has every advantage and can chase her own dreams. Abby says that Christi will go to the ends of the earth to help Chloe but that Chloe is Christi’s ticket “out”. Christi says that’s not true.
LaQuifa! A discussion ensues about ethnicity vs. stereotypical negative costumes. Holly hated the afro and says that afro doesn’t make someone “black”. She thinks Nia is unique enough without having to portray the stereotype. Abby thinks that she’ll put people in the parts she thinks they’ll get as future professional dancers.
Working Mom- Dance Moms vs. Stay at home Dance Moms. Holly got her doctorate during the show, worked full time as a Principal of a school, maintaining her household, mom of a competitive dancer, etc. She says it was a tough struggle to work it all out. (She has taken a sabbatical from work).
Jill returns! Jeff describes her as having a 1-900 voice and a studio hopper. They show video of Jill being obnoxious and having a few fits then moving over to Candy Apple Cathy’s dance studio. Abby describes it as the ultimate betrayal. Abby says she took them back because of Kendall..that Kendall is beautiful, smart and picks up dance quickly. Kelly and Christi talk about going out with Jill who takes money out of a young dancer man’s waistband, with her teeth! They talk about when Jill tried to use an old costume when Abby gave them instructions to not re-use an old costume.
Melissa’s personal life…Melissa will tell them about bodily things but wants to keep her personal life private. Last year Melissa sent the Dance Moms a letter from an attorney saying they will be sued if they talk about Melissa’s personal life. Melissa tries to brush it off saying it was from her fiance’s attorney. Jill asks why Melissa got engaged when the guy is still married. Melissa said she wanted it, the kids wanted it. Supposedly, the guy will be divorced in 7, 10 or 15 days (Melissa wasn’t sure) and they will get married immediately after.
Cathy of Candy Apple’s: Jeff asks them to describe Cathy. Abby says witch. Holly says silly. Melissa says little shoes pattering about. Christi says jerky. Kelly says stalker. Jill says annoying. Jeff brings Cathy out and they show never before seen footage of what happened AFTER nationals. Cathy threw water on Christi. The Abby Lee dancers were chanting. Abby called Cathy names. It was very disappointing. The Abby Lee Dance Company won everything so they should have left the competition with some class and dignity and not stooping to Cathy’s level. Christi says it was due to emotions running high after the competition. Things escalated out of control.
Cathy says it’s all healthy competition but the ALDC can be vindictive and vicious. Jeff refers to the Cathy vs. Christi banter as oil vs. water. Christi says she appreciates Cathy’s quick wit. Jeff wants to know what Cathy learned while she was at ALDC. Cathy said she thinks Abby is not nice to her customers and that the Moms deserve more respect. The Moms shouldn’t be responsible for putting rhinestones on costumes, etc. She also admits that Abby does produce talent and creates good competition. Cathy says there’s more to life than winning. And she thinks she has more class than Abby.
Heaven help me there’s going to be a part 2 next week and the dreaded Kaya returns. Not much was learned during part 1 so I’m not sure much will be revealed next week. The ladies looked nice, though. There was even a satin dress and a one shouldered number..just like the Real Housewives :)
Housewife News by NoMoreDrama
Alexis Bellino is quitting the Real Housewives of Orange County after a season where she lost support of her best friend Gretchen Rossi. It’s almost impossible to film unless you have at least one friend to stick up for you. Alexis is telling the press that she is “done dealing with bullies.” Now this news is from a unnamed source – so it’s hard to say if it was Alexis just venting or if it is true. Ironically, Tamra Barney made the news saying that the Alexis is lying. Always one to kick someone when they are down – Tamra is probably implying that Alexis was fired. Eddie Judge must be so happy he’s contractually obligated to marry her next season so that there will be some sort of story line for the show.
Over in Atlanta, NeNe Leakes is also saying that she would like to leave her show (well according to PerezHilton. Atlanta just wrapped up filming its season, and NeNe’s new show “The New Normal” has started to air. She probably is ready to move on, but that rumored one million dollar paycheck will be hard to give up.
Speaking of needing a friend to film with – Wetpaint is reporting that Vicki Gunvalson’s daughter Briana wants her to quit the show. It might be time for Vicki to do just that now that Alexis is out.
Aviva Drescher is feeling the fallout from the fallout from the last three episodes of RHONY. She’s in spin control, giving interviews and trying to explain her position (no approval yet for TEB’s interview in case you were wondering). Here’s her thoughts on the upcoming reunion – set to film on Thursday.
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): I know that you’re filming the reunion this Thursday, so what’s your feelings going into it?
Aviva Drescher: “I’m sure there is going to be a lot of drama! I feel like it is a great opportunity for us to explain our feelings and point of views. I like to own up to my mistakes and behavior and I don’t know if they will do the same. At the reunion I think that it will be a great experience and hopefully it’ll be a civilized discussion. I’ve watched other reunions and I never saw a civilized one, so it may be a bloodbath.”
It sounds to me like she’s looking for an apology from Ramonja and is going in expecting the worst. Read More Here
According to a report by Gather, Ramona Singer has accused Carole Radziwill of being stoned through much of the filming in St. Barths. Heh. That might explain why she didn’t react to much. What was in those pink cigarettes? On another note – news that Carole used to date George Clooney has apparently caused a bit of a rift in Clooney’s current relationship with Stacy Keibler. Rumor has it that they are on the verge of a split. I’m really not sure if I believe that news that George Clooney had an ex-girlfriend would be a surprise to his current girlfriend. Something doesn’t seem quite right with that story reported by The Stir.
WWHL last night was evacuated due to threat of a fire with Jeff Lewis and Cloris Leachman as guests. But no worries. Andy tweeted this:
We are all alive. The clubhouse is intact. Jeff, Cloris & I are going to get a room.
Exclusive photo of Caroline Manzo’s reunion outfit:
Unfortunately, advance sales of her first book aren’t going well.
And Jacqueline Laurita has finally figured out what to do with herself now that she isn’t best friends with Teresa.
(Thank you Boston for the photos)
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