Reunion for RHONJ Hit Ratings Out of the Park
It’s official. The reunion episode 1 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey was the highest episode of the season, delivering 3.5 Million Total Viewers. It was the No. 1 Cable Unscripted Entertainment Telecast Of The Week. Season 1: The Last Supper brought in similar ratings, but the Season 2 Reunion Special 1 (the one where Teresa shoved Andy) is still the mark to beat with 3.85 million viewers. Press Release
Teresa’s In Touch Covers
Meanwhile, Teresa Giudice is on the cover of In Touch Magazine – “Inside my Breakdown” Under pressure and out of control, Teresa lashes out at family and friends with violent insults. Now she finally admits she’s cracking. “I need help.”
I’m sure someone’s not happy!
Here’s a trip down Teresa’s In Touch memory lane…
The ones above were after last season’s reunion.
I think the one’s below were the ones they were talking about during Season 4
Update – this is the cover that has people talking on twitter this morning – NMD
Flipping Out – House of Lies By Keida
The scene opens with Andrew’s leaving in a huff and a squeal. Everyone’s freaking out. What else has he lied out? But you know what? How’s all of their work plus Andrew’s going to get done? Jeff is freaking out. Of course, Gage is happy. Jeff laments the fact that he didn’t check references. He didn’t check the resume. Are you kidding? What kind of businessman is he? Why am I siding with Gage? After Jeff FINALLY checks Andrew’s resume, he’s found that the entire thing is embellished. Will he learn from this? No. As long as you’re quirky and entertaining, you will have a job with Jeff Lewis. At the Calabasas house, almost all the big work is done; now it’s time for the little things. She has one HUGE, GINORMOUS mirror. I would love that mirror!!! In Lisa’s room, she has 10 boxes of clothes, but she told Jeff she only had 5. She says, “I’m like Andrew. I lie.” Hahaha. What a snarky chick! I love her. Of course, Jeff starts to needle Jenny about her wedding. This makes me think he might be jealous of her. I bet he is. He already had the Freudian slip in Chicago when he said “my day.” At Lisa’s house in Venice, Roberto is the contractor. Jeff is the designer, not the project manager, so Roberto is home free. He’s been in that house for almost a year instead of the planned six months. Jeff’s famous lists of things that need to get done are not getting done. They’re actually non-existent. Jeff/Jenny give them to Roberto and who knows what he does with them. This upsets Jeff. He later finds that Roberto has given discounts on certain items, but then upcharged the discount elsewhere. Apparently contractors do this all the time. That sucks. You must have to watch them all the time. What’s happened to Roberto? When he first took over the one job for Jeff, he was great. During Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis, he was great. There was no job too big or to demanding for him. What is up with him? Has he gotten a little taste of fame and is now spreading himself too thin? Or is he really a d___ who feels he can get away with whatever because “he’s in charge”? Most of the episode shows Jeff riding Roberto about things. Jeff pretty much straightens Roberto out. He also makes about $80,000 for project manager fees. Not bad. Seems a little cheap to me. Oh yes, he’s doing all this project manager duties for free. Many times has he mentioned that Lucy didn’t want to hire him as project manager, and this is what happens without a project manager. I were to think he’d charge $150,000. He’s definitely worth it. Gage has took it upon himself to start interviewing for a new design assistant. Of course. How lame. He asks her what three words would describe her. Puh-lease. Andrew calls Jeff and asks to meet him. My first thought was that he might bring a gun. Unfortunately Gage also thinks this. Maybe that’s why I don’t like him. We’re so alike. Roberto is still messing up. He’s not getting things done. He’s left appliances of the first floor of the house. Anyone can come in and steal them. Roberto, what is up with you? Laura is lucky Jeff hates when anyone attempts to take advantage of him. Roberto totally gives in to Jeff’s demands. I didn’t think he would. I guess the grass is greener on Jeff Lewis’s side. Now here’s the infamous showdown. Jeff wants the real story. Everyone in the company is there when Andrew shows up. Andrew says the reason why he lies is because as a child he was abused by one of his dad’s friends. Because of this, he’s created a fantasy world to protect him. This seems true, but how can you know? How can anyone trust him anymore? Dammit, Gage! Quit saying what I’m thinking! When Andrew asks if he can return, Gage says no. Big surprise. Not. Jeff says yes. Big surprise. Not. Poor Gage. Jeff is not used to being a couple. Jeff is used to being the boss, the project manager, the designer, the flipper, and everything else. He’s going to have to learn that if he’s planning a family with Gage, he’s going to have to listen and compromise with Gage. Dammit Gage. I am not on your side.
Dancing with the Stars –All Stars, Elimination by COCFarm
I watched the whole show. What’s wrong with me?! Going into tonight, Sabrina & Louie had the highest score of 26 and were asked by Len to dance their quick-step again. We then find out that Sabrina is safe along with Emmitt & Drew, however, Joey is not safe. I’m bummed. Joey had a great dance that scored a 22.5, but it was really entertaining. He scored in the middle. We also find out that next week will be a double elimination. No one is happy to hear it. Once Bristol & Kirstie are gone, the rest of the pack has some pretty great talent. It seems likely that Sabrina, Gilles, Shawn & Apolo are probably the top contenders for the mirror ball trophy. Ugh. Shawn, Kirstie (score 21) and Bristol (score 18) are safe. Kelly, who scored a 22 is in the bottom with Joey. I gotta say, it bugs me that Bristol is going to stay in the competition. I have nothing against her. I don’t know her and I don’t particularly care to. She is, in my eyes, not much of a star and it bugs me that politics get involved in a dancing competition. That’s what I’m assuming, sorry if you disagree. She also doesn’t exude anything that I can connect to. She seems young, reserved and emotionally cloaked. So she is safe and someone who is really trying hard is going to have to go home. The next group is Gilles, Melissa, Apolo & Helio. Of this group, Helio is in the bottom three with a score of 23. Joey, Kelly & Helio are the bottom three but one of these things, is not like the others. Did I just ‘date’ myself with that last line? Two of them are truly in the bottom and the other is there for sport. Kelly is safe. Helio had never been in the bottom two and it turns out his luck is with him. Joey is going home. He’s fine about it because he has a wedding to go to tomorrow, so he gets to go all Ramoja now and not worry about practice. I’m sorry to see him go. He did a great routine dressed as Charlie Chaplin with Kym that was a crowd pleaser. He was not someone who had a chance of winning the competition, but he was great to watch. Bummer. Until next week, keep dancin.’
Life After Top Chef – Meet the Chefs by Keida
Bravo’s new show Life After Top Chef follows four former Top Chef contestants, Richard Blais, Jennifer Carroll, Spike Mendelsohn, and Fabio Viviani. The show will follow them as they expand their careers through opening new restaurants and expanding their businesses to see what life is like after Top Chef. Chef Richard Blais is based in Atlanta. He was on Season 4 of Top Chef where he finished in 2nd place losing to Stephanie Izard. Throughout the season Blais managed to stay at the head of the pack, but according to the judges, the pressure of the finale overwhelmed him and underwhelmed them. He returned to Top Chef for Top Chef All-Stars. Again, Blais led the charge through many challenges. He meant business this time, and this time, he took the gold, winning Top Chef All-Stars. Based in Georgia, Blais has opened restaurants, business companies, product endorsements, and currently is busy opening a new restaurant, The Spence. Supporting him in his endeavors are his wife Jazmin and his two children. Chef Jen Carroll has never been one to take the backseat while the big boys sit up front. From Top Chef Las Vegas, Carroll was always a badass. Staying at the head of the pack, she made it to fourth place losing out to the Voltaggio brothers and Kevin Gillespie due to supposedly losing her confidence. Another contestant from Top Chef All-Stars, Carroll was shocked, and so was the audience, when she was told to pack her knives in the second episode. She’s known for making great food and making men cry. During the filming of Life After Top Chef, she was based in Philadelphia where she had been working in Chef Eric Ripert’s restaurant 10 Arts. Currently she’s working on opening her first restaurant Concrete Blonde, but is having a hard time locking down a location. Chef Spike Mendelsohn is a funny guy. Known as a jokester or one who isn’t very serious about his craft, yet he really is a talented and innovative chef. Growing up in his family’s restaurant instilled in Mendelsohn the love of cooking. A contestant on Top Chef Season 4, along with Richard Blais, Mendelson made it to the final five. He returned to Top Chef All-Stars with a seemingly thirst to win, but he was eliminated in episode 4 because he didn’t force Jamie Lauren to take a turn. I felt he could’ve done much better, but he wasn’t as aggressive as he should’ve been. After Top Chef All-Stars, he competed in the season 4 of Next Iron Chef alongside chefs Anne Burrell, Robert Irvine, and Marcus Samuelsson. I didn’t really think he belonged on this show, and he was eliminated on episode 1. Currently he lives in DC and owns two restaurants with his family, Good Stuff Eatery, which specializes in burgers and fries type cuisine, and We, the Pizza, a pizza place. Ever the innovative, he’s always looking for new ways to expand his repertoire. Chef Fabio Viviani made famous the saying, “This is not Top Chef Scallop.” As a contestant on Top Chef season 5, Viviani made it to the final 5 and was eliminated in a double elimination. However, he did win Fan Favorite that year. He also returned to Top Chef All-Stars where he formed a very strong bromance with Richard Blais. He was eliminated in episode 9 in the infamous Jimmy Fallon “borgor” incident. However, he’s a winner by many standards. Working in a restaurant since he was 14 in Firenze, Italy, he quickly owned nightclubs in Italy. Moving to the US, he now owns 2 restaurants in California, Osteria Firenze in LA and Café Firenze in Ventura county. He’s also planning on opening a restaurant in Chicago. Besides being a restauranteur, he has countless endorsements, an internet food show, and many other irons in the fire, supposedly he’s William Shatner’s personal chef. And despite the fact he pretended to be auditioning for chef of Heather Dubrow’s non-existent restaurant she and her friends were planning to open, he does partner with other restaurants. _____________________________