Ratings? Validation? What’s Next? by NoMoreDrama
Jill Zarin will stop at nothing to promote herself. She’s relentless. This is the woman who gave herself good reviews on Amazon, and threatened Amazon’s top reviewer who gave her book a bad review. Even when she was busted she blamed it on a crazy fan, according to RadarOnline. So it didn’t surprise me when she asked to be on WWHL to talk about why she was fired from the Real Housewives of New York.
I didn’t like Jill Zarin when she was on the Real Housewives of New York. By Season 3 she was toxic with jealousy over being left behind as Bethenny Frankel’s star began to rise. They were supposed to be a team. Laverne and Shirley. A comedy act. They were supposed to be the first spin-off from the Real Housewives Franchise. But somewhere along the way Frankel dumped Zarin. Whether it was Andy Cohen who decided Frankel had the star power on her own to bring in viewers – or Frankel just had enough – the result was that by the time Season 3 was filming – Zarin knew she was going to be left in the dust. Just like amazongate – Jill’s antics on and off screen were not well disguised. She told castmates not to film with Frankel. She fabricated fake story lines to cast herself as a victim of Frankel’s indifference – blowing up a petty fight into an epic battle. She tried to get Alex McChord to pick her side, and when she didn’t she tried to get her dropped from the show. She panicked. What she didn’t count on was viewers seeing through it all and so did producers. Frankel got her spin off – plus a husband and baby, multimillion dollar business, skating with the stars, and her own national talk show. Jill grew so annoying that Andy Cohen decided that she wasn’t worth putting up with anymore.
But she’s back. Instead of having one of the New York Housewives on WWHL after the last episode of the reunion – Andy Cohen gave the clubhouse to Zarin. It was a much advertised event – with Bravo promising us that Jill will ask Andy hard hitting questions – such as why he fired her, and discuss how she felt when he obviously favored Frankel. I have to question why he agreed to this. She said the producers asked. He says she asked and he said yes. I think he might have been drinking. I’m not really joking. It was painful to watch him field her desperate questions. He earned his pay that night.
Ratings? In the end she did well by the only measure that counts. Ratings. Zarin brought Cohen the best Monday night ratings he’s achieved. Over 1.25 million viewers. Better than almost all the shows on Bravo including Miami Housewives – which hasn’t topped a million yet. Critics will say – yes – but it was less than the reunion – which brought in 1.7 million viewers. But unlike Sunday night – Bravo played a repeat of the reuinion before WWHL on Monday – so Jill’s WWHL increased viewers from that second showing.
Validation? Of sorts. Ratings for NY have been low all season, despite Cohen defending the new cast. Viewers did tune in to see what Zarin had to say. I had begun to feel ambiguous about Jill. I no longer had feelings really – certainly not positive, but I had forgotten why I didn’t like her. I had even begun to question if – after all the toxicity of New Jersey and uncovering the evil that is Taylor Armstrong – if Jill was worse than the others. I don’t know the answer to that – but Monday reminded me why I don’t like her and why I’m glad she’s off the show. But I don’t think she cares what I think. She certainly seems to feel like she’s loved. And she did extend her 15 minutes.
What’s Next? Bravo will crunch the numbers, run the focus groups, and probably add one lady to the mix for NY next year. Perhaps one or two of the ladies will lose their spot. My money is on LuAnn being retired. I don’t think Heather will be replaced by Jill. I think one of Jill’s more delusional statements (so many to pick from) was to think that Heather was picked as Jill’s replacement. I see no similarities in the two ladies. I see Heather as the anti-Jill. She’s direct, successful, and learns from her mistakes. I don’t think there is even a slim chance that Bravo is considering bringing Jill back to NY. Not because we won’t tune in to watch her. (The one thing I’ve realized over the last few months is the more people say they won’t tune in – the more people tune in. I’m going to call it the New Jersey phenomena.) For once it won’t be about ratings. Jill gets on Andy’s nerves and she won’t be back.
Frankel tweeted this yesterday – before the NY reunion aired, well before WWHL aired. It’s possible she was watching a promo of WWHL. She could have been watching any number of things – – –
After the press picked it up an insinuated it was about Zarin – Zarin tweeted this (more than 24 hours later)
I’m going to put Jill’s tweet in my HUH? box and wonder why I even care.
Luann was on WWHL and had a few tidbits to add. You can view the highlights here.
Sunday Night Ratings
Walking Dead walked away with the cable shows – over 10 million viewers. The third part of the NJ reunion 3.3 million viewers. Marginally lower than Part 1 and 2 – but still really high. Melissa Gorga and Mario Lopez were on WWHL right after the Reunion and brought in record numbers for Cohen’s low budget talk show. Over 2 million viewers and the highest rated episode ever for the 18-49 demographic.
Dina Manzo’s Blog – October 17 – Just to clear things up …
“A lot of you are wondering why in the world I would film with Teresa after staying away from the housewives for so long. Let me first say that I’ve gone to every single one of Teresa’s parties that I’ve been invited to, most of which the cameras were NOT rolling. When Teresa asked me to attend the fabellini launch my first question was “will there be cameras there?” She said yes, but you can come after they leave”…as I have done in the past. But that’s not where it ended… (What most of you don’t know and you can choose to believe this or not, but up until the night of the deck debacle and Teresa showed up at my doorstep crying, I had no idea that she was even fighting with Caroline and Jacqueline, that’s how much I stayed out of that bullshit and even after that night I had no idea of the extent of the hate until I watched it live with all of you) Now back to the fabalini launch…I showed up 2 1/2 hours late hoping the cameras would already be gone (I know that it was naive of me) I was promised that I didn’t have to be mic’d at first, just show that I was there to support Teresa. When I arrived one of the producers took me aside and explained to me that Teresa was really taking a beating this season and needed some much needed “on air” support. As a friend I felt bad for her, as a human being I never like to see anyone standing alone (I was always that girl in the lunch room who went to sit with the loner in the corner of the cafeteria) It is also why I was so quick to forgive Danielle at the reunion. I don’t like when Everyone is against one person and I certainly don’t like to see this happen to someone I care about.
Teresa has always supported me and has especially always supported Project Ladybug. She has come to every charity event I have ever asked her to and never complained taking this time out of her crazy schedule to help me. At the time I was even under the impression she was doing celebrity apprentice for ladybug. In the end she chose another worthy foundation, was I disappointed at first??? Absolutely, but she explained to me how she met this beautiful little boy with a rare disease and it really hit home for her. Now how can I be mad at her for helping a sick child? I was proud of her for giving a foundation that i was told had no prior national exposure a platform. BUT I would be lying if I also didn’t feel a bit obligated to be there for her “on air” too because of this. I would cut off my right bubbie for these kids and one quick scene on housewives didn’t seem that bad at the time…Boy was I wrong, do not mix booze with raw emotions…let me first explain that 90% of our convo was about her brother and Melissa. That is where the “blood is thicker than water” comment came in. Think about it, does it make sense that Teresa would bring that up about her and Caroline’s relationship?? You guys are smarter than that… Now from my understanding this scene was shot AFTER even the reunion and things with her brother was worse than ever. I was explaining to Teresa that blood is NOT always thicker than water when her brother has to get in bed with his WIFE every night and not her….and we all know (unfortunately) about Joe Gorga’s poison. Water wins in this case every time! TRUST ME So here I am giving Teresa advice to just give her brother his space then she brings up my sister…did you see the look on my face? I was pissed but before you go getting mad at T I’m sure the producers convinced her this was a good idea, I could be mad at her but I understand the position she was in. I also understood via text from Jacqueline that I was a topic of not only season 3′s reunion that was just filmed but throughout season 4 as well. A part of me felt I should say my peace and I was pissed I was even brought up, I don’t know who did it and at this point I don’t even care.I had also had a few fabellinis on an empty stomach after a LONG day of shooting for HGTV and there was a lot of hurt off camera with my family who is on the show. So I went ahead and said how I felt about the joke in the book. Do I regret talking about it on camera? Was it wrong of me?? Yes yes yes… But it’s done and I can’t take it back. I should have walked away but I didn’t. I do feel that this book nonsense is all that -nonsense…but I regret talking about it on film.
Ok… It’s now Sunday night, I wrote this before I saw the last reunion tonight…I still feel the same about regretting filming but I DO NOT feel bad about defending Teresa, I know what it’s like to be on the other end of an attack like this and I don’t think it’s cool. She had nothing to do with my issues with my family in fact as I said before my issues stem back all the way from season 1. Teresa and the girls were buddy buddy up until last year, so please stop saying I chose her over my family…it’s really annoying. I would also like to say that I have 11 siblings…my family does not consist of just who is on this show and yes I do talk to the other 9 and I’m quite close to many of them and my parents. So enough with thinking I will die alone please…
I will publicly say I think they ALL handled this wrong…I begged some of the players (I won’t go into who) to just respond with kindness and all this will end. But I understand how emotions can get the best of you…they did tonight after I watched the show. I do wish all this could end, I don’t like seeing people especially WOMEN fight like this. If you can’t get along with someone or you feel that they just don’t like you…JUST STAY AWAY. Well at least that’s what works for me, you can completely FORGIVE people for how they treated you but it doesn’t mean you have to go back for more. Do you guys get it??? Thanks for listening~ Peace out”
New Beverly Hills Housewife Predicts Future by BB
New Beverly Hills Housewife Marisa Zanuck recently revealed in an interview with Rumorfix that two housewives may leave after season 3 due to intense conflicts. However, veteran housewife Kyle Richards was quick to shoot that rumor down saying, “I definitely wouldn’t run with that ball!” She even laughs and says, “She’s funny!” Wow, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills hasn’t even started and already the rumors are flying. Just who is Marisa Zanuck? She’s a Beverly Hills real estate agent with Hilton and Hyland who met Kyle Richards through Kyle’s husband Mauricio when he worked for the same firm. She’s also married to movie producer Dean Zanuck. Read more here
Flipping Out – Cleaning House by Keida
During the opening meeting with Zoila and Lupe, Jeff is at the mercy of Zoila for translation of his jokes. But Zoila could have the last laugh since he doesn’t know what she’s saying. Zoila is now the house manager meaning she’s in charge of Lupe. That seems like a big red flag. Jeff’s brother Todd and sister-in-law Carrie live across the street from Jenny, so his brother and her fiancé Jonathan have become very close, so close that Todd is planning the bachelor party in Vegas. You can tell that Todd is Jeff’s brother since he keeps mentioning the wide array or buffet of strippers that he has planned for this party in Jenny’s hearing. They love to bust chops. However, my new favorite character is Jeff’s client Lisa, a producer for extra. She can give it right back to Jeff. She’s playing with him. I love it. She hates everything he shows her. It’s wonderful. Make him squirm Lisa. In the end, she listens to his choices. He hates the fact that in this cat and mouse game, he’s the mouse. I love it. But, as soon as they are in the car, Jeff is the cat and Jenny is the mouse. Ugh.
Back at the house, Jeff tells Zoila to mop the downstairs floor, but she says she has to finish cooking. Someone’s letting power go to her head. She’s getting very snippy with Jeff. When he asks her what she’s done all day, she tells him that that is a million dollar question; that maybe he should install cameras to find out. Oh, Zoila! That’s not a thing to say to someone who has MAJOR trust issues. Doesn’t she remember what happened to Jenny’s first husband? During the morning meeting, Jeff discusses what he wants Zoila and Lupe to do. Zoila then tells Andrew that Lupe doesn’t do much, only clean the house. Isn’t that 90% of what has to get done? During a lunch with Jenny, Carrie, and client Jeannie, Jeff is again trying to push Jeannie into doing more work that is more extensive, more costly, and more invasive. “Thank God for Jeff Lewis,” says Jeff Lewis. Yep. That would be the only one who would say that. Again Jeff brings up the bachelor party.
Why is he scaring Jenny? But then again, he does have a point. He said that Jenny has given Jonathan a pass to dry f*ck a stripper. Ew. Zoila wants to spend the night at her daughter’s. Jeff says of course, as long as she’s back by 6am the next morning. 6! She’s not happy. Another meeting with Lisa about tchotchkes. He’s trying to persuade her to spend an extra $15,000 to make the house perfect. Lisa simply says, “$5, 000.” Tell him girl. Back at the house, another brewing fight between Jeff and Zoila. He offers to let Zoila leave early to go to her daughter’s, but she’s not having it. Oh Zoila, passive aggressive behavior to Jeff when you’re his employee doesn’t work. Jeff again hassles Jenny about her wedding. He now wants everyone to reference how many days before her wedding, for example, the pool work will take place 11 days before her wedding. When they get home at four, Jeff sees that the bed hasn’t been made. Add another thing that will make him that much closer to exploding. Then Zoila sees that Stewie the cat has gone to the bathroom on his sheets. Gross. Make that another thing. Zoila says, “Don’t cry Jeffrey Lewis.” Ooooh, she’s playing with fire.
Lisa’s house is finally done and it’s GORGEOUS!!! He made Jenny do a little dance and undo a button to get more of a discount, but it worked. The house is beautiful. Although their plants are fruits and vegetables. Lisa astutely says, “What am I the farmer’s daughter?” That’s what I thought. Back at the house, Jeff sees that the cat box is full. Zoila didn’t scoop it. Zoila immediately starts complaining. This is what happens when blur the line between employees and friends. Jeff is now exploding. She’s his mom, but he wants her to clean. She feels that she’s his mom; therefore, she doesn’t have to do anything.
This is not over. During a meeting with Lisa, she drops a bomb on Jeff and Jenny. He really wants her to be happy so that he can get lovely referrals. She says she’s thinking about flipping the house. What! The house he just finished? Wow. Lisa says that she thinks the house is haunted. Really? This rational hardcore b-lady? Wow. Jeff offers to spend the night to check things out. She likes it. Back at the house, Jeff asks to speak with Zoila outside. He speaks rationally and calmly. Who is this Jeffrey Lewis? Zoila, with a little snark, asks if she can speak. She says that she doesn’t like it when he yells at her in front of other people. Jeff says that is not the heart of the matter because he’s bent over backward for her, but she’s still not happy. He wants them to go see a therapy. She says no. He’s going to win.
During that night at Lisa’s, Jeff shows that he wears tighty whities. Ew. Really? While Jenny and Lisa are watching tv in bed comfortably, Jeff steps out of the room, goes to his room, dons a Halloween mask, and stands outside Lisa’s bedroom window. He calmly waits for them to look. OMG! That’s scary. I would probably break that window trying to kill that creature. Then when I found out it was Jeff I’d try to kill him. Lisa took it like a champ. I swear, that Jeff.
During therapy Jeff admits that Zoila is his mother. Called it! He also admits that he’s very critical, his mother was very critical, his grandmother is very critical. Mm hmm. This therapist, Dr. Donna, tells them they need to work on communication. First off, duh! Anyone can see that he needs to communicate better! Secondly, why isn’t he and Gage going to therapy?! Next week is Jenny’s wedding!!!! I can’t wait! Go Jenny!
Dancing with the Stars, Week 4 Eliminations by COCFarm
Keeping it short and sweet tonight. Good news is coming! Everyone is safe but Bristol, Kirstie & Apolo. I’m hoping the Apolo thing is a fluke and it is. He is safe. That means one of the less dance talented ladies is going home. Drum roll please….It is Bristol!!! I’m glad she went out on a high note with her best dance ever. If Kirstie also being in the bottom two means she could possibly be the next one to go, that would work for me as well. After that, it gets harder, much harder to say who should be next to leave the dance floor.
I thought the Susan Boyle & Donny Osmond duet was odd. I know Susan has had a difficult life, but it looked as though she really needed Donny standing there next to her, she even grabbed out for his hand at one point. At times they sounded off key but I couldn’t entirely tell as the tan dog in my Avatar decided to start howling at the top of his lungs. Ugh. Teams are picked for next weeks team dances and the two stars with the overall highest average judges scores are the team captains, which are Gilles & Shawn. They pick music cd’s from a hat and Gilles is thrilled to get “Gangnam Style.” Shawn picks and gets “Call me Maybe” and she and Derek are unhappy with the choice. Gilles wins the coin toss and has first pick at team mates alternating with Shawn.
Gilles’ team: Kelly, Kirstie & Emmitt
Shawn’s team: Sabrina, Melissa & Apolo
If you are interested in the music, you can see & hear them both here: “Gangnam Style” refers to a lifestyle associated with the Gangnam district of Seoul Korea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0
“Call me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWNaR-rxAic
Whew! Bristol is the fifth person eliminated. It was a good night on DWTS!
Walking Dead Season 3 “Seed” by Bluesky1forever
The last we saw of our gritty band of survivors at the end of Season 2 was Hershel’s farm buildings on fire, with everyone desperately running for vehicles to escape the huge herd of walkers that spread over the farm like a tidal wave. Shane had gone insane. He was trying to kill Rick, so Rick had to kill him. Strange thing was, after Shane died, he came back as a walker! Everyone is infected now and will become a walker even without being bitten if they die. Rick takes over as the unquestioned leader, telling his group, “this is not a democracy.”
In the opening scene of Season 3, we see Rick’s group go into a house like a commando unit, killing the walkers inside. They have survived the winter, but are now grim in their determination to find food and shelter. As quickly as they move into the house, they have to evacuate. Walkers are everywhere, so they run for their cars again & move on. In the next scene we see the group checking maps on the roadside, trying to figure out a way to get past the walkers and get out of the area they are in. When Rick and Daryl go out into the woods to look for game they spot a prison. There are walkers inside the chain link fence but Rick sees an opportunity. A place they can clear of walkers, and then mend the fence to keep the walkers out. Plus Rick thinks there may be guns, food and even medical supplies still inside the prison. They can plant some crops on the grounds & have a source for fresh water. So they begin a dangerous operation of taking the prison grounds, killing walkers and using the towers to kill more of them from above.
Finally, our weary survivors have found a place to rest, no need to worry tonight. That evening, Rick outlines his plan to continue into the prison. He gives his group a pep talk, reminding them of how tough they have become. “These assholes don’t stand a chance” he tells them. Rick’s wife Lori is now heavily pregnant. Their relationship has become strained, due to Lori’s angry reaction when Rick tells her he had to kill Shane…..not to mention that Lori is carrying Shane’s baby.
Switch to a small town scene. Michonne runs into a store, slices the head off of one walker with her ninja sword, then skillfully kills two more walkers with one thrust of the sword. Two heads roll onto the floor. Back to the prison yard, Rick and his best fighters are now going into the next fenced yard closer to the prison. They dispatch dozens of walkers, locking another gate. Securing the courtyard, they take stock of their situation. Moving up a staircase, they open a door, hinges creaking as they go inside. It’s gloomy, but quiet. Rick finds a dead prison guard with a set of keys. They need to clear out the cells and dispatch a few more walkers to make this cellblock “home sweet home.” The young romantic couple, Glenn and Maggie share a sweet moment in their new cell despite the blood and grime everywhere. Back to Michonne. She has found sanctuary in a “Deer Cooler.” We see her go inside, where her two “pets” are in chains. They seem glad to see her, in an odd way. Michonne goes into a room where Andrea is resting, but she’s sick. Michonne wants to give her more time to recover. “I saved your ass all winter” Andrea says. “I won’t have you dying for me.” Andrea has a coughing spasm. Michonne doesn’t want to leave without her. Andrea convinces Michonne they have to go, or she will die here. So we see Michonne leading her armless walkers in chains behind her, as Andrea follows.
Lori talks to Hershel in the privacy of her new cell. She’s worried about the baby. It’s stopped moving. Is her baby going to be stillborn, will it rip Lori apart? Will Lori die in childbirth? She makes Hershel promise that he will take her & the baby out if they become walkers. Hershel tries to comfort Lori. Rick, Daryl, Hershel, T-Dog, Maggie and Glenn arm themselves to continue on their search for the commissary.
We see their flashlights, Daryl marking the walls as they slowly move down the hallway. Suddenly, they are attacked by walkers. In the pandemonium, they lose Maggie and Glenn. Hershel gets bitten on his lower leg. Quickly they break a padlocked door and scramble into a room, placing a metal rod to secure the door from the walkers outside. Rick knows they have very little time before Hershel will change into a walker. He grabs a clean hatchet from Hershel’s medical bag. It’s gruesome, but he must amputate the lower leg before the infection spreads. While Rick is hacking away, a group of dirty survivors slowly stands up from behind the cafeteria counter.
In the previews for next week, we see that Andrea and Michonne discover a safe town. A blast from the past will surface there. The prison continues to be full of growling walkers trying to eat Rick’s group at every opportunity. If you watched the after show “Talking Dead” you met the director of this episode and the actress that plays Michonne.
Get more information about the “Walking Dead” at http://www.amctv.com/shows/the-walking-dead.
Wednesday Night Lineup (New Episodes) by BB
8PM EST Survivor Philippines (CBS) The Middle/The Neighbors (ABC) Animal Practice/Guys with Kids (NBC) The X Factor (Fox) Arrow (CW) Sons of Guns (Discovery) MLB: Yankees vs. Tigers (TBS)
9PM EST Criminal Minds (CBS) Modern Family/Suburgatory (ABC) Law and Order SVU (NBC) Supernatural (CW) Houstons Remember Whitney (Lifetime) Buying and Selling (HGTV) Ghost Hunters (SyFy) Restaurant Impossible (Food) Who the Bleep Did I Marry (ID) Homewreckers (DIY) Osama Bin Laden; the Finish (Discovery) Storage Wars Texas (A&E) 9:30 10PM EST Couples Therapy (VH-1) Life After Top Chef (Bravo) Nashville (ABC) American Horror Story (FX) Duck Dynasty; 2 Episodes (A&E) CSI (CBS) Chicago Fire (NBC) My Life is a Lifetime Movie (Lifetime) Challenge: Battle of the Seasons (MTV) House Hunters (HGTV) Paranormal Witness (SyFy) The Soup (E!) Restaurant Stakeout (Food) Devil You Know (ID) Sweat Equity (DIY)
Does anyone want to blog Real Housewives of Miami tomorrow and possibly next week? MKValle is out of town and without cable.
We also need a blogger for Million Dollar Decorators when it returns
and the Atlanta Cast Blogs – if they write any