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TVByTheNumbers: Bravo & Mob Wives & Dance Moms Ratings Roundup
For Sunday Night, The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Initial 8PM showing) was the highest rated Sunday Night Cable show with 4.09 million viewers; followed by the Shahs of Sunset (2.2 million); Mob Wives 3 (1.8 million); Real Housewives of Atlanta (10 PM showing, 1.6 Million) and WWHL with Asa Rahmati and Jeff Lewis (1.40 Million).
On Monday Night, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills had 2.04 million viewers, followed by Vanderpump Rules (1.67 million) and WWHL with Callie Thorne and Yolanda Foster (0.94 million).
On Tuesday night, Dance Moms had 2.56 million viewers and Millionaire Matchmaker had 1.16 million. WWHL (with Whoopi Goldberg) was not in the top 100 Tuesday night.
Brandi Glanville: As I’m sure most of you’ve read, there have been several jaw-dropping “leaks” from Brandi’s yet-to-be-released book (it comes out in February) entitled “Drinking and Tweeting and Other Brandi Blunders.” According to various gossip sites (Radar Online, Page 6, Huffington Post, US, etc.), the book allegedly reveals that, among other things, Brandi had vaginal rejuvenation surgery to the tune of $12,000 and charged it to ex-Eddie’s credit card and Eddie once took Propecia for hair loss prevention which caused impotency. The book allegedly is not very kind to homewrecker Leann Rimes either. With all these “leaks” who needs to purchase the book? It’s also been reported from those pesky anonymous sources that, although Leann has tried to prepare herself for this tell-all book, she is still in a “fragile” state about it. Apparently Brandi claims she will stop talking about her ex once and for all after all the book-touring is finished. We can only hope!
Over on the Jersey side, sounds like things haven’t changed much between Joey Gorga and Teresa Guidice. According to Radar Online, the latest casino happened at Kim D’s jewelry party. (Allegedly) Kim D’s assistant tried to get Joey to make peace with his only sister, to which Joey (allegedly) told her to “Shut up and get the f**k out of here.” He then (allegedly) yelled at Tre and asked her why she didn’t call him while he was in the hospital with the flu. Tre then (allegedly) turned it around and asked why Melissa didn’t tell her he was in the hospital. Joey (allegedly) accused her of “always bringing my wife up!” Caroline Manzo (allegedly) tried to calm the situation down, but Joey (allegedly) stormed out and Teresa (allegedly) stayed behind. Does this all sound old and tired and all too familiar? I have three questions: Why was Melissa at the jewelry party if she and KimD supposedly are on the outs?; Why was Joey there?; and does anybody believe Teresa didn’t know Joey was in the hospital with the flu? I’m not buying that one.
Speaking of Teresa, she has just revealed the cover of her newest book, “Fabulicious! On the Grill: Teresa’s Smoking Hot Backyard Recipes.” According to her website, the book, with a release date of May 7, 2013, can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com.
Last and certainly least, former Real Housewives of Orange County Tammy Knickerbocker’s daughter Lindsey, 23, was arrested back in December according to various sources including Zap2It.com and TMZ. It’s being reported that witnesses saw her smash into a couple of parked cars on Balboa Island in Orange County, then she reportedly fled the scene. Police followed her to a friend’s house, where she punched one of the arresting officers in the stomach, and was subsequently placed under arrest. Court docs say her blood alcohol level was .32%, four times the legal limit of .08%. She has been charged with four offenses: DUI, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher, hit-and-run, and battery of an officer. Her court date is in February. Those whacky OC kids, gotta love ’em. I found this blast from the past on the Bravotv.com website. Goes to show you how some parents don’t know their kids as well as they think they do. http://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-orange-county/videos/tammy-and-lindsey
Top Chef Seattle 1/30 by SugarMagnolia
5 chefs left–Stefan, Brooke, Lizzie, Sheldon, and Stash
Stew Room--hugs and sighs of relief. Everyone is glad to see Josie gone-woot! Padma and Tom sneak in and tells them to pack their bags because they are going on a cruise to Alaska! Tom is expecting some great stuff from the final five, basically saying to not get too relaxed on the Lido deck. Back at the condo, they are eating and drinking wine, reminiscing about the experience. It’s beginning to sink in that they may have a shot at being Top Chef. We get to see some retro pictures of Stefan and learn that his mom dropped him off at the army and left him. He learned to drive tanks and more importantly, cook. Brooke is afraid of boats, but is facing her fear because she realized she is passing on her fears to him.
Celebrity Infinity birth-the chefs are supporting Brooke getting on the ship. They are exploring the ship with Champs, then umbrella cocktails. They enter the HUGE galley. (When I was just out of college, I supplemented my income by doing catering on a yacht. We did weddings, bachelor parties, corporate parties, scattering of ashes-not my favorite!, any kind of event people want on the San Francisco bay. Our galley was about the size of the walk-in on that massive ship! I was Julie McCoy, your cruise director.) Tom and Padma are waiting for them.
The ingredient is iceberg lettuce. I personally think that joking about icebergs is not funny for a ship in Alaska! Hopefully they have enough life boats on the Infinity! There are a few TH’s moaning about the choice. The chefs will be cooking for the welcome party for the ship guests. They will have 2 hours for this QF, but will have to produce 200 pieces each during that time. That is one tall order! Guest Judge is the yummy Curtis Stone. No immunity, but winner will get an advantage for the Elimination Challenge. And time starts…..NOW! The chefs are scrambling for ingredients, there are no flames only electricity, and there are locks on all of the appliances.
- Stefan-Braised Iceberg lettuce, Pastrami, Fingerling potato, and blue cheese sauce (intense flavor)
- Sheldon-Vietnamese lettuce wrap with pork, shrimp and pickled Iceberg hearts (“very nice” from judges, but guests are raving)
- Lizzie-Iceberg salad with crispy bacon, shallots and anchovy vinaigrette (no comments, but judges did question size, diners like it because it had bacon! this could be Stashs’ crowd!)
- Stash-Iceberg roll with apple cider vinaigrette, bacon jam and blue cheese (“he walks like a chef” was the only comment from judges)
- Brooke- Iceberg wrap with bacon, scallop, caramelized onion and crispy quinoa (again, size)
Curtis liked every dish. Stefan–great flavors and texture. Stash-played it a little safe, but elevated it. Sheldon–great flavors. Brooke–good, but too hard to eat (Padma doesn’t like to look a mess when she eats ya’ll). Lizzie–good, but she didn’t get the “one bite”. Winner is Sheldon! He will get an advantage in the EC. Padma has made reservations for them at Qsuine for the evening. They have some down time, so Lizzie and Sheldon go get a manicure. Stefan and Josh drink beer, smoke, and make fun of Sheldon for getting a manicure. Dude, look at your facial hair! You have no business making fun of Sheldon!
Qsuine–The Chefs are enjoying a meal in a pretty cool restaurant. The plating is very unique, as is the decor. They order on ipads. Geeze, the overhead on this place must be enormous! Definitely only sustainable by a restaurant group, hotel, or cruise ship. First course is sushi lollipops and disco shrimp (complete with strobe light dish), then the server puts down a big square thing with smaller squares in which their dishes are plated. The chefs are oohing and aahing but seem to be enjoying the quirk and whimsy of it all. Stefan is funny and says “this is a lot of shit going on for a guy with OCD.” He then begins to tongue in cheek rearrange the plates. Dessert is a chocolate tombstone. Uh-oh, here come the judges.
The Chefs will be holding dinner service the following night at Qsuine. They will be taking a classic dish and turning it on its head–surf and turf. Curtis explains it can have a bit of a bad rap because it can be done very poorly. It evokes buffets, weddings, etc for the chefs. Sheldon’s advantage is that he gets to choose his 2 proteins first, then no one else can use them. They will have full use of the ships pantry, but still can’t do much planning until they know what’s available, not to mention the monkey wrench of Sheldon’s advantage. Of course Stash has a problem with this as this is not the kind of food he “does”. Well, I’m beginning to wonder what kind of food he does do because he can’t cook bacon (even though he wears a shirt with “bacon” emblazoned on it), doesn’t do sushi, fish, whimsy, fine dining, oysters, molecular gastronomy, sous vide, dessert–am I missing anything? He is like the Goldilocks of the Cheftestants–he wants everything just right. He has officially become the new Josie. They go back and forth bouncing around ingredients back at the condo.
They have 30 minutes to choose ingredients. Sheldon goes first and they are rushing him. He chooses lobster tail and filet, which is kinda boring. Lizzie takes the whole pig–go girl! Brooke–frog legs and mussels. Stefan–pork belly, Stash scallops and something pork belly. They are trying to navigate the huge pantry in the ship in a hurry. The next choice is choosing their serving dishes, which are quite creative as we are at Qsuine. Lizzie is impressing all of the boys with her butchering skills as she goes after the oinker. Usual chatter in the kitchen. Lizzie and Stash seem to have developed some tension. Or maybe they are just joking, but it seems tense to me. Sheldon is attempting tempura again, which went horribly wrong for him the first time. If he doesn’t knock it out of the park he surely will land on the bottom again.
Vignette this week is the Chefs checking out their staterooms and of course, Stefan throwing in a little pervey leer.
Judges arrive at Qsuine and tonight they are Padma, Curtis, Hugh, Tom, John Suley (Head Chef, Celebrity Cruises), Sheldon Thompson (Hotel Director, Celebrity Cruises), and Cassie Stafford (Cruise Director, Celebrity Cruises).
- Brooke–Mussels and frog legs with celery root and fennel puree, papadums and shallot chutney (inventive, flavors are really good, married well with surf and turf, creative presentation)
- Stefan–braised pork belly with beer sauce, parsnip and eel ravioli (greasy sauce, Tom breaks a tooth on the “crispy pork belly”. Curtis likes the crispy pork, must be a cultural thing he says. John also says have international chefs for international guests–good point)
- Stash-Scrambled scallops with braised pork belly and bacon. play on breakfast….AGAIN. Oh, that’s what he “does” breakfast! (flavors are good, turf overpowering the surf, feel Stash went out of his comfort zone)
- Sheldon–Korean BBQ filet mignon, tempura lobster, sesame cabbage, kimchi, and teriyaki sauce (presentation great, tempura is chewy again, kimchi is awesome)
- Lizzie–Cabbage stuffed with suckling pig and scallops with mustard sour cream (beautiful dim sum, cabbage hard to eat, scalloped overpowered but overall tasty dish)
All 5 are summoned doing their serious screen shots. Brooke–she pushed the boundaries and thought out of the box. Sheldon–why did he choose filet and lobster if he wasn’t inspired by them–execution. He didn’t re-imagine surf and turf. Stash–scrambled scallop was good–texture was surprisingly good. Pork belly was not spot on (shocking!). Stefan–parsnip overpowered eel, sauce was greasy, concept didn’t work, broken tooth. Lizzie–flavors worked well, tough to eat, loved the ambition of the suckling pig.
Winner is Brooke! She wins a 7-night cruise to the Caribbean. Stash and Lizzie are safe, so Sheldon and Stefan are in the hot seat. PYKAG is….Stefan! I’ll miss his pervey-ness and jokes that are funny when they are not offensive.
Up next, he faces Kristen in LCK.
See you next week foodies when they disembark in Alaska.
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Thursday TV Lineup, January 31st by BB
8PM – American Idol (Fox); Big Bang Theory/Two and a Half Men (CBS); The Vampire Diaries (CW); 30 Rock (NBC); This Old House Hour (PBS); World’s Funniest Animal Commercials (truTV); Dateline on OWN (OWN); Hook, Line and Dinner (Cook)
9PM – Project Runway (Lifetime); Person of Interest (CBS); Beauty and the Beast (CW); The Office (NBC); Grey’s Anatomy (ABC); Glee (Fox); Anger Management (9:30 FX); The First 48: Missing Persons (A&E); North Woods Law (Anpl); Dateline on OWN (OWN); Real Housewives of Atlanta First Look (9:30 Bravo); House of Bryan (9:30 DIY); Brunch at Bobby’s (9:30 Cook)
10PM – Elementary (CBS); Do No Harm (NBC); Double Divas (10:30 Lifetime); Scandal (ABC); Archer/Legit (FX); Suits (USA); BUCKWILD (MTV); House Hunters (HGTV); Beyond Scared Straight (A&E); Property Wars (Disc); King of the Nerds (TBS); Lost and Found (OWN); Kathy (Bravo); Chef Wanted with Annie Burrell (Food); Frenemies (ID); Rehab Addict (DIY)
11PM – WWHL: Victor Garber and Khloe Kardashian (Bravo)
We’ve got four new shows coming up on Bravo. Rachel Zoe, Brad Goreski, Dukes of Melrose, and a show about Therapists. If anyone is interested in blogging any of them please let me know – firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks NMD