How Much of the Housewife Drama is Real? by NMD
I’ve noticed a pattern. When the housewives aren’t filming, it’s as if they don’t exist. They rarely post photos on twitter; you rarely read about them in the press. As they film things pick up a little. We learn about the events they go to – some other tidbits are leaked. Just as the trailers for a new housewives show is released, their twitter accounts become really active. They start fighting with castmates. Rumors start getting leaked to the press. It’s like their PR folks give them the green light and they turn it ON. They are active during the season, and then during the reunion it RAMPS up again as they all have one last shot to make an impression and get asked back for another season. They truly are the DESPERATE housewives. Not all of them of course. But definitely a few from each franchise. It’s become so openly transparent that it’s almost laughable at times.
The fake twitter fights make me want to roll my eyes. The Married2Medicine ladies drove me nuts with their little feuds. So much so that I stopped blogging the show after the first few episodes. Adriana de Moura and Joanna Krupa were just as bad last season, but they seem to be better at this point – or I’ve just stopped paying attention.
The housewives (and hangers on) that tweet innuendos are just as bad. Johnny the Greek, Richie Wakile, Bulldog – they all need to put up or shut up IMHO.
The shows themselves have reached a level of fakeness that may spell the end of the franchise. We’ve all read newspaper articles about the Real Housewives of New York shooting the same scene over and over again until it’s just right. NaughtybutNiceRob wrote an article about Kathy Wakile’s Cannoli event, and how everything was set up. Apparently Richie and Kathy were told to act upset that everyone was late – otherwise her cannoli footage wouldn’t make the show. Read the link here. Some excerpts from his eye witness:
“I saw Teresa arriving and saying hello to all of the other ladies, kissing them, and acting very friendly. So that confirms that they are, or at least, were all getting along as of last Thursday,” one source at the taping tells Naughty But Nice Rob. “I took footage on my IPhone and you can clearly see the producer guiding them through conversation and orchestrating the situations. It was kind of disheartening to see how involved the producers get. I over heard them say many times, “make sure you talk about this” – and literally direct people when to walk into certain conversations.””
“I have video of one producer basically telling her (Kathy) that if she didn’t cause a scene, they would have nothing to use from that night. So, they made her and Richie have a 10-minute conversation about how annoyed they were that the other housewives didn’t show up, while Richie called all of them on the phone.”
It seems to me we have four layers of fakeness going on.
1) The cast themselves. Think of Jill Zarin telling Andy Cohen that she’s come up with her storyline for the season – a fall out with BFF Bethenny Frankel. (Jill stated this in her WWHL interview with Cohen). Yes there was a fall-out – but Jill was planning on making it an epic fallout for the sake of the show.
2) The cast as they film. As in the example of producer urged drama at the time of filming.
3) The edit. We all know that the last 2 episodes of the Real Housewives of New Jersey have been edited to tell the story the producers want to tell. If you want to read the details – take a cruise through Faux’s blog. It’s all laid out here.
4) The cast reaction. The blogs and cover up – pretend hurt feelings, etc., as the cast reacts to the fake storylines and tries to make them even more filled with drama.
Our job tonight – keep an eagle eye knowing that that the real drama was the fight between Joey, Chris, Jaq, and Johnny, but somehow this is going to be edited be laid on Teresa and Kim D’s shoulders. Watch for clues – pay attention to what is actual said, what is dubbed in, and what is in the talking heads filmed later.
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