Recap: ‘Real Housewives of New York’ Reunion Special – Part 1


I don’t know where to start. The “Real Housewives of New York” reunion special – Part 1 – was insane. Ramona reveals she thought LuAnn was a Drag Queen when they first met. Aviva has the same asthma doc as Andy Cohen (wonder if he knew that?). And everybody EXCEPT Aviva thinks Sonja is completely […]

Recap: Real Housewives of New York, The Münchausen Syndrome Edition


I didn’t blog last week’s “Real Housewives of New York” the same night because, like the rest of the viewers, I was laughing too hard at the whole last scene with psycho Aviva throwing her leg on the table and then into the middle of the room to try to prove she’s not fake. Bizarre. […]

Recap: Real Housewives of New Jersey, The Telephone Game Edition


I’m going to have to call this one “The Night They Couldn’t Even Get the Gossip Right in The Great State of New Jersey.” Seriously.This episode of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” on BravoTV was like watching a group of third graders (a really big circle of them) trying to play the old game telephone. […]

Review: WGN’s ‘Manhattan’ Is Beautifully Presented


World War II was a time of uncertainty and fear, as well as instilling a feeling of a united cause that we Americans were all part – somehow – of helping defeat the enemy. The second world war introduced warfare unlike any seen before. A bloody battle was waged between nations that spanned continents as […]

Recap: Real Housewives of New Jersey, The Tiny Little Snob Edition


Joe Gorga sticking his tongue to a frozen metal pole on tonight’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey” on BravoTV was HILARIOUS. We’ve all seen “A Christmas Story” and we all know it’s true and it hurts if you do it, but he was such a little boy that he just had to try it. And […]

Recap: Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, Somebody Call The Cops Edition


Obviously, I have to start my “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars” recap talking about Tanisha’s giant anxiety attack at the end of the show after she tried to beat the crap out of her husband Clive. We finally saw the ambulance that WEtv and Thinkfactory Media teased us with from the beginning. Fortunately, Clive wasn’t […]

Review: El Rey’s ‘Matador’ Spy Romp Salsified


Bottom Line: El Rey’s “Matador” was a happy surprise. I say “surprise” because based on the liner notes and the photos, I thought this was not going to hold my attention. Wrong! The effervescent campy energy injected into this unpredictable dramatic spy thriller kept me pulled in and loving it.Thank the ensemble cast and the […]

Recap: Real Housewives of New Jersey, Tiramisu for Breakfast Edition


Holy Moly! Caroline Manzo and her clan have left “Real Housewives of New Jersey” to launch their own family show, and her brother and sister-in-law Chris and Jacqueline Laurita also jumped ship. Kathy and Richie Wakile and their kids have disappeared too, along with everybody’s favorite family lesbian. Rosie. OMG.With Teresa headed off to jail […]

Recap: “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars” Aggravate-O-Meter Edition

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I would re-watch this episode of “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars” on WEtv three times voluntarily (had to do it anyway for this blog) just to see Tanisha and Clive do the shock exercise again. THAT was hilarious. And possibly the first time we’ve seen her give up control. She didn’t like it one bit. […]

Review: ‘Welcome To Sweden’ Best Comedy on NBC


Bottom line: ‘Welcome to Sweden’ is absolutely NOTHING like any network comedy you have watched. And this is a good thing.Fresh, quirky, truly funny and endearing, the cast and the familiar fish out of water premise is taken to Nordic extremes and dressed with some of Sweden’s best actors – Lena Olin, Josephine Bornebusch, Claes […]

Review: FX’s ‘The Strain’ Quite Possibly Best Summer Horror Series Ever


**Some very slight spoilersBottom Line: For a kid of the 1970′s like me, summertime meant pure escapism, no schedule, extended visits from cousins and comic book fueled (Marvel’s Chamber of Chills, DC’s Weird War were favorites) stories by the campfire, beach vacations and the lost art of the double dare, the nighttime scare and piling […]

Review: The ‘90s: The Last Great Decade? Profound, Emotional July 6- VIDEOS

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TV review:  “The ‘90s: The Last Great Decade?”   #natgeo90sBottom Line: Make sure to watch this no miss primer in understanding American politics, the slow death of unbiased news and the worldwide actual repression of boots on the ground real journalism and the rage issues our country is grappling with today.  The ’90s, presented as National […]

Recap: Real Housewives of New York, The Countess in a Porta Potty Edition


Why is BravoTV punishing us with three entire weeks of “Real Housewives of New York” bitching at each other on a dude ranch in Montana? Seriously. I didn’t rush to blog about Tuesday’s episode because it was just more of the same.Heather being bossy. Kristen being whiny. Ramona complaining. Sonja sexually harassing the staff. Carole […]

Netflix’s ‘Hemlock Grove’ Primer, Interviews and Season Two Insight

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Enigmatic is one way to describe Netflix’ supernatural thriller series “Hemlock Grove,” where at every corner it seems there is a question that arises.Netflix brings back the Eli Roth-directed horror series for Season 2, with 10 episodes beginning July 11. Charles H. Eglee also joined the series as an executive producer and showrunner; Eglee’s previous […]

Recap: ‘Abby’s Studio Rescue,’ We’re In The 21st Century Edition


If Abby Lee Miller faced a challenge last week with a wimpy, anxiety-ridden studio owner, “Abby’s Studio Rescue” showed the tougher side of the famous dance instructor in its second episode on Lifetime. Norine, the studio owner, was successful years and year ago, but is trapped in her own past.Just in case anybody forgets that […]

Recap: Lifetime Television’s new ‘Abby’s Studio Rescue’ Premiere

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Whether you were a “Dance Moms” fan or not, Lifetime Television’s new “Abby’s Studio Rescue” is DEFINITELY worth checking out. The second episode is tonight (Tuesday, 9 pm ET/PT) and if you missed the premiere, go watch the full episode on Lifetime’s website to get caught up. You gotta see Abby Lee kicking ass from […]

Recap: “Marriage Boot Camp” on WEtv, Call the Fashion Police Edition


Déjà vu anyone??? Tonight’s “Marriage Boot Camp” on WEtv picked up where last week left off with JWoww and Roger fighting, and him threatening to leave. It also ended with the same couple fighting with each other. Do we see a theme here? You don’t have to get married because she’s pregnant nowadays. You know […]

Recap: Real Housewives of New York, The Dude Ranch Trip Edition


Let’s be honest. It’s time to rename this show “DESPERATE Housewives of New York” after watching the way the women behave at the super posh dude ranch in Montana.The most depressing thing I saw all night was that this trip is going to last through yet another episode. Oh for God’s sake BravoTV, we can […]

Review: FX’s ‘Tyrant’ Feels Like ‘Dallas’ With a Side of Hummus


Bottom line: Summer time drama with compelling melodramatic moments and beautifully shot scenes in exotic places. Give it a whirl.I remember when ‘Dallas’ came on the scene. I lived in Texas and the over-the-top caricatures were a howl. The rest of the world imagined the state was crawling with JR’s. I have absolutely no idea […]

Recap: Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, The Real Work Begins

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Last week’s “Marriage Boot Camp” on WEtv made me wonder if the celebrities who had signed up for this televised relationship counseling show had really agreed to participate for the right reasons. Tonight gave me new perspective on quite a few of them.As usual, I’m going to write this out of order and highlight the […]

HBO’s Game of Thrones ‘The Children,’ Some Thoughts


SPOILER ALERT: Totes Spoilers. Obviously.Coming Attractions: Stannis is bearing down on King’s Landing, Arya, Bran and Jon Snow will have an eventful season five and where, oh where is Drogon?It’s over for now.The season four finale of “Game of Thrones” had it all, incest, battles, murder, patricide, whores, duels, charred babies, you name it, even […]

Recap: Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, Where’s It All Going Edition


I think the biggest issue to come to a head at “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars” on WEtv is that these reality television “celebrities” don’t truly want to talk about the REAL issues plaguing their marriages on camera.Say what? They signed up for a reality television show to fix their relationships (not all of them […]