June 6, 2013 |
Fans of Bravo's long-running reality series, "The Real Housewives of Orange County," love to dish about the pampered, complicated lives of the show's female stars. Now they'll have a new place to gather and discuss such hot topics as Vicki Gunvalson's relationship with Brooks Ayers, the new man in the recently divorced star's life. (For the uninitiated: This season kicked off with Gunvalson claiming that the two were on a break -- although it turns out she is secretly still seeing Ayers.)
May 3, 2010 |
The "Real Housewives" franchise has always been more than a little troubling. The general premise — that if you put a group of well-off women together, they will spend their time buying luxury goods, obsessing about their appearance and stabbing each other in the back — is, essentially, misogyny on a stick. Which doesn't mean it isn't entertaining; for three and a half minutes last year, I thought I liked the New Jersey version, mostly because the women were actually related, which made their relationships seem less like diva-casting, and two or three of them were mildly recognizable as actual wives and mothers.
March 18, 2007
WHAT'S remarkable about the cast of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" is not that they are exceptional in any way, but that they are oblivious to what's behind their appeal: They are horrible people ["They're Busting Out of the O.C." March 11]. Add delusional and falsely entitled and you have a trifecta for Bravo television. Reality TV "stars" may think they're smart, but an audience knows better. It's probably inaccurate when Smiley states, "They hate the fact that we've figured out how to take exposure from the show and turn it into something."
September 20, 2012 |
Adrienne Maloof , of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," and her estranged husband, plastic surgeon Paul Nassif, have listed their home in gated Beverly Park at $26 million. Built in 2000 and designed by Richard Landry, the two-story French chateau sits behind gates on 2 acres containing a guesthouse, swimming pool, pool house and tennis court. PHOTOS: The Maloof shoe room and more Features include a two-story entry with a sweeping staircase, a formal dining room that can seat 14, a paneled library, a home theater, a wine cellar, a gym, eight bedrooms and 11 bathrooms in nearly 20,000 square feet of living space.
August 17, 2011 |
On Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchise, a main character is affluence. It takes many forms: private planes, posh mansions, thousand-dollar shopping sprees. And it seemed Russell Armstrong and his wife, Taylor, who appeared on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," had been living up to the lifestyle. Last season, Taylor threw a $60,000 party for their then-4-year-old daughter, frequently conferred with a private stylist and devoted much of her free time to philanthropy. On Monday night, Russell Armstrong, 47, was found dead in an apparent suicide, and facts began to emerge Tuesday that raise questions about how the program presented the couple and whether the resulting glare of publicity played any role in his death.
October 22, 2009 |
The problem with "The Real Housewives of Atlanta's" breakout wife NeNe Leakes is that she wants it both ways. She wants the fame of Bravo's top reality show about the back-stabbing, high school-style shenanigans of five well-to-do Atlantans, but she doesn't want the baggage -- namely, that's she's the brash manipulator the show makes her out to be. Early on, the outspoken Leakes, who is featured prominently in tonight's second season finale,...
February 10, 2009 |
Four women sit at a table attempting to counsel a fifth. The youngest of the group has brought up that, while her much older and very wealthy fiance is dying of cancer -- he is languishing in the hospital as they speak -- and she has been his primary caretaker for the last two years, she does not know if she is a beneficiary of either his will or his insurance policy. What should she do?