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July 29, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Two of the stars of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” have been indicted on federal charges, accused of conspiring to defraud lenders and of hiding assets during a bankruptcy proceeding, federal officials in New Jersey said Monday. Teresa Giudice, 41, and her husband, Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice, 43, both of Towaco, N.J., are scheduled to make their first court appearance Tuesday. The pair, who have been stars of the television show since it premiered in 2009, could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the top charge in a 39-count indictment, which alleges conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud and making false statements.
May 3, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
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 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
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 | Amy Kaufman and Yvonne Villarreal
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.
May 29, 2013 | By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times
When "Inside the Actors Studio" quietly made its debut in 1994, Bravo was a decade-plus-old, little-watched cable network that aired highbrow art films, opera and ballet. Nineteen years, 300 guests and 15 Emmy nominations later, the show, one of Bravo's first original series, remains the lone holdout in a lineup populated by Real Housewives, an earnest oasis on a top-10 cable network where guilty pleasures pay the bills. The long-running series celebrates its 250th episode Wednesday with a two-hour special featuring new interviews with Dave Chappelle, Katie Couric and Jennifer Lopez.
June 26, 2010
The Times filed public-record requests in 10 states with the agencies that regulate the employment of minors, seeking information about the child labor permit status of 16 reality television shows. Of those, 11 had not applied for such permits. No state could say definitively whether they should have. The networks say they require their production companies to follow all applicable laws. TLC Show: "19 Kids and Counting," produced by Figure 8 Films in Arkansas Permit: No Show: "Toddlers & Tiaras," produced by Authentic Entertainment Inc. in Arkansas Permit: No Show: "Kate Plus 8" (formerly known as "Jon & Kate Plus 8")
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