Reality Rundown: Summer Camp, Below Deck & Catfish: The TV Show

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Well gang, it’s summer, so you know what that means: there’s not much to watch on TV if you don’t like reality shows. I was thinking about doing one of those “What We’re Watching” posts I do from time to time, but since it’s 95% “non-scripted” shows, I figured a Reality Rundown would make more sense. There were a few weeks in the beginning of the warm season there where nothing of interest was on, but thankfully a swath of shows we dig have premiered to help fill our evenings.

One such program is USA’s Summer Camp. I stumbled upon this one a few weeks back as it was debuting, which seemed like auspicious timing. Also, for a guy whose been fascinated by camp going back to the days of watching Salute Your Shorts and Camp Nowhere (there’s even a Camp Movie category over there on the right) this was a pretty easy sell. The idea here is that a large group of adults are taken to a camp and broken up into teams based on sex. Every episode each team choses a captain who will pick two of their own players to go up for elimination should they lose the daily game (like this week’s guess-whoe’s-kissing-you contest). Those two people then go to the other team, plead their case and either get to go or stay.

What I dig about this show is that it’s just plain goofy fun. The contestants aren’t overly scummy — something I’ve found with a lot of other reality shows of this nature — so you can enjoy most of them. It even seems like the producers were going for “likable” instead of “dramatic” when putting the group together, which is a nice change. Even though it’s not similar thematically, the show kind of reminds me of Beauty And The Geek which I remember enjoying for the first season. At the end of the day, Summer Camp‘s like your third light beer on a hot day, it serves its purpose, but you’re not going to remember the details by the next one.

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I don’t know about you guys, but Bravo seems to go in waves of putting out shows I actually enjoy. The beach was pretty dry there for a while and then they came rushing back hard with a group of shows we like Real Housewives Of New Jersey, Million Dollar Listings New York, Interior Therapy With Jeff Lewis and newcomer Below Deck.

Deck follows the adventures of a charter yacht crew as they take on new guests every week. Each employee has varying levels of experience in the field, so you get a mix of the basic job reality show tropes where some people are just doing their job really well and others are dealing with all kinds of new experiences. For the most part, this is a pretty interesting group of characters, many of whom have surprising back stories that keep getting revealed as the series progresses. I will say, though, that the last episode got on my nerves a bit with how much some of the employees complained about the guests. Granted, the clients were super douche-bags, but you’re working a luxury yacht, you should pretty much expect daily piles of BS from entitled weirdos who think the world revolves around them. Of course, this inability to cope has lead to tons of drama that might even lead to a crew member getting thrown overboard next episode.

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Two years ago I watched a documentary called Catfish about a guy named Nev discovering that the young lady he’d been chatting with online was actually a married woman with kids. In my review of that movie, I actually said, “To me, the movie felt more like a show that would be on the Learning Channel or Discovery about weirdos who lie on the internet. ” I must be psychic because now it’s exactly that, but on MTV.

Catfish: The TV Series finds Nev, his pal Max and their film crew traveling around the country helping people find out if the folks they’ve been talking to on the internet are who they say they are. We watched most of this show’s first season, but more casually than now. These days I get excited every time a new episode is on. I like how this show makes delusional people face reality. That’s not always easy for them, but I think it’s important to not live in a completely fictional world of your own creation. The craziest part to me is when the people asking for help are pretty sure they’re being lied to and still go on with their online significant other. Heck, the guy on this week’s episode was living with his girlfriend while talking to his longtime online girl! It’s just crazy.

I will say that Catfish is right on the edge of the kinds of reality shows I can watch. “Trying to make people see through their delusions” is a subgenre that also includes things like Hoarders and Intervention, which are just too real, sad and unnerving for me to watch. I know that love can be just as addicting as anything else and that betrayal is a very difficult feeling to deal with, but it seems a bit softened by the show itself, something I attribute to Max and Nev who seem to be getting more and more skeptical with each episode. Good for them because we’re getting close to the point where folks are going to be scamming them just to get on TV.

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Reality Rundown: Real Housewives Of New York, Real World St. Thomas, Bering Sea Gold & Flipping Out

I’ve been following along with the Real Housewives of New York this season, but I don’t think I’ve been enjoying it. There’s just nothing else on now. The women are currently in St. Barths pretending to be friends. LuAnn slept with some dude but doesn’t want anyone to know. To hide this, she’s made up ridiculous lies that not only sound silly, but don’t match up to the facts the other women actually now. It’s pretty funny seeing her face when the dude shows up at the part the next night…and Sonja has sex with him. I’ve grown to like Carole, but I really wish she’d stop wearing clothes for kids, it makes her look desperate. Aviva is just too much. She loves stirring the pot when it has nothing to do with her, but when it’s her thing she freaks out. I get the idea that she has a very specific idea of what friendship is and these women don’t live up to that, but YOU’RE NOT REALLY FRIENDS! It’s a TV show, get over yourself. These broads don’t care that you came to the island, that it was very difficult for you or that your husband brought you there. Ramona’s Ramona. She’s reality TV gold for lots of people, but her schtick wore off for me a season or two back. I still find Sonja’s desperation unnerving. She’s a beautiful woman, but seeing her fall over herself to go after dudes is pretty gross. I felt bad for her when Aviva went bonkers on her. Lastly, we have Heather. My opinion of her changes as I go, but I don’t think too negatively of her. She seems to just be sitting back and wondering what the hell is going, which I can understand. This might be the last season of RHONY for me, don’t know how long I can keep up with these ladies.

This one will be even quicker. I realized something while watching this week’s episode of Real World St. Thomas: the editing has really screwed my perception of how this cast related to each other. All the previous episodes made me think that none of these people really liked each other. Trey was screwing with Laura, Marie was screwing with Robb, Swift got into it with LaToya (who seems to just want to be on TV) and then Brandon who just kind of hangs out. This episode saw Brandon getting kicked off for doing coke at a party with a girl which is fine, whatever, but it showed that these kids all actually do like each other. I know the drama is what drives ratings, but it would also be nice to know this cast actually dug each other.

Discovery really has done an amazing job of taking a job like mining and turning it into a gigantic TV franchise. I watched the original season of Bering Sea Gold which involved people on boats going out into the Alaskan waters and either digging or sucking up rocks and filtering them to get gold out of it. I’m not sure why it’s there, but it is, apparently. This new season ups the ante by doing all that stuff UNDER THE ICE. Swimming underwater with ice above me is one of my personal irrational fears, so there’s that bit of anxiety going on. The crews are also made up mostly of people who were on the first season who bring along their personal issues (daddy issues, unrequited love, lack of money, etc.). The third crew is actually all newcomers who don’t really know what they’re doing, so all that together should make for an interesting season. Not sure if I’ll be able to fit this one in my schedule with the new season starting, but we’ll see. I’m sure I’ll catch up when they do one of their mandatory marathons on the weekend.

Flipping Out is another returning favorite. I should hate Jeff Lewis, but I don’t, even when he’s being an obvious, sneaky jerk as he was in the season opener. It was pretty clear to me that Jeff was looking at the house he was building as the place he would settle down and raise kids and he kept making changes and holding things up because he’s not ready for that. To make up for it in his own mind, he skips all that and just buys another house without talking to his boyfriend at all. I thought that was pretty cold, even for him. I really don’t know how a guy like that could have a longterm relationship, especially a romantic one because that act has got to get old and quick.

Reality Rundown: Real World St. Thomas, Million Dollar Listings & Gallery Girls

Regular readers and those of you who have discovered the site because of my Real World, Challenge and Jersey Shore posts, I apologize for not keeping up with my TV writing. One of the problems with being a work-from-home writer is that I spend most of the day on my couch with my laptop, so the last thing I really want to do in an evening is continue to sit on the couch with my laptop, take notes while watching and then write a post as fast as possible. But, I’m still watching and will probably get back into the swing with whatever the next Challenge is.

Anyway, like I said, I’ve been watching Real World St. Thomas and I must say I’m not very impressed. In fact, I’d venture to say that this might be one of the most boring casts of all time and a huge part of that revolves around the fact that the cast members seemed to pair off so quickly (or at least that’s the story that production wants us to experience). But I think things are finally starting to get interesting now that the pairs are showing cracks or starting to full-on break.I should note that I haven’t seen every episode and missed the first 15 minutes or so of last week’s, so my opinions might be way off.

My least favorite cast member as of now is Trey. I hate how he treats the women in his life, essentially doing bad things and then trying to get each of them to be the bad guy and break it off with him. His jealousy is also super ugly, verging on full on deplorable. He actually said in the previous episode something like “How could you say something like that to me when you know it makes me mad.” That does not sound good. At the same time, Laura needs to stick up for herself and become more of an actual person instead of a reflection of whoever she’s with. Hopefully she can learn that on the show.

Let’s see, I don’t have much to say about Robb and Marie. They’re just a couple of people who like to get wasted all the time, there’s not much interesting there aside from the fact that Robb clearly hates phones, his skull or both. That will be interesting to see where it goes. LaToya…eh, whatever, I haven’t seen a lot there either aside from pride and an inability to see things from another person’s perspective. I really didn’t like how she reacted to the time with Swift and the urchin, but I also despise when people laugh at other peoples’ pain. Brandon would be more interesting if he wasn’t such a sad sack. I know that’s mean to say about a recovering drug addict, but that’s how I’m calling this one. Lastly, I actually really like Swift. He seems like an upstanding dude. Sure he’s got a temper and gets in arguments, but I don’t get that violence-bubbling-under-the-surface vibe with him. I’m curious to see what happens with these kids, but not incredibly so. I’m good on not seeing the episodes I’ve seen so far. Who do you think will wind up on the Challenges? I’m guessing Rob, Trey and Marie with Trey being the only one who can legit compete, but we’ll see.

I’ve watched Bravo’s Million Dollar Listings (now dubbed LA to differentiate from the newly minted NYC version) since its inception. I’m convinced it should be retitled Rich Assholes Don’t Understand Real Estate, but that might alienate some people. I’m sure a lot of people get all slobbery over the drama between Madison, his former assistant Heather and Heather’s new boyfriend Josh Altman, but that’s not where my heart’s at. Sure, that’s juicy, but it’s not super interesting and it’s pretty clear that most of it’s based on misunderstanding, which is not something I enjoy watching.

I love this show for one reason: Josh Flagg. I used to hate this kid because he was so goofy, and, I’ll be honest, because I’m jealous of his wealth and success (pretty sure he’s younger than me). And, even though the producers have a penchant for putting clown music on in the background of his scenes, I think he’s by far the most interesting character here. Have you seen his office? It’s got this gigantic blue chair, a huge desk, enormous lamps and I want to say a pair of lions? It’s amazingly weird and that’s why I like Josh. At first I thought he was putting on a show, but I’ve learned from watching long enough that this is pretty much who he is. He’s the result of being brought up in a very rich family and actually finding the trappings of wealth very interesting. He’s essentially a 75 year old man from 20 years ago in a 20-something’s body. And that’s just weird enough for me to like. Give that dude and his boyfriend their own show and I’d watch.

Shows like Bravo’s Gallery Girls very clearly let me know that I’m an old man. The series follows two groups of women working in the NYC art gallery scene, one located in Manhattan, the other in Brooklyn. It makes me feel old because I want to shake most of the Brooklyn women and tell them to grow up and stop playing into the hipster stereotypes so explicitly and want to high five the Manhattan women. Actually, now that I think of it, the only one of them I really liked after watching one episode was Liz, she works for the Manhattan gang and seems like a good hard worker. Plus, her dad is a renowned art collector who likes rolling into places in jeans and shirts, so she understands that it’s not about what you wear, but what kind of person you are (or at least how much money you have).

The Brooklyn ladies just drive me nuts. They’re actually starting their own gallery, which is no small task, I’m sure. However, only one of them seems worried about money and that’s because she borrowed $15Gs from her parents and has to pay it back in one year. One of the other women, the one on the far right in the above picture, had the gall to be like “I have $2,000 of my own money in this too” and blow off her financial concerns. SERIOUSLY?! I know artists can be difficult to work with, but my impression of this woman is that she clearly doesn’t care, just wants to MAKE ART (not money) and doesn’t care who she screws over so she can play gallery co-owner. Blech.

Had I seen this show when I was in high school and at the peak of my Daria-wannabe-ness, I wonder if I’d think more highly of these women. I’d like to think not, that I’ve always had a good head for business and a dislike of people who abuse those who do. Plus, the affectation of hipsterdom just drives me nuts. I get it, you like black “vintage” (read: thrift store) clothes, not doing anything with your hair and whatever red lipstick you find on the subway, it’s boring, it’s old and it’s unoriginal.

Reality Rundown: American Ninja Warrior, Real Housewives Of New York & Final Offer

As the weeks and days roll on towards summer, the more and more reality shows keep popping up as the regular scripted shows take their summer hiatuses. Today I’ll be talking about two fairly new shows and one that recently got a new network. Did I hook you? If so, read on. I defy you to find someone my age who doesn’t love at least the idea of American Ninja Warrior. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, contestants face a series of physical challenges on an obstacle course to get to the end. The series starts off with regional qualifiers and, so far, each episode seems to shine the spotlight on those locations. All of this earns the contestants the chance to go up against the king daddy of all obstacle courses Mount Midoriyama. The show used to be on G4 and started off as a Japanese competition before we co-opted it.

I first discovered the show when Spike did a marathon in one day of a whole season. That version found the regional winners going to a camp where they trained for the finale. I’m not sure if that’s going on this time or not, but we’ll see. I’m really glad the series is on NBC so I can watch it on a regular basis (and in HD when my TV’s working). I do have a few problems, though. First off, the very first episode was two hours long. That is just way too much of watching most dudes fall down and almost hurt themselves. It seems like they shortened them down to an hour after that, which is fantastic. The factor that still bothers me however many episodes in we are is that way too many people make it through. Obviously, getting to the very end of the course gets you in, but you can also get into it by getting further in a shorter amount of time than other people. That just seems like too much. Do we really need all those extra people? It’s not like we’re going to remember who these people are after six weeks of qualifiers. Ah well, I still like watching somewhat regular people doing amazing things.Longtime readers will remember that, in seasons past, I’ve written in great detail about The Real Housewives Of New York. I just don’t have it in me anymore, but I did want to say a few things about the fifth season opener which aired this week on Bravo. Man, this show makes you work to like it, doesn’t it? First off, the dismissal of cast members Kelly, Jill, Alex and the new one from last year who clearly didn’t know what she was getting herself into, was strange. I’ve seen a few transitions on these shows, but they usually flowed from an episode or a reunion or were at least explained in some way. Not the case here. Heck, Alex and Jill were OGs and now they’re just gone. I should note that I don’t actually like Jill or Kelly, and will not miss them, it’s just strange that they’re gone all of a sudden.

Which brings us to the new ladies. Ramona the lunatic, gross Sonja and haughty LuAnn are now joined by author and widow Carole, sunny business woman Heather and one-legged mom and wife Aviva. The three new women seem like a ray of sunshine and, at one point, are sitting around a table wondering about the batty broads they find themselves surrounded by. Unfortunately, it looks like they will fall prey to the bitchy beast that seems to come with being a Real Housewife for some reason as the season progresses if the “coming up this season” video is to be believed. I’d actually rather just watch these three mix with the deported Alex instead of the ones that did make the cut. I find LuAnn unbearable, Ramona completely out of her mind and Sonja just sad in every way imaginable. If literally anything else I was even remotely interested in was on at this time, I’ll be switching over to that.Another show that seems to want to make it difficult to like is Discovery’s new one called Final Offer. It’s basically a fancier Pawn Stars. People bring in their treasures to an overly swank and “cool” warehouse somewhere, show them to a quartet of people who will offer them money to purchase the thing and then the person has to decide who to sell to. BUT, they have to take the offer in the room, it’s not like you get to see all four and THEN make your decision. Set-up wise it’s pretty interesting, though I think I’m losing my patience for shows where people don’t understand that they’re selling their thing to people who are going to turn around and sell that thing, meaning they need to make a profit. Coming in and saying that this would sell on eBay for $5K and wanting that much is silly because 1) they’re not going to make any money if they give you $5K and then sell for that same amount and 2) if you think it’s worth that much, just sell it yourself!

The show is difficult because both the sellers and the buyers are hard to like. One guy bought a signed baseball five months ago and wants to flip it for way more money. He winds up succeeding, but he’s kind of annoying. A lady who looks like a more uptight mom from the Partridge Family and her serial killer son come in to sell this jewel-encrusted gold thing. They act all tough, spouting off prices in the millions and then sell for far less. Bullshit posturing is boring pretty much all the time, right? Maybe I’m crazy, but I like seeing interesting people getting a good deal for the things they have. I guess for that, I’ll have to go back and watch Antiques Roadshow reruns with my inlaws.

Reality Rundown: Real Housewives Of New Jersey, Saw Dogs & Next Food Network Star

After writing about Shark Tank, The Devils Ride and the suspiciously missing Real World, I kept thinking of more and more reality shows I wanted to say a few quick things about. This time we’ve got The Real Housewives of New Jersey, a show I used to blog about pretty consistently but have changed thoughts on greatly in the past few seasons, Discovery’s Saw Dogs and Next Food Network Star. Let’s jump in, shall we?

There was a scene in the most recent episode of Jersey Housewives where, after Teresa’s daughter freaks out about cheating at a bunch of games in the yard (huh, wonder why the word CHEATING is such a trigger for her, Joe), Caroline’s daughter Lauren essentially lays out my thoughts on the current situation: why can’t we stop inviting all these crazy people to our family events and just have fun as a family? After four seasons of crazy, I’m all filled on up Teresa’s particular brand. She’s clearly incapable of seeing the world from any perspective but her own skewed one and it feels a little sad to continually see her try to make reality (and reality TV) bend around her to her will to form her life.

I’ve said before that I’d be perfectly happy watching a series about just Caroline and her extended family, but even that doesn’t sound like the most appealing thing at this point. Is anyone else sick to death of hearing Lauren talk about losing weight while seeing her do things that will not help her in any way? Lazily slapping golf balls with her dad and hanging around a kitchen just isn’t going to cut it. This episode in particular seemed PACKED with her bitching and honestly, who cares? Losing weight sucks, either do it or don’t, but stop talking about it either way. The rest of them are fine, I’m glad to be done with Jacqueline’s daughter for the time being, she’s just awful, and I like Kathy and her crew enough, same with the Gorga’s, but I’m starting to think the bloom is off the rose on this one. And, no Bravo, I don’t need more “housewives” shoehorned in, starting over completely makes the most sense to me and still give Caroline her own show!

And now for something completely different, we’ve got Discovery’s Saw Dogs, a show about chainsaw carvers who make beautiful pieces. Some of my favorite reality shows are the ones that follow artistic people who use their talents to sell pieces and the process they go through in first figuring out what to do and then doing it. The fact that this job even exists is amazing to me, let alone the fact that these guys are so damn good at it. In one marathon a few weekends back, I saw them make an amazing tree house, a giant eagle and plenty of other amazing things.

My only problem with the series is that they have a Chumlee. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it comes from History Channel’s Pawn Stars which features a  spacey character of the same name who seemingly has no business being anywhere near the job. If it were a regular TV show you’d just assume this is the goofball people keep around to make or bounce jokes off of, but in reality you’re constantly thinking, “Why don’t they fire this idiot?” In the case of Saw Dogs, the Chumlee is named Ryan. He looks and acts like a Will Ferrell character which is odd in its own right, but then you add in the fact that he’s not great at his job (he ran the forklift through one of the barn walls) and bitches way too much for an apprentice and you wonder if he’s there because he was really there or because the producers wanted a Chumlee. I’m more in favor of the natural method, but even if it is a set-up, there’s enough coolness going on to keep me coming back for more.

Lastly I want to say a few things about The Next Food Network Star that I didn’t say over on my food blog Monkeying Around The Kitchen. First off, while I like the idea of switching the format up — three teams with Food Network stars talking them through the challenges with the bottom two going into a room with FN execs and trying to keep themselves in the game assisted by their team leader — it feels like the show is spinning its wheels a bit. The challenges I’ve seen so far have been great, but doesn’t it seem like there’s an awful lot of fat this season that’s just waiting to be trimmed? I bet if you watched just the first episode, you could probably make a list of the first five or six people who will be let go with a pretty darn good level of accuracey. Sure, it’s possible that one of them will really find a place to shine, but I highly doubt it.

The other huge strike against the show is the length. Does it really need to be 90 minutes? Worse yet, those last 3o minutes go up against Mad Men. I don’t think there’s a show I would watch instead of MM. I know people out there are exactly the opposite, but it also seems like these episodes are padded like those guys who train attack dogs. Do we need to spend so much time not only showing everyone’s everything, but also laying it on so thick that you really don’t have a choice but to understand who’s being thrown to the wolves about half way through. At the end of the day, the show is more boring than it has any reason to be. I highly recommend following Alton Brown on twitter, though, if you are a fan as he has some excellent behind the scenes commentary during the airings.

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I’ve been holding on to these links for WAY too long. Like, back to NYCC long, so let’s get these out and move on.

As I mentioned in a previous Casting, I’m writing for Spinoff Online now, you can check out all those posts here.

For CBR, I wrote a ton of stuff including this Commentary with Ron Marz and Filip Sablik about Artifacts Volume 2, the Image creator owned comics panel at NYCC, David Hine about taking over The Darkness, the NYCC announcement that Extreme Studios is coming back, Dark Horse‘s NYCC panel, Robert Kirkman’s Skybound panel and the McFarlane panel.

Speaking of CBR, I was in the room for this interview with Patton Oswalt and had to stifle myself from laughing too loud. It’s weird seeing video of a memory but from a different angle. That Roots bit at the end was genius.

My pal and brand new member of the CBR family Brett White wrote a killer column about new Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales. It’s been out for awhile, but I finally had a chance to read.

Speaking of Brett, check out his Tumblr now for the amazing sketches he got at NYCC. I am jealous of his ability to talk to artists. Dorkly‘s graphic of Fifteen People You’ll See At Every Con is pretty accurate. I’d add “Adventure Time Cross Dressers,” “Dead-Eyed Journalists” and “Skanky Costume Chicks” to the list. (via IHC)

Dan Trachtenberg of Totally Rad Show fame will be directing his first feature called Crime Of The Century. I know I don’t actually know him, but I feel like one of my pals has made good. (via /Film)Mondo’s Trick r Treat, The Burning and Sleepaway Camp posters look amazing. I’ll take one of each. (via /Film)

TLo wrote about the first episode of the second season of Work Of Art on Bravo which features Sucklord, a toy customizer/kitbasher who used to get covered in ToyFare all the time. It’s awesome to see him on TV and I think TLo’s take on his performance in the first ep was pretty spot on.

Conan O’Brien sold a sitcom to TBS called Fat Chance according to THR. Nuff said.

The possibility of a Cannonball Run remake by Guy Ritchie starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney is a remake I could get behind. (via /Film)

I can’t believe I just discovered Jay Mohr had been blogging about Real Housewives of New Jersey recently! I could have been enjoying this Bravo blog all season!

Last Night’s Shows, Today: Real Housewives Of New Jersey Season 3 Reunion Part 1

I look back on the pair of posts I wrote about this third season of Real Housewives Of New Jersey and cringe. Because I’ve been following Teresa’s exploits for two seasons before this and generally liked her, even given her bouts of ostrich like avoidance and dim bulb moments, I automatically sided with her when presented with the conflict between her, her sister-in-law Melissa and her cousin Kathy, who happened to join the RHONJ this season.

I realize now that, whatever has happened between Teresa and her brother, she’s completely unable to see how her actions have made things worse. Absolutely nothing she does is wrong and she never sees where anyone else is coming from. That was made abundantly clear during last night’s reunion. The season finale ended with the women reading Teresa’s cookbook which was filled with insults flung at the other women, which was the first topic at the reunion. Teresa explained everything away as a joke (“You know, ha ha?”) even though she’s never actually displayed even the remotest sense of humor. Ever.

I can see how some people would think the first part of this reunion was a “pile-up on Teresa” kind of thing, but it seems like she’s pretty much burned all the bridges she had on the show. I trust Caroline as a good judge of character, so when she said she wanted to be out of friendship with Teresa two years ago, it was a pretty eye-opening experience. Also, as you can tell by the picture above, Jacqueline didn’t show up and is possibly off the show now. See, they’re filming season four right now, so whatever happened between everyone and Teresa will be on next season, which is interesting because we’ll be able to see it, but annoying because we’ll have to wait until that season airs to see what’s happening!

With all this in mind, I’m wearing thin on the concept of Jersey Housewives. If they got rid of Teresa, I think I’d be fine with it because she’s basically taken the bitchy, manipulative spot previously held by Danielle and that’s not what I like about the show. I initially liked the extended family/friend feel of things, but that’s clearly ruined and will be even moreso during the fourth season which will make us relive all this petty nonsense while also showing us what happened. It’s kind of a double edged sword for me because I’m both sick of the nonsense and ridiculously curious. I’ve been saying this for two seasons now, but just give Caroline her own show and we’ll live in that world for a while. Heck, they introduced Greg this year, he could just sit around making comments and I’d be happy.