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Banging My Head Against the Bravo Wall

I think in all of my bad tv watching there is nothing that I will make me start banging my head against the wall than these “wealthy” people who seem to have no grasp in reality.  Bravo seems to excel in casting these “characters”.

I will say that probably no one annoys me than Rachel Zoe and her husband Rodger. In her season before last, Rodger kept reminding Rachel they there was a recession. And Rachel would nod, and come home with a rack of clothes. Literally a rack of clothes from a vintage store. There was one episode where a magazine was going to come over and do a photo spread of Rachel at their house. So, as we all would, Rachel ordered brand new furniture. White furniture. That looked exactly like the white furniture she already had.  And at the end of the episode she admitted that the old furniture was fairly new and rarely used.

I don’t get it.

Another big offender if Kim Zolciak of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Until she auto-tuned into a “hit” single, she only source of income seemed to be from her married boyfriend. In fact I think we were first introduced to Kim when she was at car dealership and called “big papa” to see if her would buy her an Escalade. Let me say right here, to any future Sugar daddies that might be coming my way- Don’t worry. I don’t want an Escalade. Can I have a little red Kia Soul though? Thanks Future SD.

So guess what I am watching now. Kim Zolciak. She was hired to perform at some huge gay happening. So her assistant or manager or someone who apparently is named Sweetie, made the arrangements. And as we all would, she booked her a Lamborghini AND a stretch limousine. So Kim and Sweetie are tooling around in the Lambo being followed by the stretch limo filled with their suitcases.

Who are these people?

(update: Zap2it has the unedited version of  Kim’s performance- you can tell she is obviously singing over her recorded voice: )

The Atlanta version of Real Housewives is the only one of that series I watch. And really if it wasn’t for NeNe I don’t think I could keep watching. She might have some “wealthy-wannabe”  issues of her own, but I really think she is about the only one on the show that is “real”.  I don’t think Sheree would be hosing down her dogs butt.  No, Sheree would hire someone to do it and the go all nut case on them when they looked at her wrong.   This might be one of my all time favorite scenes:

And who is this new chick? Phaedra? You know everything NeNe says about her is spot on.  Tonight Phaedra informed us and her husband that she plans to beat her child and we also learned that white people eat out of cans.  Repeat after me: Nut Case!

Oh Bravo.  How can this Bravo be the same network that first brought us Project Runway and still brings us Top Chef.  This channel certainly has a split personality. Andy Cohen, what have you done!

So tell me, who makes you bang your head against the Bravo Wall?


October 18, 2010 Posted by | Bad TV, Bravo | , | 6 Comments

Watching Bad TV

I am a TV addict. I am not embarrassed to admit it. A lot of my online social life is built around watching TV.  In November of 2004 I started a yahoo group for the show Lost.  At one point the Lost group had over 2000 members, and a few of us have become good friends.  From that we started other yahoo groups (Grey’s Anatomy, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, and a general TV group).

I am a strong proponent of TV. Many people dismiss it as fluff, however, there is a lot of very good stuff out there. TV is a writers medium, and so we are lucky to get some really well written shows. For every example of shows like The Sopranos, there are also the shows that don’t get the same amount of press. Justified. The Closer. Bones.  Hey, I just named three of my favorite shows! Imagine that. And there is a lot more of the good out there….


And there is the Bad.

Bad TV is everywhere. It’s on Lifetime. It’s on Bravo. It’s on every network out there. And let’s be honest here, what I might call “Bad TV” might be your favorite show.  Here are some examples of the type of shows I might talk about: The Rachel Zoe Project (Don’t even get me started about that one!), Flipping Out, Real Housewives of wherever.  These are things people might refer to as guilty pleasures. These are the kind of shows that make me bang my head against the wall. And yet, I can’t turn away.  I am powerless over my remote. It has all the power.. and it refused to let me change channel.

And before you jump to the conclusion that I am watching this because “There is nothing else on”. Wrong. I have a multi-room DVR that can record 4 shows at a time.  Right now there are 124 shows on my DVR and I could watch any of them. ANY of them! However often that seems not to be the case. Like Friday night when my TV refused to turn off Lifetime and it’s REBA marathon. REBA?????

God that was hard to admit.

I have never seen the show but I knew Christopher Rich was in it, so I guess that is why I didn’t turn if off to begin with.  And it isn’t like Christopher Rich is some favorite actor of mine. Nope. I just hadn’t seen him since Murphy Brown, so I was curious.  And the show went on and on and on. Would it be rude of me to say that Reba looks about 10 years to old for Christopher Rich? I didn’t believe them as exes at all. Oh well. That certainly wasn’t the only thing wrong with that show.

Weekends tend to be the time when I do most of this type of TV watching. Any bad TV I watch during the week is intentional. On weekends.. that’s when the really bad stuff happens. Most of the time I am on my laptop and whatever is on TV (like ol’ REBA) is background.  Like tonight, as I have been writing this, I have had Law and Order SVU on thanks to a USA Marathon. It always makes me feel bad for John Munch when I watch this. He would have stayed in Baltimore.  But that’s TV.


So that’s it. For a start, I guess. My life, watching TV, and writing about it. Here.

And please feel free to comment on any bad tv you watch. Help me know what to stay away from!





October 18, 2010 Posted by | Bad TV, TV | , , , | Leave a comment