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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – Group Therapy
With less than a week until the premier of the Beverly Hills Housewives is scheduled to air, news of how Bravo will handle the death of Russell Armstrong is leaking…Bravo’s schedule shows that on Monday, September 5, they will air an episode called “Group Therapy” at 9pm/8pm central. Don’t hold me to that, they have changed the schedule several times. The preview video is still blocked and no new ones have been posted.
No doubt Bravo execs have been hard at work figuring out how to proceed with season 2 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Mondays, 9 p.m. ET) in the wake of Russell Armstrong‘s suicide. Now it seems they may be confronting the issue head-on.
Sources close to the show tell the Los Angeles Times that the network is planning a special episode that captures the Housewives’ various responses to Russell’s untimely death. Apparently, Lisa Vanderpump, Camille Grammer, Kyle and Kim Richards, and Adrienne Maloof had sit-downs which were filmed on Monday, — though Russell’s estranged wife Taylor Armstrong reportedly didn’t participate.
Bravo hasn’t confirmed this plan, but it may be the best way to move forward in an extremely delicate situation. One of the prominent story lines of season 2, which is still set to premiere on Sept. 5, revolved around the breakup of Russell and Taylor Armstrong’s marriage.
Gearing up to promote the new season, the network sent out promo videos to the press that included Taylor crying about her marriage and shopping for lingerie to try to spice it up. Then Russell’s body was found in his home on Aug. 15, with the death was ruled a suicide.
Through Russell’s lawyer, the family requested that any footage of Russell or those associated with him be edited out of the show, with his mother even threatening a lawsuit.
While a source at Bravo has acknowledged that the show is being re-edited in light of recent events, edit Russell out altogether is a tricky proposition; Taylor’s whole story line appears to hinge on disintegration of her relationship with her ex. To edit Taylor out of the show might be next to impossible, since she’s an integral part of the group and often in scenes with the other women.
There’s no word yet on whether the special episode about Armstrong’s death will air before or after the premiere episode. But however the special episode unfolds, there’s no doubt that the season will be a painful one for the Armstrong family.
Sources at Entertainment Weekly say that the Bravo network filmed a sit down with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast mates Lisa Vanderpump, Camille Grammer, Adrienne Maloof, and Kyle and Kim Richards. Taylor Armstrong was not part of the filming. It is not yet known when the special will air. Sources say that Bravo is negotiating a separate interview with Armstrong: “Bravo wants to do a sit-down, one-hour special with Andy Cohen [Bravo executive VP and host of Watch What Happens Live and the Real Housewives Reunions].” Says another source: “They been discussing options for a week, but no programming has been formalized.” A representative for Bravo said: “There is no dialogue with Bravo, but no decisions have been made. Anything would be conjecture.” The rep said Taylor Armstrong is “still devastated” and hasn’t personally engaged in any talks. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will premiere as scheduled on September 5th, with parts of the show re-edited to downplay Russell Armstrong’s presence.
Opening the series with a special episode as a tribute to Russell seems to be an excellent way to handle it, if this is true Bravo is acknowledging that this happened yet still moving forward with the series, as they should. This could be where the rumors of a sit down with Taylor originated, although this states Taylor will not participate. Somehow I have confidence that Bravo will handle this properly with dignity and respect given to Russell. If there is one thing that Bravo does well, it is editing. Practice makes perfect!
Congratulations to Pandora Vanderpump Todd and her groom Jason Sabo
Flipping Out by BB
At the Spring Oak remodel where the contractor Randy was recently fired, intern Ashley and Jeff are discussing the plans and intern Vanina tells Jeff that Randy just pulled up. Randy says he needs his check and Jeff tells him to submit an invoice for what is due. Jeff guarantees that they are not going to agree on the amount. At West Knoll, Gage and Jeff discuss a new paint product made outside of the U.S. that contains little or no chemicals. Jeff would like to start his own paint line with this product. Jeff doesn’t want to be disappointed, but he feels this is the big fish they’ve been looking for to start his own line. Gage and Jeff have discussed buying a house and having kids and Jeff doesn’t want to depend on his design work alone. He is going to try his new paint product on some accent walls at Jeanne’s house at Durand. He shows her some paint samples and she agrees to use it on some accent walls. The paint looks like it’s textured, kind of like wallpaper. He tells Jeanne this is going to be his new paint line. She thinks it’s awesome. Jeff says Jeanne is not a bull-shitter and if she says she likes it, she really does. Jeff is excited about the prospect of having his own paint line and jokingly asks Jeanne if he can borrow some money to start it.
Randy has sent Jeff a slew of invoices and Jeff has questioned them because he hasn’t provided any receipts for materials. Randy says he does not have to explain his invoices because he does not work for Jeff Lewis Design. Gage hopes the paint product plan works so Jeff won’t have to deal with people like Randy in the future. Back at Spring Oak, Jeff and Jenni meet with a potential contractor named Roberto to take over for Randy. He brings a subcontractor with him named Juan. Jeff wants to find a replacement for Randy before he tells his clients that he fired Randy. Jeff and Jenni ask Robert a boatload of questions and Roberto sounds perfect. He’s hired and Jeff hopes he’s not too good to be true. Jeff has to tell Mike and Laura that he fired Randy after he really talked Randy up as good for the job. He calls Mike to tell him what’s going on and Mike tells Jeff he might take a flight there to see what’s happening at Spring Oak.
Jeff and Gage meet with Jeff’s dad to ask him what he thinks about starting his own paint line. Gage says he’s in the relationship with Jeff for the long haul and this business opportunity might make it possible for them to have a kid. They meet with Jeff’s dad, Tom, for lunch. He shows his dad the paint samples. They tell Tom they want to bring the product into the U.S. market. Tom thinks Jeff needs to do more research as to why other people have not latched onto this product. He tells Jeff he needs to really test it and that it’s going to be a big risk. Gage agrees with Tom that they need to be cautious, but at the same time you need to take risks if you’re ever going to grow. Jeff’s dad says it’s going to take a couple of million dollars to make a go of it. Jeff says he wouldn’t be where he is today if he had not taken some risks.
Jeff, Jenni and Gage show up at Durand with the new paint product. Jenni and Jeanne are painting a portion of the wall and talking about stroking harder and softer and making the guys laugh. I like Jeanne. Jeanne and her contractor seemed to love it, but Jeff wants to see it on an entire wall.
At Spring Oak, Jeff is talking with Roberto about rushing to get as much done before Mike and Laura get there. He asks Roberto to make sure everything is spotless before they get there. He gets Jenni to take staged pictures to send to Mike and Laura of everyone working. Jenni and Jeff are directing the workers to look busy. Meanwhile Randy sends them an e-mail saying he is placing a lien on Spring Oak for the unpaid invoice. Jeff has not gotten receipts or an explanation from Randy and calls it extortion. Jeff feels like he’s involved in a bitter, messy divorce and “she wants more money than she deserves.” Jeff calls his dad for advice about it. His dad tells Jeff to file a complaint with the Contractor’s License Board because there is no reason why Randy should not provide Jeff with a list of receipts for reimbursement. He asks Jeff if he has a regional contract. Jeff says no. His dad says Randy cannot file a lien if he doesn’t have a contract. Jeff is worried that Randy will call his clients and tell them his side of the story, which is a lie. Jeff says if Randy had been nicer about it all, he might have paid him.
Jeff is in a tizzy about the progress at Spring Oak and is going over everything with Roberto. He notices that some windows have been removed that should have been kept. Jeff instantly tenses up about the windows being gone and is a little freaked out about it. Vanina and Jeff discuss the problem and come up with the idea to make taking out the windows all Mike’s idea without telling him it’s already been done. Jeff calls Mike about it and Mike agrees the windows should come out. Crisis averted.
Back at Durand, Jeff checks out the walls that were painted with the new paint. The color looks great, but application does not look good. Jeff is very disappointed with the consistency of the paint. It’s uneven and the problem is the application the difficulty applying it. Jeff says it’s not ready to be marketed. Gage says it’s worth it to put in the time to improve the product and if it was easy, everyone would be doing it. They decide to go forth with it, but it’s going to take time.
Jeff is getting the crew to clean up Spring Oak because Mike and Laura will be coming the next day to check on the progress. Of course, Jeff and Jenni are working like dogs to help with the clean-up. Poor Jenni is covered in fiberglass insulation. Mike and Laura finally show up and Jeff is nervous. They seem very happy with the addition. Jeff is pleased with Roberto’s work. Jenni high fives Roberto and Juan.
Next week is the season finale already and it looks like Jenni may be the next one on the chopping block. I hope not. I heart Jenni.
Real Housewives of New York
Someone help me, what is in this woman’s head? Her book failed, her bedding line failed and her shapewear line is already the joke of the fashion world (well our internet world anyway). The world doesn’t need another shapewear line, so what do you suppose it’ll be this time? Which ones of you have been tweeting ideas to Jilsy?
@Jillzy Just finalized new product line and can’t wait to show you. avail for holidays. It is what many of you have tweeted me to do..
WHO is telling her to keep doing this? Honestly who? I have to talk to them! Bring them to me now! hehe
OOps, Jill Zarin Follower watch is back! Jill Zarin: 199,523 Followers. What happened to the 200k? Maybe Jill’s little stunt of changing and posting reworded tweets wasn’t such a good idea after all?
Everyone is all over this “Klout” thing lately, I don’t really understand it but it seems Jill sure does!
Simon noticed, he tweeted this:
A fan to Jilzy: Simon is teaming with your haters … wow!
@JillZarin: There is no such thing as haters..they are all fans who want attention or they wouldn’t care what i say and do right? Love all my fans ..even when they say mean things sometimes. Love jill
Jill puts us all in her “fans” list, I’ll bet Jill loves me! I’m sure I’m on her Christmas list!
Kelly Bensimon was not a fan of my article about her Shape Magazine cover, she had a few things to say to me! http://rumorfix.com/?s=kelly+bensimon
@KellyBensimon: to: @lynnNchicago. I luv all the SHAPE speculation. Lynn, good writers start with fact. We can discuss if u need help.
That last one was my favorite and I’ve been begging her to discuss it with me ever since, I even offered to send her my phone number so we could talk but she ignored me. I offered to donate to her favorite charity if she calls me…still nothing! She did post this ingenius Tweet:
Do you suppose she was expecting to see a pumpkin patch full of Christmas trees? #kkbpointingouttheobvious
This article is a few weeks old, obviously posted shortly after the NY reunion aired but I hadn’t seen it until today, I apologize if you’ve all seen it already, I must have missed it but I found it interesting that the writer saw Kelly’s behavior as the worst of all!
I’ve got to tell you-I was agitated by the time minute 89 rolled around last night. Three collective hours of The Real Housewives Of New York Cityspread out over two weeks was far too much for even the most devoted of fans to take. Even Andy Cohen looked a little winded (BTW, we don’t sympathize with you. This is all your fault). No one came out looking like a champion. Not even Cindy Barshop, who barely made a peep the entire time, came up smelling like roses. She’s as frosty and moody as the others are gossipy and maniacal.
The rotten apple award goes to Kelly Killloren Bensimon, who claimed last week that she was voted one of Cosmopolitan Magazine’s “Nicest People.” Cosmo should strip you of that win, Bensimon. For you were the bitchiest, most immature, most condescending of the group last night. You were worse than Regina George.
Yes, Alex McCord is odd… in a good, “Phoebe Buffay“ sort of way. However, that does not give Bensimon the license to incessantly make fun of her and drop obnoxiously snotty remarks here and there while McCord talks. Saying something cruel about someone to their face is just as bad as talking about them behind their back. So Bensimon, don’t think you’re doing anyone a favor by being outright mean to them. You think you’re so clever and almighty because you married up and scored big in the gene pool. Let me tell you something-You’re not nice. Cosmo most likely rated you based on your popularity within the confines of Manhattan and who you know. You are probably nice to people who intimidate you, which is why you don’t say a word to Jill Zarin or LuAnn de Lesseps. They are scary. Alex is odd, and while she might have a great vocab, you sense weakness and so you strike. A good person doesn’t do that.
I can’t even remember what the others said because I was so wrapped up in Bensimon’s piss-poor behavior. LuAnn is passive-aggressive, Jill can’t seem to get her stories straight, and Ramona Singer only knows how to defend herself by striking back at her opponent head-on.
Bitches, your 15 minutes are up. Time to go back to the social circles down in fraggle rock from whence you came. I have never been so glad to return to scripted television. Friday Night Lights and Netflix have joined forces to save my life.
Recently the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that it would not be putting any reality stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, RumorFix got some reality stars reactions:
Here’s a cute/funny recap of The Real Housewives of New Jersey by a shiny brand new blogger:
Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 3, Episode 15 Review: Drunken Gymnastics http://tvwives.net/2011/08/31/real-housewives-of-new-jersey-season-3-episode-15-review-drunken-gymnastics/
I reported last week that Kim Richards was cast to be on Dancing With The Stars, clearly I was wrong. Don’t worry, someone on the IHJZ staff will be fired immediately! lol I’m sure I read it somewhere and took it as truth…oops! Sorry!
The Sioux City Journal is not impressed with the new cast (and if the Sioux City Journal isn’t happy, no one is happy!):
They could call it “Relatives of the Stars.” This year’s cast of “Dancing with the Stars” has the lowest wattage yet and features people we can’t even identify.
The controversial figures? Chaz Bono — who was Chastity Bono before a sex change — and Nancy Grace, the talk show host who probably won’t have Casey Anthony cheering her on each week.
Other relatives? David Arquette, who’s supposedly estranged from Courteney Cox, Rob Kardashian, who’s one of the reality show family, and Chynna Phillips, one-third of Wilson Phillips.
Word had spread that Ryan O’Neal was going to be on the show, too, but he wasn’t at the “press conference” held during the “Bachelor Pad” Monday night.
Instead, we’re getting Ricki Lake (could this mean a TV host smackdown with Nancy Grace?), Ron Artest, J.R. Martinez, Carson Kressley, Hope Solo (who?) and Elisabetta Canalis (double who?).
Artest, Kardashian and Arquette have had their share of negative headlines in recent years. Bono could crack a whole new audience for the show.
But what faces can we expect in the crowd?
Look for the Jenner/Kardashian crowd to take front seats; expect Carnie Wilson to show, and cross your fingers for Courteney Cox and Cher.
No Sarah Palin sightings this year. And don’t expect the “Queer Eye” guys to show for Carson. But it’s a safe bet a lot of Martinez’s “All My Children” co-stars will turn up once their day jobs end.
Bottom line? These folks better be good dancers or the season is going to be a big yawn.
Or? Maybe Artest and company will let the sexting begin.
You just KNOW Cher will be there to support Chaz, she wouldn’t miss it! The Kardashian’s will fill the audience the first episodes just as they did when Kim was voted out after the first dance! Any predictions on a winner this early in the game?
Photo agencies got a close up of the bag and inside were pain reliever patches!
Don’t worry Chaz, we bet Nancy Grace made the same stop Tuesday as well!
Real Housewives come to Chicago: LuAnn is here today! You know I’ll be in the front row…haha NOT!
The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival is on the verge of getting a little catty.
On August 31, LuAnn de Lesseps from “The Real Housewives of New York” will be discussing her book “Class with the Countess,” and doing a book signing from 6-8 pm on level 3 of Water Tower Place.
If the Orange county version is more your style, head to the same spot on Sept. 1 from 6-8 pm, where Gretchen Rossi will be styling some of the lucky attendees and offering up fashion advice.
Until Next Time….