Reality Roundup: A Few of My Favorite People

There’s a reason I tune into reality shows week after week, and it’s not just my addictive personality. Mostly. The people – some of whom I’ve been watching for years, others who flit in and out for a few unforgettable moments – and all the crazy they bring with them, are what truly gives reality…

Reality Roundup: Jersey Does Boca

Sliding into the season with the undeniably heartbreaking death of Teresa’s mother, The Real Housewives of New Jersey (RHONJ) would have had me seriously concerned if I weren’t so busy, you know, bawling in the kind of way typically reserved for episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and YouTube videos of people reuniting with their pets. As…

Reality Roundup: Pick of the Pairings

Eggplant Parmesan and tequila may be many things but at its core, it’s a terrible idea for a pairing. Just ask some recent Below Deck guests. On the contrary (and luckily for all of our lives), reality TV has offered a number of pairings over the past week that aren’t nearly as much of a…

Reality Roundup: Sunrise, Sunset

I have never felt joy as pure as the day that my friends and I spent in the collective silence of our table at a small Brooklyn restaurant, looking at neither each other nor our phones, while leaning ever-so-slightly (and oh-so-obviously) to hear every last word of silly yet completely self-important first daters in animated…

Reality Roundup: Take Me Away

It wasn’t until I recently needed to dig out my passport that I noticed it had literally been gathering dust (and yes, part of that is just because I’m messy, but still).  This startling discovery has left me scrambling, from the air-conditioned comforts of my couch, to make up for lost travel time.  This summer,…

Reality Roundup: Alternate Realities

The great irony of Reality Television is that the ‘reality’ part isn’t a singular concept.  When the lenses come into focus, you never really know whose version of events you’re going to get – and that’s why I can’t help but to come back for more.  This week, three shows in particular highlighted the many…

Reality Roundup: Oh Give Me a ‘Sweet Home’

If you missed the first part of the Sweet Home Oklahoma season: (1) I hope you have managed to find some other way of filling the empty, wind-swept void left by a lack of weekly reality comedy, and (2) even if you haven’t, there’s hope.  With new episodes returning on July 10th, there’s still time…

Reality Roundup: Who Won the Berkshires?

What a difference a year makes. Ramona’s face has a new shape, Jill has cameo-d her way back from a place where nobody knows her name, and Sonja’s gas gets more screen time than most rookie Housewives could reasonably hope for.  Still, there are some things never change.  With a certainty usually reserved for death…

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