I love Andy Cohen and NeNe Leakes, but BRAVO green-lighting all these Real Housewives spinoffs based on weddings is getting a tad ridiculous. Damn you Bethenny Frankel for starting this trend. Bethenny Ever After scored major ratings for the network, so naturally when it came time for RHOA’s Kim Zolciak to walk down the aisle, she scored one too. Using her hit song as inspiration, hers was called Don’t Be Tardy For The Wedding.
I have to admit Leakes’ new show is cutely titled- I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding. That said, please, please, please no more wedding-based shows. In the famous words of Susan Powter, “STOP THE INSANITY!” If RHOM Joanna Krupa gets one, I’m officially breaking up with my silver fox crush, Andy. NeNe’s show will premiere this fall on the network. It’ll follow her wedding preparations with the help of celebrity wedding planner Tiffany Cook. Reportedly, Leakes bridal party will include her ATL co-star Cynthia Bailey and former cast member Marlo Hampton. It’s nice to see that Marlo and NeNe’s friendship was actually genuine.
In other Bravo-related news, the network just released a hot new promo for Season 5 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. The video is all about family. “Family is a force of nature,” the tagline reads. It shows Melissa Gorga, Jacqueline Laurita and Kathy Wakile planting trees and watching them grow. Teresa Giudice then carves her name on it while Caroline Manzo judges her. Par for the course. The clip ends when lightning strikes the tree in half. Watch it below.
When someone mentions celebrity fitness videos, Jane Fonda quickly pops to mind. After all, she practically invented the genre with her highly-successful exercise videos in the 80s. Naturally, everyone and their dog wanted to jump on the fitness bandwagon. Even The Golden Girl’s Estelle Getty made one. Til this day, stars are still sharing their workout routines to make a bit of extra cash.
BuzzFeed recently shared some vintage fitness videos from back in the day. There’s something about the production values during the 80s and early 90s that makes everything super cheesy.
Since the Reunion Part 2 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs tonight, I thought I’d share BuzzFeed’s list. For those who don’t watch the Bravo reality show, this season was all about the competing Stallion Booty and Donkey Booty workout videos. Check out a few of my favorites vintage ones below.
If you’re an avid watcher of Bravo’s Housewives franchise, this bit of news might be a bit shocking. Other than Bethenny Frankel and Jill Zarin rekindling their friendship, this duo’s reunion is the one least expected by everyone. After five seasons of back and forth declarations of love and biting insults, NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak seem to have buried the hatchet. Question is… for how long.
In Touch reports that the long-time frenemies made peace at the recently-taped Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 5 reunion. Since then, the two had a heart to heart conversation and reached peace. Leakes even invited Zolciak to her upcoming wedding. SAY WHAT? I’m truly in shock. The skeptic in me wonders what’s the motivation behind this.
This is exactly why I just adore this man. If you read my recent post about the beef between Adrienne Maloof and him, you know that the reunion specials are my favorite part of any Real Housewives season. After watching this promo vid featuring my silver fox Man Crush, I’m even more excited for the three-part RHOA reunion special starting on April 7. Coming off moderating back-to-back reunion specials for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Andy Cohen probably needs some downtime. I know I would after listening to women yell at each other for countless hours over petty topics ;)
In the clip, the 44-year-old Bravo exec parodies Justin Timberlake’s “I’m Ready.” If you recall, the “Suit & Tie” singer announced his comeback in the black and white video. In Cohen’s version, he drops multiple Housewives references while declaring his love for his stable of arguing women. “Housewives mean more to me more than anybody else in the world,” says Cohen in the clip. Duh!!! No question without them, Andy wouldn’t a Bravo-lebrity himself.
The promo below features some of the most memorable lines from RHOA this season including “Gone with the Wind fabulous,’ “Donkey booties,” and Porscha Stewart’s infamous blond moment about 265 days in a year. Other shows from the Housewives franchise are also represented in the clip like Ana’s mysterious folder of incriminating evidence she waved around during the Miami Season 2 reunion. My favorite part, though, is when Kenya Moore whips out her fan as Andy walks by. So draglicious. Check it out below.
Weeks ago, Bravo released The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 3 super trailer, but only gave a 30-second clip for the Atlanta Housewives. Finally, the network unleashed the three minute long video just a few days ago. Just in case you missed it, here it is. I wonder what the holdup was. Did ousted Housewife Sheree Whitfield sabotage it, thereby delaying the release? I wouldn’t put it pass that crazy vindictive beyotch.
For those worried that Kim Zolciak was getting the boot like Sheree because she wasn’t in the official cast photos, fear not. The wig-wearing blond baby machine is heavily featured in the new super trailer. She, along with her hubby Troy, are getting evicted from their Atlanta mansion. But the most shocking development with her this season seems to be a peace treaty with NeNe Leakes and a tiff with Kandi. I love these ever-changing alliances.
With Whitfield out and Zolciak in limited capacity due to her pregnancy, two new Housewives were added to the mix. Former Miss USA Kenya Moore and NFL wife Porsha Stewart promise to bring a whole lot of drama, especially Moore. Word has it, the beauty queen is in the middle of every fight and stirs up a lot of shizz. She even tries macking on one of her co-stars’ hubby. Not cool.
With NeNe now a legit Hollywood actress, she seems to have toned down her reality persona. She’s often seen playing peacemaker and taking the high road. BOO. Meanwhile Kandi Burruss finds love and Phaedra Parks expands her funeral business to include animals. LOL. That woman cracks me up. Check out the trailer below.
Former child stars joining Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise is nothing new. The Beverly Hills cast features two in the form of the Richards sisters. Given that these two ladies have brought their fair share of drama to RHOBH, it only makes sense Andy Cohen wants to inject a bit of star power to the Atlanta franchise.
The upcoming season of RHOA already injected some glamor with the addition of former Miss USA Kenya Moore. Now, it seems the show is upping the star power with a Hollywood actress. Not just anyone, but rather a beloved child star from iconic 80s sitcom, “The Cosby Show“. Could it be Tempestt Bledsoe who played Vanessa, or how about former wild child Lisa Bonet who gave us Denise Huxtable? Or do you think it’s Sondra, Rudy or latecomer Olivia played by rumored lesbian Raven Symone? Find out who below.
Of course, Bravo isn’t going to confirm it until they begin promoting the upcoming season of RHOA, but word on the street is, there’s another new housewife being added to the mix. A few weeks ago, I wrote that producers enlisted former Miss USA winner, Kenya Moore, to join the cast of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta“. Now, we meet the latest addition.
Being that Moore is a former beauty queen, obviously she’s a “tall”. Naturally, a “small”, was required to even things out in the battle of the “smalls” versus the “talls”. The vertically-challenged side certainly needs all the help it can get. With She by Sheree getting the boot and Kim Zolciak not filming as much due to her pregnancy, Bravo needed a new drama queen to fill the void. Ergo, the new small.
If you watched the season finale of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and the following reunion, NeNe Leakes sure seemed like she was over hanging out with the cast. I don’t blame her. After fighting with the same people over and over again, you simply have to cut the cord. With Leakes’ attitude towards the women getting worse and recent successful foray into legitimate acting, fans wondered if Leakes was up for another round with the ATL crew.
Fans can be reassured that NeNe will be up to her usual antics for RHOA’s fifth season, but there may be a twist. Given that Leakes has roles on two shows this upcoming Fall season- “Glee” and NBC’s “The New Normal“- she’ll be spending a lot of time in Los Angeles. Could a cameo on Beverly Hills be in the works? God, I hope so. How awesome would it be for NeNe to put Taylor Armstrong in her place, or buddy up with Lisa Vanderpump or take on the Richards sisters? That would be epic reality television. The possibility of NeNe joining RHOBH was asked by Advocate magazine. See how Leakes answered that question below.