Monday, November 24, 2014

With New Additions ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Scores Highest-Rated Season Launch in Over Three Years
While (“,” ““) won’t be appearing on the reality series until its third episode, Bravo’s “” managed to snag its highest-rated season premiere in over three years, according to Nielsen Media Research data, with 2 million total viewers tuning in, up 25 percent from the prior season premiere (11/4/13), on Tuesday, November 18. The renewed success of “Beverly Hills Housewives” follows the recent performance of “The Real Houseweives of Atlanta,” which premiered its seventh season on Sunday, November 9 and became the network’s highest-rated season premiere in Bravo history with over 4.5 million total viewers (based on L+3 data) and 2.7 million Adults 18-49 (based on L+3 data), up 26 percent and 27 percent respectively from the season six premiere.

In addition to an increased viewer tally, 1.1 million Adults 18-49 tuned into the fifth season premiere of “Beverly Hills Housewives,” which was an increase of 36 percent from the prior season premiere (11/4/13).

In addition to Davidson, “Beverly Hills Housewives” also stars  (“DAYS,” “Melrose Place”), and returning cast members , , , , and . The series airs Tuesdays at 9:00 PM, ET/PT on Bravo.
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Caroline Manzo Reportedly Returning to 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' Once Teresa Giudice Goes To Prison
We recently told you that Bravo was working hard to try and strike a deal with Caroline Manzo to bring her back to The Real Housewives of New Jersey. She opted out of filming the most recent season of the show, so the producers brought in a trio of new ladies who did not click with the audience. Midway through the season, they brought Jacqueline Laurita back in a desperate attempt to get former fans to tune back in. They have realized that for the show to have any chance of bringing in decent numbers, they need a favorite like Manzo back in the fold.
Teresa Giudice used to be the glue that held RHONJ together, and viewers loved the havoc she wrecked in nearly episode. There seems to be a huge difference between lying about her sister-in-law's activities and bilking people out of millions, and once it was confirmed that Giudice is a criminal, her fans became few and far between.

Bravo also has to try and clean up the reputation of the show because Giudice is headed to prison, Laurita's tax evasion has been catching headlines and Joe and Melissa Gorga's business dealings are always questionable. Part of what makes Manzo so popular is that she comes across as the hardworking, Italian mother, something that is respected.

According to The Hollywood Lifeit looks like Manzo is a sure bet to return to the show for Season 7, especially once Giudice is in jail and the rest of the ladies are in one way or another affected by her absence.
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Why NeNe Leakes May Leave ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ for Broadway
In the intro to season 5 of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” NeNe Leakes proclaimed, “I have arrived, and the spotlight is on me, honey!”

With the larger-than-life reality star’s splashy debut on Broadway this week, that’s now quite literally true.

Leakes, 46, joins the cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” on Tuesday. Opposite Keke Palmer in the title role, Leakes will play Madame, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, for the show’s final leg before it closes Jan. 3.

It’s not the first turn with scripted drama for the “Housewife.” She’s starred in “Glee” and “The New Normal” and also performed in Vegas’ Cirque du Soleil show “Zumanity” earlier this year as the “Mistress of Sensuality.”

Those roles led to interest in her, she says, from the Broadway show “Chicago” and “Rock of Ages,” but after seeing Fran Drescher perform in the stepmother role, she knew “Cinderella” was the right fit.

Leakes, who is currently remarried to her husband Gregg after divorcing him in 2011, will take the role over from former “The View” host Sherri Shepherd, and she’s already working to make her stepmother stand out from the pack.

“You know, I’m bringing a little NeNe,” she tells The Post. “I’m a lot bigger in my delivery than some of the past stepmoms, [and] I’m probably more dramatic. I’ve been a ‘Housewife’ for forever, so…”

She trails off — the drama of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” speaks for itself.

The seventh season of the series — which airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. and broke the record two weeks ago for Bravo’s highest-rated season premiere ever, with 3.8 million viewers — will follow Leakes on her road to Broadway.

They’re still filming, and the season will wrap with her first bow on the Great White Way.
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Jacqueline and Husband Chris Laurita Get Reprieve In Bankruptcy Trial As Judge Approves Extension
At last, some good legal news for a Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member! has learned that Jacqueline and Chris Laurita have been given a last-minute reprieve in their looming bankruptcy trial, as the judge has approved an extension request filed by the trustee overseeing the proceedings.

The couple had been accused of misusing millions in funds from their former clothing company.

They allegedly siphoned off millions from the company, Signature Apparel, and used the cash to support their lavish lifestyle — even though they knew the business was failing.

The couple previously reached an agreement to end the $8 million flap, but the trustee asked for a extension of the case to determine how the funds from that settlement will be distributed.

The judge agreed and granted the extension until January 30, 2015.
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Kim Richards Lawsuit Gets Ugly, Dog Victim Says ‘I Don’t Believe’ She Gave Pitbull To Trainer For Good
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards announced this week that she had handed her pitbull Kingsley over to a trainer after it violently attacked her “second mother,” 80-year-old Kay Rozario. But in an exclusive statement to, Rozario claims she believes Richards’ statement was just a PR ploy — because she knows an “ugly” lawsuit is headed her way!

“I don’t believe it,” Rozario told Radar. “If she gave the dog to a trainer, Kim is intending to get the dog back in the future.”

According to another source, Rozario “does not buy Kim’s sympathy plea. Kim knows there is a lawsuit coming her way, and this is about to get real ugly.”

Rozario first went public with her claims on November 7, when her attorney Bill Zuhdi told Radar exclusively, “I represent [alleged victim] Kay Rozario and she was attacked by Kim Richards’ dog on March 20, 2014, at Kim Richards’ residence. Mrs. Rozario was severely injured from the unprovoked attack of the dog … I have prepared a lawsuit and will be filing the suit [soon].”

Rozario added at the time, “Kim contacted me four months later. She never offered to pay my medical bills. She did nothing. I said to her, ‘You have to get rid of this dog.’ She said, ‘No, I can’t. He is my best friend and I love him.’”

That same day, following news of the suit, Richards, 50, released a statement saying that she “was shocked” that her “lifelong family friend” was “bringing suit against her.”

“I was shocked to learn that lifelong family friend Kay Rozario is bringing suit against me for an incident that took place in March,” the RHOBH star said. “Mrs. Rozario has long played an important part in my life and is someone that I have looked at as a second mother. When the bite occurred I offered immediately to handle any and all costs associated with the hospital visit but was told that would not be necessary and there was nothing she needed me to do because insurance covered all costs. Her details of what happened that morning are vehemently not true, she walked into my bedroom the next morning reaching across Kingsley towards me and Kingsley went after her. She was fully aware that I had a dog before she came to town and saw him upon her arrival. In the past Mrs. Rozario has sold multiple stories involving my family and myself and was paid for her participation in a book about my family. This event took place on the morning of the first time I saw her in over 10 years after a reconciliation for her part in the book. It’s unfortunate how people can go against decades of friendship when something like this happens and make their rounds to the media for money.”

As Radar previously reported, Rozario’s claims came after the attack on Richard’s neice, Kyle Richards’ 18-year-old daughter Alexia Umansky. Following that incident, the reality star released a statement that that said, “At this point I am looking at options to what the next step is for Kingsley. As many of you can relate, he is my best friend. This is a very difficult decision and time for all of us, but the safety of my family always comes first.”
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'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Likely To Be in Limbo Until Teresa Giudice Gets Out of Prison
The Real Housewives of New Jersey” is going to jail along with Teresa Giudice.

A source close to the production tells Confidenti@l that Bravo expects to shelve the hit show until the future Jersey jailbirdgets out of the slammer.

While other members of the cast have been anxiously waiting for seventh-season contracts to drop on their doorsteps, a network insider tells us that “there is zero moving forward anytime soon for ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey.’ ”

“If we’re doing a season seven, Teresa will be part of it,” the source says. “We would shoot it when she’s out of jail.”

With the disgraced reality star set to report to federal prison in Danbury, Conn., for 15 months starting Jan. 5, it could be spring 2016 before Giudice is back in front of the cameras. However, Bravo insiders are not expecting the mother of four, who pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud, to serve her full term.

“The season for ‘Housewives’ is not consistent in the way that the other shows are, like ‘OK, episode one is always Jan. 1’ or whatever,” explained the insider, “ ‘Real Housewives of New York’ missed an entire year before we brought it back. It’s not that we have to do it within a certain amount of time. We do it when we know it’s right and when we want to do it.”

“The network has not made any decision on how we’re moving forward with (‘The Real Housewives Of New Jersey’),” the source added. “We have nothing going forward, we have no (footage) in the can, nothing that we’re shooting right now.

“We’re completely figuring out what to do with the show. We can’t really figure it out until we see what’s going to happen with her and the rest of the cast,” added the source, who insisted that Bravo doesn’t plan to shoot scenes with Giudice before she dons her orange jumpsuit.
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Kyle Richards On Lisa Rinna: ‘Brushing It Under The Carpet Is A Temporary Solution’
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards questioned her friendship with Lisa Vanderpump on the reunion special last year, after she learned that Lisa had possibly tried to put some tabloid magazines in Brandi Glanville’s bag regarding Richards’ husband’s supposed affair. Kyle was hurt and confused, as she thought that Lisa was her friend.

Kyle Richards may have been even more confused, as Vanderpump had been caught saying rude and harsh things about Kyle and her husband. On The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Vanderpump had joked that people just had to list their home with Mauricio Umansky, and Kyle would become a great friend. She hinted that Richards was all about the professional relationships.

According to a new Bravo report, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards may have forgotten those nasty comments when she met up with her former friend for lunch on the premiere episode of this new season. She wanted to work things out.

“Lisa and I picked up where we left off last year. I reached out to Lisa and asked her to meet with me. Lisa and I had always been close. In the past couple of years, we have had our moments and a lot of obstacles to work through. However, life is too short, and I wanted to talk it out and be able to start from scratch,” Richards reveals.
Richards also points out that she does miss her friend, even though comments were made that she doesn’t necessarily agree with. But during their lunch, Kyle didn’t bring up the comments that were made behind her back. Perhaps, she doesn’t want to deal with the confrontation.

“I missed the days of us just laughing and having fun. I wanted to get to a strong enough place where we wouldn’t go backwards again or let outside negativity influence our friendship. I think that in order to do that you have to have these conversations. Brushing it under the carpet and just “moving on” is always a temporary solution,” Richards explains, hinting that this makeup is only temporary between them.
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Dina Manzo Caught Playing With Sex Toys, On Camera Asking For Threesome In Secret ‘RHONJ’ Footage
Is Dina Manzo too hot for TV? Bravo initially did not want viewers to see a raunchy sex scene starring Caroline Manzo’s younger sis from the Atlantic City trip on the Real Housewives of New Jersey. But now, has learned, they’ve changed their minds and decided to expose Manzo’s freaky side on tonight’s final “Secrets Revealed” episode of the show.

“In tonight’s special, Dina is seen shopping for sex toys with the girls,” an insider told Radar. “While there, she picks up a 14-inch dildo … and starts taking selfies with it!”

The source leaked a screenshot of the scene to Radar, below:

That wasn’t the end of her sexual acts in the store, however. “Dina also picks up crotchless underwear and claims that it would be good to cover her piece,” the source said. “In addition, she makes it known to the girls that she will try anything once!”

And according to the source, she proved that in a super-raunchy scene that ended up on the cutting room floor!

“On the Bravo site, there is a scene where Amber and Jim [Marchese] kiss in a limo,” the source explained. “Everone was calling out saying they wanted to see them kiss. What’s not seen on the tape is that Dina says that she wants to watch them make out. And after that, she comments that she wants to participate with them!”

“Was she just joking around? Absolutely not!” the source insisted. “Dina was dead serious about this.”
Finally, in the same wild night, the source claims that Dina said she wanted to be “Teresa Aprea’s date for the evening and joked about wanting to get her ‘date drunk’ so she could get lucky. The moral of the story is that Dina is a freak!”

Radar reached out to Jim Marchese to confirm what the source had described, and he verified that all of these incidents were accurate.
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Phaedra Parks Opens Up About Single Mom Status
Forget playing devoted wife to Apollo NidaPhaedra Parks is fully focused on her role as “super mommy” to her young sons Ayden, 4, and Dylan, 18 months.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star opens up to about motherhood and Nida to about motherhood and her incarcerated husband in a new blog post.

When asked if she was surprised 36-year-old Nida showed up to Ayden’s dentist appointment recently, Parks, 41, revealed she wasn’t at all.

“I schedule all of the children’s doctor visits, and I always make sure Apollo has all the information,” she explains. “We love our sons, and I always want to give Apollo the tools to be an effective father.”

But her main goal is to be “Wonder Woman” to her little boy.

“As a mother I have never been as touched to hear my son refer to me as a Super Mommy,” she reveals. “I hope that he will always feel and know that I would jump leaps and bounds for him and his brother.”

Still, as a busy working mom, Parks says that “it is a constant struggle” to balance work and her boys’ needs.

“So him feeling that way really validates my efforts in keeping that balance, she gushes.
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Teresa Giudice's Daughter Gia Seeks Donations for Her 3KT Group Music Video
The show must go on.

At least that's the attitude Gia Giudice is taking when it comes to her burgeoning music career.

Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe Giudice's eldest daughter is taking financial matters into her own hands, asking for online donations to help make her music dreams come true.

Despite the fact that her parents will soon serve time in prison for multiple charges, including bankruptcy fraud, the 13-year-old singer is looking on the bright side.

"Obviously, any news that is hurtful or horrible to hear is so upsetting. But my family is probably one of the strongest families I know, so we'll get through this," she recently told Access Hollywood, adding, "It's going to be fine and when it's over, we're going to be better than ever."

But while the cash-strapped family is dealing with hefty fines and legal fees, Gia isn't putting her music on hold. A member of the group 3KT, the band she started with pals Alexa Maetta, 16, and Christianna Cardinale, 14, Gia and her friends launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for their upcoming video.

"3KT love our fans! We want to give you an awesome original Christmas music video in time for the holiday!" reads a message on their Kickstarter page, which seeks to raise $7,500 by Dec. 12.

As for what the parentals think of her pop star aspirations, "My parents think it's fun," Gia told Access Hollywood. "I just want to make them proud." 
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