Once again, the contestant sent packing on this week's Platinum Hit (Mondays, 10/9c, Bravo) was the one who had contributed the least. At least that's what we were led to believe: according to Melissa Rapp, it was simply her time to go, and she couldn't hang on because she didn't bring the strategy that reality TV calls for.
Below, she shares her naive involvement in the genre, and her surprise at the machinations that were taking place all around her (alleging that Nick's attitude is a pose and that Jes and Johnny's relationship is contrived). While the narrative that goes "hindsight is 20/20" is common, especially for those chewed up and spit out by reality TV, Rapp articulates her experience particularly well, especially for someone who left a show about writing so early...
Dia Frampton, Beverly McClellan, Vicci Martinez, Javier Colon
The Voice, which became a rare ratings hit for NBC, pulled in 10.77 million viewers as it crowned its first winner.
No show provokes a gut reaction like Toddlers & Tiaras (Wednesdays, 10/9c, TLC). Those who aren't entranced by the very specific, extremely odd cultural world of child beauty pageants tend to wring their hands and decry the behavior on display as despicable or abusive. Reality TV has a way of bringing out the armchair psychologists, but to tackle the issues the show brings up, we thought we'd talk to an expert on the side of the pageants: Annette Hill runs the circuit Universal Royalty Beauty Pageants that the show frequently profiles. She is outspoken, passionate and more than a little defensive over criticism. Still, she runs her business like an open book, having incorporated TV coverage from the start and keeping her pageants open to the public. (In the interest of providing full disclosure, she also invited me down to their nationals pageant in November. Should the invitation stand come pageant time, I will absolutely take her up on it.)
Below, we hit Hill with just about every critique we could think of: the idea that pageants sexualize children, the toll pageants could take on the competitors' psyches, the unease that seeing a child in full makeup can provoke, the curse of the stage parent. Gamely, she tackles the ire head on...
Mark Halperin, a senior political analyst for MSNBC, called President Obama "a d---" on Morning Joe and was indefinitely suspended.
"I want to offer a heartfelt and profound apology to the president, to my MSNBC colleagues, and to the viewers. My remark was unacceptable, and I deeply regret it," Halperin said in a statement.
Love in the Wild
Love in the Wild (Wednesdays, 10/9c, NBC) is a trashy beach novel of a TV show. It is salacious in nature (10 women and 10 men are thrown together in a Costa Rican paradise to partner-swap their way to true love) but not in practice (so much closed-mouth kissing). It is kind of mean (each week the last picked — that is, least desired — from each sex goes home) but then again completely goofy (at one point during a river-rafting challenge, someone confused a stick for a crocodile). It is mindless enough to be ideal summertime programming.
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To give you a sense of how silly this whole thing is, we're counting down the top 10 most ridiculous things these ridiculous (though as yet even tempered) people said on Wednesday's ridiculous premiere...
Get ready for a summer of "Double Trouble" when CBS' Big Brother returns July 7.
Season 13 of the summer reality show will feature eight new faces along with duos from past seasons. Together they'll live in a camera-rigged Venice Beach-inspired house and have their lives taped 24 hours a day as they compete for the $500,000 grand prize.
LuAnn de Lesseps, Jill Zarin
The Real Housewives of New York's LuAnn de Lesseps is continuing her quest to become a singer with her newly released music video for "Chic C'est La Vie."
"Listen up, this is the countess speaking. We have arrived," LuAnn says in the first line of the song. From there, she gets in her limo and is off to Atlantic City's Borgata hotel where she's joined by fellow cast members Jill Zarin and Kelly Bensimon.