Lifelong New Yorker Joan Rivers has moved to the Land of La La to live — and lock horns — with daughter Melissa, and it's all captured on their new WE tv reality series Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best? We sat down with the two yakkety-yaks and got a taste of turmoil to come.
TV Guide Magazine: Does this show bring you new insight into each other?
Melissa: God, yes. I now know my mother can make me revert to my worst, most petulant teenage self. Suddenly, I'm 17 again. She can't ground me, can she?
Joan: And I've now seen that Melissa truly runs her own life. I thought she was my appendage. Now I'm hers. She doesn't need me anymore. The bitch.
TV Guide Magazine: What's up with your battles over plastic surgery?
Melissa: I've had my nose done and my boobs done so I'm not against it, except when it starts to become an addiction. And that's my mom.
Joan: She'll change her tune when she's my age. Trust me on that one!
TV Guide Magazine: Do you boss around the producers?
Melissa: We give notes. I'm always saying, "Faster and funnier, please."
Joan: My main note is the same every episode: "I look fat." You get shallow.
TV Guide Magazine: How "real" is this reality show?
Joan: Totally real. That's why we agreed to do it. Though I'm not gonna break a hip unless the cameras are rolling.
Melissa: We're old whores. Even when we've forgotten about the cameras, we always find our key light.
Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best? premieres tonight at 9/8c on WE tv.