It's been said that we are in the golden age of television because of the sheer volume, variety and availability of programming on broadcast networks, cable and streaming services. And yet, TV fans still must suffer through the stress of waiting for their favorite shows to be renewed and the consequent gut-punch of grief when they aren't.
Thanks to social media, fans have a direct line to show’s creators, writers and stars, and fans are fighting back.
Thanks to Andy Cohen, Bravo has created some of the most decadent reality TV moments in the genre’s history. Who can forget the ‘Who Gon' Check me Boo?’ greatness from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, the brutally of the Richards’ sisters limo fight or the ‘Scary Island’ episodes from The Real Housewives of New York that proved that truth is always more terrifying than fiction?
There’s another priceless gem to add to Bravo's treasure trove of entertainment: the dueling marriage conferences on Married To Medicine.
Here's all the tea about how this priceless event came to be...
The best part about NBC's The Voice, besides the judges trash-talking each other and those super-campy spinning chairs, is the fact that the contestants are judged solely on their voices so that that their talent is cherished instead of critiqued. But it's also because of the epic unscripted moments, like when a judge joins a contestant on stage to jam out and hopefully woo them to their team. It can either go terribly wrong or fantastically right, and either one makes for good television. The latter happened on Wednesday's episode of The Voice.
After Voice hopeful Joe Maye bewitched the crowd, as well as judges Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton, with his performance of '50s rock staple, "I Put A Spell On You," Christina expressed how much she loved performing the song. "That is one of my favorite songs in the whole wide world to sing. I would actually love to sing it with you one day," Aguilera gushed.
Pharrell, who turns into a beaming fangirl whenever Xtina sings, asked, "Why don't you?"
What happened next was a riffing, running, face-melting series of adlibs and burgeoning chemistry that had the judges on their feet, the audience cheering, and an already over-the-moon Maye screaming "Oh my God!" after their impromptu slay session ended.
If Maye can hold his own with a Grammy-winning legend in a spontaneous performance, he may the man to beat at this early stage in the competition.
Watch the video below! The blind auditions continue tonight on The Voice at 8/7c.
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The arrival of spring means warmer weather, brunch outdoors and a field-fresh harvest of guilty pleasure television. Bravo is kicking off their summer season with their fan-favorite reality show, Shahs of Sunset. The squad is back, and a new preview finds Reza, MJ, Gigi, Asa and new guy Shervin gearing up for another summer of partying, jet-setting, fighting.
If you've watched more than two minutes of season 15 of Fox's American Idol, you definitely know it's the farewell season. They've promoted it with as much subtlety of one of Cher's 17 goodbye tours in hopes to stoking ratings and getting an eleventh hour renewal. Auditions and Hollywood Week tried to wring extra tears from hopeful and heartbroken contenders, their families and even the judges. While it was occasionally effective, it also read as desperately manipulative.
On Thursday, Kelly Clarkson, the first American Idol winner with a voice that sounds like a rainbow-covered bolt of lightning, and a spirit to match, just reminded fans that true musicians just need a a microphone, a piano and an insane amount of bravery to land a sucker-punch to the feels. The extremely pregnant Clarkson performed a stripped down version of "Piece By Piece" with such vulnerability and soul, that the normally upbeat Idol audience was reduced to tears. Judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, Idol contestants were visibly moved as they listened to the ballad about an absentee father.
Kelly herself even broke down during the last minutes of the song, turning away to compose herself and apologizing to the understanding crowd. She blamed it on being "super pregnant and hormonal" after the audience's lengthy standing ovation.
Watch the performance below and try not to ugly-cry.
The 88th Annual Academy Awards are this Sunday, and you’re either in the midst of planning your Oscar party, indifferent to the awards show obsession or boycotting because of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. I'm leaning towards avoiding the awards ceremony, save for host Chris Rock's opening monologue, so I've planned a full roster of television to mainline along with a gooey plate of nachos.
Here are 5 shows to binge-watch on Oscar night...
From Cynthia’s martial issues and launch of her eyewear collection to the petty competition for occupancy certificates between Moore Manor and Chateau Sheree, the eighth, and Nene Leakes-lite, season of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta, has yet to disappoint.
New housewife actress/director/Scout Mommy Kim Fields has been an polarizing and frustrating for addition to the cast. Fans of the show and Fields’ career were taken aback by a Kim's surprisingly homebodied personality. She's a woman who successfully avoided the perils of Hollywood and child stardom when few black women did, but can't bear being away from her husband for more than 12 hours. How does she direct “hundreds of hours of television” and corral petulant, ego-driven actors, but is overwhelmed by the prospect of a day on a boat with accomplished women? Did she even know what she was signing up for?
A few weeks ago, James Kennedy and lip-liner lovin’ Lala Kent from Bravo’s dirty guilty pleasure reality show, “Vanderpump Rules,” dropped more f-bombs on a live broadcast of “Watch What Happens Live!” than the characters in a Quentin Tarantino film. You could almost hear producers signing their pink slips; and thanks to the censors, not much else.
Even host celebrity-scandal addicted host Andy Cohen, who once famously had Lady Gaga’s pee turned into perfume, was horrified: "They didn’t stop cursing, and I was really irritated. The viewers hated it. They were cursing so much, whoever our censor is, they’re very liberal, and every time you say a curse word, they block out the sentence before, the sentence after, so it’s like the whole episode was on mute. And it was very irritating. It just left a really bad taste in my mouth,” Cohen told BravoTV.com
So how does a show about the bed-hopping, partner-swapping, profane waitstaff of “Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump’s sexy restaurant Sur earn even a modicum class? By getting a theme-song remix from a sexy and sophisticated Oscar winner, of course!
Tuesday morning, wife and dedicated Instagrammer Chrissy Teigen posted a video of hubby John Legend performing a sultry version of the show’s now famous opening song for a friend, and it's even better than you can imagine. His glamour and charisma elevates Vanderpump's rep...at least until some bangs someone else’s boyfriend. Watch and swoon below!
Unlike overpriced Hermes handbags, every season of Bravo's "The Real Housewives" has its own unique in its own over-the-top, captivating flare. The women of New York are neurotic, anxiety-driven whack-a-doodles who talk so fast and so much that they can insult each other without the others realizing it until hours later. The Beverly Hills wives are so deliciously connected that every conversation feels like a behind-the-scenes tell-all come to life. Atlanta offers the best catchphrases ("Fix it, Jesus"; "Gone With The Wind Fabulous"; "Bloop") and supportive friendships.
However, every franchise is built on a catty, insecure, zany foundation that's vintage Housewives, and it must be celebrated! If you are 21 and over, you can play Small Screen Girl's Real Housewives Drinking Game! An since Housewives diets are more regulated than American gun sales, you can trade alcohol for bites of your favorite carby or chocolaty treat, if you're underage, don't like alcohol or just hungry! #DrinkResponsibly
Take a drink or a bite if the following happens:
There is a montage of a Housewife's gigantic and impeccably decorated home.
A Housewife is frazzled during the set-up of a party, even though the caterers and event planners are doing all of the work.
A few Housewives decide that a glamorous party or a charity event is the perfect time to hash out their problems. It does not go well.
A tiny disagreement between two Housewives becomes an episodes-long fiasco with people taking sides and possible hashtags (#whatdidHarrydo #tablegate #scaryisland).
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