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Top Reality TV Gretchens

by Jane Murphy, posted Oct 29th 2010 1:30PM
Gretchen. It's an old fashioned, salt-of-the Earth name. Of German derivation, it means "reality show star." OK, it means "pearl," but are we the only ones who've noticed that some of reality's highest profile provocateurs over the years have gone by the name "Gretchen"?

We don't know if producers actually seek out potential cast members with this admittedly memorable name (not as memorable as "Mondo" or "Omarosa", but pretty memorable). Whether or not Gretchens have an inside track when it comes to casting, they almost always deliver the drama.

Attention-grabbing Gretchens. Fetching Gretchens. Designing Gretchens. Here's a list of some Gretchens whose lives you may have have followed on network TV or basic cable.

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Vicki Wants Out of the 'Real Housewives' Reunion Show (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 12th 2010 1:34AM
Real Housewives of Orange County, VickiVicki, Vicki, Vicki. First of all, where did you get that hideous dress? Seriously, did you play like Scarlett O'Hara and rip a curtain off a window?

And if you don't want to fight on national TV, why on earth would you sign on for a show like 'The Real Housewives of Orange County' (Thu., 9PM ET on Bravo)? That's what you guys do – fight, make up, fight, make up. That's really about all there is to it.

So either get with the program, or move on to a show like 'The Marriage Ref.' Yeah, you'd probably fit right in over there.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Tamra Barney Dishes on her Separation on 'Real Housewives' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 11th 2010 4:35AM
Real Housewives of Orange County, Simon and Tamra SeparationThings have been imploding between Simon and Tamra for a while now on 'The Real Housewives of Orange County' (Wed., 10PM ET on Bravo), so it's no big shocker that they would separate.

Tamra talked moving out and getting her own apartment, but whenever there are kids involved, it always ups the emotional factor exponentially. Sophia isn't doing all that great, which is hard for everyone involved. And Tamra looks like she's aged about ten years during this season.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Real Housewives' Head to Beverly Hills

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 10th 2010 4:22PM
Mia MichaelsGet ready for the 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Bravo has given the go-ahead to four new series, including a Beverly Hills edition of its popular 'Real Housewives' franchise. (We're already imagining a crossover episode with the nearby 'Real Housewives of Orange County.')

Also getting the greenlight are 'Miami Social Club,' a reality series that chronicles the lives of Miami socialites, but apparently has nothing to do with Bravo's other Miami-based series, 'Miami Social,' 'Million Dollar Decorators,' about high-end designers, and the New York-based 'Pregnant in Heels.'

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Vicki Comforts Tamra on 'Real Housewives of Orange County' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 5th 2010 3:53AM
Real Housewives of Orange County, Tamra, VickiEven though they can be shallow, petty and whiny, it's still disheartening any time a divorce enters into the equation on 'The Real Housewives of Orange County' (Thu., 10PM ET on Bravo).

Tamra thinks that's just where she's headed with Simon, and turns to Vicki for guidance. And Vicki has some darn good advice.

"You've gotta stop him from controlling you," she told the distraught housewife. "You are gonna control your own destiny. You can't let anybody else do it. At the very end of the night when you put your head on the pillow, it's your life." You can't argue with that.

On the other hand, is Vicki really one to be giving marriage advice?

Watch the video after the jump.

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What to Watch: March 4

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 4th 2010 6:00AM
'Real Housewives of New York City' (11PM, Bravo) season 3 premiere
Oh, it's on! The season opens with Jill and LuAnn joining Ramona on a Hamptons boating excursion, but they don't make it more than a few minutes into the episode before the claws come out and Jill is riffing on the inappropriateness of Ramona's skimpy bikini while LuAnn picks at Ramona for her rude hubby's behavior. And that's small stuff compared to the tension-filled get together the snooty Countess has with tell-it-like-it-is Bethenny, as LuAnn calls Bethenny out on some catty comments from last season, and Bethenny calls LuAnn, among other things, a drag queen. We also learn that one-time BFFs Bethenny and Jill are on the outs, and a sneak peek at the rest of the season shows Bethenny again butting heads with crazy Kelly. It's a good thing our favorite preggers, nekkid-posing, Skinny Girl chef Bethenny is getting her own spin-off series on Bravo ... this show isn't big enough for her and the other NYC divas.

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March 2010 Premiere Dates And Finales

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 27th 2010 10:00AM
Dancing with the Stars / Nip/Tuck
Now that Olympic fever has subsided, it's time to look ahead to a March filled with many returning favorites, including ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars,' NBC's 'The Apprentice,' and Comedy Central's bad boys of 'South Park.' The month also offers both 'The 82nd Annual Academy Awards' on ABC and NCAA Basketball's "March Madness" on CBS.

March kicks off with one of the most controversial premieres of the year. After a dismal performance in primetime, Jay Leno returns to 'The Tonight Show' (Mon., March 1 at 11:35PM on NBC) desk he temporarily vacated for Conan O'Brien. Make sure you don't miss a moment of the biggest premieres and finales in March.

Check out our full list of highlights after the jump.

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Simon Compares Vicki to Hitler on 'Real Housewives' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 26th 2010 1:02AM
Real Housewives of Orange County, TamraIt's one thing to fight with your wife's friend, but quite another to compare her to Hitler.

"Everyone has a good side," Simon says to Tamra on 'The Real Housewives of Orange County' (Thu., 10PM ET on Bravo). "Hitler had a good side. He was very nice to Eva Braun ... he had some dogs and he took care of the dogs, but he was evil anti-Christ."

You know ... like Vicki. We especially love the editing on this scene. When Tamra cranks her head to look at Simon, it's like that "dramatic hamster" video on YouTube.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Gretchen on 'Real Housewives': 'Everyone Should Be For Lease' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 19th 2010 5:18AM
The Real Housewives of Orange County, GretchenTalk about ruining the moment. Slade was all set to pop the question to Gretchen on 'The Real Housewives of Orange County' (Thu., 10PM ET on Bravo), until she started crazy-talking about how everybody should be for lease.

"If I had somebody for lease and I knew that, hey, they're either gonna keep me or turn me in for a newer or better version, I'm gonna try and stay tuned up! I'm gonna try and be as good as I can."

Yeah, that's stable. Good luck with that, Slade.

Watch the video after the jump.

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The Curtins Get an Eviction Notice on 'Real Housewives of Orange County' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 12th 2010 2:34AM
Real Housewives of Orange County - Lynne gets an eviction noticeHey, they don't call it a reality show for nothing. Reality is hitting home on 'The Real Housewives of Orange County' (Thurs., 10PM ET on Bravo) when the Curtins get an eviction notice. Only problem? Lynne and Frank weren't there when the eviction was served. Raquel had to call and tell her mom they'd just been served.

Well, you know what, Lynne? Maybe you should have thought twice about that face lift. Maybe Frank is right, and you've been living beyond your means for a while now. Maybe it's time to get ... a reality check!

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Real Housewives of Orange County': 'Stay out of my marriage!' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 5th 2010 6:52AM
The Real Housewives of Orange County"Stay out of my marriage!" says Simon, Tamra's husband on 'The Real Housewives of Orange County' (Thurs., 10PM ET on Bravo). It's true that Vicki was sticking her nose into Simon and Tamra's marriage, but everyone knows that something told in confidence to a girlfriend shouldn't go any further.

At any rate, things aren't looking so good for Simon and Tamra's marriage. How long do you give these two? For that matter, how long before Tamra and Vicki's friendship implodes?

Watch the video after the jump.

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Top TV Stories of 2009: The Real Housewives were everywhere

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 21st 2009 1:02PM
The Bravo network has had a lot of success with reality TV, especially the Real Housewives of Orange County, which begat the Real Housewives of New York City, which begat the Real Housewives of Atlanta ... and in 2009, the Real Housewives of New Jersey. It's been quite a year for the women, and believe me, they all made news.

There were hit songs, wigs being pulled, economic strife, dueling fashion shows, potential husbands dying suddenly ... and that was just on one installment. Let's take a look back, show by show, shall we, starting with the newest bunch of merry wives, the Jersey girls. Their specialty was table flipping.

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Finally, the Housewives get their comeuppance

by Hemal Jhaveri, posted Nov 16th 2009 5:07PM
Real Housewives of Orange County Is it wrong of me to be finally, justly, overjoyed at the financial ruin that has befallen the Real Housewives of Orange County? When the Bravo show first started, we were on the brink of a national recession. Now, a few seasons later, we're waist-deep in financial hardship, the likes of which has just hit the overly-tanned ladies of Coto.

After seasons of watching the Housewives -- and pick any permutation you want here, from NYC to Atlanta -- gobble up jewels and homes and indulge in a kind of narcissism that many parents wouldn't even allow their toddlers, it's supremely gratifying to see the house of cards they built on credit come crashing down.

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'Real Housewives of Orange County' Premiere: Team Gretchen vs. Team Tamra

by Amy Kuperinsky, posted Nov 6th 2009 3:54PM
Gretchen Rossi and Tamra BarneyWe're only one episode into the fifth season of the 'Real Housewives of Orange County,' and already the bad blood is flowing -- profusely.

The dirt slinging aired last night between stars Gretchen Rossi and Tamra Barney, the self-proclaimed "hottest housewife." Unfortunately, their differences couldn't take a backseat at a dinner event hosted by co-star Lynne Curtin, who was showing off her new jewelry collection.

In the episode, Barney directly alluded to some racy photos that were leaked on the Internet, showing Rossi in a variety of potentially compromising positions.

"You have a horrible, horrible, horrible reputation," Barney told Rossi. "I don't want to be a part of somebody like that. I don't want to be known as the ... the girl, the hooker in Orange County. I don't want to be your friend."

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Real Orange County wife evicted and scandalized

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 6th 2009 3:03PM
Lynn_Curtin_Bravo_Real_HousewivesLately, I feel like I need a shower after watching an episode of any of the Real Housewives on Bravo. The franchise is getting progressively trashier, which probably doesn't bother Bravo because the ratings have continued to boom.

This latest news might help The Real Housewives of Orange County when it returns. Reality star Lynne Curtin has been accused of stealing furniture from the house she'd been renting for the show. Not only that, but the homeowner is claiming Curtin also destroyed property before vacating.

That image is diametrically opposite of the one presented on the show. Curtin's home was never revealed to be a rental for starters. Her domestic situation was also seemingly secure and stable, with no problems with her husband and children.

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