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Albie and Chris Manzo Get 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Spinoff, Dr. Drew Heading to HLN and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 29th 2010 10:30AM
Albie and Chris ManzoAlbie and Chris Manzo are ready for their close-up on Bravo. The sons of 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Caroline Manzo have begun work on a new spinoff, according to the New York Post.

The two Manzo brothers appeared on Bravo's 'The Millionaire Matchmaker' earlier this season, bringing in the show's highest ratings and getting a lot of female attention.

The New York Post reports that the brothers have signed a contract with Bravo and recently moved into their own place in Hoboken. "The boys were looking for some independence," a source told the Post. "They're getting a ton of attention from the ladies and needed their own space."

Bravo is staying mum on the topic, telling the Post they have "not made any announcement."

In other TV news ...

'The Munsters' star Butch Patrick is in rehab following a reported overdose. Following a 40-year drug and alcohol battle, Patrick has checked into a California treatment center on a scholarship. The former child star is at work on a new A&E reality series 'Life's a Butch.' [Radar Online]

Dr. Drew Pinsky is heading to HLN. The reality show doctor who became known for programs such as 'Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,' 'Sober House,' and 'Loveline' will headline his own series that will tackle a variety of subjects. Look for it in spring 2011. [Variety]

Fox is developing a sitcom with comedian Owen Benjamin. The comic will play a high school counselor who is balancing his bachelor lifestyle and bizarre family. [Deadline Hollywood]

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'Real Housewives' News: A Replacement for Bethenny, Possible Miami Franchise and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 20th 2010 1:30PM
'The Real Housewives of New York'Since Bethenny Frankel is officially out as a regular on Bravo's 'The Real Housewives of New York City,' we can now speculate on who's going to replace her. An UsMagazine.com report surfaced this weekend outing Cindy Barshop as the lucky lady lined up for 'RHONY''s fourth season.

"She's funny and very nice!" a source, who also said Barshop's casting was confirmed, told Us.

According to the information Vulture could dig up about Barshop, she's a single mother of two year-old twin girls who owns a spa with locations in New York and Palm Beach, Fl. called Completely Bare. She's been photographed with 'Jersey Shore''s The Situation and DJ Pauly D, and endorses the practice of vajazzling. The more you know!

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Casting Roundup: Candice Bergen to Play Cuddy's Mom on 'House,' 'Real Housewives' Sons to Appear on 'Millionaire Matchmaker'

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 16th 2010 11:20AM
Candice BergenMurphy Brown is in the 'House.' Yep, Candice Bergen is making a 'House' call to play Cuddy's mother on the hit Fox medical drama.

OK, enough with the puns, here are the details: The five-time Emmy winner will begin her multi-episode arc in November. According to The Ausiello Files, this is Bergen's first TV role since 'Boston Legal' wrapped. No word on an official episode count, but be sure to see plenty of shared screen time between Bergen, Lisa Edelstein (Cuddy) and Hugh Laurie (House).

In other casting news ...

Patty Duke has joined the cast of Lifetime's 'Unanswered Prayers,' the TV flick about Garth Brooks' song. The movie follows a couple, played by Eric Close and Samantha Mathis, whose lives change when a woman, played by Madchen Amick, returns to their small town. Duke will play mom to Manthis' character. Alex Frnka has also been cast as the girlfriend to the couple's son. [Deadline Hollywood]

Lucy Liu will headline 'Marry Me,' a four-hour multi-part movie on Lifetime. The movie, about a woman looking for her true love, also has Steven Pasquale, Bobby Cannavale , Enrique Murciano and Annie Potts on board. [Variety]

Lou Diamond Phillips has joined Sherry Stringfield and Jamie-Lynn Sigler in Josh Berman's untitled Lifetime cop pilot. Phillips will play the boss to Stringfield and Sigler's police detective characters. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Chris Christie Takes Credit For 'Real Housewives of N.J.' Reconciliation (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 7th 2010 4:22PM
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appeared on 'Morning Joe' (Weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC) Tuesday, and predictably, the conversation turned toward his state's most popular exports: 'The Real Housewives' and 'Jersey Shore.'

Before quizzing him on his presidential aspirations, Mika Brzezinski asked the Republican about Monday night's big reconciliation between Danielle Staub and some of her castmates on 'The Real Housewives' reunion special.

"Another symbol of the Christie administration," Christie bragged, playing it straight. "Bringing people together."

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Does Teresa Giudice Deserve a Raise on 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey'?

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 1st 2010 1:00PM
Teresa GiudiceTeresa Giudice has been making waves on the Internet thanks to her outrageous spending -- even after filing for bankruptcy -- and hot temper on Bravo's 'Real Housewives of New Jersey.' But that could all change if she doesn't get a raise.

According to TMZ, Giudice wants more money or she's walking away from the Bravo reality series. And not just any kind of raise, either -- she wants 'Jersey Shore'-like money.

Popeater's Rob Shuter says the cast of 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' make $3,333 per episode. That's peanuts compared to the 'Jersey Shore' kids, who reportedly get close to $30,000 per episode -- not to mention 'Shore' cast member Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and his reported $5 million payday from endorsement deals and appearances.

Should Giudice and the other ladies get a boost? Heck yes!

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'Real Housewives' Roundup: Bethenny Out of 'New York,' 'New Jersey' Reunion Gets Heated

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 25th 2010 3:00PM
Bethenny FrankelFans of Bravo's 'Real Housewives of New York City' can stop holding their breath -- the show will be back for a season 4, but without one familiar face. Bethenny Frankel has not been asked back to the show.

But, don't feel bad for the new mom. Frankel is busy filming the second season of her reality series 'Bethenny Getting Married?' instead of joining the rest of the women on 'Real Housewives of New York City.'

According to the New York Daily News, everybody else from last season -- Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, Ramona Singer, Alex McCord, LuAnn de Lesseps and newbie Sonja Morgan -- has been asked back for another helping of socialite drama. No word on Jennifer Gilbert, who was followed by cameras for months but rarely popped up on season 3.

In other 'Real Housewives' news ...

'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' pulled in a solid number of viewers during its season 2 finale. The show was watched by 3.4 million total viewers and 2.3 million viewers age 18-49. Caroline Manzo took to her Bravo blog to discuss her much-hyped confrontation with Danielle Staub and said the names she called Staub were "cruel" and "childish."

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News Roundup: 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Get Banned, 'Glee' Wants more Britney Spears and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 23rd 2010 6:45PM
Jacqueline Laurita's daughter on 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' wasn't the only person who got in trouble for the ratings bonanza country club scuffle. The entire cast and crew of the Bravo reality series has been banned from the North Jersey Country Club in Wayne, NJ.

According to E! Online, the country club staff claims they were mislead about the nature of event and "embarrassed with the staged behavior" of several cast members.

"It is safe to say that the 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' cast and crew members are not welcome at the North Jersey Country Club and I assure you that nothing like this will ever occur again at this club," John Stanley, general manager of the club, wrote in a letter.

In other TV news ...

Betty White is in NBC's new promo for season 2 of 'Community.' She thinks she's guest-starring on 'Glee.' It's precious. [Entertainment Weekly]

Diane Keaton's HBO pilot 'Tilda' may be in trouble. Backstage drama has caused showrunner Cynthia Mort to leave the project. Mort was reportedly clashing with Keaton and show producer and director Bill Condon. Ellen Page also stars in the pilot. [Ausiello Files]

Britney Spears returning to 'Glee' for another cameo? Co-creator Ryan Murphy said the pop star will "probably" make another appearance. Spears filmed her cameo last week. [Live Feed]

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Danielle Staub Fired From 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'?

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 16th 2010 4:05PM
Danielle Staub"Pay attention, puh-leeze." Danielle Staub has been fired from Bravo's 'Real Housewives of New Jersey,' according to a report in Life & Style Magazine.

"Danielle was told that she would not be returning for a third season," a source told Life & Style.

Now, before you start throwing your tables in fits of joy (or rage, we know you're out there Danielle fans), Staub has reportedly been discussing a spin-off show of her own.

Bravo's reality series has seen record ratings for the cable channel, especially for the episodes featuring scuffles between Staub and other cast members -- the table flip of season 1 was seen by 4.6 million viewers and the country club hair-pulling incident of this season was seen by 3.29 million viewers.

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Danielle Fights With Teresa and Ashley on 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 13th 2010 10:05AM
Real Housewives of New JerseyAfter weeks of teasing, it's finally here ladies and gentlemen. It's the big fight of season 2 on 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' (Mon., 10PM on Bravo). While not quite a table flip, it's just as screechy and nonsensical.

Now, we're not taking sides, but it seems that all parties involved are to blame for this.

Teresa claimed she just wanted to say "Hello," but it quickly escalated. After Danielle tried to insult Teresa by saying her $5 million home was in foreclosure, that's when things heated up. Danielle went running, Teresa went running after her, people got trampled and it all ended outside.

Kim G did her best to calm everybody down by repeatedly shouting "Calm down!" in the face of anybody she got near, but things really exploded when out of nowhere Ashley, Jacqueline's daughter, popped up and pulled Danielle's hair.

"Love and light. Stay in the positive, bitch," Ashley said.

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Andy Cohen Throws Ham at His Guests (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jun 29th 2010 3:30PM
Proving once again that he's nothing if not a purveyor of good taste, Andy Cohen flings ham at his guests in honor of the 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' "ham game" on 'Watch What Happens: Live' (Mon, 11PM ET on Bravo).

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Danielle Gets Mad on 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 29th 2010 10:40AM
Danielle StaubAt Kim D's event on 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' (Mon., 10PM on BRAVO), Teresa Giudice and Jacqueline Laurita sat with the host, pissing off Danielle Staub. You see, Danielle thought Kim D was a friend, but there she was sitting with her sworn enemies.

"When I saw Teresa and Jacqueline both sitting at Kim D's table, I thought they're just so desperate to get at me that they have to befriend somebody that was my friend," Danielle said.

After that, Danielle could not be bothered to pay attention to the fashion show. She was over it, obviously, and pretended she was texting and calling friends, something she said Paris Hilton taught her.

When Kim G told Danielle that nobody was watching her and they were just paying attention to the show, Danielle said, "That was the point, it was a diss. I'm being dissed, I'm being dissed."

Then, Jacqueline's daughter took the runway and Danielle muttered "coke whore." Classy.

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Incredibly Rude on 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 22nd 2010 3:45AM
Incredibly Rude on 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey'It takes special effort to be more rude and more tacky than a 'Real Housewife.' But on the latest episode of 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' (Mon., 10PM ET on Bravo), party planner Elvira Grau accomplishes this difficult feat.

Housewife Teresa Giudice decides to throw a housewarming party -- even though she and her husband may actually be broke. She's not throwing a party at the house that she might have to sell in order to cover her debts. And the party isn't at the second house she has to sell to pay off her debts. No; the party is at her other other house. Ah, good times. Nothing like owing $10 million and still deciding to throw a lavish celebration.

Teresa invites party planner Elvira into her house to assist with the affair. Unfortunately, Elvira turns out to be awful. Elvira gives Teresa a hard time for not having her own personal nanny, maid, driver, and cook -- while somehow not understanding that other human beings can manage to drive and cook and clean for themselves.

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Danielle Pole Dances on 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 15th 2010 10:50AM
Real Housewives of New JerseyOh, Danielle. When will it all end? From the "leaking" of your sex tape to this latest stunt, it seems viewers cannot escape your sexuality.

On 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' (Mon., 10PM on BRAVO), Danielle showed off her moves from back in the day and gave tips.

"Always engage," she said striking a stripper pose. "And then suggest."

Then her entourage threw money at her, prompting her to reminisce about her stripping days. Of course she was used to getting larger bills than $1.

If only the other 'Housewives' could see her. Teresa would have a mouthful to say, that's for sure.

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The Perks of Marrying a Jewish Man on 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted May 4th 2010 10:10AM
Real Housewives of New JerseyYou don't get much more Italian than Teresa and her family on 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' (Mon., 10PM on BRAVO). Teresa's mother-in-law asked her granddaughter, Gia, if she would marry an Italian man when she got old enough, but Teresa had another idea.

"I said to marry a Jewish guy, 'cause they cater to their wives, they bow to them," Teresa said.

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'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' - 'Water Under the Table' Recap (Season Premiere)

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 4th 2010 8:50AM
Real Housewives of New Jersey, Season 2 Premiere(S02E01) "You're part of the crazy bunch now." - Caroline to Nicholas, Jacqueline's new baby boy

In the season two premiere of 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey,' tensions are still running extremely high after the big table-turn from last season. On the one hand, it seems like Danielle truly is trying to change and move on. But...

When she nearly crashed Caroline's fundraiser, it's clear that Danielle DOES care that she wasn't invited, even if she says she doesn't. What really bugged me about that little car ride was that she had her kids in tow -- and her kids were the ones with the common sense, telling Danielle not to stop by the event. At least she listened to them, so that's something.

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