"This is exactly what I knew was going to happen. Everybody comes between 5:00 and 5:30," he lamented. "Everybody wants to eat at 6:00."
It's as if ... it's dinner time?
We're not sure what Miles was getting at, as the dinner rush is kind of one of the staples of the restaurant business. Add to that the holiday, and the cooks in the kitchen were far too busy trying to catch up and get the orders out to enjoy the New Year festivities in the dining room.
"Guys, I don't think we need to take this any further," he told them. "I'm serious. If we can put the cameras down."
The cameras were back on by the time the paramedics arrived, but Todd's moment is reminiscent of other times reality families have shut the cameras off for more serious moments. It certainly pulls you out of the illusion of this heightened reality we're watching, making you as aware of the cameras invading these moments as the family must be at all times.
It's one thing to repeat everything someone says to drive them crazy when you're a child. But to do it when you're an adult, and to do it to your mother? Everything from Suzy's facial expressions to her body language says she's emotionally about eight years old.
We absolutely loved her poor fiance's reaction to the whole thing.
First, he followed Tricia to a dance club, causing her to abruptly end her evening early. When she called him about it, he told her they'd talk about it later. So she checked in with her brother, who promised her she was in for "like five hours of talking to do tonight."
There's more wrong than just her going to the club, but when she got there to talk, Jesse started ranting about the cameras being there. He's ready to throw them out for good and end their time on the show rather abruptly.
"If Byron thinks that he's going to have strippers at his bachelor party," she ranted to the camera. He got another damned thing coming ... and he's possibly gonna be left at the altar."
However, Porsha was going ahead with plans for her own bachelorette party, which her bridesmaids found confusing. When one asked her how she could justify that, Porsha responded, "'Cause I'm the damned bride. I'm above him. It's my wedding. I'm just allowing him to come. It's all about me."
Panther had a wide range of moves he tried on Gabrielle, and all of them elicited the same jubilant responses. It made us wonder if he and others in his trade wear ear plugs. That many screaming women in such a confined space has to get loud when it's echoing in your eardrums.
"I'm gonna remember this forever and always," Gabrielle said of the Panther experience. These girls [laughs], they really came through."
The screaming match, which later turned violent (shocker!) and spilled out onto the street for the entire neighborhood to witness, began when Jamika announced that she was too busy studying to help Erica with her party favors.
"I think a lot of men will have problems with that," her mother told her. She went on to explain in a confessional that "No man wants his wife, his girlfriend, or his potential wife or girlfriend to be naked in front of other men."
After a little bit of arguing back and forth, Toni finally shut it down. "I'm Toni Braxton, b****," she declared, "I don't care what other people think. It's about what I think about myself."
Melissa was immediately excited, thinking that her mother could still be nearby but maybe not as close as living under the same roof. But Joan wasn't done with her announcement.
"I think it's so beautiful and light and big and what I thought I would do is I'm going to let you have that house," she said to a stunned Melissa.
"I appreciate the thought but I don't want a new house," Melissa said. But that's not going to stop Joan Rivers. When she decides on something she generally gets her way. She even has a strategy.
With both of them stubborn-headed, it was going to take one of them willing to make that phone call to get them back on speaking terms. When Melissa Rivers finally took the initiative to call her mother, you could tell both of them were so grateful the silence had been broken.
It started with Melissa asking Joan about her recent visit to Letterman, but that was just hedging arounded what they both wanted. Joan broke down, both women apologized and then Joan finally admitted what they both wanted.
"It's a normal life in very extraordinary circumstances," Melissa Rivers told us when the mother-daughter duo stopped by our office. "So what is normal is heightened. It's a cracked-out Norman Rockwell."
'Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?' (premiering Tuesday at 9PM ET on WE) follows Joan as she moves into Melissa's California home. And as close as they have been, mother and daughter soon realize that living together as adults is a pain in the you-know-what.
We talked to Joan and Melissa about what they learned living together, their thoughts on Ricky Gervais and the retiring Regis Philbin, and the confrontation they had with a certain 'Fashion Police' victim ...
After the jump, a list of the new shows.
While there are reality shows like The Amazing Race, Survivor, or even Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List garnering praise and Emmys for their quality level or American Idol, America's Next Top Model, or So You Think You Can Dance giving real people with potential to fulfill their dreams, trashy reality shows appear like the black sheep of the family. They are loud, brash, and sleazy. Like a car crash, you can't help but turn and look.
For reality television, 2009 has provided some of the biggest reasons why reality television gets a bad reputation. Four cable channels have become festering points for Trashy Reality in 2009: VH1, E!, MTV, and WE.
There's been no casting announced yet, nor any more specifics about Nathan/Griffin's real family. I'm hoping for the Clampetts before they headed for Beverly ... Hills, that is. It's time television re-embraced its poking fun at country people roots. They poke fun at New Yorkers and Los Angelinos and big city folk all the time. Why not rednecks? They make such great targets. Or just make it the Hickeys and this can be the unofficial spin-off of My Name Is Earl.
As if there weren't enough remodeling/makeover shows on the air, and obviously there aren't, WE tv has just greenlit the latest. The Hollywood Reporter tells us Ugliest House on the Block involves neighbors and experts giving a four-day makeover to whichever house the neighbors consider to be the biggest eyesore. And, of course, the show promises "green" segments to show how to be more environmentally friendly with home decorating and design.
"Home decorating and design is a genre that has mass appeal for women," said Kim Martin, executive VP and GM at WE. So does the bad-boys-who-treat-women-like-crap genre, but I don't see WE tailoring a show for this segment of the female population. I'd say the all-men-are-evil-and-deserve-to-be-put-down-like-dogs genre, but Lifetime Movie Network seems to have the corner on that market.
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