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Lorraine Duffy Merkl is a freelance writer in NYC and author of the novels FAT CHICK and BACK TO WORK SHE GOES.

‘Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills’ Recap: It’s All About Brandi

November 26th, 2014 8:52am EST
If I’d known that there was going to be so much focus on the unpoised, tacky and desperate Brandi Glanville, I wouldn’t have watched.

I have to say, I was excited about this season. Not only was the cast infused with new blood (Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson, who we have still yet to meet), but I love watching what all their money can buy. Unlike the other housewife franchises, where the women who are indeed comfortable and live well but are a far cry from the super rich socialites they claim to be, the ladies of BH have got stacks and seeing them spend it is as mesmerizing as watching a m...

'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills' Season 5 Premiere

November 19th, 2014 10:20am EST
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
White out!

It's the calm before the storm in the fifth season opener that has Kyle's yearly White Party serving as a metaphor for wiping the slate clean.

Intercut with Kyle making the final arrangements for her soiree that has grown into one of Beverly Hills' most sought-after invites, we see the ladies come back together, and get introduced to one of the newbies, Lisa Rinna, who I predict will run rough shot over the lot of them and take over as head housewife of BH. (The other new cast member, Eileen Davidson, has not appeared yet, probably because she or Bravo want her to have her own ...

'RHONJ' Reunion Part 3: Good-bye Teresa Giudice

November 12th, 2014 9:19am EST
This is the last time I'll be writing a recap for the Jersey housewives. I feel like I've been let out of prison.

And just as I am getting out, Teresa Giudice readies herself to go in.

As with the first two parts of the reunion, Andy focused on Teresa G. and her personal issues, but first he let the Jersey boys have a free-for-all and embarrass themselves with name-calling, accusations, and unmatched bravado. They proved that you don't have to be a housewife to make a fool of yourself as well as flaunt your ignoranance or show off how low class you are.

There was a lot of ganging up on J...

Which Unpleasant TV Characters Do You Work With?

November 8th, 2014 2:00pm EST
Jan Brady
I worked with quite a number of “characters” when I was on staff as an advertising copywriter. I have to say that my two most memorable ones are “Jan Brady” and “Gregory House, M.D.”

As the youngest of three writers at one of my agencies, Jan was between our senior colleague and myself on the org chart. She was the middle sister in her birth family and recreated her center sibling frustrations and anxieties at work every day. Although I was not the focus of Jan’s resentment, (I was “Cindy” in this scenario), I, along with the rest of our co-workers, got treated to a daily (and draining) do...

'RHONJ' Reunion Part 2: Let The Name Calling Begin

November 7th, 2014 8:50am EST
Scumbag. Skeletor. Fame Whore. Oh my.

No it's not the school yard, it's the gathering of the Garden Staters who are in evening gowns; the men are in suits; and everyone is over the age of 40.

"I came on for fun and now look at me," said Teresa Guidice, who Andy once again honed in on right away. Her face has grown considerably more sad sack as the reunion has progressed, so the Bravo puppetmaster thought it was the perfect time to remind her -- via table-flipping era footage -- of her shallow, screaming banshee, "I live in a five million dollar houses," days.

They segued into her fathe...

Recap: '2 Broke Girls' Plays Some Funky Music

November 4th, 2014 9:08am EST
kat and seb
In the episode entitled And The DJ Face, “Max” (Kat Denning) is dating a hot DJ named “Sebastian” (Jesse Metcalfe). Ok, well maybe not dating; he’s her Mr. Tuesday night. But any dreams of dancing ‘til dawn in some exclusive downtown night club, where she sashays past the velvet rope because her guy got her on the list are dashed when Max finds out that Sebastian spins at Whole Foods.

Max is quite embarrassed about his supermarket gig until “Caroline” (Beth Behrs) reminds her roommate that she used to fold sweaters at The GAP, a job Max considers even below the time she worked as a bar bac...

'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' Season 6 Reunion Part 1: Everybody Cries (Almost)

November 3rd, 2014 10:04am EST
'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' Season 6 Reunion Part 1: Eve
The Garden State ladies got back together, but it looked like a flashback to 1976 or perhaps a Studio 54 reunion.

Teresa G., Melissa, Amber, Dina, Nicole and Theresa A. showed up in what appeared to be their most sparkly, disco evening gown finest for this rather subdued first entry in what may play out to be a very explosive reunion series.

For this installment, crying was the emotion of choice, except for Nicole and Theresa A., but we’ll get to them later.

Kleenex missed out on quite the product placement deal because right off the bat Andy honed in -- for obvious reasons -- on Teres...

'2 Broke Girls' Season 4 Premiere Recap: The One With Kim Kardashian

October 28th, 2014 11:09am EDT
with KK
'Max' (Kat Dennings) and 'Caroline' (Beth Behrs) are back, and after four years, they’re still broke; working at the diner by day and working their cupcake window by night.

Just to remind us who we’re dealing with, the opening sequence has the business partners closing up when, who they think is their last customer comes up to rob them, threatening that he’s got a gun. Remember they live in Williamsburg, so it’s a hipster hold-up. Caroline stands behind a physically, mentally and existentially exhausted Max, who tells the would-be thief that he better not miss because, if she’s still stand...

'Forever' S1 Ep6: 'The Frustrating Thing About Psychopaths'

October 22nd, 2014 12:02pm EDT
'Forever' S1 Ep6: 'The Frustrating Thing About Psychopaths'
If you’re going to catch a murder case, make it a legendary one.

“Jo” (Alana De La Garza) needs “Henry” (Ioan Gruffudd) down at the stationhouse ASAP. A package has been delivered to the squad room and there’s a human heart inside.

Henry works his medical examiner magic and discovers the heart belonged to a woman. Jo takes over the investigation and finds out that the woman was a prostitute named Mary Kelly – the same name as the last victim of Jack the Ripper.

In fact, she was killed the exact same way. Henry should know, since he was there for that murder too.

And so was Adam, Henry’s...

'Manhattan Love Story' Season 1 Episode 4: 'It's Complicated'

October 22nd, 2014 11:03am EDT
'Manhattan Love Story' Season 1 Episode 4: 'It's Complicated'
“Dana” (Analeigh Tipton) and “Peter” (Jake McDorman) think it's time they had sex.

These two give me a migraine. It's four weeks in and I'm still not sure they even like each other. It seems as though they're still just curious. And they've never had a real, fun, I-can't-get-enough-of-this-person date. Each time they've been together, it's either turned into an argument or they've taken the opportunity to define their relationship: it isn't one. That's why they are still seeing other people.

Both Dana and Peter see something in one another that tells them they could get serious, but nei...