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12 Things We Learned From NBCUniversal's Cable TCA Press Tour

July 16th, 2014 9:39am EDT
12 Things We Learned From NBCUniversal's Cable TCA Press Tour
Summer is here, and that means it's also time for the Summer TCA Press Tour, when TV networks to show off their latest slew of shows to a crowd of film critics.

But the days are long and stuffed with television. Hours upon hours, days upon days. A lot of TV. So for convenience's sake, we've shortened things down to only the most important parts of each presentation- this time, from NBCUniversal, and all the many cable channels currently in their employ.

12. "Mr. Robot" is the Real Title of a Real Pilot on USA

USA was quick to announce two new pilots it had just ordered. One, "Complicatio...
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'Flipping Out': Producers Lauren Lexton & Andrew Hoegl Preview Season 7

March 5th, 2014 2:13pm EST
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Bravo's reality series Flipping Out, following interior designer Jeff Lewis (pictured above) and his assistant Jenni Pulos as they navigate both the business and drama at the office, is about to kick off its seventh season. To discuss why the show has become a mainstay of Bravo's reality TV slate, we turned to producers Lauren Lexton and Andrew Hoegl of Authentic Entertainment, who spoke with us about the new season of Flipping Out and what it's like to be in the reality TV business.

"You know, we really don't script anything," Lauren told us, reflecting on the enduring popularity of the s...
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19 Of Our Favorite 'Real Housewives' In Bikinis

October 2nd, 2013 9:04pm EDT
Real Housewives in Bikinis
On March 21, 2006 we were all introduced to The Real Housewives of Orange County: Kimberly Bryant, Jo De La Rosa, Vicki Gunvalson, Jeana Keough and Lauri Waring -- five women living in an upscale gated community in OC whose lives were followed for the sake of entertainment.

Two years after the debut of the series, Bravo cashed in by adding another branch of the series, The Real Housewives of New York City, which made a star of series regular Bethenny Frankel, a former natural foods chef who has since gone on to release numerous best-selling books, create a cocktail company (which she then ...
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'Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Recap: Season 5 Finale

September 30th, 2013 11:24am EDT
Real Housewives of New Jersey
As all good things must come to an end, so must the fifth season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Must they go out with such a whimper, instead of a bang, though? These are the women that made “prostitution whore” part of our lexicon, and nary a table was flipped this entire episode.

We start off at Kim’s salon opening from hell, Posche 2: the Reckoning, where Penny and the Gorgas are still screaming at each other about Twitter. Penny maintains, steadfast, that Teresa fed her all the information she ever tweeted about, and told her to say everything nasty she ever tweeted. I mean, it’...
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'The Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Recap: Hair We Go Again

September 23rd, 2013 8:52am EDT
Real Housewives Of New Jersey
Apparently it’s true that Justin Timberlake’s manager, Johnny, has shown interest in taking Melissa on as a potential new artist, and that wasn’t a strange dream I just had. In order to complete her demo, she has to fly down to Orlando (Joe’s going too because of reasons?) and stay at Johnny’s magical recording studio compound/human-sized mini golf castle.

The point of this trip is to whip Melissa into shape before recording her demo tape, after her disastrous session in her home studio. Before Johnny can take her around as one of his artists, she needs work. She’ll have to work with a voc...
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'The Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Recap: The Blonde Drops A Bombshell

September 16th, 2013 11:28am EDT
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Teresa’s summary of the Arizona trip to her mother is hilariously succinct. “We went to Arizona and we went healing and we had SUCH a good time and now everything is better.” To Teresa, everything is so good that she can now invite her parents over for Sunday dinner. Her mother looks unconvinced, but sighs and agrees to come over. What’s one more table flip going to hurt?

Jacqueline has to face her fears and give a speech for an autism charity event (basketball is involved?), but the poor thing doesn’t even know where to begin. She looks petrified at the thought of getting on stage in fron...
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'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Recap: Zen Things I Hate About You

September 9th, 2013 10:37am EDT
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The gang is still in Arizona for their cleansing retreat that’s supposed to be Melissa’s birthday party for a third episode, and it’s just finally getting dramatic. Caroline, not prompted by an unseen Bravo executive or anything, asks the room if they’re all happy with each other and their relationships. Joe Gorga decides to lay it all out.

He tells Teresa in front of everyone what he and Melissa think she’s been up to with Penny, and explodes.

Flash backward 12 hours earlier.

It’s the morning of Melissa’s birthday, and she’s enjoying some cuddle-action with her husband in bed when Teres...
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'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Recap: Horse Whisper to a Scream

September 2nd, 2013 12:46pm EDT
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Because Andy Cohen owes a favor to the guy who runs this resort, the gang is in Arizona for another episode of cleansing and healing in the Arizona sun. Poor birthday girl Melissa didn’t sign up for this; she begs Joe for poolside cocktails when he tells her they’re going on a special horseback riding exercise. Love and light, girl.

Turns out, they’re not riding the horses. You can see Melissa dying inside. It’s a horse therapy exercise with a gruff cowboy named Wyatt, who isn’t taking nonsense from anyone. He explains that horses can pick up on your energy and authenticity (your genuine n...
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'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Recap: Spaghetti Western & Meatballs

August 26th, 2013 1:30pm EDT
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Teresa is having a cooking demonstration at what looks like a Bed Bath and Beyond to make grumpy middle-aged people kale bruschetta, when cousin Kathy stops by for a chat. Teresa tells her about everything that happened at the Milania Haircare party the night before with Penny and Jan, and is confident that things are alright with her and Melissa. After all, Penny told her and Joe that she had nothing to do with the cheating rumors.

But over at the Gorga mansion, Melissa and Joe are singing a different tune. As they pack for their trip to Arizona, they discuss how they’re both still uneasy...
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'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Recap: Hair-binger of Doom

August 19th, 2013 12:30pm EDT
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Teresa and her girls come over to Melissa’s house for a playdate. Remember, this is the post-retreat world where everything is peachy, but still kind of tender. While their young children play downstairs in Melissa’s abandoned recording studio unattended, the women talk about their respective projects.

Teresa is launching a haircare line, which she allowed Twitter to name (Milania Haircaire). Sure, this is the first time anyone has ever heard of it, though. Melissa shows her the mock-up of her book cover, which is the photo of her sassily standing on her staircase. She looks beautiful, and...
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