December 9, 2012 NOTE: Wallpaper of DonCaro by David Gilmore… his site, “Pretty on the Outside” can be found on the SH blogroll!
Here’s what’s gonna happen on tonight’s Real Housewives of Atlanta:
As the ladies deal with the aftermath of a blowout with Kim, Cynthia and Peter decide to move forward and invite another couple to fill Kim and Kroy’s place: Porsha and her NFL-star husband, Kordell Stewart. Once in Anguilla, the couples all frolic with their partners, but tensions flare when Kenya gets flirtatious with someone other than her own man. NOTE: That should read “EX” NFL-star…
We have been looking forward to Sin City Rules, which debuts tonight on TLC, for several reasons… a big one is that SCR is an Evolution Media production. Evolution produces two Housewives franchises: the Real Housewives of Orange County and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Also, SCR, from all accounts dating back to the casting process in April, seems to be a combination of “Real Housewives” and “Mob Wives.” With the producing provenance which Evolution possesses, except for their dog-of-a-show “Beverly Hills Nannies” and the cache of the “Wives” combo… one would think that Sin City Rules is a shoo-in for success.
However, with all that goin’ for SCR, the bottom line is “ratings”… and, if SCR does not produce expected ratings numbers by the fourth episode out of the eight filmed, there will be no second season of SCR.
The SCR “characters” have been doing their part in hyping the show… but, in typical “reality show” SOP, the principal players have not seen the final first episode until recently.
Alicia Jacobs, in an interview with the LasVegasSun says she entered this project under the expectation that it “would not be so tawdry.” NOTE: Seriously, Alicia??
“I thought, ‘We are going to showcase powerful women who have earned that power on their own, not because of a man in their lives,’ ” she says. “That was very appealing to me.”
The show is not a celebration of Las Vegas power players as much as it is a Circus Circus of drama and theatricality.
The women attend a “gun party” in the desert, hosted by [Lana] Fuchs, who has arranged for air-conditioned tents and catering by Four Seasons as her fellow cast members blast away with sidearms and automatic weapons (those interested in gun safety will be alarmed at how Fuchs freely brandishes a pair of bedazzled 9 mm handguns in her kitchen as if they are common spatulas).
Jacobs shows up to this in high heels, walking unsteadily across the hardened dirt, and is summarily made fun of, while one of the instructors is shown bleeding from the face after being nicked by shrapnel.
Las Vegas is used as a mere backdrop for these effectively staged segments, in the same manner an octagon-shaped cage is required for a UFC bout. In the trailer previewing the series, producers claim these five are Las Vegas’ “most powerful” women, but they are not that. More accurately, they are the five most dramatic, fascinating and diverse personalities the team at Evolution Media (which has dealt the world “The Real Housewives” series) could recruit for this project. NOTE: The LVSun compares the show to a “UFC bout”… we’re stickin’ to describing these Housewives shows as WWE in cocktail dresses!
Jacobs is skewered in this first episode, with most of the lancing executed by Fuchs, who accuses the longtime Vegas TV personality of sleeping with married men and, at the very least, exaggerating her professional position in her own hometown. Jacobs also is derided as a woman who has undergone a fair amount of plastic surgery (Fuchs talks of her “scaly” skin and repeatedly refers to her as “the lizard”) and chides Jacobs about her age, something Jacobs flatly refuses to discuss. NOTE: According to the LVSun, Alicia Jacobs is 45… Valley HS, class of 83, Alicia Berger.
NOTE: Will hold off on an opinion re SCR until the premiere tonight. However, SCR sounds like more of the same… only amplified. SCR gotta grab those rating quickly!
The Real Housewives of New York’s Sonja Morgan is one example of a Housewife who doesn’t take being a Housewife too seriously … who realize that her show is a SHOW meant for entertainment purposes… and has fun with her “character.”
Sonja, in REAL life, recently attended The American Friends of Blerancourt that was recently published in La Revue des Musees de France.
Photos by Barry Fidnick … American Friends of Blerancourt Book Signing… The Queens Lover, by Francine Plessix Grey