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This Week on TV (2/16-2/22)

The Real Housewives of NYC

(You can view TV Envy’s Midseason Programming Schedule here.)


MONDAY 2/16)
  • Chuck (NBC, 8pm):  “Chuck and Sarah go undercover as a happily married couple in surburbia.” A happy couple in surburbia? Isn’t the whole point to be inconspicuous?
  • Jon & Kate Plus 8 (TLC, 9pm):  “The Gosselins settle into their new home after the big move, but there’s still lots of work to be done.” And Kate will make sure Jon knows it.
  • Kyle XY (ABC Family, 9pm):  “Kyle reluctantly starts working at Latnok to repay his debt, and it’s not at all what he expects. Yet he still wants to quit, until he considers the Tragers’ current financial situation.” Back up a second—someone’s hiring?
  • True Beauty (ABC, 10pm):  “Contestants walk the red carpet with their parents, but there are also several secret tests of manners going on.” In other words, pushing mom out of your spotlight would be inadvisable.

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TV Extensions, Renewals and Cancellations (1/12)


Here’s an update on the shows you’ll be seeing more of in the months to come:


  • ER (NBC) - Three more episodes ordered


  • Baldwin Hills (BET) - Season 3
  • Cash Cab (Discovery) - Season 4
  • College Hill (BET) - Season 6
  • Destination Truth (Sci Fi) - Season 3
  • Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!) - Season 3
  • The Life and Times of Tim (HBO) - Season 2
  • Mad Men (AMC) - Season 3
  • Make Me a Supermodel (Bravo) - Season 2
  • The Real Housewives of New York City (Bravo) - Season 2
  • ‘Til Death (FOX) - Season 4

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Celebrate the Holidays with Bravo Marathons

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Prime Time, Reality, Bravo, Cable,

The Real Housewives of New York City

The bad news about the holidays? Repeats are hard to avoid. The good news about the holidays? You can now catch up on programs you missed the first time around.

Starting next week, will air a series of their best marathons. If your DVRs are in need of space, you might want to start making room now.

Sunday, December 21
The Rachel Zoe Project (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
The Real Housewives of Orange County (2 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Tuesday, December 23
Flipping Out (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Wednesday, December 24
Top Chef: Chicago (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

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This Week on TV (5/26-6/1)

Ben on Lost

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MONDAY (5/26)
  • American Gladiators (NBC, 8pm):  “A tree climber tries to rise above a SWAT officer.” If tree boy gets a chance at the wall, his opponent will have no choice but to gas him.
  • Flavor of Love 3 (VH1, 9pm):  “The cast of Season 3 reunites.” I often wonder what a sober Brigitte Nielsen thinks about this.
  • Denise Richards: It’s Complicated (E!, 10pm):  “Denise goes on a blind date with a so-called regular guy.” When you’re getting alimony and child support from your celebrity ex, you can afford to go out with “regular guys”.
  • Living Lohan (E!, 10:30):  The title of the tonight’s premiere is “Mommy Will Fix It.” I hope she’s referring to Ali’s hair.

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This Week on TV (4/21-4/27)

Ugly Betty, America Ferrera

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MONDAY (4/21)
  • Gossip Girl (CW, 8pm):  New episode.  “A dethroned Blair musters up the strength to head back to school, and Jenny tries to keep up with the financial demands of the in-crowd.”  Mondays are always better when other people are miserable.
  • Deal or No Deal (NBC, 8pm):  George Bush provides support to a war vet going for the million.  After three tours in Iraq, the President figured it was the least he could do.
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8:30):  If you can’t handle the thought of humming a tune about sandcastles over and over again, this might not be the episode for you.
  • The Bachelor: London (ABC, 10pm):  “Matt accompanies Amanda, Chelsea, Noelle and Shayne to their hometowns.”  Being allowed to live in the U.S. takes more than just a sham marriage.  It means faking it with her family too.

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A Testy Reunion for The Real Housewives of New York City

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Real Housewives of New York City, Ramona SingerIf you’re anything like me, the season finale of left you gagging.  There’s no way those five women would have ever posed for a group photo in real life…let alone agree to be at the same party.

Well according to the New York Post, next Tuesday’s reunion special will be a lot less friendly and potentially more bitchy.  Awesome.

spies claim there were several arguments at this pre-taping between entrepreneur Ramona Singer…and just about everyone.  When asked why she chose not to invite Jill Zarin to her cooking party, Singer opted to walk out of the taping.  (In case you didn’t know, she has a thing for dramatic exits.)  When Bethenny tried to defend the absent woman, Ramona then started screaming at her ‘friend’ because she dared to speak for her.

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More Real Housewives…of New Jersey

DescriptionAlthough Bravo has barely scratched the surface of its newest hit, , plans have already been made to expand the reality franchise.

In addition to a 4th season of (and a 2nd season of the NYC version), the cable channel will soon be offering us The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

The latest spinoff - which is currently in production - promises to give us “best friends do everything over-the-top, from their decorating, to their dating and their fighting.”  Oh goodie.

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The Real Housewives of New York City: One Shrew Too Many or New Guilty Pleasure?


I remember once a media professor at the University of Washington asked our class the simple but loaded question: Why do you watch TV? The class’ answer seemed to boil down to two main reasons: we watch television because we aspire to be what we see or because what we see makes us feel better about our own lives.

This memory popped into my head as I watched a mini-marathon of TV’s newest ‘docu-reality’ series the . What I can’t yet decide is which category of reason for watching TV this show falls into. I’m pretty sure it is the latter.

After shame watching three seasons of the , I expected the NYC ladies to be more of the same cliche of spoiled, self-indulgent, wasteful and shameless cougars albeit a bit less tan, with sleeker hair and a much less appealing accent. And while they are to an extent all of those things, much like New York City itself, these women do seem more worldly and educated than their Southern California counterparts. It is also clear that despite Bravo’s spin-off name for this show, these women are not housewives at all. In fact, it appears they spend very little time, if any, at home.

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This Week on TV (3/24-3/30)

The Hills

(You can view TV Envy’s Post-Strike Television Schedule here.)


MONDAY (3/24)
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8:30):  The overly-promoted Britney Spears cameo finally airs tonight.  Let’s just be happy the show is only 30-minutes long.
  • Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious (CW, 9pm):  Nicole Scherzinger gives the girls tips on vocal expression.  Sadly, advice on releasing solo albums is not something she can dish out.
  • CSI: Miami (CBS, 10pm):  New episode.  “A bride is murdered at her wedding.  The investigation takes the CSIs to a strip club where the bachelor party took place.”  Strip club? This would be the perfect time for another Elizabeth Berkley appearance.
  • The Hills (MTV, 10pm):  Season premiere.  I wonder if LC wore any of her own designs in Paris.  Doubt it.

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This Week on TV (3/10-3/16)

The Real Housewives of New York City

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MONDAY (3/10)
  • The Bachelor: Where Are They Now? (ABC, 8pm):  “Highlights from past seasons include segments catching up with past bachelors (Andrew Firestone and Aaron Buerge) and former contestants.”  So the whole point of the show is to say there is no point to this show.  Look at how successful it’s been!
  • Canterbury’s Law (FOX, 8pm):  Series premiere.  “Julianna Margulies stars as a maverick defense lawyer who plays by her own rules to help the falsely accused.”  I’m guessing will still be on long after this program goes off the air.
  • New Amsterdam (FOX, 9pm):  Regular day and time.  If you didn’t watch last Tuesday or Thursday, I’m sure you won’t tonight either.
  • October Road (ABC, 9pm):  Special time.  In the season (series?) finale, “Eddie’s ex-girlfriend shows up to reconnect with him, causing problems in his relationship with Janet.”  Since we may never get a satisfactory resolution from this ratings-starved show, let’s just pretend Janet kicks her ass.

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