Monday, October 31, 2011

Real Housewives of New Jersey (RHONJ): Is Dina Manzo Pregnant?

We haven't seen anyone else bring this up - but could it be possible that Dina Manzo is with child? This wasn't even a thought in my mind UNTIL I saw The Wendy Williams Show (haaayyyyyy Wendy, how you doin?) last Friday.  

Here's what made me suspish:

1.  For the first time that I've ever seen on The Wendy Williams Show (and I watch a lot of Wendy, trust), Dina was introduced ALREADY SITTING DOWN ON THE COUCH.  As in, after the commercial break, girlfriend was already on the couch and Wendy did some halfhearted "here's Dina" sort of intro.  

Exhibit A - This is how she was already sitting for the intro....
Could it be that she was too self-conscious of a budding baby bump to do a normal "walk on"????????????

2.  Numero Dos.  Dina was wearing a super baggy top and her hands were crossed over her belly for THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW.


3.  Three, her hair looks a touch darker - okay, I know that's most likely her fall color, but ya never know.  Lots of times women go back to their natural color to avoid harsh hair dye chemicals during pregnancy.

4.  And finally, I have no idea if Tommy Manzo (Dina's husband) has any children of his own - but to the best of my knowledge he does not.  Given the large Manzo clan - you think we'd know if there was another cousin to Chris, Albie, Ashley and the gang right?????? So maybe Tommy's biological clock kicked in and they made it happen?

I know totally not circumstantial AT ALL. May as well be fact right?  

JK That's all I got - but that Wendy intro was super weird - enough to make any sleuthy loser such as moi self give a "say wha?" side eye.  


Guess we'll find out soon enough.  But if it ends up being true, I need tons of props and adulation for figuring it out first.  


Monday, October 24, 2011

Real Housewives of New Jersey: Dina Manzo Breaks Her Silence On Feud With Caroline Manzo and Friendship With Teresa Giudice

Dian Manzo.  Image Source: Dina Manzo's Twitter @DinaManzo

Okay - so anyone who saw the 3rd season reunion of RHONJ tonight knows that throughout all the VICIOUS fighting between Teresa Giudice and Caroline Manzo, the name "Dina Manzo" was thrown around A LOT.  An alliance between Teresa and Dina AGAINST Caroline were hinted at heavily throughout the show. 

Dina was also referenced in Part One of the Reunion last week, but up until now, Dina has stayed mum on the topic. Actually, she has been radio silent on all things RHONJ ever since she left in the middle of season two.


Given that there was so much focus on her tonight, she finally broke her silence on her blog. (<---- click there to see the whole thing).  It's quite a long entry - but here a few of the more interesting excerpts:

It wasn’t until VERY recently that Teresa showed up at my doorstep in tears…apparently Caroline & Jacqueline had a sit down with her on camera (for season 4) and she felt attacked. All I did was console a friend who was obviously shaken. I felt bad for her...

Teresa then asked me to come to the launch of a new product that’s very important to her...

She mentioned the drama with her and Caroline and I told her that if this is all about a joke in a book (and she assured me it was) that’s not enough for me to hate the mother of my God daughter and a friend of 15 years. Was it necessary to write that stuff in her book? probably not but I don’t think it was written with malice either. We are all guilty of joking a little too much now & then…

So there you have it, Teresa had nothing to do with me staying away from everyone ...

I feel bad that my relationship with my sister and her family is strained, but I can assure you that one day it will be back to the way it was.

Meh.   Aside from the tidbits on what's to come in Season 4, doesn't say too much.  There's a lot of dancing around the topic of Caroline. We still don't get to the bottom of why she chooses not to speak to her sister.  Saying she just distanced herself from the entire show isn't really cuttin' the mustard for me. There's obviously a LOT more there that she doesn't want to get into.  

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Have You Discovered "The Wendy Williams Show - After Show" Yet?

If not, you're suuuuurrrrrrriously missing out.  And before you say anything - I have ZERO vested interest in or connection to Wendy/the show/etc. 

Ok - so why am I so down with the WWAS (Wendy Williams After Show - keep up!!!!!!!! someday, with these kids, we're only gonna speak in acronyms, so get to workin' on your reverse engineering/analytical/teenage brains from now)??

A little background: I have always been a daytime talk show chica, okay?  There's nothing I didn't watch - from Sally Jessie Raphael back in the day, to Jenny Jones, to Ricki Lake, to The View blah, blah, you get the point (yes of course Rosie and Oprah too - duh, those were #1 on the list - GIVEN).  

Flash forward to the present: Everyday, I'll record The View, Rachael Ray, Dr. Oz and The Talk  (well, not The Talk anymore since they got rid of Leah and Holly, just not the same, g'bye and good riddance!!!)- I don't always watch all of them, but The View was traditionally at the top of my list.  It was my "go to" for the days Hot Topics.  

BUT last fall, I discovered the ABSOLUTE GEM that is The Wendy Williams Show.  Girlfriend cares about all the same stuff as me (and probably you if you're reading this blog)- without all the news mixed in that I CAN GET FROM CNN AND ALL THE MILLION OTHER NEWS PROGRAMS AND WEBSITES.  She dishes on Real Housewives, Jersey Shore (HELLO, SHE GREW UP AT THE JERSEY SHORE, AND SHE LOVES PINK AN LEOPARD BECAUSE IT'S MANDATORY IN JERSEY!!!!) celeb gossip, beauty tricks, being "real" - she's just fabulous all around.  Plus, the show is so deconstructed - it's not overly produced which is so refreshing. 

Needless to say, Wendy is the first show I watch these days, and the others - I don't even get to most of the time.  So, this year, she's always referencing "the after show" on air.  Finally, I got around to visiting her YouTube channel to check it out, and I didn't come up for air until like three hours later. I watched almost all of them in a row. 

Here's why: The After Show is Wendy being EVEN MORE REAL, in her office.  It's just "Wendy being Wendy." Girlfriend is usually changed into her "street wig," as she calls it and cazh clothes, taking off her makeup, eating lunch and talking to the camera about the day's show ALL AT THE SAME TIME (because, side note, she's the master of multitasking).  Here, Wendy will often give up realer than real opinions on celebs and guests,  talk about what she's doing that night, regale us with stories from back in the day and showing us all her wardrobe fun. Sometimes she'll have a "guest," but not because they are an "After Show" guest, but because she is such a multitasker that she'll stack a meeting on top of the After Show recording and just do it all together.  GENIUS. And she holds nothing back - except we still don't get to see her husband Kevin (even though he's a top dog of the show staff and his office is right across the hall from her). Maybe one day.  

So check it out - and let me know what you think.  For a little taste, here's the latest episode:

Jersey Shore's Ronnie and Sammi Broke Up Again

A lot of you have been emailing me about this. Yes, I heard about it, but frankly I'm a bit sick and tired of the Ronnie Sammi thing.  Kinda like Lindsay Lohan, the story is so repetitive and played out by now!!!! YAWN!!!!

But for those of you who care, according to a bunch of news stories that broke in the past couple of days, they're off again.

Why you ask?  According to, it's because of a story that THEY recently broke about Ronnie cheating on Sammi.

Seriously, do we really care anymore?  If, after Season 5 (which has already been filmed), there's more Jersey Shore, we all know Sammi will take him back AGAIN.

These two have no problem staying broken up when they're NOT FILMING.  But when they are, it's either a PR move, or she can't say no to him.  Either way, I'm bored.  Is this story over yet?  I say yes.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

OK - I Need To Know - Who Else Is Watching "The Only Way Is Essex?"

So, Hulu recently posted the first two seasons of this British "The Hills" photocopy of a photocopy of a ripoff.  Seriously, there is no shielding of the blatant rip job.  It's called "The Only Way Is Essex" or TOWIE to the initiated,  and it's a staged-looking reality show of a bunch of young townies from someplace called Essex over there which apparently means something, but heck if I know what it is.  

Meanwhile, cut to me being so bored on Monday night that I decided to watch the first five episodes of Season 1.  No joke, one of the girls - some chick named "Amy" -  looks almost exactly like Audrina Patridge - like, they could be fraternal twins FOR REALSSSSSSS.  Another is named Lauren and she works in fashion y'all!!!!!!!!! She's gettin' ready for Essex "Fashion Week," You're kidding right? 

And yes they speak English but I can only understand like every third word - I really need them to have subtitles all up in there because Google won't translate "English" to English for me.

But I must say that I do like that they film each episode in the same week that it airs and they sometimes show reactions of each person watching the TV as their castmates rip on them.  That is something American reality TV needs to incorporate STAT.

Oy - what a mess.  So, of course you know I'm gonna keep watching OBVIOUSLY.  Has anyone else subjected themselves to it? Please let me know!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

RHONJ Finale - Meltdown in the Making

Hey guys, did you know that Teresa is just like Lucille Ball? They're so funny and they like to joke around a lot. Obviously by disparaging their friends and loved ones in books and interviews. Duh! It's funny! It's like jokes!

Meanwhile, as I watched the finale, I couldn't help but think "so what is Caroline's story?" Like, there's literally nothing for her to do on the show, but sit on this radio show and tell folks her sage advice on life AKA hackneyed cliches.

And Jacqueline.  Poor little Jacqueline.  Doesn't she have this look like she's about to meltdown at any moment? And we know it's true because she does melt down in season 4 WHICH HAS ALREADY FILMED.

Meanwhile, little Melissa is sittin' pretty.  She really is a genius - what has unfolded before our unsuspecting eyes this season is success after success in Melissa's well-veiled plans to get EXACTLY WHAT SHE WANTS.

Oh, hey Kathy girl.  Kinda forgot about you. Love your hubby's glasses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!