Back In The Garden State (Television Thoughts: Real Housewives Of New Jersey Season 7 Premiere, Bravo)

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I was never a big fan of ‘Real Housewives Of New Jersey’ even though I should be, being an ex-New Jersey resident. (I much prefer the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the New York housewives from the down-to-earthness of the New Jersey gals) But I saw the show on and off, though more off. I of course tuned in part of last season, just to see the sendoff of Theresa Guidice to prison. She was one of the ones I really disliked, and it didn’t help matters that up until the very end she was trying to play victim, as if it’s not really clear to everyone that she had a hand in what she was accused of. So yes, of course the franchise closed for a year while she was ‘away,’ and now that she has been released (this actually happened in December 2015) the cameras are rolling again.

So what have we got here? Well, Jacqueline is back, of course, to torment her ex-BB Theresa. And Melissa is, too, as she opens her new boutique called ‘Envy.’ And we get two new housewives: Dolores, who seems to have ties with all the housewives (she is boring me already) and someone named Siggy, whose entrance is stunning – she i swearing turban and sunglasses, because she has just had a facelift in Boca Raton. (So many yummy things in that sentence) Well, this season may not be a snoozefest for me after all.

And of course, they document Theresa’s homecoming, and it’s waterworks city. I may or may not admit that I kinda sorta shed a little tear as she sees her kids for the first time back in her house (She revealed she saw them once a week so I feel kind of stupid crying) But – there STILL seems to be little remorse from Theresa. She says “I’ve been fooled once and never again,” still claiming innocence, still miss goody two shoes.

So will this make me go and keep on watching? We’ll just have to wait and see..

Uncool Is Cool [Music Review: Countess Luann de Lesseps, Girl Code (Don’t Be Uncool)]

hqdefaultWell, who would have thought that one of the coolest jams for Summer 2015 would be from a real housewife? Countess LuAnn de Lesseps has had two singles before: “Money Can’t Buy You Class,” and “Chic, C’est la Vie,” and now she has released her third single – “Girl Code,Don’t Be Uncool,” where she extols the value of friendship, or at least her loyal friendship. Okay, while her voice is heavily processed (someone went crazy with ProTools) she has the correct attitude, and sass, and pathos required for the song. She infuses drama in simple lines, and combine that with a retro-disco beat, and you find yourself singing along to the infectious chorus. And you know what else is great? She is in on the joke – I don’t think she has delusions of being the next Aretha Franklin. Damn, I don’t think she has delusions of being the next Pia Zadora.  So sit back, relax, and dance the night away to Countess LuAnn! (Oh, and by the way, I am loving her this season on The Real Housewives Of New York)