Jon & Kate Plus 8 Premieres

Last night the fifth season of Jon & Kate Plus 8 premiered on TLC. Lately the Gosselins and their clearly disintegrating relationship has become a tabloid sensation. The premiere episode was intense. Here is a clip.

I’m a fan of the early seasons of Jon & Kate Plus 8. But if this is how the rest of series goes, I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to watch. I’m not comfortable watching this troubled marriage completely fall apart.

Thoughts?
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Meet the Real Housewives of New Jersey

I’ve never been a huge fan of the Real Housewives franchise on Bravo. Usually I catch a few episodes when I want some mindless reality television to watch. But I might just have to tune in for the latest installment, which premieres May 12.
Why? Because the fourth installment is set in my home state, New Jersey.

Jacqueline Laurita: A former cosmetologist, she is now a stay-at-home mom, but still loves to pamper herself. She has a teenage daughter from her previous marriage and a 6-year-old son with her husband Chris, who owns wholesale apparel businesses and is brother to Caroline and Dina.

Teresa Giudice: Born and raised in New Jersey, her husband Joe owns a successful construction company. Together they have three young daughters, who take up much of her time. A friend of Dina and Caroline, she also loves to shop, get spa treatments and spend time at her beach house on the Jersey Shore.

Danielle Staub: “You either love me or you hate me, there is no in between,” says the single mom of two daughters. She prides herself as one of the first female American Express Black card members in New Jersey. She is also active in her local parish and regularly attends mass. She and Jacqueline are friends.

Dina Manzo: Founder of the nonprofit Project Ladybug, which helps children with cancer, she’s also an interior designer, an event planner, mother and best friends with her sister Caroline. Her husband Albert works with his brother (Caroline’s husband) at their family’s catering business.

Caroline Manzo: She’s a mother of three and own a real estate firm and a line of children’s accessories. Described as a “feisty spitfire,” she’s Dina’s sister and is on the board of Project Ladybug. She’s married to Albert Manzo, brother of Dina’s husband Tommy. Dina and Caroline’s brother is Jacqueline’s husband Chris.

Please ladies. Make Mama NJ proud.

Lauren Conrad is the next Virginia Woolf

Lauren Conrad, the star of the fake-reality show The Hills is now an author. Her first book is called L.A. Candy, the story of a girl who unexpectedly finds herself the star of a reality show. Gee. I wonder where she got that brilliant idea. 

It irks me that this girl who about as much personality as tofu has gotten so many perks from that craptastic reality show. I understand why it is this way. But it is incredibly frustrating when you’re actually working towards something and then this girl who has done nothing except star on reality shows and “go to fashion school” gets a three-book deal. And she can’t even come up with an original story.