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June 24, 2010

Top Chef DC Recap: Episode 2, Out of the Lunch Box

Top-chef-cleaver It is week two of Top Chef DC and our chefs are back in the kitchen - and this week they are pissy.

Who wants to see if I am physically capable of doing a three minute "Top Chef" recap?


June 23, 2010

Real Housewives of New Jersey Recap: Revenge of the Squareboob Edition

Danielle-real-housewives-new-jersey Welcome to the first week of Real Housewives of New Jersey Minus One! Dina - aka Captain Zentastic - has left the show to focus on her family, her charity, and her horrifying cadre of hairless cats. Whatever shall we do? Wherever shall we go? There's only one way to find out, people: much like pulling off a band-aid or taking our first dip of the year into the chilly Atlantic, you've just gotta close your eyes... and go all-in.


June 18, 2010

When Housewives Start Getting Real, Maybe We Should Stop Watching

Kelly-bensimon Last night's finale of the three-part Real Housewives of New York reunion again addressed the mental stability (or lack thereof) of castmember Kelly Killoren Bensimon. Bensimon spurred many a Twitter "OMGWTF" with her erratic, emotional behavior throughout this season of RHoNY, culminating in a full-on meltdown during a weekend getaway with other castmates, where she accused fellow Housewife Alex McCord of being a "vampire", claimed Housewife Bethenny Frankel was trying to kill her, and verbally spouted a lengthy barrage of incoherent thoughts that even confused Lost fans. I don't know about you guys, but that type of incident generally harshes the buzz of a beachfront vacay.


June 17, 2010

Top Chef DC Recap: Episode 1, The First One


Yes, I am excited. Of course the first episode is always a cluster you-know-what with 17 chefs to introduce us to and trying to get as many shots with the Capitol in the background as humanly possible.

Shut up. I can be cynical about Washington D.C. landmarks if I feel like it. I live here.

*spoiler alert*


June 09, 2010

Real Housewives of New Jersey Recap: Shush, Shush... Keep It Down Now; Voices Carry Edition

Real-Housewives-New-Jersey-Mom-Jacqueline MamaPop would like to  extend our deepest thanks to the good people at Bravo. Why? For looking beyond the cheap tricks and easy ratings gimmicks of "reality TV" to provide us, instead, with the probing and thoughtful study of the Real Housewives of New Jersey — each episode a near-sonnet to the truth and beauty of life in America's suburbs.


June 02, 2010

Real Housewives of New Jersey Recap: You Say Shiv, I Say Shank Edition

Real-Housewives-New-Jersey What kind of a person goes to a pediatric cancer benefit with the intent of starting a knife fight? Thanks to Real Housewives of New Jersey, we now know the answer.


May 28, 2010

SyFy Greenlights Cooking Show Hosted By Marcel's Gravity-Defying Hair

Marcel-vigneron-spirit-fingers  I know, I know. For a pop culture blog written almost exclusively by self-proclaimed geeks and nerds, we at Mamapop sure do like to pick on the SyFy network. (It's that name change. Still haven't gotten over that name change. Abandonment issues, maybe?) Today's odd programming choice up for debate: Marcel's Quantum Kitchen.


May 26, 2010

Real Housewives of New Jersey Recap: Ed Hardy T-Shirt Baby Edition

Danielle-Real-Housewives-of-New-JerseyCan we all agree that the "real" in Real Housewives of New Jersey, Season 2 is an entirely subjective term?


May 19, 2010

Real Housewives of New Jersey Recap: Hairless Cats Edition

Real-housewives-of-new-jersey-season-2The more deeply into Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 2 we plunge, the more odd a dichotomy it becomes. On the one hand, as a record of trash culture, it's at once fascinating and kind of horribly wonderful. On the other hand... as an on-screen example of parenting in motion, it's a far more uncomfortable experience.


May 12, 2010

Real Housewives of New Jersey Recap: Vive La Puffy Chucky

Real-Housewives-New-Jersey Can I speak for the men of American by saying, "Thank God I'm not married to any of these women?" Why yes. Yes I can. And with that: let's relive the magic and wonder of the Real Housewives of New Jersey: Episode 2!


May 05, 2010

Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 2 Premieres; Life Awesome Once Again

Real-Housewives-New-Jersey Quick: name the top five events in human history. Whaddya got? Alexander the Great discovering the New World? The evolutionary leap of opposable thumbs? The Boston Red Sox winning the 2004 World Series? Bruce Willis blowing up the killer meteor from beyond in Armafuckinggeddon? All worthy choices, but push 'em down — because as of right now, all five spots are officially taken by the relaunch of Real Housewives of New Jersey.


January 25, 2010

Top Chef: Just Desserts

20081106_gailsimmons_560x375 It would appear that Bravo has been reading my diary again. The network has begun casting for a show called Top Chef: Just Desserts.

Mmmmm. Just desserts.


December 17, 2009

Top Chef Las Vegas Recap: The Reunion Episode

Picture 1 The reunion show. Unless you are talking Real Housewives these shows are usually boring as hell, but I watch them every time.

Plus this year there was that teaser about Kevin almost quitting in the middle of the season.


December 10, 2009

Top Chef Las Vegas Recap: We Have a Winner

Picture 3 Warning: If you just DVRed Top Chef and you plan on watching it you might not want to read beyond the break. There will be spoilers. There will also be wailing and gnashing of teeth. So don't say I didn't try to warn you.

...and then there were three.


December 04, 2009

James Lipton Doesn't Want To See You Naked, Dude

Inside-actors-studio  Oh James Lipton. Erstwhile host of the pompously awesome "Inside The Actor's Studio" has made the correct move of knowing that making fun of himself is comedy gold. WITNESS.


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