Big Brother is back! A photocap of the season 15 premiere episode will be up later today, but in the meantime, check out the first episode of The TV Clique: Big Brother. It’s a new web show starring me and my Watch What Crappens co-hosts Ronnie Karam and Matt Whitfield. We’re hoping to establish an RSS feed in the coming week or two in order to make these shows available via the iTunes store in podcast form, but in the meantime, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel!
On this week’s mega-sized “Watch What Crappens,” Ronnie Karam (trashtalktv.com), Matt Whitfield (Yahoo!), and Ben Mandelker get down and dirty with the “Princesses: Long Island” as several Jewesses look for love in strip malls, Connecticut bars, and North Shore clubs. Then it’s on to “Real Housewives of New Jersey” to talk restaurants and gyms, and finally, it’s the “Real Housewives of Orange County” 100th Episode bonanza. Along the way, there’s chat about “Real Housewives of Miami,” Nene Leakes, and “Newlyweds: The First Year.” Come listen!
Well, we’re a few episodes into the latest season of Real Housewives of New Jersey, and I’m proud to report that Joe Gorga and his sister Teresa are still mad at each other. The two haven’t seen each other in a year (except, um, for that whole reunion thing they did together a few months ago on Bravo), but that all changed Sunday night when the two happened to run into each other at the gym. Who would have expected that? They were only mic’d up and toting camera crews. Totally organic!
Nevertheless, the two got into yet another spat, and I won’t bore you with the details, but the arc was the same as always: Teresa painted herself as a saint, used elliptical logic to exonerate her husband, got really mad, and flipped something over (in this case, a trash can). Sadly, this was the most exciting moment of the season.
In the end, Joe wound up grunting away on a weight machine like a feral baboon while Teresa huffed away with her trainer, Nicole Greco-Peepas — a.k.a. the future name of any daughter, pet, or houseplant that may come under my custodial care.
Last week, Instagram unveiled its new video option, and within seconds, the Internet was writing the obituary for Vine, Twitter’s burgeoning social media network centered around 6 second long microbursts of video. It seemed like an obvious call: Instagram’s install base in about a bajillion times the size of Vine, and its interface is infinitely better (just try tagging a friend on Vine — it’s a pain in the ass).
However, is this really the end for Vine? Comparing and contrasting both video networks after the jump…
One of my personal traditions every year is to go through the bios of the new Big Brother contestants and form superficial judgments based on random details, physical appearance, and sometimes nothing at all. Well, CBS revealed the cast for this 15th (!!) iteration earlier this week, which means it’s time for me to get to work. After the jump, check out my flash impressions of the new cast based solely on their photos and bios (and not their videos, which I only watch after I finish the post)…
Time for another episode of Banter with Ben and Lisa! This week, Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Lisa Timmons (wherelisalives.com) take on the spawn of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (who was still unnamed at press time). After that, the two chat about James Gandolfini’s untimely passing, controversial dance sensation Kaycee Rice, new Instagram video features, and Paula Deen’s racist ways. Along the way, there’s plenty of sidetracking about Japanese ghosts and druggie alligators, naturally. Come listen!
Since I know you’ve all been waiting on pins and needles to find out what could possibly happen next in the world of cherry tomatoes, here’s the latest episode in the #tomatodramz series.
Fun fact: there’s now a YouTube channel devoted to the #tomatodramz. Be sure to check it out and subscribe and all that fun stuff. It’s conveniently named http://www.youtube.com/user/Tomatodramz. Perhaps if I have the patience I’ll even upload all the Vine videos to the channel too.
(And if all this totally confuses you, the back story is that I started making little cherry tomato videos on Vine a few weeks ago and have now posted two “extended-length” episodes on YouTube. If you follow me on Vine — hint, hint — it will all make sense. Username: bsideblog)
This week on Banter with Ben and Lisa, Lisa Timmons (socialitelife.com) and Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) are joined by Ronnie Karam (Watch What Crappens) as they discuss all sorts of important information such as flamboyant moments at Gay Pride, Michael Douglas’s throat cancer, and, of course Superman! Check it out!!
Great episode this week, featuring the world famous Lisa Timmons!
This week on “Watch What Crappens,” Lisa Timmons (socialitelife.com) steps in for Ronnie Karam and gets in the trenches with Matt Whitfield (Yahoo!) and Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) as they dissect all the Puerto Vallarta madness on “Real Housewives of Orange County.” Then it’s off to “Real Housewives of New Jersey” to talk about crumbling bathroom fixtures, and then we say “Shalom!” to the “Princesses: Long Island.” No one is spared.
For about a year and a half, I’ve been wanting to try Beijing Pie House — a Chinese eatery in the heart of Monterey Park, CA. The restaurant boasts dumplings the shape of overgrown hockey pucks that squirt searingly hot liquid at the most benign of pokes, and as we all know, benign poking is truly my forte. Nevertheless, while it took me many months to finally visit BPH (as I’ve decided to call it), I finally gathered up a group of friends, including Sly and Abe, and headed East for a dumpling-tastic adventure.
Our group entered the restaurant tentatively — not because we feared what was inside but more because it was so deathly silent we momentarily assumed we had wandered into a library or perhaps funeral home. Not only was there no music, but the diners all spoke in hushed tones, almost as if the bright fluorescent lighting had beaten them into submission. I suppose I naturally assumed the restaurant would be loud and convivial as patrons burned their tongues and lips and chins with scalding hot dumpling liquid. But no. If people were in pain, they bore the brunt of it in steely silence.