[Editor's Note: Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. Her column, Exene Says..., is her space to basically just write what's on her mind, everything from crazy life stories to political theories ... More >>
The other Orange County shoe has dropped, although this shoe is a former USC baseball player and Newport Beach children's book publisher who is the latest--and last--Orange County contestant eliminated on ABC's The Bachelorette. Yes, a week after giving Costa Mesa's Brandon Andreen the heave-ho, Des ... More >>
Brandon Andreen, the Costa Mesa painting contractor who was vying for the heart of Desiree Hartsock, was one of three contestants eliminated on The Bachelorette last night. "I'm blown away. I'm f-[BLEEP] blown away," the 26-year-old said of getting the heave-ho on the ABC program.
Lindsey Knickerbocker, who appeared in an early episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County that famously featured her mother encouraging her to go topless for a fashion shoot, allegedly drove drunk, rammed two parked cars on Balboa Island and punched a cop late last year, a gossip site has repo ... More >>
"Jesus Jugs" has reportedly been saved! Alexis Bellino said last month like she was leaving The Real Housewives of Orange County in part because of the fellow cast member who coined her nickname, but like what fills many a D cup on the boob tube, all apparently was not what it seemed.
If you've ever wondered what the words of Snooki would sound like spoken by Anthony Bourdain, wonder no more (see the clip below). Is it newsworthy? No. Is it funny? Kinda, if only to hear the author vocalize Snooki's musings on Aquanet. What I'm waiting for is actually for Bourdain to put his sarc ... More >>
Starz Uncut ("Where the fans tell the story") has a question for NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman after a "drunk-infused night" with him at Fuji Yama on the Newport Beach Pen:"What happened to Celebrity Rehab?"The Worm, who appeared last year on season three of VH-1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew ... More >>
Tonight, women will get all dolled up and flock to Newport Beach in a quest to find millionaire boyfriends. In other words, it's just another Thursday. The Millionaire's Club is hosting a recruiting session from 5 to 7 p.m. at Newport Beach Brewing Co. It's the dating service of Patti ... More >>
Persephonemagazine.comIf this blog seems less than timely, I apologize. But I just can't get last Thursday's episode of Project Runway featuring Canadian rock band The Sheepdogs out of my mind.
On the list of things you need less of, The Real Housewives probably hovers somewhere in the top five. Bravo disagrees: The corporation plans to renew The Real Housewives of Orange County for a seventh season.
Bravo is accusing The Real Housewives of the Bible of breaking No. VIII of the Ten Commandments: Thou shalt not steal. First, let's back up a bit. Yes, The Real Housewives of the Bible is a thing, a two-part, straight-to-DVD series that uses stories from the ancient Christian text to help w ... More >>
Flickr User Erik AnestadMichael Voltaggio, the brooding champion of Top Chef Season 6, will be one of four celebrity chefs who will talk, and perhaps do a cooking demonstration, at the upcoming OC Fair.
WikiMedia CommonsThese days, it seems the more annoying you are on reality TV, the more likely you are to score your own show. Syfy gave Marcel from Top Chef an entire hour of television with his Quantum Kitchen, despite being reviled by his peers and most of the viewing public. And now VH1 ... More >>
In its infinite wisdom, CNN has hired Camille Donatacci--who you know better as Kelsey Grammer's most recent ex-wife Camille Grammer--to co-host its Oscar red carpet coverage Sunday. (And you thought Piers Morgan was stunt casting!)In honor of Newport Beach-born Donatacci-Grammer's gig, we presen ... More >>
This post is for those of you who have this blog bookmarked or on Google Reader and do not actually venture anywhere else in our paper but here. There are, believe or not, other sections of this rag and its website, and some of it has some food-related news, such as the indispensable Calendar of ... More >>
BravoJim and Alexis BellinoMore real problems for the stars of The Real Housewives of Orange County. Jim Bellino, hubby of Housewife Alexis, is being sued for fraud, deceit, wrongful foreclosure, breach of written contracts and other accusations, the Register reports.Shashi Tejpaul and Gail ... More >>
The Grove of Anaheim
Is there a theme going on with Bravo's Real Housewives? Because Teresa Guidice isn't the only Housewife with real estate troubles. Alexis Bellino, one of The Real Housewives of Orange County shown poolside at the Balboa Bay Club with one of her kids at right, and her husband Jim are the newest vi ... More >>
For heterosexual guys who think watching a show like Dancing With the Stars is only for those who are light in the loafers, it's time to wake up. Yes, the ABC dance contest features lots of muscular and semi-shirtless male dancers, but the females are beyond compare: Edyta Slwinska, Kym Johnson a ... More >>
Beotch fight!!! Beotch fight!!! Current Real Housewives of Orange County cast member Tamra Barney and original cast member Jeana Keough are reported to have had a drink-throwing, attempted-retaliatory-pool-tossing, post-battle-Twitter-warring cat fight on the set of Season 6. TheImproper.com put ... More >>
Former Oakland A's pitcher, probable ex-husband of Playboy Playmate-turned-founding The Real Housewives of Orange County cast member Jeana Keough and current boozehound Matt Keough was sentenced today to a year of jail for his latest DUI incident.On the bright side, Keough was granted credit for ... More >>
Ali Lerman/OC WeeklyMargaret ChoGrove of AnaheimSept. 23, 2010The Hype: Gays and straights packed the house and laughed in perfect harmony last night at Margaret Cho's "Cho Dependent" comedy show at the Grove of Anaheim. For a Thursday "school night" the size of the crowd was pretty impressive. T ... More >>
Ragan Fox is an assistant professor of communications at Cal State Long Beach. He's also the host of a popular podcast (Fox and the City,) a performance artist, a poet, an author of two books and a gay man with a PhD in communications. In short, he's the perfect reality show cast member. Dr. Fox ... More >>
Believe it or not, children, there was a time when the Food Network actually concentrated on teaching people to cook. The idea of ten hours a day of inane food "battles" was unheard of, Iron Chef still came to us from campy Japan, the appetite suppressant known as Sandra Lee hadn't yet created her f ... More >>
How'd you spend your New Year's Eve? Mine began in the emergency room, accompanying my chica who was suffering from a bad case of food poisoning from a restaurant I shan't reveal. She's okay now, but was pretty bad for a while. At one point, she asked the nice nurse attending us that her face see ... More >>
A reminder that among other events going on this week, (ahem, OC Restaurant Week), the 21st Annual Taste of Newport is happening today, tomorrow, and Sunday in Fashion Island.
Mom fight! Mom fight!In last Wednesday's Fox TV "special" Octomom: The Incredible Unseen Footage, Nadya Suleman takes potshots at Jon & Kate Plus 8's Jon-less, down-on-her-luck Kate Gosselin."It's so staged," Octomom said of tabloid pictures of Gosselin in a bikini on the beach. "She's doing ... More >>
"Megan Wants a Millionaire" . . . but not that badly.VH1 announced today it is postponing any future airings of the reality show Megan Wants a Millionaire after contestant Ryan Alexander Jenkins was named a "person of interest" in the choking murder of Jasmine Fiore, the 28-year-old swimsuit mode ... More >>
Ocotomom Nadya Suleman's dreams of reality television show cash-ins crumbled today after a federal judge ordered that a guardian be appointed to oversee the financial interests of her kids. The ruling comes just two days after she'd signed a deal that would earn each of her pups $250 a day to sta ... More >>
Perhaps you saw the May 14 edition of OC Weekly--excuse me--OctoWeekly--wherein all manner of reality-show mayhem is imagined for Nadya Suleman, the La Habra resident and mother of the world's longest-surviving octuplets.Our lampoonage came hot on the heels of lilliputian Los Angeles attorney Gloria ... More >>
As music editor, I'm trained to be on the lookout for HOT SCOOPS wherever they may be. Like a couple days ago when I was at the Wal-Mart at the Village at Orange, and made this enticing discovery: that American Idol season five winner Taylor Hicks will be signing CDs at that store this Thursday, May ... More >>
Ginia Bellafante writes in today's New York Times that The Real Housewives of Orange County reveals much about Orange County-style parenting.Parenthood supplies a strange and fascinating dimension of The Real Housewives of Orange County, which increasingly feels like Mildred Pierce: the habit of ind ... More >>
*CORRECTED!The Real Housewives of Orange County premiered premieres for a fourth season last night tonight, a cause for joy among those who find trashy pleasure in the unreal reality series. But the New York Post's David Hinkley wonders whether the show is just not funny amid these financ ... More >>
One thing that I've noticed since moving here is that the local TV news, the ABC affiliate at least, seems to be obsessed with "Dancing with the Stars." Sure, it's a popular show (still?), I get that, and it's filmed in LA and our local news is from LA. I've been known to watch it a time or too myse ... More >>
Korean immigrant Bella oughta be starring in her own High School Musical
Though UC Irvine hip-hop dance team Kaba Modern has been making a name for themselves in underground circles and national and global competitions for some years now—including winning first place at the USA World Hip-Hop Championship and taking second at the International World Finals—it looks li ... More >>
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It was revealed in late August by host Heidi Klum that the fourth season of the almost unimaginably successful Bravo reality fashion design show, Project Runway, will be premiering Wednesday, November 14. If second rate shows like Shear Genius (the network's haircutting competition show—seriously ... More >>
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Robbie Miller thinks inside the box
The battle between lame and lamer is over. After months of weeding out kids with a sprinkling of talent, American Idol's sixth season came down to annoying Justin Timberlake-wannabe Blake Lewis and not-quite-powerhouse Jordin Sparks. Tonight, 17-year-old Sparks took the title. But you probably al ... More >>
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