Reality Shows

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Society Is Full Of New-Fangled Idiots

    [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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Zack Kalter is Latest and Last Orange County Contestant Sent Home on The Bachelorette

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Brandon Andreen, Costa Mesan with Bomb Threat in Past, Eliminated on The Bachelorette

    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.

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Lindsey Knickerbocker, Daughter from Early Real Housewives of OC, Popped for Being Really Drunk, Ramming Cars and Punching Cop

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Alexis Bellino and Her "Jesus Jugs" Crawl Back to Real Housewives of Orange County?

    "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.

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Snooki As Read By Anthony Bourdain

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Dennis Rodman's Celebrity Rehab: Pouring and Downing Patron Shots on Newport Pen

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Who Wants To Date a Millionaire? The Millionaire Matchmaker's Club is Recruiting Tonight in Newport

    ​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 >>

  • Calendar

    September 29, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Canadian Band The Sheepdogs Sell their Souls to Rolling Stone, Tim Gunn​If 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. 

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    'The Real Housewives' Go On Tour

    ​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. 

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Bravo Damns The Real Housewives of the Bible

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Michael Voltaggio Among Chefs to Appear at OC Fair

    Flickr User Erik Anestad​Michael 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.

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Heidi Montag Gets a Food Show?!

    WikiMedia Commons​These 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Camille Grammer's 5 Memorable Moments on the Road from Newport Beach to the Oscars

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Anthony Bourdain in Cerritos Tonight!

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Jim Bellino, Housewives Hubby, Sued For Fraud

    BravoJim and Alexis Bellino​More 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 >>

  • Calendar

    December 16, 2010

    Pauly D

    The Grove of Anaheim

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Alexis Bellino, Real Housewife of OC, Latest From Bravo Franchise to Face Real Estate Woes

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Celeb Watching and Tasty Vittles at Bowlmor Lanes

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    The Real Housewives Orange County Enters Skanky New Jersey Territory

    ​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. put ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Matt Keough, Ace Pitcher-Turned-Town Drunk, Gets Year in Jail (Sorta) for Latest DUI

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Margaret Cho at the Grove of Anaheim Last Night

    Ali Lerman/OC Weekly​Margaret 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    CSULB's Dr. Foxy in the Big Brother House

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Five Food Network Shows First In Line For Reanimation

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2010

    The Real Nurses of Orange County: Vicki Gunvalson Daughter Not a Bitch!

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    Taste of Newport Begins Today

    ​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.

  • Calendar

    September 17, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Octomom Cleans Up the Floor With Kate Gosselin

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    VH1 Dumps Reality Show With Contestant Who is "Person of Interest" in Jasmine Fiore's Murder

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Court Orders Guardian for Octomom's Kids

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Octupdate: Life Imitates Art Imitating Life

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Taylor Hicks is Signing at the Wal-Mart in Orange. Apparently.

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    March 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    Is Real Housewives a Real Guide to OC-Style Parenting?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2008

    Real Housewives of Orange County: Nothing to Laugh At?

    *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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2008

    Tonight: Francisco the Man!, The Sweet Sweet Things, Free at Detroit Bar

    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 >>

  • Music

    May 8, 2008
  • Music

    February 7, 2008

    [Aural Reports] Sweet Seoul Music

    Korean immigrant Bella oughta be starring in her own High School Musical

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2008

    MTV's Best American Dance Crew: Kaba Modern

    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 >>

  • Features

    November 15, 2007

    Six Steps to Rock & Roll Godhood

    FEEDBACK: Goth-Metal Clown Fifi Larue’s Advice Can Help You Attain It

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2007

    Because You're Ugly: Project Runway

    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 >>

  • Features

    September 20, 2007
  • Culture

    July 26, 2007

    No Deal

    Robbie Miller thinks inside the box

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2007

    American Idolatry

    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 >>

  • Culture

    June 8, 2006


    Fashion Co-Op OC

  • Culture

    November 27, 2003

    A Hopeful Orwell?

    Introducing Thomas Pynchons intro to the new 1984

  • Columns

    September 11, 2003

    The People Love Loud

    Notes from the American Idol Tour

  • Culture

    July 31, 2003

    Smirk at This!

    Stung by Cupid

  • News

    November 25, 1999
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