"It would be nice to be the prettiest girl in Utopia, that way I could have my pick of the men." -Bri Nyugen, 20, of Westminster, in one of the cast statements from the new Fox reality show Utopia, which network executives call "the largest, most ambitious social experiment on television." The seri ... More >>
Considering the children of some former cast members of the Real Housewives of Orange County wind up in jail, props to Seasons 4-5 star Lynne Curtin for having two working daughters. And like mom, they are finding fame in front of cameras, as one is a Suicide Girl pin-up and the other is a porn star ... More >>
Since the show is still in production, MTV is not ready to confirm the Orange County hospital serving as the setting for the reality show Scrubbing In, promising all will be revealed in a couple weeks. But the network is ready to announce that, in direct contradiction to a previous announcement, th ... More >>
Maybe it was the flat screen hanging high against one wall showing a stock car race that brought the question to mind, but while I was interviewing Danny Thompson in his Huntington Beach shop for today's cover story, I asked about the lack of reality television cameras there. After all, your Speed ... More >>
Remember Todrick Dramaul Hall? If you don't, don't worry because we kinda forget his face too, but he was on American Idol back in 2010. But that's not why he's in the news this week. Hall was the victim of a theft while performing at a retirement ceremony for Hazard Elementary School's principal. ... More >>
Lauren Conrad, who went from Laguna Beach High School cast member in a MTV reality show to a branded commodity with her own clothing line and bestselling tween novels, claims Los Angeles nightspots killed her voice.Let that be a lesson to all you OC hep cats planning to relocate in Silverlake."It fe ... More >>
Every MondayToday, adult superstar/OC girl Tasha Reign gives us her thoughts on life, sex, politics and everything in between. Today, Tasha weighs in on the exploitation of minors in reality TV. Enjoy! Part of my daily work life is all about playing Big Sister: check people's IDs, driver's license, ... More >>
The long Real Housewives of Orange County nightmare not only continues, but it is also expanding, as Tamra Barney is getting her own Bravo spin-off.The untitled, unreal reality show will be the fourth in the Housewives' franchise surrounding a cast member getting married, following Bethenny Frankel' ... More >>
Matteo Garrone exposes a genre—and a culture
No one needs to know what Fabio Viviani, ex-Top Chef cheftestant and general media butterfly has been doing. He's everywhere, most recently at the OC Fair. But how about that Jen Carroll or Richard Blais. What have they been up to after the show?
Anthony Bourdain is slated to do one. Now so is Jamie Oliver. I'm talking about yet another cooking competition show. This time, the British chef who was recently most notable for making America wretch over the substance called pink slime, is executive producing a new series called Chef Race: U ... More >>
Cadillac Facebook pageThe Cadillac Culinary Challenge Test Drive pulls up to Irvine Spectrum this Saturday and Sunday. Why this sounds more like a hybrid between Cars and Coffee and the Top Chef Tour is a conundrum we'll never know the answer to. At least they're offering sleek cars and free eats ... More >>
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Jimmy 'Z' Parvin's flashy John Wayne Airport-adjacent restaurant needs a lot less Real Housewife and more him
As Top Chef Masters heads into the finale this week, the timing is just right for a visit from some of the Jedis-in-training. Oh yes, the Top Chef Tour has reached Orange County. With promises of games, prizes, photo and autograph opportunities, the question remains: When will they find time for ... More >>
FOXIf you know of an OC restaurant that needs a big kick in the pots, FOX wants to hear from you. In his reality show Kitchen Nightmares, Gordon Ramsay spends a week at sinking restaurants, trying to whip them back into shape--and now he's looking for his next stops. We got an e-mail from a casti ... More >>
Randy and Shane ShecklerUPDATE, FEB. 10, 11:15 A.M.: Guess what I just pulled out of my spam folder? It's apparently a letter from Shane Sheckler's father, Randall A. Sheckler.The communique begins, "Hey Matt Douche Bag Coker . . ."If I had nickel!The full letter, followed by my thoughts, after t ... More >>
Idol InfernoLeesa Bellesi with Idol-judge-no-more Paula Abdul What does a pastor's wife in Lake Forest have to do with Fox's top-rated singing contest? Enough to fill an entire chapter in American Idol: The Untold Story, the new book by LA Times writer Richard Rushfield that gives a behind-the-sc ... More >>
The only reality shows I watch are the Top Chef franchise and America's Next Top Model (go, Ann!), so I don't know too much about Jon Gosselin except he had a reality show and is supposed to be some kind of man whore. All that said, you know it's tough times on the D list when you're ordering dri ... More >>
Viewers of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Orange County last season will recall Donn and Vicki Gunvalson renewing their 16-year-old wedding vows.Viewers of the recent The Real Housewives of Orange County reunion special will recall Vicki foreshadowing there is trouble in paradise.And viewers of c ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Are the 'Traffic Jam' band idiots or marketing geniuses? Or both?
BravoTVThe Barneys before ...Tamra Barney, one of The Real Housewives of Orange County, has reportedly filed for a restraining order against her estranged husband Simon Barney.Under the order, he can't go within 100 feet of her and is confined to seeing his kids two nights a week and every other ... More >>
GretchWent to The Real Housewives of Orange County and Cops broke out.Dueling gossip sites are reporting that Simon Barney, husband of Real Housewife Tamra Barney, was arrested this morning on a domestic violence charge, and that after arriving at a get acquainted dinner at the home of new Real H ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyMSNBC reported yesterday that Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is the new American Idol judge, although Fox officially says "no comment." Apparently negotiations were finalized late last week, meaning Tyler got his request for a top-notch wardrobe and makeu ... More >>
Another blonde is set to join the cast of The Real Housewives of Orange County, and this one already has had camera time on Bravo's reality show.Peggy Tanous, who will appear next season, is a friend of Alexis Bellino, the Real Housewife who really almost lost her twins to the Balboa Bay Club poo ... More >>
The son of one of the original housewives from Bravo's The Real Housewives of Orange County is back behind bars--and this time he is being held there without bail.Josh Waring, the son of Laura Waring, got picked up Friday night on a warrant for a probation violation.
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Photo Courtesy of Eddie LinFrom left to right: Jay Rayner, Kelly Choi, Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Food), Eddie Lin, Marc Moss (Weird Food Festival), Bill Esparza (Street Gourmet LA).I know we write a lot about Eddie Lin. He--the author of Extreme Cuisine and the blog that started it all, Deep End ... More >>
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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 >>
Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyHer life on the B-List?Don't want to jinx it or anything, but we so, so hope this ends up happening.
Ah, yes, the only American Idol winner that ever mattered--not to mention the only one we don't hate--Kelly Clarkson visited the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa last night. It was beautiful, it was crowded, there was plenty of kettle corn and beer strewn about... and photographer Chris Victorio ... More >>
Turns out we were waaaay off in our guestimate as to the asking price for Villa Rockledge in Laguna Beach. Like, $26,250,000 waaaay off. Here's the price according to Unique Homes: The World of Luxury Real Estate:$26,500,000Laguna Beach, CARockledge By The Sea. Boasing 190 feet of oceanfront with se ... More >>
The food blogosphere is on FIRE (pun intended) right now over the announcement of Top Chef Masters, airing on June 10th. Think of it as Top Chef meets Iron Chef America meets WWE Smackdown. If there's such a thing as a foodie-gasm, this is the thing to inspire it. The judges will be celebrities, ... More >>
It started with Tom Colicchio hawking Diet Coke during the Superbowl. That opened the door to Padma Lakshmi doing naughty Paris Hilton-like things to a Western Bacon Cheeseburger. I admit it: I like the sandwich, and yes, I avidly follow every season of Top Chef. But this? I don't know. ... More >>
We're big fans of Venus Infers here, so it's rather heartening to hear that this week they've made it to one of rock music's pinnacles. Namely, they had their music played on the back ground of one of the many spinoffs of MTV faux-reality sensation "The Hills."
A local mom is pissed that her daughter was recently approached at Huntington Beach Pier by MTV staffers looking for teens to appear on Sex … with Mom and Dad, which has so shocked the executive director of the Downtown Business Improvement District that she plans to take the matter up with the Ci ... More >>
Apparently Bravo can't get enough of The Real Housewives of Orange County and now we're all going to suffer. The network just green lit a one-hour pilot for ousted housewife Jo De La Rosa as she searches for love and tries to become a famous singer in Los Angeles. I didn't think television coul ... More >>
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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 >>