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MOVE OVER HOUSEWIVES
No need to toss the tables at the end of the evening, there’s a more dramatic reality show playing out on the east and west coasts. No, it’s not Downton Abbey or the new Upstairs, Downstairs. Wait! Maybe it’s the new,new Upstairs, Downstairs, Bravo style: ”Real Housekeepers of the Rich and Famous.”
Casting calls should be a hoot. ”Loyal” maids only need apply. The frumpier the better. No need to get permissions from the privileged employers. Entire seasons can be shot in their homes without the lady of the house ever knowing. Read the rest of this entry »
THE REAL COUNTDOWN IS JUST BEGINNING — AT OWN
While slowly winding down the year-long goodbye as America’s queen of the afternoon, Oprah Winfrey is a now moving at warp speed to get her next house in order. After a disappointing launch of the Oprah Winfrey Network, she’s finally said out loud what a few of us were brave to say from the beginning: it’s just not good enough.
I remember writing my first blog about OWN last January 7th. It began:
“When Oprah Winfrey first announced the creation of OWN, she revealed she had once written in her journal “that one day I would create a television network, as I always felt my show was just the beginning of what the future could hold.”
Well, three years and $168 million later, we have now seen the future, and it is — extremely disappointing.”
I couldn’t understand how this happened, given the OWN brain trust, with not just Oprah Winfrey but now the amazing Tom Freston who, despite other claims of paternity, actually is the real father of MTV.
After waiting, then hoping, then watching, I pronounced OWN “a stodgy old bore.”