New cast, more drunken drama in the Real Housewives of New York City’s preview

The Real Housewives of New York City return in June on Bravo, minus the four fired cast members and plus three new women, who Bravo announced today.

In a witty headline (for a press release, at least), Bravo said the show “gets a face lift” with the addition of Aviva Drescher, Carole Radziwill, and Heather Thomson, who join Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, and Ramona Singer. The release also said the returning cast members “welcome” the new ones, but that’s not exactly how it appears in the preview below, which focuses largely on the returning cast members, perhaps because they’re recognizable.

After what some people thought was a sleepy season (a season I really, really liked), this preview brings the drama, from an older man telling a woman, “I could give you your first squirting orgasm” to LuAnn accusing Ramona of blackmail and threats and saying, “What other dirty tricks do you have to pull out of your pinot-filled ass?” I’m excited to find out the answer.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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