So much is going on in the Real Housewives franchise right now. Danielle successfully got the release of her sex tape blocked, reunion host Andy Cohen got his own late-night talk show, and the Atlanta season premieres July 30.
1.) Danielle's Messes
As we learned from court documents dug up by The Smoking Gun, Danielle's past was pretty accurately portrayed in Cop Without a Badge — extortion, kidnapping, drug cartel, prostitution whoring, cocaine use — despite the fact that she said that the only two things that were true was that she was arrested and changed her name. She denied most of the accusations in an interview with People last week, particularly about the cocaine, saying, "I was a pothead. Period." It should be more like Ellipsis…
Staub was charged with one felony count and convicted of extortion; she "worked for an escort service," according to an FBI agent on the case; and she was sentenced to drug treatment and weekly urinalysis tests for six months. Two years later, her substance abuse counselor recommended that her "drug aftercare" program be extended, "considering the severity of Beverly's drug history and her former drug life style."
But Danielle did have a win today when a judge ordered an injunction banning the release of "any sexually explicit video or pictures of Danielle Staub and her former boyfriend Stephen Zalewski" until a hearing next month. She also filed a lawsuit against Steve, claiming that he filmed their intimate moments without her knowledge, and that this has caused her children "emotional distress." She says he just trying to grab some of her attention.
Check out the preview from part 2 of the reunion, which airs on Thursday.
2.) Andy Cohen
Andy — who is mostly known to audiences as the host of all the Real Housewives reunion shows, but is also Senior Vice President of Production and Programming at Bravo — weighed in on both Danielle and last night's reunion on his blog, saying, "I wish I'd have pushed Danielle about her eyebrow lift because it looks to an amateur like me like she had one." We were thinking the same thing!
We're gonna be seeing a lot more of Andy because he apparently has his own talk show now. Watch What Happens will air weekly on Thursday nights at midnight, beginning next month. It will include interviews with cast members from Bravo's different reality series.
3.) Real Housewives of Atlanta
The second season of the series will premiere on July 30, with a new cast member: Kandi Burruss, a former member of the girl group Xscape. There's already drama involving her fiancé, who is accused of being a deadbeat dad and a drug dealer.
The description of Kim on Bravo's site is priceless:
When We Last Saw Her: Weeping on a couch at the Reunion Special. Kim's castmates accused her of lying about her cancer, while Kim recalled waiting for the diagnosis at Chili's.
Also: She put out a single called, "A Crack in the Foundation" and this season will show her struggling to launch a wig line!
NeNe seems to be doing okay, considering that she was in a financial shitstorm after last season wrapped. This preview clip from the upcoming season shows her living in a new fancy house and hanging out with that stylish gay guy who continues to use the word "dreadful" to describe things.