Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew is back for a fifth season, and we’re lucky enough to have the opportunity to talk about the show with Dr. Drew and some of the other staff at the Pasadena Recovery Center to get an inside look at the rehabilitation process. This week, we spoke with Dr. Drew, Jenn Gimenez, and Dr. John Sharp about the potentially tumultuous return of Steven Adler to the show, and the addition of Dwight Gooden to the group.
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It’s nice to have someone to boss around, especially when you’re used to be bossed around yourself. That must be why Omar, Val‘s assistant on Single Ladies, loves telling the intern, Christina, what to do. For instance, the venti-sized power trip he takes when she offers to get him a coffee in this behind-the-scenes text between the two of them. Omar had better not let this ego boost go to his head.
For nearly three seasons, Basketball Wives has explored the drama between a core group of women who at one point or another have all had it out with each other, with varying degrees of violence, anger, and…creative language. And of course when women behave badly, they come under fire for it, and the women on this show certainly receive their fair share of criticism. Shaunie O’Neal, who not only stars on the show but executive produces, is fully aware of the negativity directed toward the show, and in a commentary she wrote for CNN.com, O’Neal acknowledges and defends the women of Basketball Wives.
We’ve pulled some highlights from her piece which address the biggest issues from the show, feel free to read the entire thing over on CNN, and weigh in on Shaunie’s defense in the comments. Shaunie writes:
I have gotten both good and bad responses from viewers about “Basketball Wives,” and I certainly understand the opinion that the shows portrayal of black women is beginning to look somewhat negative.
As you see on the show, I’m not a big supporter of the bickering, drink throwing and fighting, but when you put a group of strong, independent and vocal women who are going through or just came out of a bad relationship together, there’s bound to be a little drama…
The problem for me is when black women are portrayed as only being that way and labeled different than their non-black counterparts for the same type of behavior. That’s when it becomes negative and damaging to our image.
I’m not saying we have to create shows that only paint a pretty picture about who we are, but there should be a balance and most of all some integrity to the shows we create.
That’s why I wanted to do “Basketball Wives.” I wanted to show what life is really like when you are with a professional athlete — and that sometimes all that glitters isn’t gold…
What happens when you take seven famous personalities, all
fairly volatile and opinionated, and ask them to run a restaurant? And, mind you, it’s a competition, not just a friendly business venture. Well, according to the Famous Food supertrailer, there’s a lot of yelling and a lot of tables get knocked over.
Famous Food, which premieres on Sunday July 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, follows Heidi Montag, Jake Pavelka, Danielle Staub, DJ Paul and Juicy J of Three 6 Mafia, Vincent Pastore, and Ashley Dupre as they work together to open a restaurant, but in the end, only one of them can win a partnership with the Dolce Restaurant Group in L.A.
Who will win? Who will have something thrown at them? And most importantly, who wants to take a field trip to their restaurant??
Fans of Project Runway may be familiar with Anthony L. Williams from the young designer’s appearance on season seven of the show back in 2009. Williams acquired quite the following because of the show (present company included!) and it was a sad day for all of us when he was eliminated. While Williams may not be on television at the moment, he’s definitely working hard behind the scenes as Stacey Dash‘s style consultant over on the set of Single Ladies.
Williams’ work with Dash, who plays Val on the series, has not gone unnoticed by fans who regularly take to the Internet to discuss Val’s innovative and sometimes provocative fashion sense. This week, Williams is making himself accessible to all Single Ladies viewers and he’ll be answering all your questions on Twitter about his work as a designer, what it’s like to style Stacey Dash, and anything else you can come up with in under 140 characters. Just tweet your questions with the hashtag #AskAnthony between 9 and 10 p.m. on Monday July 4th, and we’ll pick the best questions to be posted – and answered by Anthony – on the VH1 blog immediately following the show. And don’t forget this episode features Queen Latifah, so it’s a big one.
As Anthony says himself “Television introduced me to the world as a funny, southern, gay, black man that is sassy and full of entertaining one-liners. I am more than the image and personality that was projected through that reality show. I am a creative individual who celebrates every opportunity to have a human experience.” And we’re excited to have him share his experience with us on Monday. For more information about Anthony, check out his website, Facebook fan page, and follow him on Twitter at @SewAnthony.
Keisha Greene‘s real estate aspirations are the real deal on Single Ladies, and in this behind-the-scenes text she sends to Val, she definitely means business. Looks like Keisha’s finally found a job (that’s not poker playing) that she’s serious about. When else has she chosen to go to the library to study over going out to the club?
As if you weren’t looking forward to the Mob Wives reunion enough already, we have another special look at some of the action for you. The promo above is a glimpse into what went down on set (yes, that’s Renee walking off in tears), but more importantly, you’ll get a peek at some never-before-seen footage of Karen and Drita‘s fight. There’s nothing scarier than hearing (and seeing) an enraged Karen yell for Drita, is there?
For more bonus footage of this fight and so much more, tune in to the Mob Wives reunion, airing Sunday, July 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
As the men in Three 6 Mafia will tell you, they’re not just Academy Award-winning rap artists, they’re also foodies. Which is why they were a perfect match for VH1′s Famous Food. In this clip from the show, DJ Paul and Juicy J discuss how the one thing they love as much as music and ladies is food.
But, pray tell, Three 6 Mafia, how does a career in music translate into a successful restaurant business? “If you can run a rap group that’s full of guys from prison, then you can run a restaurant,” DJ Paul explains. Check out the full clip above and tune in to the premiere of Famous Food on July 10 at 10p.m. ET/PT.
The Mob Wives reunion won’t air until Sunday, July 10th at 8 p.m. ET/PT, but we were there at the taping and got the scoop on what these women have been up to since the big Karen/Drita fight during the finale. We can safely say the reunion is going to be an explosive evening, and tears will be shed.
Of course, it’s understandable if you can’t wait eleven more days to see the reunion, so allow us to give you a sneak peek at the set and the women as they hung out before the cameras were turned on. We also got a few shots of host Wendy Williams who looked fantastic and was not shy about asking the tough questions during taping, a lot of questions about relationships and personal lives will be addressed.
The VH1 Blog will have even more pre-reunion coverage next week as well, so be sure to check back for more details and photos then.
[Photos: VH1 Blog/Liz Black]
Our love for Carla Facciolo grew exponentially after we watched the Mob Wives finale on Sunday night, and it was exciting to have her in the office on Monday to give us her firsthand account of the big Karen/Drita fight.
In our interview with Carla, she talks about what was going through her mind as she saw her friends start to get heated. “I just said to myself, Oh my God, this is getting uglier and uglier…I was like, oh, boy, this may not go well.” Nope. This sure did not go well at all.
All fighting aside, Carla also stayed long enough to give us her tips for having a gorgeous head of hair, what her favorite moment of the season was, and why it just looks like she tried to choke Renee that one time. Be sure to tune in on Sunday, July 10 for the Mob Wives Reunion where even more loose ends will get tied up.