If you’re a “Real Housewives of New Jersey” fan (you know you secretly are), then you really need to read Jaimie Etkin’s interview with Caroline Manzo. It’s very honest, funny and a tiny bit sad, especially this part about her relationship with sister and former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Dina Manzo.
And now, most viewers of the show know — from the Season 3 reunion and the Season 4 trailer — that Teresa has driven a wedge between you and Dina. When I first saw that, it broke my heart. How are you two now? It’s the same. And if it breaks your heart, can you imagine how I feel? I remember the day she was born. I decorated her cradle. I remember when my mom told me she was pregnant with her. I’m 11 years older than Dina. She’s more than my baby sister, but again, I have never shied away from anything negative and I’ve said many many times, “Look at the footage.” We fight. I’m one of 11 kids. We fight all the time. And a fight can last a day, a week, a month, a year, who knows? But we always come back, and Dina will be back.
It’s not just me. If it were just me, I would have to look and say, “Okay, Caroline. What’d you do? What’d you say?” And I don’t know and I still don’t know, but I’m going to leave it at that. Whatever beating I take in the press and through the court of public opinion, I’m willing to take that beating because I won’t hurt my parents. I don’t want to make this into something bigger than what it should be. It’s a very personal thing. It’s a very hurtful thing. But in time, we will mend and quite frankly, the only people that I have to worry about what they feel is my family. And I will always behave in a manner that will make them proud and I’ll show my kids that sometimes, you gotta take a little beating in life to do the right thing. I’m willing to take the beating.
It’s Fox’s 25th birthday! To celebrate, we asked J.J. Abrams, Howard Gordon, Jane Espenson and more to recall their first Fox memories.
The first show I remember loving on Fox was “The Tracey Ullman Show.” I loved the ensemble and those funny little interstitial cartoons that eventually became the studio’s annuity [“The Simpsons”]. I remember visiting the set of the last episode’s taping, where I got to meet Jim Brooks, who was always an idol of mine. “The Ben Stiller Show” was another favorite of the same era. THAT was brilliant TV. Essentially, any Fox series with a comedian’s name, followed by the word “Show” was good by me.
Ugh, she’s the best. I’m so in love with her. She’s so inspiring. She’s been on that show for so many years and she handles herself so gracefully on it. She’s just, she’s cool to be around. She’s funny, easy and she had good insight into some of the more difficult moments I had. I love an alpha female and she is like the ultimate.
“Veronica Mars” will always have a special place in my heart. Now that it’s back on TV (reruns on SOAPnet), you should really be watching. Why? I’ve outlined some very good reasons for new viewers and previous “Mars” devotees to tune in. Viva “Veronica Mars”!
“Season 3 is currently filming with Maggie and the rest of the cast. We don’t comment on future storylines, but there’s no truth in the story that Maggie is leaving the show.”—A Masterpiece rep regarding Maggie Smith leaving “Downton Abbey.”
Here's a general question you might be able to answer. Why have several of the networks waited so long to announce renewals of existing shows? It's so odd to have heard so little about renewals of shows before now in the broadcast season. Only CBS and a few shows here & there have learned their fate (either way). Any inside industry insight you can share/theorize about why that is? (I'm specifically wondering about Castle BTW, which seems like a lock for renewal.)
Actually, early renewals and cancellations don’t happen that frequently. Most shows don’t know their fates until closer to Upfronts. The lack of news could also be attributed to the fact that there are so many long-running shows still kicking around. They’ve got the name factor going for them, but aren’t pulling in the numbers they used to. Also, looking at each network’s development slate could give you a good better idea at what each network is working with. For example, CBS had very few new shows in development when compared to the other major networks. And yes, “Castle” will most likely be back.