TCA Day 3 Recap: Keeping It Real

The third day of the Television Critics Association summer press tour had a strong reality bent as the antics of the slightly crazed Lamas family, along with newlyweds Giuliana & Bill and the larger than life Mo’Nique stole the show.


Newlyweds ‘Giuliana & Bill‘ Rancic could have come off as super annoying in their panel that opened day three (he’s the winner of ‘The Apprentice,’ she hosts ‘E News‘, both are super hot), but surprisingly they came off as super normal and even likable. Their show will detail their unique living arrangements (he lives full-time in Chicago while she’s full time in Los Angeles), and as for kids and a more permanent living arrangement? “Maybe in season two,” said Bill.

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And the award for most dysfunctional panel so far at TCA goes to … ‘The Lamas Life.’ The first question was of course about the rumors that AJ has slept with his father’s ex-wife Shauna Sand. Neither Lorezno or AJ would really comment on this, but their relationship is obviously strained to say the least, and they were seated four people apart in the panel. Shayne Lamas seems to think the show is all about her, but regardless, this show looks like trainwreck TV at its finest and I for one will be tuning in!


‘The Mo’Nique Show’ will be another entrant in the growing late-night derby this Fall when it premieres on the network. But late night hasn’t seen anything like this – the show will be filmed in Atlanta and Mo’Nique’s goal is to make the show fun. To quote Mo’Nique, “It’s a show that we guarantee will put a smile on your face before you fall asleep at night.”


Besides the no-brainer renewals of ‘True Blood,’ ‘Hung,’ and ‘Entourage,’ the HBO session of the day kicked into a high gear with the ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm‘ panel with star/creator Larry David. The ballroom was filled with journalists typing furiously as David gave details of the much-anticipated ‘Seinfeld‘ reunion which will play out over the upcoming season: the ‘Seinfeld’ gang will appear in five episodes throughout the season (but all four won’t be in all five episodes), we will see the reunion show in the ‘Curb’ season finale – which could be a special, hour-long episode.

When asked if Michael Richards’ recent off-screen troubles could be addressed on the show, David smiled and said, “perhaps.” Rosie O’Donnell will appear as herself in episode five, in which David and O’Donnell fight over who is picking up the tab for a lunch meeting in an uproarious clip that was screened for critics during the panel.

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