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Lynne Curtin Leaving 'The Real Housewives of Orange County'

So far, the newest entry in the 'Real Housewives' franchise -- the D.C. version -- is proving to be less interesting on screen than off, but things are heating up on 'The Real Housewives of Orange County' before the show's sixth season even begins. The Orange County Register reports that O.C. housewife Lynne Curtin will no longer be part of the cast when the show returns to Bravo early next year. Instead, she and her family have been replaced by Peggy Tanous and her husband Mitch, who are friends of current 'Housewives' star Alexis Bellino and her husband Jim. Curtin and clan, meanwhile, will star in a new TV show on another network. She's revealed no specifics yet, but while confirming her departure from the 'Housewives' series via her Facebook page, Curtin also wrote cryptically about a new show. To Read More Click Here .

Alex's Reality Rant: 5 Decent Shows That Inspired Crappy Reality TV Counterparts

It may not be something you think about while you're marathoning your favorite series, but ideas for TV shows come from a wide variety of sources -- novels, comic books, movies, video games, and more. Inspiration for reality shows specifically is even more , um, "innovative"... sometimes snatching ideas from something as simple as cooking, daily life on the Jersey Shore, or a trashcan (isn't that how The Bad Girls Club was invented?). In fact, some reality shows are even inspired by other shows... and while they're certainly never an "improvement" on the original (well, at least not in most cases...), these reality spawn definitely put an "interesting" spin on the preceding fictional versions. Here are 5 beloved shows that became reality-ized (no, not a real word, but it works), much to the annoyance of fans mostly everywhere. Cue eye-roll: Original Series: Desperate Housewives Reality Spawn: The Real Housewives of Orange County Confession: I never watched "Desperate Housewives," but I am a recent jumper-on-the-bangwagon of The Real Housewives series, and my guess is that it's a tough call, but the latter is more dramatic! Another confession: sometimes I accidentally call it "The Desperate Housewives of (insert town here)"... & I'm not sorry about it. Original Series: The L Word Reality Spawn: The Real L Word Probably the least subtly-titled reality "spin-off," The Real L Word may have a lot to live up to, but so far it seems to be doing pretty well in viewership (not like that's saying much in the quality department, but I have yet to check it out for myself. I mean, it's been almost as popular as Pretty Little Liars in Twitter Trending Topics (okay, not quite, but comparatively well considering some variation of Justin Bieber's name always reigns supreme in that arena)! Original Series: Nip/Tuck Reality Spawn: Dr. 90210 Aside from the graphic surgery room scenes, it's hard to imagine anything about Nip/Tuck being real . Enter Dr. 90210 , which features a successful, attractive surgeon, not too unlike playboys Christian Troy and Sean MacNamara. Plus it has nearly the same sky-high boob job count -- plus some more similarly off-the-wall surgeries -- from a bit more "realistic" point of view. Original Series: The O.C. Reality Spawn: Laguna Beach Looking back to when the idea for Laguna Beach was first announced by MTV (advertised as The "Real" OC), it seemed like blasphemy to turn the current teen TV staple into a reality show, of all things. Sure enough, it turned out to be an even bigger phenomenon than the original. Of course, this isn't taking into account the later seasons of LB with the younger-classmen who weren't nearly as interesting as LC & Kristin... Original Series: Sex and the City Reality Spawn: Downtown Girls Okay, so the recent (failed) reality series Downtown Girls on MTV may not have been an intentionally direct copy of Sex and the City , but if you've seen any of the episodes, the 5 BFF "characters" clearly think they're the next Carrie & crew for the younger generation. No offense, but I'd rather watch SATC 2 twice in a row than sit through an entire episode of this show... and that's saying a lot. Do you prefer the original shows, or their reality spin-offs? Weigh in below!

The Real Housewives of D.C. Confirms White House Party Crasher Casting

Michaele and Tareq Salahi are going from the White House's security list to Bravo's A-list. Michaele Salahi is part of the cast of The Real Housewives of D.C., premiering Thursday, Aug. 5 at 9/8c. The latest installment of the Bravo franchise - the fifth following Orange County, New York City, Atlanta and New Jersey - will spotlight Salahi and four other women living in the nation's capital shortly after the election and inauguration of President Barack Obama. "We wanted to dive into the Beltway subculture as it underwent an historic shift, one that previously has not been readily accessible or portrayed, and look at the political hierarchy and definitive social circles that make up D.C.'s unique society," said Andy Cohen, Bravo's senior vice president of original programming and development. "We knew this was going to expose a different social narrative from any of our other Housewives series - provocative and engaging in a whole new way." To Read More Click Here .

Report: White House Crashers Join Real Housewives of D.C.

Tareq and Michaele Salahi, who crashed a party at the White House last year, will star in and become the focal point of Bravo's reality series The Real Housewives of D.C., the Daily Beast reports. The Salahis are best known for gatecrashing a White House event and coming face-to-face President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and many others after the uninvited couple made it past security. The Salahis have maintained that they were invited to the event. The couple was reportedly being filmed as part of their audition for the reality series when they crashed the event. All 12 episodes of the premiere season have been shot and are slated to premiere in July, according to The Daily Beast. An email to the show's rep was not immediately returned. Would you watch the Salahis on Housewives? Source Here

The Real Housewives of Orange County: Tamra Barney Goes Public with Her New Love

There's no stopping The Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Barney from letting the world know that she's found love yet again in the arms of a new man Eddie Judge, who only happens to be a friend of her estranged husband Simon. The couple was recently spotted on a three-day vacation in Panama where they appeared to be romantically frolicking in the water. Of course, this was all happening in the midst of her divorce. Radaronline obtained the pictures of the hot and heavy couple, which you can view here. This isn't the first time Tamra and her new love interest went public, though. Earlier this month, the Real Housewives of Orange County star posted a photo of the two of them together on her Facebook page, which fueled tons of comments from her fans. To Read More Click Here .

The Real Housewives of Orange County: Gretchen Rossi Drama Roundup

The Real Housewives of Orange County just wrapped up its fifth season but for Gretchen Rossi, the drama is far from over. This week alone, she became the subject of controversy and was served with legal papers right in the middle of a fashion show at The Grove in Los Angeles. Who is suing Gretchen and why? According to Radaronline, Gretchen's ex-lover Jay Photoglou filed the lawsuit against The Real Housewives of Orange County star for libel and slander, among other things. Gretchen was allegedly "intimately involved with Photoglou the entire time the show filmed Rossi's first season," during which she was engaged to Jeff Beitzel, who died in September 2008. To Read More Click here .

Is Vicki Gunvalson Leaving 'The Real Housewives of Orange County'?

The Real Housewives of Orange County's two-part reunion special has left room for more on-screen and off-screen drama between Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney, Gretchen Rossi, Lynne Curtin, and Alexis Bellino, as well as the men in their lives. Now we know how the girls really feel about each, how much they despise Slade, and we now have reason to speculate whether or not Vicki is returning for yet another season. The possibility of Vicki's departure, first speculated by People.com, stems from the second night of The Real Housewives of Orange County's reunion special in which Vicki had a heated argument with Gretchen's boyfriend, Slade, before butting heads with Alexis and her husband Jim. The discussion was so intense that Vicki eventually got up her seat and threatened to walk out. But she didn't thanks host Andy Cohen, who encouraged the distressed housewife to finish taping. To Read More Click Here .

This Week's Top TV Moments: 24 Rattles, Modern Family Rolls and More!

This week of television included lots of moving and shaking: The Oscars proved that an awards show about movies is no place for dancing. House 's Wilson frolicked as a woodland nympho, er, nymph. The winds of change came to Big Love . A suicide bomber went splat on 24 . And the gifted players of Modern Family mimed their way to the funny. Welcome to Top Moments: Bodies in Motion Edition. 10. Worst Place for Dancing: Interpretive dancing has never been a good idea at the Oscars. As producer Adam Shankman's talented hoofers hot-foot it across the stage, are we really supposed to be thinking about a bomb squad, an animated fox, a floating house, a snarky sleuth and blue-skinned aliens - all at once? You don't see scenes from The Hurt Locker on dancing awards shows. Enough. 9. Best Confrontation: On The Real Housewives of Orange County 's reunion show, Bravo's Andy Cohen forces Slade to own up to some of his less-than-ethical behavior. First, he goads him into admitting his relationship with Tamera. When Slade says he chose not to be on Housewives after he and Jo split up, Andy sucker-punches him by telling him that there'd be no point for him to be on the show without Jo. Cut to awkward silence. 8. Best Nostalgia Trip: New episodes of 90210 and happy memories of Beverly Hills, 90210 return to TV the same night Tuesday. Ian Ziering pops up on CSI: NY as Gabrielle Carteris guest-stars on Criminal Minds for a clever nudge-nudge exchange with her on-screen daughter: "You know, I did go to high school at one time," Carteris says. "Yeah, like 50 years ago," her daughter snaps. To Read More Click Here .

The Real Housewives of Orange County: 10 Most Unforgettable Moments of Season 5

The fifth season of The Real Housewives of Orange County may not be as rowdy as New Jersey's table-flipping drama but it did leave fans with several controversial moments to ponder on until the next season. This season, we saw fan-favorite Jeana Keough make her exit, making room for yet another housewife in the form of Alexis Bellino. We also witnessed the different relationship issues through the eyes of Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney, Gretchen Rossi and Lynne Curtin. Toilet paper pranks, psychic readings and wasted teenagers aside, season 5 gave us plenty to moments to enjoy and to poke fun at. Check out my top 10 moments and see if your choice made the list. Source Here

The Real Housewives of Orange County: Reunion Special Preview, Part 1

The Real Housewives of Orange County may have wrapped up its fifth season but the drama is far from over. Tonight, Tamra Barney, Alexis Bellino, Lynne Curtin, Vicki Gunvalson and Gretchen Rossi, and even former O.C. favorite Jeana Keough reunite to discuss the highlights of the season with Bravo's Andy Cohen. One of the things you can look forward to in the first half of the two-part reunion special is Tamra explaining that she's not a cheater and defending her recent split with husband Simon after Gretchen alleges that it's all a publicity stunt. Even more tension brews between Tamra and Gretchen when Gretchen reveals that Tamra's marital problems are a result of karma. But the O.C. ladies aren't the only ones who have something to bring on the table. Jim Bellino, Frank Curtin, Donn Gunvalson and Slade Smiley also come together to weigh in on the controversies. Source & Preview
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