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'Shahs Of Sunset' Renewed For Season 2?

Bravo's freshman reality show " Shahs of Sunset " has been renewed for Season 2, according to star Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi . Appearing on " Good Day NY " (weekdays, 7 a.m. ET on Fox) GG may have spilled the beans on the show's renewal, which has yet to be formally announced by Bravo. "We got picked up for another season ... We just got the word," she told Rosanna Scotto. However, a Bravo source disputed GG's report, telling HuffPost TV that no official decisions have yet been made regarding the show's future. The Ryan Seacrest-produced reality show, which focuses on the lives of a group of wealthy Iranian-Americans living in Los Angeles, has drawn solid ratings for the network. Its premiere episode debuted to 1.1 million viewers , beating out Bravo stalwart "Bethenny Ever After." Its third episode jumped to 1.5 million and set a series-high for ratings. (Note: Ratings for the "Shahs of Sunset" finale were not available at the time this post was published.) Let's just hope that GG doesn't go spending all her future earnings on a shopping spree before Bravo confirms the renewal. TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser. //feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/aIUcfvkUcH0/shahs-of-sunset-renewed-season-2_n_1429710.html

'Shahs Of Sunset' Finale: MJ Told She's Not Marriage Material

After a short six-episode run, the first season of " Shahs of Sunset " (Sun., 10 p.m. ET on Bravo) came to a close. But Bravo didn't leave fans of the show waiting at all, announcing on the same day as the finale that they wanted to get into production as soon as possible on a second season, which will run for more episodes. In this finale, Reza and his father finally had a heart-to-heart and were able to make great strides in repairing their relationship. Now, perhaps, Reza can focus on his next challenge, getting into better shape! Inspired by his own success, he convinced MJ to confront her mother as well about all the negativity she throws MJ's way, but this meeting turned into a total disaster. MJ's mother told her she wasn't successful and neither was she marriage material. Brutal! "Shahs of Sunset" will be back just as soon as Bravo can make it happen. TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser. //feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/CWLBR6N98jk/shahs-of-sunset-finale-reza-father-mj-mother-video_n_1427564.html

'Shahs Of Sunset': Reza's Family Torn Apart By Religion

Reza can often be seen cracking jokes and acting outrageous on " Shahs of Sunset " (Sun., 10 p.m. ET on Bravo), but he showed a more vulnerable side this week when meeting with his father. Reza hasn't had a relationship with him in years, and learned that it all has to do with religion. Reza's mother was Muslim while his father was Jewish. The two have since divorced, but it is because of Reza's mother that his paternal grandmother has a problem. She doesn't see Reza as Jewish. It was a heartbreaking moment for Reza, who admitted he would give up all of his wealth for a complete family. "Middle Easterners need to take their glasses off and see their loved ones for who they are," Reza said in the show. He spoke to the LA Times , where he said he hopes the episode is a conversation starter for others people who may find themselves in similar situations. Watch new episodes of "Shahs of Sunset" every Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo. TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser. //feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/g23DDOH8FJ4/shahs-of-sunset-rezas-family-torn-apart-religion-video_n_1411812.html

Shahs of Sunset: Episode 4's New Lows

I didn't think Bravo's reality TV show, Shahs of Sunset , could sink any lower than the second episode, "It's my Birthday Bitches." But the latest, innocuous-sounding episode "Waiting for MJ" ensured it did -- and how. The Shahs of Sunset claims to depict the lives of Persian Americans living in Tehrangeles, a moniker given to the swankier parts of Los Angeles where many Iranians settled after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Honestly, I was so offended by Episode 4 that I almost didn't write anything at all, but I realized that now more than ever I needed to write something. I'm also Persian-American and I deeply resent my fellow Persian-Americans getting lumped together if only by ethnicity with the cast of this increasingly gratuitous show. Waiting for MJ takes place at the usual locations: real estate construction sites, restaurants, and Westside condos with Persian carpets underfoot and nary a novel or newspaper in sight. But 3-5 minutes of Episode 4 (sorry, I can't bring myself to re-watch and time it...) took place at a colonic center. Really, I kid you not. I can hear my Iranian brethren balking. Reza and MJ spend the entire scene each getting disposable speculums shoved up their respective rear ends, while blithely bonding over the experience. Reza, whose respect for women and whose consideration for friends knows no end, bought this weight-loss gimmick as a birthday gift for MJ's 34th. Mise en scene in the clinic -- two beds in separate cubicles, with colon hydrotherapy units as non-speaking extras -- Reza's eloquent quips run the gamut from "feel free to compliment me on my body parts" to "got any porn magazines." My latex gloves are coming off. Move over GG, I can be a Persian American Princess, too, though I give my lashing with words, not knives. Until I watched Episode 4, I wasn't aware I had anger management problems... From the start, I've tried to be fair in my episode write-ups of the Shahs of Sunset , ever looking for a bright side, ever hopeful that something positive about the Persian-American culture could be gleaned from the reality gloss, ever... But today, well, no holds barred, this is what I hated about Episode 4: 1. Chronic Colonic: Do I need to reiterate how much this double colonic scene offended, not just the Persian American in me but surely anyone with an ounce of integrity? I have nothing against colonics, but do we need to watch what is ultimately a highly personal and deeply private procedure? Call me a prude, call me uptight, see if I care. 2. Playboy Mansion, Not: I like Sammy enough and he packs in some Persian truisms on occasion, but sorry, Hugh Hefner called Mohamed to take notes from him. Really? As for Mohamed, he could do with a haircut or at least a comb. Most Iranian men his age are groomed and married -- usually with plenty of grandkids. 3. The Sorry Songstress: I find it ridiculous that the Persian women at GG's parents 40th anniversary party were complimenting Asa on her music; either they are tone deaf or have no taste. As for the record producer, Donray, "I can see how Persians would like that song... " Please. And how exactly does this I-don't-want-to-sell-out person support herself? Not by busking, you can be sure of that. 4. Kebab City: If I have to watch another cast member eating chelo kebab, I'll scream. We saw it in GG's restaurant scene with her greasy-ponytailed dad, as well as at lunch with Reza, MJ and her mom. Folks, don't get me wrong, chelo kebab is a delicious dish -- the best -- but it's also the culinary equivalent of hamburger or takeout. Iranians rarely cook this dish at home and certainly don't eat it every day. Persian food is complex, subtle and refined. Perhaps that's the problem... 5. The 40th Anniversary Bash: First, GG looked like an ugly duckling in that ridiculous outfit; no swansong here. Second, no self-respecting Persian party for adults starts in daylight at 7:00 p.m. An evening soiree would start at 9:00 p.m. or 10:00 PM, making MJ right on time, though still far from thin. Third, I don't know any Iranian American who ever gave his or her parent a new Mercedes. GG says "... a big part of the Persian culture is to give very large gifts... " To which I say, there's a difference between generous and ludicrous in any culture. As GG's daddy said in the restaurant to his unemployed, spendthrift daughter: " Eshtehah yeh manoh koor cardi ." The subtitles read, "You killed my appetite." Lost in translation, what this poetic phrase really means is, "You blinded my appetite." If you must watch Episode 4, be sure to put on your blinkers. //feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/v2WnmLzF4HA/shahs-of-sunset-episode-4_b_1406514.html

'Shahs of Sunset': GG loves her knives

"Shahs of Sunset" star Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi has spent the past few episodes opening up about her anger management issues, but that didn't stop her from treating the audience (and terrified co-star Reza Farahan) to some show and tell with her beloved collection of weapons last night."My passion for knives started at a very young age," she comments.In the clip above, Farahan sips on white wine while GG introduces him to some of her favorite knives -- and explains the background to their names. That's right, she names them. And they're female."This is Africa," GG says as she hands a huge blade to Farahan. "I named her Africa because you know, like Africa, kinda like the machete thing." GG clarifies that while Africa is more for "taking someone's head off," a knife named Madagascar is better for "just going into someone's heart."Perhaps most ridiculous of all is her taser gun, which she has affectionately named... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/04/shahs-of-sunset-gg-loves-her-knives.html

'Shahs of Sunset' Post-Vegas Episode Scores 37 Percent Increase in Total Viewership

  Apparently what happens in Vegas isn’t as important as what happens afterward for viewers of Bravo’s reality series  Shahs of Sunset . Sunday’s 10 p.m. episode scored 1.5 million viewers, a 37 percent increase over the previous week’s viewership. It also raked in a 56 percent increase in the ad-coveted 18-49 demo with 1.03 million viewers in that group. The episode picked up the fallout from  Reza Farahan ’s birthday bash in Las Vegas, which Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi  left abruptly after feeling attacked by one of Reza’s female friends and then iced out by the group. Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/6tXYXtsNpD8/shahs-of-sunset-watch-what-happens-live-ratings-bravo-304753

'Shahs Of Sunset': Asa Explains Her Creation, Diamond Water

As " Shahs of Sunset " (Sun., 10 p.m. ET on Bravo) continues, fans are starting to gain a better understanding of the complexities of these characters. Take Asa Soltan Rahmati, who gives off vibes of being catty and bitchy in one turn, stirring up trouble where she can, and then finding peace and serenity in another. She created her own ritual for finding inner peace, as well as a unique product in diamond water. "I collect flowers -- the kind of flowers that remind me of my grandmother, that we have in Iran. Then I go with a boat into the ocean and I get a big flask of water and I put diamonds in it, for the energy of these diamonds to get infused in the ocean water. And then I put the petals in there." She bottles this into smaller containers for herself and both drinks it and puts it on her body. Doing so, according to Asa, connects her to her "inner Aries fire dragon intergalactica Persian priestess." But just when viewers thought it might be about the zen experience of the whole thing, Asa made sure to mention one other thing. "It's very expensive, by the way," she explained. "There's diamonds in the water." In case anyone forgot that she was rich. That's a very important detail that should be kept at the forefront of everyone's minds at all times. Diamonds rich. Diamonds in the water rich! Catch new episodes of "Shahs of Sunset" every Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo. TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser. //feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/s0wovz2BktM/shahs-of-sunset-asa-diamond-water-video_n_1379083.html

Ryan Seacrest's 'Shahs of Sunset' Opens Strong for Bravo

Jethro Nededog The series about upwardly mobile Iranian-Americans attracted 1.1 million viewers to its Sunday at 10 p.m. debut. //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/I8KkkXkH3Nc/shahs-of-sunset-premiere-bravo-ryan-seacrest-ratings-300118

'Shahs Of Sunset': Meet The Outrageous GG

The Islamic Revolution of 1979 may be the backdrop for Bravo's latest reality series, " Shahs of Sunset " (Sun., 10 p.m. EST On Bravo), but the actual product bears a closer resemblance perhaps to their "Real Housewives" franchises, as well as most other reality series exploring the world of wealth and excess. The cast of thirty-something Iranians are mostly in the real estate business, save for an artist (Asa) and GG. GG can't be summed up by a profession because she doesn't have one. "I'm 30 years old and my only paycheck is from my daddy," she said proudly at one point. While part of their story is the quest for love, GG is in no hurry to settle down with a nice Persian boy, as she believes her parents would like. "Persian boys are momma's boys," she explained. "They expect you to cook and clean and do all that and I would never even do any of that for someone." While GG is clearly the diva of the group, it was Reza who brought the humor. He's proudly and openly gay, rocks a killer mustache and has a quip ready for any situation. When Asa and GG started getting into it about whether or not GG was wearing clothes from H&M, Reza summed up the issue succinctly. "Telling someone that they're wearing H&M in our group is basically calling them a broke-a**," he said. GG's got plenty of great lines as well, though hers are all told with deadly seriousness. "There are two things I don't like," she said. "I don't like ants, and I don't like ugly people." Can't wait to find out more about this group of characters? Their story continues Sundays at 10 p.m. EST on Bravo. //feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/SBG2EPYskno/shahs-of-sunset-premiere-meet-gg-video_n_1338400.html