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Bravo fans will be pleased. I think.
on August 27, 2012
This is the perfect summer/beach/poolside book. If you're a Bravo fan or Real Housewives fan, it's a must-read for all the insider tidbits that Andy spills.
Unlike some other Bravo-catapulted celebrity books (Bethenny's Skinnydipping and Taylor Armstrong's memoirs, ahem), this one is actually worth your time. Yes, it's fluff--but it's entertaining and fun fluff. I actually had no expectations when I began the book except that I wanted gossipy tidbits about the Housewives, so Andy's humorous and engaging writing caught me off guard.
I have a few little quibbles. First, it's not long enough. Some of the chapters felt rushed and while he spends a lot of time discussing his work at CBS and describing various assignments while there, it feels like he hits the fast-forward button at the end of his tenure there and suddenly he's Executive VP at Bravo. The sections describing the Bravo programming he was almost singlehandedly instrumental in bringing to the network are all too brief. Furthermore, while he does devote a significant number of pages to the Housewives franchise, he only mentions other major Bravo shows like Top Chef or Flipping Out in passing. What was in the book was great, but I kept hoping for more. Additionally, I really hoped he would describe more thoroughly reasons behind some of their more controversial programming decisions. He does broach the Being Bobby Brown disaster, but on the other hand, he doesn't venture beyond one sentence as to why the Real Housewives of DC wasn't renewed. (One assumes poor ratings, but I think it could have been great franchise with a casting shake-up for a second season.) He also touches on Real Housewives of Miami, but doesn't address what an utter bore that season was to Bravo viewers. He barely mentions the huge casting changes for the sixth season of Real Housewives of New York. There is absolutely nothing about Project Runway moving to Lifetime. It feels a little too light sometimes, like he wants to indulge Bravo fans but only just enough. That's okay--it's his book, not mine--but after letting dozens of people bare the most intimate details of their lives on TV, it seems anticlimactic not to continue in that same vein when discussing behind-the-scenes programming decisions.
One interesting note: he seems to have a barely disguised dislike of Jill Zarin that comes up again and again. She definitely comes across high-maintenance and diva-like, and while I guess that isn't too surprising, it was interesting to read between the lines and guess as to the reasons she wasn't brought back for this sixth season of RHONY.