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Hulu Announces Exclusive Deal to Stream Bravo, E!, and Fox Shows

The competition between streaming sites Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant Video has been heating up as each site tries to nail down… Read More

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Reality TV Houses We Wouldn’t Mind Owning

Ever fantasize about sleeping in the bed Jersey Shore’s Ronnie threw out onto the deck that one night? Or cooking in the kitchen that the girls can never be bothered to clean? Perhaps you’d like to use the toilet that was so famously clogged by a wifebeater? Well, friend, The Daily is here to tell you that dreams really do come true: You, too, can live like a guido if you’re ready to throw down $2,500 to spend a night at the notorious six-bedroom, three-bathroom Seaside Heights house. Apparently, MTV rents the place out in the off season.

Call us ungrateful, but we probably wouldn’t be tempted to stay at the shore house even if it were free. The duck phone is cute and all, but we can’t imagine that the novelty of it all would outweigh the squickiness of laying our head in a place where so much hair gel-and-Bacardi-lubricated sex has taken place. Besides, although unscripted series have featured more than their share of tacky homes, there are plenty of gorgeous reality TV dwellings that we’d be thrilled to rent out (if only we had the money). Check out eight such houses after the jump. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we learned that even World Scrabble Championship players can be tempted to “misplace” their crappy tiles. We tried our best to guess a few novels by their famous opening lines. We wished that The Real Housewives of South Boston would get picked up by Bravo. We… Read More

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The Top 10 Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of All Time

Here at Flavorpill, we often sing the praises of such genuinely excellent TV shows as Mad Men, Friday Night Lights, 30 Rock, and everything David Simon has ever done. But, as much as we love that stuff, we can’t deny that we have our fair share of guilty pleasures. No, we’re not talking about cult series with small, vocal followings (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who) or shows whose main audience is little kids or raunchy sitcoms that somehow manage to double as biting social critique. For our purposes, a guilty pleasure only qualifies if we (or others whose taste we trust) know it’s bad but enjoy watching it anyway. We’ve listed our all-time top 10 after the jump; clear your conscience by confessing your own in the comments. … Read More

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TrustoCorp’s Phone Booth Ad Parodies of Reality TV Shows

Yesterday, Arrested Motion tipped us off to a pair of cheeky new phone booth interventions by TrustoCorp, a group of anonymous street art pranksters that we first told you about last year. These latest pieces — which are just as dark and clever as those altered traffic signs — are a send-up of one of our favorite guilty pleasures: reality TV shows. Click through to get a better look at the work, and if you live in New York City, keep your eyes peeled for future additions to the series. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Cultural Stories

1. LA Times music critic Ann Powers eulogizes Michael Jackson [via LAT]
2. Thomas Pynchon’s upcoming novella (it’s only 400 pages) Inherent Vice, which Wired called more Big Lebowski than Gravity’s Rainbow, is reportedly being shopped around Hollywood. [via Publishers Weekly]
3. The Public Theater’s current Central Park production of Twelfth… Read More

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