Monday, April 13, 2015

Opening Lines: Real Housewives of New York City {Season 7}

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 The NYC girls are back, and Andy Cohen has really outdone himself this time in assembling a dream team of housewives. Can anyone believe that he actually got Bethenny to come back?! We don't like to play favorites when it comes to the housewives, but we definitely have a soft spot for the New York installment - not only do they know how to bring the drama, but we love checking out the places they go in the city (especially when we can recognize right away exactly where they are!). As usual, we're kicking this season off with an analysis of their new taglines:

 "All play and no work makes me a happy girl." - Carole

B: Right off the bat, I am NOT a fan of this line! In fact, I think it's my least favorite of the bunch. Carole has always prided herself on being a working writer (who can forget her infamous "ghostwriter" feud with Aviva last season?), so this line rings false for me. Although, considering the fact that Carole appears to be missing deadlines for her latest book, perhaps this tagline is a preview of her storyline for this season.

“I know I’m a piece of work. But now, I’m a work in progress.” - Ramona

M: I wasn’t sure about this one at first, but after hearing it a couple more times - yes, we re-watch the taglines many times over to ensure we giving our gals a fair shake (#seriousbloggerbusiness) - I think this may be one of my favorites for this season! I think we’re in for a far more humble Ramona this season and I appreciate her poking a little fun at herself while keeping it real in light of her impending divorce. 

"My yacht may have sailed, but my ship is coming in." - Sonja
 
B: This is SUCH a perfectly Sonja line - it sort of acknowledges that her former lifestyle has slipped from her grip, but that something good is right around the corner for her. Of course, Sonja's business ventures never seem to get off the ground yet she is always claiming to be just on the brink of something big, so this line encapsulates the slightly delusional air that always seems to surround Sonja. I'm just glad this line is more coherent than last season's "commando" disaster!

“Pretty is smarter than you think.” - Kristen

M: Oh Kristen.. I get what you were doing here, but I really can’t help but HATE it! She’s trying to respond to all of the backlash of last year’s tagline but it just falls flat for me and honestly contradicts everything she was previously saying about last season’s tagline! She made a big fuss to explain that her ‘not the sharpest tool’ tagline was her being funny and not taking herself too seriously, so to follow with this one, just makes no sense to me!

"One should know...never count out The Countess!" -LuAnn

B: First of all, I am so, so, so happy that The Countess is back as an official housewife! I loved her guest cameos last season, and am so glad that we'll have more time with her. This line is my favorite of the bunch, for a couple of reasons: 1) The first part of the line is classic Countess and sounds like it was lifted straight from her etiquette book, and 2) I appreciate the play on "count out"/"The Countess", especially since LuAnn is asserting herself here. She is a force to be reckoned with, and I can't wait to see what she brings to the table this season!

“I’m not a housewife, but I am real.” - Bethenny

M: After much hype and publicity, Bethenny is back! So naturally I was expecting big, big things from her tagline, only to be seriously let down. I guess this is fine enough, but I’m just not feeling it. I want something sassy and snarky from Bethenny, but instead this is boring and a little condescending. Come on B, if you’re going to come back, you need to bring it!!

"I'm stronger than anything in my way. Holla!" - Heather

B: Well, it just wouldn't be a Heather line without her classic "holla!", which still cracks me up more than it should. Heather definitely has a lot on her plate with her son's health issues, and she had no time or patience for nonsense last season, so it looks like our gal is ready to be tough once again. It's not the most groundbreaking line, but it's well-suited to Heather so I'm ok with it.

“I give uptown a whole new attitude.” - Dorinda

M: And to close things out, we have our newbie Dorinda. From what I’ve read about Dorinda and heard about this season, I think she’s going to be a great addition to the cast, but this tagline certainly isn’t winning her any awards! In my opinion this is as bland and generic as they come, and doesn’t leave any lasting impressions. Hopefully it’s not an indication of her personality this season, and just a small misstep on her part!  

Now we want to hear from you...what do you think of the new lines? And are you as excited as we are about this new season?


23 comments :

  1. can you believe i've never seen this show? I've heard of them, obviously bethanny, but have never seen it. maybe i need to check this out.

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  2. I finally gave up on the NYC Housewives a few seasons ago but Bethanny is my all time fave so I'll be watching again! Can't wait to see what trouble they get in to!!

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  3. I am SO glad that Bethenny is back!!! I really like Ramona's tagline--especially if she actually IS changing, which it seems like she miiiiiight be based on the first episode. The rest of the season will be telling!

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  4. I actually thought of you when the new season premiered last week!!! I love all of their taglines which never happens!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  5. RHONY is one of the only RH shows I don't watch. I don't know why but I just never got into it. Although I'm pretty sure my husband is super happy about that haha!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  6. I've only watched NJ, but that may have to change....love your takes on the taglines!

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  7. Fun post! I have to be honest though and say that I'm not a fan of the NY housewives. I think that I may have mentioned that before to you though. I don't know I just can't get into them. Beverly Hills and Orange County are the two that I watch. :-) I hope that you had a nice weekend! :-)

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  8. I've never really watched RHONY, but I've always loved Bethenny and watched her show with Jason and the baby and have been a HUGE endorser of her Skinny Girl cocktail line. I may have to tune in to this season with her back on the roster. I can see why she came back though, she needs something now that her talk show and her family show is done :-P

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  9. Great post! RHONY is one of the few reality shows I watch. I'm glad that Bethenny is back as I find her interesting. However, I was really turned off by all the "I'm homeless" talk. I mean come on, she isn't homeless. This season does look really good. Not really a fan of Luann but she does make it interesting. I think it's her voice that annoys me, it's like nails on a chalk board. It's probably just me who thinks that tho.

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  10. I love heard y'all's takes on the tag lines! I cannot stannnnnd Sonja or The Countess but they definitely add the drama. And "holla" is hilarious every time, agreed ;) So glad B. is back!

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  11. I don't always catch every episode and still have to watch the premiere but I'm SO glad Bethenny is back! Love all your takes on the tag lines, this is great!

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  12. I love this show! It's kind of my secret indulgence. Love your take on their tag lines!

    xoxo
    Karen
    http://kensingtonwest.me.uk

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  13. I have never watched the show, but I love some of those lines!

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  14. I love that Kristin used a line last year about not being smart and now she's changing it. I hated last year's but this one isn't better.

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  15. I was underwhelmed by everyone's lines - I expected a lot, and like you was bummed by Carole's (she's my favorite). Ramona was so horrific last season so I'm really hoping that she's not such an asshole this upcoming season! I cannot STAND Sonja, but you're right, the commando line made me cringe EVERY single episode. I also wasn't thrilled by the first episode, though I feel like that's usually par for the course with the Housewives.
    Great post, ladies!

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  16. RHONY is my favorite franchise tied with the OC. For some reason they seem a a little more relatable to me. Maybe its all the divorcee's... cause that's my jam:) Sooo glad to see Bethenny and Louanne back, love them. Ramona's tag line is my fave, again because I can relate! Bring it on NY!!!

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  17. I am so glad to see Bethanny is back, i've missed a few seasons because Sonja and Ramona were bugging me.

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  18. i haven't watched the show but i really like some of the lines - especially after reading your opinion because i was like 'oh thats really good!' but i guess i don't know them and their stories lol

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  19. I am SO PUMPED that Bethenny is back..YES! I was also underwhelmed with her tagline, but then thought "Well at least she's back". I'm with you on Carole...what the heck is that? Which disappointed me, because she is one of my newer favorites. I love the Countess and Heather and her HOLLA crack me up! Loving the new season so far!

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  20. I don't mind saying it...the NYC housewives are my favorite of the franchise. No matter who they add or let go, I'm always ready to tune in...Tuesdays are now my favorite night for TV. (PS Jill will always be missed.)

    Happy Wednesday :)
    http://www.lovecompassionatelee.com/thinkoutloud/2015/4/8/4815

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  21. Confession time: I've never watched any of the RH shows! This, however, makes me want to watch. Thanks for the rundown on this season, girls!

    BTW, a certain Rebecca Minkoff bag will be making its debut on the blog next week;)

    Tif
    www.brightonabudget.com

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  22. I am obsessed with the entire cast this season. I have always loved the NYC gals even when Jill was on.

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