And to you I say BRAVO.

on August 1, 2008 in Ze Bloggy Goodness with 7 comments by

I have a love for the Bravo Network. Not all shows, mind you. Let me start by saying that I am NOT endorsing the beliefs of this channel or every show. There are a couple that I absolutely DO NOT watch and think they suck the good out of the room if they are on TV. But there are some shows. Sigh. That I love deeply. And instead of sucking good out of the room, they fill the room with beauty and light and pure enjoyment.

That may be a slight exaggeration. But you know what I mean.

Which shows, you ask? Continue on.

#1-Top Chef.

A cooking show that pits chef against chef in competitions. A reality game show foody-Survivor kind of thing. My bfry Haley and I used to watch episode after episode. We could discuss it at length. I’m not a chef, but I am a bit of a foody. I have a deep appreciation for well made food with high quality ingredients, like my friends Jake and Melissa. So, I can watch Top Chef challenges, quick fire competitions, and back stabbing baking non-stop. I was just looking on the Bravo website and they offer “Top Chef” ringtones. Hmm. Riddle me that one. Is my phone going to ring to the sound of a blender making a sun-dried tomato and olive oil emulsion?

That’s right. I just dropped an “emulsion”. I got that kind of skill. Thanks to Tom and Padma.

#2- Project Runway.
Fashion. Accessories. Tim Gunn. I can ask for no more from one series. My friend Jamie does a ridiculously fabulous job of recapping the show each week. The episode that I am currently watching has the contestants building an outfit out of a photo they took of New York at night. I love their attitudes, how Suede insists on talking in 3rd person, and the store they go to that has walls and walls of fabric. I have no idea how to sew, or really dress fashionably at all, but that one building makes me drool.

A judge just said “That outfit says ‘I have a knife and I will cut you’. I love it.” I wish I had an outfit that said that. I think my Old Navy jeans and black fleece say something more along the lines of “I have a spoon and I will eat you.” Touche.

#3- Real Housewives of the OC/NYC.
Both of them. Love ’em. Listen, I’m not saying I want to BE these women cause I don’t. I’m just saying that nothing says relaxation like watching really rich women play tennis on the Hamptons, go to Fashion Week events, and purchase purses that cost about the same as my Toyota Camry. And are almost as big.

#4- Shear Genius.
I’m new to this one, but I like it so far. Maybe because I am in a bad need of a cool haircut. I’ve only seen two episodes but I am unofficially hooked. They used about forty-two different shades of dye, forty-two different brushes, and forty-two different ways to argue about who was the best stylist. And who is the most genius. I can answer that- THE PEOPLE WHO MADE THIS SHOW.

And my very favorite. The creme de la creme. The one show that could receive a standing BRAVO from me. Every episode.

#5- Flipping Out.
I must take a deep breath because this show is just that good to me. Let me expound. If I can do this without standing up and cheering. First of all, they flip AMAZING houses and when he’s ready to put them on the market, they are full of fine fine FINE furniture.

Jeff, the star, is completely OCD and bossy and insensitive and I adore him. He has me hook, line, and rude little sinker. He fires people for forgetting guacamole, for heaven’s sake. That’s a shockingly low tolerance for mistakes and I say yes sir you deserve your own show.

The whole thing is so beautifully high stress and every decision is a really big deal, or so Jeff believes. And we get to watch it all.

So if you’ve been wondering how my writing career has been doing, or if I have gotten all my packing done, I hope this blog answers that question for you.



  1. Sarah Markley
    posted on Aug 01, 2008 at 2:51 PM  |  reply

    I am glad you are on a Bravo binge – I like Top Chef, personally and the flipping one too. =)

  2. Jillian, Inc.
    posted on Aug 01, 2008 at 2:52 PM  |  reply

    We love Flipping Out at our house and I like the Housewives. But let me just say I saw the ATL Housewives preview and I think it’s terrible. TERRIBLE! Even worse because I live in ATL.

  3. N, K, D, E and Zoe
    posted on Aug 01, 2008 at 3:17 PM  |  reply

    Annie, I love that you are as addicted to Bravo as I am. These 5 shows are my evening down-time once the little one goes to bed.

    I’m a new-comer to Flipping Out, but Jeff absolutely cracks me up. When his assistant got that nail stuck in her foot after he fired her husband, he was so insensitive, but thought he was totally supportive. You cannot make these characters up.

    In all things Bravo,

  4. ManUtd17
    posted on Aug 01, 2008 at 3:30 PM  |  reply

    We enjoy Top Chef, Housewives and Flipping Out. It cracks me up that Jeff fired the Dog fan! Can’t keep a job as the house boy. Think Elwood had the Hope Scholly?

  5. Ashleigh (Heart and Home)
    posted on Aug 01, 2008 at 6:19 PM  |  reply

    The “Real” Housewives of the OC?GUFFAW!! I’ll tell you what the real housewives of the OC do–take care of normal kids, make normal dinner, clean normal houses, and then blog about it.

    That show cracks me up… suuuuure, that’s the reality out here. Or not. 😉

  6. melissa
    posted on Aug 02, 2008 at 12:24 AM  |  reply

    Thanks for the shoutout.
    I, too, am a Bravo addict. I think it officially pushes me over the line into stay-at-home mom-ness. Especially Runway. I can’t get into Flipping Out, though, he’s just too into himself for me. Did you see they’re about to start a Real Housewives of Atlanta???

  7. posted on Aug 03, 2008 at 10:53 PM  |  reply

    Annie! Love the new blog. Did you know there’s going to be a Real Housewives of Atlanta? Get excited about some crazy Scarlett O’Haras running around Whole Foods on West Paces Ferry. 🙂

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