Reality Check


“Mob Wives” follows the lives of four women, Renee Graziano, Karen Gravano, Drita D’avanzo and Carla Facciolo. Being the wives and daughters of men of the mob, these women are left to pick up the pieces as their fathers and husbands pay their time in prison. Although “Mob Wives” has only just begun, drama is always following these women. Friendships between the ladies of Staten Island (Renee, Carla and Drita) are tested when Karen returns there from her long-time flee to Arizona. Karen is the daughter of Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, the mobster who infamously took down the Gotti and Gambino families when he cooperated with the government when Karen was only 19. It’s clear that she is still identified with her father’s choices, though, when she faces tension from Renee at Carla’s birthday party. Underneath the dyed hair, thick makeup and flashy clothing, there’s something raw and real about these women. As they are faced with prison visits, single parenting, negative media attention and failing marriages, these mob wives will have to live up to their names and put up a real fight.


“The Voice” is a new series hosted by Carson Daly. The show follows “American Idol” traditions like the trend of judges that “entertain” with corny jokes and witty digs at one another, but it brings a more impressive panel: Adam Levine of Maroon 5, country star Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera judge and coach on this new series. These four singers are on a quest to find artists that have potential to be successful. However, this show has a twist: The judges are also competing in this show. Blind auditions are held, meaning the judges turn around to ensure the choice is made purely on the voice. The judges choose artists they like by hitting a button in front of them. However, if more than one coach turns, the contestant now has to choose the artist they feel is fit to work with them, and the coaches must convince them why. If no judge chooses them, the singer is out of the competition. Each judge chooses a team of the eight artists and coaches them to get through “battle rounds.” When there are four singers on their team, America decides who will win to be the next great star, and which judge is responsible for the discovery.


If you were getting anxious that you were no longer able to see “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” the good news is that you still can. However, if you’ve seen the newest Kardashian show, “Khloe & Lamar,” you may realize this isn’t such good news after all. The new series follows the lives of Khloe (the youngest of the Kardashian girls) and her new husband, Lamar Odom. The two married after only dating for 30 days, but we can tell by Khloe’s strained baby-talk voice and constant mention of her weight insecurities that the two are completely themselves around one another. Much like the other Kardashian shows, one can expect to be either really entertained or bored by the staged plots and bad acting skills of these celebs. However, like most reality TV, there’s something mesmerizing about it all.