‘The Pulse of Entertainment’ 2013 in review, garners double readership
*Looking back on interviews and event coverage for my syndicated column, The Pulse of Entertainment, for 2013 I see that I garnered double the readership numbers for its website www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.
The year began with 30,000 hits a week and ends with over 60,000. As always when I look back on the year I am astounded at the interviewees and the hard-to-get-in events I was blessed to partake in.
*Oxygen has brought back 14 standouts from its “Bad Girls Club” franchise to battle each other in a series of over-the-top challenges – to test both brain and braun – for a $100,000 prize and the title of “Baddest Bad Girl of All Time.”
All this – with Ray J serving as the host.
“You have every popular girl from each season – the all-stars – to come together to battle, to live in one house and to compete for a whole lot of money,” said Ray J of “Bad Girls All Star Battle,” premiering Tuesday, May 21 at 9 p.m. “It’s intense, it’s emotional, it has its elements of drama – but also it has a lot of substance.”
Cast of Oxygen’s “Bad Girls All Star Battle”
Ray J says one of the bad girls comes back as a single mom hoping to win the money so she can give her daughter a better life, while another wants to use the cash to help her brother get out of foster care.
“So when you watch the show and get inside these girls’ heads and watch their backgrounds and what they’re there for, it’s just a different kind of connection,” he told us during interviews for the show. “You kind of fall in love with who they are.”
Returning for the cash this season are franchise favorites Danni, Erika, Flo, Gabi, Jenniffer, Judi, Julie, Mehgan, Natalie, Paula, Raquel, Rocky, Shannon and Stasi. In Tuesday’s premiere, the ladies will split into two teams of seven and choose a captain in the “Back Off Bad Girl” challenge, where they’ll compete gladiator style on a floating dock armed with battle guards. The last one standing from each team will be named captain and receive protection from elimination.
Later, in the season’s first Team Challenge, they’ll race through an obstacle course – over The Weave Wall, through a swamp in the Caboodle Carry, past the Web of Lies and into a muddy Bar Crawl to the final puzzle. The losing team nominates two players from their crew to go up for elimination, while the winning team gets immunity, a night out at the club, and the chance to vote out a player.
Below, Ray J, who starred in his own VH1 dating series “For the Love of Ray J” for two years, explains what makes him the perfect host for “Bad Girls All Star Battle.”
“Bad Girls All Star Battle,” premieres Tuesday, May 21 at 9 p.m. with a special 90-minute episode. Beginning Tuesday, May 28, the series will move to its regular time of 8 p.m. ET/PT. Watch a preview and clips below.
Singer Ray J arrives at the opening Night Of “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” At The Pantages Theatre at the Pantages Theatre on March 8, 2013 in Hollywood
*Ray J has signed on to yet another reality series.
Oxygen has greenlighted “Bad Girls All Star Battle,” an hourlong series hosted by the singer-actor, reports Deadline.com. It will pit 14 of the most popular names in “Bad Girls Club” history under one roof to compete for $100,000 and title of “Baddest Bad Girl of All Time.”
In addition, the network announced Season 11 of “Bad Girls Club” will return to Miami for a Summer 2013 premiere.
Ray J has previously starred in the reality shows “Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business,” “Rockstar Academy” and “For the Love of Ray J.”
*While most reality shows have a script (let’s admit it), and instigate the over the top drama, “Bad Girls Club” cast member Tanisha Thomas, says they don’t need any help.
“No one needs to egg on the Bad Girls for drama. They’re just gonna make it up themselves, you know? And honey, that they did,” Tanisha recently told Sister 2 Sister.
The women are encouraged to keep their hands to themselves during angry yelling matches, but it appears as if the ‘no-violence’ policy has been lifted.
“A lot has changed since I’ve done ‘Bad Girls Club.’ On my season, you hit someone, you went home and that was the end of that. I don’t know what’s happened in seasons after mine, but I know that there is security and I believe that there are medics, if needed,” she said.
She added that the cast member’s aren’t chosen in order to create more drama. The cast is made up of women who come from different walks of life with the goal of becoming better ladies. But nothing is as easy as it seems.
*Fresh out of prison, “Bad Girls Club” star Catya Washington is busy spilling all the intimate beans about her relationship with Drake – including his “peach eating” skills.
During the reality show’s 5th season last year, the former video vixen boasted of running drugs for ex-boyfriends – a hobby that landed her in handcuffs last year – and bragged of dating Drake for a year-and-a-half.
On Monday, Catya appeared on her hometown station Hot 107.9 in Philly to give even more details about the rapper’s sex game, including whether or not they ever had a threesome, whether or not he’s well endowed and much, MUCH more.
*Oxygen is hoping for good things from its standout “Bad Girl.”
The cable network has picked up “Tanisha Gets Married,” a new reality series documenting the wedding of its “Bad Girls Club” alum and current “Love Games” host Tanisha Thomas. The show will follow her as she prepares to jump the broom with fiance Clive.
From the network:
Tanisha is known for going big and her wedding will be no exception — from the hippest location to the blingiest dress to the most over-the-top guest list she is determined to throw a wedding that’s fit for a Bad Girl.
With the stress of planning a wedding, a rollercoaster romance with her fiance Clive, and a family that fears she’s gone “Hollywood” will Tanisha hold it all together and make it down the aisle?
“Tanisha Gets Married (working title)” is produced by 495 Productions with SallyAnn Salsano (“Jersey Shore,” “The Nail Files”) serving as executive producer.