Rhobh's Erika Girardi Didn't Meet Her Estranged Father Until She Was 25: 'We Don't Speak'

Rhobh's Erika Girardi Didn't Meet Her Estranged Father Until She Was 25: 'We Don't Speak'
Tuesday’s all-new episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills came to an emotional conclusion when Erika Girardi opened up for the first time about her estranged relationship with her father.

“I don’t know him,” the 46-year-old pop singer told castmates Lisa Vanderpump, Dorit Kemsley, Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave, Lisa Rinna, and Camille Grammer. “I didn’t grow up with my father. We don’t speak.”

Girardi went on to explain that her mother, Renée Chahoy, gave birth to her at just 18 and that her father left “for good” when she was only 9-months-old.

“The first time I met
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Emmy awards 2016: People v Oj and Game of Thrones win big – as it happened

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HBO show takes top award while Sarah Paulson, Sterling K Brown and Coutney B Vance win for roles on People v Oj and show wins for outstanding limited series

Emmys 2016: full list of winners

Emmys 2016 fashion: the best looks on the red carpetJimmy Kimmel’s best lines as host of the 2016 Emmy AwardsGame of Thrones breaks Emmy record and wins best drama for second yearJeffrey Tambor calls on industry to hire more trans actors in Emmys speechFinally an awards show that didn’t suck: 2016 Emmys broke more than one trend

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We’ve compiled some of Kimmel’s best lines here.

Related: Jimmy Kimmel's best lines as host of the 2016 Emmy Awards

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Lanre Bakare writes our news story on the night from Los Angeles:

Winter might be coming for the residents of Westeros but for the creators of Game of Thrones and HBO it was
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Who will scoop Emmy awards on Sunday? Our critics go head to head

Julia Louis-Dreyfus or Amy Schumer? Jeffrey Tambor or Aziz Ansari? As TV’s finest get set for their big night, Brian Moylan and David Schilling assess their chances in the first of a short series


Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Aziz Ansari, Master of None

Will Forte, The Last Man On Earth

William H Macy, Shameless

Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

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This week's best TV: Hannibal, The Night Of and Mr Robot

HBO premieres a tense miniseries, season three of the show about Hannibal Lecter is on Amazon and Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s reality show debuts

This is the start of a new weekly column appearing Mondays, in which Brian Moylan advises on what to start watching, stream and catch up on

A lot has been made about HBO’s problems with dramas these days, but you would have no idea that they’re in a bit of a slump watching The Night Of, a new eight-episode miniseries that debuts Sunday 10 July at 9pm Et. Based on the 2008 UK drama Criminal Justice, this tense, brooding tale is about Nasir Khan (Riz Ahmed), a Pakistani college student who wakes up in a house with a dead girl, and Jack Stone (John Turturro), the lawyer tasked with defending him. James Gandolfini was originally slated to play Stone, but Turturro stepped in after his death.
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Watch Viggo Mortensen In First Captain Fantastic Trailer

Bleecker St. Films has released the first trailer and poster for their upcoming gem of a film, Captain Fantastic.

The movie stars Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks, Charlie Shotwell, Ann Dowd, Erin Moriarty, Missi Pyle, with Kathryn Hahn and Steve Zahn.

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he’s taught them.

In his Sundance 2016 review, Brian Moylan says the film is, “Gorgeously shot and peppered with genuine emotion, this is a great sophomore effort for writer/director Matt Ross,
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Grease: Live – watch it with us - as it happened

We’ve got chills, and they’re multiplyin’ ... probably because the TV musical Grease: Live is on and we’re live-blogging it. Please join us on the couch for some hand-jiving, bomber jackets and those famous tunes

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What a triumph. After three years of watching NBC do summer stock on national television, Fox swooped in and stole the live musical format right out from underneath them.

The sets and staging were absolutely the best part of the show, proving that a live musical could look as much like a movie as it could just a regular Broadway musical. All of that credit goes to director Mark Plait.

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So it concludes with the whole cast driving off the set in golf carts and into a fairground, where they continue to perform We Go Together. It’s delightful.

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This is just how we wanted Grease: Live to end.
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Everyone Is Freaking Out About Danny's Shorts in Grease: Live

Everyone Is Freaking Out About Danny's Shorts in Grease: Live
Sorry John Travolta, but we don't remember Grease's Danny being this hot. Aaron Tveit had Twitter collectively swooning on Sunday night when his Danny donned a very tiny pair of shorts for a gym scene in Grease: Live. There isn't much to say, other than Tveit had even the most snarky viewers pausing to enjoy his rippling muscles. To be fair, the shorts had context - Danny dons the retro gym gear while trying to improve his athletic skills in order to impress the more straight-laced (and jock-loving) Sandy (Julianne Hough). You're all cool with the fact I'm mostly
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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Recap: Tragedy With A Z!

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I have no idea where Brian Moylan is, but I'm super grateful to fill in for him on this particular recap. It's one of my favorite Real Housewives of Beverly Hills episodes ever."Busted BBQ" represents the franchise at its most transparently formulaic and its most compulsively watchable self. The episode deploys that most ancient and reliable of plot devices — a controversy over a Housewife's mention in a book. The book is quasi-Housewife Faye Resnick's Nicole Brown Simpson: The Private Diary of a Life Interrupted, and the controversy is sparked by a passage about Housewife Kathryn Edwards's marriage to ex-husband Marcus Allen. Rhobh combines two tricks here: The digging-up-old-literary-dirt trick (as seen on Real Housewives of New Jersey, when Dina Manzo exposed Danielle Staub's past in the book Cop Without A Badge), and the one-cast-member-writing-about-another trick (as also seen on Real Housewives of New Jersey, when Teresa Giudice called
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Golden Globe awards 2016: who will win, and who should win

Compared to the Oscars, the Globes are unpredictable – and from Mad Max: Fury Road to The Martian, there are a wealth of great films up for this Sunday’s awards

Brian Moylan predicts the TV categories

Awards season kicks into high gear on Sunday with the 73rd annual Golden Globes, hosted for a fourth time by Ricky Gervais. The first major awards show of the year promises to be – as always – an unpredictable affair, with few clear frontrunners in the major film categories. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who vote for the awards, often don’t go with the tide: last year, the eventual best picture Oscar winner Birdman lost to Boyhood; in 2010, they opted for The Social Network over The King’s Speech, which went on to sweep the Oscars. Due to that factor, the Golden Globes usually make for a fun watch, spikier and less establishment than the Oscars.
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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Recap: Leave Yolanda Alone

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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Recap: Leave Yolanda Alone
It's the most wonderful time of year, you guys — the time when Brian Moylan takes a break from recapping the Real Housewives to go gallivanting around the globe, and I get to share my thoughts on the latest from the ladies who lunch.Like my fairy godfather Brian before me, I am distinctly unenamored with new Housewife Erika Girardi. She doesn't do anything especially egregious in this episode, but I want to start out by talking about how much she bugs me because I'm scared my actual reactions will devolve into a Lisa Rinna bashing session. I don't want to go there. I love Lisa Rinna … but she wasn't at her best tonight. Anyway, Erika may very well have been at her best tonight, but her best is still pretty freaking crappy. If I hear her refer to herself in the third person one more time — using her "music business
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The best (and worst) Us culture 2015: TV

We asked our critics to pick their best and worst moment from this year’s cultural offerings. Brian Moylan went for Empire’s continuing reign and True Detective’s fall from grace

Based on all of the trend pieces, oversized hype, and fan appreciation it’s amazing to think that Empire isn’t even a year old yet. The first season debuted this January to huge ratings, which only got larger week by week, a trend that hadn’t been seen in decades.

Related: Empire – the kind of smart, addictive show British TV doesn’t know how to make

Related: In praise of ... True Detective season two

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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Premiere Recap: Pitchers and Catchers

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Hello, my name is Dame Brian Moylan. Welcome to the Real Housewives Institute. Sadly, we have been closed for some months because the ongoing responsibilities of the Teresa Giudice Legal Defense Fund were much more involved than we originally anticipated. But now that the Real Forehead Wrinkles of the Sherman Oaks Mall have returned to us, we have flung open our doors — and our hearts — to once again bear witness to their foibles and triumphs.This premiere episode was exactly what I wanted, a nice little catch-up episode with all of our returning champions before we suffer the indignities of meeting the new girls. God, I hate the new girls. They are always so awful and boring at first, and I have to say mean things about them and compare them to the security tag that the shopkeeper forgot to take off your scarf and now you're stuck trying
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Charlie Brown v Blue Peter: holiday TV specials in the Us and UK face off

As the Us’s most famous Christmas cartoon celebrates its 50th anniversary, traditions across the Atlantic – where Charlie is lesser-known – are quite different

A Charlie Brown Christmas, the beloved holiday special featuring Charles Schultz’s Peanuts characters, was originally commissioned and sponsored by Coca-Cola and aired in the Us on CBS on 9 December 1965. This year marks its 50th anniversary, and to celebrate its history, ABC (which has owned the rights since 2000) will host a special about the creation of the program, featuring musical performances by Kristen Chenoweth, Glee’s Matthew Morrison and Boyz II Men.

But while A Charlie Brown Christmas is a holiday institution in the Us, in the UK it’s more of a cult favorite. So what do our holiday TV viewing differences say about us? We asked American and British TV writers Brian Moylan and Hannah Verdier to explain.

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Emmys 2015: winners and performances – as it happened

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Game of Thrones, Olive Ketteridge and Veep won big, with HBO cleaning up in all categories while Viola Davis, Amy Schumer and host Andy Samberg starred

Emmys 2015: full list of winnersInside Amy Schumer wins first-ever variety sketch show awardEmmy 2015: red carpet fashion – in picturesTransparent star Jeffrey Tambor dedicates Emmy to transgender community - videoSee all our 2015 Emmys coverage here

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Alright, here is a quick rundown of my Top 10 Moments from this Year’s Emmys.

10. Allison Janney’s hot Emmy date.

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More on that Viola Davis speech. Here’s a transcript of the first half:

I am going to hang this speech on a wall! That is all.

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Game of Thrones. A huge upset for Mad Men and it now won 12 trophies this year on 24 nominations. One of TV’s biggest shows is now one of its most decordated.
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Emmy nominations 2015 - as it happened

Mad Men and Game of Thrones were the big nominees

British shows and actors did well with nods for Downton Abbey and DerekTransparent and Jeffrey Tambor were also recognised

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We’re bowing out with a final piece that wraps up Hannah Ellis-Petersen’s piece about the UK success at the Emmy nominations, and Brian Moylan’s piece:

Once again, Downton Abbey received the most nominations of any British drama, continuing the series’ long-running awards success in the Us. The fourth series saw nominations for Jim Carter for best supporting actor and Joanne Froggatt for best supporting actress.

The ITV show, which has earned the most Emmy nominations of any non-us show in history, will again compete against glossy American dramas such as House of Cards, Game of Thrones and Mad Men for the accolade of outstanding drama series.

The biggest surprise at the announcement of the 2015 Emmy
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Game of Thrones set to dominate Emmys after netting 24 nominations

HBO’s blockbuster fantasy leads pack while American Horror Story: Freak Show comes in second with 19 nominations, and Mad Men, House of Cards and Transparent third on 11

Emmy nominations 2015 - in pictures

Emmy awards nominations 2015: full list

Brian Moylan’s verdict: same shows, different year

UK period drama scores Emmy nominee success with Downton and Wolf Hall

Game of Thrones and American Horror Story lead the pack – as it happened

HBO’s blockbuster fantasy epic Game of Thrones is poised to sweep the board at the Emmy awards after netting 24 nominations on Thursday.

HBO’s hit fantasy show gained the most nominations, followed by Ryan Murphy’s Fox anthology series American Horror Story: Freak Show, which raked in 19 nominations. The shortlist was announced on Thursday morning by Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley in Los Angeles.
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The Real Housewives of New York City Recap: Aboard the S.S. Post-traumatic Stress

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Before we get to this week’s episode of The Real Houseguests of Turks & Caicos, let me take a moment to apologize for not introducing myself last week. As I’m no one’s teacher and merely a fellow Bravo-holic trying to make sense of the crazy, I neglected to do what is required of a substitute. No, I don’t mean writing my name on the board (“Hello, my name is Ms. Rimalower”), but rather that I should have explained the absence of your usual recapper, the genius Brian Moylan. I actually don’t know where he is, exactly, and so I cannot confirm or deny reports that he’s been kidnapped and is being held for ransom by Jill Zarin or anyone affiliated with Zarin Fabrics. What I do know is that he is scheduled back next week. In the meantime, I will continue to do my best
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AMC's streaming move sends shudders through cable but will the bubble burst?

As AMC tests Shudder, its horror-only streaming service, Brian Moylan sees the future less in a proliferation of niche subscriptions than in mergers

Netflix has become a cultural juggernaut with more than $5bn in revenue in 2014 and more than 63 million subscribers around the world (and about 40 million in the Us alone). It’s adding them at a record pace too, signing up 4.9 million streaming subscribers anxious for House of Cards in the first quarter of 2015. The future of TV is clearly not on your TV set – and if it is, it’s probably coming through the internet, not the cable box. With so much money at stake, everyone is trying to get into the game.

The most recent announcement is AMC’s Shudder, a subscription service that allows horror fans to get their frights with hundreds of scary movies in its archive. Shudder costs $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year and
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California streaming: an inside look at the Netflix 'war room'

Netflix launched its latest show, Daredevil, across all its regions at once on Friday. Brian Moylan sees how the company is vying for world domination (kind of)

A dozen product engineers, computer scientists, and localization specialists hover over their MacBook Pros in the King Kong conference room at Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos, California. There are two replicas of the Empire State building in the middle of the table (in keeping with the theme) and a large screen at the end of the table featuring several different charts, a TweetDeck tracking the mentions of #Netflix on Twitter, and a clock that is counting down toward midnight. It seems like the command center at MI6: when the clock strikes zero, the world will explode if James Bond and these nimble people at their screens don’t stop it.

This is a “war room” that has been set up for the night,
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The X Files returns: but do television resurrections ever work?

As the 90s hit returns with original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, Brian Moylan asks: is it the right time to bring it back from the dead?

There is nothing more vocal than the fans of a beloved show that has been cancelled, especially if they feel like it has been cancelled before its prime. Now that the number of television platforms is proliferating and those with established platforms are looking for sure-fire hits, chances for revival are greater than ever. But is it ever worth it?

We’ll get to assess this question yet again thanks to The X-Files. On Tuesday, Fox announced that it has ordered six episodes of the alien investigation show from the 90s after a 13-year absence. If the truth has been out there all along, it seems like Fox is determined to find it. The X-Files new episodes will feature original stars David Duchovny
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