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Bethenny! Here's hoping she can pull this together.
Bethenny Frankel is a very cute, stylish, witty, talented person. I think she feels she has something to say to women about how to dress, feed their families, relate to men and many other topics and I think she has the energy to put some of this across.
I don't know if many daytime TV viewers know who she is but I learned to root for her on the Real Housewives of New York. She was slammed and ostracized by some of the craziest women in New York and took it all with dignity and humor. Many of her "confessional moments" on that show are the stuff reality show dreams are made of.
Bethenny has great poise and great style. It is fun just to see what she wears everyday. She has great business sense that is founded on the years she spent building her own brand. She is a chef who can teach others how to prepare healthy meals. She is articulate and can enjoy a healthy exchange of ideas. (Except for today when she had three men on her panel who she asked what a woman can do to enlist a man's help without nagging him. They suggested that she wear sexy lingerie and talk in a baby voice. She thanked them for this sage advice without kicking them off her sofa.) So why is this show a frantic mess? I think she is trying too hard. She is throwing as much at the audience as she can muster for fear of not doing enough and we are picking up on her desperation.
I have not given up on her yet. She is the kind of person to learn from her mistakes and to throw out stuff that doesn't work.
"Whatever" is a Great Show
This show is not like other talk shows. The hosts are Jennifer Koppelman Hutt and Alexis Stewart, daughter of Martha.
Jennifer is a self-proclaimed Jewish-American-Princess. She is a charming person with a husband and kids. She is friendly and compassionate and warm-hearted.
That leads to the other host Alexis Stewart,who is none of these things. She is, quite simply, my favorite person on television. She is not interested in what other people think of her so she is not guarded in her speech. She is able to listen to what her guests have to say and ASK PERTINENT QUESTIONS. (I find this to be very refreshing). She does not pander or kiss-up in any way. And every once in a while she will tell a story about what it was like to grow up with Martha Stewart as a mother. Jennifer Hutt is quite pretty and has beautiful red hair. Alexis Stewart is beautiful.
It is clear that these two enjoy talking to each other and their conversations are lively and stimulating and seem spontaneous. The guests are a mix of minor actors and comedians plus authors of quirky interesting books.
I Married Joan (1952)
Watching Joan Davis Worry
The above comment gives me the courage to admit that I am fascinated by train wrecks and that I always considered "I Married Joan" to be one. I also have to admit that I am a big Lucy fan and that I haven't seen "I Married Joan" since the 50's. Joan always reacted to the situations she got into with panic and a desperation that were no fun to watch. She would squirm and sweat and demonstrate terror of what "Brad" would say or do when he got home. I didn't find it funny as a kid and I doubt that I would find it so now. I noticed in a previous comment that Sherwood Schwartz was a writer on the show which might explain why it lacked something. The sight of Joan Davis pacing around wringing her hands with worry has never left me. I know Lucy did a lot of hand wringing too but somehow I can forgive her because of everything that surrounded her: talent, great writing and a great cast. You knew that Ricky Ricardo would always forgive her whereas with Joan Davis you couldn't even like "Brad" because Joan was so afraid of him that it made him unlovable.