Thursday, March 17, 2011

I've Got A Crush On: Bethenny Frankel and Family


She's the new breed of those we love to hate: famousjustforbeingonT.V. But! one of the smart ones who has an actually interesting, real person behind her initial persona ( on The Housewives of New York ) and in her new show, ( with the annoying title Bethenny Ever After ) she is married and has a baby girl. Now I'm clearly biased toward anything involving babies, but the show is interesting on it's own merit. Bethenny's husband is a doll, coming across as endearingly good hearted and innocent in a way that reflects his small town upbringing, and obviously very in love with his wife: a totally refreshing change from the too- cool roving eyes of the uber-serious or uber-stupid men typically chosen for these shows. Both Bethenny and her husband come across as intelligent and aware, poking sarcastic one liners at each other and themselves while working hard at the business end of Bethenny's new life, her books ( Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting )and products which are selling well. When they visit Bethenny's husband's hometown and come across a pub full of blue collar workers drinking, Bethenny hops right in and hangs out, drinking and shooting pool. She's a goer. They spend a lot of time together and with their baby, and witnessing the growing bond of a new marriage and family as it is tested and then, in passing, grows stronger and more vital, is really enjoyable. Bethenny had an emotionally barren childhood, her father left her and her mother and her mother is 'crazy' as Bethenny has said, and she keenly feels the lack of a family, or 'roots to call my own'. One episode found her crying on her husband's shoulder because the officiant of their wedding asked who would be there to stand for Bethenny, and she had to answer 'no one' ( having no siblings, either. ) Her husband whispered to her that they would start their own family, and the show's core draw is the very growing of this family, Bethenny's struggle to let go of her past and open herself to her family. Living in New York is always good for a show, NY being a secondary cast member, and did I mention they have a baby girl ? :)
Bethany said...

Really Maggie?
But she spells her name all wrong.
;-)

Ms. Moon said...

I must admit that I know of this Bethenny of whom you speak. Televisionally, of course.

Dari said...

I love Bethenny and this show!! She is so witty and her sweet hubby and baby are precious. They are a great family and loads of fun to watch. Bethenny was my fav on TRHONYC, I will miss her on there this upcoming season. (Yes I love The Real Housewives.. all of the cities. I suck ha ha)

Angella Lister said...

based on this, i might give the show a watch.

Sarcastic Bastard said...

I really like Bethany, too. I watched the show for awhile, but have stopped recently. I think she's mean to her husband sometimes. He is a doll.

girlintheroom.com said...

I love her too! I actually admire her though I just realized that my DVR isn't taping the new show cause the name changed. Thanks for the reminder...going to set the DVR right now.

Miss Tricky said...

I love her. Without apology.

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

One day I will be able to watch some television that is actually for adults. as i type this, the kids are totally vegging out and watching Bubble Guppies. Yes, Bubble Guppies. You know things are bad when you start developing mini-crushes on cartoon characters. Ha!!
Bethanny sounds pretty cool for a reality show darling gone famous --I'll have to look for her.

gojirama said...

I have never seen her on TV but Naturally Thin changed ( and probably, in the greater scheme of things saved) my life.

Courtney said...

I love this show too, but sometimes feel silly saying so. Bethenny's story truly resonates with me. And Jason is from Pennsylvania's "coal region" where my dad also grew up. Glad to see I'm not alone in admiring this reality-tv family.

Middle Child said...

Hope this all fares well for you and yours

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