Tuesday June 4, 2019

James Holzhauer’s amazing run on Jeopardy! has come to an end.

Here’s a look back at his historic run. He finished with “a 33-day total of $2,464,216, plus the $2,000 prize given to second-place winners—good for no. 2 in all-time regular-season earnings—and concluding a historic reign that saw the professional sports bettor, 34, break many of the venerable game show’s records.” He gave the correct answer 97.15% of the time he was the first to buzz in! The article is worth a read.

Netflix has ordered a 2nd season of Dead To Me.

Amazon premieres its Jonas Brothers documentary, Chasing Happiness, today. It’s now available to stream.

will.i.am is on Songland tonight.

Tracy Morgan will host the 2019 ESPY Awards, which are set to air on July 10.

The season premiere of his show The Last O.G. airs tonight.

Funny Or Die premiered a new talk show today with comedian and actress Tig Notaro. The new series is a celebrity talk show with Notaro as host — but her knowledge of TV, film and famous people is really bad. That’s why the new series is titled Under A Rock with Tig Notaro. The first episode premieres today and will continue for the next five weeks. In each episode, Notaro sits down and interviews six highly recognizable celebrities  — except she legitimately has no idea who her famous guests are. As the show goes on, she has to attempt to figure out each guest’s identity, with hilarious and humbling moments along the way for both guest and host. Amazon Alexa is also on hand to help Tig with anything she needs.”

The Property Bros. — Jonathan and Drew Scott — finally have a hit TV show. That’s sarcasm, of course, as the twins and stars of Property Brothers: Forever Home are all over HGTV and the Nielsen ratings sheets. With a 0.84 rating among adults 25-54, “Property Brothers: Forever Home” scored the popular cable channel’s highest-rated series premiere since March 2017. That number is inclusive of three days’ worth of delayed viewing. That L+3 Nielsen number was 56% better for HGTV’s Wednesday 9-10 p.m. time slot versus its previous six-week average. “Property Brothers: Forever Home” bowed to 3.7 million viewers.”

Amazon has announced that Carnival Row, starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, will be available to stream on August 30. Here is a look at the trailer.

Behind the scenes of ABC’s new cooking show Family Food Fight. Hard pass.

Jay-Z is a billionaire.

An animated Jurassic World series from DreamWorks is set to premiere on Netflix next year, the company announced on Tuesday. Titled Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, the series is the latest entry in the Jurassic Park franchise, running parallel to the 2015 film starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Per Netflix, the show ‘follows a group of six teenagers chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at a new adventure camp on the opposite side of Isla Nublar. But when dinosaurs wreak havoc across the island, the campers are stranded. Unable to reach the outside world, they’ll need to go from strangers to friends to family if they’re going to survive.’”

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You know it’s a good week when you start back to back days off with Patrick J. Adams news: “Patrick J. Adams will return to USA’s Suits for its ninth and final season, USA Network told TheWrap.

“He is set to reprise his role as Mike Ross, the on-screen husband of Rachel Zane, who was played by the now-Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle. Per the cable channel, Adams will come back mid-season to get involved in a case that puts him toe to toe with Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) and Samantha Wheeler (Katherine Heigl).

“Ross — and thus, Adams — left the series at the end of Season 7 to move to Seattle with Rachel. When TheWrap asked USA if Markle will return, the net referred us to series creator Aaron Korsch’s pretty consistent remarks about that popular question. Basically, she’s always welcome back — but don’t hold your breath.

“USA previously announced that Season 9 will be the last for Suits. The series will return on Wednesday, July 17 at 9 p.m., followed by new spinoff, Pearson, starring Gina Torres as her Suits character, powerhouse lawyer Jessica Pearson.

“Macht, Sarah Rafferty, Rick Hoffman, Amanda Schull, Dulé Hill and Heigl will return as series regulars for the final season of Suits.

“The last run centers on an evolved firm, Zane Specter Litt Wheeler Williams, which is facing uncertainty and change yet again after Robert Zane (Wendell Pierce) took the fall with the Bar Association to save Harvey, per USA. After his sacrifice, Samantha Wheeler (Heigl) is left reeling from the loss of her mentor, and while trying to console her, Harvey realizes that he doesn’t want to lose the most important person to him: Donna. Season 9 will follow the lawyer and COO balance their relationship with work, as they fight to salvage the firm’s tarnished reputation alongside their partners, Louis, Alex Williams (Hill), Katrina Bennett (Schull), and Samantha. As the season progresses, our core characters’ personal lives will be explored more deeply than ever before, setting up the series conclusion, in which everyone will finally be forced to decide exactly who they are and what kind of lawyers they want to be.

Suits is produced by Universal Content Productions, and is currently in production in Toronto. The series was created and is executive produced by Aaron Korsh, while Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein of Hypnotic also serve as executive producers, along with Genevieve Sparling, Ethan Drogin and Christopher Misiano.

“Adams was recently announced to star as astronaut and former United States Senator John Glenn in National Geographic’s upcoming historical drama series The Right Stuff.

The final season of “Suits” returns July 17 at 9/8c on USA Network. Pearson follows at 10.

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Per Deadline, “Showtime has set a June 28 date to air 100%, a documentary about New England Patriots’ wide receiver Julian Edelman’s recovery from a devastating knee injury that shelved him in 2017, through a PED suspension that cost him the first four games of 2019, to being named Super Bowl MVP in February when his 10 catches helped fuel the Pats to a 13-3 victory over the Rams.

“Edelman and Assaf Swissa are using the docu to launch Coast Productions, a Boston-based company that will mount projects that include a romantic comedy set in the world of pro football, and a pseudo-autobiographical half hour dramedy series they will pitch around town with their ICM Partners reps in July. The film and TV projects were written by Swissa, Edelman and Kyler Schelling, who directed the Showtime docu, and wrote it with Swissa.

“Schelling, Swissa and Edelman cut their teeth on a number of humorous videos that Edelman stars in, that has the Pats star playing everything from an inept smoothie maker, car salesman and talk show host. Swissa and Edelman met while Swissa had seen a candy company he launched crater, and when Edelman was nursing a broken ankle in 2012, both of them not knowing what the future held. They hatched a social media plan that allowed them to create content surrounding Edelman, and sell his football products. They used the proceeds to fund and produce the documentary, which Showtime acquired in finished form.

“‘This is the house that T-shirts built, and like everything else we do, the film was self-financed and we are very passionate about what we are doing, and felt it was not worth taking on investors so that we get to put our spit on it,’ said Swissa, who notes that Edelman’s videos helped him sell more merchandise directly to his fans than any other player.

“Even a Giants fan like myself can’t help but see the appeal in Edelman, an undersized player who takes a licking and manages to catches everything thrown his way by passer Tom Brady, who manages a cameo in this documentary. Edelman has a strong screen appeal and a good sense of humor, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t work even harder to return from an injury that leaves many football players a shell of their former selves.

“Swissa said he and Edelman didn’t want to make the usual injured jock docu and so the result here is a mix of humor and grit. So there is Mark Wahlberg, explaining why Edelman isn’t famous enough to merit his own film; a weed-smoking Snoop Dogg reading the suspension letter that the NFL sent Edelman for ingesting PED’s while on the recovery trail; and there’s superchef Guy Fiere explaining the severity of Edelman’s ACL tear, using a stalk of celery as a visual aid; and avowed New York sports fan Michael Rapaport in proper agony, providing voiceover descriptions as Edelman regains his star on the field.

“Edelman makes clear that his priority remains on the field, under the watchful eyes of his perfectionist head coach Bill Belichick and QB Brady. But he looks like an actor and doesn’t rule it out thought even if right now his contributions will be more behind the scenes.”

Just what the world needs, another athlete launching a production company!

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From Elle: “Very few people who drunkenly squeal ‘Our lives should be a reality TV show!!!’ actually get to see that happen, but Hannah Berner and Paige Desorbo did. The two 20-somethings formerly worked together at a women's media website making #content, but now they're the new breakout stars of Bravo's Summer House, season three of which ended Monday night. Hannah has entertained with hilarious one-liners (her Instagram is full of them) all season, while DeSorbo's Dating-101 advice for her lovesick puppy suitor Carl has hit home. Viewers want to be them, relate to them, or at least laugh at the rest of the cast with them.

“We caught up with the duo while they lunched at Soho House—Berner covered the bill while DeSorbo promised to Venmo her—to talk Summer House secrets. The two spilled some tea, talked most cringe-worthy moments, and explained that what you see on TV is what you actually get in real life: two besties who talk shit on their enemies/roommates. Below, Berner and DeSorbo's thoughts on their first season of the hit Bravo TV show:

Paige and Hannah became best friends through the show.

"‘We weren't super close before, but it literally took us no time at all,’ explains DeSorbo. ‘The first time I met Hannah, it was like when you see your friend from high school that you haven't seen in a while, it was just so natural.’

“Berner shares the same sentiment about meeting Paige for the first time. ‘Paige is one of those people who I'd met and immediately hit it off with, but never put in the effort to actually get to know,’ says Berner. ‘We learned that deep down we have so many similarities and I think there's so many potential female friendships that can be made as an adult, that I wouldn't have even been able to expect.’

“The duo's best tip for adult female friendship: HAVE DIFFERENT TASTE IN BOYS AND SAME TASTE IN ALCOHOL.

Paige only regrets her posture and Hannah only regrets her wedgie picking.

"‘I was like, “Oh, my God, put your fucking shoulders back.” That was probably the only thing watching it, I hate it, but other than that it was fun,’ explains Desorbo.

"‘I was picking my wedgie in the last episode,’ says Berner. ‘I was talking to the girls just picking my wedgie for a good minute and there were hidden cameras there.’ Berner, of course, has a positive take on #wedgiegate, adding: ‘We need to be more socially acceptable, because everyone gets them and you have to pull at them, unless you're a psychopath.’

Bravo cut all of Hannah and Paige's morning shit talk.

"‘That’s something that I wish that they kept in more of,’ says Desorbo. ‘Hannah and I have a lot of morning banter, just when we wake up just to recap what happened the night before and I feel like we would just talk shit about everyone and they didn't keep that in, which I wish they did because it really shows the evolution of our friendship.’ Desorbo understands the secret to any strong kinship: “We hated the same people."

Paige and Hannah are genuinely being themselves on TV.

“The audience this season seemed to gravitate towards the two newbies because they were so ‘real’ on reality TV and authentically themselves. Berner spoke to the authenticity the two tried to portray:

“‘I feel like people have connected with us on the show because a lot of reality TV people, it makes it seem like they're acting or trying to get attention and Paige and I really, we're just trying to be ourselves. Paige didn't go on TV to just go hook up with guys to get attention. She was being herself and showing that you don't have to hook up with a guy just because he gave you a tiny bit of attention. And I was showing that just because I'm funny and seem very confident, I do deal with mental health anxiety and depression some time. And I hope that we can continue to have that platform to be ourselves and connect with people.’

Paige was into Carl's white pants.

"‘I am a sucker for a guy in white jeans,’ says DeSorbo. ‘I think that more guys should rock white jeans and Carl could go up a size for sure, but I always say that outfits are whatever makes you feel good.’

Pantry makeouts are now sacred for Carl and Paige

"‘So, I feel like pantry make outs are now sacred to Carl and I don't know if there's another pantry that I could ever make out in without thinking about Carl, so,’ explains DeSorbo. 

Hannah got Dave deported (just kidding).

“A note to all single men reading ELLE.com: Berner's type is a tall foreign man. The two are currently not together but are on talking terms with Dave headed back to London.

Hannah, Paige and Amanda group chat after tough episodes.

“The trio started a support group to help Amanda Batula during tough Summer House episodes. ‘When we talk to each other, especially Amanda, we kind of focus on things outside of what she's already moved past,’ explains DeSorbo. ‘We focus on who else could look so good crying in a bathing suit like her tears were literally glistening.’

Carl Radke named the Summer House zebra and he still lives with him.

"‘There was this crazy antique shop in the Hamptons that literally everyone drives by and says, “Who the heck would stop there?,” explains Desboro. ‘Oh, well Carl would.’ Carl allegedly locked eyes with that zebra and never looked back. The zebra, Wesley Stripes, currently lives in Radke's home.

Jordan Verroi continues to baffle the cast.

"‘Jordan could be an alien at this point for all I know,’ explains DeSorbo. Berner did not believe the erection issues Verroi claimed to have during the season. ‘Unless you're a sixty-year-old guy, I don't think…’ says Berner. ‘I just care for him and he's a really amazing person and I want him to feel comfortable in his own skin.’"

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Per Variety, “[w]hen Sera Gamble and Greg Berlanti sat down to co-write the pilot of You, based on Caroline Kepnes’ novel of the same name, the first decision they made, Gamble says, was to start the story in the same place as the book — inside protagonist Joe Goldberg’s head as he first catches sight of his soon-to-be obsession Beck in the bookstore where he works. ‘That inner monologue was the key to the whole thing,’ Gamble explains. ‘The voice of the entire novel is the second person, intimate monologue of Joe’s true thoughts, and in the show, you’re experiencing his behavior and how he talks to everyone in the outside world, and it becomes even more about the friction between what he is saying and what he is doing.’

“The first word of Kepnes’ novel is literally ‘You,’ as Joe narrates seeing Beck for the first time, well before he knows her name, describing what he observes, as well as what he presumes, based on the way she is dressed and how she carries herself. And although the show would eventually dig deeper with Beck, it opens on a shot of her through Joe’s eyes as well. Similarly, Gamble and Berlanti fell in love with certain lines and references from Kepnes’ story, such as the specific detail of the fiction section of ‘F through K,’ and kept them in what became Joe’s opening voiceover.

“‘It needed to be clear from the very outset that Joe is extremely literary and very well-read and that he is sort of Sherlock Holmes when he looks at you,’ Gamble says.

“Where they saw room to make changes, though, was in removing references to Beck being ‘embarrassed to be a good girl’ so that Joe wouldn’t immediately come off as a guy who just ‘looks at every woman and judges her as a virgin or a slut,’ Gamble notes.

“Additionally, details such as the fact that Beck was wearing a sweater and jeans in the scene in the book just didn’t work for the show’s setting or actor, so they switched the wardrobe, including adding ‘jangly bracelets,’ which stand out to Joe.

“‘Here is somebody that’s beautiful to him and he is seeing things about her clothes that seem to be more engineered for comfort, but then little aspects that give him a clue that she wants to be looked at,’ Gamble says.

“Although book readers would know just how dark Beck’s fate was after getting involved with Joe, Gamble took great care not to make it so obvious from the jump in the show.

“‘In order to make the structure of the episode work for the TV show, that first scene needs to positively function as a pure romantic comedy scene. It’s a meet-cute and it shouldn’t feel creepy,’ she says. Before they could subvert certain tropes in the genre, they had to deliver them recognizably, she adds.

“‘We even got some early notes that in the first five minutes of the show you can’t really tell where it’s going. But to me, that was the thesis of the whole show: You can’t really tell. So if this feels like a romantic comedy to you, let’s look at other things that look like a romantic comedy to you and non-judgmentally admit to one another that we enjoy stories about men who transgress and take away agency and save the day by maybe even killing people. It was really, really important to us to preserve the idea that this was two young, good-looking people in a bookstore who maybe have some stuff in common — until you push into his eyes at the end of that scene and you’re like, “Wait a minute…”’”

While I think they failed Kepnes and the book, I will be watching season 2 after it was announced that this guy will be a part of it.

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From Decider: “‘Can I ask about Randall?’ I asked Shep Rose and Craig Conover as we made ourselves comfy at The Bar at The Spectator Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. It was four days after the #Fofty debacle played out online between 50 Cent and film and TV producer Randall Emmett, a friend of the Southern Charm stars, and perhaps best known as the fiancé of Lala Kent from Vanderpump Rules. ‘Sure,’ both replied, all of us unaware that this would turn into the central topic of our conversation this afternoon. I sat across from the guys who were seated on the black leather couch as we sipped on specialty cocktails including the gin-based Bee’s Sneeze, the picture-perfect The Delish made with pineapple rum, and The Safety Meeting, which is infused with CBD oil, even though the setting was already quite relaxed. I’d gotten my burning Southern Charm Season 6 questions in with the guys the day before, followed by a fairly late night of drinking in downtown Charleston, so it’s no wonder the vibe was chill for this round.

“And so after the guys took a moment to watch the latest Instagram video from Cardi B on Conover’s phone (neither were impressed by it), the conversation turned to their own on-screen adventure in 2018’s Reprisal, a film produced by Emmett. ‘You watched it?’ Rose asked incredulously when I confessed I had. ‘Cheers to you,’ he said, admitting even he hadn’t seen it. ‘I watched the end,’ Conover said, which is where their scene is located in the film. ‘Well, the premise was dare I say improbable. It had something to do with diabetes? I don’t know. A thriller about diabetes,’ Rose said. He’s not…entirely wrong. Reprisal is your standard straight to VOD action flick starring Frank Grillo as a bank manager who teams up with his neighbor, Bruce Willis as an ex-cop, of course, to get revenge on a thief. It’s Grillo’s daughter in the movie who has diabetes and affords Rose and Conover their moment to shine. Well, at least for one of them.

“‘I was so pissed!’ Rose exclaims. ‘I was like, “I’ll do the movie if I get a bigger role than Craig,” and they’re like, “Okay, we’ll give you a speaking role,”’ and with that, Rose was in. ‘I became the ambulance driver and Craig was a cop. I’m no cop though, come on,’ Rose laughed at the thought of him even dressing up as law enforcement. ‘I’m just like an idiot ambulance driver, makes a little more sense, not much more though. So I say my line which is, “When’s the last time she ate?” and I’m like, okay that was really funny, I’m glad I did this.’ Until it was time for his friend’s big scene. ‘[With] Craig, they’re like, “Okay, Bruce Willis runs toward you and you hand him a shotgun.” I’m like…that’s pretty fucking cool. That’s pretty cool! They do one take and Willis turns around to the director and goes, “Have him throw me the shotgun,” and I was like, “Noooo!” It rendered that role way more impactful than my line.’ Though Rose has kept a reasonable perspective on the pair’s big screen debut. ‘If we had any lines more than, “When’s the last time she ate?” we would’ve blown the whole thing.’

“Perhaps his positive outlook is also due to the fact that these two enjoyed their experience in a way that will surprise no one that’s watched even a fraction of Southern Charm’s six seasons. ‘It was so fun, we just tore Cincinnati apart for 48 hours and left,’ Rose said.

“‘That was a wild experience. We had a blast,’ Conover confirms, also adding that they played craps all night. When it comes to pursuing more acting opportunities he said, ‘Yeah, I would love to. I thought it was a great time. You just play dress up and then —’

“‘Throw guns,’ I offered. Conover also expressed enjoying the fact that they got to observe the whole process during their short time on set.

“‘Yeah, it was more educational,’ Rose said. ‘I did it to see what the hell it was like.’

“And if Conover thought he was dealing with difficult personalities in his Charleston friend group, he learned a real lesson participating in Reprisal. It turns out, Willis was only there to do his job, and didn’t spend a whole lot of time chatting with anyone except for the director on-set, instead allowing his stand-in to handle the less glamorous moments of shooting a movie. ‘He only comes out for when the cameras were on,’ Conover said of the film’s star.

“‘Randall was gracious enough to offer that to us,’ Rose said of their brief roles in the film. ‘He’s a funny guy, he’s very exuberant. I sometimes laugh at some of his Instagram posts because he’s like, “Alright, ready for the day!” I’m like, Randall, we’ve had a lot of fun together, don’t try to motivate me.’

“I ask about Rose’s thoughts on Emmett’s relationship with Kent and he says with a smile on his face, ‘They’re totally open and they’re funny. They’re wide the hell open and they’ll tell you some kinky shit,’ Rose laughed. “I’m like, hell yeah, lay it on me, I want to know what other people are into. I think they really love each other and I think they’re happy, I hope they’re happy.’

“And even though it may seem as though Rose and Conover lead spontaneous lifestyles, Emmett likely has them beat. ‘One thing Randall does [is say], “Hey I’ll be in Canada tomorrow, dude get here!” and you’re like, what? I can’t get to Canada on a day’s notice. And then he gets mad. He got mad at us for not going to visit him in the Bahamas.’

“‘By the way, Whitney [Sudler-Smith] does the same thing,’ Rose revealed of their Southern Charm friend and producer. “He’s like, “I’m going to the Cannes Film Festival tomorrow, I’ll be there for three days.” I’m like, that sounds like a five thousand dollar decision, at least.’

“That’s not to say the guys I’m sitting across from haven’t indulged in the good life from time to time. ‘I’ve flown with [Emmett] three times and one time he waited for me for an hour and a half on the runway on my birthday,’ Conover said of the infamous private jet that Kent is often heard discussing on Vanderpump Rules.

“‘Can you imagine that??’ Rose asks in a way that lets us all know he would never do the same for his pal.

“As Conover starts to discuss the series of events that led to this moment, Rose interrupts him, saying, ‘This story does not paint you in a good light, Craig.’

“‘Why?’ Conover asks him.

“‘Because you screwed over Austen,’ Rose replies, referring to their Southern Charm pal Austen Kroll. The two explain that while Kroll and Conover were in Los Angeles, Emmett offered them seats on his private jet back to the east coast. Except that morning, Kroll found himself pounding on Conover’s hotel room door to wake up his pal in order for them to catch the private flight. When Conover didn’t respond, Kroll jumped on his previously booked commercial flight to get back home as Emmett made it clear, ‘We do NOT wait on the runway.’

“Except he did. Conover rolled up late, hopped on the waiting flight back east, and when Emmett and Kent got out in Georgia, Conover planned to rent a car and drive back to Charleston — only Emmett told him, ‘For your birthday I’m having the pilots fly you back to Charleston.’

“So Conover was already back home when Kroll called him from his commercial flight layover in Charlotte asking him how he was getting back home, believing Conover was probably just waking up from oversleeping in LA. Kroll was annoyed to learn his pal’s luck found him back home first, and Conover didn’t help matters either. ‘I put this post up, I was by myself on the jet and there was a thunderstorm and I was like, man I really wish someone was with me, this is a little nerve-wracking, and Austen’s like, “I hate you.”’

“Rose and Conover continue to express their admiration for Emmett, with Rose stating, ‘I’m always surprised by all his connections,’ and Conover adding, ‘He’s very generous and I always have fun with him.’

“Which brings us to the most fun the internet’s ever had at his expense: the #Fofty scandal, based on a text typo Emmett sent to pal 50 Cent after the rapper demanded he pay him the million dollars he owed, expecting the ‘money by Monday.’

“‘I wouldn’t be surprised if that wasn’t a total, “Hey look at us” thing,’ Rose speculated about it all, adding, ‘And if it is, that’s brilliant, by the way. If it’s fake, I love it.’

“‘A lot of people were saying it’s for publicity but he went in pretty hard,’ Conover said.

“‘I don’t see Randall welching on anything to 50 Cent. I don’t see anyone doing that, that would not be smart. If you have the money, pay the man!’ Rose said. When I ask if he reaches out to Emmett when he sees something like this bubbling up online he quickly replies, ‘Definitely not. I stay out of almost everything.’ Rose admits he did have to reach out to Emmett when he heard Howard Stern mention his name in passing on his radio show. ‘Howard Stern’s a hero of mine. He has made my life exponentially better just as I drive.’ His fandom also something he has in common and celebrates with Andy Cohen. ‘Andy’s obsessed with Howard too so when I’m on Watch What Happens I’m like, “Tell me about the last time you were at the studio, I want to know every little detail.”’

“Meanwhile, Conover’s dream talk show to appear on is The Ellen DeGeneres Show, despite the fact that she doesn’t feature a ton of reality TV stars with the exception of the Kardashians. But six seasons of a Bravo series is nothing to sneeze at, and there are few other shows to really compare Southern Charm to, though MTV phenomenon Jersey Shore comes up. ‘Well, we’re a regional show so we’re not unlike them in that manner,’ Rose reasons. ‘We represent a certain demographic of a certain geography. People want to peel back the curtain and see, what is the Jersey Shore? What is Charleston? It’s definitely a peeking in the window kind of thing.’ Conover said that for people unfamiliar with the series, he’s more likely to describe it as ‘basically Laguna Beach in Charleston,’ pointing to MTV’s early aughts series which he admits he enjoyed watching.

“When it comes to the unique appeal of Southern Charm, Rose said, ‘This is all Whitney’s vision. If you know anything about Whitney and our relationship, we give each other a hard time and so I would never kiss Whitney’s ass, but goddamn it if he didn’t start this whole thing and I want that to be known. Thank you Bravo, but this is his baby, he saw it all in his head. Now, he’ll tell you that he envisioned it a different way, he’ll be cantankerous and combative, but he saw something.’ His initial pitch was Southern Gentlemen, which was a much more male-focused show, but Bravo liked what they saw enough to encourage more women be added into the cast. As it is, Southern Charm has a higher number of male cast members than many other shows on the network — and males that are often responsible for generating much of the drama each season.

“The way this series ultimately came together was by Sudler-Smith throwing parties — not quite auditions, but certainly an opportunity for him to observe personalities at work. ‘I met him on a rooftop and we had the wildest night ever and he was like, “You need to be on the show,”’ Rose remembered. And clearly Sudler-Smith was right with the majority of the ensemble: ‘Thomas and Kathryn, I mean babies were born on our TV show, that’s crazy,’ Rose marveled at the thought.

“Rose looks at his Bravo contemporaries on Vanderpump Rules and says, ‘Everybody’s married or dating each other, you’d think there was literally eight people in the whole town of Los Angeles. I’ve been in a position where I feel like, okay I could date you and it would be good for everyone involved but that doesn’t compute to me. I can’t live a lie.’

“‘It gets us in trouble sometimes,’ Conover chimes in. ‘Shep refuses to lie. He actually doesn’t lie.’

“‘You’ve come a long way, you used to lie all the time,’ Rose said to his pal, their brotherly camaraderie clearly on display in this moment.

“‘I’ve grown a lot,’ Conover acknowledged.

“‘Craig has come a long way,’ Rose agreed sincerely. ‘We used to fight about it, I was like, dude you’re fucking hilarious but you’re eccentric, you’re things that I want in a friend, honestly, but just own it. Be weird because the world appreciates weird.’

“‘Yeah, Shep does say that. Recently he’s like, “Your delivery’s horrible, Craig. It doesn’t make any sense at the time but damn if what you said wasn’t exactly the situation. What you said was right, but you had no means of articulating that to anyone, you just yelled about it.”’ Rose points to the Season 5 reunion last year, where he found many of Conover’s remarks about ex-girlfriend Naomie Olindo to be ‘irrational and mean-spirited’ even if he ultimately did agree with the points Conover was making.

“Besides the exception of the juicy drama ahead on this season of Southern Charm, what other adventures do the guys see themselves getting involved with? Conover revealed he recently bought into a restaurant group in Charleston because ‘I was always jealous of what Shep had,’ which is not the first time he’s followed in his friend’s footsteps. Rose currently has ShepGear where he sells t-shirts and hats sure to appeal to Southern Charm fans, and Conover launched Sewing Down South in April, capitalizing on his love for sewing and the storyline that the show has put on display for the past few seasons.

“For his part, Rose has recently launched his podcast, Enough About Me, but Conover’s thinking more about a visual series with his pal. ‘I would want to do more travel stuff with Shep, I think adventure stuff would be fun.’ In fact, the pair came awfully close to making that dream a reality. ‘We were supposed to go down to the Bahamas and do a day on the water with Shep and Craig,’ Rose tells me, which would consist of, ‘Us arguing, drinking, laughing, just goofing and island hopping. And it got all fouled up.’

“‘Anything that I see for myself in the future, I would like to intertwine with these guys,’ Conover said of his Southern Charm castmates, and specifically Rose. ‘We’re in a very unique situation where it works out that we have each other because he’s spontaneous too, he doesn’t quite settle down.’”