Trying to figure out which reality works.
The Real Housewives of New York seem to be fighting this problem by manufacturing their own scene. Hence, last week’s party at Alex McCord’s own upscale consignment shop, Second Time Around. Much of the cast was there, and all seemed perfectly at ease conversing in front of the film crew. All had a peculiar way of cheating their bodies and faces towards the cameras when engaged in conversation that looks unnatural in real life, but is almost certainly the mark of coaching by producers who know that home audiences don’t like to watch conversations occur entirely in profile.
Because they were filming, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Bethenny Frankel, et al., were unavailable for interviews at the Upper East Side shindig. Unfortunate, because it was hard not to wonder what the group thought about McCord’s take on a high end version of Beacon’s Closet.