Analysis: ‘Bling Empire’ continues to shine in its third season

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I’m on a mission to get people to stop thinking of shows that bring them happiness as a “guilty pleasure.”

This is an ongoing campaign of mine, as many people continue to use that description for entertainment they enjoy, but the way I see it, we need to put a lot of emphasis on the “joy” part of the word.

Let’s lean into that, instead of feeling bad about it!

Season 3 of ‘Bling Empire’

Reality TV makes me happy, and none more so than shows about the rich (and super-rich).

So color me excited that the new season of “Bling Empire” picks up right where last season’s high-stakes drama left off.

This group of rich Asians Friends in Los Angeles is quite entertaining, and I can’t wait to see how the feud between Christine Chiu and Anna Shay is resolved. Trust me when I say you’ll want to watch the first two seasons to prepare for the last one.

The third season of “Bling Empire” is streaming now on Netflix.

Season 2 of “The Problem with Jon Stewart”

Jon Stewart is pictured during an episode of

Has anyone talked to Jon Stewart about returning to “The Daily Show” since news broke that his current host, Trevor Noah, was leaving?

I’m kidding, as Stewart is super busy with his latest Apple TV+ series. The second season of “The Problem With Jon Stewart” will see the advocate and comedian continue to use comedy with common sense when it comes to “tough, topical, culture-shaking conversations.”

The first episode of “The Problem with Jon Stewart” Season 2 is streaming now on Apple TV+.

luckiest girl alive

Mila Kunis, as Ani FaNelli, stars

Consider this new True Crime movie adjacent, which is close enough for me.

That’s because the plot of “The Luckiest Girl in the World,” based on the 2015 novel by Jessica Knoll and starring Mila Kunis, is about a New York-based magazine editor. who seems to have the perfect life. That is, until “the director of a crime documentary invites her to tell her version of the shocking incident that took place when she was a teenager at the prestigious Brentley School,” according to Netflix.

Yes please!

“The Luckiest Girl in the World” is streaming now on Netflix.

Willow Smith performs at the GRAMMY Museum on September 26 in Los Angeles, California.

You may shake your hair back and forth in disbelief, but it’s true: Willow is about to release her sixth album.

That’s right, when you factor in her collaborative album with Tyler Cole, “The Anxiety,” which gave us the earworm “Meet Me at Our Spot,” the daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith has an expansive discography to her name. .

Her latest “Coping Mechanism” sees the 21-year-old continue to perform and excel in musical genres not everyone expected her to pursue after her 2010 mega-hit.

“Rock has always inspired me,” he told, citing alternative metal band Deftones and heavy metal group Lamb of God as examples. “I think when you start doing something at such a young age, your mind is still growing in many different ways. Then you grow up and understand (that) you really need to apply yourself in a way that you might not have thought of.”

“Coping Mechanism” is now available.

Charlie Puth performs during the Global Citizen Festival in New York City's Central Park on September 24.

As it happens, Charlie Puth almost didn’t name his new album “Charlie.”

In a recent interview with Ryan Seacrest, Puth explained that he “handled the production of the entire album” himself. “I almost called the album ‘Conversations With Myself’ because that’s how I wrote all these songs,” Puth said.

Songwriting is Puth’s superpower, so expect the self-titled record to be deeply personal.

“Charlie” is also available now.

(From left) Lindsay Lohan and Chord Overstreet appear in a scene from

Wasn’t it just last week that I noticed the Thanksgiving season was approaching fast, too fast? Well, now it turns out that Christmas movies are coming too.

Some of you are loving these holiday movies (I’m looking at my wonderful CNN colleague Sandra Gonzalez) and their feel-good mix of holiday cheer and romance.

This year, there’s even more to be excited about as Lindsay Lohan stars in such a project, “Falling for Christmas,” which hits Netflix on November 10. And her plot summary sounds like everything you’d expect: “Lohan plays a newly engaged, spoiled hotel heiress who gets into a skiing accident, suffers from total amnesia, and finds herself in the care of a handsome neck-and-neck hotel owner. blue”.

It will be nice to have Lohan back on camera, with “Falling for Christmas” marking the first of two movies she has agreed to star in for the streaming platform. In other words, his presence on screen is a gift that will continue to be given until 2023.

Stanley Tucci in a scene from the second season of

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Stanley Tucci about the new episodes of the second season of “Stanley Tucci: Looking for Italy,” the first of which airs Sunday on CNN. As someone who loves food and travel, Tucci said a few things that resonated with me.

One in particular was what she hopes to pass on to her children about food.

“That they appreciate the effort that people make to grow good food, to raise good food,” he said. “That they really end up appreciating that. And then cooking good food and sharing good food, all the wonderful things that come out of that.”

We live in a culture that can often make food the enemy, especially when we focus on how unhealthy we can be by eating junk on the run. But sitting down to good quality food, shared with the people we love, is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

And he’s not guilty either.

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