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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘The Real Housewives of Miami’ on Peacock Likes Big Butts And It Cannot Lie

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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘The Real Housewives of Miami’ on Peacock Likes Big Butts And It Cannot Lie

The Real Housewives of Miami is back as a series on Peacock. With a mix of new and returning cast members, the Bravo series picks up where it left off and takes off in heels as a group of friends compare their relationships, properties, status, and yes, even butts. It’s everything you know and love about Housewives with even more bathing suits and palm trees.

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF MIAMI: STREAM IT OR SKIP IT?

Opening Shot: The camera glides over the water towards the pink/purple/orange sky before cutting to clips of black and white footage from the previous iteration of this show. RHOM originally ran for three seasons on Bravo, and the short montage will remind viewers of the tears, the weddings, and the glimpses of luxury, specifically from the women that are returning to the show now that it’s on Peacock. Then a flash of the bright, blue Miami waters brings us to 2021, as the returning cast members gather to kick off the season, which will consist of 14 episodes, the first two available to stream now and a new one dropping on the streaming platform every Thursday.

The Gist: Season 4 already feels much sleeker and brighter than before (shoutout to all the neon!) just moments in. Alexia Echevarria and Marysol Patton drive together to an outdoor lunch where they are joined by Lisa Hochstein, then Adriana de Moura, and then Larsa Pippen. And while Adriana and Marysol are technically not full-time cast members but “friends of” this season, along with newcomer Kiki Barth, it sure doesn’t feel that way in the first episode. Event planner Guerdy Abraira, Dr. Nicole Martin, and Julia Lemigova (the first LGBTQ Housewives cast member!) also join as full-time cast.

The fact that it’s The Real Housewives of Miami probably doesn’t need too much explaining, but what you should know is that it’s great for Housewives OGs and newbies alike. If you want to watch the three previous seasons of this franchise on Peacock, it’s there for you now to do so. If you want to jump right in, you totally can. It doesn’t take long to catch up, and even when you do, you already know that the friendships will be shifting more than sarongs at the beach.

The first episode gives you all the information you need to know about the returning cast members, including the family members they’ve gained, lost, married, and divorced along the way. We get glimpses into their homes (including Lisa’s incredible closet), their friendships, their current work status, and more. Plus, the first episode gives us all we need to know about the new pals in the group as well.

The cast of The Real Housewives of Miami
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Our Take: This version of RHOM feels specifically designed to get us through the winter. It is both a comfort watch via the returning cast members and the fact that it’s a Real Housewives show (obviously we’re familiar), but it also feels like just the right amount of exciting new territory.

It’s an interesting time on the Housewives front. The only two series on the air at Bravo now are RHOC and RHOSLC, so RHOM is certainly not a bad option to scratch that itch. It doesn’t feel as though it will be as fascinating as our friends in Salt Lake (uh, is anything right now though?) and the Latin infusion into this particular franchise brings a heat that Southern California does not and can not. So while it may not be immediate appointment viewing, there is certainly enough right away that will keep viewers intrigued.

Sex and Skin: Truly, more than any other Real Housewives installment, ever. It starts with a glimpse at Larsa’s offerings on her OnlyFans account, though she claims she’s making $10K a day from it, so who’s laughing now? Well, not the other women who for some reason continue to bring it up — some because they want to get in on the cash grab, others because they want to judge/shame/question what she’s actually doing on there to make all that money.

The first episode also includes a pool party, automatically making this the Housewives show with the most skin. Everyone is in bathing suits! Adrianna’s showing off her boob job! She’s commenting that “The astronauts can see it from the planet moon,” when it comes to repeated close-ups of Larsa’s butt in her rope dress that’s hardly a cover-up. There’s a whole lot of discussion and a whole lot of showcasing Larsa’s body on the first episode, but hey, if we all looked like that, we’d be doing the same damn thing.

Parting Shot: In the last scene of the episode, Marysol and Alexia discuss the latter’s late husband Herman, and if she wants to meet the man with whom he was maybe having an affair. The two pull up the mystery man’s Instagram page, and even though it’s private, they are able to zoom in on a photo enough to shriek, “He has a huge penis!” Safe to say, we’ll be tuning in for more.

Sleeper Star: At first it seemed as though new cast member and event planner Guerdy might be the most interesting of the new additions — after all, she has a hot firefighter husband. But then we meet Julia’s spouse, who just so happens to be tennis great Martina Navratilova. Also, the couple has a farm house where they milk goats, so, yeah, we’ll definitely be paying attention to them.

Most Pilot-y Line: “I’m kinda trying to like, stay low profile,” Larsa tells the group during their first catch-up lunch. LOL. Ok, girl. We’re five minutes into a new season of Real Housewives where you are a main cast member, so, sure! But, understanding the assignment, Adriana responds, “Oh yeah, I heard some stuff on the news.” In her interview she goes on to explain, “Larsa left Miami but the minute the Kardashians shunned her out now she’s back in the group and trying to regain our friendship and trust. There’s mystery there and I’m curious.” Try not to be hooked! Larsa of course follows up by asking her if Adriana’s still in touch with her ex-husband Frederic, and somehow the lunch remains civil, but the breadcrumbs on the way to drama’s house are certainly being dropped.

Our Call: Stream It. I’m not sure where this show is going, but I’m certainly going to watch and find out.

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Legendary NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden died Tuesday morning at 85, the NFL announced. News of the football icon’s passing hit Twitter on Tuesday evening, and athletes, coaches and broadcasters from across the sports world reacted.

Fellow broadcasting legend Dick Vitale, who is currently battling cancer, called Madden “the greatest analyst of all time of any sport” in his Twitter tribute.

Former Yankees pitcher and notable Raiders fan CC Sabathia said “your legacy will live forever.” Madden coached the then-Oakland Raiders from 1969-78, a couple of years before Sabathia, a Vallejo, California native, was born. Lakers star LeBron James had similar words about Madden’s lasting legacy, adding an infinity emoji.

Former tennis star and social justice activist Billie Jean King recalled meeting Madden as a “privilege.”

Radio voice of the Rangers Kenny Albert, a five-sport broadcaster who’s been with FOX Sports since its inception in 1994, shared a photo circa 26 years ago to remember Madden.

ESPN’s Bomani Jones took a bit of a shot at current color commentators, noting that Madden “set an unreachable standard.”

Frank Caliendo, who’s made a career out of impersonations, including one for Madden, said he was surprised how emotional he felt.

Several football players, and others, including Saints running back Mark Ingram II and former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, credited Madden with being part of the reason why they love football.

Rams wide receiver and NFL MVP contender Cooper Kupp quote the late coach in his tribute: “The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.”

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Miles McBride’s Knicks role will lessen with Kemba Walker’s resurgence

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Knicks got back another body in rookie point guard Miles McBride, who was cleared from protocols Tuesday and rejoined the team in Minnesota.

But there is no longer any hype for the rookie’s return. Kemba Walker is back as the starting point guard and coming off winning Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors with four standout games, including his Christmas Day spectacular. The Knicks have gone 2-2 since Walker regained the starting job.

“It’s great,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He had a great week. He’s playing great basketball. The team winning helps him get recognized and he was a big part of driving that winning. It’s great for the team.’’

McBride was also spectacular in his last outing before getting COVID-19, when he played the entire second half Dec. 16 in Houston and seemingly earned a spot in the rotation. In fact, McBride had strung together two decent outings before he was ruled out. But things have changed since his emergence and McBride is likely back to being a bit player.

Without a practice, McBride wasn’t even expected to see time when the Knicks faced the Timberwolves to kick off a four-game road trip.

Miles McBride
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Of course, with Walker’s arthritic knee, anything is possible. The Knicks play Detroit on Wednesday in a back-to-back, so it’s uncertain whether Walker will complete both contests. In addition, Immanuel Quickley is out of COVID-19 protocols but Thibodeau wasn’t sure he was ready for meaningful minutes.

That left Walker against the depleted Timberwolves, who were missing their three top players (Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell), all because of COVID-19 .

Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker
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When McBride got sidelined by the virus and Derrick Rose needed ankle surgery, Walker was resurrected by Thibodeau and it’s been a stunning comeback story.

Though Thibodeau has clear reservations about Walker based on his nine-game banishment due to his defensive malaise as an undersized point guard, he admitted after the Christmas Day triple-double against Atlanta that Walker is playing “much more aggressive.”

Walker’s triple-double that featured 10 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds was a lot different than his prior outing, when he scored 44 points against Washington.

“I thought his passing was terrific,’’ Thibodeau said before the Knicks resumed their schedule.

“Kemba had control of the game. The game tells you what to do. That’s what I loved about the way he played. I don’t think he forced anything. They puts size on him and were aggressive in their pick-and-roll coverage. He didn’t fight it. He attacked pressure the way you like to attack pressure. You don’t fight pressure with pressure. Don’t try to split it. Get rid of it, go to the backside. Let the game tell you what to do.’’

The Knicks coach is finally seeing all the elements of what Walker can do. Before his demotion, Walker was nothing more than a no-defense, 3-point shooter whose plus-minus was an abysmal minus-122.

Thibodeau was also concerned about his durability in sitting out two of the three back-to-back sets. The last load management game in Atlanta in late November triggered Thibodeau’s decision.

But now it’s only superlatives from Thibodeau in judging the last four games.

“Sometimes it’s going to be his shooting, sometimes it’s his penetration and getting in the paint to force a collapse and sometimes they’re being aggressive with their traps get rid of the ball quickly,’’ Thibodeau said. “The overall play, his rebounding. When your guards rebound, those are key to fast breaks. The more guard rebounding we get the better we can be. ‘’

The Knicks still have three players in protocols — centers Nerlens Noel and Jericho Sims and the newly infected Wayne Selden. Quickley and Kevin Knox were cleared on Christmas but were held out for conditioning.

No matter. The Knicks go as Kemba goes.

“He’s much more aggressive,’’ Thibodeau said. “That was the challenge. At the beginning of the year he and Evan were two new starters. Sometimes guys are trying to fit in. he’s being very aggressive which is the way we want him to play. Not deferring at all. When he and Julius [Randle] are aggressive like that our team is different.’’

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Zach Wilson and Tom Brady

When Zach Wilson stares across the MetLife Stadium field at the opposite sideline this Sunday, it won’t be Trevor Lawrence he’ll be looking at as his game-day counterpart.

Lawrence, drafted by Jacksonville one spot before the Jets selected Wilson at No. 2 overall last April, is a contemporary.

This Sunday at MetLife, the Jets rookie quarterback won’t be staring at a contemporary on the other sideline. He’ll be staring at the GOAT.

Tom Brady.

The bar raises dramatically for Wilson and the Jets, who are coming off of their feel-good, get-well win over the woeful Jaguars and Lawrence this past Sunday.

Brady and Buccaneers, who are 11-4, NFC South division champions and seeking to repeat as Super Bowl champions, play the Jets, who are 4-11 and seeking more signs of development from their rookie quarterback.

To say this is a step up in competition for Wilson and the Jets going from Lawrence and the Jags to Brady and the Bucs is as obvious as pointing out that Tampa Bay receiver Antonio Brown has had a few off-the-field incidents during his otherwise stellar NFL career.

There hasn’t been a lot to keep the interest of the Jets fan this season — other than watching Wilson’s development. That took an unfortunate pause for the four games Wilson missed with a knee injury, but he’s been back for five games and has looked like a better quarterback, throwing only two interceptions in those games (none in the last three) since returning from his injury.

The problem, though, is that Wilson hasn’t been producing enough touchdowns, throwing for three of them and rushing for four others in the past five games.

Zach Wilson and Tom Brady
Zach Wilson and Tom Brady
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Baby steps, though.

Wilson was the better quarterback this past Sunday when matched up with Lawrence, who threw for more yards than Wilson did, but Wilson ran for 91 yards, including his electric 52-yard scoring jaunt, and made key throws when he needed them.

Wilson will not win Sunday’s game against Brady and the Bucs throwing for the 102 yards he had against the Jaguars. He and the Jets will need more.

Consider this: Brady enters the game having thrown 37 TD passes and for 4,580 yards this season and averages a league-high 305.2 passing yards per game.

Then this: The Buccaneers average 29.5 points per game this season, second most in the NFL.

And this: Wilson doesn’t have a single 300-yard passing game, averages 183 passing yards per game and has thrown seven TD passes in 11 games.

Seven TD passes is a pedestrian two-game total for Brady.

Wilson and the Jets are playing with house money anyway in what always has been a developmental season, so Sunday against Brady should, at its very least, be a great measuring-stick learning experience for Wilson, who’s studied Brady on tape.

Wilson revealed this month that he watched film of Brady before the Jets played the Eagles on Dec. 5 in an effort to pick up tips on how Brady worked against the Eagles defense when he played them earlier in the season.

“I thought it was really cool to see kind of how he went through his whole process, how he navigated the pocket, different things like that,” Wilson said at the time.

On Sunday, Wilson gets to see that process up close as Brady tries to dissect a Jets defense that has yielded 29.9 points per game this season, the most in the NFL.

That puts an added onus on Wilson to produce on the other side of the ball, because he knows Brady is going to get his. Wilson will likely need to produce four TDs — any way he can — for the Jets to simply remain competitive with the Super Bowl champs.

That’s a lot to ask of a 22-year-old kid who’s produced just 11 TDs in his 11 starts, up against Brady, who’s thrown 618 TD passes and for 83,784 yards in his remarkable career.

It, too, is a lot to ask playing against an aggressive Tampa Bay defense that’s ranked No. 9 in the NFL in points allowed (20.8 per game) and is led by former Jets head coach Todd Bowles, who’d surely like to send a holiday message to his former employer.

If you don’t think Bowles will be blitzing the bejesus out of Wilson, then you probably think Antonio Brown is a living saint.

The good news for the Jets is that Wilson has shown incremental improvements, particularly when it comes to his decision-making and quicker releases on his throws.

“He’s coming along, he’s getting more comfortable, he’s calmer back there,’’ Jets coach Robert Saleh said Monday. “He’s in a great headspace and it’s going to be fun to watch him grow, continue to grow.’’

A big part of that growth will take place this Sunday as he watches the GOAT operate from the opposite sideline at MetLife.

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