Our Last Belles of Louisville Report

We simply must discuss, for the final time, this Southern Belles TV series.

Though I make it a personal policy to avoid reality series, this one, with its frequent shots of local landmarks and high production values, pulled me in. The lives of the five girls, though often pathetic,were a train wreck that had to be witnessed.

Then there were all these other local characters to check on, like Russ Renbarger and his bad-boy image, Terry Meiners giving advice on the radio business to Emily, frequent airtime for her parents Rich and Angie, and of course Judge Katie King, merely a candidate way back when the series was taped.

And the finale tied some things up, for those interested in the gals, including a connection to a political figure. So obviously we must mention that. The doomed engagement of Shea came crashing down in Episode 10 on a charge of infidelity. We’ve hinted for some time that Jeff, the reluctant engagee, had left the free-spending Shea for Judge Katie King, because a good source told us. And there it is in a national gossip rag.

Jeff’s romance with Katie didn’t last either. In the show’s finale, Emily finally told Dad she was leaving for Las Vegas, Kellie decided not to move to Chicago for a man, Hadley breaks it off with Velocity cover boy Russ, and Julie asked a guy out on a date.

No, the show didn’t reflect that well on Louisville, just because the girls came off as spoiled brats who hardly ever worked and expected to be taken care of. They were hard to like, but the producers did tell their stories well, even if they took some liberties with the truth. No one at the Possibility City HQ is sending out e-mails about how great it was to have our city showcased on a national cable network (even though it was SOAPnet).

There’s no word on whether the Belles will be back, but we doubt it.

15 thoughts on “Our Last Belles of Louisville Report

  1. It was also good to see so many local independent businesses given lots of airtime – Heine Bros., Caviar, Clodhoppers, Dot Fox, Light Touch, O’Shea’s, Prime, Glassworks, etc. Rarely a chain in sight.

  2. Thank God its over, Maybe Emill Gimmel will finally fall into obscurity, and take the ass kisser Terry Meiners with him!

  3. Is KK ever going to grow up? After allllll the negative press about… well, too many things to go into here… during her campaign, you’d think she’d recognize how lucky she got in being able to buy the election. You’d think now would be the time to shape up, work hard and avoid attracting MORE negative attention. But no — she finds one of the few men in Louisville who could land her on gossip blogs. Have you really gone through all the others already, Katie? I mean, it’s a big city… everyone else scared you might try to bust down their doors in the middle of the night? Get a clue and stop being such a joke. And maybe get bangs, too — your forehead is almost as big as your father’s ego.

  4. I’m not sure at what point in the show I came off as a spoiled brat or that I expect to be taken care of? …or hard to like for that matter (although I do realize everyone’s entitled to their opinion.)

  5. Not sure if that’s the real Julie Smith, but I think the categorization of you as spoiled or taken care of doesn’t fit, though I’d have a hard time saying that about anyone else on the show.

    In most episodes, you were made to seem like a supporting character and that was unfortunate. Maybe you joined the cast late, but the first two episodes, I forgot you were on the show. Your inclusion felt like an afterthought and I have seen the same written on a few message boards (TWOP, FORT, etc) so I know I didn’t imagine it.

    In my opinion, there was WAY too much of Emily and her family–and even Russ got more airtime than you. It’s disappointing because you seemed the most grounded. Good luck.

  6. The production quality on the show was Great!…The girls all were great looking, Hadley was the best looking of all and seemed to be the most sincere,she was was just young and crusing it seemed….they all did a good job , And Russ was a Hoot, Gotta give him credit!, the HOT babes LOVE him!…GO RUSS! ….They should do the next show on Southern Dudes!….let Russ be the lead, it would be a lot more interesting.

  7. Well, I’m a 53-year-old woman, but I got hooked into the show and the lives of these girls. I thought they were sweet, and came to care for what happened to them. I thought one of the lessons in the end is that you DON’T need someone to take care of you. Which is a breath of fresh air and so true. And I thought it made Louisville look rather cool (which, of course, it is). What show were you watching?

  8. Shea deserves credit. Remember folks, her mother died. She didn’t have her fiance to lean on during that tragic time. He was off with Katie King. i.e. the lesson, you don’t need someone to take care of you. Shea’s strength says a great deal about her character. Jeff Stovall and Katie King on the otherhand, yuck. What kind of a cruel person lies to their loved one when she’s mourning the loss of her mother? Jeff’s mother was on the show briefly. If the shoe were on the other foot, you can bet Shea would have been there for Jeff 100%. He wasn’t a friend to Shea, let alone her fiance. Jeff needs to let Shea go so she can flourish. He’s a waste of time. Katie King must enjoy drama. How did she think this was a good idea? Did they not realize it would be apart of the show? These lawyers and judges aren’t too bright.

  9. I am disgusted by that “judge”. I thought that judges were suppose to have good “judge”-ment and be ethical. How egotistical and self righteous she is to feel that she is more entitled to someone else’s fiance. The most disgusting thing is now she is more famous, and will probably star in her own reality TV show. She is disgusting.

  10. The concept was consistent with the parameters of reality TV and the production quality was good. Obviously the show was well recieved. Out of all the serious topics on the front page of this site, this story has generated the most comments. Well done guys. (Producers) If only the same team were to produce a reality production centering around the media in Louisville…that would be perfect for SOAPNet, CNN and perhaps even the Playboy Channel.

  11. “If only the same team were to produce a reality production centering around the media in Louisville…”

    Yeah, we’re all here…all the local crew that did the work for days on end and pulled the producers asses out of the fire every-single-day.

    Louisville has a wealth of talented video & film people who can step up to any challenge L.A. or any other city can send to us. We do it all the time.

    The talented people “behind” the camera are here, we just need some “real” people and a good story in “front” of the camera.

    We would welcome the chance for you (or anyone) to produce a quality show with great people. Unfortunately, this was just a national embarrassment, making all the cast look greedy and stupid…which some of them truly are.

    Think you can do better? Grab your checkbook and “you” can be the next producer of “the next big thing”.

    The local crew awaits, and bring your check.

  12. Good work justamule if you were part of the production team. It certainly looked as though you could compete technically with anyone out there. I wish my checkbook was worthy enough. Unfortnately the financial status of an ex-morning village idiot turned stand-up is not equal to that particular task just yet. However, next year…who knows? I would certainly like to give it a shot. The morbid fascination of peeking into and then broadcasting the lives of people is what every media type does daily. It would only seem fitting to turn the camera around especially with someone who knows where all the bones are buried. I would watch, along with everyone else on this site. Wouldn’t you?

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