Well, imagine no more, because Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? is here to answer all your questions. The reality show follows the duo's busy lives, and the second season is currently airing in the UK on E!
To celebrate, we gave Melissa a call to talk about the mother-daughter relationship, find out what was "traumatic" about the second season for her, and to get a little taste of how hectic her life actually is...
Obviously, the mother-daughter relationship is known to be difficult sometimes. Is it ever frustrating that yours is out there for everyone to see?
"[Laughs] Sometimes? They're always complicated! I think one of the reasons people like our show is because they definitely can identify with a lot of things that go on in our relationship, whether it be the mother-daughter, or with men watching their wives and their mothers-in-law. There are a lot of things that are identifiable!"
Because as well as living with your mum, you work with her on Fashion Police. Do you ever wish you could take a break and get away from it all?
"Oh yes. That's usually when I go and sit in my car in the garage at work!"
Do you think Joan & Melissa has captured your relationship well?
"I think it captures it quite well, and I think in season two it captures it even better than in season one. We get a lot more into things that happen at work, and my personal life takes a major turn during season two."
I was going to ask you about that, because things get quite personal for you this season. How hard was that for you to deal with?
"It was incredibly difficult. All break-ups can be incredibly difficult."
But to have it all on TV, too...
"When I was in the middle of it and really freaking out, someone pointed out to me the fact that the reason the relationship blew up is a very modern reason that really hasn't been explored, which was the fact that there was an online affair happening and that was moving toward and into actual personal time together. And that was something that I realised that a lot of people are going through, both men and women, that really hasn't been explored."
Did you have fans talking to you and saying they went through the same thing?
"Absolutely. The outpouring here in the States when that aired was pretty phenomenal."
But obviously the show has so many good times - and it's so funny. What are your favourites from season two?
"Oh gosh, there were a lot. My mum and Lynne certainly get into a heap of trouble. They decide to find unusual ways to relieve stress... I don't want to give it away!"
[Melissa pauses to wake up her son Cooper] I wanted to ask you how Cooper is doing.
"He's doing great! He's laying face down in bed right now, trying to avoid getting up even though it's 9.30! He is a good sleeper!"
Does he want a life in the public eye as well?
"Well, I really keep him out of it quite a bit. He was born into a family that's second generation entertainment business, so just like I was taken to work immediately by my parents... He was born eight weeks before the Golden Globes one year and I plucked him up and took him to work."
Did you ever consider a life out of the public eye, or was it just natural for you?
"I think it was just like going into the family business. Of course I went through a phase when I wanted to do other things, but then I realised this is what we do and it's always been such a family business that I don't really know any other life."
You said you keep Cooper out of the public eye, but are you ever concerned about him being on the show?
"Well, I'm very, very careful about his participation in the show, and it's only when it's organic and fun. And while we're shooting, I don't change his schedule to meet the production needs. If it's days where he's supposed to be at his dad's, he's at his dad's. He doesn't shoot during the school year except one day on the weekends. And in the summer, it was only when it didn't interfere with his 17,000 different activities and obligations!"
When the show is on, do you watch it as a family or do you try to avoid it?
"No, he likes to watch it but he gets bored because he's already lived it! He likes to watch the parts that involve him and his friends. He's like, 'Why do I need to watch mum and grandma - I see them all the time!' He has a very good perspective on it. He's very, very grounded. The other day he said to me - because we were shooting here at the house, we were shooting season three - and he was like, 'Ugh, why are all these people still at the house?' And I'm like, 'Well, we're still shooting'. He was like, 'Ugh'. And we were doing something the next day and he was like, 'I like doing the fun stuff, not the boring stuff!' I said, 'Doesn't everybody?'"
So you are filming more episodes right now?
"Yes - we are three quarters of the way through season three, shooting it right now, which will start airing here [in the US] in February."
Are you enjoying it this time around? Is it a different experience?
"No, it's the same experience, just new things and interesting things are going on. We explore different things that are happening in our lives."
How long do you think you could keep going with the show? Do you think you'll ever get tired with it?
"I think anyone who has a job in the entertainment industry that is ongoing and then decides they get bored and doesn't want to do it anymore is foolish! [Pauses to speak to Cooper] As you can see it's very, very normal! He's going over to his dad's and he literally got out of bed, picked up his computer and was like, 'Bye!' I was like, 'No...' He's saying, 'I'm just going to dad's, I've got stuff there'. I'm like, 'I don't care, you're not going over dressed like that!' Actually my ex-husband is in the show for season three. We actually have quite a good relationship. So that was something that we're getting into as we're truly co-parenting a pre-teen."
That's not something that you see much on TV either.
"Exactly. You usually see the fighting exes. So it's something that we're very excited to show, especially because at 11 they start to change! [pauses to count out money for her ex-husband, explaining that he has lost his wallet] So there you go. You want to know how real our reality show is? There you have it, you just got a sneak preview of season three!"
I was going to ask if your life is really as hectic as it appears on TV!
"Yes it is! Yes, it is. And you only see a portion of the hectic! But that's one of the cool things. People get to see inside your life. But in season two, what you guys are about to see, you see me go through a really traumatic break-up. I guess in season three you just got a preview of what goes on! 'Cooper, get on, put on your shoes!' Parenting a pre-teen is quite something."
What advice would you give to mothers and daughters to make their relationship work?
"I don't think I should be giving out relationship advice! You have to accept each other for who they are and what they will be able to modify in their behaviour and what you can modify in your behaviour to create a better relationship. But it really starts with you accepting who they are and deciding what you can deal with and how you can deal with it. I think my mum and I, we went through a phase where I had to learn how to listen better to what she was saying rather than take it at face value. And she had to learn to communicate with me in a way to help me hear it. So it's better - you both meet somewhere in the middle."
Does your mum's job ever get in the way? Like, does she comment on your outfits because of her role on Fashion Police?
"I'm the executive producer of Fashion Police, so we're in each other's business all the time! Oh, my mum is a typical mother. If I hear one more time a comment on how I look, what I'm wearing, where I'm going, what I'm doing and how I should be doing it her way... The other day I said to her, 'OK, I'm not a mini me! I'm going to dress how I dress!'"
You've done a couple of competitive reality shows - would you like to do more of those? What's next for you?
"Oh, I don't know. I just launched a clothing line called Melissa Rivers for The Cool People. Fashion Police has been renewed for another year through 2013 - I certainly have my hands full with that. We're in the middle of shooting season three of the reality show. And you know, my favourite thing is being a mum."
If people haven't seen Joan & Melissa before, why should they tune in?
"Because it's funny! It's funny and it's real and you'll find someone in the cast to relate to. There's someone in there - at least one person in our lives - that everyone can relate to."
Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best? airs on Sundays at 10.30pm on E! Entertainment Television.