Boarding House: North Shore, Paradise Hotel both debut tonight.

Boarding House: North Shore, Paradise Hotel both debut tonight.
Two series which follow cast members living in a house debut tonight. The WB’s Boarding House: North Shore, “which will give viewers an intimate look at the largely unknown culture of surfing and the aggressive world of competition,” airs tonight on The WB at 8 p.m. ET. The seven-person cast includes past Vans Triple Crown winners Sunny Garcia and Myles Padaca, who will live in a house with other surfers. The six-episode series was edited by Mark Burnett, who was brought on after production wrapped. The NY Daily News calls it “a fairly unvarnished ripoff–sorry, variant–of MTV’s Real World,” but The New York Post says it’s Mark Burnett’s “best.” Paradise Hotel‘s premise and cast are dramatically different. When it airs at 9 p.m. ET, the FOX show will follow “eleven single men and women who are given the opportunity of a lifetime–to live together in the most exclusive resort ever created. … Each week, one hotel guest will be eliminated to make room for someone new.” That new person will be selected by an in-studio competition; the only prize or goal of the series is apparently “to remain in paradise for as long as possible.” The series will air twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9.

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

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Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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