four-year old sperm donor show idea makes its way from Europe to the US.

four-year old sperm donor show idea makes its way from Europe to the US.
When the concept for Endemol’s sperm donor series Make me a Mum was originally publicized four years ago, “European broadcasters ran a mile” from it, according to the Daily Record. It still has its British name, though, and the same concept: it’s “a reality series that would pit a group of male contestants against each other for the honor of serving as a sperm donor to a woman willing to be impregnated,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. And “the woman must choose between two finalists. One will be determined on the basis of biological compatibility, the other on personal grounds.” Unbelievably, they’re sanitizing the show concept for the US, as “Endemol has opted not to use microscopic cameras that would enable viewers to actually see the egg get fertilized.” The president of True Entertainment, an Endemol spin-off, says, “We took in the response in Europe, and we felt strongly about the idea and felt that it wasn’t the kind of lascivious idea that people were portraying it as. It is our intention in the new year to go back and re-ignite the pitch and revisit some of the (U.S.) networks we received a positive response from.” Who has money on FOX?

Hell's Kitchen Gordon Ramsay

Today, 10 years of Gordon Ramsay screaming on Hell’s Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay’s first Fox show, debuted 10 years ago today, on May 30, 2005. It’s now in its 14th season and has aired more than 200 episodes, and outlived Ramsay’s other show, Kitchen Nightmares, which ended last year but premiered two years after the red team and blue team first faced off in…

Hoarders Family Secrets Kimberly

Hoarders live was gross, and not because of the trash

Hoarders has often been accused of sensationalizing and/or exploiting its subjects and their mental illness. I think the opposite is true, and I’ve long championed it and defended it, writing about it extensively, because it was strong reality television and an important series. In the six seasons that aired on A&E before it was cancelled,…

Funny or Die Michelle Duggar

Duggar response from Funny or Die is way too close to reality

There’s a new Funny or Die video with actors playing Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar who respond to the scandal related to their son’s molestation of his sisters. Although the impressions of the Duggars are on-point, and though there are some funny lines at the start and finish, the whole video didn’t strike me as…