• Paula Abdul’s loopy TV interviews blamed on exhaustion, insomnia, the flu, audio problems

  • “Workaholic” Ryan Seacrest is “the well-scrubbed embodiment of the PG-rated American pop mainstream”

  • Reality Cares’ charity event, reality tv convention both take place this weekend

  • Summer reality TV reading: Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style, Lost and Found, Reality: the Novel, The Homeless Channel

  • Canadian Idol producer says it’s “disgraceful” that Toronto singers get voted off

  • Houseguests are enemies, rivals; America’s Player is one mole-like contestant

  • Paris Hilton says Simple Life 6 tapes “in the next couple months”

  • Big Brother 8’s cast revealed; “America’s Player” will get cash for doing viewer-chosen tasks

  • Hey Paula debuts tonight on Bravo

  • On the Lot loses another 100,000 viewers

  • VH1 shot a pilot for America The Ugly with The Agency’s Becky

  • Top Chef producers “don’t pay the guest judges,” Tom Colicchio says

  • America’s Got Talent 2 is the week’s top-rated show; Hell’s Kitchen beaten by a sit-com repeat

  • Big Brother cast list is “completely made up,” casting director says

  • Apolo will appear at five Dancing with the Stars tour stops, joining the four other celebs

  • Trishelle says she’s only slept with three Real World cast members

  • Kelly Clarkson’s third album My December released today

  • Harold says Top Chef producers threatened, forced him to do all-star challenge

  • Shaq’s Big Challenge debuts on ABC tonight

  • Mark Burnett developing a martial arts competition

  • Audition cities announced for American Idol 7

  • Big Brother 8 will be “more ubiquitous and interactive”

  • Pirate Master’s ratings improve, but it will move to Tuesdays in July

  • Planet Earth high-definition DVDs have sold 45,000 copies, the best-selling HD DVD yet

  • Lauren Conrad visited Jason Wahler in rehab; he says he’s “embarrassed as hell”