“It’s hard to not feel like a big dork when you’re being watched by a complete stranger.” A University of Colorado student journalist tries out for Survivor 2 and discovers it’s a good idea to do your homework before showing up for auditions.
Archives for July 2000
EW: “American High is reality TV’s class act.” In the August 4 edition of Entertainment Weekly (stories aren’t online until next week), Dan Snierson looks at American High, the show’s main cast, and the process its creators went through. Among highlights: The 12 or so main cast members are a part of a 25 person… continue reading
“Jetai”? Ashley chats about band names, underwear and showers. Think “O-Town” (Orlando’s nickname) is a stupid name for the boy group that is featured on ABC’s Making the Band? According to O-Town member Ashley Parker Angel, the group was going to be called Jetai–one letter for each band member’s name (an *NSYNC rip-off, maybe?). In… continue reading
spoiler? ABC’s “guess” predicts winner. In what may or may not be a huge spoiler, Good Morning America aired a piece Friday that possibly identified the winner of Survivor based upon conversations with hotel staff where the booted castaways stayed. But later, an ABC spokesperson said it was just “tongue-in-cheek and a guess.” (spoiler is… continue reading
Kathy Griffin: “I want to have sex with Rudy.” A fan of reality TV, comedian Kathy Griffin identifies which Survivor castaways members she’d sleep with, gripes about “[t]hat damn alliance,” and talks about what a 24/7 Kathy reality TV show would entail.
Julie suspended from BYU. Julie, who’s currently taping the next Challenge, has been suspended from Brigham Young University for “basic violations of the honor code” as a member of The Real World‘s New Orleans cast. She can reapply in a year, but her parents say she probably won’t. + plus: In a statement released Saturday,… continue reading
creator: “I was driven by curiosity.” R.J. Cutler talks about his new documentary American High, which debuts Wednesday on FOX. After following a group of high schoolers for a year, Cutler says, “The generations before them may be spoiled, indulgent, game-playing voyeurs, … but this generation felt like everything but that.” + plus: Cutler tells… continue reading
Bill Clinton hates Big Brother? Mega signs a rap record deal? Two screenwriters, desperate to liven up the mostly dull Big Brother, chucked tennis balls into the compound that contained clips of news stories, including one that said Bill Clinton is appalled by the show. After the house guests reacted–George ranted about the president–the disembodied… continue reading
Karen’s daughter says Karen will “kick a**”? Columbus, Ind., residents sound off on their newspaper’s Web site about Big Brother and that town’s Karen Fowler, the Karen. One of the letters (near the end) is allegedly from Karen’s daughter, who says, “And, I can guarantee that she is going to kick a** on this show… continue reading
SF Judd: “Overexposure isn’t something I’m not used to.” Talking to The Comic Reader about his recent projects and the attention they may bring, Judd discusses his forthcoming graphic novel “Pedro and Me,” which is about Judd and fellow The Real World: San Francisco roommate Pedro Zamora. He says the novel is “about my friendship… continue reading
NBC gets “Chain”ed. The Dutch producers of Big Brother will give NBC 16 episodes of Chains of Love. In the Dating Game-style show, four people are chained to one person for a week or so, and that person lets the others go one at a time until only one remains.
Big Brother/Survivor crossover might happen. The producers of the lamest reality TV show on the air may bring kicked-off cast members from Survivor into the Big Brother studio for interviews during the weekly live show.
thanks to Sean’s brilliant voting strategy, Jenna gets kicked off. Sean’s idiotic Sesame Street method of voting on Survivor gave Jenna the one extra vote she needed to be booted from the island yesterday; the vote was 4 to 3. Just prior to the vote, alliance member Susan called Sean an “idiot” with “no balls,”… continue reading
producer target of e.mail threats. Survivor producer Mark Burnett got a restraining order against a woman who has threatened him via e.mail. Why is she harassing him? Because she’s pissed off about the rat-eating episode.
buy a piece of reality TV history–on eBay. You can buy nearly anything on eBay, and reality TV memorabilia is no exception. Jeff Hidek of The Comic Reader writes: Do you watch Survivor? Do you like Jenna? Do you want her car? It’s up for auction. You never know what will be up for auction… continue reading
bigbrotherblows.com is back online.After receiving a cease and desist order, bigbrotherblows.com removed the links to the Web video feeds and is back online. The letter from the lawyer to the site says, and I quote, “Although we have not yet had the opportunity to review the entirety of those websites, it is clear you have… continue reading
“can anonymity survive” reality TV? Salon.com’s Carina Chocano observes the Survivor II auditions in San Francisco and examines our reality TV-fed desire for fame–and the anonymity they’re taking from us.
it all started on CBS–in 1948. Infoplease.com traces the history of reality TV, and discovers it began on CBS in 1948 with Candid Camera, which was followed by an America’s Most Wanted type show called Wanted.
Big Brother’s discussion topics “sucked.”The evening discussion turns from toupees to boy bands as the house guests’ host tries to come up with something interesting for them to talk about. How about this? “Discuss why this show sucks, and suggest things that we could do to make it not suck so much.”
music, journalism reality TV on tap for WB. The Dawson’s Creek net plans two reality TV shows for the near future: Pop Stars, debuting in Jan., and Reality Check, a show by Henry Winkler that traces the lives of young journalists.