castaways are not allowed to leave CBS island. The contract that the castaways signed has restricted their post-Survivor media blitz, Inside.com reveals, requiring them to get CBS approval for endorsements and appearances. For example, Rich was going to be on Saturday Night Live, but CBS said no, since the show is on a competing network…. continue reading
Archives for August 2000
Brittany got 34 percent of the votes. Zap2It.com reports about Big Brother‘s Wednesday night ratings (which were better than previous weeks when it followed that other CBS reality TV show), and reveals the public’s votes for banishment: Brittany, 34 percent; Cassandra, 20 percent; George, 18 percent; Eddie, 13 percent; Curtis, 9 percent; and Josh, 6… continue reading
coming soon: Confessions on Court TV. It’s not exactly typical 2000 reality TV, but because it features non-actors, critics are lumping in Court TV’s show Confessions into the reality TV genre. And they’re not happy: AP says some are calling the show, which features recordings of real-life confessions by criminals, “twisted television that is nothing… continue reading
Brittany banished. Continuing the trend, the most interesting/slash-controversial/non-boring person was banished from the Big Brother Wednesday; this time, it was once-pink haired Brittany. A campaign by George’s wife and people in Rockford, Ill., to oust Brittany seems to have been successful–that, or they’ll just get the blame for Brittany’s banishment, since, in order to protect… continue reading
Rich gets book deal, signs with agent, lines up appearances. The sole Survivor is piling up deals left and right. He recently signed a $500,000 book deal with St. Martin’s press, and he’s now represented by Creative Artists Agency, Polaris PR, and a management firm. He’ll also present at the MTV Video Music Awards and… continue reading
a return to New York for The Real World 10; two seasons to be filmed back-to-back next year. The show that launched the current wave of reality TV will return to its roots for its tenth season. Locations in New York–including Harlem and the Upper West Side–are currently being considered. Also, after the New York… continue reading
Cassandra almost leaves the house. Increasingly upset and irritated by Big Brother‘s force-fed activities for the house guests, Cassandra went into the red room and said she was leaving voluntarily because, “I don’t want to do it, I’m not going to do it. I’m not going to do things to hurt people in the house…. continue reading
Survivor updates: Susan on Talk Soup, Rudy on JAG. The castaways are using their fame to stay in front of cameras as much as possible. Among their appearances: Susan will host Talk Soup tonight (Kelly hosted Monday); Sonja will be on Diagnosis Murder; Rudy may show up on JAG; and Ramona will be on MTV’s… continue reading
all charges against Rich dropped. The Rhode Island state attorney general’s office said it will not pursue th child abuse case against the Survivor winner. Rich is currently suing both the Middletown police (for wrongful arrest and violation of his privacy by releasing the information to the media) and the department of family services (who… continue reading
Julie’s brother attending BYU despite her suspension. Although he was disappointed that his sister–who was suspended for a year from BYU for cohabitating with others in The Real World house–Julie’s brother Alan says he “didn’t want to sacrifice my experience” at BYU as a result. He just started school there as a first-year student.
CBS execs disappointed by Big Brother. Big Brother is causing behind-closed-doors talk at CBS, where “senior CBS executives are disappointed with the show’s ratings and its execution,” The New York Times reports. To blame: a lack of tension and poor casting of the house guests.
ABC renews Making the Band. O-Town will return for a second season, The Orlando Sentinel reported Friday. The group, the stars of both a new boy band and ABC’s reality TV entry Making the Band, found out the same day that they were signed to Clive Davis’ new label, J Records. It was an exciting… continue reading
Big Brother creator: “They’re so stupid they don’t learn.” Amazingly, co-creator Paul Römer is not referring to his own staff and production of Big Brother–which clearly suffers from a lack of attention to more successful shows–but rather the press corps, who he says don’t understand the show and equate low ratings with failure. In his… continue reading
Gov. Ventura: “Rudy and I come from the same background.” Praising his lack of political correctness and ability to just say what he’s thinking, Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura–who was also a Navy SEAL–said, “Me and Rudy say it like it is–regardless if you like it.” + also: columnist examines Rudy’s standing as a “public favorite… continue reading
Kelly will host Talk Soup tomorrow. The second-to-last castaway will guest host Talk Soup on E! The show will air Monday at 8 p.m. EST.
Melissa: “I would have censored myself a lot more.” In an interview with the St. Petersburg Times, The Real World‘s resident drama queen and comic relief says the show was like “free therapy” to her. She says Bunim-Murray only focused on the sensational and is upset that–depsite a promise by the producers–her revealtions about her… continue reading
near Orlando? Meet O-Town tomorrow. Meet the guys from Making the Band tomorrow at the Planet Hollywood in Orlando. They’ll be there from 4 to 6 p.m., signing copies of Popstar magazine–they’re on the cover of the current issue.
“Why ‘Survivor’ left me feeling sad and dirty.” On Time.com, Lance Morrow deconstructs his feelings toward Survivor and its outcome: “It is human nature to do crappy things, if necessary, for a million dollars, and human nature to feel lousy about it when you have done them,” he writes.
“Survival exposed: Outdoors. Outhouse. Out of their minds!” Atom Films presents a hilarious series of Flash shorts spoofing Survivor and its cast members.
Survivor helps Real World’s syndication efforts. The first four seasons of The Real World have been available for syndication purchase for a year now, but the success of CBS’ reality TV show has given the Bunim-Murray produced show a big boost. When it starts airing on non-MTV stations Oct. 2, it’ll have more promotion and… continue reading