thanks in part to Big Brother and Survivor, The Early Show is “surviving.” Despite Julie Chen’s embarassing participation in Big Brother and near overkill on Survivor interviews and segments, CBS’ The Early Show will live to see its first anniversary tomorrow. Affiliates still aren’t thrilled that Bryant’s show has lower ratings than the program it… continue reading
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with two episodes to go, RW New Orleans gets “unmasked.” The author of last season’s MTV’s the Real World: Hawaii True Confessions looks at Real World: New Orleans with the latest tell-all, cast-focused book, MTV’s the Real World: New Orleans Unmasked, in stores today.
production of Survivor 2 underway. Amid trees that produce blinding sap and deadly redback spiders, Survivor 2 is officially in production. The Salt Lake City Tribune runs down frequently asked questions about the second season. The story also reveals that Mark Burnett says “‘alliances’ will be outlawed.” True? Or just Burnett misleading us again?
Italian Big Brother influenced by politics.The leader of the political opposition in Italy is also the owner of the network producing Big Brother there, leading to an “Orwellian scenario” where politicians have control of the media.
more on the alleged manipulation of Survivor’s outcome. A story on Zap2It.com reveals some of the Survivor allegations Rich’s former book co-author makes in his book, The Stingray: The Lethal Tactics of the Sole Survivor. They include “evidence of selective editing” and “time shifting,” plus the fact that ambassadors Sean and Jenna were selected “for… continue reading
alleged naked picture of Danny floating around the Web. (Warning: the links below contain X-rated nudity or obscured nudity. Probably not a wise idea to click them if you’re underage or at work. But whatever.) It happened with the cast of Big Brother, and now Real World‘s Danny Roberts is getting the naked-pic-circulating-on-the-Internet treatment. But… continue reading
second episode of MTV’s Fear debuts tonight.Six twenty-somethings trek to St. Agnes Hospital to search for paranormal activity, alone, in the dark, on tonight’s 8 p.m. EST debut of Fear‘s second episode. + also: why Fear is great reality TV and scary as hell. (full disclosure: I wrote this story)
did CBS manipulate the outcome of Survivor? Rich’s former book co-author, who’s now working on a tell-all Survivor book of his own, says the show was rigged. Inside.com reports that Peter Lance, author of The Stingray: The Lethal Tactics of the Sole Survivor, says he “will prove manipulation on the part of the producers to… continue reading
a kick in the face equals big ratings for Portuguese Big Brother.And we thought the American version of Big Brother was action-packed.
PBS was interested in American High before it was cancelled. Although PBS wanted FOX’s reality TV show right away, it took them a while to get the rights to American High because FOX wasn’t ready to give it up–even though they cancelled the show. “It is not easy, shall we say, to extract a series… continue reading
NBC kills Endemol’s Chains of Love. First plans for Destination Mir are up in the air because of Russia’s plans to bring the space station down; now, NBC has cancelled plans for Chains of Love, production company Endemol’s show where one woman is literally chained to four guys for a week. Endemol wanted NBC to… continue reading
columnist: “We’ll be seeing ‘sloshie’ on the cover of The Advocate any day now.” An MSN columnist reflects on his observations of Josh during his visit to Big Brother‘s set, and also runs into–and offends–Dan from The Real World: Miami.
after taping ended, “Kelley experienced ‘flu-like symptoms, nausea.’” The level-headed Arkansan Real World cast member talks about her reaction to the show and her relationship with Danny in this interview.
American high will return–on PBS. Although it was quickly cancelled by FOX after suffering low ratings, American High has been picked up by PBS. The show, which follows a group of high school seniors in suburban Chicago, will return next April. Two half-hour episodes will air each week: the previous week’s episode and a new… continue reading
Russians may bring Mir down, killing Burnett’s NBC series. The crumbling Mir space station, although it will be the site of the finale of Mark Burnett’s Destination Mir next fall, may come down in January. According to the New York Post, “Russian officials are planning to bring down the Mir space station from its orbit… continue reading
map to Survivor 2 site published by Australian adventurer. Tim the Yowie Man has published detailed directions to the location of Survivor 2 on his Web site. It’s not exactly an easy hike, and Tym tells his visitors that the site is “private property” and “this information is not intended to encourage unauthorised entry.” CBS,… continue reading
former WB exec hired as Endemol’s U.S. president. The company that brought us Big Brother, damn them, is shoring up their United States presence with a stateside president, Warner Bros.’ Telepictures Productions’ David Goldberg.
Road Rules season finale is tonight.After the day-long marathon, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. to 10, Road Rules concludes its Maximum Velocity Tour season at 10 p.m. EST with a mission that has all six cast members marrying each other. Here’s hoping the Roadmaster will reveal his cheesy-ass self tonight.
Melissa: “You have no control.” Ever candid and honest, Melissa reveals a lot about screwed-up timelines, evil editing, the other cast members, and more about the behind-the-scenes world of The Real World in this interview with MightyBigTV.
O-Town at Miss America: “out of breath and terribly strained.”MightyBigTV’s wrap-up of O-Town’s appearance at Miss America is less-than-glowing, but completely hilarious. It concludes, “after hearing this song, I think Ikaika won, too.” + also: MightyBigTV reviews O-Town’s All My Children appearance.