reality blurred looks back at 2000. If you were an early adopter of reality TV, this was definitely your year. And if you were just introduced to the genre, it was the best year ever to be introduced. What PBS started with An American Family was developed into an art form by Bunim-Murray with The… continue reading
Archives for December 2000
the year in reality TV. A few of the best wrap-up stories from around the globe: MSNBC The Scotsman BBC The Washington Post
Pittsburgh critic: Survivor #1 in 2000; American High gets an honorable mention. Sensing a Survivor pattern here? This time, though, the forgotten American High gets a nod from the TV editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
TV Guide Award nominees include The Real World, Road Rules, Survivor, and Big Brother. The nominees of TV Guide’s viewer-voted awards were announced today, and four of the 12 series nominated in the broad “reality series of the year” category are genuine reality TV shows: Survivor, Big Brother, Road Rules, and The Real World. Other… continue reading
ABC releases The Mole cast members’ names and identities. Deciding against CBS’ strategy of hiding–albeit unsuccessfully–the identities of their cast, ABC has revealed the names of The Mole‘s 10 cast members–one of whom is the show’s title saboteur.
two conflicting views about the year of reality TV and its future. Entertainment Weekly’s Josh Wolk looks back at the year of reality TV, and determines that “reality TV’s magnet was the promise of unpredictability”–and ultimately, “Audiences don’t discriminate between reality and scripted TV, only between entertaining and boring.” Elsewhere–although he confuses game shows with… continue reading
Making the Band reject Paul is now a member of a new Lou Pearlman, Kenny Rogers group. Paul, who says he “almost got sick to [his] stomach” about his portrayal on Making the Band, has joined a quintet along with his younger brother that’s backed by both Lou Pearlman and Kenny Rogers.
Salon.com’s Joyce Millman: Survivor #5, Making the Band #10. Salon.com’s TV critic, Joyce Millman, names Survivor as the fifth best TV show this year, quoting Susan’s final rat/snake speech to Kelly as evidence. Citing “drama queen meltdowns” and a “pear-shaped music industry impresario,” she lets Making the Band squeak in a number 10. Also, Big… continue reading
producer: FOX’s Temptation Island “got really emotional.” Temptation Island‘s producer talks about the show that puts relationships to the test. He says he wouldn’t go on the show, although he “understand[s] why” four couples wanted to be exposed to an island full of relationship-testing singles.
Britt gets Chiquita for a few days, and other things we don’t care about. Big Brother‘s Britt babbles on and on and on about what she’s up to. Read at your own risk.
all Survivor contestants identities revealed. (warning: story contains huge possible spoilers.) Author Peter Lance and suvivornews.net have revealed what they say are the names and details of all 16 Survivor 2 contestants. As the New York Post points out, “the new cast members are younger and more media-savvy than the original cast.” Saying they would… continue reading
Burnett, CBS heading to arbitration over Burnett’s pay. The man behind the phenomenon wants more money, and he and CBS will go into arbitration next month to sort out their disagreements. Inside.com quotes a CBS insider who says Survivor creator Mark Burnett “wants more money then we’re prepared to give him.”
UK Big Brother contestant Mel angry about her portrayal.The former Big Brother cast member is mad about her portrayal on the show and the fact that the housemates were edited to fit the producers molds of them. What did she expect? Hours of mundane footage? That’s what the Internet feeds were for.
Rich’s book saga one of Inside.com’s “10 events that shook the publishing world.” Recalling Rich’s book deal and then lack thereof, Inside.com identifies it as one of the biggest publishing events of the year. After all was done, Rich published his own, non-Survivor focused book, and his former co-author split and wrote a scathing Survivor… continue reading
ABC on The Mole: “We had the time to edit the shows together to make compelling drama.” Dissing Big Brother, an ABC spokesperson says The Mole won’t be a flop because they “had the time to edit the shows” and they “have a great cast.”
Ashley: “We were popular before we were really good.” As Billboard’s “Artist of the Day,” Ashley tells it like it is and Jacob frets about whether or not people perceive O-Town as “a TV group or a real group.”
Survivor 2 will air Thursdays at 8 p.m., opposite NBC’s Friends. CBS has finally made a decision, placing Survivor 2 on the schedule opposite NBC’s venerable Friends. The New York Times (story requires free registration) reports that the move indicates CBS’ “plans to challenge NBC on Thursday night for the young audience that NBC has… continue reading
The Mole host Anderson Cooper had “full” control of what he says. Unlike Julie “Scripted” Chen, Anderson Cooper says he had control over his lines as host of ABC’s upcoming The Mole. Unlike Julie Chen’s “hokey lines,” “I had full say over what I was saying,” he told the Philadelphia Daily News.
Entertainment Weekly: Survivor cast is second best entertainer; Big Brother is third worst TV show.Entertainment Weekly’s year-end “Best Of 2000” double issue is full of reality TV mentions, especially for the CBS shows that set the standard and failed the test respectively. Citing Big Brother‘s “infuriatingly obsequious” cast and the fact that “no one cared… continue reading
Rich is one of People’s 25 Most Intriguing People. Along with Elián González, Harry Potter, and Tiger Woods, Survivor winner Rich Hatch has been named to People’s annual list of the “Most Intriguing People.” Citing his “cagey” disposition, People says, “Viewers hissed their own dislike for Hatch. But the snake won.”