live in the next Real World house with six of your friends. It sounds like a casting call, but it’s not; instead, MTV is giving away a weekend in the The Real World 11 house in Chicago. You and six friends will stay in the house for the weekend, get visited by alums from the… continue reading
Archives for May 2001
creator of SurvivorBlogs launches Mole-inspired Puppetmaster. The Mole Blog hasn’t quite gotten off the ground yet, but the creator of SurvivorBlogs 1 and 2 is launching a new web game that is pretty much The Mole on the web. Ernie Hsiung’s Puppetmaster (“aka Kaycee’s Game”) is now accepting applications for contestants, who will blog and… continue reading
despite contestants’ affair, UK Survivor’s ratings stay down. Although one UK Survivor castaway “has admitted cheating on her husband with another island castaway,” the ratings continue to be “stagnant.” That may have something to do with the fact that the ITV show has been schedule for four nights each week.
Colleen: “I never saw manipulation.” In an interview about her new movie, Colleen says that the fact that Rich one is proof that there wasn’t any manipulation, because the jury was “stupid.” The allegations, she says, are “a combination of a couple of disgruntled contestants and that anything having to do with Survivor since it… continue reading
Melissa says The Real World’s angle is “look at these fools.” The Real World New Orleans‘ Melissa has some advice (and “warnings”) for potential cast members. Among other things, she says the show isn’t about “you’ll love these kids,” it’s about “look at these fools.” She also says, “You will lose sleep. You will cry…. continue reading
Big Brother 2: audience won’t vote; Julie Chen will return as host. Big Brother 2 will debut on July 5, with one-hour episodes every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Among the changes: the viewers will have no role in nominating or booting the cast members (although producer Arnold Shapiro is looking for ways to let the… continue reading
Survivor 3 location discovered? A location in the Shaba National Reserve in Kenya has been identified by a web site as the possible location for Survivor 3. The location is 50 miles north of the equator.
Germany’s Big Diet debuts. The second version of Big Diet–the first aired in Holland–has debuted. After three months, the man and woman who’ve come closest to their ideal weight will win half of their lost weight in gold.
Dirk’s testimony released; reveals Mark Burnett suggested an alliance. Dirk Been’s testimony in Stacey Stillman’s lawsuit against CBS and Mark Burnett was released today. CBS has issued a press release, which says that Dirk voted for Stacey himself, and was not “coerced” or “manipulated.” But it also says that Mark Burnett “suggested that Mr. Been… continue reading
auditions for Popstars 2 will be open to both women and men. Popstars 2, which airs on The WB this fall, has started the casting process. According to the show’s newsletter, “[t]he big news … is this time around, the auditions are open to both guys and girls!” Presumably, that means the final group will… continue reading
Stone-Stanley will bring Australia’s Supermodels to the U.S. The producers behind The Mole and Popstars will team up with Ford Models to bring Australia’s Supermodels to the U.S. No network has been announced, but Stone-Stanley’s show will follow a group of finalists as they try to become supermodels (a la Popstars).
Telemundo will air Survivor-esque show featuring aspiring actors. On Telemundo’s Protagonistas this fall, 16 actor-wannabes will be locked up in a TV studio for a few weeks; the last remaining contestant will get a role on one of the network’s shows. Telemundo’s president is candid about the decision: “I have to confess. We jumped on… continue reading
“reality of ‘Mole’ casting tryout.” One person’s story of auditioning for The Mole 2. (Okay, that person happens to be me.)
Whitlow wins Boot Camp. Even though Ryan Wolf, 22, won six out of the seven gauntlet challenges, every single recruit voted for Jen Whitlow, 26, making her the winner of Boot Camp. The other recruits mostly voted against Wolf, often citing the mission where he let Yaney take the fall for the lost D-ring. The… continue reading
where’s my reality TV? After last night’s conclusion of Boot Camp, and Tuesday night’s finale of Chains of Love, there are but two reality TV shows left on the air: VH1’s Bands on the Run and PBS’ American High. But don’t fret: New seasons of The Real World and Road Rules are coming up, Making… continue reading
Portugal will prosecute two reality TV show producers for “affront[ing] public decency.” Mark Burnett, stay away from Portugal. The country’s High Council for the Media is planning on prosecuting the producers of two shows. Among other things, Big Brother had “excessive” sex and O Bar da TV “used” a cast member’s conflict with her family.
UK Survivor’s ratings aren’t that strong during first two nights. The premier of the UK’s Survivor didn’t capture a huge audience, and last night’s episode saw even lower ratings–only 4.4 million tuned in for the second episode. + plus: journalist is paid £150k to host.
Wolf says Boot Camp was “a nightmare”; Whitlow says she’d do it “5,000 more times.” Jen Whitlow and Ryan Wolf have very different impressions of their experience on Boot Camp; Wolf wouldn’t do it again and Whitlow definitely would. They’ll finish the gauntlet tonight and face the jury of discharged recruits to see who will… continue reading
advertisers have to buy ads from CBS for both Survivor 3 and 4. In order to have Jeff Probst whore a product on Survivor 3, advertisers will also have to agree to sponsor next spring’s Survivor 4. The $25 to $28 million CBS is charging includes extraordinarily subtle product placement and two 30-second ads during… continue reading
did Colby get caught making out with Alicia or Amber–or both? Star Magazine is reporting that Colby was caught making out with Amber in a New York club. Earlier, Star says, he was “dirty dancing” with Alicia in the same club. That contradicts a report from US Weekly which said that it was Colby and… continue reading