CBS wins the week, with help from CSI–and Survivor at #8. Survivor Africa may be losing to number two Friends in the ratings, but the show was still number eight overall, helping CBS to win the week. Having CSI at number three didn’t hurt, either.
Archives for October 2001
Fantasy Island will be coming back to NBC, but as a reality TV show. NBC is bringing back Fantasy Island, but this time, it will be a nonfiction show that finds the cast members coming to a tropical island to live out a fantasy. There will not be a game show or prize element to… continue reading
Canada’s U8TV looking for eight new non-“hip and trendy” “Lofters.” Canada’s U8TV, a year-long reality TV project that finds eight 20-somethigns living in a loft and hosting shows on TV and the web, is looking for new cast members. Those selected get $30,000–and their lives broadcast 24/7 over the web. What kind of person do… continue reading
Temptation Island 2 couples and singles announced; debuts next Wed. The couples who will test their love on Temptation Island 2 starting next week have been announced, as have the singles who will try to get them to stray. The only information FOX’s web site is providing right now, though, are pictures of them.
cast members who quit Russia’s Big Brother have to pay a fine. Russia has launched its own version of Big Brother, called Behind the Glass. It sounds familiar–six contestants are locked in a bare-bones hotel flat for 34 days–but there are some differences. For one, cast members who quit will have to pay a fine…. continue reading
Road Rules 10 concludes. Road Rules 10 concluded last night with the cast receiving their handsome reward: A Suzuki Grand Vitara for each of them. The episode will be repeated today at 2:30 p.m. ET and Friday at 11 p.m.
O-Town’s tour delayed; group sends a message to its street team. O-Town’s tour with Britney Spears won’t kick off tomorrow in Washington, D.C.; instead, that show has been moved to Dec. 21, and the tour will debut Thursday in Columbus. Elsewhere, O-Town sent an e.mail message to their street team (a group of fans who… continue reading
The Runner had “a host of problems.” In its Nov. 2 issue, Entertainment Weekly reports that The Runner had bigger problems than “the current entertainment environment,” which is what network officials cited when they pulled the show. According to the magazine, there were “a host of other problems, including budget overruns.” Plus, the logistics of the… continue reading
Survivor ratings up by 17 percent at one point, but still loses to Friends. Among adults ages 18 to 49, Survivor Africa was up 17 percent in the ratings during its second half-hour, and the show had more viewers overall than last week, but NBC’s Friends still won the hour, with 25.6 million viewers compared… continue reading
Elimidate Deluxe cancelled; repeats of Popstars 2 will air instead. The WB has cancelled Elimidate Deluxe after two episodes. Shockingly, the show–which was up against Friends and Survivor–had low ratings. No way! For now, repeats of Popstars 2 will fill the time slot’s second half hour, while The WB’s “Reba” will air at the top… continue reading
The Amazing Race’s “obnoxious jerks” may “take a toll on America’s image.” The Springfield, Ill., State Journal-Register’s Matthew Dietrich was disturbed by the way the contestants managed to “insult, harangue and act arrogantly condescending toward entire crowds of people” in India, and says that the show makes locals, like the people in India, “ripe targets… continue reading
Real World Chicago cast to perform tonight; cast likely works for the city. LiquidGeneration is reporting that the cast of The Real World Chicago will be performing as part of the city’s Chicagoween festival; the final performance is at Daley Plaza tonight at 6 p.m. Apparently, the show is put on by the Chicago Park… continue reading
is reality TV fading? if so, why? The Albuquerque Journal’s Leanne Potts writes reality TV’s obituary, unflinchingly calling the genre dead and blaming it entirely on the events of Sept. 11. Elsewhere, however, USA TODAY’s Robert Bianco actually thinks about the issue, rather than just regurgitating what he’s read in other publications, and argues that… continue reading
Carl loses during a tie-breaking quiz, opts for more Gen-X criticism. Samburu lost immunity and had to, for the first time, vote off one of its own members on Survivor Africa. But because of the generational split, the vote–and the revote–were both tied, with equal votes for Carl and Lindsey. Jeff Probst administered a quiz,… continue reading
next Challenge includes two people from every season on two-person teams. Reality World TV reports that the Real World/Road Rules Challenge airing next year will feature two cast members from each previous season of the two shows, and they will be a part of two-person teams. The site also publishes photos of a jersey worn… continue reading
anthrax threat affecting mailed reality television show applications. “[P]roducers of reality series and game shows began rethinking their decisions to ask contestants to apply by mail,” according to the New York Daily News. CBS isn’t sure how it will proceed with applications for Survivor and its other reality TV shows, while NBC’s Fear Factor isn’t… continue reading
Eco-Challenge underway–with a new subtitle, “The Expedition Race.” Survivor creator Mark Burnett’s other show, Eco-Challenge, has begun its latest installment, this time in New Zealand. And its logo shows a new subtitle, “The Expedition Race,” possibly suggesting some bitterness or envy toward CBS’ The Amazing Race.
CBS confirms Survivor 4 location.As was reported at the beginning of this month, Survivor 4 will be filmed on the island of Nuku Hiva, CBS confirmed yesterday–long after Survivor Maps published maps and info about the new location.
UK Big Brother’s Nasty Nick is dating The Sopranos’ Edie Falco. The most infamous former cast member from the UK’s Big Brother, Nasty Nick, is in a relationship with one of the stars of The Sopranos, Edie Falco. They’ve been dating for two weeks now.
Indian viewers are “savouring the taste of game and reality TV shows.” The cries that reality TV is dead aren’t being heard in India, where “Indian television networks are, in fact, set for a fresh round of game and reality TV shows,” according to The Economic Times. Shows like a local version of Temptation Island… continue reading