former Real World cast members want “more money and better contracts.” Roughly half of the 70 former cast members of The Real World have hired a lawyer in order to help them renegotiate their lifetime contracts. Among the issues are “whether performers on reality-based shows are entitled to the same rights given to unionized actors”… continue reading
Archives for December 2001
eliminated Pop Idol contestant Korben blames being outed for dismissal. The first of nine Pop Idol finalists to be eliminated by a vote from the audience, 21-year-old Korben, says, “I didn’t declare my sexuality–it was only after it had been publicly outed that everybody knew.” Without the revelation last week that he participated in Channel… continue reading
South African network talking to Endemol about religious Big Brother. Christian Network Television is discussing producing a version of Endemol’s Big Brother that “would feature 12 housemates from different religious backgrounds who would live in the Randburg Big Brother house for 10 days,” according to the Sunday Times. If produced, the show will feature no… continue reading
Frank and Margarita are still together, Joe and Bill point to editing. Zap2it.com talks to the final three couples on The Amazing Race about their experiences during the 32 days of the show, and the aftermath. Also, Frank and Margarita remain together, Frank “did make friends with” Rob and Brennan after “talk[ing] trash” about them,… continue reading
Rob & Brennan win The Amazing Race. The first season concluded with a finish that was slight more sad than nail-biting. Separated parents Frank and Margarita were on a train headed toward the finish line, convinced and ecstatic that they were ahead of Rob and Brennan. However, the pair of lawyers were on the train… continue reading
Lex wins immunity; bye, bye Brandon. Lex’s gut was saved on Survivor Africa by his victory in the immunity challenge, and Brandon–who turned on his former tribe last week to vote off Kelly–was voted out. Among those casting votes against him: Kim Powers, his “best friend” remaining on the show. Others in the alliance he… continue reading
Pop Idol is “a way for viewers to make a telling anti-corporate statement.” Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland argues that Pop Idol is actually working against perpetuating traditional stereotypes and industry prejudices, because its audience is “rebelling against the music industry edict, voiced explicitly, which says a pop idol has to be lean and gorgeous.” In… continue reading
The Amazing Race concludes tonight. Called “TV’s best reality show” by TV Guide’s Matt Roush, The Amazing Race ends its first season tonight at 9 p.m. ET, a special night and time. Three teams remain–Frank and Margarita; Rob and Brennan; and Joe and Bill, a.k.a. Team Guido–and Entertainment Weekly handicaps their chances for crossing the… continue reading
Pop Idol finalist says just speaking “takes hard work and practice.” Pop Idol finalist Gareth Gates sometimes has a hard time speaking, especially in front of the press, because of a “stammer.”
host is “not a big fan of reality TV.” Host and lead Murder in Small Town X investigator Gary Fredo talks to Reality News Online about Angel Juarbe, who died in New York on Sept. 11, saying he “was truly lucky to call him my friend.” In the interview, he also reveals production secrets, including… continue reading
Survivor 2 production cards reveal biographical details, character roles. Small cards featuring photos and descriptions of each contestant on Survivor 2 have been published on the Survivor Sucks message board. According to the post, the cards were used by the camera operators “so they would know who each survivor was, and so they could pick… continue reading
Temptation Island 2 single Tony is a PE teacher–and a porn star. Temptation Island 2 single Tony is one of the stars of Solo Guys, Vol. 1. The video’s box connects Tony to the show, and the description of the video reads, in part, “it features TONY, the hot…and HUNG, cutie from Temptation Island 2… continue reading
Popstars-like show will search for opera singers in the UK. Channel 4 is seeking contestants for its next reality TV show, Operatunity!. After two winners are selected, the show will then follow them “through eight months of training,” according to The Guardian.
third season of Making the Band delayed two weeks, debuts Jan. 19. MTV planned to debut the third season of Making the Band on Jan. 4, but according to the O-Town Online Street Team e.mail list, the debut date has been pushed back to Jan. 19, a Saturday.
Lost will return to NBC. Somewhat forgotten after Sept. 11 and overshadowed by The Amazing Race, NBC’s Lost was, well, lost. Exactly when it would return for its second set of three episodes was uncertain. But NBC has announced that the show will return on Dec. 23 with six new contestants, airing for three weeks… continue reading