Johnny Carson says Survivor contestants are “silly people.” In a rare interview, Johnny Carson “disparaged” reality TV to Esquire, according to Reuters summary of the interview. He said of Survivor‘s cast members, “These silly people will do anything the director suggests because they want to be on television. They want to be somebody! I say,… continue reading
Archives for April 2002
Alex was “depressed” after the show. The Bachelor, Alex Michel, tells Cindy Adams, “after we actually taped the final show…I literally couldn’t even pack a suitcase, that’s how depressed I became.”
P. Diddy says he’s talking to MTV about doing his own Osbournes. P. Diddy says he’s in talks with MTV to have the network air a reality TV show version of his life, a la The Osbournes. P. (or is it “Diddy”?) says the show will be full of “a lot of bleeps … because… continue reading
Frontier House debuts tonight. PBS’s six-hour, three day reality TV series that follows three families who agreed to live as if it were 1883 debuts tonight. Frontier House is based upon last year’s 1900 House, and it takes place in 1883 Montana, where the three families–which included some small children–lived for five months without any… continue reading
next up: The Bachelorette? ABC is planning not only a second version of The Bachelor, according to Reuters’ sources, but also a version of the show called The Bachelorette, which would feature a woman selecting a potential partner from a group of 25 men. + plus: Tom Tomorrow on The Bachelor: “That shit is wack,… continue reading
Big Brother 2’s Kent organizing cruise; Chilltown counters with their own cruise. Big Brother 2‘s Kent, Bunky, Sheryl and Autumn will be on board a Carnival cruise ship for seven days next Nov. as part of Reality on the High Seas. Not to be outdone, Mike “Boogie” Malin, who still refers to himself as a… continue reading
Zoe says she threw immunity for Kathy’s sake, wants to be a movie star. The latest Survivor Marquesas jury member, Zoe Zanidakis, tells EW that she took a dive so Kathy could win immunity, says she wants to be in “feature films,” and reveals that “the legislature in Maine commemorated me for being the first… continue reading
Alex selects Amanda, doesn’t propose; 18 million watched the finale. Alex Michel selected Amanda Marsh, 23, over Trista Rehn, 29, on last night’s finale of The Bachelor–but he did not propose to her. Instead, he asked her to move to California with him so they could get to know each other better. Early ratings showed… continue reading
General Manager will allow viewers to control a minor leage baseball team. HBO’s will next step up to the reality TV plate with a show called General Manager, which “would allow viewers to track the progress of a minor league baseball team–and then control its destiny via the Internet,” according to Variety. The show will… continue reading
John: “manipulation is … a defense mechanism for many gay people.” Responding to questions about similarities between Richard Hatch and himself, Survivor Marquesas‘ John tells TV Guide Online, “To be honest, my intention was not to lie, but I was in the closet for 21 years. When you are gay, you learn to have facades…. continue reading
Paula Abdul will judge American Idol. Paula Abdul is apparently going to be one of the judges for American Idol, according to The New York Post (second item). She’ll join MCA executives Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell as they cold-heartedly dismiss contestants from the show. + also: around 160 people attend American Idol open call… continue reading
Bachelor finale airs tonight. Who will Alex choose–Amanda or Trista? If you care, find out tonight as The Bachelor concludes, preceded by a reunion of the women Alex kicked to the curb. Entertainment Weekly offers odds for the final two contenders for Alex’s love. The reunion starts at 8 p.m. ET–directly opposite a little show… continue reading
Julie Chen will host Big Brother 3; says it “hasn’t affected her integrity.” There will be a familiar face on Big Brother 3, and we’re not talking about the face of evil. The Chenbot, er, Julie Chen, CBS News anchor and reporter, returns to host the newsworthy show which starts this summer. In response to… continue reading
the Osbournes are like “an efficient corporation” with Ozzy as CEO. Using Tuesday’s episode of The Osbournes as his example, Slate’s Rob Walker “consider[s] the management style of Ozzy Osbourne,” and finds that Ozzy “operate[s] like a big-picture CEO” and Sharon is “effectively the chief operating officer of the family.” Thus, “The parallels between the… continue reading
Survivor clip show, two-hour Amazing Race on CBS tonight. Rather than airing the midseason clip show as an “episode,” CBS will air the one-hour Survivor Marquesas highlight show tonight at 8 p.m. ET. Immediately following it will be a two-hour episode of The Amazing Race 2.
Saturday’s celeb episode of Trading Spaces beats ABC in the ratings. Saturday’s celebrity episode of Trading Spaces, featuring Dixie Chick Natalie Maines and her mother, was seen by 4.3 million viewers–the highest ratings ever for TLC, and more than the number of people who watched a movie on ABC at the same time.
production comapny wants reality TV audition tapes for a special. If you made an awesome reality TV audition tape but never made it onto a show, Vidtopia Entertainment Group wants you to send a copy of your tape to them. They’re planning “a series of reality TV casting tape outtakes for a television pilot and… continue reading
Osbournes coming to Britain, Ireland. The Osbournes is heading across the Atlantic. The show will air on MTV UK and Ireland at 10 p.m., debuting on May 19.
Alex is “a bully” and “an egotistic, goofy-looking, inauthentic player.” The Bachelor, Alex Michel, is “a bully” and “an egotistic, goofy-looking, inauthentic player” who asks “banal and empty-headed questions”–and that’s according to a guy writing in PopPolitics who presents “a male critique” of Alex. Bob Batchelor also writes that “Alex enjoys manipulating the women and… continue reading
Telemundo’s Protagonistas de Novela is “must-see TV for Hispanics.” Telemundo’s first reality TV show, Protagonistas de Novela (Soap Stars) follows 12 men and women actors living in a house filled with cameras; the audience can follow along online and, along with judges, gets to help vote out one person. The winner gets “a starring role… continue reading