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Project Jay reveals Jay’s reason for not taking the prize: he wants his own “exclusive deal”

Jay McCarroll’s Project Jay special aired last night, and we finally found out why he rejected the show’s prize. At the beginning of the hour-long special, he said, “The bottom line is, I didn’t take the Project Runway prize money because I’m going to try to make an exclusive deal with a licensing company.” The …

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Brian Dunkleman left Idol because of “how cruel the show was,” but is now hosting an Idol fantasy game

So far, the most noteworthy and absurd thing about this, the fifth season of American Idol, a rather bland season to date, is the return of the series’ original co-host, Brian Dunkleman. As his “fan” site BrianDunkleman.com puts it, “SWEET MERCIFUL CRAP! Brian Dunkleman has a blog!” and “it appears that Brian Dunkleman may be …

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Survivor becomes an interactive roller coaster at Paramount’s Great America

NBC turned Fear Factor into an interactive show at Universal’s parks in Florida and California, and now Paramount is adapting Survivor into a roller coaster. Paramount is calling the ride “the world’s first reality coaster,” as it’s not just a roller coaster with a sign that says “Survivor.” It features “tribal music and jungle drums” …

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American Idol text message votes from non-Cingular phones are not counted

That Cingular Wireless is a sponsor of American Idol is no surprise; after all, the credits say “promotional consideration paid by” Cingular, Ford, and Coca-Cola. In addition, the company’s logo appears alongside every set of phone numbers and text messaging numbers on-screen. But the company also gets something else out of the deal: its users …

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