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The year in reality TV, 2006

Another year is almost gone. Since Survivor and Big Brother came to CBS one otherwise dreary summer, preceded by ABC’s Making the Band, six and a half years have passed. Those years have brought us plenty of joy in the form of real people living and competing in often unreal situations. This year was no …

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The Office’s Jenna Fisher wanted to be on Dancing with the Stars, but producers said no

The list of celebrities who want to be on Dancing with the Stars continues to grow. Jenna Fisher says in an interview with TV Guide that her people approached the show, but producers said no. Fisher plays receptionist Pam on NBC’s The Office, which is unquestionably the best comedy on television right now. She says, …

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Nine of 10 product-placing shows were reality shows, which also were four of the five most-watched shows of 2006

Nielsen’s year-end lists are out, and unsurprisingly, the most popular television show of 2006 was American Idol. American Idol also ranked second for its results show, while Dancing with the Stars came in third and fifth for its performance and results shows, respectively. Thus, four of the five most-watched TV shows in 2006 were reality …

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