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Reality show producer Ben Silverman becomes NBC’s entertainment co-chair

Ben Silverman is the new co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and NBC Universal Television Studio, NBC announced today. While he’s also responsible for the NBC version of The Office, Ugly Betty, and many scripted shows, and is sharing responsibilities with someone else, a reality show producer is now in basically now charge at NBC. Silverman, who’s …

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Top Chef “goes bilingual” with Telemundo to “leverage the Latin influence” of Top Chef 3

Bravo is partnering with its sibling station Telemundo (both are owned by NBC Universal) to promote Top Chef 3 to Latino viewers. Why are they doing this? Apparently because the third season is set in Miami, and as any overgeneralizing person knows, Miami equals Latinos. If NBC Universal owned Logo, would Bravo have done this …

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Big Donor Show follows a terminally ill woman selecting a recipient for her kidney

On a Dutch reality show produced by the creators of Big Brother, “a terminally ill woman will choose a contestant to receive one of her kidneys,” the AP reports. The “37-year-old woman with an inoperable brain tumor … will hear interviews with the three candidates, their families and friends before choosing who will get her …

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Idol round-up: Jordin’s weight, virginity; Blake’s future; Paula’s nose; bush baby

One week after the American Idol 6 finale began, I barely have the energy to care about the show any more. But here are some lingering stories: Because America’s cable news networks have 6,240 minutes to fill every day, FOX News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto had MeMe Roth of the National Action Against Obesity …

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On the Lot collapses as it turns into a bad clone of an American Idol clone

I’ve been watching reality shows for 14 years, and I’ve never one take a 180 degree turn so rapidly as On the Lot did last night. I was impressed by last week’s premiere, which merged Project Greenlight with The Apprentice, and was packaged in Mark Burnett’s signature narrative style. It wasn’t entirely original, but it …

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