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Posts from: August 2007

Student-produced version of the Amazing Race airs online and is equally amazing

This fall, one venerable reality series is missing from the prime-time TV schedule: The Amazing race, which doesn’t return until mid-season. But if you’re desperate for a fix, students at Ithaca College have produced two seasons of a TV show called The Race that was inspired by the CBS series and is an excellent substitute. …

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SAG, AFTRA investigate Kid Nation as the media looks for more angles on the same story

There hasn’t been much new news about CBS’ upcoming reality series Kid Nation and the quasi-controversy surrounding its production, but media organizations are tripping over each other to create ever-more sensational headlines and find new angles on the exact same story. Topping bleach drinking as a headline is tough, but between new investigations and interviews …

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Mark Cuban, Aaron Carter, Jane Seymour, others reportedly join Dancing with the Stars 5

Former Benefactor star and Donald Trump sparring partner Mark Cuban will join Dancing with the Stars 5, Sports Illustrated reports. The magazine’s site cites simply “a source.” Meanwhile, TMZ has published a pageview-generating slideshow of the cast, a list its anonymous writers say they have “uncovered” in their pretend journalism sort of way. Three of …

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Big Brother producer Allison Grodner discusses this season’s controversies and allegations

Big Brother 8 executive producer, who now runs the show by herself, has revealed in a candid interview with Entertainment Weekly that she and the show’s other producers are basically making things up as they go along. For example, she said that Jen’s penalty vote punishment was made up just for this situation. “We always …

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Big Brother 8 houseguests flirt, praise God, and delude themselves about their post-show lives

With Jen Johnson evicted from the Big Brother 8 house, the other houseguests apparently had little to do, with their frequent target absent from their lives. Thus, we got another relatively boring Sunday night episode during which Jameka and Amber praised God repeatedly, Eric and Jessica flirted, Daniele got irritated with her dad, and the …

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Blake Lewis signs with Arista; will produce “your favorite ’80s mix tape”

American Idol 6 runner-up Blake Lewis has signed with Arista Records, and “[h]is debut album is slated for release later this year,” the AP reports. Blake recently told Billboard that the album will be “your favorite ’80s mix tape, very inspired by Michael Jackson, Prince, Erasure, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, the Cure. It’s all over …

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Making the Band 4 ends Sunday after Diddy failed to make a decision during Monday’s finale

Sean “Diddy” Combs has again left a season of Making the Band with a cliffhanger. The fourth season was to conclude last Monday night with the selection of an all-male group; instead, Diddy walked out. The season will apparently conclude Sunday night at 10 p.m. ET. MTV’s recap of Monday’s eighth episode explains: “Diddy eventually …

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New Mexico investigating Kid Nation production; 22-page contract revealed

Following a parent’s complaint and allegations of labor law violations, CBS’ Kid Nation is being investigated by authorities, even though the show finished taping on May 10. Yesterday, “the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office confirmed it was launching an investigation into whether state laws were broken during the production, and child activists called for individual …

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FOX cancels Anchorwoman after one ep, even though it had higher ratings than On the Lot

FOX has cancelled Anchorwoman, the relatively intriguing if gimmicky look at local news that debuted last night. It was watched by 2.7 million viewers, which Variety reports “is less than half the number put up in the time period by unscripted fare on CBS and NBC, and about one-third what Fox was generating a week …

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