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Posts from: September 2007

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition returns; “[desperate] and deserving” families are chosen

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition returns tonight on ABC for its fifth season. The show will reach its 100th episode with a Minnesota-set episode in November, but starts tonight with an episode shot in Hawaii, its “biggest build ever,” according to its producer. The show, like Trading Spaces on PCP, demolishes and rebuilds homes for people …

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Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne’s criticism saves a woman’s life

Normally, criticism on a reality TV talent show saves the public from pain, and the contestant from a life of further humiliation. But on his UK series The X Factor, Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne’s criticism actually ended up saving a woman’s life. After she performed during an episode that aired Saturday night, 46-year-old Jacqui …

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Project Runway 4 cast announced

Following confirmation that Project Runway 4 will indeed debut on Nov. 14, the cast of the new season has been announced. While Bravo began by teasing us with the identities of just a few designers, the 15 designers and their bios have now appeared on Bravo’s site. There are seven men and eight women. The …

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Kid Nation cast kills two chickens at the suggestion of the manipulative producers

Kid Nation took precisely one episode to take the producers’ relatively subtle guidance into what came off as outright exploitation. On the second episode, which aired last night, the fake “journal” of the fake “settlers,” which is really just a way for the producers to inject artificial drama into kids’ already dramatic lives, suggested that …

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