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Sarah Jessica Parker’s “fear was realized” about Project Runway’s judging process

Sarah Jessica Parker, last week’s guest judge on Project Runway 4, is a fan of the show, but was surprised by the reality of the designers’ constraints and by the judging–but not, apparently, surprised by Bravo VP Andy Cohen calling her “SJ” or failing to spell-check the transcript of his call with her. (Who has …

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Twiggy replaced by Paulina Porizkova as a judge for Top Model 10

Twiggy has been replaced by supermodel Paulina Porizkova as a judge for America’s Next Top Model 10, five seasons after she replaced Janice Dickinson as a judge. Twiggy “is leaving due to scheduling conflicts,” according to a CW press release, and that sounds suspiciously like a version of the “pursuing other opportunities” bullshit that corporations …

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WGA survey of reality show writers says writers lose $38,400 a year in overtime

According to a survey of 303 reality TV story writers and producers, “writing jobs in reality television are characterized by long hours, almost no benefits, inconsistent meal breaks and inaccurate record-keeping,” according to the WGAw, which commissioned the survey. Goodwin Simon Victoria Research’s study [PDF] found that “91% of reality TV writers receive no overtime …

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Maksim says unlike Marie, Dancing cast did not “burden people with our personal issues”

Maksim Chmerkovskiy, the dancer who’s partnered with Melanie Brown on Dancing with the Stars 5, says that Marie Osmond is using her personal problems to get sympathy and votes. “I know first hand that there are a lot of other celebrities on the show who went through somewhat similar situations this season and they decided …

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ESPN commercials become Sundance Channel’s Nimrod Nation documentary

Tonight, the Sundance Channel debuts an “eight-part original documentary series from filmmaker Brett Morgen [that] profiles rural Watersmeet, Michigan, where everyone follows the progress of the local high-school basketball team — the Nimrods,” according to the network. Two episodes air Mondays at 9 p.m. ET for the next four weeks. If that sounds familiar, it’s …

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