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Posts from: December 2007

The year in reality TV, 2007

Despite all the predictions–or hopes–about its eventual downfall, reality TV is finishing its seventh year as a staple on network prime-time television. On cable, many networks have all but given their entire schedules over to unscripted programming. The quality of these shows ranges as much as their popularity, but nearly all of them offered something …

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Non-elimination leg shows up after one team gets scarred by The Amazing Race

The big news on Sunday’s episode of The Amazing Race 12 was the appearance of this season’s first non-elimination leg. In July, The Orlando Sentinel’s TV critic, Hal Boedeker, reported that the non-elimination legs had been dropped, citing a conversation with one of the series’ executive producers, Jonathan Littman. Boedeker didn’t quote Littman, but reported, …

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Only 2 million watch as the Clark Brothers win Fox’s Next Great American Band

FOX’s The Next Great American Band concluded last Friday night, and the Clark Brothers won the show and a recording contract. That group defeated Denver and the Mile High Orchestra and Sixwire. I learned this from a Fox press release, because like most of America, I didn’t watch the series, an American Idol knock-off that …

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Jesus Camp airs on A&E Sunday; Segway road trip movie 10MPH available for download

This weekend, A&E will air the Oscar-nominated documentary film Jesus Camp, which was previously released in theatres and on DVD. The documentary debuts on Sunday at 10 p.m. ET. It follows kids at “Pastor Becky Fischer’s ‘Kids on Fire’ summer camp in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota, where kids as young as 6-years old are taught …

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Celebrities will control the lives of “gifted” cast on Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack

After cancelling the 2008 celebrity edition of Big Brother in the UK, Channel 4 has announced that the next season will adopt a format that involves celebrities behind the scenes. Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack will debut Jan. 3 and feature “an assortment of cheeky celebrities” who will “be helping Big Brother handle a new crop …

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