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American Idol producer admits he’s “cruel,” a “puppet master,” and has “messed around with the kids”

Nigel Lythgoe, American Idol‘s executive producer, is especially candid, but in a recent call with reporters, he was particularly honest about the way his show uses its contestants for drama. Discussing the deceptive and cruel fake elimination during Idol Gives Back last season, he said, according to Reality TV World’s transcript of his discussion, that …

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The Apprentice, Survivor had the most-recalled product placement in 2007

CBS’ Survivor and NBC’s The Apprentice dominated the list of the most-recalled reality show product placements this past year, while on all of television, NBC and Bravo’s reality shows were seven of the top 10 most-effective product placements. When NBC’s The Office is included, “NBC Universal’s NBC and Bravo networks accounted for eight of the …

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Apprentice 7’s debut moved again, and more may come in ABC and NBC’s scheduling feud

NBC has again moved The Apprentice 7‘s debut, this time back to its original debut date of Jan. 3. The network moved the debut a week later so it wouldn’t compete against ABC’s one remaining episode of Grey’s Anatomy. But then ABC moved Grey’s to , so yesterday NBC moved Donald Trump and his cast …

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