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The year in reality TV, 2008

Another 12 months have evaporated. The year started with American Gladiators, trudged along with a dull-ass American Idol season that even its lead judge admitted was boring, and was brought to a close by The Hills‘ fourth-season finale. Along the way, we had everything from a bachelorette giving panties to the bachelor to an overexposed …

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Operation Filmmaker, Cat Dancers, Grey Gardens: From East Hampton to Broadway, and other documentaries now airing

If you’re looking for some intellectual stimulation with your entertainment during this brief time before the onslaught of new shows hits, several networks are airing and re-airing compelling documentaries about real people and their fascinating lives. Tonight, PBS’ Independent Lens debuts Operation Filmmaker (check local listings for PBS), which follows a 25-year-old Iraqi film student, …

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Sea Shepherd, whalers’ boats collide; Whale Wars was Animal Planet’s most-watched show

Whale Wars ended its first season as Animal Planet’s most-popular series ever, and if a Friday confrontation between Sea Shepherd and Japanese whalers is any indication, the second season will be just as popular. During the fall, the reality series had “the best performance of any series in the network’s history among Adults 25-54 (529,000 …

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2008’s Top Reality TV Whores

The holidays are here, and thus the time has come to acknowledge those people who have given the gift of their shamelessness this year. As always, there were many reality TV whores to choose from, so the selection was difficult, but there are always stand-outs, people who gave more of themselves than was required for …

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Best Survivor contestants “have really strong opinions, they know who they are”

With Survivor Tocantins production complete, the show is now casting for its 19th season, which will film during the summer. Applications [PDF] are due Jan. 14, and local affiliates are beginning their open calls (listed on the front page of CBS’ crap-awful new Survivor web site). But is it even worth applying any more now …

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Heidi and Spencer aren’t married; Lauren and Heidi kind of reconcile

The Hills concluded its fourth season last night with an extended episode, and the dramatic resolution to the wedding saga that has consumed an obviously bored nation’s attention for weeks. As it turned out, there was a good reason that the production used an empty courtroom at night for Heidi and Spencer’s official marriage ceremony: …

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Bob “was in favor of bringing Matty to the end, which in hindsight was not a very bright thing”

After his Survivor Gabon win Sunday night, Bob Crowley flew immediately on a red eye to New York for a day of interviews. By Tuesday, he’d lost his voice, so we didn’t talk until last night. He was also speechless, sort of, during the reunion, which Bob told me “was shell-shock. It’s so nice to …

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