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Posts from: March 2008

Hills’ return gets record ratings, was TV’s number-one show among people 18-34

Revelations that The Hills is reenacted and staged have not turned viewers off; instead, they may have actually helped the show. The first episode of the continuation of the show’s third season (it’s not the fourth) Monday was watched by a record number of viewers for the show, 4.8 million viewers. That’s “the series’ biggest …

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Trailer for Real World Hollywood: “Sometimes we stumble. Sometimes we fall. But we always get back up.”

MTV has posted the trailer for the upcoming Real World Hollywood, the 20th season of the franchise, and it proves one thing: good editors can work miracles. (That the trailer is on their site but impossible to view elsewhere proves something else: Whoever runs mtv.com or makes decisions for the site hasn’t got a clue; …

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American Idol 7 and Dancing with the Stars 6 each lose millions of viewers

American Idol 7‘s top 10 performed last night and Dancing with the Stars 6 eliminated two celebrities, but viewers were more uninterested than ever before. Compared to the top 12 performance episode, which was watched by 29.9 million, American Idol‘s performance episode was watched by 24.4 million viewers. That loss of five and a half …

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Paula Abdul’s tattered clothing the most interesting thing about American Idol

During 90 minutes of sheer American Idol 7 boredom–interrupted only by a kick-ass performance by Michael Johns singing Queen’s “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions”–there was really only one thing on my mind: What the hell was Paula Abdul wearing? Just look: Seriously, it looks like Simon Cowell ripped the left side off during …

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Appearance as important as athleticism for Gladiators contenders; gays recruited; producers admit scripting hosts

American Gladiators, which returns May 12, recently cast for more contenders, and casting directors admit that one’s personality is given equal weight to their appearance and personal history. In addition, the show is actively recruiting gay contenders. “Your looks, your story, a TV-friendly personality — that’s as important as athletic ability. We look for somebody …

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Unexpected moments make Dancing with the Stars more entertaining than American Idol

If anything, watching Dancing with the Stars proves that American Idol has become somewhat of a bore this year. The Fox show used to be little more than a string of hysterical, awkward, or outrageous unscripted moments interrupted by bad karaoke; now, with Paula Abdul mostly sedate and a kind of bland top 10, the …

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