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Networks cutting reality show budgets

Get ready for even cheaper-looking reality TV shows, as networks–broadcast and cable–are cutting budgets even for the shows that once were considered cheap alternatives. “Producers are being urged to shoot shows faster than ever and use indoor settings to help reduce expenses,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Uber VH1 producer Mark Cronin said, “Every year …

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Nigel Lythgoe concerned about ringers on Dancing with the Stars, but not American Idol

Paula Abdul is still considering being a competitor on Dancing with the Stars 7 this fall, maybe, but her American Idol executive producer doesn’t like the idea because of how unfair it would be. News that Paula was interested came in late March from Tom Bergeron, and Paula now confirms that she’s considering the show, …

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Greg Plitt was cast for Work Out by producers, reveals how contrived and set-up it is

Work Out‘s workplace drama looks increasingly contrived this season, and there’s good reason for that: At least one of the show’s trainers was cast by producers, not hired by Jackie “I’m fond of emotionally manipulating people and then blaming them because I have no self-awareness” Warner. One of SkySport’s newest trainers, Greg Plitt, did a …

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Matt on his relationship with Shayne: “All things considered we are doing really well”

The newest Bachelor couple, and one of two that’s still together, is still together now that their show is over and pictures of the chosen woman have ended up in Girls Gone Wild. The photos, which appeared in Girls Gone Wild magazine, don’t bother Matt. “As we English say, I really feel it was ‘a …

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Simon Cowell promises “big shake-up” next season, age may be lowered to 14

With less than a week since American Idol 7‘s conclusion, it’s time to start talking about American Idol 8. Following a rather lackluster season, Simon Cowell promises changes for next season, but in a vague way that suggests he really has no idea what’s happening. “There’s going to be a big shake-up. You’ll see,” he …

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