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Posts from: March 2009

Simon and Paula’s screwing around unfair to contestants, even if it’s entertaining

Last week’s performance episode of American Idol 8 was marked by more than just impressive and impressively mangled versions of Motown songs. While Allison was being judged by Kara, Simon Cowell drew on Paula Abdul’s face with a crayon, which he had because Paula gave him crayons–a Crayola 64 box–and two coloring books to illustrate …

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Recycle follows ex-Mujahideen bodyguard who collects cardboard to support his family

Tonight, PBS Independent Lens debuts a documentary, Recycle, which has a simple name that defies the complexity of its subject: it tells the story of a Jordanian man who’s an ex-Mujahideen fighter and bodyguard who now supports his 10-person family by collecting cardboard in Zarqa, where al-Qaeda leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was born. …

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ABC gets Shark Tank; Fox plans More to Love fat dating show; RuPaul renewed; Chopping Block gone

Networks have made several announcements recently about new and returning reality shows: Fox is returning to the dating reality show genre, but as always with Fox dating show, there’s a twist. The network that previous brought us dating little people and even ski mask-wearing daters will air More to Love, on which “a single average …

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Dennis Rodman intervention, firing ends with AA promo as Celebrity Apprentice gets even better

The Celebrity Apprentice, which is now airing its second season, is easily the best celebrity reality show on the air because its format and tasks allow us to really see celebrities for who they really are. That they tend to be even more type-A than the contestants in the non-celebrity version makes the show work, …

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