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Posts from: June 2009

VH1 announces even more insane dating shows; other series follow aircraft repo man, bad drivers, Pepa and Chilli

There have been a bunch of new show announcements recently, particularly from VH1, the network that is continuing to clone its culture-rotting dating series. Yes, VH1 will not stop with the madness that is its series of outrageous dating shows led by nutballs personalities. For example, Beauty and the Geek, Rock of Love, I Love …

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Cowell reportedly offered $108 to $144 million to stay on Idol, but critic calls that “impossible”

Simon Cowell’s contract expires at the end of American Idol 9, so he’s now in the middle of contract negotiations, which is why he’s been threatening to leave the show for a while now. Stoking the flames and/or his value to the series is a report in The Guardian that “[a] source close to Fuller …

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Idol’s Michael Jackson night repeat comes in fourth place, behind Bachelorette, Law & Order repeat

Fox’s first-ever prime-time rebroadcast of an American Idol episode drew an exceptionally low number of viewers, putting the show in fourth place–which would be shocking if this wasn’t a repeat airing in the middle of the summer. An average of 4.23 million people watched the two-hour episode featuring the season eight finalists performing Michael Jackson …

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CBS’ There Goes the Neighborhood encloses families behind 20-foot wall; hosted by Idol’s Matt Rogers

CBS’ neighborhood competition series Block Party has been renamed There Goes the Neighborhood, and for it, producers constructed 20-foot-tall walls around houses in Kennesaw, Georgia. In a brief press release, CBS describes the seven-episode series, which debuts Aug. 9 at 9 p.m. ET, as “the ultimate social and family bonding experiment” in which they are …

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Billy Mays died from heart disease; Pitchmen marathon, Mays tribute air Wednesday

Pitchmen star and pitchman extraordinaire Billy Mays died of heart disease, according to a preliminary autopsy. He was found dead Sunday morning, and “[p]reliminary autopsy results … suggest he died of heart disease,” and “reveals no evidence of head trauma or drug abuse,” The St. Petersburg Times reported. Because Mays was involved in a hard …

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