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Exposing Danielle was “a safety concern,” Caroline says, promising “more to come”

On Tuesday’s Real Housewives of New Jersey, Danielle Staub’s past as “coke whore” Beverly Merrill was exposed thanks to a book, Cop Without a Badge. (The episode and its images are recapped brilliantly by B-Side.) Caroline Manzo now says that her family exposed Danielle’s past only for “safety” reasons. “I don’t care about reputation. What …

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ABC is repairing Mark and Shawn’s broken, crappy mirror ball trophies

You’d think that for the number-two reality show in the United States and a top-five most-popular show, one that doesn’t even award a cash prize, could afford a decent trophy. But no: ABC’s “stupid trophy” is a certified POS. First Cheryl Burke’s crumbled, and now Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas’ trophies were both broken during …

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Judges will skip early auditions and only appear at callbacks sometime later this summer

American Idol 9‘s auditions begin a week from Friday, more than a month earlier than usual, but they won’t be attended by the show’s judges–two of whom don’t even know if they’ll be back next season. The judges always skip the first few days of auditions, so producers can narrow tens of thousands of people …

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