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Posts from: December 2009

The year in reality TV, 2009

That smell in the air is nostalgia from the past year, and it’s time to reflect back on what we’ve seen and learned. The last year of the 2000s began with Kara DioGuardi coming on board and ended with Simon Cowell threatening to leave, and included the new president telling kids they wouldn’t be reality …

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2009’s top reality TV whores

The season of gift-giving, crass consumerism, and reflection is upon us, so it’s time for reality blurred‘s annual look at who has shamelessly sought fame, attention, and/or money. With reality TV approaching its 10th anniversary of dominating television, there are now many candidates, but as I re-read 2009’s stories, the following really stood out for …

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Simon Cowell will either leave American Idol next year or stay three more years, reports say

American Idol 9 will be Simon Cowell’s final season, according to the judge’s brother, unless the CEO of the company that owns the show is right, in which case Simon is staying through American Idol 11. On his podcast, The Cowell Factor, Tony Cowell said, “Meanwhile, Simon prepares for a new season of Idol — …

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RussellGotScrewed.com was registered nine days before Survivor Samoa’s finale

Russell Hantz’s new web site that laments his Survivor Samoa loss was created and registered more than one week before the live finale, during which he learned he lost. In other words, Russell knew–or at the very least, strongly suspected–well before the finale that he wasn’t going to win. Of course, it’s not all that …

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Survivor Samoa up over Survivor Gabon finale in total viewers, even in 18-49

The conclusion of Survivor Samoa drew more viewers than last December’s finale of Survivor Gabon but the same number of people ages 18 to 49. CBS said that 14.07 million people watched Russell lose to Natalie; last year, 13.76 million watched the Gabon finale. That’s an increase of about 300,000 total viewers. Last spring, 12.74 …

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Russell: “I would not change a thing”; Natalie: “We made group decisions”; “it’s okay to pray about anything”

Earlier today, I spoke with Natalie and Russell just before they were going on The Early Show, and around 4:30 a.m. PT. Natalie said she had not yet been to sleep. Our conversations were short and they were tired, but it’s very clear that they do not agree about why Natalie won and Russell lost. …

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