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Design Star’s creator SallyAnn Salsano on being fired by HGTV, Mark Burnett’s version

Jersey Shore creator SallyAnn Salsano told me that being fired by HGTV from another popular reality show she created, Design Star, “really hurt my feelings,” but that watching Mark Burnett’s version of the show made her realize that she and her team are “geniuses.” Today, in The Daily Beast, I profile SA, as she’s known, …

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Jeff Probst previews Survivor Redemption Island cast, makes them seem more interesting

CBS has posted a video of Jeff Probst evaluating the Survivor Redemption Island cast. Because it seems like this was filmed before the first Tribal Council, it’s his actual pre-game assessment of their potential rather than mid-season pretend assessment of their potential, which is interesting. It also manages to make the cast seem more interesting …

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Ronnie’s assault charge won’t keep him from going to Italy with Jersey Shore, manager says

The Jersey Shore cast is going to Italy later this spring, but a report says Ronald “Ronnie” Ortiz-Magro might not go with them, if he can’t get a visa because of legal problems. However, his manager says that he will be going to Italy. Radar reports that because he “has been indicted by a New …

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Cheryl Burke reveals molestation, abuse: “They’re not secrets. There’s no shame.”

Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke has published a new memoir in which she discusses being molested as a child and physically abused as an adult by two boyfriends. Cheryl’s book, Dancing Lessons: How I Found Passion and Potential on the Dance Floor and in Life, will be released Feb. 8, and since it …

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Chris Harrison on NASCAR widow’s racetrack date: “we have to force the issue”

Previews for next week’s episode of The Bachelor show Brad Womack on a date with Emily Maynard, whose fiance and the father of her daughter, NASCAR driver Ricky Hendrick, was killed in a plane crash. On the date, they’re wearing racing gear and are at a racetrack, and host Chris Harrison defends this because he …

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Top Shot casting director wants couples, self-taught marksmen for season three

Top Shot, the surprisingly good History Channel competition between marksmen, is now casting for its third season, as its second season debuts Feb. 8, and will be once again hosted by Survivor‘s Colby Donaldson, who told me before the first season debuted that its crew was “hoping we take this thing as long as Survivor …

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