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Posts from: December 2011

2011’s most popular reality TV stories, and your best and worst moments, shows, and stars

It’s nearly the end of 2011, and thus I’m required by media law to recap the previous year. In reality television, it was a year of ups and downs, as usual, from Jesus’ active involvement in Survivor to revealing behind-the-scenes moment Recapping the year is an exhausting, daunting challenge, however (and something I just don’t …

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Sea Shepherd used drones to find Japanese whaling fleet; Whale Wars renewed

Although Sea Shepherd stopped Japanese whaling last year, the country decided to resume whaling this year, using tsunami relief funds to fund additional security, so Sea Shepherd’s boats are back–and that means Animal Planet’s Whale Wars will be back, too. The network unsurprisingly renewed the series, noting that it is one of its three highest-rated …

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X Factor ends with the result everyone predicted, making the last few months even more useless

The X Factor ended last night, finally, with Melanie Amaro beating Josh Krajcik, and third-place Chris Rene to win the show’s unbelievable $5 million prize. Melanie was eliminated from mentor Simon Cowell’s group at the top 16 stage, but brought back in one of those totally inauthentic moments that helped make the series a monstrous …

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Survivor winners and players ranked by objective data, and the results are surprising

All 23 Survivor winners have been ranked based on objective data about their performance on their seasons, including jury votes, and Survivor Palau‘s Tom Westman comes in at number one, while original winner and former inmate Richard Hatch is dead last. Survivor South Pacific winner Sophie Clarke is in 14th place. That’s according to True …

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X Factor mercifully ends as Steve Jones candidly discusses whether he’ll have a job next season

The X Factor, a show that’s been hyped for years, ends its first season tonight. Compared to Fox’s typical fall programing, the show has succeeded by bringing in higher ratings. Compared to even diminished expectations, X Factor appears to be a very shiny version of American Idol‘s diaper contents. The Washington Post’s Lisa de Moraes …

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How to fix Work of Art: replace the judges with auctions conducted by Simon de Pury

Bravo’s reality competition Work of Art should work better than most talent-based competitions. That’s because, unlike Top Chef, we can watch the construction from something to nothing and, with some exceptions, judge the final product ourselves. We don’t have to rely on judges to tell us how something tastes; we can just look, as we …

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Lowe’s accepts petitions delivered by Christian clergy but continues to stand with bigots

Multiple petitions with over 200,000 signatures asking Lowe’s to reverse its decision to pander to bigots and pull advertising from TLC’s All-American Muslim were delivered by Christian clergy to Lowe’s executives, but the company will not reverse its decision. Faith leaders from Charlotte, where Lowe’s is headquartered, delivered the petitions yesterday, including ones from Faithful …

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