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Food Network’s Restaurant Stakeout: as fake and staged as it seems

Food Nework’s latest reality show, Restaurant Stakeout, is anything but real, which is no surprise to anyone who has watched it. I have no idea why Food Network, which has some strong reality TV–Chopped, Next Food Network Star–actually airs crap like this show and Cupcake Wars. It’s embarrassing. Restaurant Stakeout takes the restaurant makeover show …

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Jersey Combat is not, alas, a fight to the death between New Jersey reality show contestants

National Geographic Channel announced a new series called Jersey Combat, and that sounds like it has a lot of potential: There are way too many reality shows now set in New Jersey, thanks to Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of New Jersey, so having them fight each other seems like a natural evolution. Sadly, …

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Lifetime finally draws a line, but only after airing Dance Moms’ “Topless Showgirls” episode

Dance Moms, one of the cable reality shows that is basically a form of televised child abuse, aired an episode two weeks ago titled “Topless Showgirls” (later renamed “Costume Drama”) but only now has it occurred to Lifetime that it maybe shouldn’t have broadcast that. So, the network has pulled the show from repeats and …

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