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Real World’s Puck in prison; Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp; NBC’s Bear show; reality fans more neurotic?

  • The Today Show’s web site “surveyed nearly 19,000 people and found those who watch reality TV consider themselves more extroverted, more neurotic, and say that they have lower self-esteem than folks who aren’t fans of the genre.” Our lower self-esteem is probably because of polls like this.
  • NBC announced today that American Idol winner Carrie Underwood will star as Maria von Trapp in the network’s adaptation of The Sound of Music, which will be based on the Brodway musical. The three-hour movie will air a year from now and be produced by those who produced the Chicago and Hairspray films.
  • American Idol winner Phillip Phillips’ debut album landed at number four on the Billboard 200, and while he sold fewer records than Scott McCreery did last year, USA TODAY notes that this marks “a strong first week of album sales from [Idol’s] winner for a second straight year.”
  • The Real World San Francisco disaster Puck, aka David Rainey, is in prison after being convicted earlier this year for stalking and sentenced to two years, though he’ll be out less than a year from now after receiving more than a year of credit for time served.
  • Ricky Martin will judge The Voice in Australia next year, replacing Keith Urban, who is now judging American Idol.
  • is not a competition between large, hairy gay men, but instead the casting web site for Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls, which is like NBC’s Lost in that “teams of two will be dropped in a remote wilderness location.
  • Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash–the subject of the great documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey–resigned from Sesame Street, leaving the show without one of its “main creative forces” after he was sued by a second man of underage sex, which was followed by third man later sued, too. The first accuser recanted his accusation and then recanted his recantation. The second man, who’s now 24, sued Clash for $5 million and, as The Smoking Gun revealed, describes himself as “an exotic diva” in Craigslist “transvestite for men” ads.
  • Dancing with the Stars‘ Karina Smirnoff will headline a summer Cruising with the Stars cruise that includes dance lessons with her.
  • The penthouse that housed the Top Chef Seattle contestants is profiled by Zillow.
  • Speaking of Seattle, Seattlites hav been cast in two Norwegian reality shows: The Great Norway Adventure and a dating series called Sons of Norway.
  • There’s an interesting argument in The Atlantic about all-star seasons ruining competition shows because they are “rewarding self-aware ‘brand-building’ over talent.”
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