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More CBS work for Jeff Schroeder; Intervention history; Top Chef to Telemundo; Storage Wars lawsuit update

  • CBS is continuing to employ Jeff Schroeder, this time as a guest star on The Bold and the Beautiful. He’s the Big Brother cast member whose bigotry previously prompted the network to issue a statement about not condoning his behavior. Right. Also, without any indication of self-awareness, he told TV Guide that this year’s “houseguests know they’re on camera 24/7 and should be much more aware of what they’re saying. Now they’re going to have to pay for it once the game is over. … I don’t condone the terrible stuff that’s being said in the house, nor am I trying to protect those players but I believe educating them when they get out is the key. You can only hope they’ll learn from their mistakes and become better people.”
  • An interesting overview that tries to answer the question, What does it take to get kicked off reality TV?.
  • Storage Wars cast member Dave Hester, who accused the show of being staged, has to pay $122,692 in legal fees for A&E and Original Productions after losing part of his case, though his lawsuit is proceeding.
  • Cheryl Cole’s lawsuit over being fired from The X Factor will result in the other judges’ contracts being revealed, and her lawyers will call Simon Cowell as a witness.
  • Meanwhile, Simon Cowell had to judge an episode all by himself. If only X Factor would lose viewers as fast as it does judges, it wouldn’t be coming back for another season.
  • Top Chef: Estrellas (translation: all-stars) will air on Telemundo, with judges Lorena Garcia, Jaime Martin Del Campo, and Ramiro Arvizu. Like the Bravo version, it’ll be produced by Magical Elves.
  • History’s scripted miniseries Hatfields & McCoys is becoming a History channel reality show: Hatfields and McCoys: White Lightning, that follows fighting relatives of the two families.
  • Former Fox reality executive Mike Darnell will work at Warner Bros. as its head of unscripted and alternative TV.
  • A new musical, Nobody Loves You, satirizes reality TV and The New York Times calls it “agreeably snarky.”
  • Intervention ended on A&E this week after 243 interventions, and Buzzfeed looks back at its history, conception, and production.
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