This calendar year was quite an eventful one for unscripted television. So much happened on so many shows, but these are the moments and shows that stood out to me. Enjoy the look back–and enjoy the last day of 2013. Happy New Year. Stripped down = awesome. Several shows last summer went in the opposite… continue reading
Archives for December 2013
One fun thing I like to do while recovering from the holidays and being sick is look at analytics and site data, so here’s a list of the 20 most-popular stories I wrote this past year. Popularity isn’t the most important measurement, of course, unless you’re in middle school and/or on Facebook, but it is… continue reading
Late Friday between two major holidays, the time when one releases news one wants to get a lot of attention, the parent company of A&E announced that Phil Robertson won’t be suspended from Duck Dynasty after all, and will be part of filming when it resumes next year (the next season, featuring Phil, has already… continue reading
While even December has come bearing gifts of reality TV debuts, the new year is almost upon us, and that will bring with it the return of a bunch of familiar shows, from American Idol to The Bachelor, never mind many new reality series. So, it’s time for our quarterly, frequently-updated list of officially announced… continue reading
The second of four episodes of HBO’s 24/7: Road to the NHL Winter Classic airs Saturday night, a new timeslot for the series that this time is following the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs with the uncensored access and artistry that distinguishes HBO’s Hard Knocks. The trailer for the third season–it didn’t air… continue reading
Scott Gurney, one of the principles at Gurney Productions, which created Duck Dynasty and a lot of shows about sharks, once starred as a gay porn star in a movie called The Fluffer. (Gay Porn Blog has photos from the movie, including Gurney’s full-frontal nudity.) I’d like an episode of Duck Dynasty on which The… continue reading
Phil Robertson’s suspension from Duck Dynasty will have no impact on the nine episode of the show that will air starting January 15, though the family suggests that A&E’s decision may impact future episodes. The New York Times reports that “it will be a long time before any viewer even notices the suspension” because the… continue reading
The aftermath of Duck Dyansty star Phil Robertson’s comments to GQ has been swift and predictable: A&E suspended him “indefinitely,” and now there’s all kinds of furious reaction, including IStandWithPhil.com, where people can publicly agree with Phil’s thoughts about the parts of the Bible he’s decided to believe in. The most high-profile response has been… continue reading
A family on The Great Christmas Light Fight said producers told him to lie. Producers say that’s not how the show works.
A&E has placed Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on “hiatus from filming indefinitely” as a result of his comments to GQ that equated gay people with “drunks, terrorists” and compared gayness to bestiality. A&E said in a statement: “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his… continue reading
GQ profiles Phil Robertson, star of the insanely popular A&E series Duck Dynasty, who hasn’t been shy about the “spiritual warfare” he’s engaged in with Hollywood and others. In that, we learn that, for a straight man, Phil has been thinking a lot about men’s anuses: “It seems like, to me, a vagina–as a man–would… continue reading
It’s that time of year when everyone compiles lists of things from the past 11 months, because who cares what happens in December. That includes search engines, which have released lists of what people were looking for most this year. Of course, reality TV shows and stars are among those things. Google’s most-searched-for TV shows… continue reading
In the press release announcing the renewal, Probst said, “Survivor has been blessed with incredibly loyal fans. We make this show for them and I am thrilled that we get to do it again.” He also said producers try to give fans “what they want.” This is a terrible idea, and I say that as… continue reading
A Great Christmas Light Fight family said they were asked to lie and fake their reactions.
Having had his awful show crushed this season by both The Voice and timeslot competitor Survivor, Simon Cowell is retooling X Factor and pitching it to Fox. He remains confident the show will, but with a new format and judges. I hope he’s being his usual delusional self, because if the network re-ups with his… continue reading