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Will The Comeback return? Bachelor Juan Pablo sells appliances; Duck Dynasty bowl game

  • Will the brilliant parody series starring Lisa Kudrow as a new reality star Valerie Cherish return to TV? Co-creator Michael Patrick King told EW, “Lisa and I actually have had a couple of lunches lately where we’ve been missing Valerie and wondering where she’d be. That’s just a creative exploration Lisa and I are doing. We care so much about Valerie and the work that we did that, in hindsight, felt so edgy. Lisa and I have been amusing ourselves, and maybe somebody else might be amused in the future.” He also said, “It was such a unique show, and remember there wasn’t a Real Housewife anywhere. … Even our weird camerawork — it was before The Office made that common.”
  • He’s right, and the first season was brilliant, but he’s produced such shit since then, including the Sex and the City movies, that I think I don’t want it to return out of fear that it wouldn’t even live up to the original.

  • Celebrity Apprentice will start filming next month with Donald Trump at its helm, an NBC spokesperson told the Buffalo News. Considering NBC’s hesitancy about the show, I’ll believe it once it actually happens.
  • Celebrity Apprentice winner Piers Morgan’s CNN show, which took over for Larry King, has been cancelled. He may be replaced by reality TV and documentaries. Piers was remarkably honest about the show’s end when contacted by the New York Times: “It’s been a painful period and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings. … Look, I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing, and there is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it. That’s run its course […]”
  • A biting profile of Donald Trump that follows the writer with Trump on his plane and at his Florida resort; it didn’t end well, with Trump calling the reporter and Buzzfeed “true garbage” and a Trump aide resigning.
  • How American Idol picks its lawyers and how the lawyers work with contestants.
  • 19 Recordings is suing Sony Music for more than $10 million, “claim[ing] that Sony Music has been systematically robbing them of millions of dollars in royalties,” THR reports. It’s a fascinating story because the lawsuit covers things such as streaming services, music videos, compliation albums, and advertising.
  • Here’s a story about American Idol’s costs, including judge salary, that cites vague anonymous sources and reads like a middle schooler wrote it and then translated it back and forth from another language on Google Translate. As always, TMZ’s contributions to journalism are significant.
  • The business run by the Duck Dynasty cast is now sponsoring a college football bowl game: The Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., will become the Duck Commander Independence Bowl for the next six years. It also just sponsored a Texas Motor Speedway race.
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race is already casting for its next season.
  • TLC is producing a spin-off of Breaking Amish that will air starting in June: The network says Return to Amish “follows Abe, Rebecca, Sabrina, Jeremiah, and Kate as they continue to acclimate to their new lives while still applying some Amish traditions to holidays and major life events. Mary, Katie Ann, and Andrew all return as well, and viewers are finally introduced to Chester (Mary’s husband), Chapel (Andrew’s girlfriend) and Kayla (Rebecca’s daughter).”
  • A cast member on Channel 4’s Shipwrecked, Nadejah Williams, died from cancer; her mother blames the government’s decision to not approve funding for special treatement until it was too late to be effective.
  • Anna Klassen tells the story of filming a pilot for a scripted makeover reality show, one where things were faked and she was heavily coached. It’s a fascinating read, though it’s sad that her conclusion is to generalize that all reality TV is similarly fake (“There is nothing real about reality TV”).
  • Current The Bachelor star Juan Pablo appears in the commercial below for a local appliance store. Why would he do that? Rochester Appliance owner Dean Eaton explains: “Juan went to college with my brother in-law at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester N.Y. When I found out Juan was going to be the next Bachelor, I immediately tried to get him to be in a commercial for me. I’ve grown my business via word of mouth for years and this would be a great opportunity get more awareness of my business.” He adds that Juan “was surprisingly open to the concept” and shot the commercial before Christmas, even though “He came down with a sinus/head cold just before leaving for Rochester.”
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