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Emmy reality TV nominations: predictably lazy but with new categories

For the second year in a row, the Emmy nominations for reality TV’s major categories remain nearly unchanged, though two new categories have offered some new entrants—and new reasons to wonder why voters make the decisions they do. There were 57 people eligible for a reality show host nomination, yet we ended up with basically …

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Big Brother’s houseguests letting its puppet master Devin strangle them in his strings

During last night’s Big Brother, Zach referred to some of his fellow cast members as “the supporters of Devin, aka the idiots.” Caleb told Devin, “just like always, you blow it out of proportion, every time.” Hayden said “Devin has lost his mind.” Yet Brittany actually told Devin, “This is your game,” which clearly Devin …

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Chris Harrison “fought like crazy” to reveal Eric Hill’s death on camera, air it

The Bachelorette cast member Eric Hill’s death was revealed to the show’s star and cast on camera, and that footage was included in the episode that was broadcast last night. Host Chris Harrison revealed in an interview with TV Guide that while some on the show’s crew did not want to film or air an …

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Is it too early to say this is the best Big Brother cast in years, maybe since BB6?

Big Brother has had many greats–and by that, I mean houseguests who came across as delusional nitwits, impossibly frustrating to watch yet also entertaining. They’re paranoid, confrontational, controlling, megalomaniacal, dumb, and/or just plain annoying. If that’s the standard of great, Devin certainly meets it, least of all because of his tearful and dumb house meeting …

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New Biggest Loser trainers; Gold Rush star dies; Kitchen Nightmares’ success rate; CW show cancels itself

Recent reality TV news Gold Rush star James Harness died at age 57, Discovery Channel confirmed to THR. He left the show after its second season because of pain related to a car accident. There will be four trainers on the next season of The Biggest Loser, as the show is replacing Jillian Michaels, who …

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