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Juan Pablo and Nikki split; Big Brother to China; TAR’s routes; MasterChef turtle beheading

News about reality TV show cast members

  • The Bachelor couple Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell have broken up, which was first noticed as a result of social media unfollows. Someone “close to the couple” (read: close to Nikki) told People that Juan Pablo had a “disregard” for her feelings.
  • Kyle Chrisley said his dad, the star of Chrisley Knows Best, “a snake who shut me out of my child’s life.” He also said, “This show has been nothing but bad for me. At this point he’s ruined me and he’s ruined the other three kids he’s had who are spoiled.” Todd Chrisley responded by discussing his son’s mental health: “Kyle is bipolar and normally, people that are bipolar, they seek out a way to self-medicate, which is what Kyle has done since he’s been young. I want what’s best for him.” Todd says his publicist tried to explain that to an editor at the Daily Mail “the severity of Kyle’s situation and her comment to our publicist was, ‘Well, we’re going to run the story anyways. Kyle has a right to say what he wants to say and besides, it will be great for your ratings.'”
  • Teresa Giudice will probably serve her 15 month prison sentence at Danbury, a minimum security prison now best known for being the place where Orange is the New Black author Piper Kerman was incarcerated. However, it’s apparently possible she’ll be assigned to a different prison. Earlier, Teresa Giudice’s “legal crisis manager” quit because of Teresa’s request to serve her prison sentence there.
  • Kendra on Top‘s third season is following True Tori by showing the aftermath of a possible affair that tabloid (“Transsexual Ava says Hank Baskett isn’t Done Cheating on Kendra Wilkinson”). The result, Emily Yahr argues, is “a sad new low of personal exploitation, particularly as two small children (four-year-old “Little Hank” and five-month-old baby girl Alijah) are also frequently featured on camera.” Baskett’s representatives told TMZ that he “hung out with her” but claims that she is trying to extort him.
  • Push Girls cast member Chelsie Hill was awarded $12.5 million by a jury that decided Toyota’s design was responsible for the injury that paralyzed her.
  • Top Chef contestant and The Chew co-host Carla Hall is using a class of 15 Drexel University students to help her create her first restaurant. The Inquirer reports that “Drexel created a “restaurant lab” class for the project, where students will source ingredients, compute costs, test equipment, and help with kitchen design and recipe development for Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen.
  • Porn star Rebecca More is traveling across Britain and having sex with locals, filming it for a reality series that will air on Television X.
  • LA Ink star Kat Von D’s tattoo parlor, High Voltage, was damaged in a fire, and she went after news crews. Four years ago, her house was damaged by a fire that killed her cat.
  • Hoarders‘ Matt Paxton predicts there will be many more hoarders soon because people are aging. “Grief and time is what causes hoarding. The elderly just happen to have more time,” he told the Philadelphia Daily News.
  • VH1 responded to the lawsuit filed by a Dating Naked contestant whose unblurred genitalia appeared on screen. The network said “Jess Nizewitz is a former model and sometimes actress who wanted a shot at fame” and “signed not one but three agreements, in which she expressly and repeated agreed (no fewer than twelve times) that she would participate and be filmed fully nude: that footage could be exhibited and distributed without restriction that the producers would have sole discretion in how the footage was edited.”


News about reality shows

  • Pitbull, aka Armando Christian Perez, is starring in two Weinstein Company-produced series: Pitbull: The Lyfe, which will follow him behind the scenes of his tour and life, and The REAL Change Project, on which Pitbull talks to famous people about their success (the show will somehow raise money for teachers around the world).
  • Big Brother is heading to China; a 10-week version will air next year, produced by Endemol China and Youku Tudou, which runs a streaming video site.
  • Contestants on Vietnam’s version of MasterChef had live proteins, which meant two of them beheaded live turtles (watch the video, which is graphic and also features surprisingly blunt logo placement for sponsors). It’s clear one of them struggled with it, and her turtle was bloody before she finally kills it. The Sunday Express reports that the network, VTV3, apologized, and one of its executives said “Allowing such a violent scene to air was an accident.” Shine, which licenses the format, said in a statement, “Though what is considered acceptable to eat, and how it is prepared, can vary greatly in different countries’ cultures, we strongly discourage tasks which feature the preparation of live animals.”
  • Utopia has changed its voting to give viewers more power.
  • TNT is creating a sex crime-focused version of its hit series Cold Justice. The new, untitled “series will follow a pair of crime experts as they travel the country to assist local law enforcement in closing long-unsolved cases.”
  • Chrisley Knows Best was renewed for a third season by USA Network. Its second season just started, but ratings were significantly higher than season one (the network said it was up 60 percent among people 18-49, 78 percent people 25-54, and increased its total ratings by 76 percent).
  • truTV’s forthcoming Breaking Greenville “follows a group of local anchors” and the “rivalry between two local news stations [WXVT and WABG].” Jim Romenesko reports that the news director of one of the stations, Pam Chatman, “was chosen for the show after a Hollywood casting company saw a 2008 profile that referred to her ‘The Oprah of the South.'”
  • Amazingly, Growing Up Gotti first premiered 10 years ago, and A&E will air a reunion with the family on Nov. 10 to commemorate that.
  • Survivor creator Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are currently casting for a TLC show that Roma will host which asks, “Has God answered your prayers?” The show says it wants “stories of answered prayers, of miracles, of divine intervention in our daily lives” and says that the show “may even try to recreate your experiences for our television audience.”
  • Is American Ninja Warrior a sport? Vice explores that, and executive producer Kent Weed says, “We’re true to sports at its core, but, you know, we create stories around humanity that people can identify with, and there are great success stories that make for heros and heroines out of it,” he said. “What we did is we concentrated on the sports aspect of it. And the human element of it, and, you know, creating basically sports entertainment.”
  • Elise Doganieri explains how The Amazing Race plans its routes and seasons. (She’s its executive producer and creator, and also was one of the producers on The Quest.) Notable but not new insight: non-elimination legs are planned in advance, Bertram van Munster travels the route before the season while Doganieri oversees casting.
  • I found truTV’s Fake Off to be incredibly confusing but also fascinating.
  • A fascinating history of our fascination with “rural hillbilly culture.”


Something to watch (actually, 20 things)

  • A new short documentary film series from Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan and Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions went live last week, and is free on 50+ platforms, both on demand and online. The We The Economy short films answer “20 essential economic questions” and are directed by “world-renowned filmmakers” including Anchorman’s Adam McKay, Twilight’s Catherine Hardwick, Entourage’s Adrian Grenier, and Spurlock. Watch them all right here:

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