Syfy’s Wizard Wars returned last night, and while it’s still a fun show with impressive magic, season two did not get more transparent about the show’s rules. How does the competition work? How much time do the magicians get to create magic and practice it? Why don’t the judges get more specific in their critiques about flashes or other things they… continue reading
Archives for January 2015
Survivor Brad Culpepper is defending himself against a lawsuit by an insurance company that claims his behavior on the show proves he committed fraud.
More than a year ago, Anderson Cooper broke my heart. I was so crushed by what he said it’s taken me 13 months to write about it. Yes, this has to do with The Mole.
RuPaul’s Drag Race season 7 finally has a debut date, March 2, and also has new permanent judges, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews, who join RuPaul and Michelle Visage and replace Santino Rice. Santino isn’t out entirely; he’s listed among those who will appear as guest judges. Other guest judges include Ariana Grande, Olivia Newton-John, Jessica Alba, Demi Lovato,… continue reading
During the last half hour of The Celebrity Apprentice, there was finally a dramatic boardroom fight, with Kenya and Vivica going at each other, passionately trying to take the other down in order. Vivica mocked Kenya’s resume narration; Kenya buttered up Trump so much he was glistening. But then: Trump fired Kate Gosselin. “I really feel it’s your time,” he said…. continue reading
The latest parody of The Bachelor was on Saturday Night Live this weekend, with Blake Shelton as “Farm Hunk,” obviously Chris Soules. Based on some headlines — “Blake Shelton mercilessly mocks every bit of ‘The Bachelor’,” “This Bachelor Parody Was Blake Shelton’s Best SNL Sketch” — I was expecting something, you know, funny or scathing. It’s neither. The… continue reading
In the United States, McDonald’s French Fries have 19 ingredients, as former Mythbusters host Grant Imahara discussed in his sad web series. In the UK, McDonald’s fries have four ingredients. Like our fries, our cooking competitions in the U.S. are mostly overstuffed with unnecessary things, and the difference is clear in the wonderful, filler-free The Great British Baking Show. Earlier this… continue reading
When the episode of The Great British Bake-Off that aired last week in the U.S. on PBS aired in the U.K. back in August, it generated hundreds of complaints. That was because of Iain Watters’s failed baked Alaska that he threw away and claims that Diana Beard sabotaged Iain’s dessert. It became known as “Bingate” and “#JusticeForIain” trended on Twitter…. continue reading
In February, Survivor will turn 30, and former Survivor contestant Rob Cesternino’s podcast will turn five. This is no small achievement. Like blogs, podcasts are frequently created and quickly abandoned, and few reach the level of success of Rob Has a Podcast. As I discussed in part one of my interview with Rob, RHAP is very successful, thanks to its founder,… continue reading
Another season of The Taste has concluded, and like certain wines or Anderson Cooper, it keeps getting better with age. The finale featured a live studio audience of the contestants’ friends and family who could witness Ludo’s abuse in person, and came down to three men, the final two of whom were also in a separate competition to see whose… continue reading
The trailer for WE tv’s forthcoming version of Sex Box calls the series “the boldest show on television,” but really it just looks like the most boring show on television, like a second-rate daytime talk show where the guests wear pajamas.
After firing judge Mary Murphy, So You Think You Can Dance has officially hired past guest judges Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo as its two new permanent judges. In a press release, returning judge Nigel Lythgoe called this “a new and exciting panel of judges,” which isn’t quite true since he’s still on it. He called Paula… continue reading
The subject of American Sniper, Chris Kyle, was a cast member on a one-season NBC reality series, Stars Earn Stripes. The Oscar-nominated film American Sniper stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL who appeared on the reality series in 2012. Two years ago, about six months after the series concluded, Kyle was shot and killed at a gun… continue reading
“Will these teams find true love, or will there be heartbreak?” That’s a thing Phil Keoghan actually says in The Amazing Race blind dates cast reveal video below. Yes, for some inexplicable reason, The Amazing Race is moving in the direction of The Bachelor as it makes changes. The incredible CBS reality show that sent people around the world… continue reading
With Kenya and Brandi getting along enough to fake fight in their underwear, and the show’s editing setting up Geraldo as a creative genius, the drama on Celebrity Apprentice kind of flatlined. Joan Rivers had a good line or two, but was barely a presence in the second episode, despite the relentless promotion of her appearance. And most significantly,… continue reading