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Posts from: May 2015

Today, 10 years of Gordon Ramsay screaming on Hell’s Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay’s first Fox show, debuted 10 years ago today, on May 30, 2005. It’s now in its 14th season and has aired more than 200 episodes, and outlived Ramsay’s other show, Kitchen Nightmares, which ended last year but premiered two years after the red team and blue team first faced off in …

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Hoarders live was gross, and not because of the trash

Hoarders has often been accused of sensationalizing and/or exploiting its subjects and their mental illness. I think the opposite is true, and I’ve long championed it and defended it, writing about it extensively, because it was strong reality television and an important series. In the six seasons that aired on A&E before it was cancelled, …

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Duggar response from Funny or Die is way too close to reality

There’s a new Funny or Die video with actors playing Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar who respond to the scandal related to their son’s molestation of his sisters. Although the impressions of the Duggars are on-point, and though there are some funny lines at the start and finish, the whole video didn’t strike me as …

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Bullseye is fun, but it’s really Fear Factor light

Let’s not pretend: Fox’s Bullseye is Fear Factor. It looks like Fear Factor, with the same southern California desert locations. It has the same prize, $50,000. It has the same episodic structure, with people being eliminated after each of three challenges. It has the same explosions signaling the successful completion of the big challenge. This …

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In its 10th year, America’s Got Talent has its best start ever

America’s Got Talent started its 10th season last night, and in its first four hours, had what I think is its strongest, most watchable start yet. From its judges’ chemistry–Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, and Mel B work exceptionally well together–to its truly strong acts, the show is off to a good start. And …

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Amy Schumer said yes to starring on The Bachelorette. Let this be real

On Tuesday, ABC’s senior vice president for alternative programming, Rob Mills, invited comedian Amy Schumer to be the next The Bachelorette. She accepted. Seriously, just look: . @Millsy11374 Here I come!! #bachelorette pic.twitter.com/tgA1Pzm4oL — Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) May 26, 2015 Okay, yes, she answered with a funny photo, and yes, this may all just be …

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