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Posts from: October 2015

Monica suggests Survivor producers played a role in her exit

Monica Padilla, admitted “bitter” about her Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance experience, has suggested producers played a role in her exit, saving Kelly Wiglesworth and Spencer Bledsoe from being voted out. First: I have heard grumblings in the Survivor cast community about producer interference this season, which may, of course, be just a manifestation of bitterness. Monday morning, I asked CBS about Monica’s claims—which …

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Three of Shark Tank’s sharks are dyslexic

Shark Tank stars Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran, and Kevin O’Leary all have dyslexia, and say it has helped them be better entrepreneurs. This is the first time I’ve heard this, though a search revealed that the sharks have discussed this before and it isn’t exactly a secret. For example, last year, Barbara talked to Entrepreneur, which reported that she “only …

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Live this week: Brain surgery! Exorcism! Vivisepulture!

As Halloween approaches this week, three networks are doing live stunts with varying degrees of grossness, horror, and actual value. They start tonight, with live brain surgery, and end Halloween eve, with an alleged exorcism of a house. The three specials come from three networks known and/or once known for their nonfiction programing—National Geographic Channel, A&E, and …

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An ambush backfires on Restaurant Impossible

Restaurant Impossible began its 12th season on Food Network with an episode that tried to create drama by ambushing a restaurant owner who had no idea the show was coming. Instead, it ended up exposing exactly what’s wrong with this format, and how it has succumbed to pointless theatrics at the expense of actually helping. The …

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No, TBS isn’t airing a Cheeseheads reality show about Packers fans

Thursday, two sports news web sites ran stories announcing a new TBS reality series following fans of the Green Bay Packers called, of course, Cheeseheads. However, the announcement is from the spring of 2013, when the show was only in development. Both Fox Sports and CBS’ Sports 247Sports ran—and later deleted—stories about the announcement as if it was new and …

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Simon Cowell returns to the U.S. to ruin America’s Got Talent

Simon Cowell is returning to the U.S. to judge America’s Got Talent, the summer NBC show he executive produces. NBC’s confirmation of the long- called him “a music executive, TV producer and star of some of the highest-rated television shows in the world” whose “discerning eye for talent and candid remarks have transformed popular culture and made him …

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An obvious blindside of a Survivor who suddenly reappeared

The facial expression Monica delivered at the end of Survivor Cambodia‘s Tribal Council was quite spectacular, and she clearly was blindsided by her alliance. From the first day 12 scene, however, to Jeff Probst’s leading questions at Tribal Council, her exit was anything but a surprise, leading to a kind of oh-okay-fine episode. If someone hasn’t been …

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