MTV exec: no more Real World? The director of programming at MTV, Brian Graden, says that with the glut of reality TV shows, MTV now needs to figure out what direction it’s going to take next (uh, music?). Which means that The Real World‘s run will be ending–but he doesn’t say when, so we’re safe …
it’s all fun and games until a chicken gets hurt. In case you missed the dramatic event of the week, Big Brother‘s site features a detailed recap of the chicken incident. Also, if you haven’t watched (or can’t watch) the live streaming video from the house, which is the best thing about the show, but …
The Real World is no 1900 House. WKSU’s Ann VerWiebe compares PBS’ Real-World-in-1900 show with MTV’s original, and decides that PBS’ entry is a lot more real, especially when it comes to the issues the family faced in the antique home.
Big Brother’s ratings drop, but still not bad for CBS. The Saturday night recap ep of Big Brother had lower ratings than previous nights, but it still did well with a 2.5 share. Early ratings show it just edged out the last NBC airing of Freaks and Geeks, which is just wrong.
Moore: reality TV is “TV’s newest rage”. The AP’s Frazier Moore churns out a predictable column with two shocking revelations: reality TV is just the latest trend, and–hold your breath–it’s not really “reality.”
on Pulau Tiga, the body odor was like “hot garbage.” So says Ramona, and I’ll take her word on that. She and the rest of the booted talk to People about constipation, hate mail, hunger and odors. Plus, B.B. says he didn’t “have the energy to be phony” and still doesn’t know why washing his …
miss a show last week? Recaps from last week are live and drenched in sarcasm. Rock on. MTVixen Jill goes off on episode four of The Real World with her killer storytelling flair (Jamie made out with “a stray dog” and the Village People!); both MightyBigTV and Student.Com’s minute-by-minute wrap-ups are a bit more truthful …
Other critics’ takes on reality TV
- Emily Yahr on how Rachel Lindsay’s Bachelor revelations “could lead to meaningful change”
- Brittany Luse asks, “Why Am I Watching Married At First Sight Instead of Planning My Wedding?”
- Kate Aurthur on the Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi doc The Housewife and the Hustler
- Shamira Ibrahim on The Real Housewives of Atlanta Bolo leak
- Sarah D. Bunting on Hulu’s Sasquatch
- Dan Fienberg on Oscar-winning documentary My Octopus Teacher: “a true embarrassment that this is the kind of dreck the Academy put in the documentary field”
- Alissa Wilkinson on Mark Wahlberg’s new reality show
- Caroline Framke on David Attenborough as “Nature’s Voice of Reason”
- Margaret Lyons on “cheesy documentary reenactments”
- Nina Metz on documentary series’ unnecessary bloat
- Helen Rosner on Stanley Tucci and Searching for Italy
- Melanie McFarland on Marriage or Morgage and its “bad decisions”
- Caroline Framke on “How Hollywood is complicit in the violence against Asians in America”
- Josef Adalian on Paramount+’s nostalgia strategy
- David Ansen on the “groundbreaking documentary movies” of the past year
News from around the web
- Top Chef Portland winner Gabe Erales posted an apology after previously admitting to following an affair with “discriminatory” actions
- Dee Bradley Baker is returning to voice Olmec on The CW’s Legends of the Hidden Temple. (Here’s a short documentary on his voiceover work.)
Frankie Lons, Keyshia Cole’s mother and co-star four BET series, died from an overdose on her birthday. She was on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew’s fourth season.
Katie Thurston said Bachelorette producers did not previously know about the sexual assault she disclosed during filming: “I do think it surprised producers, because they did not know and those are the things they want to know going into this.”
- A Round with Tiger: Celebrity Playing Lessons, the reality show Tiger Woods was filming when he had his car accident, is now streaming on Golf Digest’s website
- Kendra Wilkinson is getting her own Discovery+ real estate series, Kendra Sells Hollywood
- 50 Cent is developing Unwrapped, which he described as “Hip Hop’s American idol”
- A new USA show will follow NASCAR drivers
- Stacey McKenzie won’t judge Canada’s Drag Race season 2
- Peacock has ordered Pride & Prejudice: An Experiment in Romance, which will take place in “a Regency-style England … castle on the countryside” and is already being compared to Bridgerton.
- Hoarders Matt Paxton’s great new show was nominated for a daytime Emmy. Several Netflix shows, such as this one, were also nominated, which is curious, because I didn’t realize Netflix had day parts.
- COPS creator John Langley, 78, died of a heart attack while racing in Mexico.
- Allison Mack was sentenced to three years in prison for her role in the NXIVM cult, a horror show that was the subject of two great documentary series last fall.
- Are the celebrities on Celebrity Dating Game actually looking for love? Here’s David Koechner’s answer
- Couples Therapy has been renewed for season 3, which will be split into two parts
- How The Real Housewives glam arms race gets its cast into hot water
- Rachel Lindsay talks about The Bachelor franchise and its fans
- A history of Spike’s Pros vs. Joes, which the creators would like to reboot
- MTV renewed The Challenge for season 37; it’s filming in Croatia
- HBO Max renewed Legendary for season 3
- A Cultural History of TV Dating Shows
- Love Island UK executive says “we want to encourage greater inclusivity and diversity” but having gay islanders is a “logistical difficulty”
- Bachelor in Paradise will rotate through celebrity comedians as hosts instead of Chris Harrison
- Judge Judy is ending after 25 seasons, but Judith Sheindlin says her new show will be the same: “I do what I do”
- The 2020-2021 TV ratings have The Masked Singer tied for the #1 non-sports show
- The Jeopardy! guest hosts (so far) ranked by ratings
- In Australia, “Bachelorette Brooke Blurton makes television history as the show’s first Indigenous, bisexual star”. Do better, ABC!
- Mark “The Beast” Labbett is returning to The Chase for its second season on ABC.
- Top Chef Family Style is back in production after its crew went on strike; they now have a union contract
- HGTV is bringing back Cash in the Attic
- How much does an HGTV host get per episode? $3,500 for the host of Windy City Rehab, who’s suing the show for $2.2 million.
- The Real Housewives of Dallas star Dr. Tiffany Moon is fighting back against racist bullying from her co-star’s family
- Are You The One? season 5 cast members say the show was rigged by producers
- American Idol finalist Caleb Kennedy is out as a result of a “racist social media post”
- Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell are back together even though they split after The Bachelor
- Britney Spears on the documentaries about her: “Why highlight the most negative and traumatizing times in my life from forever ago?”
- Former TLC star Josh Duggar was “indicted on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography”
- Why music licenses are such a problem in the streaming era
- A new trend in documentary filmmaking
- RuPaul’s Drag Race “contestants are spending anywhere from $4,000 on the low end to upwards of $20,000 on the higher end” just to compete on the show