miss an episode this week? The recaps are up. On The Real World‘s latest Melissa show, MightyBigTV gives Danny one more week to stop wearing the gray sweater, MTVixen Jill ponders stripper David’s hypocrisy, and Student.com overreacts about the kiss between Danny and Kelley. Road Rules ran out of ideas and did another steal-something-from-the-RW-house, and …
Survivor’s kicking butt. Unlike its CBS sibling Big Brother, Survivor continues its upwards climb in the ratings. Wednesday’s episode–during which Gretchen was nailed by the alliance–drew 24.5 million viewers, a few more than last week.
“marked for banishment”: Will and Jordan. In possibly the worst episode of Big Brother yet, the house guests nominated the others for banishment; now we get to decide (via a 900-number). After “big brother” (Julie Chen) told the cast who the chosen two were, the best discussion/argument of the series to date started: Jordan and …
even Big Brother’s slipping ratings have helped CBS.For the first time since the 1994 Olympics, CBS was on top in the 18 to 49 demo in the ratings, thanks to Survivor and Big Brother. That’s despite the fact that wondering “Will Karen run out of Kleenex?” is about the most interesting thing about Big Brother, …
what reality TV shows should learn from one another.Confession: I sort of wrote this piece for Salon.com. But hey, it’s still a good analysis of what these shows are doing right and what they still need to learn.
WB orders 13 episodes of Making the Band: the female version.The WB will enter the reality TV fray next January with a Making the Band clone. Popstars will follow the formation of an all-female pop band. Spice Girls, anyone?
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