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April 1

All of these are satirical, fictional stories published on April Fool's Day, a long-running reality blurred tradition.

Survivor renewed, but will no longer hold open casting calls or accept applications

The application for Survivor has been removed from CBS.com, confirming that the reality competition will no longer accept applications from the public online or via open casting calls, instead relying on the pool of the few hundred men and women who’ve already competed on the show to fill its casts from now on. The show, …

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NBC replacing Matt Lauer with Donald Trump, who will be replaced by Jay Leno

NBC executives will shuffle several personalities between its shows, part of a strategic attempt to increase ratings by creating compelling drama off screen instead of in prime time. In the most significant move, Celebrity Apprentice star Donald Trump will be replaced by Jay Leno next season. Leno’s humorless monologues and disengaged interviewing are a strong …

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Game of Thrones, Walking Dead reality shows; Bachelor condoms; Hoarders to get Duck Dynasty beards

Both HBO’s Game of Thrones and AMC’s The Walking Dead will be turned into reality series, insiders say, as a way to generate attention for the relatively unknown dramas, which have had difficulty getting attention and traction from the media. How exactly HBO will translate complex mythology into a reality series isn’t clear, but AMC’s …

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Law would force people to watch Teen Mom, Bethenny before buying contraception

This satirical, fictional story is part of the April 1, 2012, edition of reality blurred. Happy April Fool’s Day. People who want to buy contraception, including condoms, lubricant, and birth control pills, will be required to watch 24 continuous hours of shows such as 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, and Bethenny Ever After first, according …

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