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American Idol makes more money than any other prime-time TV show, bringing in an average of $623,000 for a 30-second ad and $7 million every 30 minutes, Forbes reports. In other words, the eight-minute overrun last week was worth about $1.867 million. That’s down from the $745,000 per 30 seconds Fox earned for season six. …

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Two reality stars arrested with crimes last year won’t be prosecuted. In August, Top Model 9 contestant Bianca Golden was arrested after an airport brawl that included Hairspray star Nikki Blonsky. Now, “the cases against Nikki Blonsky and Bianca Golden have been dropped. The only case that is still proceeding is against [Blonsky’s] father,” a …

Read More about Charges against Ace Gordon dropped due to “insufficient evidence”; Bianca Golden won’t be prosecuted

After his Survivor Gabon win Sunday night, Bob Crowley flew immediately on a red eye to New York for a day of interviews. By Tuesday, he’d lost his voice, so we didn’t talk until last night. He was also speechless, sort of, during the reunion, which Bob told me “was shell-shock. It’s so nice to …

Read More about Bob “was in favor of bringing Matty to the end, which in hindsight was not a very bright thing”

A container with artifacts from Survivor Gabon, including an endangered mandrill’s skull and hides of endangered civets, was seized in Texas this week, and now the Department of Agriculture is investigating. The seizure “of the freight container by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on Nov. 18 has spurred a U.S. Department of Agriculture investigation …

Read More about Department of Agriculture investigating seized Survivor Gabon artifacts; others are on eBay

After the Survivor Gabon finale, the final five visited the red carpet in a tent outside the studio to talk to the press. It was a bit disconcerting, since some journalists needed CBS-provided cheat sheets with the casts’ photographs and names on them (really?), and others showed up to reality starfuck. Because we were crammed …

Read More about Sugar “got the best contract” Survivor’s ever given; Susie is “okay” with Randy’s vote

As Survivor Gabon, wrapped up, there was no one I wanted to watch crash and burn more than Ken Hoang, whose arrogance about his alleged control of the game pissed me off. Back in Africa in June, however, he was the opposite of arrogant, and was that same Ken again Sunday night. Ken Hoang Ken, …

Read More about Ken: “Everything I did out there was purely strategic”; Matty: “Gabon humbled me immensely”

Ratings for Survivor Gabon‘s finale last night were up over last spring’s finale, and helped make the show the 8th most-popular television show in the country for 2008, and the third-most popular reality series. On Nielsen’s list of the top 10 highest-rated shows of 2008, American Idol and Dancing with the Stars are again the …

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