MTV released a trailer for its next season of its drunken, violent franchise The Challenge, which now will include cast members from outside the MTV reality show universe, who needed a place to get drunk and fight with each other while a major international corporation profits from a toxic, misogynistic environment where female cast members face a “hostile work environment” with “unwanted touching.”
An MTV’s The Challenge cast member detailed a culture of sexual harassment on the set of the show that the production tolerated and even encouraged.
The Challenge: Vendettas, season 31 of the MTV show, includes contestants from outside MTV reality shows, including two Big Brother 18 houseguests.
MTV is bringing back its spin-off of The Challenge that will have familiar Challenge contestants competing against a team of non-Challenge people—but this time, instead of pro athletes, those competitors will be “celebrity athletes and entertainers,” which is code for “mostly reality stars.” Mike “The Miz” Mizanin will host the “eight-week special event” The Challenge: Champs vs…. continue reading
MTV’s Challenge is spinning off a new competition, The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros, that will have MTV stars face off against pro athletes.
A helicopter that was part of the production for MTV’s The Challenge has crashed in Argentina Saturday, killing the pilot and one other person. While it was traveling to a filming location for season 28 of The Challenge, neither person killed was a cast or crew member, according to the network.
Over the past few years, very nice people have suggested I revisit MTV’s The Challenge, in particular because the actual challenges have improved. So, I recorded Battle of the Bloodlines, and was ready to get to know the cast—nearly all of whom I have absolutely no familiarity with—and see some good reality TV competitions.
Alas, before an actual challenge showed up, I was challenged, having to endure what too many MTV shows have become: drunken, violent messes.
After an eight-month break, MTV’s Challenge will return in early December for season 27 with a twist that’s straight out of Survivor: having cast members play with and against their relatives. The family members are only siblings or cousins, however—and it’s very cousin-heavy, with nine of the 14 teams comprised of cousin pairs. MTV is calling this The… continue reading
Diem Brown, the two-time cancer survivor who who appeared on MTV’s Challenges, died this morning after her most recent battle with cancer. She was 32. People has a detailed obituary and timeline of her recent illness. The magazine reports that “Friends and family had been gathering at her bedside at a New York City hospital… continue reading
Road Rules turned serial Challenge cast member Susie Meister has a long essay in Salon today about her MTV reality show experiences, which she compares to an abusive relationship. Highlights of the information and insight from her piece: Despite being critical of the show and its production, Susie writes, “I have to acknowledge my role… continue reading
MTV and The Real World Chicago cast member Tonya Cooley have settled a lawsuit in which she alleges she was raped during production of Challenge: The Ruins. The terms of the settlement are unknown. Last fall, Tonya sued, claiming she was raped by Kenny and Evan with a toothbrush while she was unconscious and cameras… continue reading
Tonya Cooley’s lawsuit against MTV, Bunim-Murray Productions, and fellow cast members Kenny Santucci and Evan Starkman, who she says raped her with a toothbrush, reveals that Tonya filed a formal complaint a year and a half ago, and may have attempted to resolve her complaint without suing. That provides evidence that counters some of the… continue reading
Tonya Cooley has sued Kenny Santucci, Evan Starkman, MTV, and show producers Bunim-Murray, claiming the two men sexually assaulted her with a toothbrush while she was unconscious and cameras were filming The Challenge: The Ruins. TMZ reports on the lawsuit, which it says that Kenny and Evan “took another male participant’s toothbrush and rubbed the… continue reading
MTV reality show star and kids’ book author Abram Boise appeared before a judge yesterday after his defacing his jail cell with feces, and he ended up being charged only with that, not for indecent exposure after peeing in public. His blood alcohol level was .208. Abram “was released on $300 bail yesterday after his… continue reading
Road Rules cast member and MTV Challenge veteran Abram Boise was arrested for peeing on a car, and in his jail cell, defecated and smeared his own feces on the cell’s walls. He was, in case you didn’t already guess, drunk. The Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports that he “was arrested and charged with urinating… continue reading
Challenge host T.J. Lavin is expected to recover from injuries he suffered last week that left him in a medically induced coma, although right now he has pneumonia. Lavin’s friend Chas Aday told MTV News that “things are really improving … He’s breathing on his own. They’re just assisting him. The pneumonia’s getting better, but… continue reading
Challenge host T.J. Lavin remains in a medically induced coma after a bike accident, but was able to respond to doctors this morning. ESPN reports that his mother told a friend in a text message, “Neuro came and spoke to T.J. He moved his hands around and he gave the docs a thumbs up. He… continue reading
Pro BMX rider TJ Lavin, the host of MTV’s Challenge series since its 11th season, is in critical condition and a medically induced coma after a failed bike stunt Thursday night. TJ has “a possible brain injury” and “a shattered right wrist, broken right arm and fractured eye socket,” according to his mother, Radar reports…. continue reading
The Real World Austin‘s Danny Jamieson and Melinda Stolp married two years ago, but may now be split up. The good people at Crushable are tracking their relationship, noting that Melinda has “posted pics of her making out with another guy on her Facebook page, and he’s yet to mention her as he competes in… continue reading
A $4 million Queenstown, New Zealand, home used by MTV’s The Duel II, which aired last spring and is now airing in that country, was trashed by the cast. The homeowner told the New Zealand Herald, “It was pretty bad … My house now has been completely repainted [and] all the floors have been done…. continue reading