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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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,… 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…. 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,… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… continue reading