Reality TV News - January 2007
Fox has announced that Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?, a new Mark Burnett game show that will test "the lack of knowledge" of adults by seeing how much they've forgotten since elementary school, will premiere with half-hour post-American Idol episodes on Tuesday, February 27 and Wednesday, February 28 at 9:30PM ET/PT.
Adrian Cohen, a Sydney-based doctor who has traveled the world as medical director for CBS' Survivor reality series, admitted on Monday to misconduct that included cocaine use and inappropriately obtaining prescription drugs, according to The Daily Telegraph, an Australian newspaper.
Viewers should know by now that the way American Idol judges criticize contestants isn't going to end anytime soon, so they better get used to it. But Idol judge Simon Cowell said it's mostly all in good fun.
Another season of American Idol, another report that Paula Abdul might be replaced.
Singing "Over the Rainbow" several times during American Idol's fifth season, 22-year-old Katharine McPhee said she thinks the song aged her 40 years. With the Idol 5 runner-up's debut self-titled album being released on Tuesday, she said fans should expect something different.
Has Food & Wine magazine, one of Top Chef's sponsors, inadvertently revealed the reality show's second season winner by posting an interview with one of the culinary competition's two remaining finalists on its website on Monday afternoon -- two days before Top Chef 2's conclusion is scheduled to air on Bravo?
It didn't take too long for CBS' recently pulled Armed & Famous reality series to find a new home.
Paris Hilton has filed a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles to shut down a subscription-based Web site and get her personal possessions returned.
Growing up in Inglewood, CA, Tyra Banks was 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed only 110 pounds, which prompted teasing from schoolmates who called her "Ethiopian." To this day, Banks claims one of the "lowest points" in her life was when her mom Carolyn London referred to her daughter's "skinny butt."
A Detroit-area condo group has sued to oust a family featured on ABC's "Supernanny," claiming the four children are still unruly after the nanny's visit.
Tiffany "New York" Pollard's nine remaining suitors got their hands dirty, spent some time in prayer and saw two more be sent home during Monday night's episode of VH1's I Love New York.
Having failed to "work things out," former 'N Sync member Lance Bass has announced that he and The Amazing Race 4 co-winner Reichen Lehmkuhl have ended their relationship and split for good.
Katharine McPhee wants music fans to know she's more than the demure diva they saw on "American Idol."
Former Project Runway 2 finalist Kara Janx has gotten married. Janx wed longtime boyfriend Sharone Sohayegh on January 14 in Cape Town, South Africa, People reported on its website last week.
"American Idol" judge Paula Abdul, in Las Vegas with her co-judges, was named woman of the year by the Nevada Ballet Theater.
Done in by her teammates' insistence that she was a weak link who became disruptive when things didn't go her way, Marisa DeMato, a 28-year-old attorney from Wellington, Florida, was fired during last night's broadcast of the fourth episode of NBC's The Apprentice: Los Angeles.
Creativity can be costly -- a lesson West Coast Chopper owner Jesse James recently discovered the hard way.
Richard Hatch will get another chance to prove his innocence on charges he evaded paying taxes on the $1 million he received for being the original Survivor. After reviewing written briefs from Hatch's lawyer and federal prosecutors last week, appeals judges granted the Survivor: Borneo winner an oral hearing to argue his case, The Providence Journal reported on Sunday.
British viewers crowned Indian actress Shilpa Shetty winner of "Celebrity Big Brother," which faced charges of racism directed at Shetty as the show aired.
So far, ticket and album sales for Rock Star Supernova have been not so super.
The field of hopefuls grew by two on Sunday night's Grease: You're the One That I Want, as the 14 contestants sang and danced during the NBC reality competition series' first live performance episode to determine who will ultimately play the leads of Danny and Sandy in a Broadway production of Grease this summer.
After only two weeks, the sixth season of Fox's American Idol has begun flexing its muscles. CBS has decided to pull Armed & Famous out of competition with the Fox mega-hit "effective immediately," Daily Variety reported on Friday.
The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) has announced plans for The Sorcerer's Apprentice, a new children's reality competition series that will transform a group of Harry Potter-style boarding school children from "muggles" (a person without magical abilities) into wizards.
Fox has announced the casting call locations for the third season of So You Think You Can Dance, the network's American Idol-like reality competition series that search's for America's favorite dancer.
ABC has announced that it has given early renewals to its Supernanny and Wife Swap reality series. Both shows have received initial 2007-2008 season orders of thirteen episodes each, Daily Variety reported Friday.
Ace Young must have a good singing voice or else he wouldn't have finished seventh during the fifth season of American Idol -- but so far, he's found more success as a songwriter than as a singer. The 26-year-old co-wrote the chorus to Chris Daughtry's "It's Not Over," his fellow Idol 5 finalist's official debut single that has reached as high as No. 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
Bucky Covington said he likes to think he wasn't "kicked-off" as a finalist on the fifth season of Fox's American Idol. He described it as being "invited to leave."
The Food Network has announced that it has begun production on the third season of The Next Food Network Star, a reality competition in which 11 contestants will compete for the chance at their own six-episode Food Network television show. The series will premiere on Sunday, June 3 at 9PM ET/PT.
The British show "Celebrity Big Brother," reeling from complaints of racism, apologized for seeming to favor the person about whom the comments were made.
Original American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson has tossed in her two cents about the criticism Idol's judges and producers have been receiving over the way lesser talented hopefuls have been treated and portrayed during auditions for the Fox mega-hit's sixth season.
A New York "American Idol" contestant who won't be moving on asked British judge Simon Cowell for his work visa after the judge called his act "rubbish."
Oxygen has announced plans to turn Mo'Nique's F.A.T. Chance and Fight Girls, two of the cable network's 2006 reality projects, into new full-fledged reality series that will premiere later this summer.
The five remaining couples on the third season of The CW's Beauty and the Geek enjoyed some sun and fun in San Diego during Wednesday night's episode before another couple was eliminated from the reality competition.
It took him nine weeks and more than one million album sales to get there, but Chris Daughtry finally has a No. 1 album. "Daughtry," the former American Idol 5 finalist's debut album, sold 65,000 copies in the U.S. over the last week, a performance that placed it atop the week's Billboard Top 200 album sales chart.
A Los Angeles judge has stayed his previous ruling that ordered Anna Nicole Smith to submit her daughter for a paternity test.
A Los Angeles federal judge sentenced the "Girls Gone Wild" founder to 200 hours of community service for inadequately documenting video performers' ages.
Doug Blasdell, a 44-year-old gay trainer on Bravo's reality series Work Out, unexpectedly died on Monday after being hospitalized over the weekend for unknown reasons.
MTV has announced that it has ordered a second season of Rob and Big, a reality series that follows the unlikely friendship of professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek and Christopher "Big Black" Boykin, his personal bodyguard.
First Brian Dunkleman resurfaced. Now it's Justin Guarini's turn.
Donald Trump and Rosie O'Donnell have received some relationship advice from an unlikely source -- The Donald's ex-wife Ivana, who despite her ex-husband's denials, also considers The Apprentice star and The View co-host's recent feud to be a "marketing tool."
The fifth edition of NBC's Last Comic Standing isn't just looking for the funniest person in America -- but in the entire world.
Building a house can be physically demanding. But for some of the designers who regularly appear on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the job can also take an emotional toll.
Fox Reality has announced that has ordered a second edition of Solitary, the fledging network's original series in which quitters never win.
Formally verifying reports that had already circulated for weeks, The Bachelor's production company has confirmed that 33-year-old The Bachelor: Rome star Prince Lorenzo Borghese and Jennifer Wilson, the 24-year-old eighth grade reading teacher he gave his "final rose" to, have ended their relationship.
The folks who brought you "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" soon will play matchmaker for Boston Red Sox fans.
The British network that airs "Celebrity Big Brother," on which racist comments were alleged, appointed a human rights lawyer to a panel reviewing the show.
Don't look now, but "Romber" plan to start reproducing.
Beauty and the Geek co-executive producer Jason Goldberg promised "big-time, unbelievable hookups" before the show's third season premiered early this month -- and now it looks like the show's cast will deliver.
Add Oscar-nominated actress to Jennifer Hudson's impressive growing resume, as the 25-year-old former American Idol third season finalist has received a best supporting actress Academy Award-nomination for her role in Dreamgirls. The announcement was made this morning at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, CA.
Tiffany "New York" Pollard's 12 remaining suitors flashed their earning potential during last night's episode of VH1's I Love New York, which also saw the two-time Flavor of Love contestants send three more guys home, one of them a bit preemptively.
Jen Schefft looked for love twice in-front of a national television audience, once during the third edition of ABC's The Bachelor in 2003 and again on the third edition of ABC's The Bachelorette in 2005.
Katharine McPhee's first single off her debut album is titled "Over It," but is it a reference to the American Idol 5 runner-up's feelings about her time on the Fox mega-hit? Not according to McPhee.
Despite beating out 24 other women and being proposed to by Firestone tire company heir Andrew Firestone on the third season of ABC's The Bachelor and then having 25 guys to chose from on the third season of ABC's The Bachelorette, Jen Schefft knows a thing or two about being single -- and now she's cashing in on it.
Reality television contestant isn't a very dangerous job -- unless of course your televised antics don't sit too well with viewers.
Atlanta-based CNN anchor Anderson Cooper reportedly signed a new contract guaranteeing him at least $4 million annually.
"The Simple Life" star and heiress Paris Hilton pleaded no contest Monday to one count of alcohol-related reckless driving, the Los Angeles City Attorney's office said.
Commended, not condemned.
Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, former Beverly Hills 90210 star Ian Ziering and Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila Ali will reportedly be part of the new group of celebrities who will shake their moneymakers in the upcoming fourth season of ABC's Dancing With the Stars, according to TMZ.com.
The hot lifestyle being portrayed by the young cast of MTV's Maui Fever isn't sitting too well with some people -- namely the Hawaiian island's residents.
For the first time in three seasons, an Apprentice candidate has quit the Donald Trump reality show, with The Apprentice: Los Angeles contestant Michelle Sorro, a 34-year-old real estate consultant from Los Angeles, CA, deciding -- moments before she was very likely to be fired anyways -- that the competition's Survivor-like backyard living conditions weren't what she "had originally signed up for."
Break out those leather jackets and Pink Lady pajamas -- it's time for America to begin choosing the leads for this summer's Broadway production of Grease, as NBC's Grease: You're the One That I Want revealed its Top 12 finalists at the conclusion of last night's broadcast.
Officials of the British channel that airs "Celebrity Big Brother" will meet to discuss the show in light of complaints of racism on the "reality" program.
Last week's broadcast of Bravo's Top Chef 2 got a taste of The Real World last Wednesday when 26-year-old Marcel Vigneron was wrestled from sleep by three of his fellow culinary-competition contestants for a quick head shave.
The CW has formally announced that America's Next Top Model, Cycle 8, the eighth edition of its popular Tyra Banks reality series, will debut Wednesday, February 28 at 8PM ET/PT with a special two-hour premiere episode.
The CW has announced the premiere of Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll, a new reality series that will follow the all-female music group/dance troop in a search for its newest member. The eight-episode series will debut Tuesday, March 6 at 9PM ET/PT.
In a development that would add more fire to the growing criticism that American Idol's judges and producers have gone too far with their ridicule of some of the show's less talented contestants, it appears that Jonathan Jayne, one of the contestants who was mocked during Wednesday night's broadcast of the show's sixth season Seattle auditions, is a Special Olympics participant.
Mothers can be helpful and inspirational when their daughters compete in beauty pageants -- but what if mom had to actually compete too?
Housemates on the British reality show "Celebrity Big Brother" apologized for alleged racist comments against Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty.
While he'd much rather have his name mentioned in the same breath as former American Idol winners Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Hicks, it looks like Thomas Daniels is more likely to be compared to Terrell and Derrell Brittenum, Donnie Williams and Corey Clark.
Profits from viewers' eviction-voting calls for the British reality show "Celebrity Big Brother" will be donated to charity, the network said.
Five seasons and 80 episodes of Discovery Channel's Monster Garage and a new marriage to Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock might have made West Coast Choppers CEO Jesse James a celebrity, but he insists some things still haven't changed.
Given Kevin Covais was known was having "granny voter talent" during his eleventh place finish on American Idol's fifth season, it would have been hard to foresee this career move coming -- the 17-year-old high school senior will appear on fellow Idol 5 finalist Paris Bennett's upcoming debut album "Princess P," where the two will collaborate on a hip-hop track titled "Let Me Rap."
How good are celebrities at performing sketch comedy?
Jerry Rice hasn't caught a pass since 2005, but the NFL's all-time leading receiver is still finding plenty to keep himself busy these days.
Move over Donald Trump, Rosie O'Donnell and the rest of The View women have found a new feud -- the real #1 show on television.
Singer Kelly Clarkson will be part of the 2007 NASCAR team in what the Daytona Beach, Fla., organization said is the broadest deal it signed with an artist.
According to Kellie Pickler, it wasn't a publicity stunt when The View co-host Rosie O'Donnell presented the American Idol 5 finalist with her first Gold Album Award courtesy of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on this morning's live broadcast of the ABC talk show.
Last night's broadcast of Fox's American Idol 6 auditions from Seattle, WA saw some of the worst contestants ever to try out for the reality competition, but it still delivered the smash-hit reality show's highest rated Wednesday premiere numbers ever among total viewers and the Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34 demographics.
A NFL playoff game and the long-anticipated return of Fox's 24 proved to be a toxic combination for NBC's Grease: You're the One That I Want and The Apprentice: Los Angeles this past Sunday night, as both shows saw their second week ratings slip significantly from their previous week's premiere numbers.
Fans can watch "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee in cyberspace when she appears on the Internet-based "Lonelygirl15" video blog.
The sponsor of Britain's "Celebrity Big Brother" has pulled out following allegations of racism toward Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty on the show.
The six remaining men received their long-awaited makeovers and the "blond gaggle" rid the competition of its final couple featuring a dark-haired female in last night's episode of The CW's Beauty and the Geek 3.
With more than four decades in the music industry, from fronting The Supremes to a successful solo career, there's no doubt numerous American Idol contestants have probably received some inspiration from Diana Ross.
Fashion guru Tim Gunn is scheduled to guest star on an ABC series that's right up his alley -- Ugly Betty, which follows a young woman who works as an editorial assistant at the fictional Mode fashion magazine.
CBS has announced that it has ordered two more editions of Survivor, the hit reality series that kickstarted the modern reality TV era when it premiered in 2000, for broadcast during the 2007-2008 season.
Seven weeks after The Bachelor: Rome's finale, not only is the bloom apparently already long gone from Prince Lorenzo Borghese and Jennifer Wilson's relationship, but Lorenzo is now reportedly seeing Sadie Murray, the 23-year-old publicist he rejected in ABC's late November broadcast of the show's previously filmed finale.
American Idol's return received a tremendous reception from viewers last night, with 37.3 million sets of eyes watching. If ratings results from the premiere are any indication, the Fox mega-hit ratings juggernaut should continue to steamroll the competition during its sixth season.
It looks like former The Brady Bunch star Christopher Knight isn't the only 40-something actor romantically involved with a former America's Next Top Model finalist.
Phil Keoghan, host of CBS' The Amazing Race, said there was no question the long-running reality competition series needed to have an All-Stars edition.
After spending years wowing audiences by eluding competitors with their footwork on first the football field and then on separate seasons of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, former NFL greats Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice have decided to tackle another challenge -- the situational comedy.
Could it be one and done for Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi?
A Bahamian court will begin an inquest into the death of Anna Nicole Smith's son, Daniel, in March, the chief magistrate said.
The Indian government said it is reviewing alleged racist remarks against Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty on the British show, "Celebrity Big Brother."
Donald Trump isn't one to let people walk all over him. But that's exactly what's going to be the case as The Apprentice host and real-estate mogul had his star unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday.
Three years after its last attempt at a Temptation Island revival, Fox has announced plans to wade back into the reality television genre's more sensationalist waters with When Women Rule the World, the working title of a new reality series that will establish a matriarchal society and revive slavery.
Kanye West wears many hats, but apparently reality television star is not one of them.
At this time last year they were this close to being "the next American Idol" -- now they're no different than the millions of others who have been cast aside by the Fox mega-hit.
"American Idol" judge Randy Jackson says he is gearing up for the sixth season of the U.S. mega-hit by not knowing what to expect and then being surprised.
Paula Abdul told Jay Leno and his U.S. viewers an audio feed mix-up was the reason for her seemingly odd behavior during a recent television appearance.
The "Friends and Family" whose contracts for discounted condos in a Donald Trump tower in Chicago have been voided may not be feeling so friendly.
Although several of them had already been leaked by the media and most of the rest had already been revealed by eyewitnesses who saw the teams racing, CBS has formally unveiled the identities of the eleven teams who will be competing on its upcoming The Amazing Race: All-Stars reality competition.
The remaining 15 suitors on the second episode of VH1's I Love New York showed some skin last night before Tiffany "New York" Pollard sent three more packing in her effort to find hunky happiness.
The holidays may have ended several weeks ago, but for millions of people the greatest gift of all -- the sixth season of Fox's American Idol -- remains unopened. The wait will end with tonight's season premiere, and despite using the same familiar format that has made the show a ratings mega-hit, there are some twists in store for Idol's sixth installment.
Former American Idol third season finalist Jennifer Hudson came up big at Monday night's Golden Globe Awards ceremony, winning the best supporting actress in a movie musical or comedy award for her Dreamgirls performance.
Millions of people across the country know what takes place during the few hours American Idol contestants are on-stage each week. But what happens the other thousands of hours when Idol hopefuls live together in luxury bunkhouses, sharing numerous household amenities?
What better way to impress American Idol's nationwide audience during the Fox mega-hit's sixth season than by having some of its contestants perform songs from the best-selling and most critically acclaimed band of the 20th century -- The Beatles.
Kelly Osbourne said childhood memories in Britain of her mother battling bulimia led her to vow not to go down that same path.
Punished for designing a suit that Donald Trump deemed "so gross" that he wouldn't even touch it directly, Carey Sherrell, a 25-year-old marketing and promotions firm owner from Atlanta, GA, was fired during last night's broadcast of the second episode of NBC's The Apprentice: Los Angeles.
If at first you don't succeed, try and try again.
Oxygen announced thatTori & Dean: Inn Love, the new name for the previously untitled new reality series that will follow Hollywood couple Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott as they run their own bed and breakfast in Temecula, CA and prepare for the birth of their first child, will premiere Wednesday, March 21 at 10PM ET/PT.
The upcoming fourth season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars has two-stepped out of American Idol's time slot on Fox.
Bravo has announced that it will soon begin production on Shear Genius, a new reality competition series that will pit hairstylists against one another to see who can create the most fashionable coiffure. Originally announced under the title Top Hair, the eight-episode Project Runway and Top Chef-like series is scheduled to premiere in the spring of 2007.
WE tv has announced it has ordered Wife, Mom, Bounty Hunter, a new reality series that will profile former professional wrestler Sandra Scott as she juggles her personal life and job as a bounty hunter.
Real estate tycoon Donald Trump says he'd like to fire U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice because of what he sees as poor negotiating skills.
Former contestants on the hit U.S. TV series, "American Idol," say their living accommodations while on the show were a living nightmare.
China has announced a crackdown on television reality shows considered to be too vulgar for the general public.
CBS has revealed the identities of nineteen of the castaways who will be competing on its upcoming Survivor: Fiji reality series.
Bravo announced today that it has signed a production deal for Tim Gunn's Guide to Style, a new reality series that will feature Project Runway star Tim Gunn helping hapless fashion dilemmas transform into stylish individuals.
It may not be as dramatic as what Gotham City uses to contact Bruce Wayne, but the SciFi Channel announced today that it will be holding auditions for the second season of its Who Wants to be a Superhero? reality competition series.
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Days after American Idol judge Paula Abdul said that she thought fellow judge Simon Cowell might be spreading himself to thin, Bravo announced today that it will air Hey Paula!, a new docu-reality series that will give viewers a look at the former pop star's professional and personal life.
The Style Network has announced the premiere of Dress My Nest, a new reality series that will use a person's favorite clothing as inspiration for the design of a living space in their house. The half-hour series is scheduled to debut on Wednesday, March 28.
The Sci Fi Channel has announced that it has greenlit the production of Destination Truth, a new six-episode Sci Fi Investigates-like reality series that will allow viewers to follow one man's attempt to get to the truth about unexplained mysteries around the world. The one-hour show is scheduled to premiere sometime in Spring 2007.
After previously responding coyly to a Summer 2006 report that the show was being canceled, Bravo announced today that Queer Eye will come to an end this summer when the cable network plans to air the reality show's final 10 all-new episodes.
Aspiring country musicians on USA Network's Nashville Star will receive a firsthand view of just what it is they're trying to accomplish as the cable network announced today the identities of several guest stars who will be performing on the fifth season of the reality competition series.
Television audiences will soon be getting more of actor Mario Lopez -- the former Dancing With the Stars 3 runner-up has signed on to join Extra, the syndicated entertainment news television show. Lopez will serve as a co-host on Extra's weekend edition and will also be a daily correspondent on the program.
VH1 has announced the premiere of The Springer Hustle, a new reality series that will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how the often controversial The Jerry Springer Show is created. The eight episode half-hour reality series is scheduled to premiere on Sunday, March 4 at 10PM ET/PT.
There's saying thank you...and then there's saying THANK YOU!
MTV has announced the premiere of Adventures in Hollywood, a new reality comedy series that will follow hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia as they leave the comforts of their Memphis, TN home and try to become major players in the hub of the entertainment industry. The series is scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, March 14 at 10:30PM ET/PT.
America apparently loves Tiffany "New York" Pollard, as the Monday, January 8 premiere of VH1's I Love New York was the most-watched series premiere ever for the cable network.
"American Idol" judge Paula Abdul has signed onto "Bratz: The Movie," the first live-action Hollywood work based on MGA Entertainment's popular fashion dolls.
There was a time in America when boy bands reigned supreme, ruled the airwaves and ruined life for men across the country. Their popularity has since fizzled, but there's no doubt you've wondered what happened to some of the more popular prepubescent crooners.
"American Idol" judge Simon Cowell has responded to reports that Bob Dylan wanted to join the series by claiming the U.S. singer "bores me to tears."
In an example of well placed cross-promotion, ABC has announced that former American Idol 5 runner-up Katharine McPhee will guest star as herself in an episode of ABC's Ugly Betty hit television series that's scheduled to air on Thursday, February 1 at 8PM ET/PT.
The last copies of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin's fatal 2006 run-in with a sting ray off Australia have been destroyed, his widow told U.S. television.
VH1 has announced The Agency, a new reality series that will provide viewers with a stark look at the men and women who search for, mold, scold and comfort raw and young hopefuls in an effort to create the most marketable and beautiful people the world has ever seen. The weekly half-hour series will premiere on Tuesday, February 20 at 10PM ET/PT.
VH1 has announced the premiere of Dice Undisputed, a new reality series that will offer an "intimate" look into the often humorous life of popular 1980s funny-man Andrew "Dice" Clay as he tries to resurrect his career and reclaim his self-proclaimed title as the "Rocky of Comedy." The seven episode half-hour reality series is scheduled to premiere on Sunday, March 4 at 10:30PM ET/PT.
Donald Trump has said that Star Jones has called to congratulate him, presumably for his feud with Rosie O'Donnell and Barbara Walters.
Nick at Nite has announced that actress and comedian Roseanne Barr will host the cable network's third season on Funniest Mom in America, a Last Comic Standing-like reality competition series that follows the journey of mothers from across the country as they battle for the title that bears the show's name.
A man who didn't make the cut for Donald Trump's "The Apprentice" is suing the New York mogul to help older people have a chance on the show.
The world continues to turn today and the verbal and written war between The Apprentice's Donald Trump and The View co-hosts Rosie O'Donnell and Barbara Walters also remained in its regular rotation, with both sides continuing to fire shots at one another.
In a Survivor-esque episode, the "blond gaggle" of girls on The CW's Beauty and the Geek 3 made their presence known last night as they formed an alliance that sent the series' two remaining couples featuring dark-haired females to the elimination round.
It just came to Tyra Banks early one morning at her house while she was wearing undies and making tea -- the idea for America's Next Top Model, the reality competition series that has since become a The CW network ratings hit and rejuvenated the 33-year-old former supermodel's career.
A&E Network has formally announced a fourth season of Dog the Bounty Hunter, a reality series that follows Duane "Dog" Chapman and his posse across the country as they bring-in fugitives from the law. The new season will premiere later this spring.
A&E Network has announced a third season of Criss Angel Mindfreak, a reality series that follows three-time Magician of the Year recipient Criss "the new Houdini" Angel as viewers have the chance to see him captivate the imaginations of live audiences with mind-bending demonstrations of his other-worldly skills.
A&E has formally announced that it has renewed Gene Simmons Family Jewels, a reality series that follows the legendary Kiss front-man and his unconventional family, for a second season.
Brooke Burke, the host of the "Rock Star" reality show, gave birth to her third daughter in Los Angeles.
Fox Reality, America's only all-reality, all-the-time cable network, has announced that it secured new distribution deals with Comcast Cable and Time Warner Cable.
If the average viewer thinks American Idol judge Simon Cowell is rude, imagine how the person sitting to his immediate right during the show's episodes and auditions must feel.
Acclaimed music producer-turned-rapper Kanye West will reportedly star in a reality series being developed by HBO. The currently untitled series is said to focus on the hectic, crazy nature of West's daily life, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A&E Network has formally announced that it has renewed Intervention, a docu-reality series that profiles people across the country who are struggling with addictions, for a third season. The new season will air Fridays at 10PM ET/PT, a new day and time period, beginning March 16.
The people have spoken, and what they said was no real surprise.
A&E Network has formally announced that it has renewed King of Cars, a reality series that follows all of the wheeling and dealing that takes place in a Las Vegas-based automotive dealership, for a second season. The new season will premiere on Tuesday, January 30 at 11PM ET/PT.
The war of words between The Apprentice's Donald Trump and The View's Rosie O'Donnell continued this week, with O'Donnell's View co-host Barbara Walters getting pulled into the struggle even further.
A&E Network has formally announced that it has renewed The First 48, a reality series that takes viewers beyond the yellow tape as homicide detectives attempt to solve murders in those critical hours after they occur, for a fifth season. The new season will premiere on Thursday, January 11 at 9PM ET/PT.
Food Network has announced the premiere of Dinner: Impossible, a new half-hour reality series that will test the culinary skills of one of the world's most respected and experienced chefs, Robert Irvine, as he tries to deliver a delicious meal in the nick of time. The series will premiere on Wednesday, January 24 at 10PM ET/PT with special back-to-back episodes before it settles into its permanent time-slot on Wednesdays at 10:30PM ET/PT.
A&E Network has announced that it will premiere Sons of Hollywood, a new half-hour reality series that will follow the daily lives of three lifelong friends as they attempt to excel in Los Angeles' entertainment industry by day and score big in the Hollywood scene by night, on Sunday, April 1 at 10PM ET/PT.
Former "American Idol" contestant Constantine Maroulis has joined a New York production of "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris."
Get out your datebooks and day planners -- Fox has announced the entire early season broadcast schedule for the sixth season of American Idol, from the outrageous auditions to when viewers cut the cast of contestants to 12.
Thanks to its link to NBC's "You're The One That I Want," an upcoming Broadway revival of "Grease" has already sold $1.3 million in tickets.
MTV has announced that The Real World is going down under for its nineteenth season. The long-running reality show's next season will take place in Sydney, Australia, with filming scheduled to begin sometime in the first quarter of 2007.
Rosie O'Donnell's feud with U.S. real estate mogul Donald Trump has spilled over onto the set of "The View" via an argument with her co-host Barbara Walters.
NBC has announced it is launching another nationwide open casting call tour for the fourth season of The Biggest Loser, its popular reality weight loss show.
Depending on how you want to look at it, there was good news and bad news in the ratings numbers for NBC's premiere of Donald Trump's The Apprentice: Los Angeles.
Original American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson will guest-star in an episode of Reba, country music star Reba McEntire's The CW sitcom, on Sunday, January 14 at 7:30PM ET/PT.
Meet the Barkers co-stars Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler may have separated and filed for divorce last August, but the two are reportedly "quietly trying to give it another go."
MTV has revealed more details about the format and cast of Road Rules 2007: Viewers Revenge, the new "interactive" Road Rules revival that the network will premiere on Tuesday, January 30 at 9PM ET/PT.
From behind the camera to in front of it, CariDee English went from working as a photographer in Fargo, ND to winning the seventh season of America's Next Top Model on The CW. Now the 21-year-old is featured on the cover of the February issue of Seventeen magazine, a gig that was part of the prize package awarded to Top Model 7's winner.
Tiffany "New York" Pollard didn't waste any time on VH1's premiere of I Love New York last night, as Flava Flav's former squeeze eliminated the first five men vying for her affection and also aggravated her mother with at least one of the guys she kept around.
Grease was the word last night with young women and teenage girls, as the series premiere of Grease: You're the One That I Want on NBC was watched by an average of 11.6 million viewers.
Bravo enjoyed its best ratings year ever in 2006, and the basic cable network has its reality TV programming to thank.
Deemed to be a pompous intellectual who just wouldn't fit into The Trump Organization's "nitty-gritty" world, Martin Han Clarke, a 37-year-old attorney and professor from Atlanta, GA, was the first candidate fired during last night's broadcast of the first episode of NBC's The Apprentice: Los Angeles.
One hundred seventy-three singers. Three judges. One stage. Millions of Americans.
After five seasons, American Idol mania about to get bigger than ever, with the show's Fremantle Media and 19 Entertainment production companies working on new deals that will result in American Idol candy bars, American Idol ice cream, and at least four more sponsors joining the show as new off-air promotional partners.
From Kelly Clarkson singing "A Moment Like This" as the season-one winner of American Idol to Taylor Hicks asking "Do I Make You Proud" at the end of season five, the stamp of professional producers and songwriters commissioned to write original tunes for each of the competition's two finalists could be a thing of the past for the reality series' sixth season.
Original "American Idol" Kelly Clarkson has collaborated with punk rock veteran Mike Watt for her upcoming album.
Was there a deal between CBS and original show winner Richard Hatch that could have kept the former Survivor contestant out of jail for evading taxes on income he received for winning the reality series' first season? If there was such a deal, federal prosecutors recently said Hatch and his lawyer had numerous opportunities to officially say so, but did not.
The second season of Top Chef returned to Bravo with a bang after a three-week holiday hiatus, as the series' January 3 episode attracted 2.2 million viewers, making it the most watched episode of the series ever, according to Nielsen ratings figures.
Who better to dish dirt on the upcoming season of American Idol than its longtime host Ryan Seacrest? Before the Fox hit has its season premiere on Tuesday, January 16 at 8PM ET/PT, Seacrest spoke with People magazine about all things Idol.
Celebrity cop Erik Estrada was involved in a shouting match with a stabbing victim during the taping of CBS' "Armed & Famous" in Muncie, Ind., a report says.
MTV has announced Maui Fever, a new reality series that will expose the daily lives, loves and losses of seven Hawaiian locals living in paradise, will premiere Wednesday, January 17 at 10:30PM ET/PT.
Eric Estrada said his childhood dream was to be a member of the New York City Police Department. Now the 57-year-old The Surreal Life 2 roommate and former CHiPs freeway patrolman is getting his best opportunity to fulfill that dream by working as a reserve police officer in Muncie, IN for the new CBS reality series Armed & Famous.
The Apprentice host Donald Trump says that despite the fortuitous timing, his recent media feud with The View co-host Rosie O'Donnell isn't a publicity stunt intended to drum up interest in the sixth season of NBC's The Apprentice, which premieres on Sunday, January 7 at 9:30PM ET/PT.
Bucky Covington became the eighth contestant from the fifth season of American Idol to ink a recording contract, as the 29-year-old recently signed a deal with Nashville's Lyric Street Records, E! Online reported.
In an effort to help others across America shed excess pounds without going under the knife, several of the biggest success stories from the third season of NBC's The Biggest Loser recently shared their weight-loss tips with TV Guide.
Paris Hilton's name is being dropped from a Florida nightclub that she hardly ever goes to.
Who says women don't like geeky guys? Last night's premiere of the third season of Beauty and the Geek on The CW got off to a strong start, drawing some of the reality show's best ratings ever and ranking as Wednesday night's top show among the Women 18-34 demographic.
The five celebrities patrolling the mean streets of Muncie, IN in the upcoming CBS reality series Armed & Famous have not been taking their jobs as reserve police officers very lightly.
The only remaining videotape of Steve Irwin's tragic run-in with a stingray, resulting in his death, has been given to his widow, Terri.
Beauty and the Geek 3 premiered on The CW with a special two-hour episode that gave viewers a chance to meet the cast, see what the season has in store and also watch the first couple be eliminated.
Fox is so happy with the work of Hell's Kitchen star Gordon Ramsay that it's ordering seconds. The network has announced that has ordered Kitchen Nightmares, a new reality series that will follow the sharp tongued and frequently angry British chef as he travels across America and helps restaurants in crisis.
ABC has announced that a year after her appearance on the show's February 2005 finale, Dancing with the Stars 2 participant Stacy Keibler will waltz her way back into primetime with nine guest starring appearances on two ABC television series.
Actor Mario Lopez, who starred in "Dancing With the Stars," is set to host the 2007 Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas.
The producers of the British TV series "Celebrity Big Brother" have promised plenty of sexual intrigue in the upcoming season.
Real estate mogul and TV host Donald Trump claimed Barbara Walters told him she's sorry she hired Rosie O'Donnell on "The View" -- no matter what she says now.
VH1 has announced that Shooting Sizemore, a new reality series that follows Saving Private Ryan star Tom Sizemore's attempt to save himself from a myriad of drug addictions and legal woes, will premiere on Sunday, January 7 at 10:30PM ET/PT.
"American Idol" judge Simon Cowell tells ExtraTV that, as an English teen, he didn't like being told what to do.
Former "Laguna Beach" star Kristin Cavallari has confessed her goal for the new year is to stop swearing so often.
Although the reality culinary competition's second edition has yet to conclude its broadcast run, Bravo has announced that it has already renewed Top Chef for a third season.
Lots of celebrities are reportedly clamoring to get this spring's upcoming fourth edition of Dancing With the Stars, however recently retired NBA star Reggie Miller isn't one of them, according to US Weekly.
Despite having recorded her U.S. debut album with a proponent of marijuana, singer Brooke Hogan recently confessed that she never used the illegal drug.
You can take the girl out of Grease but you can't take Grease out of the girl. NBC has announced that multi-Grammy Award winner Olivia Newton-John -- apparently still "hopelessly devoted" to the hit movie musical that helped launched her career -- will guest star in the first two episodes of Grease: You're the One that I Want.
VH1 enjoyed its best year ever in 2006, and the basic cable network has some of its reality programming to thank.
She may have lost more than 90 pounds, but don't let the slim exterior fool you.
Add another network to the reality TV bandwagon. G4, a former video game cable network that's attempting to transition into a Spike TV-like male lifestyle network, has announced that it will premiere The Block, its first-ever original reality series, on Monday, January 15 at 10PM ET/PT.
The holidays can be hectic, but spending them with a loved one can make it easier to survive - and Jeff Probst and Julie Berry know a thing or two about survival.
Singers Jessica Simpson and John Mayer have once again been seen together in New York, though they still deny being a couple.
The up and coming "Dreamgirls" star, Jennifer Hudson, has finished off 2006 with a sold out concert at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom.