Reality TV News - January 2009
Nick Lachey defends ex-wife Jessica Simpson's apparent weight gain
Joesplace, the anonymous online spoiler who managed to correctly reveal the names of last year's American Idol semifinalists before they were formally announced, has now released the alleged names of this season's Top 36 semifinalists.
'Idol' creator Simon Fuller planning new TV show with 'NOW' CD line
Wil, a 27-year-old quality-control chef from Elgin, IL, learned the hard way that voluntarily taking the blame for a bad day in the kitchen doesn't earn you much sympathy from Chef Gordon Ramsey.
Megan Parris says she led a low-key life the last couple of years, but the 25-year-old lacrosse coach and single mom from Sewickley, PA, sure brought the fireworks upon arriving at The Bachelor house.
American Idol has apologized for suggesting an auditioneer had threatened the show's judges after being denied a golden ticket to Hollywood.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck has announced she is pregnant and expecting her third child this summer.
Fox Reality Channel has announced former American Idol fifth-season finalist Ace Young and Skating with Celebrities runner-up Jillian Reynolds will helm American Idol Extra's upcoming installment.
Project Runway producers still reportedly plan on filming the show's sixth-season finale at February's New York Fashion Week, however the identities of the designers who make it that far in the competition will apparently be kept secret.
MTV has announced it's renewed its new The City and Daddy's Girls spinoffs for second seasons.
The CW has revealed the identities of the 13 contestants who will be walking the runway on America's Next Top Model's twelfth season, which will premiere Wednesday, February 25 at 8PM ET/PT.
After making history for being crowned American Idol's first-ever champ in 2002, Kelly Clarkson is reportedly ready to once again add her name to the record books.
American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi apparently has no qualms about Joanna Pacitti receiving a golden ticket to the eighth season's Hollywood Week despite having significant previous recording industry experience.
Daniel Wright, a 19-year-old student from Willow Spring, NC, began The Biggest Loser: Couples as the heaviest contestant in the show's history. However after a tense fourth week culminated a "worst-case scenario" weigh-in, Dan was eliminated from the competition during Tuesday night's broadcast of the NBC reality series.
The Hills could apparently get a little quieter in the coming weeks.
Donny Osmond definitely won't be going Dancing with the Stars -- at least not on the show's upcoming spring installment.
David Archuleta will be hitting the road this spring, as the American Idol seventh-season runner-up has announced he will embark on a 20-date concert tour.
Just in case being on The Real World hadn't already become enough of a de-facto vacation for the show's roommates, MTV had decided to film the show's next edition in a tropical playground that vacationers visit to escape the real world.
Animal Planet producing new 'Fetch Me a Beer' pet training series
American Idol fifth-season runner-up Katherine McPhee has signed a new recording contract with Verve Music Group.
Lisa Kudrow, Sarah Jessica Parker and Susan Sarandon explore their family histories in the U.S. reality series "Who Do You Think You Are?" NBC said Tuesday.
Third time wasn't the charm for CJ Miller, as his third consecutive trip to the show's Hall of Beauty elimination gallery finally resulted in his elimination from True Beauty during last night's broadcast on ABC.
A two-on-one date, a "walk of shame," and a surprising twist during the Rose Ceremony highlighted the fourth episode of The Bachelor, as four more women were eliminated from the show by star Jason Mesnick.
When is an announcement not an announcement? When Donny Osmond makes it apparently.
Despite going into the season finale one point behind Australia on the competition's master leaderboard, the United States team ended up prevailing as Superstars of Dance's overall points leader during last night's pre-taped broadcast of the NBC dancing competition.
Nanny 911 has reportedly found a new home to help tame unruly children.
Former The Simple Life star Nicole Ritchie has denied reports that she's shopping a new reality show about her life as a mother to to various networks.
CBS has revealed the identities of the 11 teams competing on The Amazing Race's fourteenth season, which will premiere on Sunday, February 15 at 8PM ET/PT.
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Similar to Jason Mesnick, former The Bachelorette star DeAnna Pappas won't reveal exactly why she made an appearance on Mesnick's The Bachelor edition when it taped last fall. However, according to Pappas, her appearance will be a doozy.
Don't let her blonde hair and party-girl-looks fool you, Natalie Getz says she's anything but materialistic and immature.
David Cook is hitting the road. The seventh-season American Idol champion has announced a 37-date concert tour.
After initially playing a bit coy about their relationship, fourth-season The Bachelorette winner Jesse Csincsak and former The Bachelor bachelorette Holly Durst have confirmed they are dating. However, according to Csincsak, the romance isn't anything "super exclusive" yet.
MTV has revealed the identities of the 12 women who will be competing on The Girls of Hedsor Hall, a new Charm School-like reality series produced by Donald Trump, which will premiere on Monday, February 9 at 9PM ET/PT.
John McCain has confirmed that his wife Cindy McCain did turn down a chance to participate in Dancing with the Stars' upcoming eighth season. However according to the 2008 Republican U.S. presidential nominee, the decision was made mutually.
Former American Idol first-season co-host-turned-trivia answer Brian Dunkleman is trying to make a comeback on television.
Kari Fajen went on The Bachelor ready and willing to fully commit to becoming a wife, a stepmom and leave her life in Lee's Summit, MO for Seattle, WA to be with Jason Mesnick, the show's star.
Sherri Shepard's interest in Dancing with the Stars is apparently mutual.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition host Ty Pennington is extending the ABC reality show's goal of helping families who have been victimized by unfortunate situations into his personal life as well.
American Idol's producers apparently learned at least a partial lesson from last year's Carly Smithson controversy.
Settlements reached in reality TV California labor wage lawsuits
Justin Guarini's summer wedding is fast approaching, but fortunately for him, his fiance is prepared.
Damien Gurganious knew he wasn't guaranteed a free pass into The Biggest Loser: Couples' next round after falling below the yellow line during last night's broadcast on NBC. Still, the 31-year-old industrial designer from Brooklyn, NY, liked his chances.
Jesse Csincsak could apparently end up with a former The Bachelor bachelorette after all.
William Balfour has pleaded not guilty to charges that he murdered three members of former American Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson's family.
Damien Gurganious may have been one of the more personable characters on The Biggest Loser: Couples ranch. However, a surprising elimination vote turn resulted in Damien, a 31-year-old industrial designer from Brooklyn, NY, being eliminated from the competition on Tuesday night's broadcast of the NBC weight-loss reality series.
There will apparently be something special on the menu for Top Chef: New York's penultimate episode.
A spokeswoman for "Britain's Got Talent" says it was a mistake adding a fourth panelist, so new judge Kelly Brook is leaving the show.
Thirteenth-season The Bachelor star Jason Mesnick isn't upset about Natalie Getz's reaction to his elimination of the 27-year-old human resources associate from Morton, IL during Monday night's episode of the ABC reality dating show.
American Idol's "Bikini Girl" rubbed some people the wrong way as a Hooters girl before her audition encounter with judge Kara DioGuardi.
The third episode of The Bachelor's thirteenth season resulted in more than a few arguments among the season's bachelorettes as well as the elimination of three more women from the ABC reality dating competition.
In the end, Momma's Boys failed to live up to its billing, with two of the show's three bachelors deciding to go against their moms' wishes and end the NBC reality dating show by picking a female suitor their mother didn't approve of.
A coroner has confirmed that Paula Abdul's alleged stalker died due from a successful suicide attempt outside of the American Idol judge's home.
Monique Santiago, a 21-year-old go-go dancer from Manhattan, NY, had the beauty to match any contestant on True Beauty. However, her rude behavior and inability to think for herself resulted in her becoming the third contestant to be eliminated from the ABC reality beauty competition.
Donny Osmond will apparently have to wait a little longer to follow in his sister's footsteps as a Dancing with the Stars celebrity participant.
A big surprise is apparently awaiting American Idol's Top 12 eighth-season finalists.
American Idol fourth-season champion Carrie Underwood and third-season finalist Jennifer Hudson have been announced as performers at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.
Former The Osbournes and upcoming Obsournes: Reloaded star Kelly Osbourne was reportedly arrested and charged with common assault earlier this month for allegedly slapping a woman at a London nightclub last August.
Sanjaya Malakar has turned his often tumultuous time on American Idol into a tell-all book.
NBC has announced it has renewed The Biggest Loser for two more editions that will air during the 2009-2010 television season.
Johnny Knoxville apparently learned an airport is not a good place to bring a grenade -- even if the explosive is a fake.
NBC has announced The Chopping Block, a new culinary competition series that will pit couples against each another for the opportunity to win $250,000, will premiere Wednesday, March 11 at 8PM ET/PT.
Defeated Republican U.S. presidential nominee John McCain has quashed his wife Cindy's dreams of competing on "Dancing with the Stars," a source says.
CBS has revealed additional details about Survivor: Tocantins -- The Brazilian Highlands, including how the show's eighteenth season begins and host Jeff Probst thoughts about each of the 16 castaways.
Sharon Staebell resigned the teaching position she'd held for eight years for a shot to become Jason Mesnick's wife in The Bachelor's thirteenth edition.
'American Idol' viewership goes up for second eighth-season episode
Sharon Osbourne is apparently interested in participating in the U.K.'s Strictly Come Dancing reality series now that she no longer works for the competition.
'Deal' and 'Do It' star Howie Mandel back at work, says heart fine
Sharon Osbourne wins libel damages for false British tabloid claims
American Idol hopeful Emily Wynne-Hughes will apparently be celebrating sober if she survives the show's "Hollywood Week" round and becomes an eighth-season semifinalist.
Bravo apparently feels DeShawn Snow is too boring for TV.
Jennifer Hudson's return to the stage won't be at the MusiCares Person of the Year gala after all.
Fox has announced five more audition dates for this summer's fifth season of So You Think You Can Dance.
Gerald "Jerry" Hayes, a 63-year-old retired engineer from Wheaton, IL, didn't have any trouble making his way through his first workout on The Biggest Loser: Couples. However, the aftermath of his workout took a quick -- and memorable -- turn for the worse.
Kara DioGuardi apparently doesn't have any problems with pretty American Idol hopefuls.
Bravo has revealed the identities of Make Me a Supermodel's second-season cast and announced the reality competition will premiere on Wednesday, March 4 at 10PM ET/PT.
Tuesday night's premiere of American Idol's eighth season was the highest-rated telecast of the 2008-2009 television season, however the show's season premiere ratings still dipped for the second consecutive year.
Gerald "Jerry" Hayes, a 63-year-old retired engineer from Wheaton, IL, was credited for his "heart" and the hard work that he put in while on The Biggest Loser: Couples. However, the show's oldest contestant ever also lacked the stamina to keep up with the younger contestants, resulting in his elimination during last night's broadcast of the NBC reality weight loss series.
Paula Abdul is apparently changing her tune regarding American Idol producers' treatment of her and obsessed fan Paula Goodspeed.
Jennifer Hudson has agreed to sing the national anthem at next month's Super Bowl game in Tampa, Fla., E! Online reported.
Three out of American Idol's four judges agree that the eighth season's male contestants are stronger than their female counterparts.
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It's been a busy month for new American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi.
CBS has announced the identities of the 16 castaways who will be competing in Survivor: Tocantins -- The Brazilian Highlands, the eighteenth Survivor edition that will premiere on Thursday, February 12 at 8PM ET/PT.
Deal or No Deal and Howie Do It host Howie Mandel has been released from the hospital after collapsing in a Toronto hotel on Monday evening, according to the host and comedian's mother.
The Biggest Loser: Couples host Alison Sweeney won't be so big any longer.
Despite Nigel Lythgoe's departing desire that American Idol not implement too many tweaks in his absence, the Fox mega-hit will feature several substantial changes when the curtains go up on the show's eighth season.
American Idol couple David Cook and Kimberly Caldwell have ended their relationship.
Ashley Michaelson has the outer beauty of the "all-American-girl-next-door," but her poor "inner beauty" caused her to become the second contestant eliminated from True Beauty during last night's broadcast on ABC.
First dates, flying ice cubes and the unexpected voluntary departure of one bachelorette highlighted last night's broadcast of The Bachelor's thirteenth season. When the dust had settled, three more female suitors were eliminated as star Jason Mesnick continued his pursuit of true love.
Deal or No Deal and Howie Do It host Howie Mandel has been hospitalized in Toronto for an irregular heartbeat.
Sci Fi Channel has announced it has renewed Destination Truth for a third season.
New American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi agrees with fellow judge Simon Cowell's opinion that male contestants seem stronger than the female contestants in the show's upcoming season. However unlike Cowell, she's not quite ready to proclaim that she's "100%" sure a guy will end up walking away with the show's eighth-season crown.
Former Dancing with the Stars celebrity participants Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin are reportedly waltzing their way to TV Land.
The Style Network has announced Running in Heels, a new docu-reality series that will follow Marie Claire magazine's editorial staff, will premiere Sunday, March 1 at 8PM ET/PT.
ABC is reportedly considering a revival of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, the groundbreaking game show that premiered on the network ten years ago this year.
BET has announced Harlem Heights, a new reality series that will follow eight young African Americans as they attempt to make their mark on New York City, will premiere Monday, March 2 at 10PM ET/PT.
Travel Channel has formally announced that Bridget's Sexiest Beaches, a new travel series starring soon-to-be former The Girls Next Door star Bridget Marquardt, will premiere Thursday, March 12 at 10PM ET/PT.
Logo has announced that RuPaul's Drag Race, a new reality drag queen competition, will premiere on Monday, February 2 at 10PM ET/PT.
BET has announced that the third season of Baldwin Hills will premiere on Tuesday, January 27 at 10PM ET/PT.
Spike TV has announced that Jesse James Is A Dead Man, a new reality daredevil series featuring former Monster Garage star Jesse James, will premiere on Sunday, May 31 at 10PM ET/PT.
Former American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe has moved on to NBC's new Superstars of Dance reality competition as well as several other projects, but he still admits to reminiscing fondly about his time on the Fox reality juggernaut.
BET has announced Sunday Best's second season will premiere Sunday, March 8 at 9PM ET/PT.
Project Runway's upcoming sixth season may still be stuck in a litigation limbo, but don't tell that to the show's production staff.
Animal Planet announced it has ordered Walk the Lion, a new reality series in which network regular Dave Salmoni will live among a pride of lions in the African wilderness.
'American Idol' champ Fantasia Barrino's house won't be auctioned
Former "American Idol" standout Constantine Maroulis will join a Broadway production of "Rock of Ages" in New York, producers say.
U.S. TV star Kim Kardashian appeared to say there was a possibility her boyfriend, NFL star Reggie Bush, could propose to her on her E! network show.
The Bachelor star Jason Mesnick wasn't surprised to see DeAnna Pappas pay him a visit after she broke up with Jesse Csincsak, the suitor she had picked over Mesnick during last year's finale of her The Bachelorette edition.
TLC has announced that it will premiere Heli-Loggers, a new docu-reality series that will follow loggers who utilize helicopters to transport their lumber, on February 5 at 10PM ET/PT.
WE tv has announced that the second season of The Locator will premiere on Saturday, March 21 at 9PM ET/PT.
The $100 subway spitting fine that The City star Olivia Palermo's cousin James Nevan Donahue was shown complaining about during MTV's Monday night broadcast of its new The Hills spinoff is apparently the least of his problems.
Jackie Hickey had already planned her wedding to The Bachelor's thirteenth season star Jason Mesnick.
When in doubt, re-clone what's been working best for you, apparently.
Although they already leaked out when the show was taped last fall, NBC has officially revealed the identities of the 16 celebrities who will be competing on The Celebrity Apprentice's second season, which will premiere on Sunday, March 1 at 9PM ET/PT.
Dancing with the Stars and American Idol champs Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks were all winners at last night's broadcast of the 35th Annual People's Choice Awards on CBS.
The Biggest Loser: Couples contestant Shanon Thomas is apparently getting creative with her carb-cutting ways.
ABC has announced it has ordered a celebrity-themed revival of Superstars, an all-around sports competition that featured famous athletes competing in different sporting events to determine the best athlete in the world.
Michelle Aguilar's 2008 ended in style -- losing 110 lbs. and gaining an engagement ring.
Robert "Bob" Crowley's ability to outwit, outlast and outplay his fellow Survivor castaways has apparently made him a local legend.
Fantasia Barrino's apparent unwillingness to respond to a lien on her North Carolina home is on track to cost her the house in the near future.
Kathy Griffin's mom apparently wasn't too thrilled her daughter said the word "d**k" on-air during CNN's New Year's Eve coverage in New York City's Times Square alongside network anchor Anderson Cooper.
The Biggest Loser Couples' second edition premiered last night on NBC with a surprising twist that saw the elimination of nine members of the 11 teams of two who are participating on the NBC reality weight-loss competition.
Hadiyyah-lah Fatimah Sa'id, a 23-year-old audio engineer from Minneapolis, MN, became the first contestant eliminated from ABC's new True Beauty twisted "inner beauty" reality competition during Monday night's premiere broadcast.
New 'Idol' judge Kara DioGuardi agrees male contestants hold edge
Anna Nicole Smith case judge Larry Seidlin cleared of wrongdoing
A&E has announced that it has ordered Paranormal Cops, a new reality series about a group of police officers who also apply their investigative training to paranormal cases.
The 25 women competing for the affection of Jason Mesnick got there first opportunity to do so during The Bachelor's thirteenth season premiere broadcast. However by its conclusion, the 32-year-old single father and estate and legacy planning account executive sent his first 10 women home.
It was a memorable holiday season for former Top Chef: Chicago contestant Nikki Cascone.
Charlie O'Connell already looks like his actor brother Jerry O'Connell. Now he also shares the same name with one of his newborn twin nieces.
A&E has announced that the third season Paranormal State will premiere on Monday, January 19 at 10PM ET/PT.
Disney World opening new 'American Idol' attraction on February 14
Bravo has announced that the second season of The Real Housewives of New York City will premiere Tuesday, February 17 at 11PM ET/PT, immediately after the network's 10PM ET/PT broadcast of fourth-season finale of The Real Housewives of Orange County.
Dancing with the Stars professional dancers Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff have reportedly gotten engaged.
Representatives for Jennifer Hudson have reportedly denied that the singer will be performing at the upcoming Presidential inauguration of Barack Obama.
Hugh Jackman's conquered the silver screen and the Broadway stage, and if Dancing with the Stars co-host Samantha Harris has her way, the dance floor could be his next target.
Misdemeanor charges have reportedly been dropped against a former Survivor: Gabon castaway Ace Gordon regarding his November arrest at a Naples, FL lounge.
CNN brought on Kathy Griffin to co-host their New Year's Eve coverage for insight about the "D-List." Instead they got the "D-word."
Former ninth-season America's Next Top Model finalist Bianca Golden has been cleared of all charges against her relating to a Caribbean brawl with Hairspray star Nikki Blonsky.
Former American Idol finalist Gina Glocksen rang in 2009 in style with her own wedding.