Reality TV News - January 2010
MTV confirms 'Jersey Shore' cast returning for second season
Former "Britain's Got Talent" contestant Emma Amelia Pearl Czikai alleges in a complaint that producers of the British TV show purposely embarrassed her.
The New Jersey Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America says the reality TV series "Jersey Shore" will be the focus of a public forum.
VH1 announced it has ordered Transform Me, a new reality series starring three transgender women giving makeovers, and has also acquired Peak Season: Vancouver, a docu-reality series from MTV Canada that takes place in the same city as the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics.
While many of Jake Pavelka's The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love bachelorettes had problems with Vienna Girardi, recently-ousted Ella Nolan claims she wasn't one of them.
Carrie Underwood is following in Jordin Sparks and Jennifer Hudson's footsteps.
Randy Jackson claims he had no knowledge of Simon Cowell's American Idol departure until after it was publicly announced.
While Samantha Harris described working on Dancing with the Stars as a "dream job," the co-host has announced that she's leaving the ABC reality competition.
After eight years and fourteen seasons, viewers will finally see a The Bachelor couple walk down the aisle.
Jersey Shore's cast apparently isn't going anywhere.
Oxygen has announced Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too, a new reality dating show spinoff that will follow three former Bad Girls Club stars in their search for love, will premiere on Tuesday, March 16 at 11PM ET/PT.
Oxygen has announced Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood's third season, the fifth overall edition of its Tori & Dean reality series starring Tori Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott, will premiere Monday, April 5 at 10PM ET/PT.
Kevin Federline, U.S. pop star Britney Spears's ex-husband, says depression led to his recent weight gain.
Kara DioGuardi claims that viewers concerned that she feuded with guest judge Katy Perry during last night's American Idol broadcast have nothing to worry about.
American Idol may have a new candidate for Simon Cowell's upcoming judging panel vacancy.
Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle told police she was entering her home in Blackburn late Tuesday when she saw a stranger run out of her house.
Migdalia Sebren, a 28-year-old homemaker from Sanford, NC, became the fourth contestant eliminated from The Biggest Loser: Couples during last night's ninth-season episode of the NBC reality weight-loss series.
Matt Grant's Pimp My Bride reality show project is no joke, despite its smirk-inducing working title.
Jake Pavelka says he had a good reason for cutting an extra bachelorette during last night's The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love Rose Ceremony.
Daniel Franco knew he was too old to win American Idol, but he still auditioned as an homage to Adam Lambert.
So much for MTV's reported ultimatum to Jersey Shore's first-season cast that it would film the second installment without them if they didn't accept the network's latest offer by Monday.
Food Network has announced Ultimate Recipe Showdown's third season will premiere on Sunday, March 14 at 9PM ET/PT.
Fans of Jenni "Jwoww" Farley could reportedly soon get the chance to see what little her skimpy outfits had previously left to the imagination.
Chris Harrison said he's proud of Jake Pavelka for taking initiative and cutting an extra bachelorette during last night's The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love Rose Ceremony.
A contestant on Australia's upcoming The Biggest Loser installment has been forced the season to be "radically re-edited" after he was arrested and charged with possessing child pornography.
Paula Abdul's long-discussed stint as a Dancing with the Stars celebrity participant may finally be coming to fruition.
Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Take That are recording a cover of the song "Everybody Hurts" to raise money for Haiti's earthquake victims.
Jake Pavelka continued to shock his remaining bachelorettes during last night's The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love broadcast on ABC.
VH1 has announced the third season of Tool Academy, which will for the first time also feature bad girlfriends participating in the competition's relationship boot camp, will premiere Sunday, February 14 at 9PM ET/PT.
Mia Michaels is apparently returning to So You Think You Can Dance -- at least for a day.
Simon Cowell apparently isn't the only one who thinks Tommy Mottola would make a good judge.
Jake Pavelka claims the end of his The Bachelor journey could be a head scratcher for some fans but not-so-surprising for others.
MTV has reportedly told Jersey Shore's cast to accept its latest contract offer or it will film the reality show's second season without them.
Former The Bachelor star Matt Grant's claim that he has a new Pimp My Bride reality show project in development is news to his supposed production partner.
It's another boy for Bo Bice.
Michael Lynche may be paying a hefty price for his proud papa confirming he's an American Idol Top 24 ninth-season semifinalist.
CBS announced it has renewed Survivor and The Amazing Race and ordered additional installments for broadcast during the 2010-2011 primetime programming season.
Former Big Brother tenth-season houseguest Steven Daigle is taking the reality show's voyeurism to a new level.
Jersey Shore's cast is reportedly sticking together in an attempt to cash in during negotiations to return for a second season of the show.
'Jersey Shore' cast appearance overwhelms New Jersey nightclub
Oxygen announced it has renewed Bad Girls Club for a fifth season which will see the reality series relocate from Los Angeles to Miami.
While she was surprised and upset at the time, Michelle Kujawa doesn't harbor any ill-will over The Bachelor: On the Wings Love star Jake Pavelka's decision to take her up on her suggestion that she quit the show during the middle of a group date they were on.
'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' Kim Kardashian gets restraining order
There was apparently no amount of money that could have persuaded Simon Cowell to remain on American Idol's judging panel.
The drama is apparently just getting started on ABC's The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love.
CBS has formally announced the identities of the 11 teams who will be competing on The Amazing Race's sixteenth season, which will premiere on Sunday, February 14 at 8PM ET/PT.
A&E announced it has picked up a new reality series starring David Hasselhoff that will follow the former America's Got Talent judge as he balances his entertainment and business endeavors with his personal life as a single dad to two teenage daughters.
MTV has tapped R&B star Omarion to replace Shane Sparks on America's Best Dance Crew's judging panel.
'American Idol' judge Simon Cowell to produce charity single for Haiti
American Idol judging is apparently a lot harder than it looks on TV.
Former Survivor: Palau castaway Jennifer Lyon has lost her battle with cancer.
Two hours somehow apparently wasn't enough time for Monday night's The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love broadcast to include a brief scene ABC had spent the previous week promoting.
'The Real Housewives' White House crashers invoke Fifth Amendment
Heidi Montag has previously stated her April 2007 plastic surgery procedures were worth dying for, and now The Hills star claims that when she recently underwent 10 plastic-surgery procedures in one day she almost lost her life.
Maria Ventrella, a 51-year-old corporate travel agent from Chicago, IL, became the third contestant eliminated from The Biggest Loser: Couples during last night's ninth-season episode of the NBC reality weight-loss series.
Randy Jackson is hopeful that American Idol's currently-airing ninth season won't be Simon Cowell's last.
Jake Pavelka fulfilled one bachelorette's request to cut her loose on a group date and subsequently sent two more packing at the Rose Ceremony during last night's The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love broadcast on ABC.
Kelly Bensimon is baring it all for Playboy.
Kendra Wilkinson is "just so excited" to be a mom that she's already ready to have another baby.
Kim Kardashian has confirmed that she wants a ring, however of the championship and not engagement variety.
Nicole "Snooki" Pilozzi previously expressed hope that she'd land her own reality dating series, and now it seems the Jersey Shore star could get the chance.
Jeff Conaway has been hospitalized after reportedly falling down a staircase in his Los Angeles home.
The anonymous online spoiler who managed to correctly reveal the identities of American Idol's semifinalists for the last two years has now released the alleged names of nearly all of the ninth-season's Top 24 semifinalists.
Heidi Montag admitted she's "obsessed with plastic surgery" after undergoing 10 procedures in one day, however The Hills star claims she's not addicted.
One of the young mothers featured on MTV's Teen Mom reality series was allegedly assaulted by her own mom over the weekend.
Simon Fuller claims he will not allow The X Factor's stateside launch ruin American Idol.
The Hills' Lauren "Lo" Bosworth feels Heidi Montag's decision to undergo 10 plastic surgery procedures in one day is sending the wrong message to young girls.
Cheryl Cole apparently isn't coming across the pond with Simon Cowell to launch The X Factor stateside.
Paris Hilton and her mother Kathy aren't the only socialites in the family reportedly tied to a reality series.
A former The Bachelor bachelorette doesn't believe allegations that Rozlyn Papa engaged in an "inappropriate relationship" with producer Ryan Callahan during filming for the ABC reality dating series.
Chris Harrison is apparently regretting he wasn't more direct when he confronted Rozlyn Papa about her alleged "inappropriate relationship" with producer Ryan Callahan during Monday night's The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love broadcast.
Harrah's Entertainment says "Wild Recon" host Donald Schultz will spend 10 days in Las Vegas locked inside a large glass box with 100 snakes.
The vegetables used in a special White House episode of "Iron Chef America" did not come from the garden at the Washington site, a Food Network official says.
"American Idol" contestant Antonio "Skii Bo Ski" Wheeler has had several brushes with the law in Florida dating back to 2004, records reveal.
While he's yet to announce who will be joining him on the judging panel of Fox's new American The X Factor edition, Simon Cowell appears to already have some specific names in mind.
Simon Cowell was right: American Idol viewers haven't heard the last from "General" Larry Platt.
Ashley Elmore said she was "definitely disappointed" she didn't receive a rose from Jake Pavelka during Monday night's The Bachelor: On The Wings of Love broadcast, however she somewhat expected it.
NBC has announced Minute to Win It, a new game show that will feature contestants trying to complete 10 simple yet increasingly-difficult challenges for the chance to win $1 million, will premiere Sunday, March 14 at 8PM ET/PT.
VH1 has announced Jessica Simpson's The Price of Beauty, a new reality series starring the former Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica star as she travels the globe studying various pop culture, will premiere on Sunday, March 14 at 10PM ET/PT.
VH1 has announced Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp's second season, the seventh overall edition of the reality weight-loss series, will premiere with a special 90-minute episode on Monday, February 8 at 9PM ET/PT.
E! has announced it has ordered Holly's World, a new The Girls Next Door spinoff following former Hugh Hefner girlfriend Holly Madison and her new life in Las Vegas.
The Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Barney has reiterated her previous denial that she cheated on her estranged husband Simon.
Project Runway's return to New York City will apparently be short lived.
TV Land has announced Brooke Burke will host She's Got the Look when the reality competition begins production on its third season next week.
Discovery Channel announced it has ordered Worst Case Scenario, a new series that will feature Man Vs. Wild survival expert Bear Grylls putting himself in potentially life-threatening situations and showing viewers how to get out of them.
Style Network announced it has ordered Tacky House, a new reality series that will feature former Queer Eye for the Straight Guy star Thom Filicia transforming rooms from tacky to tasteful.
Food Network announced it has begun production on Private Chefs of Beverly Hills, a new reality series that will follow the employees of a private chef placement agency in one of the most posh cities in the country.
Ousted The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love bachelorette Ashley Elmore disagrees with Rozlyn Papa's claim that there was nothing romantic about her "inappropriate relationship" with one of the ABC reality dating series' producers during the show's filming.
Teresa Giudice's husband reportedly made a poor decision before getting behind the wheel of his vehicle, which led to multiple problems with the law.
Elton John apparently isn't one of the "superstars" clamoring for Simon Cowell's American Idol judging seat.
TLC has announced it has ordered Addicted, a new Intervention-like docu-reality series that will follow individuals as they struggle with substance abuse before receiving help from an interventionist.
Bob Guiney could reportedly soon be staring bachelorhood in the face once again.
The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love producer who allegedly engaged in an "inappropriate relationship" with bachelorette Rozlyn Papa during the show's filming apparently lost more than his job.
Jamal Trulove was identified as an alleged murderer due to his brief stint on VH1's I Love New York reality series in 2007.
SyFy has announced that Ghost Hunters' sixth season will premiere on Wednesday, March 3 at 9PM ET/PT.
American Idol aficionados apparently aren't the only ones unhappy with Simon Cowell's new deal with Fox, which will have him leaving the reality series this year to focus on launching a U.S. edition of his British The X Factor reality series for the network in Fall 2011.
American Idol will apparently have no shortage of possible big-name judging panel replacements for Simon Cowell.
Patti Anderson said that if she could do her The Biggest Loser: Couples' experience over again, she'd take a more strategic approach to the weigh-ins.
Paula who? Whether it will survive Simon Cowell's 2011 absence as smoothly seems unlikely, but American Idol's ninth-season premiere appears to have weathered Paula Abdul's departure without a significant ratings impact.
The premise for Kate Gosselin's new TLC reality series is apparently still a work in progress.
Working as an American Idol judge is harder than Ellen DeGeneres anticipated.
Bravo has revealed the hosts and judging panel for Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, a new Project Runway-like reality competition series for aspiring artists that is being produced by Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker.
Patti Anderson, a 55-year-old business owner from Lafayette, CA, became the second contestant eliminated from The Biggest Loser: Couples during last night's ninth-season episode of the NBC reality weight-loss series.
It looks like Vern Yip will have to design a new nursery in his house.
Heidi Montag claims she recently underwent 10 plastic-surgery procedures in one day in an effort to become "the best me" she could be.
Identical twins Karissa and Kristina Shannon are redefining their relationship with Hugh Hefner.
ABC has announced that Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, a new reality series produced by American Idol host Ryan Seacrest and starring the British chef as he provides a healthy makeover to the entire city of Huntington, WV, will premiere on Friday, March 26 at 9PM ET/PT.
Elizabeth Hasselbeck said she was "truly bothered" by the "incredibly offensive" way American Idol portrayed a female ninth-season hopeful during last night's premiere broadcast on Fox.
Rozlyn Papa's claims that she didn't have an inappropriate, physical relationship with a The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love producer during the show's filming aren't true, according to The Bachelor host Chris Harrison.
Fox is apparently giving serious consideration to Simon Cowell's suggestion that Ryan Seacrest replace him on American Idol's judging panel.
Rozlyn Papa continued seeing the fired The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love producer she allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with after leaving the ABC reality dating show, according to host Chris Harrison.
Simon Cowell said his deal with Fox that will end his American Idol judging role while launching his British The X Factor reality competition series for the network in Fall 2011 was a last-minute agreement.
ABC has announced that Dancing with the Stars' tenth season will premiere with a two-hour performance episode on Monday, March 22 at 8PM ET/PT.
After previously denying that her relationship with a The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love producer was sexual, ousted bachelorette Rozlyn Papa is now saying it wasn't even romantic.
While American Idol is returning to a more familiar format, there will still be several substantial changes when the curtains go up on the show's ninth season -- including the absence of Paula Abdul, the addition of Ellen DeGeneres, and Simon Cowell serving on the judging panel for the final time.
The Bachelor franchise will reportedly receive the Big Brother treatment.
Rozlyn Papa was eliminated from The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love during last night's broadcast after allegedly engaging in what the show termed an "inappropriate relationship" with one of the reality dating series' producers during filming.
Ellen DeGeneres' first official day as an American Idol judge just so happened to coincide with Simon Cowell inking a deal with Fox that will end his judging role on the reality series following its ninth season.
Richard Heene begins 90-day prison sentence for balloon boy hoax
Fox and Simon Cowell have confirmed he will leave American Idol after its 2010 season to focus on launching an American edition of his British The X Factor reality competition series for the network in Fall 2011.
After initially avoiding the issue, the odds-on favorite to replace Simon Cowell on American Idol has pulled himself out of the running.
Bravo announced that it has renewed The Rachel Zoe Project for a third season, Flipping Out for a fourth season, and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List for a sixth season.
Oxygen announced that it has ordered Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too, a new spinoff that will follow three former Bad Girls Club stars in their search for love.
Oxygen has announced it is developing three new reality series -- Hair Battle Spectacular, House of Glam and Jersey Couture -- all of which are currently slated to debut in the spring as the network expands to two nights of original programming.
Bravo announced that it has renewed The Real Housewives of Atlanta for a third season.
NBC has announced Howie Mandel will replace David Hasselhoff on America's Got Talent's judging panel for the reality competition series' fifth season this summer.
Bravo announced that it has picked up Thintervention with Jackie Warner, a new reality series that will feature the fitness expert and former Work Out star helping overweight clients kick their unhealthy habits.
Oxygen announced it has tapped former Dancing with the Stars celebrity participant Melanie Brown to host Dance Your Ass Off's second season.
Bravo announced it has picked up Bethenny's Getting Married?, a new reality series that will follow The Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel as she juggles her career with her wedding and pregnancy.
NBC is giving The Marriage Ref a chance to go for the gold.
Gail Simmons is pulling triple duty for Bravo.
Bravo has announced that The Real Housewives of New York City's third season will premiere on Thursday, March 4 at 10PM ET/PT.
Bravo has announced 9 by Design, a new docu-reality series starring husband and wife design team Courtney and Robert Novogratz, will premiere Monday, April 5 at 10PM ET/PT.
TV Land has announced it has ordered Harry Loves Lisa, a new reality series starring Lisa Rinna and her husband Harry Hamlin -- both of whom previously competed on Dancing with the Stars as celebrity participants.
Oxygen has announced that it is developing When Charlie Met Sarah, a new reality series starring on-again/off-again The Bachelor seventh-season couple Charlie O'Connell and Sarah Brice.
The CW has announced that America's Next Top Model's fourteenth season will premiere with a two-hour broadcast on Wednesday, March 3 at 8PM ET/PT.
Ellen DeGeneres apparently has little interest in serving as an American Idol judge without Simon Cowell by her side.
Bravo has announced Top Chef Masters' second season will premiere on Wednesday, April 7 at 11PM ET/PT.
While he personally hasn't been distracted by reports that Simon Cowell is leaving American Idol, Randy Jackson says it has impacted the show.
An insider says former reality TV star Jon Gosselin is dating a 25-year-old woman he met in Utah.
Officials scoff at balloon boy dad Richard Heene's new media blitz
The Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Barney's ongoing marital problems have ended with a divorce filing.
'Whale Wars' group's damaged powerboat left to sink in Antarctica
While Kate Gosselin is celebrating her recently finalized divorce with a new do, Jon Gosselin is reportedly rejoicing with a new romance.
Fox has announced that it has pulled Our Little Genius from its programming schedule less than a week before the Mark Burnett-produced game show was slated to premiere.
'The Real Housewives' White House crashers hosting Vegas party
Richard Heene denying balloon boy saga a hoax despite guilty plea
The Real World is returning to "The Big Easy."
Stephanie Pratt has made a deal to keep her out of the pokey.
Although she acknowledges having a relationship with one of the reality dating series' producers during its filming, a The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love bachelorette is denying the relationship was sexual, despite the suggestions of ABC's promotions.
Piers Morgan said he was as "shocked as anyone" to learn that David Hasselhoff is leaving America's Got Talent.
CBS has finally formally revealed the 20 former castaways who will be competing on Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, the twentieth season of the long-running reality series that will premiere with a special two-hour episode on Thursday, February 11 at 8PM ET/PT.
Carrie Underwood has continued her People's Choice Awards dominance, however in a different category than she's accustomed to.
James Crutchfield said he was definitely worried that a knee injury he suffered playing high school football more than 10 years ago would hinder his weight-loss production as a The Biggest Loser contestant.
David Hasselhoff has announced that he's leaving America's Got Talent after serving on its judging panel since the NBC reality series premiered in 2006.
VH1's new Secrets of Aspen reality series apparently isn't sitting too well with some of the city's residents.
Melissa Rycroft is changing her surname to reflect her recent marriage.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's latest efforts to stop Japanese ships from hunting whales took a dangerous turn on Wednesday.
Fox Reality Channel's first original reality dating series will also be its last.
Kate Gosselin has decided to ditch her signature hairstyle for a new hairdo.
Kathy Griffin is unsure if her use of the F-word while co-hosting CNN's live New Year's Eve coverage has gotten her fired from the network.
James Crutchfield, a 30-year-old human resources director from Orlando, FL, became the first contestant eliminated from The Biggest Loser: Couples during last night's ninth-season premiere of the NBC reality weight-loss series.
Carrie Underwood apparently enjoyed acting so much on her recent holiday special that she's decided to give it another go.
Jersey Shore cast member Ronnie Magro was arrested during filming for the MTV reality series after he punched an alleged heckler in the face.
Monday night's two-hour The Bachelor premiere showed many of the highlights of Jake Pavelka's introductory cocktail party with his bachelorette suitors, however one event was noticeably absent: the "special announcement" ABC had previously announced The Bachelorette lovebirds Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski would share.
Jillian Michaels claims she is concerned at how heavy The Biggest Loser contestants are when they enter the competition.
Jake Pavelka eliminated his first 10 The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love bachelorettes during last night's premiere broadcast of the ABC reality dating series.
Oddsmakers feel Piers Morgan is the favorite to replace Simon Cowell should he decide to leave American Idol, however the America's Got Talent judge is dodging public comment on the possibility.
NBC announced that it has begun casting couples interested in appearing on former Seinfeld star Jerry Seinfeld's new The Marriage Ref reality series, which will premiere Sunday, March 14 at 8PM ET/PT.
The body of socialite Casey Johnson was discovered in her Los Angeles home Monday, police said. She was 30.
The Bachelor host Chris Harrison has confirmed that ABC's heavily-hyped "sexual affair" scandal involved one of the show's bachelorettes and a producer.
Survivor aficionados won't have to wait until February to catch a glimpse of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains and its all-star cast.
Chris Harrison feels "people are going to be surprised" by Jake Pavelka as The Bachelor's next star.
Although they already leaked out during the show's fall filming, NBC has officially revealed the identities of the 14 celebrities competing on The Celebrity Apprentice's third season, which will premiere Sunday, March 14 at 9PM ET/PT.
Jason Castro had cause for celebration this New Year.
Blond Charity Mafia has reportedly been canceled before its broadcast. Again.
Last Comic Standing may be getting the last laugh. Again.
A Deadliest Catch crab fisherman has been charged with committing a string of bank robberies.
Tim Gunn and Ellen DeGeneres have been recognized for their work with animal rights.
Kathy Griffin's New Year's resolution apparently had nothing to do with cleaning up her vocabulary.