Reality TV News - February 2008
Socialite, former reality TV star and new mom Nicole Richie is in talks to play Roxie Hart in the Broadway musical "Chicago," a published report said Friday.
Michael Bortone was accused of being one of Survivor 101's best pupils and thus labeled a threat.
Simon Cowell's "dark horse" and three victims of poor song selection were eliminated during last night's live American Idol seventh-season results show broadcast that revealed the Top 16 semifinalists.
ABC has announced Dancing with the Stars and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition have both been given early renewals for the 2008-2009 television season.
Michael Bortone was blind-sided by Joel Anderson for the second time in as many Tribal Councils.
Tito Ortiz can lift a lot of weight but was unable to carry the burden of being project manager for the designated task, and the mixed-martial arts fighter became the eighth candidate fired by Donald Trump during last night's The Celebrity Apprentice broadcast on NBC.
Atalya Slater is apparently in denial, as she still disagrees with the judging panel's decision of her as the first runway wannabe eliminated from America's Next Top Model's tenth season.
Boyd Coddington, a car-customizing legend and star of TLC's American Hot Rod reality series, died yesterday at the age of 63.
Although he's never been one to keep his opinions to himself, Simon Cowell is apparently planning to forgo a prediction of American Idol's next champion.
While Bravo has yet to officially renew Project Runway for a fifth season, fashion guru Tim Gunn said the show is already gearing up for its next installment.
If American Idol's remaining female semifinalists weren't aware of the importance of song choice, they are now.
NBC has announced country singer Billy Ray Cyrus will serve as Nashville Star's sixth-season host when the reality series makes its NBC debut this summer.
Alex Coladonato, a 24-year-old DJ company owner from Staten Island, NY, and Amanda Hansen, a 23-year-old paralegal from Fridley, MN, became the third "perfect-match" pair evicted from Big Brother: 'Til Death Do You Part during last night's live broadcast of the CBS reality show's third eviction.
Two girls went home during America' Next Top Model's tenth-season premiere broadcast last night on The CW -- as Kimberly quit because she's not interested in high fashion while Atalya was eliminated for not being high fashion enough.
It may have been a long and winding road, but the Beatles' famed songbook has finally made its way to American Idol.
Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher are currently responsible for two The CW reality shows, however they've apparently collaborated to concoct a new unscripted series for ABC.
Now Phil Keoghan will apparently be able to win his own Emmy Award every year.
The History Channel has announced Ax Men, a new Ice Road Truckers-like reality series that will document the treacherous life of Pacific Northwest timber cutters, will premiere on Sunday, March 9 at 10PM ET/PT.
American Idol's seventh-season Top 10 male semifinalists continued their push for the finals during last night's Fox broadcast, singing songs from the 1970s.
The Blue Team went to Las Vegas and won a trip to Puerto Rico but was unable to conquer the scale.
NBC has announced open casting call dates and locations for America's Got Talent's Summer 2008 third season.
Reality TV World's commmunity spoiler sleuths' 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the fourth episode of Survivor: Micronesia -- Fans vs. Favorites is now available.
Ex-'Dancing with the Stars' celeb Floyd Mayweather Jr. going wrestling
Just because the majority of The Bachelor's romantic relationships are kaput doesn't mean the lives of its participants haven't still continued.
Bravo has announced Work Out's third season will premiere Tuesday, April 15 at 11PM ET/PT and revealed the identities of new season's four new Sky Sport & Spa trainers.
Jessica Sierra couldn't stay out of trouble in Florida, so she apparently won't be returning to the Sunshine State anytime soon.
Paris Hilton's latest box-office venture didn't do so hot, so she's reportedly returning to her roots.
While the changes aren't likely to be earth-shattering, Fox is planning to tweak next season's American Idol audition episode broadcasts.
Lifetime has revealed the identities of the three judges for Your Mama Don't Dance, a new reality competition series that partners professional two-steppers with one of their novice parents.
Adam Jasinski's "PR work" for a Florida-based autism foundation was apparently a three-month stint that ended before he even entered the Big Brother: 'Til Death Do You Part house.
Simon Cowell didn't think Colton Berry could cut it as a recording artist following the American Idol seventh-season semifinalist's rendition of "Suspicious Minds" during last Tuesday night's performance episode broadcast -- a comment the teenager labeled as "hypocritical" since the judge had a hand in putting him in the Top 24.
Previously defensively-minded Cirie Fields made the decision to suddenly go on the offensive during her second Survivor adventure, and Yau-Man Chan was her first target.
Big Brother's ninth season has provided another unprecedented moment for the long-running CBS show.
Despite being employed as a fairly-successful plus-size model, Joanne Borgella gave it up to compete as an American Idol seventh-season Top 24 semifinalist.
Ryan Seacrest tried to surprise Amy Davis with the news, but the American Idol seventh-season Top 24 semifinalist apparently already knew she'd be getting the boot following her rendition of "Where the Boys Are" during Wednesday night's performance broadcast.
Simon Cowell pointed his sharp tongue at Garrett Haley when he called the American Idol seventh-season Top 24 semifinalist "pale" and "verging on haunted" following his rendition of "Breaking Up is Hard to Do" during last Tuesday night's performance episode broadcast -- but apparently he considered that a good thing.
Fox TV stations fined for indecency over 'Married By America' broadcast
When Cirie Fields went from fence-sitter to power player, she set her sights on Yau-Man Chan.
Marilu Henner's over-excitement led to her downfall, as the actress became the seventh candidate fired by Donald Trump during Thursday night's The Celebrity Apprentice broadcast on NBC.
Tiffany "New York" Pollard might be in love with George "Tailor Made" Weisgerber, but she has also apparently fallen for Tinseltown.
American Idol's seventh season finally began in earnest this week, with Tuesday and Wednesday's first performance shows culminating in last night's live results show that eliminated the four seventh-season Top 24 semifinalists (two male, two female) who had received the fewest home viewer votes after this week's performances.
Jen Diturno a 26-year-old bartender from Columbus, OH, and Parker Somerville, a 26-year-old paparazzo from Northridge, CA, became the second "perfect-match" pair evicted from Big Brother: 'Til Death Do You Part during last night's live broadcast of the CBS reality show's second eviction.
Clay Aiken is busy on Broadway -- but fear not Claymates, as the American Idol second-season runner-up is apparently good at multitasking.
Since Adam Jasinski is currently cooped up in the Big Brother: 'Til Death Do You Part house, someone else has had to apologize for the ninth-season houseguest's use of the word "retards" in reference to people with autism.
The CW apparently thinks Beauty and the Geek viewers have forgotten what high school was like.
The Top 12 male semifinalists kicked-off American Idol's seventh-season during last night's Fox broadcast, singing songs from the 1960s.
Kelly Fields was concerned her ex-husband Paul Marks would be unable to maintain his diet and exercise regimen when faced with the challenge of going home.
In the past, supermodel Paula Porizkova has spoken harshly about her new employer -- America's Next Top Model.
TLC has announced Little People, Big World's third season, which will begin with three episodes focused on family patriarch Matt Roloff's recent drunk-driving trial, will premiere with back-to-back half-hour episodes on Monday, March 3 at 8PM ET/PT.
Neil Garcia's nearly week-old departure from the Big Brother: 'Til Death Do You Part house was finally revealed to television viewers during last night's ninth-season broadcast of the CBS reality show, however the details surrounding his unexpected exit still remained unexplained.
While you can't teach an old dog new tricks, A&E apparently hopes Duane "Dog" Chapman can at least learn from his past mistakes.
As The Bachelor's twelfth-season star, Londoner Matt Grant hopes to put to rest any preconceived notions Americans might have about his fellow countrymen.
Reality TV World's commmunity spoiler sleuths' 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the third episode of Survivor: Micronesia -- Fans vs. Favorites is now available.
ABC has revealed the professional partner pairings and initial scheduling format that Dancing with the Stars' sixth season will use when it premieres on Monday, March 17 at 8PM ET/PT.
Team Bruno may have lost a couple battles, but they ultimately won the war.
Dinner: Impossible star Robert Irvine is in hot water after the Food Network chef reportedly cooked-up some lies touching upon numerous aspects of his life -- from his culinary education and experience to the identities of some of his more famous clientele.
'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin's 4-year-old son unfazed by snake bite
Move over Coke, AT&T and Ford -- American Idol has a hip, new sponsor.
George "Tailor Made" Weisgerber was the victim of several verbal assaults while serving as an I Love New York second-season suitor, and now he's reportedly the one accused of losing his cool.
The clock slung around Flavor Flav's neck is constantly ticking, but the 48-year-old Flavor of Love bachelor apparently feels that doesn't mean he's desperate.
Fear not Maksim Chmerkovskiy fans, the chest-flaunting Ukrainian says his Dancing with the Stars absence isn't going to be permanent.
ABC has revealed the identities of the 12 celebrities who will be waltzing their way into primetime when Dancing with the Stars' sixth season premieres with a 90-minute performance episode on Monday, March 17 at 8PM ET/PT.
Mary Sartain's expression said a lot when she was revealed to be the second castaway eliminated from Survivor: Micronesia -- Fans vs. Favorites during last Thursday night's broadcast.
Adam Jasinski's perfect-match partner Sheila Kennedy apparently wasn't the only person offended when the Big Brother: 'Til Death Do You Part houseguest referred to people with autism as "retards."
Evan Dollard and Monica Carlson were revealed to be American Gladiators male and female champions during last night's finale broadcast of the campy reality series' primetime revival on NBC.
With the Top 24 semifinalists ready to begin performing for viewer votes, American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said the competition's seventh-season is shaping up nicely.
TLC has announced The Secret Life of a Soccer Mom, a new reality series following stay-at-home moms who are given the chance to see what life would be like if their full-time career wasn't motherhood, will premiere on Monday, March 3 at 10PM ET/PT.
Dancing with the Stars professional Maksim Chmerkovskiy apparently can't make-up his mind.
Jordin Sparks' 19 Entertainment/Jive Records record label has announced the American Idol sixth-season champ will perform as the opening act on Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys' upcoming "As I Am" tour.
Carmen Electra's reality-TV career is apparently caput.
Although it has yet to be mentioned in any of the show's broadcasts and also wasn't noted in the biographical information Fox released after the season's semifinalists were formally revealed on Wednesday, American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe insists the show isn't trying to hide the existence of seventh-season Top 24 semifinalist Carly Smithson's previous big-budget recording contract.
Ben Silverman apparently figured better late than never.
Mary Sartain and Michael Bortone were both blind-sided, but she was the one who bore the brunt of it.
MTV has announced That's Amore, a new A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila reality dating series spin-off starring spurned Italian suitor Domenico Nesci, will premiere Sunday, March 2 at 10PM ET/PT.
Donald Trump was faced with a tough decision, so he decided not to make it.
For the first time since its 2003 fourth season, a Big Brother houseguest has apparently left the competition without being evicted.
Despite hefty competition from Fox's American Idol and NBC's The Biggest Loser, CBS' Tuesday night Big Brother: 'Til Death Do You Part premiere broadcast still managed to post decent ratings numbers.
Fox is finally giving viewers a chance to see females reign supreme.
Mark Burnett has apparently found a new project he can sink his teeth into.
Fox has announced So You Think You Can Dance's fourth season will premiere with a two-hour broadcast on Thursday, May 22 at 8PM ET/PT.
Sharon Obermueller and Jacob Heald were revealed to be the first "perfect-match" pair evicted from Big Brother's ninth season during last night's pre-taped broadcast of the long-running CBS reality show.
After four weeks of open audition broadcasts and two more episodes that gave viewers a look at the competition's Hollywood Round, last night's American Idol seventh-season broadcast ended with the mega-hit Fox reality show finally revealing the identities of this season's Top 24 semifinalists.
Bravo has revealed the identities of the 12 contestants competing on Step It Up & Dance, a new reality series that blends elements of So You Think You Can Dance and Project Runway, which will premiere Thursday, April 3 at 10PM ET/PT.
Katharine McPhee initially awoke "peaceful and calm," however since it was her wedding day, that would soon change.
CBS didn't bring it back for another season last summer, but Mark Burnett apparently still hasn't written off the possibility of doing a third edition of his Rock Star reality competition series.
MTV has announced The Real World Awards Bash: Roast 'Em and Toast 'Em, the long-running MTV reality series first awards show that will bring together cast members from all 20 seasons, will air Saturday, March 29.
The identities of Big Brother 9's perfect-match pairings, the unprecedented power given to the competition's initial "Power Couple," and the pre-existing relationships of two pairs of houseguests were all revealed to viewers during last night's premiere broadcast of the long-running CBS reality show's first ever winter edition.
Trent Patterson's warrior heart wasn't enough to overcome his wounded knee, and the 39-year-old school safety and security coordinator from Endicott, NY became the eleventh contestant cut from The Biggest Loser: Couples during last night's broadcast of the NBC reality show's fifth season.
If you think The History Channel's Ice Road Truckers reality series would make a cool action flick, you're apparently not alone.
Jessica Sierra reportedly isn't going to become a mom after all.
Reality TV World's commmunity spoiler sleuths' 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the second episode of Survivor: Micronesia -- Fans vs. Favorites is now available.
Writers Guild of America members vote to end three-month strike
CMT has announced The Ultimate Coyote Ugly Search's third season, which will follow 10 females competing for the final spot in the Coyote Ugly traveling troupe, will premiere Friday, March 7 at 9PM ET/PT.
Patti Stanger could be considered a modern-day cupid for those who can afford her heart-shaped arrow.
Denise Richards' new reality series has found a home.
Team Carrie Ann member Alyssa became the fifth contestant cut from Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann during last night's live penultimate broadcast of the new ABC reality competition series.
It looks like both finalists and viewers will have to wait an extra half-hour to learn American Idol's seventh-season voting results.
ABC has revealed the identities of the 10 people competing on Oprah's Big Give, a new reality competition series that will challenge its contestants to find "dramatic and emotional" ways to spend show-supplied money on others.
Former Will & Grace star Sean Hayes apparently won't be lacing up his ballroom shoes for Dancing with the Stars' upcoming sixth season.
Jon Dalton said his Survivor return looked "good on paper," but intense tooth pain and a seven-month pregnant girlfriend back home quickly brought an end to Jonny Fairplay's comeback.
NBC has announced it's renewed The Biggest Loser for a sixth season that will follow the same "couples" format as the show's currently-airing fifth installment.
The song remained the same for Carrie Underwood while Chris Daughtry came up empty during last night's broadcast of the 50th Annual Grammy Awards on CBS.
ABC has revealed the identities of the seven couples competing on Here Come the Newlyweds, a new reality series that follows recently married pairs as they face-off for the opportunity to claim an ever-escalating cash prize, which will premiere Sunday, March 2 at 10PM ET/PT.
Striking Hollywood writers to vote on tentative contract deal on Tuesday
It's officially official: ex-Meet the Barkers co-stars Shanna Moakler and Travis Barker are exes.
A&E Network has announced Gene Simmons Family Jewels' third season, which continues to follow the KISS frontman and his family in their daily lives, will premiere with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, March 11 at 10PM ET/PT.
Writers Guild of America members meet about tentative strike deal
An allegedly homesick Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton wanted to leave on his own terms -- and the rest of his tribe happily obliged -- causing the slippery former Survivor: Pearl Islands schemer to become the first castaway eliminated from Survivor: Micronesia -- Fans vs. Favorites during last night's premiere of the long-running CBS reality show's sixteenth season.
The damage may be irreversible, but Jael Strauss is apparently moving forward after provocative pictures she posed for were published without permission.
Victoria Beckham will be spicing up Project Runway's fourth-season finale.
Can't wait until Project Runway 4's season finale to get a look at the collections the show's finalists presented at New York Fashion Week on Friday? Then check out the video below and get a sneak peak look at them now!
Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin has been dreaming of starting up Girlicious for a while now, and she's excited to invite viewers in on the process of creating the all-new, all-girl trio.
Gene Simmons wasn't around to save Nely Galan again, and the former The Swan creator and television producer became the sixth candidate fired by Donald Trump during last night's The Celebrity Apprentice broadcast on NBC.
'American Idol' becoming a Disney World theme park attraction
While her designer pants didn't burst into flames, Tyra Banks apparently told a few fibs during a Wednesday segment of The Tyra Banks Show in which she was hooked up to Fox's The Moment of Truth lie detector.
NBC has announced open casting call dates and locations for Nashville Star's Summer 2008 sixth season -- the first installment of the reality series to air on NBC after its first five editions aired on its sister network USA.
After fifteen seasons, the Survivor brand is apparently expanding beyond things like tribal buffs, T-shirts, hats, and board games.
Katharine McPhee's self-titled debut album has sold roughly 366,000 copies since it was released last February, but Simon Cowell apparently didn't purchase a copy.
Hugh Hefner and his No. 1 girlfriend Holly Madison are apparently trying to reproduce like a Playboy bunny.
With 100 potential matches, one lucky lady has to like those odds.
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline previously had no problem letting fans in on their lifestyle, but the current situation surrounding the pop princess is apparently just too chaotic for Federline to let reality cameras role again.
TV Guide Network has announced Sanjaya Malakar, the American Idol sixth-season finalist who was known more for his creative coif concoctions and wretched renditions of songs than his actual vocal ability, will host an Idol Stars: Where Are They Now special on Sunday, February 24 at 8PM ET/PT
CBS has revealed the identities of the 16 all-single houseguests who will be competing on Big Brother 9 and announced the season will feature a creative twist that will force the show's cast to pair up with their show-selected "soul mate."
Can't wait until Big Brother 9's premiere to get a look at the 16 houseguests that will be competing on the show's first-ever winter edition? Then check out the video below and meet them now!
Cheryl Burke will apparently have to find a new dance partner in her personal life.
Sonja Norwood apparently gave Keeping up with the Kardashians star Kim Kardashian and her accused kin a chance to avoid legal action.
MyNetworkTV has announced its ordered 13 episodes of Under One Roof, a new half-hour sitcom starring Flavor of Love bachelor Flavor Flav that is scheduled to premiere this spring.
Reality TV World's commmunity spoiler sleuths' 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the premiere episode of Survivor: Micronesia -- Fans vs. Favorites is now available.
Jackie Evans and her son Dan got blind-sided by the rest of their Blue Team members, resulting in Jackie, a 49-year-old non-profit organization CEO from Frankfort, IL, becoming the tenth contestant cut from The Biggest Loser: Couples during last night's broadcast of the NBC reality show's fifth season.
Pete Wentz can breathe a sigh of relief -- his girlfriend Ashlee Simpson apparently won't be promoting her upcoming album via a new reality dating show.
Matt Grant, a 27-year-old "global financier" from London, was revealed to be The Bachelor's twelfth-season star during last night's live broadcast of the network's Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann reality series.
Flavor of Love's first two seasons proved to be unfruitful for Flavor Flav, so he's apparently decided to spice things up for the show's upcoming third installment.
Team Bruno member Tony Czar became the fourth contestant cut from Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann during last night's live broadcast of the new ABC reality competition series.
Keeping up with the Kardashians star Kim Kardashian is receiving more less than flattering attention due to her dealings with the Norwood family.
Discovery Channel has announced that Mythbusters' 100th episode -- a tribute to Angus MacGyver, the legendary firearm-hating TV secret agent that always seemed able to use everyday items to get himself out of any tight jam -- will on Wednesday, February 20 at 9PM ET/PT.
Although it wouldn't seem to make much sense, CBS reportedly spent last summer expecting Survivor's upcoming sixteenth Micronesia -- Fans vs. Favorites edition to be the long-running reality show's last.
Add actress Marlee Matlin to the growing number of celebrities rumored to be participating in Dancing with the Stars upcoming sixth season.
After spending its first 12 years of existence focused on more traditional wildlife observational programming, Animal Planet is relaunching and rebranding itself around a new more adult-targeted programming schedule that will include animal-themed reality shows and additional Meerkat Manor-like anthropomorphic series.
Katharine McPhee's "Love Story" apparently began a new chapter over the weekend.
Last year, Marla Maples was a member of ABC's Ex-Wives Club Now she'll reportedly be competing in the network's ballroom.
The hard feelings apparently kept lingering long after the cameras stopped rolling during the boardroom session that featured former The Sopranos actor Vincent "Big Pussy" Pastore "resigning" at the conclusion of last week's The Celebrity Apprentice broadcast.
Richard Hatch has previously argued he's an "innocent man in jail," a viewpoint that appeals judges apparently disagreed with.
Reality TV World's Spoiler Island fantasy prediction game has opened for Survivor: Micronesia -- Fans vs. Favorites Episode 1 picks.
Source: Breakthrough reached in Hollywood writers strike talks
Vincent "Big Pussy" Pastore has once again lived up to his nickname.
Mary Delgado labeled her November arrest on a domestic battery charge as the result of an "unfortunate set of circumstances" that had nothing to do with her desire to finally walk down the aisle with The Bachelor sixth-season star and her fiance Byron Velvick.
Moya Sawatzke was personally in a tough place before teaming up with her pageant-proven daughter Jenileigh, and the duo were revealed to be Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants' winners during Wednesday night's finale broadcast of The CW reality competition series.
Elvis Presley knew how to "Shake, Rattle and Roll," and now Priscilla Presley apparently wants to prove she can do the same.
TV Land has revealed the identities of the 14 JJ Pearce High School Class of 1987 alumni who will celebrate their 20-year reunion in Maui for the network's High School Reunion revival, which will premiere Wednesday, March 5 at 10PM ET/PT.