Reality TV News - March 2004
Showing no signs of a ratings "hiccup" from the previous week's recap episode, last week's eleventh The Apprentice episode set new series ratings records and scored NBC's highest regular-program rating in the time period since September 2001.
"Stand By Your (Holy) Man," our episode summary for the fifth episode of FOX's Forever Eden, written by Angelfood, is now available.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the ninth episode of Survivor: All Stars is now available.
Three episodes into its originally scheduled six-episode run, FOX announced yesterday evening that it is pulling its Playing It Straight series from the network's broadcast schedule.
FOX has announced that as part of the demolition of its highly promoted "New FOX Friday" after only three weeks, its Forever Eden "reality soap" series has been "permanently" moved to the network's Friday 9 PM ET/PT time period.
Apparently Survivor itself wouldn't survive if future contestants learned information that is already widely known on the Internet. At least, that seems to be CBS's view, after pressure from CBS lawyers led to the termination of a newspaper column being written by a former Survivor castaway.
"She Has To Grow AND Go," our episode summary for the fourth episode of the Scifi Channel's Mad Mad House, written by I_AM_HE, is now available.
"Gayme On," our episode summary for the third episode of FOX's Playing It Straight, written by GuessItRains, is now available.
In the final episode of ESPN's Dream Job, Mike Hall, a 22-year-old journalism student at the University of Missouri, won a one-year contract as an anchor on ESPN's Sports Center. When the result of the final nationwide vote was announced, Mike defeated Adam Levine, a 21-year-old senior at Stanford, by approximately 60% to 40%.
Donald Trump, the multimillionaire star of NBC's The Apprentice, is continuing his quixotic campaign to gain a trademark on the generic phrase "you're fired." This time, though, even New York City has turned against him.
The battle is over, and Bob Guiney won by knockout. Whether he can still save his singing career is another matter.
It was bad enough when the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office foolishly permitted Microsoft to trademark the generic computer term "windows," touching off a legal row that rages to this day. But this is worse, if it comes to pass.
"To Twist or Not To Twist," our episode summary for the second episode of NBC's Average Joe: Adam Returns, written by buckeyegirl, is now available.
We never thought we'd be in the position of defending obnoxious American Idol judge Simon Cowell. But this is ridiculous.
Janice Dickinson, one of the three judges on UPN's America's Next Top Model, has never lacked for ego. Taste, however, is another matter entirely.
Leave it to the Internet to build a better gaydar. Playing It Straight's Jackie might be having problems identitying her show's gay suitors, but armed with tips from a cadre of sharp-eyed gay readers, one online magazine has apparently had no such problems.
Once again, the Billboard "Hot 100" singles and tracks chart is faced with the issue of whether strong sales should count for more than strong airplay. Once again, the reason for the question is Clay Aiken.
FOX's American Idol finals hit another high note on Tuesday night, as the Top 11 finalists performed country songs for America, delivering the network's highest-rated Tuesday night ever. During last night's live results show, it was announced that Matthew Rogers was eliminated from the American Idol competition after receiving the fewest votes.
Larry Johnson, a comedy writer currently working for Disney TV, has posted the second installment of his weekly American Idol Gay Idol Journal diva rant, an exclusive to the RealityTVWorld American Idol message boards.
"The 'Crowning' Episode," our episode summary for the season finale of the second season of UPN's America's Next Top Model, written by Isabelle Murray, is now available.
"Jackie Finally Gets One," our episode summary for the second episode of FOX's Playing It Straight, written by Tiger Lily, is now available.
A CD-single debuting in the U.S. with six-figure sales? It must be the return of American Idol 2 runner-up Clay Aiken.
At last, Ruben Studdard doesn't have to go over to Clay Aiken's house to see what a platinum record looks like.
FOX has announced that Kimberley Locke will return to the American Idol stage on Wednesday, March 24 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) to perform her new single "8th World Wonder," which debuted last week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Single Sales chart.
With the oh so tacky preliminary rounds now out of the way, Larry Johnson, a comedy writer currently working for Disney TV, has posted the first installment of his weekly 'American Idol' Gay Idol Journal diva rant, an exclusive to the RealityTVWorld American Idol message boards.
So much for those denials from Sephora regarding Yoanna House's apparent premature appearance on their new Spring catalog.
After several days of community protest and outrage over the hard line stances of Philadelphia organized labor groups that had resulted in Bunim/Murray, the producers of MTV's The Real World, announcing that it was pulling the upcoming production of the fifteenth edition of the program out of the city, Philadelphia mayor John F. Street announced this afternoon that The Real World will be resuming its plans to film in the city.
ABC has announced that America's favorite young married couple, Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson, the stars of MTV's hit Newlyweds series, will star in their first-ever television special, a "fun-filled variety hour" of music and comedy entitled The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour on Sunday, April 11 at 9PM ET/PT on the network.
Steven Cojocaru, style correspondent for NBC's Today show and contributing correspondent for the syndicated Entertainment Tonight, will team up with American Idol sponsor Old Navy to give the finalists a new look for an in-show segment to air Tuesday, March 23 (8-10 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Has the Sephora beauty retailer accidentally revealed the identity of the second season of UPN's America's Next Top Model a bit early?
NBC has announced that World Heavyweight Champion and Olympic gold medal winner George Foreman will appear on NBC's new upcoming The Contender series, which is set to premiere in January 2005. George joins Contender's ever-growing team of Hollywood heavy hitters which include Mark Burnett, Sylvester Stallone, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Sugar Ray Leonard.
With Jordan's departure, the next newcomer to FOX's Forever Eden paradise will be Claudia, a 21-year-old student from Franklin, TN, who resides in Tempe, AZ. Viewers will find out how newcomer Claudia copes with Eden's many twists when the struggling FOX series moves to its new regular time slot on Thursday, March 25 at 9PM ET/PT.
Jackie's gaydar may have improved, as she eliminated a gay guy and a straight guy on the second episode of FOX's Playing It Straight -- unlike the previous week's premiere in which the gaydar-challenged Wisconsin coed incorrectly eliminated two straight guys.
"Goat Guts, Anyone?," our episode summary for the third episode of the Scifi Channel's Mad Mad House, written by Swami, is now available.
"The Gut Runneth Over," our episode summary for the eighth episode of CBS' Survivor: All-Stars, written by FesterFan1, is now available.
Only days after the second season of Fox's The Simple Life 2 resumed filming following a temporary halt resulting from the death of series star Paris Hilton's grandmother, production of the series was once again put on hold when Paris was thrown from a horse during taping and airlifted to a hospital.
"When Survivor Meets The Bachelorette," our episode summary for the fourth episode of FOX's Forever Eden, written by Howard Dean, is now available.
"The Cosmic Cowboy and the Rickety Rickshaw," our episode summary for the tenth episode of NBC's The Apprentice, written by Bebo, is now available.
Is this The Mole or The Bachelor? ABC has released the identities of 24 of the 25 women who will be competing for the heart of NFL New York Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer when The Bachelor premieres April 7 as well as details of several new show elements -- chief among them the introduction of a secret 25th "spy" bachelorette who is actually working for Jesse.
NBC has announced that the second season of celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito's The Restaurant series will premiere on Monday, April 19 at 10 PM ET/PT.
ABC has announced the initial audition dates for The Benefactor, its upcoming new reality series that will aim to answer the question of "what would you do for a million dollars?" when billionaire businessman and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban gives away a million bucks to a complete stranger.
So much for airing forever. At this rate FOX's new "never ending" Forever Eden series will be lucky to still be on the airwaves come April.
The American Idol finals hit a high note on Tuesday night, as the Top 12 finalists performed soul classics for America, delivering FOX's highest-rated Tuesday night EVER. During last night's live results show, it was announced that Leah LaBelle has been eliminated from the American Idol competition after receiving the fewest number of votes.
FOX has announced that its new The Swan series, which had been previously announced as premiering on Monday, March 29, will now instead premiere on Wednesday, April 7 at 9PM ET/PT. Beginning Monday, April 12, The Swan will air in its regular time period (Mondays, 9PM ET/PT), while the network's struggling Forever Eden series will get exiled to Thursdays beginning Thursday, March 25 at 9PM ET/PT.
And then there were none. Ethan Zohn, the last of Survivor's four previous ultimate survivors, was voted out of Survivor: All Stars last evening, ensuring that, as the game's other contestants had desired from Day 1, a former winner will not win the All-Star edition.
Rhode Island native and current Miami Beach resident April Wilkner became the ninth participant eliminated from the competition in Tuesday’s installment of the second edition of UPN’s America's Next Top Model "dramality" series.
With its previously announced mail-in application deadline now past, NBC has announced that the network and Mark Burnett Productions are coming to a city near you to recruit candidates for the upcoming second season of The Apprentice.
Bunim-Murray Productions began filming the second season of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie's The Simple Life this past weekend, but then almost immediately put production of the cross-country road trip adventure on hold so that Paris could fly to Los Angeles to attend the Tuesday funeral of Marilyn Hilton, her 76-year-old grandmother who passed away on Friday after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. Production of the series is expected to resume within a day or two.
In a surprise announcement, Bunim/Murray Productions announced yesterday that it has decided to cancel plans for its previously announced The Real World Philadelphia series. "After considerable evaluation, we are disappointed to announce that Bunim/Murray Productions has decided not to shoot The Real World in Philadelphia," a spokeswoman told the Philadelphia Inquirer, while declining to elaborate further.
"The 'Sex' Episode," our episode summary for the ninth episode of the second season of UPN's America's Next Top Model, written by Isabelle Murray, is now available.
"They shall come back, come back again..," our episode summary for the premiere episode of NBC's Average Joe: Adam Returns, written by Estee, is now available.
Who would have thought that the idea of watching a husky big toothed everyman search for love would prove more appealing to viewers than watching a beautiful raven haired bikini model and Miss USA runner-up do the same?
"Girlfriend's Got No Gaydar," our episode summary for the premiere episode of FOX's Playing It Straight, written by volsfan, is now available.
The Apprentice's most controversial contestant might have been booted the previous week, but according to the final Nielsen ratings, NBC's new hit reality show remained strong as it narrowed the field to only six contestants by booting Philadelphia resident Heidi Bressler.
As could be easily predicted, Fox's new Playing It Straight series, which premiered along with the quirky Wonderfalls drama as part of the network's new Friday night lineup, struggled in its debut in the evening known as Fox's ratings black hole.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the eighth episode of Survivor: All Stars is now available.
"My Big Fat Obnoxious Virgin Strikes Back," our episode summary for the second episode of the Scifi Channel's Mad Mad House, written by I_AM_HE, is now available.
"The Cheese Stands Alone," our episode summary for the seventh episode of CBS' Survivor: All-Stars, written by dangerkitty, is now available.
Looking to cash in on the popularity of NBC's hit Donald Trump The Apprentice series, MTV has announced plans for its own The Assistant reality series.
NBC announced Saturday that five-time world champion fighter Sugar Ray Leonard has signed on to star in The Contender, the network's new upcoming unscripted series that will launch a competitive search for the next boxing superstar. Additionally the network also announced the program's first audition dates.
FOX has announced that Clay Aiken will perform his new single "Solitaire" before a live studio audience and millions of television viewers live on American Idol's Wednesday, March 17 broadcast.
GSN, the newly relaunched network formerly known as Game Show Network, will premiere Fake-A-Date, its first reality relationship series, on Wednesday, March 17 as part of its new weekly primetime lineup that debuts as part of the relaunch.
The ongoing media tussle between former The Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth and her fellow former contestants rocketed up several notches in the past two days as Omarosa alleged to have been the victim of an on-camera racial slur by an "unnamed contestant" which she alluded to be Ereka Vetrini -- an allegation that NBC, the show's producer, Ereka, and even Donald Trump himself all quickly refuted.
CBS has announced that Napster, the digital music service featuring the world’s largest and most diverse online collection of music, will offer singles from the Star Search finalists, marking the first time that music from a televised singing competition will be available for download.
It took three years, but at long last, Jerri Manthey finally got her man (no, not in that way, get your minds out of the gutter folks.)
Airing against another of NBC's "Friends Faves" viewer's choice Friends episode, the seventh episode of CBS' Survivor: All-Stars once again cleaned up in the ratings, winning both its half hours in total viewers, households and the key Adults 18-49 demographic.
They might have been repeatedly accused of using their bodies to sell while competing on NBC's The Apprentice, but four of the program's female contestants are saying that they do draw the line somewhere -- and have reportedly rejected a $1,000,000 joint offer to pose nude for Playboy magazine while instead agreeing to do a scantily clad pictorial for young men's magazine FHM... for free.
Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth hopes to cash in on 'Apprentice' appearance with clothing line and talk showMarch 11, 2004
Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth might have been booted from last week's The Apprentice episode, but apparently all that's done is allow the NBC series' most controversial contestant an opportunity to begin heavily exploiting her fifteen minutes of show... with an eye toward extending it to be much more than that.
A&E Network announced yesterday that its hit Airline series is heading back into production for a new season of high-flying half-hour episodes. The series currently airs every Monday at 10:00 and 10:30PM ET/PT.
"Check Your Fly, Your True Colors Are Showing," our episode summary for the third episode of FOX's Forever Eden, written by I_AM_HE, is now available.
"(You Ain't Nothing But) Whine, Whine, Whine," our episode summary for the ninth episode of NBC's The Apprentice, written by AyaK, is now available.
Jon Peter Lewis, Jennifer Hudson, Leah LaBelle and George Huff complete 'American Idol's Top 12 finalistsMarch 11, 2004
After a dramatic American Idol "Wild Card Night," Jon Peter Lewis, Jennifer Hudson, Leah LaBelle and George Huff advanced to the finals, completing the Top 12.
NBC has revealed the names and photos of the nineteen women who will be competing for the heart of original Average Joe series runner-up Adam Mesh in his upcoming Average Joe: Adam Returns series.
A new guest arrives with "tatts," 'tude and a desire to shake things up in Eden on the next episode of Forever Eden on Monday, March 15 at 9 PM ET/PT on FOX.
"The 'Recap' Episode," our episode summary for the recap episode of the second season of UPN's America's Next Top Model, written by Isabelle Murray, is now available.
As part of their previously announced rebranding strategy that includes the addition of more reality-focused programming, GSN, the cable channel formerly known as Game Show Network, has announced that it has acquired the rebroadcast rights to NBC's Average Joe and Dog Eat Dog series.
ABC's 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' continues strong ratings, again beats 'Cold Case' in Adults 18-49March 10, 2004
ABC's new Sunday night Extreme Makeover: Home Edition series is continuing its strong ratings performance for the struggling network, drawing 10.2 million viewers to its latest March 7 broadcast and beating out CBS' established Cold Case in the hour in the key Adult 18-49 demographic (3.9/10 vs. 3.7/9) for the second week in a row.
The remainder of the finalist field for the current season of FOX's American Idol has yet to be determined but the third season has already resulted in a record deal for one Idol contestant -- William Hung, the Idol reject who never got beyond the program's initial open auditions.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the seventh episode of Survivor: All Stars is now available.
The Scifi Channel announced Monday that its new Thursday night programming block got off to a great start on March 4, with its new Mad Mad House reality series launching the night with a 1.35 household rating and drawing 1.57 million viewers.
CBS has announced that the special event finale of Survivor: All-Stars will be broadcast Sunday, May 9 from 8-10 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.
"A Very Special Viewer Advisory," our episode summary for the sixth episode of CBS' Survivor: All-Stars, written by Bebo, is now available.
Bravo has announced that actors and friends Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman will star in and co-produce Long Way Round, a new reality series chronicling the duo's four-month long transcontinental motorcycle journey. The six-episode series will air later this year.
Having already gone into the skys to document adventures in air travel with its successful Airline series, the A&E Network now plans to go six feet under and follow the funeral home business. Similar to HBO's fictional Six Feet Under series, the network's new unscripted Family Plots series, premiering April 19 at 9PN ET/PT, will chronicle the comings and goings of a real Southern California family-run mortuary.
Airing versus a repeat episode of CBS' CSI, the ninth episode of NBC's The Apprentice series set a new total viewer record and finished within 0.2 of a rating point of its best Adults 18-49 demographic rating ever.
Drew Carey and Brett Butler, two of the celebrity judges for last month's Las Vegas semifinals competition that determined the Top 10 contestants who will be competing on this summer's Last Comic Standing 2, are calling the selection process "crooked and dishonest" and noting that they "had NOTHING to do with" the selected finalists.
In one of the wackiest reality projects yet, TBS Superstation has announced that it is launching production on a reality TV version of the classic Gilligan's Island series. The series will air in Fall 2004.
For those wondering, Fabio himself has weighed in Gil Hyatt's inexplicable reaction to Average Joe 2: Hawaii star Larissa Meek's disclosure that she was previously involved in a serious relationship with the cheesy 40-something year-old romance novel coverboy.
FOX has revealed the names and profiles of the fourteen men who will be starring in Playing It Straight, the network's new reality dating series that seeks to test one woman's (and America's) "gaydar."
"It’s a Mad World After All. It's a Mad, Mad World," our episode summary for the premiere episode of the Scifi Channel's Mad Mad House, written by Swami, is now available.
"Larissa Learns Her Lesson (or, what goes around, comes around),'" our episode summary for the finale episode of NBC's Average Joe 2: Hawaii, written by MTW1961, has now been posted.
Airing versus a repeat episode of NBC's Friends for the first time, the sixth episode of CBS' Survivor: All-Stars performed even better than usual, drawing over 23 million viewers and ranking as the most watched program of the night.
Nashville Star, the Nancy O'Dell-hosted grassroots talent search series to find the next country music superstar, will feature two new judges and a boatload of special country music guest artists during its second season, which premieres Saturday, March 6 at 10 PM ET/PT on USA Network.
It's getting to the point that just getting a tribe to arrive intact to compete in a challenge is becoming a significant accomplishment for a Survivor: All-Stars tribe.
Jeff Probst admits error involving challenge that led to Richard Hatch's 'Survivor: All-Stars' bootingMarch 4, 2004
One of the first decisions in Survivor: All Stars initial set of traditional two tribe challenges turns out to have been incorrect, according to show host Jeff Probst.
Last night in a dramatic results show, it was announced that Jasmine Trias from Mililani, HI and John Stevens from East Amherst, NY were chosen by America to become the next two contestants to make the Top 12 on American Idol.
After Eden's surprising first banishments, two newcomers arrive to stir things up on the next episode of Forever Eden, airing Monday, March 8 (9-10 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
FOX has announced that The Casino, its previously announced new unscripted drama created by reality titan Mark Burnett, will premiere on Tuesday, June 8 at 8 PM PM ET/PT.
"The 'Go-See' Episode," our episode summary for the eighth episode of the second season of UPN's America's Next Top Model, written by Isabelle Murray, is now available.
"Killing two birds with one apple,'" our episode summary for the second episode of FOX's Forever Eden, written by TeamJoisey, is now available.
"Trump Ice, Ice Baby," our episode summary for the eighth episode of NBC's The Apprentice, written by Bebo, is now available.
"And FOX said ‘Let There Be Drek,'" our episode summary for the premiere episode of FOX's Forever Eden, written by Estee, is now available.
If its premiere ratings are any indication, FOX's new open-ended Forever Eden reality series might not make it through the end of its initial twenty-five episode commitment, never mind airing "forever."
The "average Joes" are 0-for-2 versus the himbo hunks. That says it all.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the sixth episode of Survivor: All Stars is now posted.
In the seventh episode of the hit NBC series The Apprentice, a team of contestants rented a Brooklyn apartment for 27% over its previous asking price after giving it a three-day fix-up. Nice work.
Is the bloom finally off the Bachelor franchise rose, or did much of America just agree that Meredith made a rather boring bachelorette?
One week was all the longer that "Western lifestyles" and Islamist values could co-exist in the progressive Arab country of Bahrain. "Western lifestyles" as reflected in the worldwide reality-TV phenomenon Big Brother, that is.
"The Passion of the King," our episode summary for the fifth episode of CBS' Survivor: All-Stars, written by TeamJoisey, is now available.
"Fredo Calls Larissa On Her 'Career Move,'" our episode summary for the eighth episode of NBC's Average Joe 2: Hawaii, written by Howard Dean, has now been posted.