Reality TV News - March 2005
The British version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" is going on the road.
A contestant on the TV reality show "Nashville Star" has accused producers of manufacturing a controversy that got her booted off the program.
Contestants who are feuding with "neighbors from hell" are being sought for a new reality show, "Loser Leaves Town," the New York Post reported Thursday.
Fox's American Idol voted out the third of its twelve finalists during last night's results show, with Jessica Sierra, a 19-year-old from Tampa, FL, being eliminated from the reality talent competition as a result of receiving the fewest audience votes.
Feeling homesick for her young son and also suffering from the judge's perception that her off-camera personality didn't match that of a professional model, Noelle, a 20-year-old realtor's assistant from Reno, NV, became the fourth girl eliminated from the fourth edition of America's Next Top Model during last night's UPN broadcast.
A record-breaking 32.5 million "American Idol" voters have eliminated 19-year-old Jessica Sierra of Tampa, Fla., from the FOX TV competition.
"Iron Chef America" is going co-ed for the first time with a woman in a cook-off involving potatoes, the New York Daily News reports.
"Goodbye, Princess Bathmat," our episode summary for the ninth episode of the third edition of NBC's The Apprentice, written by ssshaw, is now available.
Rocker Ozzy Osbourne credits a fire alarm with saving his and wife Sharon's life at their British mansion, The Telegraph said Thursday.
British model Jordan and beau Peter Andre invited fellow jungle dwellers and singer Charlotte Church to their upcoming wedding, the Western Mail reports.
Despite using the Fast Forward and finishing first during the first leg of last night's special two-hour The Amazing Race 7 broadcast, Ray Housteau and Deana Shane weren't as lucky in the second half of last night's CBS broadcast, finishing last and getting eliminated in South Africa.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the seventh episode of Survivor: Palau is now available.
VH1 announced Tuesday that it has begun production of its fifth The Surreal Life installment. Billed as "better, stronger and faster" than ever before, the ten-episode The Surreal Life 5 will premiere Sunday, September 4, 2005 and feature an outspoken admitted steroids user and two notorious reality show divas among its seven celebrities -- a combination expected to result in the show's most explosive cast yet.
"American Idol" reject Mikalah Gordon said she is weighing other entertainment industry offers in her quest to become famous.
Seventeen magazine and MTV have teamed for a fall TV series to award the title of America's Sweetheart to the winner of a role model contest.
Rocker Ozzy Osbourne and wife Sharon have reportedly hired a companion to help 20-year-old daughter Kelly stay sober.
Hip-hop sensation Public Enemy is being torn over revelations Flavor Flav may have been stingy with the six children he has had by two women.
"Oops! (So) We did it Again!," our episode summary for the second week of American Idol 4's finals, written by Spidey, is now available.
Invasion Iowa, a four-part "reality mini-series" in which The Joe Schmo Show's producers teamed with William Shatner to pull an elaborate reality hoax on the entire population of a small Iowa town, will premiere on Spike TV on Tuesday, March 29 at 9PM ET/PT. Airing at 9PM ET/PT during each of the following three evenings, Invasion Iowa will conclude its four-night run on the most famous hoax day of the year -- April Fool's Day (Friday, April 1.)
"The Top 10 Most Ironic Statements Made By a Redneck," our episode summary for the sixth episode of Survivor: Palau, the tenth edition of CBS's Survivor series, written by KObrien_fan, is now available.
While filming an episode of new MTV travel show "Trippin'" in Africa, two members of Cameron Diaz's camera crew were attacked by a lion.
The experts of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" have made over what they described as their greatest challenge yet -- a University of North Texas frat house.
"The 'Test of Character' Episode," our episode summary for the fourth episode of the fourth edition of UPN's America's Next Top Model, written by Isabelle Murray, is now available.
"Bruck Digs Hubris," our episode summary for the fourth episode of CBS's The Amazing Race 7, written by landruajm, is now available.
The "angel on his shoulder" -- his wife Yamilka -- propelled the East's Peter Manfredo Jr. (now 22-1, 10 KOs) to a stunning come-from-behind win over the West's Miguel Espino (now 9-2-1, 3 KOs) in his "second chance" on the fifth episode of NBC's The Contender. All three judges scored the five-round bout 48-47 (3 rounds for Peter, 2 for Miguel), giving the East its first win in the series.
On March 22, the production of an upcoming episode of ABC's Wife Swap reality show came to a halt when the film crew turned in the father of one of the participating families for suspected child abuse. Yanni Panagiotakis, 38, a Nashville restauranteur, was alleged to have struck his 13-year-old daughter in the face during filming. He was later charged with domestic assault and freed Wednesday morning on $1,000 bail.
CBS announced Thursday that it has begun accepting applications for Big Brother 6, the latest installment of its long-running reality franchise. Once again produced by Arnold Shapiro and Allison Grodner, Big Brother 6 will air in Summer 2005.
NBC announced today that it would add a special "recap edition" of its The Contender reality-competition boxing show, to be shown on Sunday, March 27 (Easter Sunday) at 7PM ET/PT. This special edition will serve as the lead-in to the show's regularly scheduled 8PM broadcast of its fifth episode..
One of the oldest public-relations maxims is to put bad publicity behind you as quickly as possible before it damages your public image.
Fox TV's extra edition of "American Idol" this week resulted in a record number of votes by viewers, Fox said Friday.
After a recap of the season last week, The Apprentice 3 was back with an all-new episode this week.
And then there were ten. Following an unprecendented week that saw Fox's American Idol throw out all its votes and rebroadcast its performance episode, the show finally revealed the identity of its second eliminated finalist during last evening's special Thursday results show, sending Mikalah Gordon, a 17-year-old from Las Vegas, NV, out of the competition.
"An American Tragedy," our episode summary for the fourth episode of NBC's The Contender, written by ARnutz, is now available.
Over the years, several talented contestants have been booted from Fox's American Idol for bad behavior in their personal life. Now, it looks like one of their judges has picked up some of those same habits.
His redneck god having apparently betrayed him and decided to strike his sorry soul off the island, James Miller became the latest Ulong tribe member to be voted out of the game during CBS's special Wednesday broadcast of Survivor: Palau's sixth episode.
Discovering the hard way that repeatedly acting like a wannabe diva is a poor way to endure yourself to the judges of the competition in which you are competing, Brandy, a 20-year-old cosmetology student from Houston, TX, became the third girl eliminated from the fourth edition of America's Next Top Model during last night's UPN broadcast.
It looks like NBC's The Contender may not be down for the count on Sunday nights after all, despite last week's debacle.
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 Reality TV World American Idol message boards.
Practical joker Ashton Kutcher, star of MTV's "Punk'd" show, said actress-girlfriend Demi Moore is someone on whom he will never pull a prank.
Put a TV star who ruled American airwaves (and whose poster dominated adolescent male bedrooms) during the 1970s together with a TV network that rebroadcasts shows from the 1960s through the 1980s, and what do you get? A reality TV match made in heaven.
MTV and rapper/entrepreneur Sean "P. Diddy" Combs have agreed to a production deal with Combs' company Bad Boy Entertainment.
Due to some on-screen graphics errors that resulted in the incorrect voting numbers being displayed for several of its eleven remaining American Idol finalists, Fox has announced that it has thrown out the votes from Tuesday evening's Week 2 finals performance show and will instead rebroadcast a new live and updated version of the one-hour performance show in the place of tonight's originally scheduled American Idol results show.
Three consecutive eighth place finishes finally caught up with The Amazing Race 7's mother and son team of Susan and Patrick Vaughn. Once again finishing eighth in the fourth race leg where only the race's top seven finishers would continue, the duo became the latest The Amazing Race 7 team to get eliminated from the competition.
With its premiere now only a week away, ABC has released more information about its upcoming Manhattan-based seventh edition of The Bachelor, including new details of the edition's "less formal" format and the identities of the twenty-five women who will be competing for bachelor Charlie O'Connell.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the sixth episode of Survivor: Palau is now available.
"The Old Man and the Freak," our episode summary for the fifth episode of Survivor: Palau, the tenth edition of CBS's Survivor series, written by Devious Weasel, is now available.
Having apparently resolved the behind-the-scene corporate issues that had put the future of the series in doubt, Bravo has announced that it has ordered a second ten-episode season of its Heidi Klum-hosted Project Runway fashion design reality competition series.
In the fourth episode of NBC's reality-competition boxing show The Contender, chicken pox ended up giving one boxer a second chance, while two other boxers left without the $1 million first prize.
"Let's Do the Time Warp Again," our episode summary for the first week of American Idol 4's finals, written by StarryLuna, is now available.
"Fafaru is the Meal of the Day on the Quit Boat," our episode summary for the third episode of CBS's The Amazing Race 7, written by Fishercat, is now available.
Clay Aiken, an ambassador for UNICEF, has toured the tsunami-ravaged Indonesian province of Aceh on a fact-finding mission and attended a fundraising concert.
Earlier this week, American Idol 4 finalist Mario Vazquez stunned viewers of the nation's top-rated show by withdrawing for "personal reasons" before the competition in the finals began. However, when Mario's own family turned out to have no idea that he had quit, rumors began circulating that the real reason was either that Mario was unwilling to sign the show's restrictive management contracts or that he was in violation of a show rule. Now, it appears that both of those rumors may be true.
Today, Sports Entertainment Enterprises, Inc., doing business as CKX, Inc., announced that it had purchased control of SImon Fuller's 19 Entertainment Ltd., the U.K.-based company that, among other things, owns the trademark and co-production rights for the worldwide Pop Idol series, including American Idol and Canadian Idol.
When you're facing jail, blame everybody else.
Los Angeles authorities are considering charging "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul in an alleged hit-and-run episode earlier this week.
NBC formally announced Thursday that it has ordered Treasure Hunters, a new ten-episode reality "quest" series that will feature multi-person teams of treasure-hunting contestants traveling the globe and using folklore, fantasy and actual history as clues to solve an intricate puzzle.
Ozzy Osbourne expects to release a new album at the beginning of next year.
Will Bravo's Emmy-winning Queer Eye for the Straight Guy be able to regain the cache that made it one of the hottest shows on TV two years ago by turning its gaze to ... sports?
"The Lord of the Ring," our episode summary for the third episode of NBC's The Contender, written by KObrien_fan, is now available.
"'We Be Talking' Like Fools," our episode summary for the eighth episode of the third edition of NBC's The Apprentice, written by trigirl, is now available.
A lack of confidence can cost you in life -- and Sarah, a 22-year-old waitress from Baltimore, MD became the latest person to learn that lesson, becoming the second finalist to be eliminated from the fourth edition of America's Next Top Model during last night's UPN broadcast.
As Martha Stewart plans multiple image-improving TV projects, former partner CBS is working on a movie detailing both her rise and fall.
Perhaps the ratings problems that have long plagued CBS's Emmy-winning The Amazing Race are coming to an end ... with a little help from the show's reality TV friends.
Shaking up Survivor: Palau for the second time in its first twelve days, CBS's special Wednesday broadcast of Palau's fifth episode featured both the decimated Ulong and previously unstoppable Koror tribes being forced to attend Tribal Council and each vote out a tribe member, resulting in Ulong's Angie Jakusz and Koror's Willard Smith being eliminated from the game.
Fox's American Idol finals voted out the first of its twelve finalists during last night's results show, with Lindsey Cardinale, a 20-year-old from Ponchatoula, LA, being eliminated from the reality talent competition as a result of receiving the fewest audience votes.
So much for any speculation that the poor ratings drawn by this winter's NBC Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search knock-off series might foretell that viewer interest for UPN's spring America's Next Top Model edition would wane.
With the oh so tacky preliminary and semifinal 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 Reality TV World American Idol message boards.
A former world sumo wrestling champion in New York has set out to get back to his fighting weight of 550 pounds, but needs to lose 237 pounds to do it.
What started so well for Race team Debbie Cloyed and Bianca Smith came to a sudden and abrupt end during last night's broadcast of CBS's third episode of The Amazing Race 7.
NBC's aggressive launch strategy for its reality-competition boxing show The Contender took a hard hit to the body on Sunday, March 13, when the third episode -- but the first episode in its intended time slot (Sunday at 8 PM ET/PT) -- hit the airwaves with a resounding thud.
"Shut-up, Put-up, Go Hard or Go Home!," our episode summary for the second episode of NBC's The Contender, written by volsfan, is now available.
Breath easy Race fans. Based on the ratings results for the first two episodes of the new season of CBS's The Amazing Race it looks like the series has managed to survive the potentially damaging bad taste that The Amazing Race 6 contestant Jonathan Baker's behavior left in many viewers' mouths.
Turning down Ashton Kutcher for a date led to a near-breakdown for Kirsten Dunst, who was set up in a phony sting by the host of MTV's "Punk'd."
VH1's 'Celebrity Fit Club' ends with 'Bastards' team win and Daniel Baldwin drug addiction admissionMarch 15, 2005
Ralphie May might have lost the original edition of NBC's Last Comic Standing reality series, but he made up for it during his second reality TV experience, captaining his "Three Fat Bastards and One Black Beyotch" team to victory during the finale of VH1's Celebrity Fit Club weight loss competition that aired Sunday evening.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the fifth episode of Survivor: Palau is now available.
The WB announced last week that after being watched by a miniscule 1.69 million viewers during its Sunday, March 6 premiere -- a performance that ranked it 114th out of the 116 primetime network shows airing that week -- its new The Starlet reality series will now air regularly on Tuesdays at 9PM ET/PT.
Fox's "The Simple Life: Interns" is the latest TV series to offer short episodes for cellphone users, the network announced in Los Angeles Monday.
American Idol 4 Top 12 finalist Mario Vazquez unexpectedly withdrew from the reality competition on Sunday, citing "personal reasons" in a statement released by Fox.
"Let’s Get This Party Started," our episode summary for the third week of American Idol 4's live semifinal performance shows, written by Bebo, is now available.
"Little Market Of Horrors," our episode summary for the second episode of CBS's The Amazing Race 7, written by Survivorerist, is now available.
The grudge match that everyone wanted to see in the third episode of NBC's reality-competition boxing show The Contender is over, but the complete domination of West boxers over East boxers continues unabated.
"Unusual Circumstances," our episode summary for the premiere episode of NBC's The Contender, written by I_AM_HE, is now available.
"If You Build It He Will Come (Maybe)," our episode summary for the fourth episode of Survivor: Palau, the tenth edition of CBS's Survivor series, written by janisella, is now available.
Stripped of her snuggle alliance with de facto Survivor: Palau Ulong tribe leader Jeff Wilson following his injury-caused departure from the game, delicate former beauty queen Kimberly Mullen knew her poor work ethic and weak link status would make her a target at the tribe's next Tribal Council. What she didn't know was how quickly it would come, with Ulong voting Kimberly out of the Survivor tribe after it lost yet another Immunity Challenge, its fourth consecutive immunity loss to the still undefeated Koror tribe.
The teams might have been shaken up ahead of time, but the "street-smart" NetWorth team still couldn't stop its three-challenge losing streak, leading to the dismissal of Florida entrepreneur John Gafford in the eighth episode of NBC's The Apprentice 3. Nine candidates have now been eliminated (including one that "quit"), leaving nine still striving for future employment by Donald Trump.
Will East Coast boxing survive NBC's The Contender?
Survivor viewers, mark your calendars -- in what has become an annual rite of spring, Survivor: Palau will air on Wednesday evenings at 8PM ET/PT on March 16 and March 23.
Oddsmakers have tapped a New Jersey middle school teacher as the "American Idol" contender most likely to win the U.S. music competition.
"The Amazing Race 4" co-winner Reichen Lehmkuhl, who recently legally changed his surname to Burke and is no longer with former "married" partner Chip Arndt, says a California print shop discriminated against him for being gay.
Haggard-looking rocker Ozzy Osbourne, after years of denying it, has finally admitted he has had a face lift.
If the measure of fame is getting your name in the paper, then New York City public relations flack Lizzie Grubman is one of the most famous people in the Big Apple. Beginning tonight at 10:30 PM ET, MTV will try to capitalize on Lizzie's fame (or should that be infamy?) with a six-part reality series entitled PoweR Girls that focuses on Lizzie, 33, and four of her protégées at work and play.
Fox's American Idol 4 has revealed its Top 12 finalists, with Amanda Avila, Janay Castine, Nikko Smith and Travis Tucker being eliminated from the competition during the live broadcast of last evening's results show.
With its fourteen finalists determined at the conclusion of last week's premiere, the fourth season of UPN's America's Next Top Model got down to business last night and began its weekly photo shoot eliminations. Unfortunately for Brita, a 25-year-old waitress from La Cañada, California, the judges determined that her photos were the most lacking, resulting in her elimination from the modeling competition.
A New York police group wants the A&E cable network to cancel Victoria Gotti's reality TV show, claiming it's full of mob undertones and Italian stereotypes.
Have the winners of yet another reality show been "outed" by online bettors?
The creator of "The Apprentice" reality TV show is suing the firm that reportedly handled product placement for the hit series.
Those people who said that NBC's new reality-competition boxing show The Contender would struggle to find female viewers were correct. Nevertheless, the March 7 premiere of The Contender, while not a huge success, showed promise for the later rounds.
Almost a year and a half after it last aired and nearly a year after its "never-ending" Forever Eden sequel was cancelled after only seven episodes, one of the producers of Fox's Summer 2003 Paradise Hotel reality series says the network is discussing the possibility of bringing the show back for a Summer 2005 run.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the fourth episode of Survivor: Palau is now available.
"A Fictionalized Transcript," our episode summary for the seventh episode of the third edition of NBC's The Apprentice, written by idiotcowboy, is now available.
Cable's Oxygen network has announced that its new Mr. Romance reality-comedy series that will "search for the next Fabio" will premiere Monday. March 14 at 10PM ET/PT. Created by Gene Simmons of KISS fame, Mr. Romance will feature twelve beefy hunks competing for a $50,000 cash prize and a contract to appear on the covers of Harlequin romance books.
One of the real surprises when the cast for NBC's The Contender was announced was that Peter Manfredo, Jr., a promising middleweight with a 21-0 record who was ranked #3 in the world by the World Boxing Organization, had agreed to become one of the 16 contestants on the reality-competition boxing show. A bigger surprise, shown on the March 7 premiere episode of The Contender, was that Peter became the first contestant eliminated from the show, as he suffered his first pro defeat at the hands of Alfonso Gomez, Jr. (now 11-2-1 as a pro).
TBS has announced that The Real Gilligan's Island 2, a second edition of The Real Gilligan's Island reality series that it aired late last year, will premiere Wednesday, June 8 at 9PM ET/PT.
"Read My Lips: No New Jokes," our episode summary for the third episode of Survivor: Palau, the tenth edition of CBS's Survivor series, written by samiam, is now available.
The name of Ashlee Simpson's upcoming film is being changed -- to the title of one of her songs.
A small-time singer from Mumbai has won the "Indian Idol" talent competition, the Calcutta Telegraph reported Sunday.
"An Interview," our episode summary for the second week of American Idol 4's live performance shows, written by strid333, is now available.
"Happies, Hillbillies, and Helplessness," our episode summary for the premiere episode of CBS's The Amazing Race 7, written by volsfan, is now available.
"Vindication for Andrew Firestone," our episode summary for finale episode of ABC's The Bachelorette 3, written by buckeyegirl, is now available.
For the first time since 1976 and only the second time ever, a motion picture focused on the world of boxing, Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby, won the Best Picture Oscar at the Academy Awards. Will that success translate into a wider interest in (or even a wider tolerance of) boxing? NBC's new reality-competition boxing series, The Contender, which premieres at 9:30 PM ET/PT on Monday, March 7, certainly hopes so.
Having quickly changed from an asset to a liability following an ankle injury that occurred during Thursday's broadcast, Jeff Wilson, the well-liked 21-year-old personal trainer from Ventura, California, was voted out of Survivor: Palau's Ulong tribe following their third consecutive Immunity Challenge loss.
Can Richard Hatch outwit, outplay and outlast the combined forces of the United States Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service, as he did to the other contestants on the first Survivor? We may be about to find out.
For the second week in a row The Apprentice's high school-educated Networth team failed to execute on its assigned task -- and in what has been a very common occurrence, its losing project manager, Audrey Evans, later found herself being fired from The Apprentice 3.
Both Philadelphia police and the family of boxer Najai 'Nitro' Turpin, 23, have concluded that his Valentines' Day suicide was unrelated to his appearance on NBC's upcoming The Contender reality-competition show.
Fox's American Idol 4 continued its semifinals elimination process this week, with Monday and Tuesday's second round performance shows culminating in last night's Wednesday results show that eliminated four more semifinalists (two male, two female) from the talent competition.
The WB has announced that The Starlet, its new upcoming Top Model-like reality series in which ten young aspiring actresses will compete to win a prize package that includes representation and a one-year talent deal with The WB, has been moved from Tuesdays to Sundays.
Welsh TV designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen formed the Purple Party to run for Parliament, saying he's fed up with career politicians.
After weeks of more and more American Idol programming, someone at Fox appears to have finally said "enough."
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the third episode of Survivor: Palau is now available.
"You Always Hurt The Ones Who Really Deserve It," our episode summary for the special Reality Stars episode of NBC's Fear Factor series, written by Estee, is now available.
"Sole Power," our episode summary for the season finale episode of Bravo's Project Runway series, written by AyaK, is now available.
Confirming earlier reports, ABC has announced that minor celebrity Charlie O'Connell will serve as the star of its seventh The Bachelor edition. Announced as part of Monday evening's season finale broadcast of The Bachelorette 3, The Bachelor 7 will premiere Monday, March 28 at 9PM ET/PT with a special two-hour broadcast.
ABC's 'Bachelorette 3' ends with Jen Schefft rejecting both John Paul Merritt and selected suitor Jerry FerrisMarch 1, 2005
In the end, similar to the long-running reality franchise's ongoing ratings decline, ABC's third The Bachelorette edition ended not with a bang but with a whimper.
"Revenge of the Not So's," our episode summary for the eighth episode of CBS's Wickedly Perfect, written by KObrien_fan, is now available.
"A Tale Of Two Islands," our episode summary for the second episode of Survivor: Palau, the tenth edition of CBS's Survivor series, written by survivorscott, is now available.
"Life In The Fast Lane," our episode summary for the sixth episode of the third edition of NBC's The Apprentice, written by greeneyes, is now available.
"American Idol 4 Live Performances, Week 1," our episode summary for the first week of American Idol 4's live performance shows, written by Devious Weasel, is now available.