Reality TV News - April 2003
Do you play water polo? Are you a guy who likes to have beautiful women fawn at your feet? Is it OK with you if everything you do is broadcast to a worldwide audience? If your answer to all three questions is "yes," then the producers of ABC's The Bachelor may be looking for you to star in the next installment!
The speculation has gotten around. We have reported it. Also, the Boston Herald has reported it. But did Andrew Firestone, star of ABC's The Bachelor, really fly to Milwaukee for the purposes of visiting Tina Panas (a.k.a. "Tina Fabulous"), one of the remaining contestants for his hand in media marriage?
Back in February when "Joe Millionaire" ended, Evan Marriott explained that although he was "more intimate" with Sarah Kozer, he picked Zora Andrich over Sarah because of the likelihood that Sarah was a gold digger. How two months have changed things -- Evan and Zora immediately broke up after the series ended, Sara is posing in Playboy, and Evan is now talking about wanting to give a relationship with Sarah another chance!
The Fox network has been relentlessly using American Idol to plug its new reality show Mr. Personality. Now another cross-promotion is planned, with a little more appeal than Monica Lewinsky.
The answer is: "Basic economics." The question is: "What don't they teach at the University of Missouri?" We know this to be true thanks to Jeannette Walls on MSNBC, who reports that some students at the university are furious that a student organization paid Evan Marriott, the star of Fox's Joe Millionaire, a speaker fee of $11,000 to appear on campus.
Our episode summary for Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 10, entitled "Jeers," authored by "dabo" has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
What price fame? The unexpected success of MTV's The Osbournes reality series made rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his family into instant celebrities, but not without cost. The latest incident to hit the dysfunctional clan, as reported by Britain's Sky News (part of the Fox group), is the admission of the Osbournes' 17-year-old son Jack to a rehab clinic.
Could this be a spoiler about the outcome of ABC's The Bachelor, or is it merely a coincidence? The Wausau Daily Herald reports that Andrew Firestone, whose quest for the perfect mate is being profiled on the show, was spotted at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin airport last week.
Larry Johnson, a comedy writer currently working for Disney TV, has posted "People Think I’m Sleazy," the latest installment of his 'Gay Survivor Journal,' his weekly commentary about "Survivor: The Amazon" from a gay point of view.
The NY Post is reporting that in addition to his already well-documented breakup with ex-fiancée Helene Eksterowicz, the bloom is also coming off of the publicity rose for Aaron Buerge, the star of the second edition of ABC's "The Bachelor."
Can reality TV flourish at the movies? If the first attempt is any indication, the answer is unequivocally "no." Reuters reports that the film The Real Cancun, a spin-off of MTV's hit series The Real World produced by Bunim-Murray Productions, had a dismal box-office opening this past weekend, barely cracking the top 10 despite huge publicity upon the film's release ... fueled by the belief that it would be a hit.
Apparently Beg, Borrow and Deal was as popular with ESPN viewers as it was with summary writers on the RTW message boards. Hollywood Reporter reports that the series will be returning in fall 2003, for a run from Miami to Mount Rushmore.
Can't get enough of the NBA playoffs? NBA TV has the perfect answer for you. According to Hollywood Reporter, the network, which generally airs only on DirecTV and Dish Network, is launching an eight-episode, half-hour show focusing on one player from each of the 16 playoff teams. Among the players featured, on and off the court, are Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Robert Horry of the LA Lakers. The first episode will air at 6 PM EDT on Tuesday, April 29.
NBC, the last-place network in reality programming, once again seems determined to take on a "reality TV" project with no connection to reality. According to Hollywood Reporter, NBC has greenlighted a pilot of a new "reality" show entitled Celebrity Temps, which features the contrived situation of celebrities working as temps in "ordinary" jobs that they are ill-equipped to perform.
Former 'The Amazing Race' contestant Blake Mycoskie announces all-reality "Reality Central" televsion networkApril 28, 2003
Have you ever wanted to watch a reality show but there hasn't been one on at that particular time? That won't be a problem once Reality Central is launched.
ABC's new Roseanne Barr reality show to chronicle the making of Roseanne's other ABC Family 'Domestic Goddess' cooking programApril 28, 2003
In a "synergistic move," ABC has announced that the ABC Television Network will air a Roseanne Barr reality show chronicling of the making of another ABC Family cooking and lifestyle series this will also starring the comedian.
Never let it be said that Sarah Kozer, already previously "outed" as a bondage and fetish film actress, wasn't willing to do whatever it took to earn some moolah. According to the New York Times and the Calgary Sun, Sarah, who only finished as runner-up on Fox's Joe Millionaire despite sneaking off into the bushes for some intimate moments with fake millionaire Evan Marriott, will grace the cover of the June issue of Playboy and appear in various stages of undress on the inside pages. Guess she really did have no regrets about her previous adult film work!
Questions about when CBS will air the fourth edition of its high-class reality TV show The Amazing Race continue to swirl around the world. CBS had initially announced that the show would be aired beginning March 12, and this information was dutifully reported on sites elsewhere in the world. However, as March came and went, broadcasters elsewhere were forced to alter their plans.
Looks like the reality TV boom may be reaching a crest this summer. The New York Post reports that TV network schedules for the fall will feature more scripted programming than previously anticipated, due to the difficulty of selling advertising on many reality shows.
FOX has announced that casting begins Friday, April 25, for the exciting new unscripted series "Paradise Hotel," which premieres Monday, June 16, (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Larry Johnson, a comedy writer currently working for Disney TV, has posted the latest installment of his weekly 'American Idol' Gay Idol Journal diva rant, an exclusive to the RealityTVWorld American Idol message boards.
Can the infamous, as well as the famous and the once-famous, star in a reality TV show? We may soon find out. The Associated Press reports that Urban Television Network, a Fort Worth, TX-based cable channel, and Spiderboy International, a Miami-based production company, have reached an agreement to produce 13 one-hour episodes of a reality show focusing on American sports legend and accused killer O.J. Simpson.
According to the Associated Press, Thankful, the first full-length CD from Kelly Clarkson, winner of the first American Idol competition during the summer of 2002, debuted at #1 this week in music industry sales figures. Kelly Clarkson's CD sold just under 300,000 copies in its first week, easily outdistancing the higher-profile "reunion" CD from 1980s superstar group Fleetwood Mac, which sold less than 75% of Clarkson's total and had to settle for third place in its debut.