Reality TV News - April 2005
A Finnish singer has taken aim at "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell with a song twitting his inability to compete on the show.
Demonstrating that Janu Tornell's previous week's quitting of the game had merely postponed her fate, Stephenie LaGrossa was voted out of Survivor: Palau during CBS's broadcast of the show's eleventh episode, making Stephenie the fourteenth castaway to exit the competition.
Las Vegas's popular Mayor Oscar Goodman may soon have his own reality TV show, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Friday.
Paunchy Jack Osbourne, Ozzy's 19-year-old son, has made quick work of his kick-boxing debut in Thailand.
For one final time, and an unprecedented ninth time in a row, The Apprentice 3's Networth team lost the week's task, sending the two-member team back to Donald Trump's boardroom and ending 29-year-old Seattle prosecutor Alex Thomason's attempt to become this season's Apprentice.
For the first time in American Idol history, two of its five remaining finalists have prior arrest records as well as misdemeanor convictions.
ABC announced Tuesday that it will premiere four new reality shows this summer, plus broadcast ten new episodes of Wife Swap, the popular reality series that premiered as part of its 2004-2005 primetime programming schedule.
In a shocking development, Fox's American Idol voted out the seventh of its twelve finalists during last night's results show, with Constantine Maroulis, a 29-year-old from New York, NY, being eliminated from the reality talent competition as a result of receiving the fewest audience votes.
Deemed as being unlikely to be able to handle the pressure of being a top model, Michelle, a 19-year-old wrestler from Terre Haute, IN, became the ninth girl eliminated from the fourth edition of America's Next Top Model during last night's UPN broadcast.
"That Was Easy," our episode summary for the thirteenth episode of the third edition of NBC's The Apprentice, written by KObrien_fan, is now available.
MTV "Newlyweds" stars Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson announced Wednesday they have purchased a luxury condo at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
While Fox itself isn't commenting, Paula Abdul and her fellow American Idol judges have launched a preemptive strike against speculation that ABC's upcoming "explosive" Primetime Live special will center around the allegations of Corey Clark, the one-time ousted American Idol 2 finalist who is reportedly shopping a tell-all book to publishers.
Sometimes, it isn't the victor who gains the spoils. Despite finishing last on Tuesday evening's CBS broadcast of The Amazing Race 7's ninth leg, Ron Young and Kelly McCorkle gained a prize at the end, sacrificing everything except their passports and the clothes on their back but winning a $20,000 vacation package and comfortable place to relax before beginning the Race's next leg.
Erika Jo Heriges, an 18-year-old high school senior from Lebanon, Tennessee, was crowned the winner of USA Network's Nashville Star 3 during Tuesday night's live broadcast of the third edition of the country music competition reality show.
"American Idol" judge Paula Abdul may sue ABC News over a "Primetime Live" report on the hit Fox TV talent show, it was reported Wednesday.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the eleventh episode of Survivor: Palau is now available.
Apparently looking to capture a piece of the growing "feel good" reality programming niche for himself, reality TV uber-producer Mark Burnett has announced plans for his own Giving Hope unscripted aspirational series.
"Finding Your Inner Osten," our episode summary for the tenth episode of Survivor: Palau, the tenth edition of CBS's Survivor series, written by GuessItRains, is now available.
Confirming previous reports, ABC announced Monday that it will air Fallen Idol, a special standalone Primetime Live "expose" about Fox's smash hit American Idol phenomenon, on Wednesday, May 4 at 10PM ET/PT.
In the ninth and tenth episodes of NBC's reality-competition boxing show The Contender, both the good and the bad parts of the show's formula were on display, and not necessarily to the show's best advantage.
KOCH Records, the independent record label that released last year's William Hung album, announced Thursday that it will release "Pray for the Soul of Betty," the self-titled debut album of American Idol 4 finalist Constantine Maroulis' former New York-based rock band, on May 10.
Mastercard affiliate MYplash has named its new debit card after "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken.
"The 'Death' Episode," our episode summary for the eighth episode of the fourth edition of UPN's America's Next Top Model, written by Isabelle Murray, is now available.
"70's Dance Songs of the Pathetic," our episode summary for the sixth week of American Idol 4's finals, written by PhoenixMons, is now available.
"Did I Shave My Head For This?," our episode summary for the ninth episode of CBS's The Amazing Race 7, written by idiotcowboy, is now available.
"Let The Cat Fights Continue," our episode summary for the fourth episode of the seventh edition of ABC's The Bachelor series, written by volsfan, is now available.
Stating that she'd "already received what I needed" from the game, Janu Tornell quit Survivor Palau during Thursday night's CBS broadcast of the tenth episode of the tenth installment of the series, making her only the second person to ever voluntarily quit a non-All-Stars edition of the long-running reality competition show.
"American Idol" judge Paula Abdul has revealed she suffers from a rare and painful physical disorder called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.
The players are different, but the name of the losing team remains the same -- for the eighth time in a row, Team Networth took the loss during last evening's The Apprentice 3 task challenge. As a result, Bren Olswanger, a 32-year-old prosecutor from Memphis, Tennessee, became the latest person fired by Donald Trump, just missing out on the final four and a chance to win a position working for one of The Donald's companies.
A New York City woman whose small home was made over by "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" faces higher property taxes based on $125,000 in improvements.
According to industry reports, ABC News' Primetime Live program is working on a "potentially explosive expose" about Fox's smash hit American Idol phenomenon.
Following on the heels on last week's USA Today interview comments in which she stated that Kimberly Stewart would replace previous co-star Nicole Richie on the next season of her The Simple Life Fox series, Paris Hilton has issued a statement that confirms the longstanding rumors that the former gal pals are no longer friends.
Deemed as lacking poise and dimension, Tatiana, a 18-year-old waitress from Maui, HI, became the eighth girl eliminated from the fourth edition of America's Next Top Model during last night's UPN broadcast.
Fox's American Idol voted out the sixth of its twelve finalists during last night's results show, with Anwar F. Robinson, a 25-year-old from East Orange, NJ, being eliminated from the reality talent competition as a result of receiving the fewest audience votes.
"American Idol" contender Constantine Maroulis smiles for the cameras, but still mourns a cousin killed in the World Trade Center attacks.
CBS's The Amazing Race 7 field narrowed to its Final Four last night, with the boyfriends team of Alex Ali and Lynn Warren getting eliminated in the show's broadcast of the conclusion of its Indian leg. Although they completed the Roadblock ahead of older married couple Meredith and Gretchen Smith, the boys were done in by a crucial navigational error on the way to the Pit Stop, making them the seventh team eliminated from the worldwide race.
"American Idol" star Clay Aiken said his middle school classmates in Raleigh, N.C., would have been rich had they been paid for every time they teased him.
CBS confirmed Tuesday that it will air Rob and Amber Get Married, a two-hour special broadcast of the wedding of Survivor and The Amazing Race couple Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich, on Tuesday, May 24 at 9PM ET/PT. As Reality TV World first reported last Friday, the couple tied the knot during a "secret" ceremony in the Bahamas on Saturday, April 16.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the tenth episode of Survivor: Palau is now available.
USA Network has announced that illness will once again prevent Nashville Star 3 host LeAnn Rimes from hosting tonight's penultimate episode of the country music reality competition series. As she did last week, fellow country artist Sara Evans will fill in for Rimes.
"And You Thought Gas Prices Were High," our episode summary for the ninth episode of Survivor: Palau, the tenth edition of CBS's Survivor series, written by pmspml5, is now available.
Larry Johnson, a comedy writer currently working for Disney TV, has posted the fifth installment of his weekly "American Idol Gay Idol Journal" diva rant, an exclusive to the Reality TV World American Idol message boards.
"One Might Be Lonely, But Seven is Just Unlucky," our episode summary for the twelfth episode of the third edition of NBC's The Apprentice, written by samboohoo, is now available.
"The 'Acting' Episode," our episode summary for the seventh episode of the fourth edition of UPN's America's Next Top Model, written by Isabelle Murray, is now available.
"Star Wars Idol," our episode summary for the fifth week of American Idol 4's finals, written by strid333, is now available.
"EXTREME Tea Delivering!," our episode summary for the eighth episode of CBS's The Amazing Race 7, written by Devious Weasel, is now available.
"Here's Looking at You... Kim," our episode summary for the third episode of the seventh edition of ABC's The Bachelor series, written by DebCapsFan, is now available.
In a double shocker, huge underdog Joey Gilbert (now 9-0, 7 KOs) defeated Jimmy Lange (now 24-2-1, 17 KOs), the boxer Anthony Bonsante was too chicken to fight, in a five-round unanimous decision to complete the first round of NBC's The Contender, while last week's winner Juan de la Rosa claimed sufficient injury to pull out of the competition, leaving just seven first-round winners left after eight episodes.
At the "upfront" advertising-sales meetings prior to the 2004-05 primetime television season, the six U.S. broadcast networks and their cable competitors made it clear that the next season would feature lots and lots of reality television. In fact, the push for more reality TV became so severe that one network (Fox) resorted to the blatant theft of other networks' ideas. Now that the season is in its final two months, how did this glut of reality shows fare?
Clay Aiken has helped young people with intellectual disabilities and their Best Buddies plant more than 40 six-foot tall palm trees in Hollywood, Fla.
They placed first and second on Survivor: All Stars. They are one of the final five teams in The Amazing Race 7. And now, according to press reports, their wedding will take on what's become reality TV's biggest annual event of the year: the American Idol finale.
Despite the protestations of TV critics, Fox's The Simple Life 3: Interns has followed its predecessor editions to become one of the biggest unscripted TV hits of the year. But would it be as successful without both Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie? The answer appears to be coming this fall.
Opting to turn on one of their own instead of newcomer Stephenie LaGrossa, Survivor: Palau's Koror tribe voted Coby Archa out of the game during Thursday's CBS broadcast of the show's ninth episode, making Coby the twelfth castaway to exit the competition.
Many British celebrity wannabes are eager to show their ability, not to sing or dance but to turn on the public to science.
There is speculation in Hollywood that Nicole Richie might be replaced on Fox's "The Simple Life, The Hollywood Reporter said Friday.
The old TV-inspired image of Dallas as a center of the rich, opulent and conspicuous consumption of things fine and flighty gets new life on cable.
The Apprentice 3's Team Networth lost its seventh straight task during Thursday night's NBC broadcast of the show's twelfth episode, making Chris Shelton, a 22-year-old real estate investor from Las Vegas, Nevada, the latest Apprentice candidate to be fired.
In a dramatic episode featuring a surprise double-elimination, Rebecca, a 22-year-old engaged former flight attendant from Minneapolis, MN, and Tiffany, a 22-year-old single mother from Miami, FL, became the sixth and seventh girls eliminated from the fourth edition of America's Next Top Model during last night's UPN broadcast.
Fox's American Idol voted out the fifth of its twelve finalists during last night's results show, with Nadia Turner, a 28-year-old from Miami, FL, being eliminated from the reality talent competition as a result of receiving the fewest audience votes.
Britney Spears' recently announced upcoming reality show still doesn't have a title, but it does now have a premiere date. UPN announced Wednesday that Britney and husband Kevin Federline's still-untitled reality show project will debut on Tuesday, May 17 at 9PM ET/PT with a special one-hour episode.
During the first seven episodes of NBC's reality-competition boxing show The Contender, co-hosts Sylvester Stallone and Sugar Ray Leonard have made several references to the fact that contestant/lawyer Joey Gilbert (who will be fighting in this week's episode against Jimmy Lange) is the best and best-conditioned all-around athlete in the show's sixteen boxer field. Now, it appears that Stallone has found a way to use Joey's athleticism to his advantage.
Porn star Jenna Jameson has asked a federal judge in Phoenix to block publisher Judith Regan's claim to a financial stake in a reality TV deal.
The first winner of "The Apprentice" has extended his contract with Donald Trump's company for another year.
Billionaire TV star Donald Trump says will "be there" for troubled "The Apprentice" contestant Chris Shelton.
Reacting to criticism to the extremely padded 3-hour finale of The Apprentice 2, NBC announced Tuesday that the finale for The Apprentice 3 would be scaled back to one hour. Airing Thursday, May 19 in the show's regular 9PM ET/PT time slot, the The Apprentice 3 broadcast will be followed by the season finale of ER.
The Amazing Race viewers have gotten used to a formula during the past seven seasons of the series. The typical episode ends with teams being greeted at the finish line by host Phil Keoghan and a local. At least until last night's CBS broadcast of The Amazing Race 7's eighth episode.
"We Put The Stress In Seamstress," our episode summary for the eleventh episode of the third edition of NBC's The Apprentice, written by Oscirus, is now available.
In a statement on her Web site Tuesday, singer Britney Spears confirmed she was pregnant.
Bravo has announced the initial open casting call dates for Project Runway 2, the upcoming second season of its fashion designer reality competition series.
NBC has begun casting for its new Treasure Hunters reality series -- a new, quest-oriented unscripted series that features multi-player teams to be sent on a global search to solve a puzzle, with the first team to uncover all the clues given the location of a hidden treasure.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the ninth episode of Survivor: Palau is now available.
"I Wanna Be Your SledgeHammer," our episode summary for the eighth episode of Survivor: Palau, the tenth edition of CBS's Survivor series, written by Draco Malfoy, is now available.
"How Can You Not Philiminate Us Looking Like This?," our episode summary for the seventh episode of CBS's The Amazing Race 7, written by aliciabbrown, is now available.
The U.S. cable television channel TBS previewed its slate of upcoming comedy projects Tuesday in New York City.
The long-running reality show "Cops" has been renewed for an 18th season and FOX is gearing up for a special 600th episode, Zap2it.com reported.
Martha Stewart's "battle of the anklet" may have revealed a major shift in strategy by NBC with regard to its The Apprentice reality show franchise. Although NBC refuses to confirm its Fall 2005 schedule at this point, it appears that the Martha Stewart version of the show may be the only one to air in the fall of 2005, with the next edition of the Donald Trump version delayed until Spring 2006.
With one fight in the first round still remaining, one thing is certain on NBC's The Contender reality competition boxing show : an Arab-American will not win the million-dollar first prize.
Nashville Star host LeAnn Rimes has been diagnosed with viral bronchitis, forcing her to take a sick leave from the USA Network show.
A New York U.S. District Judge Monday rejected Martha Stewart's request for an early release from house arrest.
The Apprentice master Donald Trump may have convinced Apprentice 3 contestant Chris Shelton to attempt to quit chewing tobacco, but clearly he was to unable to help the 22-year-old real estate investor resolve his anger management issues.
Larry Johnson, a comedy writer currently working for Disney TV, has posted the fourth installment of his weekly "American Idol Gay Idol Journal" diva rant, an exclusive to the Reality TV World American Idol message boards.
"Wicked Sound Of Music, Making The Audience Les Miserables," our episode summary for the fourth week of American Idol 4's finals, written by Gothmog, is now available.
"The 'Party' Episode," our episode summary for the sixth episode of the fourth edition of UPN's America's Next Top Model, written by Isabelle Murray, is now available.
"Once You Go Blonde, You Never Come Back," our episode summary for the second episode of the seventh edition of ABC's The Bachelor series, written by txmomma26, is now available.
Losing an unprecedented tribal council individual immunity challenge that would determine whether he or fellow final remaining Ulong tribe member Stephenie LaGrossa would remain in the game, Bobby Jon Drinkard was eliminated from Survivor: Palau during last night's CBS broadcast of the show's eighth episode.
"Alias" star Michael Vartan denies reports he refused to sign a release after being "Punk'd" by Ashton Kutcher.
The Apprentice 3's Team Networth lost its sixth straight task during last night's NBC broadcast of the show's eleventh episode, making Angie Harper, a 41-year-old gym franchise owner from Lake Balboa, California, the latest Apprentice candidate to be fired.
Among people who like to figure out what is going to happen on reality competition shows before they are broadcast (a group typically referred to as "spoilers"), the least-trusted type of information is that which comes from a broadcast network website. However, in CBS's The Amazing Race 7, spoilers have been stunned to learn that information from CBS.com's The Amazing Race 7 website has been useful in predicting of ALL of the first six teams booted -- and may also reveal the identities of the next two teams to be booted as well as those of the final three teams that will compete all the way to the $1,000,000 finish line.
An "Amazing Race 6" couple that bickered their way through the reality show before being dumped has landed key U.S. radio, TV and magazine gigs.
Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton exercised an exit option in his contract with the Las Vegas Stardust casino, ending a lucrative five-year relationship.
Fox's American Idol voted out the fourth of its twelve finalists during last night's results show, with Nikko Smith, a 22-year-old from Town & Country, MO, being eliminated from the reality talent competition as a result of receiving the fewest audience votes.
Two weeks after being told that she had taken "the worst photograph in Top Model history" Lluvy, a 21-year-old janitor from Modesto, CA, became the fifth girl eliminated from the fourth edition of America's Next Top Model during last night's UPN broadcast.
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's 21-year-old daughter Aimee has had a lump removed from her breast in Los Angeles, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday.
Former "American Idol" contender Jim Verraros, who made it into the top 10 of the first season, has announced he will release his first album this month.
In listings of the reality show contestants who were most successful in turning their fifteen minutes of fame into a showbiz career, the name most frequently found at the top is Survivor: The Australian Outback's Elisabeth Filarski Hasselbeck. Now Elisabeth can add a new title to her accomplishments: mother.
"Stray Bullet Takes Out The Disciple," our episode summary for the sixth episode of NBC's The Contender, written by PhoenixMons, is now available.
Based on the fact that its ratings have been in a tailspin for over a year now, America's interest in ABC's The Bachelor would seem to be well on the wane -- to the point where it's now questionable if the series will even be part of the network's Fall 2005 schedule. However, up in Canada, The Bachelor's status as one of the few American reality shows that allows Canadians contestants has apparently kept the public's interest levels high -- at least among the western Canadian city of Edmonton, Alberta that has three of its native women competing on the show. And of course, with feverish interest tends to come spoilers -- information that Edmonton's reality-obsessed 96X FM morning radio show seems to have uncovered.
Although they were able to survive a sprint to the finish in the The Amazing Race 7's prior leg, brothers Brian and Greg Smith ran out of luck and finished last during CBS's Tuesday night broadcast of The Amazing Race 7's seventh episode, making the duo the sixth team eliminated from the worldwide race.
The runner-up in British reality TV show "Make Me a Supermodel," Kate Ellery, looks to land her own contract with a major agency, the Western Mail reports.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the eighth episode of Survivor: Palau is now available.
"It’s Not 'Rocket Scientist'," our episode summary for the tenth episode of the third edition of NBC's The Apprentice, written by ARnutz, is now available.
The Fox network is gearing up for "Marriage 911," a TV special built around a family that proved too much for the nanny in "Nanny 911."
Sharon and Aimee Osbourne had to cancel their stage debut in a London production of "The Vagina Monologues," due to the daughter's unidentified illness.
Taking her ongoing battles with the tabloids to a new level, Britney Spears and UPN have announced that Britney and her new husband Kevin Federline will star in a new six-episode UPN reality series. Set to premiere sometime in May, the as of yet untitled series will document the story of the couple's courtship, engagement and wedding.
Homebound Martha Stewart says four hours of commuting time into Manhattan is limiting her abilities to perform her daily activities.
PAX TV has announced that Cold Turkey II, the sequel to its Fall 2004 Cold Turkey reality series, will premiere Tuesday, April 19 at 9PM ET/PT.
In the sixth episode of NBC's reality-competition boxing show The Contender, the West's Anthony "The Bullet" Bonsante (now 26-4-3, 15 KOs) stopped the East's Brent Cooper (now 20-3-2, 15 KOs) at 0:38 of the third round. However, the victory may have cost Anthony more than the place in the second round that he gained is worth.
News Corps. will give cable operators meeting in San Francisco a preview of its new 24-hour reality-based cable channel, Daily Variety said Monday.
The dating couple eliminated from "The Amazing Race" at the end of last week's episode are getting married, the New York Post reported.
BET is developing the first original series in its 25-year history, The Hollywood Reporter said Monday.
Federal prosecutors have denied producer Mark Burnett's request to remove Martha Stewart's electronic anklet.
"American Idol" judge Paula Abdul has had more traffic woes.
"Three's A Crowd," our episode summary for the seventh episode of Survivor: Palau, the tenth edition of CBS's Survivor series, written by I_AM_HE, is now available.
"Tunes From the Turn of the Century," our episode summary for the third week of American Idol 4's finals, written by ginger, is now available.
"Rolling Through Africa," our episode summary for the sixth episode of CBS's The Amazing Race 7, written by TeamJoisey, is now available.
Larry Johnson, a comedy writer currently working for Disney TV, has posted the third installment of his weekly "American Idol Gay Idol Journal" diva rant, an exclusive to the Reality TV World American Idol message boards.
"It's Just a Flesh Wound!," our episode summary for the fifth episode of CBS's The Amazing Race 7, written by J Slice, is now available.
"No Gowns, No Rules, Little Class," our episode summary for the premiere episode of the seventh edition of ABC's The Bachelor series, written by greeneyes, is now available.
Despite reports yesterday that American Idol 4 finalist Scott Savol, 28, had been convicted of two prior misdemeanors, including one for an assault on the mother of his four-year-old son, Idol producers announced last night that they had already known about the convictions and that Scott would not be removed from the ongoing finals, which has been reduced to the final nine contestants.
And then there were two. With their tribe's unprecedented losing streak showing no signs of ending, Survivor: Palau's Ulong tribe lost its sixth straight Immunity Challenge during last night's CBS broadcast of the show's seventh episode, resulting in Ulong castaways Stephenie LaGrossa and Bobby Jon Drinkard deciding to vote Ibrehem Rahman, the third remaining member of their tribe, out of the game.
Despite fresh faces and new team members, The Apprentice's Networth team lost its fifth consecutive task on Thursday evening's NBC broadcast of the show's tenth episode. As a result, yet another its losing project managers was fired, in this case Stephanie Myers, the 29-year-old supply chain consultant from San Diego, California.