Reality TV News - July 2003
It worked once, so why not try it again? Michael Starr in the NY Post reports that NBC is "definitely considering re-airing" episodes of the Bravo hit Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, in the face of record-breaking ratings for the cable show. The July 29 episode of the show on Bravo (which is owned by NBC) drew 2.8 million viewers, smashing the record for the most-watched show in Bravo history: the 1.6 million who watched the series premiere on July 15. The first episode then drew 6.7 million viewers to NBC when re-aired on the broadcast network on July 24.
After being nominated for eviction by Dana Varela, the third Head of Household, David Lane was evicted last night from the "Big Brother 4" house based on the votes of his fellow HouseGuests. David received more votes than fellow nominee Jack Owens. Nathan Marlow won the Power of Veto and chose to remove Alison Irwin from the block which forced Dana to nominate David in her place.
Does Erin Brodie, the winner of NBC's first For Love Or Money, who threw a check for about $465,000 into the fire for a chance to double her money (or meet her real soulmate) in For Love Or Money 2, find love at the end of the show? Or does she win the dough and dump her beau? Or does she walk away with nothing more than lint in her pockets? We don't know. However, we do know, according to the Los Altos (CA) Town Crier, that Erin is now moving to Los Angeles, to "explore opportunities in the entertainment field."
"Swap, Pop, and Chomp," our episode summary for episode 4 of ESPN's "Beg, Borrow, & Deal 2," authored by realitybites, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
ABC has announced that the second season of its "Extreme Makeover" surprise hit makeover series will premiere on Thursday, September 18 at 9 PM ET.
E! Online reports that "Bridge Over Troubled Water" b/w "This Is The Night", the million-selling single from American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken, clung to first place on the U.S. Nielsen SoundScan charts for an eighth straight week in today's Top Singles Sales chart. Aiken's single, which was just certified platinum by the RIAA, beat out Korn's new single, "Did My Time," by a mere 600 copies sold.
Our episode summary for Big Brother 4, Week 3, "Duck Ball vs. Boxing," authored by buckeyegirl has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
Our episode summary for CBS's dating show Cupid, Episode 3 (7/23), also known as "Ten Little Indians," authored by Schnookie Palookie, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
Christy Smith, who became known as the "Deaf Survivor" on her way to a sixth-place finish during Survivor: The Amazon, is currently working to develop a new series with Colorado PBS Television focused on sign language, natural surroundings and achievement ... in short, a children's version of Christy's time on Survivor, minus the closet nudists. According to Christy's website, the show, tentatively titled Christy's Kids: Challenge Yourself, will teach about "the environment, safety, and adventure" while also teaching signing "the same way Sesame Street teaches ABC's." Currently, Christy and PBS are soliciting sponsors to underwrite the production coats.
ABC has announced that their fourth edition of "The Bachelor" will premiere on Wednesday, September 24 at 9PM ET with a special two hour episode.
According to the AC Nielsen overnight ratings, the July 28 third episode of “For Love or Money 2” averaged a 4.1 rating and 11 share among adults 18-49. The numbers were the program's best in its three-week run following the successful launch of its predecessor, “For Love or Money.”
According to preliminary information released by the AC Nielsen ratings service, NBC served up some tasty numbers for the July 27 second episode of its new reality series “The Restaurant” (Sundays, 10-11 p.m. ET) with a 13 percent jump among adults 18-49 (3.5 rating/10 share, 8.4 million viewers overall) over its series premiere on July 20,
FOX has announced that "celebutante" Paris Hilton, one of the two stars of the network's upcoming fish-out-of-water "The Simple Life" reality series, will make her television acting debut when she guest stars on the season premiere episode of "That 70's Show" Tuesday, Oct. 29 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Hilton is scheduled to start production on the hit comedy series July 31.
FOX has announced that auditions for the third edition of "American Idol" are set to start in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 3, 2003 starting at 8:00 AM at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Participants can start lining up AFTER 12:00 Noon on Friday, August 1.
The votes are in and Chauncey Matthews from San Diego, California joins sister act Taylor and Tori Thompson in the "American Juniors" final group. This week the pressure is off Matthews, but it intensifies for the remaining seven contestants as they vie for the last two spots in the five-member group. The nerves and excitement continue next Tuesday, July 29 (8-9 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Millions of Americans dream of becoming musical superstars. Now "Performing As..." (formerly announced as "Soundmix"), FOX's new variety series premiering Tuesday, August 26 (8–9 PM ET/PT), will turn those dreams into reality with a once-in-a-lifetime chance for ordinary people to transform themselves into their musical icons.
CBS has announced that Episode 9 of "The Amazing Race 4" dashed off with its best across-the-board ratings since its May premiere.
CBS has announced that "Big Brother 4" won all three of its time periods in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 for the week ending July 27, 2003.
Rolling Stone reports that Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Larry Dvoskin is conducting the search for America's first openly gay country music star -- and he plans to air a reality TV series about it.
Another update just in from "Beg, Borrow & Deal 2" producer Neil Mandt -- according to Neil, ESPN has once again changed the timeslot of the show.
According to Stuff.co.nz, a new New Zealand realty show seriously burned one of the contestants during its filming. At the time, the contestant was repeating a stunt -- walking through a wall of fire -- that he had already performed successfully, because the producers wanted to "get a better shot" of it. During the second try, the man's shirt caught fire, and he required skin-graft surgery on his upper body at a hospital in Auckland, NZ. A friend who visited him in the hospital described him as "a really unhappy customer."
Once again, "Survivor" producer Mark Burnett is being accused of staging a scene for his reality show -- only this time it doesn't involve "Survivor." According to Page Six, an angry NYC restaurateur is claimng that chef Rocco DiSpirito and financier Jeffrey Chodorow faked a scene the "Survivor" producer's new NBC "The Restaurant" reality show.
Kelly Clarkson has decided to follow in the footsteps of "The Osbournes" Kelly Osbourne, R&B singer Ashanti and pop musician Vanessa Carlton.
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Ruben Studdard, the winner of Fox's second American Idol but a runner-up to fellow finalist Clay Aiken on the charts, became the fourth Idol recipient of a Record Industry Association of America ("RIAA") award. Ruben received a gold record, signifying 500,000 copies sold, for his debut single "Flying Without Wings" b/w "Superstar." As discussed in this story, Ruben joins Kelly Clarkson (the first Idol winner), Clay Aiken and the finalists from Idol 2 in selling over 500,000 copies of their debut singles.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, despite the fact that two new gay-themed shows headline its summer programming, the Bravo cable network says it is not intentionally trying to target gay viewers. "Does this mean that Bravo is becoming a gay network? Absolutely not," said Bravo president Jeff Gaspin, "Not that there's anything wrong with that."
What do these people have in common: Elton John; Charlie Rich; Pink Floyd; Lee Ann Womack; Clay Aiken? If you answered "million-selling singles," move to the head of the class.
Spike TV's launch of new 'Joe Schmo' satire of reality series seen as start of a new trend -- the "reality-sitcom"July 28, 2003
The New York Times reports on the rise of a new breed of reality-TV shows: the so-called "reality-sitcom," which is now seen by some producers as the next wave of reality. Three shows are considered to be the leading wave of the genre:
The Chicago Sun Times reports that Liza Minnelli's marriage to producer-manager David Gest has apparently come to an end, as the couple have legally separated. As a result, the couple's lawsuit against VH1 over their failed reality series may also come to an end, now that the "very litigious" Gest will be removed from the equation.
Although her acting career may have had a disastrous start with the failure of her movie From Justin to Kelly, Kelly Clarkson, the winner of Fox's initial American Idol, will try acting again in a role more suited for her. According to the Associated Press, Kelly will appear in the second season premiere of the NBC series American Dreams in September, portraying the pre-Beatles country-pop star Brenda Lee. During her appearance, Kelly will sing one of Lee's many hits, "Sweet Nothin's."
'Big Brother 4' Head of Household Dana Varela nominates Alison Irwin and Jack Owens, Jr. for evictionJuly 28, 2003
Week 3's Head of Household, Dana Varela, a karate school manager from Queens, N.Y., nominated Alison Irwin and Jack Owens, Jr.for eviction in the third round of "Big Brother 4" nominations on the episode that was broadcast Friday, July 25 on the CBS Television Network.
Our episode summary for Episode 9, "Planet Of The Apes," authored by trigirl, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
Bebo has posted the 9th installment of her regular column -- "TAR: TSI" (TAR Stupidity Index.) Each week, she looks back at our "The Amazing Race" contestants and rate them according to their stupid moves.
On Tuesday, July 29, the remaining five comedians on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” will give their final performances before the viewers vote for whom they feel is the funniest and deserves the title of “Last Comic Standing.” Nearly six months after first performing at the Paris Hotel theater to determine the 10 comedians who moved into the “Comic House” in Los Angeles, California, the five remaining comedians will return to the theater to each perform a 5-minute routine. At the end of the show, viewers will vote by phone or internet for who they feel should be the “Last Comic Standing” and thereby win a talent deal with NBC, a special on Comedy Central and an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
According to TV Guide Online, NBC dedicated a significant part of its July 24 presentation during the TV critics' tour to its new reality show Average Joe. The fall-season show, to be hosted by Celebrity Mole Hawaii winner/comedienne Kathy Griffin, featues a twist on the normal dating-show format, with a beautiful woman being surrounded by a cast of geeky, nerdy guys trying to win her affection. (Of course, many women may find the show uncomfortably close to reality for their own tastes....)
The new hit Bravo series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” generated strong ratings results in a special Thursday telecast on the NBC network last night, retaining 86 percent of its 18-49 lead-in from television’s #2 comedy among adults 18-49, “Will & Grace.” Over the previous six weeks, NBC has averaged an 83 percent retention in that time period with a combination of “Will & Grace” and “Frasier.”
Fox may be keeping the plot twist and other details of Joe Millionaire 2 secret, but at least we now know when the secret will begin to be revealed. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Fox has announced that its new Monday night lineup, which consists of Joe 2 at 8 PM and the drama Skin at 9 PM, will debut this fall on October 20, a week ahead of most of the Fox lineup (but a month behind the Friday-night shows).
Fresh on the heels of Harlemm Lee's victory in the finale of NBC's talent/reality show Fame, TV Guide Online reports that Jeff Zucker, president of NBC's entertainment division, told television critics that Fame "did not work."
Sharon Osbourne's brainchild, the 2003 Ozzfest tour, continues to attract attention to her husband Ozzy Osbourne for all the wrong reasons. First, Ozzy, perhaps overjoyed that MTV renewed his family's reality show The Osbournes for another season, missed concerts, claiming to be suffering from laryngitis. Then, when he returned to the tour, his performances were slammed by reviewers, such as this critic from the Akron Beacon-Journal who referred to him as "winded" and "uneven" and noted that his "age and years of abuse showed." Now comes news from the Detroit Free Press that the 54-year-old Ozzy's longtime tour manager, Bobby Thomson, died in his hotel room in suburban Detroit on Thursday night.
"Cupid," CBS's summer reality relationship series, is moving to a new day and time. "Cupid" girl Lisa Shannon's quest for a husband will move to Tuesdays (9-10 PM, ET/PT) beginning Aug. 5, following "Big Brother 4." The final Wednesday "Cupid" broadcast will be July 30.
"Is There a McDonald's on Loser Island?," our episode summary for episode 3 of ESPN's "Beg, Borrow, & Deal 2," authored by realitybites, has been posted.
The man who said, “I’m 35. I’m bald. But I’m beautiful,” has won the ultimate talent search filled with younger competitors as millions of viewers chose Detroit, Michigan native Harlemm Lee as the elite performer on the NBC reality series, “Fame.”
Looks like Paradise Hotel will be around for more than its six-week extension this summer. TV Guide Online reports that, during Fox's presentation to the television critics' media tour last week, Fox chairman Sandy Grushow all but committed Fox to bringing Paradise Hotel back next summer, despite its disappointing ratings.
The St. Petersburg Times reports that, during last week's network press tour, CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves denied that Big Brother 4 houseguest Scott Weintraub was removed from the house (and the show) because of the fact that he had a previously-undisclosed sexually-transmitted disease, HPV (human papilloma virus, also known as genital warts). Instead, Moonves, like the show's producers, emphasized that Weintraub's temper tantrum was the reason for his removal.
TV Guide Online reports that, despite the best efforts of reporters to pry information from Fox executives, no information about Joe Millionaire 2 was released by the network during the recent press tour other than the fact that butler Paul Hogan would also appear in the sequel.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Fox's American Idol was selected as "Program of the Year" at the 19th annual Television Critics Association ("TCA") Awards, held Saturday night in Los Angeles.
TV Guide Online reports that CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves has not made a final decision regarding the network's controversial proposed reality-TV show The Real Beverly Hillbillies. Although the concept alone has generated continuing protests (including one from a U.S. senator), Moonves said that "we haven't made any decision [about the show's future] yet."
Lisa Shannon's "Cupid" has whittled the pool from hundreds of potential suitors down to 10 lucky men. These men will live together in a bachelor pad in the Hollywood Hills and compete for Lisa affection and America’s approval.
After being nominated for eviction by Jee Choe, the second Head of Household, Michelle Maradie was evicted last night from the "Big Brother 4" house based on the votes of her fellow HouseGuests. Michele received more votes than fellow nominee Erika Landin. David Lane won the Power of Veto and chose to leave the nominations as they stood.
TV Guide Online reports that CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves expressed doubt as to whether a fifth edition of the network's Emmy-nominated The Amazing Race series would be produced, due to the show's continuing low ratings. Over the summer, CBS gave the show the prized Thursday at 8 PM time slot -- the slot occupied by Survivor during the regular season and previously reserved for Big Brother during the summer. Nevertheless, ratings for The Amazing Race remain anemic.
Our episode summary for Big Brother 4, Week 2, "X2 – X’s Uninvited," authored by Bebo has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
Bebo has posted the 8th installment of her regular column -- "TAR: TSI" (TAR Stupidity Index.) Each week, she looks back at our "The Amazing Race" contestants and rate them according to their stupid moves.
TV Guide Insider reports that FOX has postponed the premiere date of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie's upcoming fish out of water "The Simple Life" reality series from the previously announced August 13, 2003 date to sometime in October 2003.
Zap2It reports that Showtime has picked up "Family Business," a reality show which follows the everyday adventures of an adult-film star and his family-run production company, for a second season.
According to TV listing information, ESPN has apparently moved "Beg, Borrow & Deal 2" to Tuesdays at 9PM ET starting July 22.
The Austin (TX) American-Statesman reports that Survivor: The Amazon winner Jenna Morasca and her ally, fifth-place finisher Heidi Strobel, appeared at CBS's July 20 nighttime "star party" following the media preview for the 2003-04 season. The party was held at the trendy Lucky Strike Lanes in Hollywood, a 12-alley bowling center (and upscale restaurant/bar, of course). Among the other network stars and executives present to meet with the media were Judging Amy's Tyne Daly and JAG's David James Elliott.
'For Love Or Money 2's Eric Ferch previously appeared on NBC's 'Meet My Folks' -- less than six months agoJuly 21, 2003
Sharp-eyed reality television fans watching last week's premiere of "For Love Or Money 2" might have felt that bachelor suitor Eric Ferch looked just a little too familiar. If so, there's a good reason -- it turns out that Ferch just recently appeared on television in another NBC reality relationship show -- the network's "Meet My Folks" (which like "For Love Or Money," is also produced by producer Bruce Nash.)
For the third time in four weeks, NBC has earned a share of the Sunday lead among adults 18-49, aided last night by strong premiere numbers from the new reality series “The Restaurant.”
Larry Johnson, a comedy writer currently working for Disney TV, has posted "TARGAY Journal, Episode 8," the 8th installment of his 'TARGAY Journal,' his weekly commentary about "The Amazing Race" from a gay point of view. An exclusive to the RealityTVWorld message boards, it is posted every weekend.
CBS has announced its fall lineup will largely debut the week of September 22, however, as in previous years, the network's "Survivor" series will launch the CBS schedule. "Survivor: Pearl Islands" will premiere a week earlier on Thursday, September 18 at 8PM ET.
The ABC Family cable channel has announced that Evan Marriott will be appearing in the network's upcoming "See Jane Date" original movie starring Charisma Carpenter ("Angel,” "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer”) and Holly Marie Combs (“Charmed.”)
Our episode summary for Episode 8, "Die Another Day," authored by TeamJoisey, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
NBC has released the names and photos of select members of 'The Restaurant' staff.
When Bravo's upcoming "Boy Meet Boy" was first announced and the premise revealed, we were sure that gay rights groups would have rightfully been up in arms and protesting the staging of a "Bachelor"-like program in which a gay man is looking to select a partner from a group of 15 suitors that, unbeknownst to the eligible bachelor, contains numerous straight men who were paid by the program to pretend to be gay.
CBS has announced that it will rebroadcast Wednesday's second episode of "Cupid", the network's new relationship reality series from "American Idol's" Simon Cowell, on Tuesday, July 22 (9-10 PM, ET/PT), following "Big Brother 4".
NBC to broadcast condensed version of Bravo's 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' premiere on Thursday July 24July 19, 2003
NBC has announced that it will broadcast a special 30-minute version of the Bravo’s critically acclaimed unscripted lifestyle makeover series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” on Thursday, July 24 9:30-10 PM ET. “After as much media attention and a breakout premiere on Bravo, we want to offer this unusual series a bigger platform,” said Jeff Zucker, President, NBC Entertainment. “The sensational ratings speak for themselves and our Thursday-night audience makes a good fit for this special edition.”
"American Idol" judge Randy Jackson, who in the past has been critical of less-than-svelte contestants on the FOX program and adviced them to lose some weight to improve their presentation, has apparently now decided to take his own advice... in a drastic manner.
Week 2's Head of Household, Jee, a bookkeeper from Elmhurst, N.Y., nominated Erika and Michelle for eviction in the second round of "Big Brother 4" nominations on the episode that was broadcast Friday, July 18 on the CBS Television Network.
Our episode summary for episode 2 of ESPN's "Beg, Borrow, & Deal 2" reality TV program, authored by realitybites, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
Ain't It Cool News reports that one of its correspondents may have heard a radio interview that revealed two, and possibly three, of the final five contestants on NBC's Last Comic Standing.
Since Survivor first aired on CBS in the summer of 2002, viewers have noted (and sometimes complained about) the continuing number of product placements in the show. Sponsoring products have been incorporated directly into the production, ranging from food rewards to computer "cafes" to SUVs for overnight sleeping. Now, with his new NBC show The Restaurant, Survivor executive producer Mark Burnett has carried that concept one step further.
The Thompson sisters have taken America by storm as Tori Thompson from Santa Maria, CA joins her sister Taylor in the "American Juniors" final group. Now, Taylor and Tori can really have fun without any pressure as the rest of the five-member group is formed. The competition intensifies next Tuesday, July 22 (8-9 PM ET/PT) on FOX as the remaining eight finalists once again compete for America's vote and a position in the group.
'Bachelorette' Trista Rehn and fiancé Ryan Sutter "feel betrayed" over publication of $1,000,000 wedding contractJuly 17, 2003
TV Guide Online is reporting that Trista Rehn and her fireman fiancé Ryan Sutter "feel betrayed" over The Smoking Gun's public publication of the $1,000,000 contract they signed with ABC for the rights to air a four hour special of their wedding. "I don't care that people know the ins and outs of the contract," Ryan told TV Guide. "What bothers me is, someone was deceitful, dishonest and took advantage of us. We signed the contract and gave it to people who are working with us, so somebody sold us out." "I have no idea who it was," Ryan added mischievously, "but if I find out..."
According to final National Nielsen ratings, yesterday's 10PM ET of the second episode of CBS' new "Cupid" reality dating series drew a 4.9 rating / 9 share and 7.71 million overall viewers. The program was first in adults 18-34 (3.8/13) and second in households, viewers, adults 18-49 (3.6/11) and adults 25-54 (3.9/11).
U.S. Emmy Award nominations honor 'Amazing Race,' 'American Idol,' 'Survivor' and other reality showsJuly 17, 2003
Reality TV may make famous TV producer David E. Kelley mad. But a lot of other people in Hollywood found a lot to like in the reality genre this year, resulting in five different reality shows (airing on four different networks -- CBS, Fox, MTV and E!) receiving a total of 12 Emmy nominations. (The Los Angeles Times provides a complete list of Emmy nominees, for those who want to look for themselves.)
TNN, the soon-to-be "Spike TV" cable channel, has announced it's first reality series. Kinda. Premiering September 7 at 9PM ET, "The Joe Schmo Show' will feature a law-school dropout named Matt Kennedy Gould who thinks he's competing for $100,000 on a "Big Brother"-style reality show called "Lap of Luxury," but is in fact the victim of an elaborate prank designed to torture him. All the other "contestants" (and the "host") are secretly paid actors, and they are all conspiring to make Joe's time on the show miserable.
Have you spent the night with a rock, hip-hop, or pop star? If so, there's a production studio out there that wants to hear about it.
On the day that the Emmy Award nominations were announced, with none for Fox's Joe Millionaire, we learned that Evan Marriott, the bachelor from the show, wasn't too disappointed ... because he really has his eyes set on Oscar.
According to final National Nielsen ratings, the second CBS 9PM Wednesday broadcast of "Big Brother 4" once again significantly defeated FOX's "Paradise" Hotel" in the head-to-head battle of caged human hamster programs.
Larry Johnson, a comedy writer currently working for Disney TV, has posted "TARGAY Journal, Episode 7," the 7th installment of his 'TARGAY Journal,' his weekly commentary about "The Amazing Race" from a gay point of view. An exclusive to the RealityTVWorld message boards, it is posted every weekend.
Are you one of the handful of people (based on the program's repeated 4th place timeslot ratings rankings) still interested in how Paradise Hotel is going to end? If so, you're going to have to wait at least six weeks longer, because the Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Fox has ordered another 12 episodes of the critically-panned train wreck.
TV producer David E. Kelley disses reality TV (again) ...then admits wife Michelle Pfeiffer watches itJuly 17, 2003
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The Boston Globe reports that David E. Kelley, creator of such past TV hits as L.A. Law, Picket Fences and Ally McBeal, took another shot at reality TV and the networks that air it during the recent Hollywood press tour. Said Kelley, whose ABC show The Practice was crushed in the ratings by Fox's Joe Millionaire and avoided cancellation only by dumping six of its top stars, "'Now, they put their trash on. . . . They celebrate the junk. As long as they can get high ratings, they will do it. Where once they were ashamed of it, now they'll throw a parade for themselves. And that's probably where my frustration has been growing.'' This isn't the first time Kelley has attacked reality television, in March he wrote an episode of The Practice in which a crazed woman abducted CBS President Les Moonves in an abssurd quest for a reality program of her own.
We still don't know where MTV's Real World/Road Rules Challenge will film, since it's been rejected twice by Rhode Island. But, according to TV Guide Online, we know where the 14th season of its parent, the pioneering MTV reality show The Real World, will be filmed: San Diego, California.
After being nominated for eviction by Nathan Marlow, the first Head of Household, Amanda Craig was evicted last night from the "Big Brother 4" house based on the votes of her fellow HouseGuests. Amanda received more votes than fellow nominee Jee Choe. Dana Varela won the Power of Veto and chose to leave the nominations as they stood.
Playbill.com reports that several former self-proclaimed reality television "hot chicks" began making their Off-Broadway debuts in "Pieces (of Ass)," starting July 10 at Theatre 80 in New York City.
Playbill.com reports that several former self-proclaimed reality television "hot chicks" began making their Off-Broadway debuts in "Pieces (of Ass)," starting July 10 at Theatre 80 in New York City.
Playbill.com reports that several former self-proclaimed reality television "hot chicks" began making their Off-Broadway debuts in "Pieces (of Ass)," starting July 10 at Theatre 80 in New York City.
Last night’s 10-11 PM ET premiere of the new Bravo original series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” has rewritten the cable network’s ratings record book, attracting a stellar 1.166 million viewers in the adult 25-54 category, 1.204 million viewers in the adult 18-49 category and 1.641 million total viewers. “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” also achieved a Bravo-record 1.61 household rating.
When you're hot, you're hot, and right now Simon Cowell is on fire. Reuters reports that Cowell has just signed a $2 million deal with Random House for a book about the hit TV talent show.
Well, it was bound to happen eventually, and after the "Big Brother 4" producers stacked the deck in filling the house not only exclusively with singles, but with ten singles who have previous romantic relationships, the odds were pretty high it'd happen this season. Frankly, the only mild surprise is that it didn't involve one of the former couples.
Our episode summary for Big Brother 4, Week 1, "The League of X-ordinary Houseguests," authored by LadyT has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
Our episode summary for Episode 7, "Muck and Cookies," authored by FesterFan1, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
According to updated in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research, Monday night's 10-11 PM ET, “Who Wants to Marry My Dad?” (3.3/9 in Adults 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) finished within 0.2 of a ratings point of CBS’ “CSI: Miami” in 18-49, and from 10:30-11 p.m. ET, “Who Wants to Marry My Dad?” tied for first in 18-49.
Bebo has posted the 7th installment of her regular column -- "TAR: TSI" (TAR Stupidity Index.) Each week, she looks back at our "The Amazing Race" contestants and rate them according to their stupid moves.
According to updated in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research, Monday night's 9-10 PM ET premiere of “For Love Or Money 2” (3.5/10 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall) claimed the time period in Adults 18-49 over CBS’ rebroadcasts of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “King of Queens,” FOX’s “Paradise Hotel” and all other competition.
Wedding bells will be ringing for NBC as the network has announced that its new unscripted wedding-themed drama, “Race to the Altar,” will premiere on Wednesday, July 30 (8-9 PM ET).
The ratings were great, as we previously told you. But now we know how great.
As has been widely reported on Internet fan sites, Neleh Dennis, the runner-up on Survivor: Marquesas and now a reporter on Salt Lake City CBS affiliate KUTV-2, married Kris Nielsen on Saturday, July 12, 2003. A picture of the wedding invitation may be found on several fan sites; see, for example, survivorneleh.com and Survivor News.
The attention paid to Big Brother Africa continues to reverberate throughout Africa. In the latest twist, Reuters reports that Ugandan houseguest Gaetano Kagwa, whom we previously noted engaged in an on-air hookup with South African houseguest Abergail ("Abby") Plaatjes, has become a national hero in his country, with people gathered around TV sets to follow his latest antics.
Reuters reports that the chairman of ABC's entertainment division told reporters that the network's Are You Hot? reality show was dropped from the summer schedule because "ultimately ... it was in bad taste." Instead, ABC will be emphasizing sitcoms and reruns over the summer ... with the exception of its forthcoming reality (or should it be "horror"?) series The Real Roseanne Show, featuring high priestess of bad taste Roseanne Barr.
The next edition of FOX's "American Idol" might be coming to a city near you. Auditions for the third edition of the popular FOX series "American Idol" are set to start Tuesday, August 5 in Los Angeles and continue to Houston, Atlanta, and New York. Participants will vie for a spot on "American Idol" and a chance at the title and a major recording contract.
The Orange County Register (free registration required) reports that some of the past champions from CBS's Survivor are balking at appearing in the upcoming "All-Star Survivor" edition (also known as Survivor 8) in a dispute over prize money. According to People magazine, the winners of Survivor: The Australian Outback, Tina Wesson, and Survivor: Africa, Ethan Zohn, have requested that executive producer Mark Burnett increase the announced $2 million first prize for the winner of the show.
At the end of the first edition of NBC's For Love or Money, bachelorette Erin Brodie, one of Rob Campos' final two choices along with Paige Jones, told Rob that she needed the money that the winner would get "for her parents." Was that true, or was that just part of her effort to get Rob to choose her?
Fresh off the renewal of the MTV series starring his family, Ozzy Osbourne is illustrating why he needs the cash. According to the Tacoma (Wash.) News Tribune, Ozzy failed to show up for the Seattle/Tacoma "Ozzfest," the heavy metal tour created by himself and his wife Sharon, who co-stars in The Osbournes series with him.
'Big Brother 4' Head Of Household Nathan Marlow nominates Amanda Craig and Jee Choe for first evictionJuly 14, 2003
This week's Head of Household, Nathan, a personal trainer from Edmond, Okla., nominated Amanda and Jee for eviction in the first round of "Big Brother 4" nominations on the episode that was broadcast Friday, July 11 on the CBS Television Network.
USA Network has announced that the second season of Nashville Star, a grassroots nationwide talent search for the next country music superstar, will premiere on the cable network in the first quarter of 2004.
According to final National Nielsen ratings for July 10, the sixth episode of CBS' "The Amazing Race 4" scored a 5.2 rating/10 share and drew 8.05 million overall viewers to finish second in it's timeslot to a repeat of NBC's "Friends" (5.8/11.)
CBS has announced that it will rebroadcast Wednesday's premiere of "Cupid", the network's new relationship reality series from "American Idol's" Simon Cowell, on Tuesday, July 15 (9-10 PM, ET/PT), following "Big Brother 4".
With the addition of "The X Factor," CBS clearly went in search of additional drama this season, and it appears it certainly didn't take them long to find it -- in spades.
ABC Family's new "Perfect Match: New York" reality dating show will premiere on Sunday, July 27 (8 – 9 PM ET/PT.) Based on the hit British series of the same name, the program allows friends and relatives to pick the perfect match for a single looking for love.
NBC's new "Who Wants To Marry My Dad?" reality series will premiere on Monday, July 14 at 10PM (ET/PT). In this spinoff of NBC’s hit relationship series “Meet My Folks,” the adult children of a single father choose among several suitors to decide which woman will marry their dad.
Larry Johnson, a comedy writer currently working for Disney TV, has posted "TARGAY Journal, Episode 6," the 6th installment of his 'TARGAY Journal,' his weekly commentary about "The Amazing Race" from a gay point of view. An exclusive to the RealityTVWorld message boards, it is posted every weekend.
Fox's American Idol isn't the only reality TV show hitting the pop music charts any longer. Billboard reports that the debut CD of Buddy Jewell, the winner in the finale of USA Network's country-music reality series Nashville Star, sold 52,000 copies last week, good enough for 13th place in the Billboard Hot 200 CD charts. The CD, simply entitled Buddy Jewell and featuring Jewell's smash hit "Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey's Song)", also debuted at #1 on the Country CD chart.
Since becoming international celebrities when the first season of their self-titled MTV shop became the hottest series in the history of cable TV, the Osbourne family of Beverly Hills, California has been involved in unending trouble. Father Ozzy, the former lead singer of Black Sabbath, was sued by two former bandmates whom he and his wife edited off his records to avoid paying them up to $20 million in court-ordered royalties. Mother Sharon (daughter of Jet Records founder and well-known nasty thug Don Arden) survived colon and lymph cancer and feuded and fought publicly over a raffle prize. Son Jack went through drug rehabilitation. Daughter Kelly was dropped by her dad's record label, prompting him to leave as well, after her debut record flopped. The family members were publicly blasted for their profanity-laden shtick and portrayed as clowns in the media. Oh, and the bottom fell out of their third-season ratings. Time to regroup in peace and quiet, right?
FOX has announced that in a classic cross-promotion move, "chart-topping recording artist and four-time Teen Choice Awards nominee" (oh, and "American Idol" winner too) Kelly Clarkson is set to perform at the "2003 Teen Choice Awards" on Wednesday, Aug. 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles will play host to the special, celebrating the hottest teen icons in film, television, music and sports.
Ratings: Premiere of CBS' 'Cupid' places first in Adults 18-34, but 'Law & Order' still dominates overallJuly 10, 2003
According to preliminary affiliate based National Nielsen ratings., the CBS premiere of "Cupid" trounced its ABC "The Dating Experiment" reality competition on Wednesday, July 9 but still fell well short of NBC's all-powerful "Law & Order" in overall viewers.
Our episode summary for Episode 6, "Americans In Poverty," authored by GTMike, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
“Boy Meets Boy,” Bravo’s new dating-themed reality series -- and television's first gay-dating series -- will premiere on Tuesday, July 29 (9-10 PM ET), it was announced today by Jeff Gaspin, President, Bravo and Executive Vice President, Alternative Series, Specials, Longform and Program Strategy, NBC Entertainment.
According to updated in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research, from 9-10 PM ET, “Last Comic Standing” (3.7/11 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) achieved its highest 18-49 rating since the show’s June 10 debut.
Bravo has announced that “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” the network's new, unscripted lifestyle makeover series, will premiere on Tuesday, July 15 at 10 PM ET/PT, The debut show will be immediately followed by a second first-run episode at 11 PM ET/PT. The series will then begin its regular run with a new episode every Tuesday evening at 10:00pm ET/PT.
Here's a ratings shocker... men watch scantly clad cheerleaders. According to updated in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research, a special all-NFL cheerleader episode of “Dog Eat Dog” (3.3 rating, 11 share among adults 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) opened the night with its strongest 18-49 rating in five weeks.
Jeff Gaspin, President of Bravo, today unveiled a new reality series pilot for a show named “Ready, Set, Van Gogh!" as the cable channel seeks to achieve a new identity with original programming. “Our new pilots push the concept that we’re willing to be independent and experimental, to challenge and entertain our viewers,” said Gaspin. “We want to be the first stop for creative people who have an edgy concept or are ahead of the curve in TV programming.”
Jeff Gaspin, President of Bravo, today unveiled a new reality series pilot for a show named “underExposed” as the cable channel seeks to achieve a new identity with original programming. “Our new pilots push the concept that we’re willing to be independent and experimental, to challenge and entertain our viewers,” said Gaspin. “We want to be the first stop for creative people who have an edgy concept or are ahead of the curve in TV programming.”
ABC Family's new summer series "Dance Fever", a revitalized version of the popular variety show created by Merv Griffin (“Jeopardy!,” “Wheel of Fortune”), will launch with a two-hour premiere Sunday, July 13 (7 – 9 PM ET/PT).
Our episode summary for season premiere of ESPN's "Beg, Borrow, & Deal 2" reality TV program, authored by realitybites, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
According to preliminary affiliate based National Nielsen ratings. "Big Brother 4" brought a bolt of reality to the competition with a strong premiere on Tuesday, July 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network,
The identities of the five additional houseguests were revealed Tuesday night (July 8) during the series premiere of "Big Brother 4" on the CBS Television Network. As was previously announced last week, during the premiere episode, five of the people in the house were surprised by a twist in the reality show called the "X-Factor," in which their ex-boyfriends/ex-girlfriends joined them in the house as participating houseguests.
As we reported previously, ABC announced in May that it will broadcast the two-hour wedding of "The Bachelorette's" Trista Rehn and fiance Ryan Sutter as a two-hour special in the fall, with a additional two-hour preamble. Now The Smoking Gun is reporting that the couple will be paid a cool $1,000,000 for granting ABC the TV rights to their wedding.
CBS and RealNetworks®, Inc. today announced that for the third year in a row the two companies have joined forces to provide exclusive, 24/7 live video streaming from the "Big Brother 4" house. The webcast coverage premieres Tuesday, July 8, immediately following the premiere of Big Brother 4 (8-9 PM, ET/PT), and will be accessible through the official Big Brother 4 website at cbs.com and through the RealOne™ SuperPass subscription service at real.com.
For the second consecutive year, "Big Brother" fans will be able to compete against each other throughout the summer in the official Big Brother Fantasy League available exclusively at CBS.com
At the end of the finale of Fox's American Idol in May, acid-tongued judge Simon Cowell discussed his possible departure from the show. Was it merely a negotiating ploy, or was he really burning out from the demands of Idol, its British version Pop Idol, and his new CBS show Cupid? Now we know -- it was merely a negotiating ploy.
According to updated in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research, NBC's "For Love Or Money" concluded its initial run with timeslot-dominating numbers and the highest adult 18-49 rating for any telecast on any network since the May sweeps, With its lofty finale numbers, “For Love Or Money” is now the #2 show overall for the summer to date in 18-49 and it remains the summer’s #1 reality series.
FOX has announced that Amanda's ex-boyfriend Jason pays a surprise visit to "Paradise Hotel" and stirs up a lot of trouble on a new 90-minute special airing Wednesday, July 9 (8:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
"Cupid" will be premiering Wednesday, July 9 on CBS...unless you live in Raleigh, North Carolina. Capital Broadcasting, the parent company of CBS affiliate WRAL-TV, has decided not to air "Cupid", calling the show "demeaning to marriage". The station will air reruns on "The Andy Griffith Show" during the Wednesday ay 10pm timeslot instead.
The Arizona Republic reports that Survivor: The Australian Outback finalist Colby Donaldson has tentatively accepted a spot in the upcoming All-Star Survivor (also known as Survivor 8) series, which will be filmed in November and December 2003 and aired in Spring 2004. Colby thus would become the third Outback contestant added to the show, along with his final-two ally Tina Wesson and his sometime galpal Jerri Manthey.
The verdict is in: the Amazon is still a dangerous place, even when you have Mark Burnett and CBS to protect you. The Arizona Republic reports that Survivor: The Amazon contestant Heidi Strobel, who managed to reach the jury, became seriously ill at the end of the shooting session and required hospitalization when she returned to the United States. Heidi thus joined fellow contestant Daniel Lue, who came down with malaria, in the hospital wards upon returning.
Bebo has posted the 6th installment of her regular column -- "TAR: TSI" (TAR Stupidity Index.) Each week, she looks back at our "The Amazing Race" contestants and rate them according to their stupid moves.
CBS has announced that the producers of "Big Brother 4" have made a casting change to the previously announced group of houseguests, increasing the "X Factor" from four couples to five couples. Previously announced houseguest Brandon Showalter has been replaced with a fifth ex who will be revealed along with the remaining four HouseGuests in the premiere episode on Tuesday, July 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
MTV reports that the upcoming full-length CDs from American Idol winner Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken, both of which were scheduled to be released on August 19, have been delayed until September and will now be released at least a week apart.
This morning CBS revealed the identities of nine of the thirteen houseguests for "Big Brother 4" in anticipation of the reality series' premiere on Tuesday, July 8 at 8/9 PM, ET/PT. As was announced earlier this week, four of these people will have their exes joining them in the house as participating HouseGuests. None of the contestants knows about this "X Factor." The identities of the four remaining houseguests will be revealed in the premiere episode.
The vague standards for the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart have finally caught up to American Idol finalist Clay Aiken. According to Billboard, Clay's CD single, "This Is The Night" b/w "Bridge Over Troubled Water" fell from first to third on the Hot 100 Singles this week, with Beyonce Knowles's "Crazy In Love" (which is not available as a CD single) taking over at #1. Clay's single retains the top spot on the Billboard/Nielsen SoundScan Hot 100 Singles Sales chart for the third week in a row, however.
Our episode summary for Episode 5, "When Air Traffic Controllers Make Mistakes," authored by dajaki, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
According to updated in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research, the 8PM July 1 telecast of “Dog Eat Dog” (3.0 rating, 11 share among adults 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) beat Fox’s “American Juniors” in all key adult and adult-male categories, plus women 18-34 and women 25-54 (tie). However the program placed third in an extremely close overall numbers race, drawing a 4.7 rating and 9 share to FOX's "American Juniors" (4.9/9) and CBS' "JAG" (4.8/9).
According to updated in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research, the July 1 episode of “Last Comic Standing” (3.5/11 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall) ruled its Tuesday 9PM ET hour, winning in most key demographics, households and total viewers and leading the key 18-49 category by a commanding 35 percent margin.
Judges critiqued, America voted and Taylor Thompson from Santa Maria, CA is the first youngster to make the "American Juniors" final group. Now, Thompson will be able to relax as the rest of the five-member group is formed. The excitement intensifies next Tuesday, July 8 (8-9 PM ET/PT) on FOX as the remaining nine finalists once again compete for America's vote and a position in the group.
If music is in Joshua Gracin's future, Uncle Sam wants to reclaim his present. E! Online reports that Gracin, 22, the fourth-place finisher on Fox's American Idol this spring despite being on active duty in the U.S. Marines, has been recalled to his unit and will have to leave the upcoming live tour of Idol finalists.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Justin Guarini, runner-up in the original "American Idol" series, was ticketed by Grand Prairie police Saturday afternoon after witnesses said he almost ran over a young girl with a personal watercraft at a local lake. According to the report, Justin, along with "Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson and a half dozen or so of their friends, had been taking turns riding the watercraft for most of the day when police cited Justin for "unsafe boat operation" after the early evening incident. The offense is punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and a maximum 180 days in jail.
According to preliminary “fast affiliate-based” in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research, Tuesday, June 30th's 9-10 PM ET of the penultimate episode of “For Love Or Money” (3.9/11 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall) nearly matched its 4.0 adult 18-49 rating of the previous week, the highest result for any reality telecast on any network in the last 20 nights.
The final verdict is in, and it's not positive for the future acting careers of original American Idol finalists Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini. Their Fox movie From Justin to Kelly, which flopped on its opening weekend, has now become one of the year's biggest cinematic failures. The Associated Press reports that the second-weekend box-office totals for J2K place it merely 16th for the week, with a total box office of just $625,429 despite showing on 1969 screens.
The verdict is in, and the tip that Reality TV World received regarding the final two in NBC's For Love Or Money, which we reported here, has clearly proven to be incorrect. Kelly is not one of the final two; instead, the final two are Erin and hard-drinking Paige, who may make a good pair with drunken would-be-rapist Rob.