Reality TV News - July 2005
Clay Aiken, currently on a 25-city U.S. tour, will appear on the ABC's "All My Children" playing himself being interviewed by Erica Kane.
The next time you see "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis on TV, he may be playing a musician on his own family drama series.
In a dramatic game changing move, the tables got turned in the Big Brother 6 house this week, with Kaysar Ridha, the show's third Head of Household, shaking things up and enacting a plan that resulted in Eric Littmann, last week's outspoken Head of Household, being evicted during last night's live broadcast of the CBS reality competition.
Fox has announced the dates and locations for the American Idol 5's open auditions.
Fox TV has an outside investigator looking into charges levied by a former "American Idol" contestant against judge Paula Abdul.
"The Simple Life" may be a lot harder for feuding co-stars Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie because they are both under contract for another season.
It looks like "Rock Star: INXS" emcee Brooke Burke will soon be able to resume her "Wild On ..." ways.
After three editions, an Average Joe installment finally ended with an "average joe" getting the girl. Kinda.
"Bonus Doubleheader!," our episode summary for the seventh and eighth episodes of CBS's Big Brother 6 series, written by ginger, is now available.
One day after television writers attending the Television Critics Association summer press tour verbally sparred with ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson over the awkward Dancing With The Stars voting system that resulted in Kelly Monaco's victory being decided by the penultimate episode's voting (a setup that meant that the couples' finale performances -- and the judges' finale scoring -- played absolutely no role in determining the competition's winner) the network announced Wednesday that the celebrity ballroom dancing competition will feature a standalone results show (a la Fox's American Idol) when it returns for a second edition in early 2006.
A former "Average Joe" contestant has filed suit in Cleveland federal court claiming NBC is using his ideas in the current season of the reality series.
Bravo's "Blow Out" star Jonathan Antin and his longtime girlfriend, Sescie, are expecting their first child.
"Put It On, Put It All On!," our episode summary for the third episode of VH1's The Surreal Life 5 series, written by Estee, is now available.
Michigan native and former Dallas Cowboy's quarterback Gary Hogeboom will be on the 11th season of the CBS reality show, "Survivor," it was reported Tuesday.
NBC announced yesterday that The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, its new Martha Stewart spinoff of Donald Trump's The Apprentice reality series, will premiere on Wednesday, September 21 at 8PM ET/PT.
"A Snowball In Hell, or, Gee, Guess Who Gets Evicted?," our episode summary for the sixth episode of CBS's Big Brother 6 series, written by ginger, is now available.
"It's All About The Hook Up!," our episode summary for the fifth episode of MTV's The Real World: Austin series, written by volsfan, is now available.
"Skates, Skanks and Sobs," our episode summary for the fourth episode of NBC's Average Joe 4: The Joes Strike Back series, written by SilverStar, is now available.
"Mom's Chicken Soup," our episode summary for the eighth episode of Fox's new Hell's Kitchen series, written by Silvergirl1, is now available.
Troops stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, will be visited by Johnny Knoxville, Sean William Scott and Jessica Simpson, stars of the movie "The Dukes of Hazzard."
Multi-platinum recording artist Clay Aiken is set to begin his 25-city Jukebox Summer Tour 2005 in Tom's River, N.J.
Professional wrestler Hulk Hogan told Sunday's New York Post he's doing a reality show for VH1 to help his daughter be a star.
A dozen women fired by Donald Trump on "The Apprentice" will appear as pinup girls in a calendar to benefit the charity Dress for Success.
New Jersey police say a woman posed as an assistant to singer/actress Jessica Simpson and scammed a slew of expensive swag she planned on selling on eBay.
"Scholarships For Everyone!," our episode summary for the sixth and final episode of ABC's The Scholar series, written by zipperhead, is now available.
"Yo, Ho, Bowl The DAWs Down," our episode summary for the second episode of VH1's The Surreal Life 5 series, written by Estee, is now available.
A U.S. soldier injured in Iraq says he was surprised when rock star Ozzy Osbourne turned up at his bedside in Washington's Walter Reed Hospital.
After a dramatic weekend in which anger and gossip dominated the Big Brother 6 house, Michael Donnellan, who had been nominated for eviction by Eric Littmann, the second Head of Household, became the second houseguest to be evicted from the CBS reality show during last night's live broadcast.
The musical parents featured in Fox TV's reality show "Princes of Malibu" are getting a divorce.
A member of CBS' "Big Brother" house has been exposed as a convicted shoplifter and drunken driver, E! Online reported Thursday.
"American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood has a sweet new job -- singing advertising jingles for Hershey's candy.
"The Summer of No Secrets," our episode summary for the third, fourth, and fifth episodes of CBS's Big Brother 6 series, written by pmspml5, is now available.
If the ratings for last night's premiere of Fox's new So You Think You Can Dance reality show are any indication, it looks like ABC's recently concluded Dancing with the Stars series isn't going to be this summer's only hit reality dancing show.
A suburban Chicago family says Fox TV's "Renovate My Family" not only destroyed their house but destroyed them financially, as well.
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee denies reports he's getting ready to remarry his ex-wife and mother of his children, actress Pamela Anderson.
Formalizing a decision that had been expected for some time, ABC announced today that it has ordered a second season of its recently concluded smash-hit Dancing with the Stars reality ballroom competition series.
Don't look now, but it appears as though ABC might have another hit summer reality series on its hands.
A New York Post report about a fight between Paris Hilton and Zeta Graff, her , has spawned a $10 million lawsuit against "The Simple Life" star.
People who want to dress like "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest only have to look to his new clothing line.
MSNBC reports former reality TV star Anna Nicole Smith recently stunned Myrtle Beach, S.C., residents with her wild and wacky antics.
"American Idol" judge Paula Abdul has signed onto host Fox TV's new reality show, "So You Think You Can Dance."
Nearly two months after talk about The Contender returning on another network first started circulating, ESPN reportedly confirmed yesterday that it is close to a deal to acquire the rights for a second season the cancelled NBC reality boxing series.
"I Don't Believe In War," our episode summary for the fourth episode of MTV's The Real World: Austin series, written by volsfan, is now available.
"Whole Lotta Hurtin' Goin' On," our episode summary for the third episode of NBC's Average Joe 4: The Joes Strike Back series, written by Seana, is now available.
"Has Anyone Seen The Fillets?," our episode summary for the seventh episode of Fox's new Hell's Kitchen series, written by volsfan, is now available.
"Science Doesn't Allow It," our episode summary for the sixth episode of Fox's new Hell's Kitchen series, written by Silvergirl1, is now available.
"Gay Marriage and Dead Presidents," our episode summary for the fifth episode of ABC's The Scholar series, written by iwannabearealitystar, is now available.
Nineteen-nineties TV and film icon Pauly Shore says he hopes his new reality show "Minding the Store" will revive his mom's business and jump-start his career.
Tennis champs Venus and Serena Williams are appearing in a ABC Family Channel reality show documenting their busy lives.
Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock is now Mrs. Jesse James.
"Survivor" winner Tom Westman is ready to take on another challenge -- daytime drama.
One of the women featured in ABC's documentary "Hooking Up" claims she was booted from the Army for appearing in the program.
The whirlwind life of "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood is being captured on film for a special on country music cable channel CMT.
"Newlyweds" Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey looked married as ever canoodling at ESPN's ESPY awards in Los Angeles this week, it was reported Friday.
After being nominated for eviction by Rachel Plencner, Big Brother 6's first Head of Household, Ashlea Evans became the first houseguest to be evicted from CBS's new Big Brother house.
"And ThenThere Was Howie," our episode summary for the second episode of CBS's Big Brother 6 series, written by Swami, is now available.
Former "The Apprentice" contestant Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth told People magazine Thursday that she has left her husband of five years.
Hulk Hogan's rooster can crow a little easier these days now that the dispute with Belleair, Fla., officials may be over.
Two environmental groups claim that the crew of MTV's upcoming "The Gauntlet 2" reality competition trashed a Tobago beach used for nesting by rare sea turtles.
Based on the numerous sightings of Race observers around America, it appears that at least one of the fears that The Amazing Race fans voiced when CBS first announced its plans for a "family edition" that included children has come true -- the eighth edition of worldwide reality adventure competition has been dumbed down (at least geographically.)
"American Idol" judge Simon Cowell is executive producer of a new reality show for ABC called "Million Dollar Idea."
ABC TV's "Dancing with the Stars" runner-up John O'Hurley says the hit TV show has helped his image.
"American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood is following in the footsteps of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera as the new face of Skechers shoes.
Estranged socialites Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie may be contractually forced into a fourth season of their Fox TV show, "The Simple Life."
"General Hospital" actress Kelly Monaco is learning five days a week on a daytime drama don't compare to an hour in the spotlight of prime-time TV.
MSNBC reports a battle between races is being considered for the next installment of Donald Trump's NBC reality show, "The Apprentice."
Having already relocated its The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise from California to New York City for the show's two most recent editions, ABC yesterday announced its latest attempt to recapture the ratings success of the now struggling series -- moving the show's filming location 4,000 miles further east, to Paris, France.
It won't be of any help to anyone hoping to compete on next season's American Idol 5, but Idol's FremantleMedia production company announced yesterday that it has signed an American Idol 6 licensing deal that will allow a media and event company to conduct an additional optional round of 500-person Idol 6 open casting call auditions in fifty cities across the country.
Reflecting the international nature of its talent search -- a search that was conducted in twenty cities on six continents -- beginning tonight, Rock Star: INXS viewers in nine countries will have a chance to have their votes determine which contestants will survive each Tuesday performance round.
"American Idol" hopefuls across the United States will not have to leave their home states to audition for the sixth season of the FOX-TV hit.
"There's A DAW Born Every Minute," our episode summary for the premiere episode of VH1's The Surreal Life 5 series, written by Estee, is now available.
"Oh, Bother!," our episode summary for the premiere episode of CBS's Big Brother 6 series, written by Swami, is now available.
"Lights! Camera! Alyssa Pouts!," our episode summary for the fourth episode of ABC's new The Scholar series, written by Cygnus X1, is now available.
ABC's "Hooking Up" is being described as a TV documentary about Internet dating rather than a tawdry reality show centered on sex and the single girl.
CBS's Big Brother 6 premiered well on Thursday, handily winning its 8-9PM ET/PT time period in both total viewers and key demographics and teaming with CSI and Without A Trace repeats to lead CBS to a clean sweep in the night's primetime ratings.
ABC's Dancing With The Stars series ended its season with a bang on Wednesday night, drawing the most viewers and highest Adults 18-49 demographic numbers of any summer television series since Fox's September 2002 finale of American Idol's first season.
Severe weather conditions forecast because of approaching Hurricane Dennis forced singer Kelly Clarkson to postpone tour dates in Louisiana and Florida.
"She Wants To Play Games, I'm Better At Them," our episode summary for the third episode of MTV's The Real World: Austin series, written by batts, is now available.
"Where’s Bob Denver When You Need Him?," our episode summary for the seventh and eighth episodes of the second edition of TBS's The Real Gilligan's Island series, written by Scuba Steve, is now available.
Epic Records and INXS reportedly have reached a recording agreement as the band begins its search for a lead singer on the CBS series "Rock Star: INXS."
In a quiet scheduling change that somehow got lost in the current flood of summer reality programming, sometime in the last few weeks VH1 announced that it has moved the premiere of The Surreal Life 5 -- previously scheduled to debut in September -- up a couple of months and will instead premiere the series on Sunday, July 10 at 9PM ET/PT.
Television personality Nancy O'Dell has married a business executive she met while waiting in line at a Los Angeles-area airport.
Charges have been dropped against Corey Clark, a former "American Idol" contestant arrested last month after police were called to his Sacramento hotel.
Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" retained its No. 1 ranking on Billboard's Hot 100 for a second week in a row.
Kelly Monaco and Alec Mazo defeat John O'Hurley and Charlotte Jorgensen in ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' finaleJuly 7, 2005
In an unlikely upset, General Hospital actress Kelly Monaco and professional dancer Alec Mazo went from worst to first over the course of six weeks, a journey that ended with the dance couple being crowned the winners of Dancing With The Stars during last night's live finale of the six-episode smash hit ABC summer reality series.
In the end, the bigger geek -- at least in height -- won.
CBS announced yesterday that as it has in previous seasons, CBS.com will support Big Brother 6's thrice weekly broadcasts with several additional online features.
Continuing a run that's made it the undisputed breakout hit of the early summer season, last week's penultimate episode of ABC's Dancing with the Stars once again dominated the week's ratings, topping the television week's programming in nearly every key rating demographic.
In anticipation of tomorrow's premiere of Big Brother 6, CBS has given Reality TV World a detailed sneak peek at both the inside of the new Big Brother house and a look at the houseguests' initial first night celebration.
For the second time in as many years, former The Apprentice contestant Ereka Vetrini has heard the famous Donald Trump phrase that no person (assuming they're not on CBS's horrible Fire Me... Please series) wants to hear -- "you're fired."
Domestic diva Martha Stewart says she hates her electronic ankle bracelet and adds jokingly she learned how to dismantle it from the Internet.
Big Brother, CBS's summer replacement reality show, is getting a new house in Los Angeles for its sixth season.
"Hit Me Baby One Last Time," our episode summary for the season finale fifth episode of NBC's Hit Me Baby One More Time series, written by Flairmarq, is now available.
"Fox, Tigers, and Deer Oh My!," our episode summary for the fifth episode of ABC's new Dancing with the Stars series, written by PhoenixMons, is now available.
"It's The Mel and Danny Show!," our episode summary for the second episode of MTV's The Real World: Austin series, written by volsfan, is now available.
"Three Strikes And The Joes Are Out," our episode summary for the premiere episode of NBC's Average Joe 4: The Joes Strike Back series, written by MTW1961, is now available.
CBS has announced that The Cut, its new The Apprentice-like reality series that features fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger starring in the Donald Trump role, will move to Wednesdays at 8PM ET/PT beginning Wednesday, July 6.
Cable's TLC sets up shop in Miami's South Beach to take viewers inside the colorful, sometimes painful, world of tattoo artistry in "Miami Ink."
Celebrity Paris Hilton says she wants to get married in London, as close to a royal wedding as possible, preferably in the place Prince Charles tied the knot.
Verifying rumors that began surfacing earlier this week, American Idol 4 runner-up Bo Bice confirmed yesterday that he and Caroline Fisher, his girlfriend of nearly two years, were married in a June 15 wedding ceremony in Helena, Alabama.