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Reality TV News - August 2002

  • Gerald Lancaster seventh to be evicted from 'Big Brother 3' house

    August 30, 2002
    After being nominated for eviction by Jason Guy, the seventh Head of Household, Gerald Lancaster was evicted from the BIG BROTHER 3 house based on an unanimous vote during last night's live show. Jason also nominated Amy Crews. Jason won the Power of Veto and chose to leave the nominations as they stood.
  • Original host returns to 'Change of Heart'

    August 30, 2002
    Zap2It.com reports that Chris Jagger, who hosted the "Change of Heart" syndicated dating show for its first three seasons before departing last year, will return to the series this fall. When the show moved production from Los Angeles to New York last season, Jagger, whose day job is as a DJ in Dallas, opted not to go with it. Lynne Koplitz served as the host last season.
  • Bunim-Murray Productions working with FOX to develop 'Green Acres' reality TV show

    August 30, 2002
    Reuters reports that days after news broke that CBS was planning a reality-series revival of "The Beverly Hillbillies," the FOX network said it is working with 'The Real World' producers Bunim-Murray Productions to develop a nonfiction comedy that mirrors another hickfest: "Green Acres."
  • 'Idol' Talent Race Reaches Fever Pitch on Fox, draws 16+ million viewers

    August 30, 2002
    Reuters reports that the frenzy surrounding television hit "American Idol" reached fever pitch late on Wednesday as the Fox TV talent search narrowed its list of contenders to the soulful Kelly Clarkson and hunky Justin Guarini in front of millions of prime time viewers. In the course of the contest, "American Idol: The Search for a Superstar" has won some of the summer's highest viewer ratings and on Wednesday attracted its biggest audience yet.
  • 'Star Search' to ride retro wave at CBS

    August 30, 2002
    Variety reports that with Fox's "American Idol" surging to its first season finale next week, CBS is bringing back the classic syndicated variety/talent hunt series that started it all: "Star Search." The network has ordered nine episodes of an updated take on the show, which is being targeted for a midseason 2003 bow.
  • CBS resurrecting "The Beverly Hillbillies" as a reality series

    August 30, 2002
    Reuters reports that CBS talent scouts are fanning out across the backwoods of America in search of a rural, rustically telegenic family willing to star in a new reality show inspired by "The Beverly Hillbillies" -- with cement pond (swimming pool) and all. The half-hour, weekly show, tentatively titled "The Real Beverly Hillbillies," is being developed for a mid-season or summer launch next year.
  • Big Brother 3 - Episode 11 Summary

    August 29, 2002
    Our episode summary for Big Brother 3, Episode 11, "Just One Vote Or I'm DOOMED," authored by 'Drive My Car' has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
  • 'Big Brother 3' scores highest Thursday ratings

    August 28, 2002
    CBS has announced that the August 22nd edition of 'Big Brother 3 Thursday' (6.2/11, 9.64m) had it's best delivery of the summer in households, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 -- and was first in adults 25-54, boomers, men 25-54, women 25-54 and 18-49 and second in households, viewers and adults 18-34. The episode grew at 8:30 PM, up +5% in households, +21% in adults 18-34, +15% in adults 18-49, +11% in adults 25-54 and added 390,000 viewers (9.83m from 9.44m).
  • Sheryl Crow helps "Big Brother 3 Wednesday" soak up its best adult 18-49 ratings of summer

    August 28, 2002
    CBS announced that the August 25th episode of "Big Brother 3 Wednesday" (6.4/11, 10.24m) won its time period for the sixth consecutive week in adults 25-54, women 25-54 and men 25-54 and the second consecutive week in viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 18-34; it was second in households.
  • Big Brother 3 - Episode 8 Summary

    August 27, 2002
    Our episode summary for Big Brother 3, Episode 8, "Some Silicone Sister and a Mannequin Mister," authored by 'AyaK' has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
  • Norwegian TV turns to senior citizens for new reality show

    August 27, 2002
    Variety reports that Norwegian public broadcaster NRK's new reality show is relying on gray power -- in "Super Seniors," sixtysomethings have just 10 weeks to produce a revue.
  • "Celebrity Boot Camp" special airs September 30

    August 27, 2002
    Variety reports that a 2-hour special "Celebrity Boot Camp" will air on Fox at 8 PM on Sept. 30, 2002. This is the latest in a current wave of "celebrity" reality shows, including the current "Survivor UK 3" and the upcoming "Mole 3: Celebrity Mole," which will air on ABC in either January or March of 2003.
  • 'Push, Nevada' premieres in a special preview, Tuesday, September 17th

    August 27, 2002
    Ben Affleck, Oscar-winning co-writer of "Good Will Hunting," and Sean Bailey, his executive-producing partner on the Emmy-nominated hit "Project Greenlight," take another bold step in the re-invention of modern entertainment with the provocative and offbeat mystery series "Push, Nevada," premiering in a special preview, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET). Matt Damon and Chris Moore are also executive producers on the series, which will move to its regular day and time THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
  • Despite her elimination, Tamyra Gray lands record contract

    August 27, 2002
    USA Today reports that Tamyra Gray may have been eliminated from American Idol last week, but she got a vote of confidence from the producer of the show: It picked up an option to manage the 23-year-old singer. "This girl is a star," says Tom Ennis of 19 Entertainment. "She has a very bright future."
  • Big Brother 3 - Episode 7 Summary

    August 26, 2002
    Our episode summary for Big Brother 3, Episode 7, "Take My Box -- Please!," authored by 'AyaK' has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
  • MTV to film second edition of 'Sorority Life' -- also adds spinoff 'Fraternity Life' series

    August 26, 2002
    BuffaloNews.com reports that MTV has ordered a second edition of 'Sorority Life' and will be filming it at a University of Buffalo sorority. An addition, a new second series called "Fraternity Life' -- featuring you guessed it, fraternity brothers -- will be filmed on the same campus. An MTV spokeswoman declined to comment, saying final agreements have yet to be signed, however sources say a formal announcement is expected next week.
  • Phil Keoghan & Alex McLeod ('Trading Places') to co-host new A&E travel show

    August 26, 2002
    The A&E Network has announced that 'The Amazing Race' host Phil Keoghan and former 'Trading Spaces' host Alex McLeod will serve as hosts of the A&E Special Presentation 'Best Of Both Worlds.' 'Best Of Both Worlds' will air in first quarter of 2003.
  • Photos of 'Real World: Las Vegas' cast discovered on MTV.com

    August 26, 2002
    Internet spoilers have apparently uncovered photos of MTV's still-unannounced 'Real World: Las Vegas' roommates on MTV.com. Click the below READ MORE link to see the photos.
  • NBC orders eight additional episodes of 'Meet My Folks'

    August 26, 2002
    NBC has ordered eight new episodes of Nash Entertainment’s “Meet My Folks,” the dating competition series that has generated some of the summer’s strongest averages for a reality show. The additional episodes will likely air as a midseason replacement series.
  • 'Real World: Las Vegas Preview' airtime confusion

    August 24, 2002
    Lately there have been several incorrect reports stating that MTV will be airing the Las Vegas cast preview on September 3, 2002. Based on both television listing and MTV.com information, these reports appear to be inaccurate -- the preview episode will premiere Wednesday, September 4, 2002 at at 10:30 PM EST
  • E! Online Wanda: CBS did not know about Survivor: Thailand contestant Brian Heidik's porno past

    August 24, 2002
    In her most recent column, E!'s gossip columnist Wanda reports that although CBS and Survivor producers are trying to pretend that they've known all along, an insider assures her they were completely unaware of Survivor Thailand contestant Brian Heidik's pornography past.
  • Big Brother 3 - Episode 20 Summary

    August 23, 2002
    Our episode summary for Big Brother 3, Episode 20, "The Ho Must Go," authored by ''xxinvincible' has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
  • Big Brother 3 - Episode 6 Summary

    August 23, 2002
    Our episode summary for Big Brother 3, Episode 6, "Peanut Butter ... and Jelly Bellies," authored by 'AyaK' has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
  • Chiara Berti sixth to be evicted from 'Big Brother 3' house

    August 23, 2002
    After being nominated for eviction by the newly-returned Amy Crews, the sixth Head of Household, Chiara Berti was evicted from the BIG BROTHER 3 house based on a vote of four to one during last night's live show. Amy also nominated Chiara's new boyfriend, Roddy Mancuso. Gerry Lancaster won the Power of Veto and chose to leave the nominations as they stood.
  • Big Brother 3 - Episode 12 Summary

    August 22, 2002
    Our episode summary for Big Brother 3, Episode 12, "As the Worm Turns," authored by 'Lolly' has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
  • 'Celebrity Mole' confirmed -- 'Mole 3' probable

    August 20, 2002
    The Mole lives!
  • CBS admits to knowingly casting male porn actor in 'Survivor: Thailand'

    August 19, 2002
    Wow, and here we thought there had been some loose casting in 'Big Brother 3'... Today, in what appears to be a strange move for an already wildly popular television program, TheSmokingGun.com has revealed that they have discovered that new 'Survivor: Thailand' contestant Brian Heidik, who's identity was jsut revealed last Thursday, has appeared in several soft-core porn movies.
  • 'Real World: Chicago' cast admits their September 11 reactions were staged

    August 19, 2002
    Zap2It.com caught up with the cast of 'Real World: Chicago' at last week's filming of the "2002 Teen Choice Awards" and among the tidbits that they shared was that their filmed reactions to Sept. 11 were staged.
  • Big Brother 3 - Episode 19 Summary

    August 18, 2002
    Our episode summary for Big Brother 3, Episode 19, "The Two-Hour Extravaganza," authored by 'AMAI' has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
  • Big Brother 3 - Episode 17 Summary

    August 18, 2002
    Our episode summary for Big Brother 3, Episode 17, "The Reunion of a Lifetime ... well, in BB History," authored by 'LadyT' has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
  • 'American Idol' producers acknowledge vote tampering

    August 18, 2002
    The Associated Press reports that producers of the hit Fox show "American Idol" say the talent contest is being slammed by "power dialers" trying to influence the results by making as many as 10,000 votes a night from a single phone line.
  • 'The Osbournes' to take in boy whose mother died

    August 17, 2002
    Reuters reports that a new addition to British rocker Ozzy Osbourne's family may give America even more to love about "The Osbournes." Sharon Osbourne, the heavy metal rocker's wife, plans to take in a boy who recently lost his mother to colon cancer, her publicist confirmed on Wednesday.
  • Josh becomes fifth to be evicted, Amy returns to house

    August 16, 2002
    After being nominated for eviction by Chiara Berti, the fifth Head of Household, Josh Feinberg was evicted from the BIG BROTHER 3 house based on a unanimous vote during last night’s live show. Chiara also nominated her new boyfriend, Roddy Mancuso. Lisa Donahue won the Power of Veto and chose to leave the nominations as they stood. During last night's live broadcast, Josh, the scheming waiter from Merrick, N.Y., learned his fate, said his good-byes and left the house. After leaving BIG BROTHER 3, Josh was interviewed by Julie Chen about his experience and was reunited with his girlfriend Merritt.
  • Christian says Simon's crush may have cost her 'Idol' prize

    August 16, 2002
    Zap2It.com reports that ousted 'American Idol' contestant Christian thinks that judge Simon Cowell's crush on her might have cost her the title of American Idol.
  • Big Brother 3 - Episode 16 Summary

    August 15, 2002
    Our episode summary for Big Brother 3, Episode 16, "Lyin' Ways," authored by 'LadyT' has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
  • Big Brother 3 - Episode 13 Summary

    August 15, 2002
    Our episode summary for Big Brother 3, Episode 13, "May No Love Be Put Asunder," authored by 'LadyT' has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
  • 'Mole 2' season finale produces ABC's highest rating in hour among adults 18-34 in 9 months

    August 15, 2002
    ABC has anounced that the season finale of "Mole II: The Next Betrayal" produced ABC's highest rating in the time period among Adults 18-34 (3.9/11) in 9 months (since 11/06/01) with entertainment programming. In addition, the series delivered the Network's best performance in the time-slot with Men 18-34 (3.6/11) in nearly 1 year (since 9/25/01) with entertainment programming. The ABC reality series attracted 7.4 million viewers and a 3.5 rating, 10 share with Adults 18-49, placing a solid second to Fox's "American Idol" on both measures.
  • August 14th episode of 'Big Brother 3' most watched episode of the summer

    August 15, 2002
    The Wednesday, August 14th edition of BIG BROTHER 3, filled with intensified back-stabbing, plotting and counter-plotting as well as the veto competition, was the most watched episode of the summer and also posted its highest ratings on any night in adults 18-34, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54, according to final Nielsen ratings for Wednesday, Aug. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM) on the CBS Television Network.
  • CBS reveals full identities of 'Survivor: Thailand' castaways

    August 15, 2002
    The identities of the 16 castaways participating in SURVIVOR: THAILAND were unveiled today in anticipation of the series' premiere on Thursday, Sept. 19 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. CBS News’ THE EARLY SHOW officially announced the new group on this morning’s broadcast (although regular website visitors already know that the names and photos of the castaways were leaked last evening.)
  • Sheryl Crow to perform live concert in 'Big Brother 3' house on a special 2 hour August 21st episode

    August 15, 2002
    CBS has announced that multiple Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow and her band will perform an exclusive mini-concert for the HouseGuests on a special two-hour edition of BIG BROTHER 3 on Wednesday, Aug. 21 (9:00-11:00 PM) on the CBS Television Network.
  • 'Survivor Thailand' cast information and photos discovered by message board spoilers

    August 15, 2002
    On the eve of CBS' August 15th 'The Early Show' Survivor 5 cast announcement, message board spoilers have poked around the CBS.com website and come up a copy of CBS News' Survivor 5 cast information. Click HERE to see individual photos of each contestant.
  • 'Survivor:Thailand' cast picture found by message board spoilers

    August 14, 2002
    On the eve of CBS' August 15th 'The Early Show' Survivor 5 cast announcement, message board spoilers have poked around the CBS.com website and come up a copy of CBS' official 'Survivor: Thailand' pre-game cast photo! A copy of the photo is on display on our SurvivorBlows.com home page.
  • Big Brother 3 - Episode 2 Summary

    August 14, 2002
    Our episode summary for Big Brother 3, Episode 2, "We've Been Slimed," authored by 'AyaK' has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
  • The Mole 2 - Episode 13 Summary

    August 12, 2002
    Our episode summary for "The Mole II - Episode 13," authored by flying squirrel, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
  • Big Brother 3 - Episode 15 Summary

    August 11, 2002
    Our episode summary for Big Brother 3, Episode 15, "Don't Expect Anything," authored by 'LadyT' has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
  • FOX announces "30 Seasons of Fame" to return midseason

    August 10, 2002
    Zap2It.com reports that FOX has ordered eight additional episodes of its "30 Seconds of Fame" series, which will return to the schedule midseason. "30 Seconds" has consistently won its Wednesday 8 p.m. time period in the Adult 18 to 49 and 18 to 34 demographics.
  • Sleeptalker Eric Ouellette fourth to be evicted from 'Big Brother 3' house

    August 9, 2002
    After being nominated for eviction by Gerry Lancaster, the fourth Head of Household, Eric Ouellette was evicted from the BIG BROTHER 3 house based on the Gerry's tie-breaking vote during last night's live show. Eric and fellow nominee Lisa Donahue, who have become romantically involved while in the house, each had three votes going into the live show. Chiara Berti won the Power of Veto and chose to leave the nominations as they stood.
  • CBS now accepting applications for 'The Amazing Race 4'

    August 8, 2002
    CBS has announced that it has started accepting applications for The Amazing Race 4. Now, while this doesn't necessarily mean that there will be an The Amazing Race 4, it is a very good sign for Race fans.
  • Anderson confirms that once again he didn't know the mole, says he'd be interested in hosting 'Mole 3'

    August 8, 2002
    All season long, fans of 'The Mole 2' have been wondering if Anderson Cooper was or was not aware of the identity of the mole during the filming of the series. In a recent interview with the Indianapolis Star, Anderson finally confirmed what most fans had suspected - -that ass in the first series, he once again did not know the mole's secret identity. "I did not figure it out until the last second," he said in a telephone interview, "and it was really more that one of the producers I was driving with to the final quiz let something slip. I only realized based on what they said."
  • MTV's 'The Osbournes' hit with second lawsuit

    August 8, 2002
    Nearly two weeks after a film producer sued Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, claiming they stole his idea for a TV show about them, a Web-based entertainment company has brought a similar court action against the couple.
  • Anna Nicole Smith's 'Reality' Show Debuts Strongly

    August 7, 2002
    Reuters reports that E! Entertainment said Tuesday that the debut of its 'The Anna Nicole Show' "reality" show starring former Playboy Playmate and Texas oil tycoon widow Anna Nicole Smith ranked as its highest-rated program premiere ever and was also the top debut for a reality show on basic cable.
  • ABC announces initial 'Push, Nevada' airdate schedule

    August 7, 2002
    ABC has announced its fall primetime premiere dates. "Push, Nevada" schedule highlights are as follows (all times shown are Eastern):
  • ABC confirms they are considering a 'Mole 3' series

    August 7, 2002
    Variety reports that things are looking up for fans of ABC's reality series "Mole 2: The Next Betrayal." A third installment of the "Mole" franchise -- which not long ago seemed far-fetched -- is now a real possibility. "We are definitely considering it," ABC alternative programming chief Andrea Wong said. "It's performed well for us this summer against strong competition. And it's an even better show than it was before."
  • NBC announces 'Dog Eat Dog' will return midseason

    August 6, 2002
    Jeff Zucker, President, NBC Entertainment, has announced that NBC’s “Dog Eat Dog” will return for an additional 13 episodes at mid-season.
  • Next to last "Mole II" episode attracts series' largest audience to date

    August 6, 2002
    ABC has announced that the second-to-last telecast of "Mole II: The Next Betrayal" attracted the series' largest audience (8.2 million) and second-highest Adults 18-49 rating (3.5/10). The July 30th episode of the ABC reality series placed a solid second to Fox's "American Idol" on both measures, easily beating NBC's comedies ("Frasier"/"Scrubs" - 7.1 million & 2.9/9) and CBS "The Guardian" (7.0 million & 1.6/5).
  • Big Brother 3 - Episode 10 Summary

    August 6, 2002
    Our episode summary for Big Brother 3, Episode 10, "I Hanker for a Hunka Cheese," authored by 'Drive My Car' has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
  • 'Survivor Thailand' cast to be announced on August 15th

    August 6, 2002
    TV listing information has revealed that Jeff Probst will announce the cast for "Survivor: Thailand" on the August 15th edition of CBS' "The Early Show" morning program.
  • Erin Brockovich to host reality tv show for Lifetime

    August 4, 2002
    Reuters reports that Erin Brockovich, whose real life battle to expose corporate polluting of drinking water was turned into a hit movie, will host a television show profiling women who battle the system.
  • NBC delays reality TV show hosted by BB2 winner Will Kirby until mideseason

    August 4, 2002
    Reuters reports that NBC has boarded up its "Love Shack" until midseason.
  • Las Vegas Palms casino hotel to offer 'Real World: Las Vegas' suite for occupancy

    August 4, 2002
    The Las Vegas Weekly reports that fans of MTV's "The Real World" will soon be able to bunk in the very same Las Vegas casino luxury suite as the party-heavy gang from upcoming 'Real World: Las Vegas,' which wrapped last month.
  • S4's Kathy starts charity foundation for women

    August 2, 2002
    Competing on 'Survivor: Marquesas' taught Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien the importance of tapping into her inner strength and connecting with others, the 48-year-old real estate agent said recently. Now the AP reports that Vavrick-O'Brien is hoping to help other women through The Real Foundation, which plans to distribute funds to nonprofit organizations around the country for counseling and special projects like outdoor adventures.
  • Jack Osbourne to appear in 'Dawon's Creek' season premiere

    August 2, 2002
    Zap2it.com has reported that Jack Osbourne will also make an appearance in the season premiere of The WB's 'Dawson's Creek' series. Few details are known, but a network spokeswoman says he'll likely play himself.
  • Amy and Marcellas' threats to walk out headline this season's allegations of selective editing

    August 1, 2002
    Another season of 'Big Brother' is here and with it have come the inevitable allegations of the producer's "selective editing." Jam! Showbiz reports that among this season's unaired big controversies is that that right after Marcellas' and Amy's nominations were announced by Roddy, Amy and Marcellas were so upset that they threatened to leave the show immediately.
  • S4's Tammy joins Phoenix CBS affiliate news team as crime reporter

    August 1, 2002
    Zap2It.com reports that 'Survivor: Marquesas' contestant Tammy Leitner will join the news staff of KPHO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, starting September 3rd. The 29-year-old will serve as the station's crime reporter.
  • Kelly Osbourne in negotiations to star in Disney 'Freaky Friday' feature film

    August 1, 2002
    Reuters reports that Kelly Osbourne is in negotiations to play the musically inclined best friend to the teen heroine in Walt Disney Pictures' quirky comedic remake of the 1976 picture.
  • Josh's Los Angeles roomate replies to reports of Josh's personal injury lawsuit

    August 1, 2002
    BanishJosh.com is claiming to have gotten a reply from Josh's Los Angeles roomate regarding the Hermando Today newspaper's earlier report about Josh's of personal injury lawsuit. While the details of this issue obviously are a matter of debate -- one issue certainly doesn't seem to be, namely that once again CBS is making liberal use of the contestants reputed "place of residence." Previously living in Florida... currently living in Los Angeles and working at Dodger Stadium -- clearly Josh isn't recently residing anywhere near Long Island, New York.
  • FOX snaps up the rights to three more overseas reality TV series, including a possible successor to 'American Idol'

    August 1, 2002
    Variety reports that Fox has snapped up the rights to three reality TV formats, including a talent boot camp series that's a logical successor to summer smash "American Idol." The trio are from Dutch production powerhouse Endemol, which already has successful shows in place at CBS ("Big Brother 3") and NBC ("Fear Factor," "Spy TV").






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