Reality TV News - August 2003
FOX has announced that after a summer filled with fun, sun, scheming and strategizing, the residents of "Paradise Hotel" will soon find out what they'll win if they aren't forced to check out – and that the ultimate prize will be awarded to the last couple standing. But before that happens, they'll need to survive the challenges ahead.
FOX has announced that the two-hour season finale of "Paradise Hotel" has been rescheduled from the previously announced week of September 24, and will now air Wednesday, October 1 (8-10 PM ET/PT.)
"All Night Long," our episode summary for Episode 14 of MTV's Road Rules: South Pacific, written by AyaK, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
Despite the ongoing battle in Canadian Idol, an American Idol still rules the singles charts north of the border. According to the Nielsen SoundScan Canadian Single Sales chart, American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken holds the #1 spot for the week ending August 24, the 11th straight week, with his single "Bridge Over Troubled Water" b/w "This Is The Night."
Apparently we aren't the only ones enthusiastic about the nationalisitic hook in Big Brother Africa, which brought together one houseguest from 12 different countries. E! Online reports that Simon Fuller, the producer of Fox's American Idol, CTV's Canadian Idol, the U.K.'s Pop Idol and various other worldwide Idols (including the first Arab Idol, called Superstar and won by 19-year-old Jordanian Diana Karzon), now envisions a global Idol featuring winners from the different Idol versions. The show is preliminarily being positioned as a two-hour special for the December holiday season, with the winner being announced a week later.
E! Online reports that, as we speculated earlier this week, Fox has dropped American Juniors from its fall 2003 schedule.
"The Opera Isn't Over 'Til the Fat Laddie Sinks, " our episode summary of Episode 13 of MTV's Road Rules: South Pacific, written by AyaK, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
CBS's "Big Brother 4" keeps getting bigger, attracting 10.29 million viewers, its largest audience of the summer as well as its highest rating among adults 18-49, according to final Nielsen ratings for Wednesday, August 27.
The Hollywood Reporter quotes CBS spokesperson Chris Ender as hinting that the finale format for Survivor: Pearl Islands will change from the format that has been employed on all episodes of Survivor since the second one (Survivor: The Australian Outback). Ender noted that Survivor executive producer Mark Burnett "always has tricks up his sleeves."
"'I'm The One that's Been Shoving Them Down Your Throat!' (or The One with the Twist)," our episode summary for Episode 5 of Bravo's Boy Meets Boy, written by dekko, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
"The Greek God," our episode summary for Episode 8 of Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, written by MickeyM, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
BoDog online casino releases 'Survivor: Pearl Island' odds despite previous 'Survivor' Finale 2 controversyAugust 29, 2003
Despite having to remove the odds for "Survivor: The Amazon" after it allegedly discovered CBS production employees using inside information to wager on the event, BoDog Sportsbook & Casino is claiming that it has posted the first official set of odds for the latest incarnation of the hit reality television show "Survivor."
After being nominated for eviction by Jee Choe, the seventh Head of Household, former FBI agent Jack Owens, received more votes than fellow nominee Erika Landin. Jee also won the Power of Veto and chose not to use it.
Coming soon to a bookstore near you -- lifestyle tips from the "Fab Five," stars of Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. The New York Post reports that book publisher Random House is forking over a $1 million advance for their book, to be titled Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab Five's Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better and Living Better.
E! Online reports that NBC has renewed its reality hit Fear Factor for three more years. The contract between show producer Endemol (which also produces CBS's Big Brother) and NBC was set to expire at the end of the upcoming season, but it will now extend until May 2007. The deal also grants NBC exclusive syndication rights, so that NBC will be able to sell the rerun rights to the show.
"Everyone Loves Lisa," our episode summary for Episode 8 of CBS's Cupid, written by Swami, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
The identities of the sixteen castaways participating in "Survivor: Pearl Islands" were unveiled today on CBS News’ "The Early Show." The seventh installment of the hit series will premiere Thursday, Sept. 18 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) with a special 90-minute episode.
Jam! Showbiz reports that CBS has added two additional episodes of its summer hit Big Brother 4, which will delay the final vote by one week. The finale will now air on Wednesday, September 24, not the prior Wednesday.
The New York Post reports that original American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini has finally broken his silence about the widely-reported 'jet ski' incident in Texas at the end of June, when he was cited for unsafe boat operation. Justin told US Magazine that he "lost control of [the] jet ski" and that it was a mishap that "anyone could have had."
Once again, NBC's summer strategy of multiple reality shows has led it to success among viewers 18-49 in the Nielsen ratings for the week ending August 18. MediaWeek reports that, although CBS continued to lead the overall Nielsens this week, NBC's reality shows, which took 5 of the top 12 places, propelled NBC to #1 among 18-49s, considered to be the most desirable market for advertisers.
The Smoking Gun reports that Adam King, currently featured on MTV's Real World Paris, was arrested in Statesboro, Georgia for the "serious" crimes of loitering and being a pedestrian under the influence of alcohol.
Much of the discussion regarding Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy has focused around the idea that the show's popularity will help break down anti-gay stereotypes. But could the show actually be pandering to those stereotypes?
NBC’s “The Restaurant” concluded its summer 2003 run with the evening's #1 rating for any program on any network among adults 18-49.
NBC's August 21 re-broadcast of Bravo’s popular “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” (10-11 p.m. ET) smashed its own audience records and helped NBC tie for first among adults 18-49 for the night.
"Big, Bald, & Beautiful," our episode summary for the seventh episode of Bravo's "Queer Eye For The Straight Guy," authored by Mickey, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the battle over whether HBO's Project Greenlight 2 fairly presented the story of the making of the Miramax movie The Battle of Shaker Heights has heated up with the movie's upcoming general release this Friday, especially since the show has been prominently featured in reviews of the film.
Our episode summary for Episode 12 of MTV's Real World Paris, entitled "Forgiveness, Murder, and Turning Over a New Leaf" by kiliki77, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
Our episode summary for Big Brother 4, Week 7, "Seven Hamsters Left," authored by Swami has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
E! Online reports that Michael Jason Tiner, a Navy combat systems instructor, has been discharged by the U.S. Navy for revealing his same-sex preference on the Bravo gay-dating show Boy Meets Boy. Tiner, who went by "Jason" on the show, violated the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy when he disclosed his homosexual orientation after being booted by James in the first episode of the show.
Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't the only Rebublican wrestling with state tax hike issues. Alabama Gov. Bob Riley is in the same situation -- but the Associated Press reports that Riley's Sept. 9 "Believe in Alabama" referendum to raise Alabama's tax rates has received backing from another well-known entertainer: American Idol winner Ruben Studdard.
This week's Head of Household, Jee Choe, a bookkeeper from Queens, N.Y., selected Jack Owens Jr. and Erika Landin for eviction in the seventh round of "Big Brother 4" nominations on the episode that was broadcast Saturday, August 23 on the CBS Television Network.
Count TBS Superstation as having climbed aboard the unscripted television bandwagon. According a Hollywood Reporter story, TBS Superstation is getting out of the original movie business, dismissing the division's top executives, and moving its focus onto developing original nonscripted prime-time series.
"Wanna Ride My Pony? (or The One with the Strippers,)" our episode summary for Episode 4 of Bravo's Boy Meets Boy, written by Larry Johnson, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
"Twisters," our episode summary for episode 7 of ESPN's "Beg, Borrow, & Deal 2," authored by realitybites, has been posted.
The 'freakgirl' weblog reports that Survivor: The Amazon contestant Rob Cesterino stated, during the finale party for CBS's The Amazing Race 4, that the upcoming All-Star Survivor (also known as Survivor 8) will feature only individuals from the first four series of U.S. Survivor: Pulau Tiga, The Australian Outback, Africa and Marquesas.
Maybe there's such a thing as too much reality in reality TV. Today, The Battle of Shaker Heights, the movie that was documented in HBO's Project Greenlight 2 during its filming, opens today in the U.S. -- and the one constant in the critical reviews of the movie is a discussion of the battles during its filming that were depicted on the show.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Neleh Dennis, the runner-up on Survivor: Marquesas, has left her job as an on-air features reporter for Salt Lake City TV station KUTV.
Chip and Reichen's victory in the exciting finale of "The Amazing Race 4" gave the show its highest numbers across-the-board since its May 29 premiere on the CBS Television Network.
Ananova reports that Kelly Osbourne had to cancel several U.K. concerts after getting food poisoning during dinner with Elton John.
Well, the distinction probably deserves a asterisk next to it due to the East Coast blackout, but with “Who Wants to Marry My Dad?,” “For Love or Money 2” and “The Restaurant” scoring the week’s #1, #2 and #5 ratings respectively, NBC has claimed its 12th straight weeklong victory among adults 18-49. NBC’s “Fear Factor” also impressively boosted the network, tying for the week’s #6 ranking.
The Monday August 18 episode of the summer's #3 ranked series, "For Love Or Money 2," scored its best Nielsen ratings to date.
Well it was just a matter of time before it happened... reality television is now receiving its own "True Hollywood Story," "Behind The Music," "Where Are they Now?" style documentary series.
Bravo’s original hit series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” continued its record-shattering run this week, once again establishing new network records for adult 25-54 viewers, adult 18-49 viewers, overall total viewers and household rating with its August 19 first-run episode.
The New York Post is reporting that NBC is interested in filming a second season of "The Restaurant" with chef Rocco DiSpirito -- and apparently so is Rocco.
"Snow White and the Seven (Media) Ho’s," our episode summary for Episode 7 of CBS's Cupid, written by Schnookie Palookie, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
In the wake of Clay Aiken's single falling from the #1 slot in the U.S. after 10 weeks on top, the Associated Press reports that release dates have finally been set for the full-length CDs from Clay and his fellow American Idol 2 finalist Ruben Studdard. Both CDs were delayed from their original August 19 release date, probably because the success of Clay and Ruben's singles made album quality more important.
Nielsen SoundScan reports that, although American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken's single "Bridge Over Troubled Water" / "This Is The Night" dropped to second in the U.S. for the week ended August 17, it continues to hold the top spot north of the border for the 10th straight week. On the Canadian Singles Sales chart. Clay edged out Hilary Duff's "So Yesterday," reversing this week's U.S. chart positions.
The American Juniors group has been formed. Now it's time to see what they've got. Nielsen SoundScan reports that the initial American Juniors' Jive Records release, "One Step Closer," debuted in 8th place on the U.S. Singles Sales chart for the week ended August 17.
CBS spokesperson Colleen Sullivan announced this afternoon that the network will officially introduce the cast of the upcoming "Survivor: Pearl Islands" seventh edition of "Survivor" on the August 28 broadcast of the "The Early Show" morning news program.
Clay Aiken's single may no longer be number one, but he's still got what it takes to make the pageant stage. The Associated Press reports that Aiken will be performing his hit "This Is The Night" as one of the opening acts for the Miss America Pageant on September 20 in Atlantic City.
After being nominated for eviction by Erika Landin, the sixth Head of Household, Justin Giovinco, was evicted last night from the "Big Brother 4" house based on the votes of his fellow HouseGuests. Justin received more votes than fellow nominee Robert Roman. Jun Song won the Power of Veto and chose not to use it.
All good things must come to an end, and that includes American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken's streak with the #1 single on the Nielsen SoundScan U.S. Singles Sales chart. E! Online reports that Hilary Duff's single "So Yesterday," which had narrowly been #2 in both of its first two weeks of release, bumped Clay's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" / "This Is The Night" out of the top slot for the week ended August 17, 2003.
Hollywood Reporter reports that the "Fab Five" from Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy -- Carson Kressley, Thom Filicia, Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas and Jai Rodriguez -- will guest-star as themselves on the second episode of NBC's sitcom Good Morning Miami this fall. In the show, the Fab Five will make over the main characters' studio apartment.
Roseanne Barr may finally have achieved TV infamy: two cancellations in two days. The Associated Press reports that, in a move which surprised no one, the ABC television network axed further broadcasts of The Real Roseanne Show, following yesterday's cancellation of her upcoming ABC Family Channel show Domestic Goddess.
NBC announced today that “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” Bravo’s critically acclaimed original series, will make its second consecutive appearance on NBC on Thursday, August 21 10-11 PM ET.
The BBC reports that the High Court of the African nation of Malawi declared that the country's parliament overstepped its powers when it banned Big Brother Africa from the state TV network for immorality. However, the TV network has not decided whether it wants to resume airing the show, since the Malawian contestant is one of the five contestants booted from the 12-person Big Brother Africa house so far.
Do you ever wonder how the "Fab Five" on Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy pay for all those expensive items of clothing and furniture that they use in their makeovers? Time Magazine reports that they don't. Instead, New York City retailers provide the high-end merchandise for free in return for the TV exposure ... and the exposure is worth it.
SurvivorPhoenix has posted photographs of the aqua-colored buffs that will be used by one of the tribes in Survivor: Pearl Islands. The photos are courtesy of our old friend Griffe. According to Survivor News, the other two colors of buffs in this edition of Survivor will be orange and black. We'll pass along pictures of them if any become available prior to the show's debut.
Our episode summary for the fifteenth episode of Fox's Paradise Hotel (which aired on Monday, Aug. 11th), entitled "Hotel Californication" and authored by Lisapooh, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE.
NBC will “marry” two hit summer reality series with back-to-back reunion specials featuring the casts of “For Love or Money” and “For Love or Money 2” (9-10 PM ET) followed by another reunion with the family and women of “Who Wants to Marry My Dad?” at 10PM ET on Labor Day -- Monday, September 1.
NBC will has announced that it will air a “Who Wants to Marry My Dad?” reunion special on 10PM ET on Labor Day -- Monday, September 1. The 10PM special will air immediately after another 9PM ET reunion special featuring the casts of NBC's other summer reality relationship show hits -- “For Love or Money” and “For Love or Money 2.”
NBC’s “The Restaurant” scored its highest numbers yet last night, winning the Sunday, 10-11 PM ET hour in virtually all key categories and matching or beating its competition combined in several demographics. With Sunday night’s highest adult 18-49 rating on any network, “The Restaurant” led NBC to a tie for the nightlong victory, the fifth time in six weeks NBC has earned at least a share of the Sunday lead.
Our episode summary for Episode 12, "If it smells like ass, it must be Australia," authored by Esbea, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
Our episode summary for Big Brother 4, Week 6, "Goodbye to Golly Gee, Goodbye to Stooges Three?," authored by Bucky Katt has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
"Manhattan Andrew," our episode summary for the sixth episode of Bravo's "Queer Eye For The Straight Guy," authored by Mickey, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
The Associated Press reports that ABC is debating whether to cancel The Real Roseanne Show in the wake of the cancellation of Domestic Goddess, Roseanne Barr's ABC Family cooking show that was scheduled to debut next month. As discussed in this thread, the reality show, which airs two half-hour episodes each Wednesday, was slated to end when the cooking show began -- but the cooking show, which had not yet completed filming an episode, has been dropped in the wake of Roseanne's scheduled hysterectomy this week.
'Who Wants to Marry My Dad?' daughter Heidi Mueller lands acting role on NBC's 'Passions' daytime soapAugust 18, 2003
Heidi Mueller, one of the daughters featured on NBC’s summer hit reality series “Who Wants to Marry My Dad?,” has suddenly become the envy of Hollywood-hungry former reality television contestants everywhere.
Perhaps we've been focusing too much on the bad publicity about the Osbournes. Yesterday, papa Ozzy and mama Sharon, stars of MTV's The Osbournes, appeared at the Chicago Cubs-Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game in Chicago's Wrigley Field and drew little but crowd and media adulation, typified by this column in the Chicago Daily Herald.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the recent ratings for FOX's Paradise Hotel are continuing to improve to the point that the Adults 18-49 ratings for Wednesday, August 13 episode came close to besting those of CBS' Big Brother 4 in their 9PM ET head-to-head showdown.
'Big Brother 4' Head of Household Erika Landin nominates Robert Roman and Justin Giovinco for evictionAugust 18, 2003
This week's Head of Household, Erika Landin, a pilates instructor from Los Angeles, selected Robert Roman and Justin Giovinco for eviction in the sixth round of "Big Brother 4" nominations on the episode that was broadcast Saturday, Aug. 16 on the CBS Television Network.
Bebo has posted the 12th 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.
FOX has released photos of the previously announced four couples and 28 singles who be looking to tempt the show's four "commited couples" into breaking up.
Did you miss the next-to-last episode of CBS' "The Amazing Race 4" because you were busy with other things... like trying to deal with a loss of electrical power due to Thursday's massive blackout?
NBC has announced that the August 10 fourth episode of “The Restaurant” won its hour in all key demographics, with a commanding 46 percent margin of victory among adults 18-49. “The Restaurant” built by a best-yet 13 percent on its 18-49 lead-in from the hit drama “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”
NBC will broadcast two new “Meet My Folks” episodes in August as three women compete for former “Meet My Folks” contestant Giancarlo Maniaci on Monday, August 18 (10-11 p.m. ET) -- while three men vie for a trip to Hawaii with beautiful San Francisco 49ers cheerleader Janelle Matulich on Monday, August 25 (10-11 p.m. ET).
Following a national search, TBS Superstation has announced that it has selected three teams to go head-to-head on the network's upcoming unscripted competition series House Rules, presented by Lowe's. The teams will each remodel a home in Houston, Texas, with one couple being chosen by viewers to win the home they've remodeled. In addition, TBS Superstation has announced Mark L. Walberg (Temptation Island) as host for the series, set to premiere in October 2003.
"Night of the Living Dead," our episode summary for Episode 6 of CBS's Cupid, written by Swami, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
"I Don't Want to be the Whore Anymore," our episode summary for episode 6 of ESPN's "Beg, Borrow, & Deal 2," authored by realitybites, has been posted.
"Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire," our episode summary for Episode 3 of Bravo's Boy Meets Boy, written by MattyMax, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
The streak lives. American Idol 2 runner-up Clay Aiken's million-selling RCA single, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" / "This Is The Night" remains #1 on the Nielsen SoundScan U.S. Singles Sales chart (presented by Canoe Jam! Showbiz) for the week ended August 10, its 10th straight week on top. For the second week in a row, Clay edged out Hilary Duff's "So Yesterday" for the top slot.
NBC to edit "body fluid jokes" out of 'Queer Eye For The Straight Eye' episode after some affiliates balkAugust 14, 2003
According to a TVWeek report, the one hour long episode of "Queer Eye For The Straight Guy" that is scheduled to air on NBC tonight will be slightly different than the episode that originally aired on the Bravo cable channel two weeks ago.
FOX has announced the names and basic biography information of the 28 singles who be looking to tempt the show's previous announced four "commited couples" into breaking up.
Todd Newton, best known to audiences for his work on E! Entertainment Television, will host the new variety series, "Performing As"… (formerly announced as "Soundmix"), premiering Tuesday, August 26 (8 – 9 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Will any reality show couple ever join Bachelorette's Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter on their way to the altar? Apparently joining a growing list of reality relationship failures, Don Mueller, the dad at the center of NBC's just-concluded "Who Wants To Marry Me Dad?" series, says that he "isn't necessarily going to marry" Christena Ferran, the woman that he proposed to in the series finale.
After being nominated for eviction by Justin Giovinco, the fifth Head of Household, Nathan Marlow was unanimously evicted last night from the "Big Brother 4" house based on the votes of his fellow HouseGuests. Nathan received five votes and Jack Owens received none. Robert Roman won the Power of Veto and chose not to use it.
It's done. America has formed "the next super group" by voting in Danielle White as the final member of American Juniors. White, from Bradenton, FL, joins Taylor Thompson and Tori Thompson, of Santa Maria, CA; Chauncey Matthews of San Diego, CA; and Lucy Hale from Memphis, TN in the American Juniors. final group.
Every so often, we get tips that we feel compelled to pass along. Sometimes they're right (Erin will be the star of For Love Or Money 2, Rob Campos will appear on For Love Or Money 2, Celebrity Mole: Mexico's filming location and cast members), and sometimes they're not (Rob will not select Erin at the end of For Love Or Money) ... but they all have one thing in common: they came from someone who gave us sufficient reason to believe that the tip wasn't just a wild guess or hoax. In that tradition, we present this tip related to the CBS series The Amazing Race 4, from a person who may know the outcome of the race.
The reality TV invasion from Europe continues unabated. CBS's Survivor is adapted from the Swedish show Expedition: Robinson; Fox's American Idol is a clone of the British smash Pop Idol (complete with judge Simon Cowell); CBS's Big Brother comes from the Netherlands by way of Britain ... even Fox's Paradise Hotel comes from Britain. Now The Guardian reports that ABC is ready to go forward with the smash hit British show Wife Swap, which we reported in January was in the casting process.
"I Don't Want To Be The Whore Anymore," our episode summary for Episode 6 of ESPN's Beg, Borrow, & Deal 2, authored by realitybites, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here
Our episode summary for Episode 11 of MTV's Real World Paris, entitled "Fact or Fiction?" by kiliki77, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
Does 'unscripted TV' really mean that no writers are used? The Writers Guild of America doesn't think so, and it wants a cut from the boom in unscripted TV. According to the Hollywood Reporter, nonfiction shows -- including reality TV shows -- have traditionally been nonunion, even if writers are used. But the WGA, the union which represents Hollywood's powerful writers, is attempting to change that.
TV Guide considers Paige Davis 'Trading Spaces' controversy overblown, but opts to limit distribution of "racy" coverAugust 13, 2003
Following up on our story from a couple of days ago where we reported that The Learning Channel was upset with "Trading Spaces" host Paige Davis' decision to pose for a "racy" TV Guide cover and her agent was reported to have told the magazine that Davis' job might be on the line over the cover, Sara Fiedelholtz of The Chicago Sun-Times reports that TV Guide still believes the issue has been overblown, but has opted to only distribute the racier edition of the cover in the Los Angeles, California area.
Our episode summary for Episode 12 of MTV's Road Rules: South Pacific, entitled "Over the Hills and Through the Muck, To Whinefest We Go," by BlackSheep, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
As true "American Juniors" fan are already no doubt aware, the debut single from Fox's "American Juniors" will be released Tuesday, August 12 via Jive Records. The release will feature the reality talent show's 10 finalists singing the Cathy Dennis-written song "One Step Closer." Also included will be two mixes of the American Juniors performing a cover of Kim Wilde's 1982 hit "Kids in America."
When you're on top, even your minor offenses get magnified. Such is the life for Rocco DiSpirito, the owner-chef of Rocco's featured in NBC's The Restaurant. The Smoking Gun reports that Rocco's was cited on July 29th for six minor health code violations, not unusual for a new restaurant -- ranging from three flies that had made their way to the kitchen (a summer hazard for all restaurants) to the lack of a self-closing door on the employee toilet (instead, the employee has to pull the door shut, which we guess creates a risk of contamination from touching the doorknob).
Back in the spring, the U.S. networks talked about dumping reality shows; only six shows were scheduled on the four main networks and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel referred to them as "shit". How quickly things change.
Survivor: Pearl Islands spoiling season is in full swing ... including websites spoiling each other. VolcanicGlass of the SurvivorPhoenix website reports that four names of possible Pearl Islands contestants were hidden in a since-modified post on the Survivor News website. The four names, which are shown in a screen capture on SurvivorPhoenix, are Andrew Cripps, Osten Taylor, Darrah Johnson and Michelle Tesauro.
Who Wants To Marry My Dad?, NBC's summer spinoff from Meet My Folks, racked up dynamite ratings for its season finale, according to Hollywood Reporter. The show drew 11.2 million viewers to see Don Mueller's children pair him up with bachelorette Christena, beating CSI: Miami. This was Dad's best rating ever and probably assured it a top-5 finish for the week -- surprisingly strong numbers for a Monday night. Maybe Monday nights are good for something other than football....
Right now, Mark Burnett is the unchallenged "king" of high-quality U.S. reality TV production, based on his success with Eco-Challenge, Survivor, and the current The Restaurant. However, his first venture into scripted programming failed to even make the schedule at The WB, one of the weakest of the six U.S. broadcast networks. But, in true Eco-Challenge fashion, Burnett is ready to "try, try again."
When last we saw For Love Or Money's Rob Campos, he was slinking off into the sunset, licking his wounds from both Erin Brodie's rejection of his selection of her, and the public disclosure of his sexual misconduct military past.
Woops, so much for that sweet, wholesome image. According to the NY Post's Page Six, Paige Davis, the perpetually perky host of TLC's hit reality remodeling show "Trading Spaces," has upset the network by showing what they feel is "too much skin" on one of two covers for next week's issue of "TV Guide."
The Washington Post reports that Survivor: Pulau Tiga contestant Colleen Haskell is pursuing a new career as an entry-level associate producer of ... a reality-TV show. Colleen, who attempted an acting career but gave up after her role as Rob Schneider's love interest in The Animal, has signed on with former Survivor: Pulau Tiga line producer Kevin Greene, who is now the executive producer of E!'s upcoming The Michael Essany Show (Michael Essany is little more than a real-life Wayne from Wayne's World, hosting his own cable-access talk show from his parents' home -- except in Indiana, not neighboring Illinois; the show is an Osbournes-style look at his life and TV show.)
According to the final Nielsen ratings, the Wednesday, August 6 episode of "Big Brother 4" posted the program's highest adult 18-49 and adult 25-54 ratings of the series run and was most watched "Big Brother 4" episode on any night this summer.
Looks like we were trendsetters when we referred to the contestants on Celebrity Mole Hawaii as "D-list" celebrities in this article. Now, Hollywood Reporter reports that Celebrity Mole Hawaii winner and Average Joe host Kathy Griffin has signed a deal with NBC to develop a new half-hour comedy show entitled "The D-List," which she says deals with her experiences as a D-list celebrity.
MSNBC has announed that The Fab Five of Bravo's hit “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” series will appear on “Buchanan and Press,” at 6-7 PM. (ET) on Tuesday, August 12
Discovery Networks announced today that The Home Depot is the new category exclusive sponsor of the TLC hit series "Trading Spaces." The expanded partnership also includes the renewal of The Home Depot's category exclusive commitment to another popular TLC series, "While You Were Out," as well as advertising across other Discovery Networks including the Discovery Channel, Discovery Home & Leisure Channel and BBC America. The partnership runs from fourth quarter 2003 through third quarter 2004.
Our episode summary for Episode 11, "TAR JAWS - So scary you'll pee your pants," authored by Canada Girl, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
"Ride Me, Cowboy (or The One with the Ho Down)," our episode summary for the second episode of Bravo's new "Boy Meet Boy," authored by Larry Johnson of "Gay Survivor Journal" fame, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
"Balls & Chains," our episode summary for the second episode of NBC's "Race For The Altar," authored by Kid Sauerkraut, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
'Big Brother 4' Head of Household Justin Giovinco nominates Nathan Marlow and Jack Owens, Jr. for evictionAugust 11, 2003
This week's Head of Household, Justin Giovinco, a headhunter from Pittsburgh, selected Nathan Marlow and Jack Owens, Jr. for eviction in the fifth round of "Big Brother 4" nominations on the episode that was broadcast Friday, August 8 on the CBS Television Network.
Our episode summary for Big Brother 4, Week 5, "As The Table Shrinks," authored by AMAI has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
"Lemon-Aid," our episode summary for episode 10 of MTV's "The Real World: Paris," authored by kiliki77, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
Our episode summary for Episode 10, "If I Only Had a Seoul," authored by Bebo, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
NBC Enterprises has licensed Bravo and NBC’s summer breakout hit “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy” in both the U.K. and Scandinavia. The summertime series, which has quickly become one of the most talked about show in America, has been sold to Flextech’s Living in the U.K. and Scandinavia’s Viasat—both acquiring the U.S. episodes and format rights to produce local versions of the show.
"Secrets and Leis," our episode summary for the premiere episode of Bravo's new "Boy Meet Boy," authored by Larry Johnson of "Gay Survivor Journal" fame, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
"Entering Las Vegas," our episode summary for the premiere episode of NBC's "Race For The Altar," authored by Kid Sauerkraut, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
Some reality TV stars will do almost anything to extend their fifteen minutes of fame. For example, consider Erin Brodie, the star of NBC's For Love Or Money 2. EastSide Boxing and the Boston Herald (print edition only) report that Erin, daughter of NFL and pro golf great John Brodie, will be serving as a ring announcer and signing autographs at the MoheganSun Fight Night at the Brockton (MA) Fairgrounds Stadium on Saturday, August 9. The event benefits the Massachusetts Film Bureau.
Reality TV World is celebrating our third anniversary today. Like mainstream network reality programming itself, the premiere season of CBS "Survivor" was responsible for our genesis. Six seasons later, here we are.
Sharon Osbourne, matriarch of MTV's The Osbournes, once again is wallowing in negative publicity. This time, it relates to her long-awaited TV talk show, which is finally getting ready to start production. Launch Radio Networks reports that the show has had something other than a smooth start.
Not only did "America's Next Top Model" winner Adrianne Curry win a modeling contract on the UPN series, but she's also apparently scored a two episode cameo appearance on the network's "Half & Half" sitcom.
FOX has announced the Houston and Atlanta open audition dates for the third edition of "American Idol."
Our episode summary for CBS's dating show Cupid, Episode 5, "Ten Little Indians," authored by Schnookie Palookie, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
The margin keeps shrinking, but Clay Aiken remains #1. According to E! Online, Clay, who finished second on this spring's edition of Fox's American Idol, registered his 9th straight week atop the Nielsen SoundScan U.S. Singles Sales chart for the week ended August 3, but by his narrowest margin yet. Aiken's single, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" b/w "This Is The Night," which has already been certified platinum for sales of over 1 million copies, edged Hilary Duff's new release "So Yesterday" for the top spot by a mere 157 copies.
Reuters reports that NBC has upgraded its previously-announced cross-promotion between the Bravo show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and its The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Under the new schedule, NBC will run a full hour episode of Queer Eye on the night of August 14, not a half-hour special edition. The "Fab Five" will then appear on Jay Leno's show that night -- but as guests. On the next night, August 15, the "Fab Five" will return again to the Tonight Show to do a "make-better" of Jay Leno.
The embarrassing failure of the ABC series Are You Hot? left another aftershock this week, when NYC radio "shock-jock" Howard Stern, who publicly sued ABC and the producers of the show for ripping off his "The Evaluators" bit, quietly settled his lawsuit. The Smoking Gun reports that Stern's attorneys filed a request on Tuesday to dismiss the suit, which alleged unfair buisness practices and other claims against the defendents.
After being nominated for eviction by Alison Irwin, the fourth Head of Household, Dana Varela was evicted last night from the "Big Brother 4" house based on the votes of her fellow Houseguests. Dana received more votes than fellow nominee Jun Song. Robert Roman won the Power of Veto and chose not to use it.
"Bears, Boots, and Beers," our episode summary for episode 5 of ESPN's "Beg, Borrow, & Deal 2," authored by Jims02, has been posted.
Our episode summary for Big Brother 4, Week 4, "The Week of Balls and EX-treme Luck," authored by Ahtumbreez has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
'Last Comic Standing' finale suffers ratings drop, while winner Dat Phan and others book future gigsAugust 6, 2003
The votes are in, but were there enough of them? E! Online reports that the ratings for NBC's 2-hour Last Comic Standing finale declined from the ratings of the final performance episode the week before. The finale drew 8.2 million viewers, down from the 8.5 million who had watched the final performances (which placed the show 19th in last week's Nielsens). Although the finale won its time slot in the preliminary ratings, it also drew a smaller audience than the weekly average of 8.3 million viewers. Considering that Last Comic Standing, unlike most reality shows, declined in the ratings as it went along, dropping from a 9.7 million viewer premiere, a second edition can politely be described as questionable.
A&E Network and Southwest Airlines have announced that they have partnered together to produce an all-new, real-life adventure series called "Airline" -- a behind the scenes look at the drama surrounding commercial airline travel.
In an unconventional move, FOX has decided to schedule the series finale of "Paradise Hotel" for the week of September 24, 2003 -- the same week that most other television networks are launching their new Fall 2003 schedules.
Inside VC Golf is reporting that The Golf Channel, a premium cable television channel, will be broadcasting a new reality competition show called "The Big Break" this fall.
Let this be a lesson all the other men competing on CBS' "Cupid" program -- whatever you do, don't piss off the waitstaff and bartenders of America. During last night's live broadcast, Rob Wiles, the sales representative from Hermosa Beach, CA became the first suitor to be voted-off "Cupid" after receiving the fewest votes from telephone and text messaging viewers.
Our episode summary for the Episode 11 of MTV's Road Rules: South Pacific, entitled "Goodbye and Hello," by Steen, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
The Pacific Daily News (in Guam), which previously reported the interest of CBS's Survivor in filming its upcoming "All-Star Survivor" edition this fall on the Pacific island paradise of Palau, now reports that delays in filming Survivor: Pearl Islands have forced CBS to end consideration of Palau as the next Survivor host site. According to an e-mail from the Survivor scout team leader, which was read by the Palau chief of staff, the filming of Pearl Islands (also known as Survivor 7) ran so far behind that the producers "may have to do another program right there in Panama."
In response to a lawsuit filed by Ruben Studdard, the winner of the second edition of Fox's American Idol, the owners of Birmingham, Alabama clothing maker 205 Flava, Inc. have made explosive allegations about secret payoffs to Ruben. The Birmingham News reports that 205 Flava owners Willie and Frederick Jenkins allege that they paid Ruben at least $1,000 per week to wear their 205 jerseys, a clear violation of Idol rules if true.
Big Brother Africa may have swept the African continent, but not everyone is happy about it. Oh, they're still happy in Uganda, where "Gaetano-watching" remains the craze. But what about those countries whose houseguest was voted out?
Our episode summary for the final performance episode of NBC's reality-comedy show Last Comic Standing, entitled "Watching the Defectives," by AyaK, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
FOX has announced that the third edition of its long-mothballed "Temptation Island" reality series will premiere Thursday, August 28 at 9-10 PM ET/PT. Television personality Mark Walberg returns to host the third installment of the one-hour series that chronicles the relationships of four couples seeking to challenge the strength of their love and trust on "Temptation Island."
NBC's new marriage-oriented reality series “Race to the Altar” struggled during its Wednesday 8PM ET July 30 premiere, drawing only 5.7 overall viewers. The sad thing is that despite the struggles, the series actually improved NBC's Wednesday 8-9 PM Adult 18-49 ratings versus the typical July performance of timeslot-predecessor “Fame.”
NBC had said that it was considering broadcasting another episode of Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy on network TV, and so it will -- with some help from a special guest.
This week's Head of Household, Alison Irwin, a retail sales manager from Pittsburgh, nominated Dana Varela and Jun Song for eviction in the fourth round of "Big Brother 4" nominations on the episode that was broadcast Friday, August 1 on the CBS Television Network.
Bebo has posted the 10th 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.
Our episode summary for CBS's dating show Cupid, Episode 4, "Cupid, Rhymes with Stupid," authored by Swami, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
The NY Post's Page Six reports that Survivor: The Amazon winner Jenna Morasca and Survivor: Africa winner Ethan Zohn may be dating. According to Page Six, the two dined together a few weeks back at Rocco's, the featured establishment in NBC's The Restaurant, and then were photographed together at the "Playboy Triple Platinum Cabana beach party at the Park" the other night (see this link for the photo).
In a new development to a conflict that we first reported in June, the Associated Press reports that Ruben Studdard, the winner of Fox's second American Idol competition and a RIAA gold-record recipient, has filed a lawsuit against 205 Flava Inc., the manufacturers of the "205" jerseys that Ruben wore on Idol. In the lawsuit, Ruben asks for an injunction to stop the unauthorized use of his commercial image by the corporation, as well as a share of the profits generated from its prior unauthorized use.
The votes are in and Lucy Hale from Memphis, TN joins Taylor Thompson, Tori Thompson and Chauncey Matthews in the "American Juniors" final group. This leaves only one position and six contestants vying for the final spot in the five-member group. As the stakes get higher next Tuesday, Aug. 5 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) Simon Cowell will make a special guest appearance on "American Juniors" via satellite from London with a first look at the "American Idol" auditions.
Well, it took a dozen episodes, but finally longtime RealityTVWorld summary writer and former "Love Cruise" contestant Michael "The Chessmaster" Orzoff couldn't keep quiet about FOX's new "Paradise Hotel" show (aka "Love Cruise: The Docked Edition") anymore.