Reality TV News - August 2006
The U.S. cable channel VH1 is launching two reality series focused on celebrities in their 40s trying to make comebacks -- Andrew Dice Clay and Tom Sizemore.
One of the finalists from CBS's "Rockstar INXS," MiG, has been signed to his first record deal with Universal Music Classics Group.
When New York played home to auditions for the sixth season of "American Idol," the show's judges were surprised to find the contestants weren't New Yorkers.
"American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks has settled his lawsuit against a Nashville producer who was selling three of his early songs on the Internet.
Katharine McPhee, last season's "American Idol" runner-up, is reportedly being considered for a film version of "Wonder Woman."
General Motors is pulling its advertisements from CBS's "Survivor" for the upcoming season, saying that the action is not related to show's new format.
"Chilltown Feels Some Heat," our episode summary for the twenty-second episode of CBS's Big Brother 7: All-Stars, written by zipperhead, is now available.
Rapper and former "Dancing with the Stars" participant Master P is touring his hip-hop play about a family living together after evacuating New Orleans because of Katrina.
Now that she's spent some time substituting for regular Donald Trump The Apprentice advisor Carolyn Kepcher, Ivanka Trump has newfound respect for NBC reality show's contestants.
Paris Hilton's newest feud is with Ricky Gervais over the British comic's decision to turn down "The Simple Life" star's offer for her to appear on his series, "Extras."
The tropical locale of the Hawaiian Islands has been chosen to be the location of two of MTV's newest reality TV dramas, "Living Lahaina" and "Island Fever."
HGTV's HGTV Design Star revealed its final two designers last night, with the show's Vern Yip-led judging panel deciding to eliminate Tym De Santo, a 46-year-old from Fort Wayne, Indiana, from the Project Runway-like home design competition.
"BUTT FIRST!!!," our episode summary for the twenty-first episode of CBS's Big Brother 7: All-Stars, written by ARnutz, is now available.
Two Scottish parents are protesting their treatment by "Supernanny," accusing the television series of making them look bad with their children's curses.
Big Brother 7: All-Stars voted out the second of its special double eviction week evictees last night, with James Rhine becoming the eighth houseguest to be evicted from the show's All-Stars house.
The aftermath of a reality boxing show viewing party got too real for some Boston-area revelers and resulted a wild free-for-all.
Rapper and Britney Spears husband Kevin Federline is going broke even though he made about $2 million off of the UPN show "Chaotic."
"American Idol" winner, Taylor Hicks, is suing a Tennessee music producer for distributing songs Hicks recorded before he won the reality show.
"Itís A Two-fer!!!," our episode summary for the seventh episode of ESPN's second season of The Contender, written by ARnutz, is now available.
"The Veto King Gets His Butt Kicked By A Girl," our episode summary for the twentieth episode of CBS's Big Brother 7: All-Stars, written by oasisfan1994, is now available.
"Three Episodes for the Price of One," our episode summary for the tenth and final episode of NBC's Treasure Hunters series, written by realitybites, is now available.
Spoofcard.com, a telephone card service provider, has terminated Paris Hilton's account because the heiress and "The Simple Life" star allegedly hacked other people's voicemail.
"American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis is negotiating to join the cast of "The Wedding Singer" on Broadway, Playbill.com reported in New York.
India's Central Board of Film Certification has banned from TV the video made by "The Simple Life" star Paris Hilton for her new song "Stars Are Blind."
Confirming weeks of rumors, CBS has revealed the identities of the twenty castaways who will be competing in this fall's Survivor: Cook Islands and announced that the castaways will -- in what the show's producer and host both acknowledge to be a controversial move -- initially be organized into four tribes divided along ethnic lines (African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic and Caucasian.)
At the "American Idol" tryouts in Birmingham, Ala., thousands had their hopes for a coveted spot on the U.S. TV series dashed by show execs.
After solving a final task clue that proved so exhilarating that several of members of the competition's three remaining teams literally fell asleep while trying to solve it, the "Team Geniuses" team comprised of college students Charles Taylor, Francis Goldshmid, and Sam Khurana were crowned Treasure Hunters' winners during last night's finale broadcast of the NBC reality competition show.
"Hurricane Howie Blows Out To Sequesterville," our episode summary for the nineteenth episode of CBS's Big Brother 7: All-Stars, written by oasisfan1994, is now available.
"Marci Wastes Away Again In Sequesterville," our episode summary for the eighteenth episode of CBS's Big Brother 7: All-Stars, written by frisky, is now available.
"Rock Star: Supernova" host Brooke Burke and actor David Charvet are engaged and expecting a child together.
Bravo's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" will change its focus a bit and help people battling weight issues as well as fashion issues.
Big Brother 7: All-Stars voted out the first of its special double eviction week evictees last night, with Howie Gordon becoming the seventh houseguest to be evicted from the show's All-Stars house.
"Donít Count Him Out Just Yet!," our episode summary for the sixth episode of ESPN's second season of The Contender, written by ARnutz, is now available.
"Is It Finally Over?," our episode summary for the twenty-third and twenty-fourth episodes of MTV's The Real World: Key West series, written by volsfan, is now available.
"'Everything Is Janelle's Fault: A Holy Land Adventure In Rough Paraphrase," our episode summary for the seventeenth episode of CBS's Big Brother 7: All-Stars, written by Estee, is now available.
"Oh Say Can You See," our episode summary for the ninth episode of NBC's Treasure Hunters series, written by realitybites, is now available.
"And To All, An Effing GOOD NIGHT!," our episode summary for the special two-hour finale broadcast of Hell's Kitchen 2, the second edition of Fox's Hell's Kitchen series, written by mysticwolf, is now available.
Donald Trump's $5 billion lawsuit against an author who said the developer was not really a billionaire may proceed, a New Jersey judge has ruled.
The first winner of NBC's "America's Got Talent" contest is Bianca Ryan, an 11-year-old singer from Philadelphia, who took the show's $1 million prize.
Heiress Paris Hilton wants people to see her life and how hard she really works from her prospective and says she's accomplished all she has on her own.
After being nominated for eviction by Janelle Pierzina, who ended up as Big Brother 7: All-Stars' sixth official Head of Household after last Thursday's original sixth HoH challenge was redone, Marcellas Reynolds became the sixth houseguest to be evicted from CBS's Big Brother 7: All-Stars house.
Duane Chapman, best known for his TV show "Dog the Bounty Hunter," is the center of a lawsuit in California over his family's actions.
So You Think You Can Dance 2 crowned its champion last night, with Benji Schwimmer defeating fellow Final 4 finalists and Heidi Groskreutz, Donyelle Jones, and Travis Wall to win the second edition of the Fox reality talent competition show.
Pop singer Justin Timberlake said that Taylor Hicks can't hold a tune and better not be gay but his publicist claims that these comments were taken wrong.
After several weeks of on-air teaser promos, Fox has revealed the identities of the eight celebrities that will compete on Celebrity Duets, a new Simon Cowell-created reality competition series that will pair established recording stars with celebrities who work outside the music industry.
Former "The Real World: San Francisco" star David "Puck" Rainey's wife has given birth to the couple's second child in Los Angeles.
"American Idol" Season Five rocker Chris Daughtry has begun work on his debut album from 19 Recordings/RCA Records.
U.S. hotel heiress Paris Hilton will reportedly appear in the 2007 "Guinness Book of World Records" as the world's "Most Overrated Person."
"'House Calls' with Gretchen and Bunky," our episode summary for the sixteenth episode of CBS's Big Brother 7: All-Stars, written by strid333, is now available.
The CW, the new network resulting from the merger of UPN and The WB, has revealed the identities of the wannabe models -- which include the show's first-ever set of twins -- who will be competing on the upcoming "seventh cycle" of Tyra Banks' America's Next Top Model reality series.
In what's going to be a busy three day period for its reality shows, CBS has announced that Big Brother: All-Stars and Rock Star: Supernova, the network's two big summer reality series, will end their seasons with consecutive night mid-September finales that will proceed the third night premiere of Survivor: Cook Islands, the thirteenth edition of the network's long-running Survivor series.
Heather West defeated Virginia Dalbeck to be crowned the winner of Fox's Hell's Kitchen 2 during last night's special two-hour broadcast of the Gordon Ramsay reality cooking competition's second edition finale.
After two weeks of on-air promotions that teased that this fall's The Biggest Loser 3 would feature fifty competitors, NBC has come clean and acknowledged that only fourteen of the fifty "contestants" (probably more accurately termed semifinalists) will make it past an initial fitness and nutrition boot camp and immediately move on to competing in the show's traditional The Biggest Loser Ranch competition.
Kim Stolz, a 23-year-old New Yorker who was a finalist on the fifth season of "America's Next Top Model," is finding her voice as the host of MTV's campus channel.
British pop music promoter and "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell chose none of his own products as favorites when he was a guest on a BBC radio show.
The California rock band Supernova has asked a San Diego federal judge to stop CBS from using its name on the reality TV show, "Rockstar: Supernova."
"Oh, The Horror!!!," our episode summary for the fifteenth episode of CBS's Big Brother 7: All-Stars, written by ARnutz, is now available.
"It's a Conspiracy, I Tell Ya!," our episode summary for the ninth episode of Hell's Kitchen 2, the second edition of Fox's Hell's Kitchen series, written by mysticwolf, is now available.
"Rocking The Boat," our episode summary for the second (and, since ABC has pulled the show due to low ratings, apparently final) episode of One Ocean View series, written by kircon, is now available.
After months of rumors, ABC has formally revealed the identities of the celebrities who will be competing on this fall's third edition of its Dancing with the Stars smash-hit reality ballroom competition.
The son of U.S. TV pop psychologist Dr. Phil, Jay McGraw, has married actress and Playboy model Erica Dahm in a Beverly Hills, Calif., ceremony.
Judges aren't yet saying who among the estimated 7,000 hopefuls passed festive auditions in San Antonio for "American Idol."
Heiress Paris Hilton was treated at a Los Angeles hospital after her pet kinkajou bit her on the arm while the two were playing.
Rapper Ice-T's confident enough of his ability that he has said he could teach David Hasselhoff to rap, the catch being it would cost Hasselhoff $5 million.
After being nominated for eviction by Danielle Reyes, Big Brother 7: All-Stars' fifth Head of Household, Kaysar Ridha became the fifth houseguest to be evicted from CBS's Big Brother 7: All-Stars house.
"Put Up or Shut Up!," our episode summary for the fifth episode of ESPN's second season of The Contender, written by ARnutz, is now available.
"The Legion of Doom and the Automatic Gravedigging Machine," our episode summary for the fourteenth episode of CBS's Big Brother 7: All-Stars, written by Estee, is now available.
"Back To The USA," our episode summary for the eighth episode of NBC's Treasure Hunters series, written by michel, is now available.
"The Black Widow's Web," our episode summary for the thirteenth episode of CBS's Big Brother 7: All-Stars, written by oasisfan1994, is now available.
Last Comic Standing crowned its fourth season champion last night, with Josh Blue defeating fellow comedian Ty Barnett to win the fourth edition of the NBC reality talent competition show.
National auditions for the upcoming season of "American Idol" began this week when 20,000 hopeful singers crammed into the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
NBC has announced that it will air You're the One That We Want, a new reality talent competition series that will search for the leads for a new Broadway production of "Grease," as part of its 2006-2007 mid-season schedule.
USA Network has announced the national casting tour schedule for Nashville Star 5, the fifth edition of its American Idol-like country music reality talent competition that will premiere in January 2007.
Oak Ridge, N.C., is reportedly prepared to offer its newest citizen, former "American Idol" finalist Chris Daughtry, the privacy his family has sought.
Director John Gulager, last season's winner of TV's "Project Greenlight," is set to unleash his horror film "Feast" upon U.S. theaters next month.
Even without the camera rolling, drama is high with MTV's reality show, "The Hills," star Lauren Conrad.
Blink 182 and Transplants drummer Travis Barker has filed for divorce from his wife, "Meet the Barkers" co-star Shanna Moakler.
Demonstrating that the breakout ratings that last spring's initial season of the show drew delivered don't appear to have been a fluke, Sunday night's premiere of the second edition of VH1's Flavor Of Love reality series drew the network's biggest season premiere audience ever.
"America's Got Talent" judge David Hasselhoff dominated Club Vegas' VIP section, appearing at the Orange County, Calif., nightclub as a favor for a fellow actor, TMZ.com said.
Lloyd Eisler and his amazing sperm strike again. Nine months after the former Olympic figure skater's ex-wife gave birth to the former couple's second child, Eisler and his former Skating With Celebrities partner and current girlfriend Kristy Swanson have announced that they are expecting their first child.
Author Jeannie Holleman filed a North Carolina lawsuit against "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken, alleging the singer hurt sales of her Aiken biography.
"Rock Star: Supernova" host Brooke Burke and former "Baywatch" actor and singer David Charvet are expecting a child, sources told Us Weekly in California.
"Simple Life" co-star Paris Hilton couldn't part with her engagement ring when she and ex-fiance Paris Latsis split, so she bought it from him.
"Someone Is Selfish," our episode summary for the twenty-second episode of MTV's The Real World: Key West series, written by volsfan, is now available.
"The Ole Switcheroo!!!," our episode summary for the fourth episode of ESPN's second season of The Contender, written by ARnutz, is now available.
"Welcome to Fire Island," our episode summary for the premiere episode of ABC's One Ocean View series, written by kircon, is now available.
"Kiss My Grits," our episode summary for the eighth episode of Hell's Kitchen 2, the second edition of Fox's Hell's Kitchen series, written by mysticwolf, is now available.
When Katharine McPhee tripped and fractured her foot at a tour stop in Charlotte, N.C., she joined two other "American Idol" singers on the injured list.
In an announcement that few would have envisioned when Last Comic Standing 4 first premiered in June, NBC has announced that former Last Comic Standing host Jay Mohr and first season winner Dat Phan will perform on next week's special 90-minute finale of the show's fourth season.
"American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks, who had a hit with "Do I Make You Proud," has signed a deal to write a book on his career called "Heart Full of Soul."
After being nominated for eviction by Janelle Pierzina, Big Brother 7: All-Stars' fourth Head of Household, Diane Henry became the fourth houseguest to be evicted from CBS's Big Brother 7: All-Stars house.
Fox's So You Think You Can Dance 2 reality dance competition revealed its finale foursome last night, with the show's home viewers deciding that the competition had ended for dancers Ivan Koumaev and Natalie Fotopoulos.
MTV in New York is preparing to start filming the second season of "The Hills," which finished its first season with star Lauren Conrad in an interesting fix.
"A Blonde Moment," our episode summary for the eleventh episode of CBS's Big Brother 7: All-Stars, written by oasisfan1994, is now available.
"The French Connections," our episode summary for the seventh episode of NBC's Treasure Hunters series, written by realitybites, is now available.
Former "American Idol" rivals Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken are set to battle again when their new albums arrive in U.S. stores this fall.
The runner-up from this season's "American Idol," Katharine McPhee, fractured her foot backstage before the national "Idol" concert in Charlotte, N.C.
The next issue of the New York-based Marie Claire magazine has an expanded letters section slamming singer Ashlee Simpson for her beauty makeover.
Despite Internet rumors to the contrary, the American TV series "Queer Eye" will be returning for a fourth season next year.
The new CW network will launch "The Search for the Next Pussycat Doll" with McG, Jimmy lovine and "America's Next Top Model" producer Ken Mok.
CBS has announced that Survivor: Cook Islands, the formal title for this fall's thirteenth Survivor edition, will launch the network's fall schedule and premiere Thursday, September 14 at 8PM ET/PT.
CBS has announced that The Amazing Race 10, the tenth edition of its three-time Emmy-winning The Amazing Race reality series, will premiere Sunday, September 17 at 8:30PM ET/PT with a special 90-minute episode. Subsequent episodes will air in the show's previously announced new Sunday 8-9PM ET/PT time period.
According to a spokeswoman for former American Idol 5 second runner-up Elliott Yamin, Yamin's involvement with the show's ongoing summer concert tour is the reason why the 28-year-old former viewer favorite has yet to sign a recording contract.
Former "Survivor" contestant Richard Hatch, who was convicted of income tax evasion, has been moved to a minimum-security prison in West Virginia.