Reality TV News - August 2008
TLC has announced that it will begin airing 13 new eighth-season Trading Spaces episodes on Saturday, September 20 at 10PM ET/PT.
Andy Baldwin's The Bachelor journey didn't end with a wedding, but he'll apparently still get to be front and center for a successful match that was made via the ABC reality dating franchise.
Michelle Costa and Bryan Ollie became the seventh and eighth houseguests booted from Big Brother's tenth season during last night's special live double eviction broadcast of the CBS reality show.
NBC says it has renewed the television competition show "America's Got Talent" for a fourth season.
NBC has revealed the identities of the eight teams of two who will be competing on The Biggest Loser: Families, the sixth season of the reality weight-loss series scheduled to premiere Tuesday, September 16 at 8PM ET/PT.
Jack Osbourne says he is producing a documentary intended to show what his British rock icon dad, Ozzy Osbourne, is really like.
ABC has announced it has renewed Here Come the Newlyweds for a second season.
Dancing with the Stars apparently never intended to have Lance Bass two-step with another man for the show's upcoming seventh season.
Denise "Dee" Adames was crowned the winner of Bravo's Shear Genius during last night's finale of the reality competition's second season.
Molecular gastronomy couldn't help Marcel Vigneron get out of the hot water he apparently found himself in over the weekend.
CBS has revealed the identities of the eighteen castaways who will be competing on Survivor: Gabon -- Earth's Last Eden.
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Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff are reportedly trying to dance another day.
Kara DioGuardi joins 'American Idol' judges for New York auditions
CBS has announced it's bumping the debut of Survivor: Gabon - Earth's Last Eden back a week and will now premiere Survivor's seventeenth edition with back-to-back broadcasts of the show's first two episodes.
Jason Wahler's lengthy arrest record reportedly won't weigh him down at an upcoming civil trial.
New 'American Idol' judge Kara DioGuardi a straight-shooter
ABC has revealed the identities of the 13 celebrities and accompanying professional partners -- the show's biggest cast yet -- who will be waltzing their way into primetime when Dancing with the Stars' seventh season premieres with the first part of a special three-night debut on Monday, September 22 at 8PM ET/PT.
Former 'American Idol' finalist Ace Young joining Broadway's 'Grease'
Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson is set to sing the national anthem on the closing night of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, sources say.
Project Runway will apparently have some company when the reality series makes its Lifetime debut this fall.
Ruben Studdard better have some deep pockets.
U.S. rapper Snoop Dogg says he's launching a new clothing line which he intends to promote heavily on his reality TV series and elsewhere.
After seven seasons, American Idol is getting a new judge. Fox has announced Grammy-nominated songwriter and former The One: Making a Music Star judge Kara DioGuardi will serve as Idol's new fourth judge and join Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson as a regular member of the show's eighth-season judging panel.
Simon Cowell apparently isn't too concerned about the impact American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe's exit will have on the show and added it could lead to his own involement increasing.
Comedian Margaret Cho says starring in a new reality U.S. TV series with her parents has given them a "new life."
The facility in Pasadena, Calif., where the reality TV series "Celebrity Rehab" was filmed is being investigated by state officials, the show's host says.
"Iraq Star" winner Bassam Abdul Mehdi took time in Beirut, Lebanon, as he released his first single to thank those who supported him on the TV competition.
April Dowling became the sixth houseguest evicted from Big Brother's tenth season during last night's live broadcast of the CBS reality show.
Donald Trump loses Ed McMahon home to another buyer
After spending time marooned in Kenya and Panama as a Survivor castaway, Ethan Zohn should have no problem dribbling a soccer ball down the east coast.
According to The Biggest Loser executive producer Mark Koops, the show's upcoming sixth season wil be all about family.
Jesse Palmer is crediting his stint as The Bachelor's fifth-season star for helping him as a college football analyst and landing him a job at ESPN.
According to America's Next Top Model executive producer Ken Mok, the decision to cast a transgender contestant in the show's upcoming eleventh season was done to help further one of Tyra Banks' initial reasons for launching the long-running reality series.
Donald Trump has reportedly secured a Keeping up with the Kardashians starlet for The Celebrity Apprentice's second season, it's just not the one he was said to be hoping for.
The CW has announced Stylista, a new reality competition series for aspiring fashion magazine editors, will premiere a week earlier than originally planned.
The Amazing Race's cable distribution has reportedly been spread out a little more.
The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency's fourth-season cast had an unexpected roommate when they moved into their Hollywood Hills mansion -- the self-proclaimed "world's first supermodel."
Matt Hoover apparently has a big legal problem.
Lifetime has formally announced it's ordered Blonde Charity Mafia, a new The Hills-like reality series that will follow three young female socialites living in Washington, D.C..
Jason Wahler has claimed he doesn't remember his myriad of arrests, and now he apparently wants a judge to forget them too.
Margaret Wilkins -- who is credited as being one of Britain's first reality television stars when she appeared in the 1974 series The Family -- has died. She was 73.
The "Naked Cowboy," a New York City street busker who performs in undies and a ten-gallon hat, says he's signed a television development deal.
You can't stop Ryan Seacrest, you can only hope to contain him.
The Bachelorette fans can stop pining -- ABC has announced fourth-season runner-up Jason Mesnick will serve as the star of The Bachelor's next installment.
Consider Janice Dickinson among those who supports America's Next Top Model casting a transgender contestant.
Julianne Hough used Brad Paisley's summer tour to promote her self-titled country debut, and apparently found herself a new beau to boot.
Mike Ruggles is apparently planning to prove that women aren't the only ones who can tame unruly kids.
Donald Trump's boardroom will reportedly include a former Bull and Baywatch babe.
Model and designer India Hicks said she's only a small part of Top Design's new second-season look when it premieres Wednesday, September 3 at 10PM ET/PT on Bravo.
One new BFF apparently isn't enough for Paris Hilton.
Viewers will reportedly receive a more in depth look at American Idol's heyday beginning this fall.
CBS has revealed the identities of the 11 teams competing on The Amazing Race's thirteenth season, which will premiere Sunday, September 28 at 8PM ET/PT.
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Beth Stolarczyk delivered a double dose of news over the weekend.
Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt aren't even engaged anymore, but once The Hills couple does decide to walk down the aisle they plan on having it be televised live.
Jennifer Bresnan has been tapped to serve as CBS Entertainment's senior vice president of alternative programming and will head CBS' reality programming department, the network has announced.
If Lauren Conrad's recent claim that The Hills' currently airing fourth season will be her last ends up being true, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are ready to take over.
A burglar has allegedly danced away with several items belonging to Mark Ballas and Derek Hough.
CMT has announced Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling, a new reality competition series that will follow 10 celebrity contestants as they are trained to be professional wrestlers by the Hogan Knows Best patriarch and American Gladiators co-host, will premiere Saturday, October 18 at 8PM ET/PT.
Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut better watch their backs.
CMT has announced Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team's third season will premiere Saturday, October 4 at 9:30PM ET/PT.
CMT has announced My Big Redneck Wedding's second season will premiere Saturday, October 4 at 9PM ET/PT.
Celebrity British TV producer Simon Cowell says thanks to his $65 million-a-year paycheck, he has no problem spending nearly $9,400 on T-shirts.
Celebrity heiress Paris Hilton has accidentally shown off mismanaged hair extensions during a Los Angeles red carpet stroll, observers say.
MTV has announced My Super Sweet 16 Presents: Exiled!, a new reality series that will send former My Super Sweet 16 teens to live with the indigenous tribes of far away countries for the opportunity to add some perspective to their world view, will premiere Monday, August 25 at 10:30PM ET/PT.
Mark Burnett feels comparing Survivor host Jeff Probst to American Idol host Ryan Seacrest is like comparing apples to oranges, and adding Deal or No Deal host Howie Mandel into the mix is a whole different type of food altogether.
Libra Thompson became the fifth houseguest evicted from Big Brother's tenth season during last night's live broadcast of the CBS reality show.
Julianne Hough apparently won't "pull a Maks" and skip Dancing with the Stars upcoming installment after all.
Real estate mogul Donald Trump reportedly is buying television personality Ed McMahon's Beverly Hills, Calif., house to save it from foreclosure.
Clay Aiken apparently isn't the only former American Idol second-season finalist with some baby news.
As Bret Michaels is about to embark on his third attempt to find love via VH1's Rock of Love with Bret Michaels reality dating series, the Poison frontman is apparently still pining for the show's second-season winner Amber Lake.
NBC programming chief Ben Silverman apparently loves celebrity reality shows.
Craig Slike learned he'd be The Mole's fifth-season saboteur only a few hours before the game started, and he was still able to throw the majority of the players off his track.
Trista and Ryan Sutter will celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary with a christening.
Reality TV producer Thom Beers is promising viewers that NBC's new America's Toughest Jobs reality series is the best blue-collar television he has to offer.
Bravo has announced Tim Gunn's Guide to Style's second season, which will continue to follow the Project Runway fashion guru as he helps hapless fashion dilemmas transform into stylish individuals, will premiere Thursday, October 2 at 11PM ET/PT.
Fox Reality Channel announced it has renewed Solitary for a third season.
Melissa Lawson will be following in the footsteps of numerous country musicians this weekend.
Although the show's finale made it seem like Mark Lambrecht was more Inspector Clouseau and less Sherlock Holmes, he says he had a strategy all along.
ABC is apparently trying to capitalize on The Dark Knight's current theatrical success by casting Batman for Dancing with the Stars.
America's Next Top Model is trying to break the norm with one of its eleventh-season cast members.
After repeatedly teasing about it before, Lauren Conrad is apparently getting more serious about leaving The Hills.
Nicole Williams was the fastest quiz-taker in The Mole's history, but -- unfortunately for her -- she wasn't the most meticulous note-taker.
The CW has revealed the identities of the finalists who will be walking the runway on America's Next Top Model's eleventh season, which will premiere Wednesday, September 3 at 8PM ET/PT.
Clay Aiken apparently plans on being a working father.
Some Capitol Hill socialites will reportedly receive The Hills treatment.
Mark Lambrecht was revealed to be The Mole's fifth-season winner and Craig Slike was unmasked as its saboteur during last night's finale broadcast of the ABC reality competition series.
Gimme My Reality Show!'s judging panel is apparently as star-studded as its cast.
Unlike last season, So You Think You Can Dance executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe thinks home viewers got it right in voting Joshua Allen and Twitch Boss as the fourth season's top finalists.
Tori Spelling's representative says the U.S. television actress is no longer scheduled to appear in the new "Beverly Hills, 90210" spinoff.
Salma Hayek is apparently planning on giving viewers a different take on nuptials via a new reality series.
Magical Elves' fingerprints are apparently already evident on Top Design.
CBS reality executive Ghen Maynard's torch has apparently been snuffed.
Britian's version of The Apprentice is coming to America.
Sundance Channel has announced it's ordered Eco-Trip: The Real Cost of Living, a new reality series that will trace the origins and environmental impact of common, everyday items.
Ryan Seacrest's name will be in lights when he helps the ball drop this New Year's Eve.
National Geographic Channel has announced Solo: Lost at Sea, a series that will document adventurer Andrew McAuley's attempt to become the first person to kayak solo from Australia to New Zealand, will premiere Monday, September 15 at 10PM ET/PT.
Houseguests from past seasons of "Big Brother" are to return to the U.S. reality competition series in an upcoming episode, CBS said Friday.
America's Got Talent revealed the identities of 39 of its Top 40 third-season semifinalists during last night's broadcast of the NBC reality competition series.
Joshua Allen was waiting for Twitch Boss to be named "America's Favorite Dancer" until it was his own name that escaped Cat Deeley's lips as So You Think You Can Dance's fourth-season champ.
Last Comic Standing sixth-season champ Iliza Shlesinger said she's "not a female comic" and is instead "a comedian who happens to be female."
Clay Aiken is the father of a baby boy.
Jessie Godderz was blindsided and became the fourth houseguest evicted from Big Brother's tenth season during last night's live broadcast of the CBS reality show.
It didn't take long for Jewel Kilcher to take care of some personal business following Nashville Star's live sixth-season finale on Monday night.
Joshua Allen was crowned So You Think You Can Dance's fourth-season champ during last night's live finale broadcast of the Fox reality competition series.
Iliza Shlesinger was crowned Last Comic Standing's first ever female champ during last night's sixth-season finale broadcast of the NBC reality competition series.
Nigel Lythgoe said his decision to step down as American Idol's executive producer was a necessary one, but that apparently didn't make the break-up any easier.
The Hills are apparently a little too alive.
After seeing The Moment of Truth's ratings continue to swoon when it returned with new episodes this summer, Fox has apparently decided the show isn't ready for its own moment-of-truth fall showdown with Survivor after all.
Three weeks after ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson admitted the show's renewal was a sure thing, the network has formally announced it's renewed Wipeout for a second season.
ABC was apparently interested in having Dan Marino go Dancing with the Stars, but the feeling wasn't mutual.
The Hills might not have received an Emmy nod, however Lauren Conrad's fingerprints will still be all over the event.
Carrie Underwood and several other country artists will cut a Christmas track with "The King" this holiday season.
Beginning next year, viewers will reportedly have more opportunities to test their knowledge against elementary-aged students.
RCA Records has confirmed David Cook is teaming with a producer that will help showcase his rocker persona.
Gabe Garcia feels there was nothing wrong with finishing second to Nashville Star's sixth-season champ Melissa Lawson.
Justin Wood was crowned I Survived a Japanese Game Show's "super-duper Majide grand first American champion" during last night's finale broadcast of the ABC reality competition series.
Hunter Ellis is putting himself in harm's way for a new hosting role.
David Archuleta is apparently hoping Rock Mafia Records will help him breakout with his debut album.
Heading into Nashville Star's sixth-season finale, Shawn Mayer felt like she was in good company with fellow finalists Gabe Garcia and Melissa Lawson.
TLC has announced Who Are You Wearing?, a new reality competition series that will pit aspiring designers against one another for the opportunity to design and dress a celebrity for a red carpet event, will premiere Friday, August 22 at 10PM ET/PT.
Bo Bice and his wife have welcomed another baby.
As Dancing with the Stars' seventh-season debut draws closer, the identities of celebrities rumored to be participating are being revealed faster than Maksim Chmerkovskiy's hips.
Constantine Maroulis' list of theatrical credits continues to grow.
TLC has announced Making It Home: Greensburg, a new reality series following Trading Spaces designer Doug Wilson and carpenter Faber Dewar as they help rebuild homes in the Kansas town after they were destroyed by a May 2007 tornado, will premiere Saturday, August 23.
Shannon Elizabeth apparently didn't dance around recent rumors of a possible engagement to Derek Hough.
Melissa Lawson said she felt "a lot of disbelief" when she was crowned Nashville Star's sixth-season champ over Gabe Garcia during last night's live finale.
Television personality Christopher Knight has signed on to be the host of "Trivial Pursuit: America Plays," the syndicated game show's producers said Tuesday.
A representative for JPMorgan Chase says a 30-day hold has been put on the foreclosure of a Lake City, Ga., "Extreme Makeover" house.
He didn't win the competition, but Food Network has announced it's still giving The Next Food Network Star fourth-season finalist Adam Gertler his own television show.
Nigel Lythgoe has confirmed he will be stepping down as American Idol's executive producer after previously serving in that role for all of the Fox mega-hit's first seven seasons.
Tim Oliphant and Ally Davidson were crowned American Gladiators male and female second-season champions during last night's finale broadcast of the campy NBC reality competition series.
Melissa Lawson was crowned Nashville Star's sixth-season champ during last night's live finale broadcast of the NBC reality competition series.
Mark Lambrecht, Craig Slike and Nicole Williams competed in their final two The Mole missions and also took their last fifth-season quiz during last night's penultimate broadcast of the ABC reality series.
Only about 300 people turned out for the "American Idol" auditions held during the weekend in San Juan, Puerto Rico, El Nuevo Dia reported.
Cash was apparently king when Mark L. Wahlberg decided to host train wreck reality shows from Temptation Island to The Moment of Truth.
WE tv apparently plans to give viewers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at beauty pageants for little girls.
A pair of So You Think You Can Dance finalists reportedly took the expression "dance 'til you drop" a little too literally.
Jennifer Bertrand became HGTV Design Star's third-season champ during last night's finale broadcast of the HGTV reality competition series.
Chelsie Hightower said So You Think You Can Dance finalists are all prepared to be booted during any results show, which helped ease her own ouster last Thursday night.
Fox announced it has renewed So You Think You Can Dance for a fifth season that will air next summer.
Similar to thousands of hopefuls before him, Nigel Lythgoe's American Idol journey has reportedly come to an end.
Mark Kanemura came up just short in his bid to perform for So You Think You Can Dance's fourth-season title, however he still had a sunny disposition about the way the competition came to an end for him.
Now that Lance Bass is reportedly "locked and loaded" to participate in Dancing with the Stars' seventh season, whether or not the openly gay former N'Sync member will have a male partner has become a hot topic of conversation.
John Rich said he takes a "no nonsense" approach to critiquing Nashville Star sixth-season finalists, and while some initially find it hard to handle most eventually think it's helpful.
Jodie Sweetin is reportedly planning to give viewers a look at her personal life.
Claws were allegedly unleashed during a recent cat fight between former America's Next Top Model ninth-season finalist Bianca Golden and Hairspray actress Nikki Blonsky.
Josh Flagg has reportedly been accused of pilfering the homes of his clients.
Angie Swindell became the third houseguest evicted from Big Brother's tenth season during last night's live broadcast of the CBS reality show.
Ron G, Adam Hunter and Sean Cullen were all revealed to be eliminated from Last Comic Standing's sixth-season during last night's penultimate broadcast of the NBC reality series
Despite Mary Delgado's November arrest on a domestic battery charge against her fiance Byron Velvick, The Bachelor sixth-season couple is apparently still attempting to make their relationship last.
Chelsie Hightower and Mark Kanemura became the fifteenth and sixteenth finalists eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance's fourth season during last night's live results show on Fox.
J.T. Torregiani reportedly doesn't want to serve as The Bachelor's next star because of the time it would take to film the ABC reality dating series, but it also has something to do with rekindling a romantic connection with ex Paula Abdul.