Reality TV News - January 2005
R U The Girl With T-Boz & Chilli, an upcoming UPN series which will follow the two remaining members of the all-female TLC music group as they search for a female performer to join them for an upcoming concert and recording studio sessions, has begun conducting open casting calls.
"The Meaning of Life: Runway and Boobs," our episode summary for the fourth episode of NBC's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search, written by Ricky, is now available.
"Panties In A Bunch, Or Hooked On Phonics," our episode summary for the tenth episode of CBS's The Amazing Race 6, written by ginger, is now available.
"The Attack Of The French," our episode summary for the third episode of ABC's The Bachelorette 3, written by greeneyes, is now available.
"Spreading the Love," our episode summary for the ninteenth episode of MTV's The Real World: Philadelphia series, written by Mon Cherie, is now available.
Britain's Anne Robinson, the acid-tongued hostess of the "Weakest Link" TV show, will present a topical comedy for the BBC, the Mirror said Friday.
One of the most popular, though unsuccessful, performers in this week's "American Idol" shows watched himself on TV from an Alabama jail.
Another week, another bad leadership casualty on The Apprentice 3.
With Donald Trump having now signed on to star in two more The Apprentice editions, NBC announced this week that in addition to the Apprentice 4 mail-in applications that it has already been accepting, the show is launching a 28 city nationwide casting call tour beginning this weekend.
"He's Got His Thing Out!," our episode summary for the fourth episode of GSN's American Dream Derby, written by realitybites, is now available.
"Horses, Dwarfs and Bears.. Oh My!!," our episode summary for the third episode of VH1's The Surreal Life 4 reality series, written by RangeRover, is now available.
The WB has announced that The Starlet, a new Top Model-like reality series in which ten young aspiring actresses will compete to win a prize package that includes representation and a one-year talent deal with The WB, will premiere Tuesday, March 8 at 9PM ET/ET.
"Unbelievable Bad Leadership," our episode summary for the premiere episode of the third edition of NBC's The Apprentice, written by Bucky Katt, is now available.
U.S. reality show co-stars Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie may be going their separate ways.
NBC is fattening up The Biggest Loser. The network has announced that in addition to the already announced The Biggest Loser 2 sequel that will air this summer, it's adding a spin-off to the series. Featuring themed stand-alone episodes, the spin-off will pit groups of varying sizes battling against each other in an effort to lose weight.
Presumably convinced that repeat broadcasts of its Thursday night dramas can better defend the Thursday 8PM ET/PT time period until Survivor: Vanuatu premieres on February 17, CBS announced yesterday that effective immediately, Wickedly Perfect (the time period's current occupant) will air on Saturdays at 8PM ET/PT for the duration of its ten-episode run.
Showing absolutely no signs of slowing down in its fourth season, Fox's American Idol dominated the television ratings during last week's two premiere week broadcasts.
"Would You Do It In The Woods?," our episode summary for the third episode of CBS's Wickedly Perfect, written by Estee, is now available.
The third and supposed final season of MTV's Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica will premiere Wednesday, January 26 at 10PM ET/PT.
"The Tale of the Ice Queen," our episode summary for the third episode of NBC's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search, written by Mon Cherie, is now available.
Mattel, the No. 1 U.S. toy maker, is set to debut a 2005 "American Idol" Barbie in stores complete with stage, outfits and record contract.
TLC confirmed today that it has fired Paige Davis, the host of its flagship Trading Spaces series. According to the network, the move is part of a decision to take the show (which has seen its ratings sag considerably during the last two seasons) into a new creative direction that will feature a "host-less" format.
CBS might not yet be ready to release any The Amazing Race 7 cast information, but apparently Race creator and executive producer Bertram van Munster has no such qualms.
"Best. Episode. Ever.," our episode summary for the ninth episode of CBS's The Amazing Race 6, written by Draco Malfoy, is now available.
Donald Trump and Slovenian model Melania Knauss tied the knot in Palm Beach, Fla., in a short dignified ceremony with some 300 in attendance.
"Jen's Quandry." our episode summary for the second episode of ABC's The Bachelorette 3, written by RangeRover, is now available.
The Learning Annex has announced that New York developer Donald Trump will present three classes in 2005 for $1 million for each class.
"Strike Three, You're Out!," our episode summary for the eighteenth episode of MTV's The Real World: Philadelphia series, written by volsfan, is now available.
What had been touted as a heavyweight reality showdown between reality titan Mark Burnett's upcoming The Contender series and Fox's American Idol undisputed ratings champ has suddenly turned into an instant forfeit as a result of NBC's announcement that it has decided to refuse to enter the ring.
The third season of NBC's The Apprentice returned to the airwaves last night, with this season's first business lesson being that while Burger King's "have it your way" slogan might be an excellent approach to burger design, it apparently doesn't work so well when one attempts to apply it to project management.
The Palm Beach Town Council met in special session to snuff out a request for fireworks at the wedding of Donald Trump and Melania Knauss.
The third wedding of reality TV star and businessman Donald Trump could turn out to be the most lavish U.S. wedding of the year.
Hotel heiress Paris Hilton used an Atlantic City, N.J., fire-dispatch radio to utter an obscenity, potentially violating a federal regulation.
"A Hair-Raising Experience," our episode summary for the second episode of NBC's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search, written by Bebo, is now available.
UPN announced today that America's Next Top Model - Cycle 4, the fourth edition of its Tyra Banks-hosted reality modeling talent competition series, will debut on Wednesday, March 2 at 8PM/PT.
Rocker Ozzy Osbourne has been told to lay off the coffee if he wants to sleep at night.
The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is considering overhauling the prime time Emmy Awards telecast, Daily Variety reported Wednesday.
Many television industry insiders - including Fox's own network president Gail Berman -- had doubted whether American Idol could continue its monster ratings numbers as the now "maturing" show entered its fourth season. Well, if the preliminary ratings numbers for last night's special two-hour Idol debut are any indication, the fourth season will not only match the ratings highs of last year's American Idol 3, but may very well even exceed them.
A U.S. Web site devoted to calling on Ashlee Simpson to get out of public sight -- and hearing -- has collected more than 65,000 digital signatures.
ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" star Ty Pennington was recovering at his Atlanta home Wednesday from an emergency appendectomy.
"The Great Steaks Race," our episode summary for the third episode of GSN's American Dream Derby, written by realitybites, is now available.
"At Least These People Aren't Breeding," our episode summary for the second episode of VH1's The Surreal Life 4, written by toddE, is now available.
CBS announced today that The Amazing Race 7, the seventh edition of its resurgent two-time Emmy winning reality series, will debut Tuesday, March 1 at 9PM ET/PT with a special two-hour premiere episode.
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne have put their California mansion up for sale as they get ready for the day when the kids move out.
After gangland kingpin Al "Scarface" Capone was sentenced to federal prison after being foung guilty of income tax evasion in 1931, most Americans realized that "death and taxes" were the two certainties in life.
The Next Great Rock Star, the current working title for reality uber-producer Mark Burnett's upcoming CBS reality show which will feature contestants competing for the chance to become the lead singer of the world-famous INXS Australian rock band, will begin its international open audition tour this week. Rock Star will air in Summer 2005 over a thirteen week period that will feature two hours of programming a week, the exact breakdown of which is still to be determined.
"Never Serve Warm Champagne," our episode summary for the second episode of CBS's Wickedly Perfect, written by volsfan, is now available.
CBS has announced that due to Survivor: Palau's premiere on February 17, Wickedly Perfect, the domestic diva search reality series that has been occupying CBS's Thursday night time period while Survivor is between editions, will move to Saturday evenings beginning February 19.
For a show that only had a little more than nine million people watch its premiere, the third edition of ABC's The Bachelorette sure seems to be generating more than its fair share of online buzz.
Paris Hilton has been romantically linked to Sting's 18-year-old son Jake Sumner, Teen Hollywood reported Monday.
"Once, Twice, Three times a DAW." our episode summary for the premiere episode of ABC's The Bachelorette 3, written by MTW1961, is now available.
"Winner Takes All (Maybe)," our episode summary for the finale episode of Fox's The Rebel Billionaire, written by Swami, is now available.
Sylvester Stallone's 71-year-old mother, Jackie, was the first celebrity to be evicted from the British TV's "Big Brother" house.
Fox announced today that beginning shortly, viewers will be able to watch the five remaining unaired episodes of its canceled My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss reality parody series for free via its Fox.com website.
"American Idol" is coming back for its fourth season but it's singing a new tune.
Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, having apparently overslept their sewage date in filming "The Simple Life," turned their attention to deer hunting.
USA Network completed its wholesale makeover (although more traditional country music fans might term it a "wholesale destruction") of its Nashville Star country music reality talent search series on Thursday, announcing that hard rocker Bret Michaels, the front man for Poison, will serve as the third and final celebrity judge for its upcoming third edition of the series.
Wickedly Perfect might be the title of the show, but no one will be using that phrase to describe the debut ratings performance of CBS's new domestic diva search reality show.
"Apples, Apples Everywhere, But Not A Bite To Eat," our episode summary for the premiere episode of CBS's Wickedly Perfect, written by buckeyegirl, is now available.
CBS announced today that Survivor: Palau, the tenth edition of its long-running reality series, will premiere Thursday, February 17 at 8PM ET/PT.
"Tell Mom Not To Watch!," our episode summary for the eighth episode of CBS's The Amazing Race 6, written by Swami, is now available.
Setting a new record for weekend reality TV futility, CBS announced today that it has axed its new The Will reality series after just a single episode broadcast. A Cold Case repeat will air in its place this week, with details on the time period's new regularly scheduled programming to be announced at a later date.
With a final weight loss figure that represented more than the total body weight of most of the skeletal young women competing on Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search, NBC's other currently airing reality competition series, Ryan Benson was crowned The Biggest Loser's winner during last night's live finale broadcast of the series.
In the end, Virgin founder and The Rebel Billionaire star Richard Branson selected the finalist that one fellow contestant described as his own "Mini Me" -- wild haired Shawn Nelson, the brash 26-year-old business entrepreneur that Richard nearly fired in the opening minutes of the show's premiere episode due to his arrogance.
The series premiere of NBC's new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search reality series failed to make much of a rating splash last week, delivering one of NBC's better performances in the time period this season, but still getting slammed by ABC's first new Lost episode of the year.
Bravo's Heidi Klum-hosted Project Runway returned to the airwaves with a vengeance last week, sashayed its way to record ratings in its post-holiday return from a two-week hiatus.
Irate parents prompted producers to cancel taping of "The Simple Life" at a New Jersey school, it was reported Tuesday.
Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil married for the fourth time in his latest self-improvement venture.
Famous Australian feminist Germaine Greer quit Britain's "Celebrity Big Brother" show Tuesday, just five days after joining the reality broadcast.
Makers of a reality show based on men competing to be a woman's sperm donor are shopping the concept to U.S. broadcasters.
"Shoot Me or Smoke Me," our episode summary for the second episode of GSN's American Dream Derby, written by realitybites, is now available.
"Santa Anita Baby (Don't you know that I love you?)," our episode summary for the premiere episode of GSN's American Dream Derby, written by realitybites, is now available.
"I’d Bet the Ranch…," our episode summary for the premiere episode of CBS's The Will, written by ARnutz, is now available.
"Eat Your Insanly Hot Soup Faster, Drama Queen!," our episode summary for the seventh episode of CBS's The Amazing Race 6, written by Canada Girl, is now available.
"Because No One Else Would," or "Get Da Brat a New Agent," our episode summary for the premiere episode of VH1's The Surreal Life 4, written by ginger, is now available.
Billionaire and TV star Donald Trump has been preparing for his third wedding in Palm Beach, Fla., the New York Post reported Monday.
"Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Spankathon," our episode summary for the premiere episode of NBC's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search, written by TeamJoisey, is now available.
"I'm Not Drunk...I Just Have These Blackouts!," our episode summary for the sixteenth episode of MTV's The Real World: Philadelphia series, written by volsfan, is now available.
"Honey, I Signed Up For A Summary And All I Got Was This Lousy Recap," our episode summary for the tenth episode of Fox's The Rebel Billionaire, written by PagongRatEater, is now available.
"Only Seven Of These Men Deserve To Die," our episode summary for Fox's Who's your Daddy? reality special, written by Estee, is now available.
There may be a second video release of U.S. hotel heiress Paris Hilton having sex with her former boyfriend, Rick Salomon, the Sun reported.
U.S. cable's Women's Entertainment network has named Star Jones Reynolds, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez as "Bridezillas of 2004."
USA Network has announced that the third season of its revamped Nashville Star reality talent search series, now hosted by country music star LeAnn Rimes, will premiere Tuesday, March 1 at 10PM ET/PT.
Network execs are debating whether to leave in a shot of a urinating actor in Sunday's "The Surreal Life" on VH1.
A contestant on Fox's "Who's Your Daddy" says she doesn't understand the fuss the controversial reality show kicked up.
GSN's American Dream Derby, the first reality series focused on thoroughbred horse racing, will premiere on Monday, January 10 at 9PM ET/PT with back-to-back one-hour episode broadcasts.
Fox announced yesterday that repeat episodes of its back-from-the-dead Family Guy animated series will air on Sunday evenings beginning Sunday, January 16 at 9PM, ending the network's previously announced plans to have its low rated My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss reality series return from hiatus on the same date.
MTV will end its rock star reality show, "The Osbournes," with a final block of 10 episodes later this month, Zap2it.com reported Thursday.
News that provocative hotel heiress Paris Hilton may tape a segment of "The Simple Life" at a New Jersey junior high school has parents outraged.
Jessica Simpson is suing U.S. retailer Inspired Silver for allegedly using her image to sell products without permission, "Celebrity Justice" reports.
MTV and Bunim-Murray Productions announced yesterday that the network has ordered five more The Real World seasons and two more The Real World/Road Rules Challenge editions, a commitment that represents the largest pick-up in MTV’s history.
T.J. Myers revealed a lot about her past to both viewers and her biological father during Fox's Monday evening broadcast of its Who's Your Daddy? reality adoption special, but there are a couple of details that she and the network left out -- such as the facts that not only isn't she a stranger to reality television, but that she also has a background as a soft-core porn film actress.
Supermodel Heidi Klum and British pop singer Seal got engaged at a Canadian ski resort during the holidays, E! Online reported Wednesday.
The Orange Bowl crowd's rough treatment of singer Ashlee Simpson in the game's halftime show is recalling criticism of her "Saturday Night Live" debacle.
With CBS's new ten-episode Wickedly Perfect series scheduled to debut in its time period this week, it is still unclear exactly when Survivor: Palau is going to premiere (some rumors say February, others say after Wickedly's run ends in March, meanwhile the show's network publicists aren't commenting) but that hasn't stopped online spoiler sleuths from apparently uncovering the names of all twenty of the tenth Survivor edition's castaways.
Stating that its primetime lineup will now be "twice as queer," Bravo has announced that Queer Eye for the Straight Girl, the long since announced spinoff of its popular (but somewhat fading) Queer Eye for the Straight Guy series will debut this month and join the network's weekly lineup.
The latest reality TV show, "Made in the U.S.A.," will take the best inventor and invention in the country to the Home Shopping Network.
The Biggest Loser, NBC's surprising little reality show that could, returns to the airwaves tonight, broadcasting its penultimate episode that culminates with next week's live finale crowning of the weight loss competition series' so-called "biggest loser" and $250,000 winner.
UPN has announced the identities of the thirteen finalists that will be competing on The Road To Stardom With Missy Elliott, the network's new reality series that premieres Wednesday, January 5 at 8PM ET/PT.
"A Very Special Real World," our episode summary for the fifteenth episode of MTV's The Real World: Philadelphia series, written by Mon Cherie, is now available.
WRAZ-50, the local FOX affiliate in Raleigh, NC, announced over the holiday weekend that it will not air the network's Who's Your Daddy reality special that is scheduled for broadcast on the network this evening.
The producer's of the Fox reality show "American Idol" say the show will undergo some major changes in the upcoming fourth season.
"Pop Idol" and "X Factor" judge Simon Cowell is the highest paid man on British television, with $34 million to his credit in 2004, the Daily Mirror reports.
"A Jumbled Up Episode Called A Recrap," our episode summary for the recap episode of CBS's The Amazing Race 6, written by strid333, is now available.