Reality TV News - January 2006
As he typically does before every new season, Survivor host Jeff Probst met with the media on Monday afternoon, teasing the press about Survivor Panama's upcoming season and sharing some previously undisclosed details about the new twists that viewers will see in the twelfth edition of the of the long-running CBS reality show.
CBS has revealed the identities of the eleven teams who will be competing on The Amazing Race 9, the new edition of its three-time Emmy Award-winning reality adventure series that will debut with a special two-hour premiere on Tuesday, February 28 at 9PM ET/PT.
"DAW TV," our episode summary for the third episode of The Bachelor: Paris, ABC's eighth edition of The Bachelor, written by greeneyes, is now available.
Reality TV World's Spoiler Island fantasy prediction game has opened for Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island Episode 1 picks.
"Whatchu talkin' 'bout, Judges?," our episode summary for the second episode of Fox's new Skating With Celebrities reality series, written by WaterDrop, is now available.
Nearly 1,000 people showed up at a San Diego restaurant for a Thursday casting call for NBC's "The Biggest Loser" that never happened.
A dangerous stunt on "Fear Factor South Africa" ripped out half the hair from a contestant's head and left her hospitalized with a concussion.
"American Idol" twins Derrell and Terrell Brittenum are out of an Atlanta-area jail but they've been bounced from the Fox TV show.
Original Survivor winner Richard Hatch didn't prove nearly as persuasive with his real world jury as his reality TV version, with a federal jury finding him guilty of tax evasion for failing to pay taxes on income that included the $1,000,000 grand prize that he'd won after convincing his Survivor jury that he deserved to be crowed the champion of the popular reality show's initial Summer 2000 season.
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution has picked up a second season of model Tyra Banks' syndicated talk show.
Singer/actor Jamie Foxx says he's developing a TV show about helping fallen stars regain their star power.
Donald Trump has filed a $5 billion defamation suit against the author and publisher of the 2005 book, "TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald."
A federal jury in Providence, R.I., Tuesday began deliberating in the tax evasion trial of $1 million "Survivor" champ Richard Hatch.
CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment rocked the broadcast television landscape this morning, making an unexpected and somewhat shocking announcement that they will be shutting down their respective UPN and The WB networks and instead launching a new The CW broadcast network that will begin operation this fall.
Alleged cheating by season one "Survivor" contestants did not come up as Richard Hatch finished testifying Monday in his Rhode Island tax evasion trial.
NBC has announced that The Apprentice 5, which it had previously announced would premiere "after the Olympics," will literally do so, premiering on Monday, February 27, the day after the network's Sunday night broadcast of the closing day ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics.
The attorney for "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch says producers promised to pay his taxes if he kept quiet about cheating on the hit CBS reality show.
"Is That The Eiffel Tower in Your Pants or Are You Just Happy to See Me," our episode summary for the second episode of The Bachelor: Paris, ABC's eighth edition of The Bachelor, written by frisky, is now available.
"Survivor" winner Richard Hatch admitted in a Providence, R.I., courtroom Friday he did not declare his $1 million prize on his 2001 income tax return.
Tribune Entertainment and American Idol producers FremantleMedia North America have announced the details of American Idol Rewind, the new syndicated television series that will repackage previous seasons of the smash-hit Fox reality show for weekend syndication.
A so-called "gorilla coat" belonging to a contestant on Britain's "Big Brother" reality TV show was seized by police for testing Thursday.
San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds is apparently gearing up to star in an ESPN reality series, it was reported Thursday.
Kelly Clarkson, the original "American Idol," has relented and agreed to let contestants on the Fox TV show sing her songs.
A trio of "American Idol" offspring will be shining on Broadway this spring, it was announced Thursday.
Memphis twins Terrell and Derrell Brittenum may have wowed "American Idol" judges, but the next judges they face may be a bit stricter.
"The Train Wreck That Wasn’t," our episode summary for the premiere episode of Fox's new Skating With Celebrities reality series, written by WaterDrop, is now available.
UPN announced today that America's Next Top Model - Cycle 6, the sixth edition of its Tyra Banks-hosted reality modeling talent competition series, will debut with a special two-hour premiere on Wednesday, March 8 at 8PM/PT.
A Netherlands TV show based on the daily life of a porn star has been shut down as too steamy for broadcast on a family-based channel.
A no-show pulled by "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul incurred the wrath of hundreds of journalists assembled for a news conference in Pasadena, Calif.
Competing broadcasters and other Idol-haters beware -- Fox's American Idol juggernaut is back... and if the ratings results from last night's fifth season premiere are any indication, it looks like the show might be (almost inconceivably) even bigger than ever.
An "American Idol" judge has some harsh words for the Fox TV talent show's first winner, Kelly Clarkson, who hasn't agreed to let "Idol" use her songs.
NBC has announced that it has ordered a fourth edition of its Emmy-nominated reality talent competition, reviving the series after a two-year layoff that followed the network's unwise Summer 2004 decision to overexpose the show by premiering a third, hastily-assembled Fall 2004 edition only weeks after its Last Comic Standing 2 summer edition had ended.
CBS has renewed its Rock Star reality talent competition, ending months of rumors about whether the Mark Burnett-created reality series would return for a second season. But although CBS has now decided that the show -- along with co-hosts Dave Navarro and Brooke Burke -- will return as part of its Summer 2006 programming lineup, numerous other details about Rock Star's new season reportedly remain undecided, including whether the new season will center around finding another lead singer for a still-undetermined headless rock group.
Comedian Rosie O'Donnell says she was surprised when participants in the first gay family cruise were met by protesters in the Bahamas.
The fifth season of Fox's American Idol juggernaut will premiere this evening, and while the new season won't feature any of the more significant "higher age limit" changes of seasons past, American Idol's producers have once again slightly tweaked the top-rated show's smash-hit formula.
"For Richer, For Poorer, In Thinness And In Health," our episode summary for the third episode of NBC's The Biggest Loser Special Edition series, written by volsfan, is now available.
"Meet the Cinderellas" or "Hurry, My Eggs Are Rotten," our episode summary for the first episode of The Bachelor: Paris, ABC's eighth edition of The Bachelor, written by kathliam, is now available.
ESPN has announced that rather than debut in April as was originally planned, its new season of The Contender will premiere on Tuesday, July 18 at 10PM ET/PT.
The second day of "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch's federal trial in Providence, R.I., focused on whether he improperly used funds from his own charity.
"American Idol" contestant Julia DeMato has reportedly cut a deal in Danbury, Conn., to get drug and alcohol charges pending against her erased.
A month after Kathy Griffin herself had already announced that a second season of her My Life on the D-List reality series would begin filming in February, Bravo has confirmed that the show has been renewed and its new six-episode season will premiere sometime during Spring 2006.
Hoping to expose its new Top Chef reality series to as many Project Runway viewers as possible, Bravo has announced that decided to bump the premiere of the new reality cooking competition up a week and debut it immediately after the Wednesday, March 8 at 10PM ET/PT broadcast of Runway's second season finale.
"Survivor" boss Mark Burnett told the Providence, R.I., tax evasion trial of Richard Hatch Thursday the $1 million winner knew he was supposed to pay taxes.
Cable TV's Starz movie channel is launching a reality show, "Looking for Stars," in which the winner will get a role on the big screen.
Eliminated The Bachelor: Paris bachelorette Allie Garcia-Serra might have only lasted one episode on the latest edition of the long-running ABC reality show, but apparently that was more than long enough for her learn the "it was the editing" excuse previously used by countless other reality TV contestants embarrassed about their televised behavior.
ABC's new season of Dancing with the Stars got off to very strong rating start last week, with Thursday night's special two-hour performance show ranking as the week's sixth most watched non-sports program and the show's new Friday night results show also winning its time period.
"Once More Back Onto The Dance Floor," our episode summary for the first episode of ABC's second edition of Dancing with the Stars, written by PhoenixMons, is now available.
Black Entertainment Television executives say their new reality series following rapper Lil' Kim as she prepared for her prison term does not condone her crime.
Increasingly busy American Idol judge Simon Cowell reportedly has yet another new reality show in the works -- Duets, an unscripted singing competition series that will feature celebrities partnering with professional singers.
Pop star Britney Spears topped the 46th Annual Worst Dressed Women list released Tuesday by style watcher Mr. Blackwell.
"Malcolm in the Middle" star Justin "Reese" Berfield has bought the house made famous by Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey on MTV's "Newlyweds."
Owners of portable MP3 players can now take "The Apprentice" star Donald Trump's latest nine-course Trump University offering on how to get rich.
"How Many Losers Are In Your Family?," our episode summary for the first two episodes of NBC's The Biggest Loser Special Edition series, written by Cyndimaus, is now available.
Although online sleuths had already identified many of them, CBS today announced the identities of sixteen of the castaways who will be competing on its upcoming Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island series.
"American Idol" judge Simon Cowell is working on another singing competition for Fox TV, it was reported Monday.
The tax evasion and fraud trial of "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch won't begin in Providence, R.I., until the week's end, a court clerk said Monday.
Authorities are investigating whether two Las Vegas nightclubs let Paris Hilton's underage boyfriend into their establishments.
"American Idol" runner-up Diana DeGarmo has been cast in the lead for the U.S. tour of the Broadway pop musical "Brooklyn."
The Calabasas, Calif., mansion made famous by former golden couple Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson during MTV's "Newlyweds" is for sale.
Tribune Entertainment has snatched up the syndication rights to Fox TV's hit talent competition, "American Idol," it was announced Friday.
A federal appeals court in New York court Friday upheld Martha Stewart's conviction for lying about a stock sale.
A friend of Stavros Niarchos' is seeking a restraining order against the Greek shipping heir's girlfriend -- hotel heiress Paris Hilton.
Bravo has announced that The Real Housewives of Orange County, its new reality documentary series, will premiere Tuesday, March 21 at 10PM ET/PT.
Britney Spears' husband, Kevin Federline, announced on Ryan Seacrest's Los Angeles radio show Thursday that he's putting out a hip-hop album.
"The Dukes of Hazzard" star and pop singer Jessica Simpson was announced Thursday as the opener for the 32nd Annual People's Choice Awards on CBS.
Online gambling sites have deemed World Wrestling Entertainment professional wrestling "diva" Stacy Keibler the favorite to win the new season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars that premieres tonight at 8PM ET/PT.
Socialite Paris Hilton has reportedly admitted making up the story about heiress Zeta Graff attacking her, the New York Post said Tuesday.
"American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest has received a $21 million birthday present from E! Entertainment Network.
"The Apprentice" star Donald Trump says he's having too much fun to run for governor of New York.
If U.S. adults were on "Survivor" on CBS, 35 percent would send Paris Hilton packing home first, and 33 percent would send President George W. Bush home.