Reality TV News - January 2008
ABC has announced DeAnna Pappas, the 26-year-old Neunan, GA real estate agent who was twice rejected by The Bachelor eleventh-season star Brad Womack, will serve as the object of affection for 25 men when The Bachelorette's fourth season premieres this summer.
National Geographic Channel announced 22 dogs that previously belonged to jailed NFL star Michael Vick will receive some puppy love via the network's Dogtown reality series, which premiered earlier this month and documents the rehabilitation of abused animals.
Conscious about not wanting to bite the hand that fed him, Chris Daughtry apparently learned his lesson after previously stating American Idol is "definitely in decline."
The creative minds behind The CW's America's Next Top Model and Bravo's Project Runway are reportedly collaborating on a new The CW reality competition series for aspiring fashion magazine editors.
Moya and Jenileigh Sawatzke were revealed to be Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants' winners during last night's finale broadcast of The CW reality competition series.
As Paula Abdul attempts to re-launch her recording career, the American Idol judge has apparently expressed an interest in crossing enemy lines and putting her Grammy-winning dance moves on display.
Survivor: Micronesia's creative hook was supposed to be its Fans vs. Favorites format -- but with two love affairs, a record number of blind-side vote-offs, multiple hidden Immunity Idols, conned returning castaways, a new biggest all-time Survivor blunder, and some of the most brutal weather ever, the Fans vs. Favorites angle may have to take a backseat to all the other action.
Just as Jennifer Widder was starting to post impressive numbers on the scale, the 22-year-old weight-loss camp assistant director from River Edge, NJ became the first individual contestant cut from The Biggest Loser: Couples during last night's broadcast of the NBC reality show's fifth season.
If Survivor host Jeff Probst's recent contract extension negotiations seemed to go a lot quieter than his talks from two years ago, there's a good reason.
Sarah Jessica Parker got a glimpse of how reality television works and apparently liked what she saw.
NBC has announced it has renewed The Celebrity Apprentice for a second season currently slated to premiere in January 2009.
CBS has announced it has ordered two more editions of Survivor, the hit reality series that kick-started the modern reality TV era when it premiered in 2000, for broadcast during the 2008-2009 season.
Team Bruno member Charity Baroni became the third contestant cut from Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann during last night's live broadcast of the new ABC reality competition series.
The CW has announced it will air two one-hour America's Next Top Model specials that will look back at the reality competition show's first nine seasons and also feature interviews with some of the previous contestants.
NBC has announced My Dad is Better Than Your Dad, a new Mark Burnett-produced game show that will test fathers and their children in a series of challenges for the chance to win prizes, will premiere Monday, February 18 at 8PM ET/PT.
NBC has announced Amne$ia, a new Mark Burnett-created game show that will challenge contestants' memories for the chance to win cash and prizes, will premiere Friday, February 22 at 9PM ET/PT.
So much for the possibility that The History Channel or Sci Fi Channel might "blink" and back away from their plans to premiere different reality programs with the same UFO Hunters name and subject matter on the same night in the same time period.
While Clay Aiken is the first to admit he's "not cool" and instead "nerdy," the American Idol second-season runner-up is still apparently accustomed to having female fans thrown their panties at him while he's onstage performing.
Oxygen has announced Deion & Pilar: Prime Time Love, a new reality series that will chronicle former professional athlete Deion "Prime Time" Sanders and his family's everyday life, will premiere with a special episode broadcast during Super Bowl XLII's halftime on Sunday, February 3.
Lifetime announced that it will premiere Your Mama Don't Dance, a new Dancing with the Stars-like reality competition series that partners professional two-steppers with one of their novice parents, on Friday, February 29 at 9PM ET/PT and revealed the identities of the 10 duos that will compete on the show.
Wrestling apparently isn't the only deceptive art Terrence "Hulk Hogan" Boella is good at.
Ashlee Simpson's first reality role worked so well in launching her singing career, a similar plan is apparently in the works to help promote her upcoming album.
As Sabrina Bryan's participation in Dancing with the Stars' current tour comes to a close and she leaves for India to film her third Disney TV-movie, The Cheetah Girls starlet is facing separation from her beau, Dancing professional Mark Ballas.
Stefan Kemalov, who earned notoriety as one of the roommates on the Bulgarian TV series "Big Brother," reportedly was arrested on forgery charges.
Ada Maynor and her daughter Christan Henderson knew the speech portions of the competition was a "problem area" right from the start.
Celebrities from the world of cinema and sports alike are set to take part in the upcoming new U.S. reality TV series from Oprah Winfrey.
Ryan Seacrest's production company is apparently onboard in developing a previously reported primetime reality series starring actress Denise Richards.
Ratings: Fox's 'The Moment of Truth' premieres to huge numbers
Jennie Finch is used to throwing heat on the field and not taking heat in the boardroom, causing the 27-year-old Olympic softball player to become the fourth candidate fired by Donald Trump during last night's The Celebrity Apprentice broadcast on NBC.
The History Channel and Sci Fi Channel are apparently taking the reality show concept wars to a new level.
Tori Spelling and hubby Dean McDermott will apparently be looking for some extra room during their new house hunting.
Miss America confronts a new reality via 'Miss America: Reality Check'
If you would have told Paige Davis she'd ever return to Trading Spaces after TLC decided to go with a "host-less" format three years ago, she wouldn't have believed you.
Ada Maynor and her daughter Christan Henderson struggled with the all-important interview as the judges deemed their answers lacked depth, causing the Dallas, TX mother/daughter duo to become the seventh team eliminated from Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants during last night's broadcast of The CW reality series.
VH1 has revealed the identities of the 20 women who will compete for Flava Flav's heart on Flavor of Love's third season, which will premiere Monday, February 11 at 9PM ET/PT.
MTV announced 18-year-old female rapper Lil Mama will serve as Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew's third judge when the new So You Think You Can Dance-like reality competition series premieres on February 7.
Bravo has revealed the identities of the 16 culinary up-and-comers who will be competing on Top Chef: Chicago, the fourth season of the network's Top Chef reality series, which will premiere Wednesday, March 12 at 10PM ET/PT.
Although viewers won't see it play out on television until next month, American Idol has allegedly selected its Top 24 seventh-season semifinalists.
Fox Reality Channel has announced American Idol Extra, the American Idol companion series that takes viewers behind the scenes of the Fox mega-hit, will return for its third season on Thursday, March 13 at 7PM ET/PT.
Donald Jerousek and Nicolas Fulks were unable to take home the $1 million prize, but they sure do have some good stories to tell from their The Amazing Race journey.
Bette Sue Burkland and her daughter Alison Vincent rubbed the wrong team the wrong way at the wrong time, causing the Mesa, AZ hair stylists to become the fourth team eliminated from The Biggest Loser: Couples during last night's broadcast of the NBC reality show's fifth season.
Actress Denise Richards is reportedly planning to let the public see her personal life via a new primetime reality series.
Striking writers guild drops reality TV unionization contract demand
Although viewers saw it play out in only eleven weeks, Ronald and Christina Hsu's The Amazing Race journey was four years in the making.
Bravo has confirmed it has renewed Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List for a fourth season.
Oxygen has announced it has renewed Tori & Dean: Inn Love for a third season that will follow co-stars Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott as they bid adieu to their Chateau La Rue bed-and-breakfast in Fallbrook, CA and move back to Tinseltown.
As a former British tabloid editor, Piers Morgan presumably knows a thing or two about selling steamy celebrity romances for big bucks.
A quickie wedding could apparently be in the works for I Love New York second-season lovebirds Tiffany "New York" Pollard and her fiance George "Tailor Made" Weisgerber.
Although Giuliana Rancic previously gushed that she and her new husband -- original The Apprentice winner Bill Rancic -- were aiming to have children "sooner rather than later," "soon" apparently hasn't come yet for the E! News anchor.
Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough are together again, as the Dancing with the Stars fifth-season ballroom champs have joined Dancing with the Stars - The Tour.
Rachel Rosales and TK Erwin remained cool and calm when presented with a challenge, a strategy that paid-off to the tune of $1 million as the dating couple from Huntington Beach, CA was revealed to be The Amazing Race's twelfth-season winners during last night's finale broadcast of the CBS reality series.
"Newly Dating Couple" Rachel Rosales and TK Erwin were revealed to be The Amazing Race's twelfth-season winners during last night's finale broadcast of the CBS reality series.
While Trista Sutter had some serious medical complications during her first pregnancy, The Bachelorette first-season star still has another baby on the brain.
No matter what happens on American Idol's currently airing seventh season, one thing is for certain.
Former 'Viva La Bam' star Vincent Margera gets probation for cocaine
A British husband's honesty about his sex life on a television show has won him $100,000 and -- his wife says -- strengthened their marriage.
A British TV nanny is said to have falsified qualifications she used to back up "outdated and potentially harmful" infant-care techniques.
The Writers Guild of America and top Hollywood studios have agreed to resume negotiations toward ending the ongoing writers' strike.
NBC has announced it's ordered Celebrity Circus, the working title for a new Dancing with the Stars-like reality series that will follow celebrities as they compete alongside professional circus troupes.
Even though Donald Trump tried to steer him in the right direction, Gene Simmons couldn't distinguish between being tough and acting stubborn, causing the KISS frontman and Gene Simmons Family Jewels star to become the third candidate fired by The Donald during last night's The Celebrity Apprentice broadcast on NBC.
Good things come in twos, even for Survivor villain Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton.
NBC has announced its recently ordered second installment of American Gladiators will air this summer prior to the network's coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.
NBC has formally announced it has decided to pluck Nashville Star from its sister network USA, which aired the first five seasons of the reality competition series.
Chris Daughtry was apparently "just being honest" and feels fans didn't hear the whole story when he said American Idol is "definitely in decline."
Since it's been more than a decade since she released any original music, Paula Abdul apparently needed some help from her American Idol friends in unveiling her new single.
New directors guild deal may serve as guide for writers strike contract
One American Idol mini-controversy apparently wasn't enough for Terrell and Derrell Brittenum, the Memphis twins that were disqualified from the show's fifth-season Hollywood Round after identity theft charges surfaced.
Although the show's broadcast networks have stated he was killed in a climbing accident, Nathan Clutter, one of 11 singles appearing in MyNetworkTV and Fox Reality Channel's upcoming Paradise Hotel revival, actually died in an apparent suicide, according to police documents obtained by Reality TV World.
Studios and directors reach deal that could help end writers strike
The CW has revealed the identities of the wannabe models that will be walking the runway on America's Next Top Model's tenth season, which will premiere Wednesday, February 20 at 8PM ET/PT.
The CW has revealed the identities of the 15 finalists competing on Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious -- the second season of its Pussycat Dolls Present reality competition series, which will premiere on Monday, February 18 at 9PM ET/PT.
Bravo has announced it has ordered the tentatively titled The Rachel Zoe Project, a new docu-reality series that will follow celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe and her team of fashion experts as they attempt to take their business to the next level.
Angela and her daughter Tenia may be "forever beauty queens" in their own minds, but they're also a couple of soar losers in everybody else's eyes.
American Idol continued to be a ratings machine with Tuesday night's seventh-season premiere broadcast -- but it did dip a bit from last season's record-setting debut numbers.
Neill Harmer was knocked for not trying his hardest during workouts -- and he eventually dragged his wife Amanda down with him, as the Bethany, OK couple became the third team eliminated from The Biggest Loser: Couples during last night's broadcast of the NBC reality show's fifth season.
Bravo has announced open casting calls for its Top Design and Shear Genius reality competition series, both of which the network renewed last month for second seasons.
NBC announced it has ordered a pilot for Top Gear, a British reality series that combines cars and comedy to throw gearheads into overdrive.
Grease was the word for NBC, and now MTV is apparently going Legally Blonde.
MTV has announced Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew, a new So You Think You Can Dance-like reality competition series that will pit dance crews against one another for the chance to win a cash prize and touring contract, will premiere on Thursday, February 7 at 10PM ET/PT.
Jennifer Parker and Nathan Hagstrom are the first to admit they argued a lot throughout The Amazing Race, but credit the competition for keeping them together as a couple.
Fox's 'American Idol' returns with seventh-season tweaks, new set
Similar to Simon Cowell, Blake Lewis apparently feels that American Idol's audition episode broadcasts could be considered torture.
Corina Noelle and Maxx Reed were revealed to be the first two contestants cut from Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann during last night's live broadcast of the new ABC reality competition series.
While Chris Daughtry's music career is on the upswing, he apparently feels the show mainly responsible for his success is heading in the opposite direction.
It wouldn't be too surprising if Tiffany Pollard did star in a sex tape, however the I Love New York star denies she's the woman seen in the grainy x-rated video floating around the Internet.
While recent reports have shown you can't be too sure with some athletes these days, the muscles sported by the professionals on NBC's American Gladiators are apparently au natural.
The party is apparently temporarily over for several of My Super Sweet 16's spoiled starlets.
Tila Tequila and her selected suitor Bobby Banhart are apparently still at odds over which one of them was responsible for ending their A Shot at Love relationship.
Already a ratings magnet, the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike could apparently make American Idol even more lucrative for advertisers.
With Writers Guild of America strike showing few signs of ending anytime soon, CBS announced it has ordered three new reality series -- Game Show in My Head, Secret Talents of the Stars and America's Top Dog -- for broadcast later this year.
Matt Keough didn't receive much face time as Jeana's husband on Bravo's The Real Housewives of Orange County, and it looks like he still won't be seen around the O.C. anytime soon.
NBC has ordered a second season of its American Gladiators primetime revival.
Thirteen years after Paula Abdul last released an original album, the American Idol judge is apparently ready to launch her musical comeback on one of the biggest stages around.
Jennifer Parker and Nathan Hagstrom opted to take public transportation instead of a taxi, a decision that contributed to the constantly bickering "Dating Couple" from California to become the eighth team eliminated from The Amazing Race's twelfth season during last night's broadcast of the CBS reality series.
Danica Patrick would presumably love to join Helio Castroneves in the Indianapolis 500 winner's circle, however the female IndyCar racer apparently has no plans to join the Dancing with the Stars fifth-season celebrity champ as a mirror ball trophy recipient.
Bravo has announced the identities of the five women featured on The Real Housewives of New York City, an East Coast version of the network's The Real Housewives of Orange County reality series that is scheduled to premiere on Tuesday, March 4 at 11PM ET/PT.
NBC has announced casting call dates and locations for this summer's sixth season of Last Comic Standing.
Spike TV announced it has ordered DEA, a new reality series that will offer viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Reality TV star Nicole Richie and rocker Joel Madden are enjoying their new daughter.
Reality TV star Lauren Conrad said during a recent appearance in Beverly Hills, Calif., that she was not fired from her position at Teen Vogue.
The Writers Guild of America strike crippling Hollywood is actually expected to benefit the seventh season of the U.S. TV series "American Idol."
TLC has announced Trading Spaces' eighth season, which will feature the return of former host Paige Davis, will premiere on Saturday, January 26 at 10PM ET/PT immediately following the network's broadcast of the 2008 Miss America Pageant.
TLC has announced American Chopper's fifth season, which will continue to follow the bike-building Teutul clan, will premiere on Thursday, January 17 at 9PM ET/PT.
Brenda and Heather Bailey made sure their comedic, fun personalities were on display -- maybe a little bit too much, as the Parkersburg, WV mother/daughter duo was revealed to be the fifth team eliminated from Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants during Wednesday night's broadcast of The CW reality series.
ABC has confirmed it has ordered a new The Bachelorette edition that is currently slated to air this summer.
Donald Trump was a big fan of gymnast Nadia Comaneci when she won a combined five Olympic gold medals.
Little People, Big World patriarch Matt Roloff's drunk-driving trial has come to an end, but not before it took a strange turn due to apparent jury misconduct.
Thanks to Celebrity Fit Club, Kimberley Locke lost 40 pounds and also apparently gained a beau.
Lauren "L.C." Conrad and Whitney Port are apparently facing the reality of sifting through help wanted ads.
Fox's coverage of Super Bowl XLII festivities could apparently double as an American Idol broadcast.
Simon Cowell thinks American Idol's seventh-season is up for grabs.
Brenda and her daughter Heather were accused of hiding behind their sense of humor, leading the Parkersburg, WV mother/daughter duo to become the fifth team eliminated from Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants during last night's broadcast of The CW reality series.
An unsupervised Jessica Sierra is apparently on the move.
Former American Idol finalists are dropping like McPhlies in the Sony BMG recording family.
CBS has announced Laila Ali will serve as a contributing correspondent for The Early Show, effective immediately.
Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth apparently doesn't just beef with her fellow female candidates on NBC's currently airing The Celebrity Apprentice.
Whether it's an alleged sex tape with ex-beau Jason Wahler or reports that some of The Hills' scenes are fake, Lauren "L.C." Conrad is no stranger to refuting rumors.
VH1 denies New York/Tailor Made breakup, 'I Love New York 3' report
Mallory Bray momentarily gave into temptation, and her brief lapse of judgement was enough to cause the 36-year-old business owner and her husband Curtis, a 35-year-old graphic designer, to become the second team eliminated from The Biggest Loser: Couples during last night's broadcast of the NBC reality show's fifth season.
Corey Haim and Corey Feldman will try to rekindle their friendship, and fans of the former teen heartthrobs will apparently have the opportunity to watch.
While Elyse Sewell and her now ex-boyfriend Martin Crandall were both arrested following an alleged physical altercation the two had last week, the former America's Next Top Model first-season contestant is reportedly free to walk the runway or wherever else she may choose.
Showtime has announced Big Brother: After Dark, a live feed program that aired nightly on Showtime Too during this summer's Big Brother 8, will return for a second season when Big Brother 9 premieres on Tuesday, February 12 at 9PM ET/PT on CBS.
Dancing with the Stars and American Idol fifth-season finalist Chris Daughtry were both honored during last night's pre-taped broadcast of the 34th annual People's Choice Awards on CBS.
American Idol fifth-season champ Taylor Hicks has confirmed his departure from Arista Records, describing the split from his label as a mutual decision.
After four years off the air, The Mole -- one of the modern reality era's first broadcast network reality shows -- is going to resurface.
Talk about reading the fine print.
Nathan Thomas Clutter, one of 11 singles appearing in MyNetworkTV and Fox Reality Channel's upcoming Paradise Hotel revival, died on October 12 at age 26.
Billionaire Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak likes to avoid the spotlight, so even his girlfriend Kathy Griffin was "extremely surprised" when he agreed to appear on Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.
Bravo has announced it has ordered a pilot for Tabatha's Salon Takeover, the working title of a new reality series that will follow first-season Shear Genius contestant Tabatha Coffey's attempts to improve hair salons across America.
The CW has announced Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious, the second season of its Pussycat Dolls Present reality competition series, will premiere on Monday, February 18 at 9PM ET/PT.
The CW has announced Beauty and the Geek's fifth season will premiere on Tuesday, March 11 at 8PM ET/PT.
An earlier flight departure doesn't always guarantee a faster arrival, a valuable lesson "Newly Dating Couple" TK Erwin and Rachel Rosales thought they learned the hard way as the were the last team to arrive at the ninth leg's Pit Stop -- only to discover it was The Amazing Race's second twelfth season non-elimination leg.
Jessica Sierra is reportedly going back to rehab.
J Records is apparently cleaning house when it comes to former American Idol champs.
The CW has announced America's Next Top Model's tenth season will premiere on Wednesday, February 20 at 8PM ET/PT.
Dog the Bounty Hunter sidekick Timothy Chapman was reportedly caught in a compromising position but is characterizing the incident as a misunderstanding.
Former America's Next Top Model first-season contestant Elyse Sewell saw her romantic relationship with Shins rocker Martin Crandall come to a rocky end that left both behind bars over the weekend.
A judge in California has rejected singer Bobby Brown's attempt to overturn the divorce terms laid out by his ex-wife, pop singer Whitney Houston.
U.S. television personality Paula Abdul said she has learned a lot about herself during her time as an "American Idol" judge.
Tiffany Fallon never attempted to sell Hugh Hefner a $10,000 hot dog, causing the 2005 Playboy Playmate of the Year to become the first candidate fired by Donald Trump during The Celebrity Apprentice's premiere broadcast last night on NBC.
Bill Germanakos may have won The Biggest Loser's fourth-season title, but the three women who finished right behind him apparently have nothing to complain about.
While Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann will feature Dancing with the Stars' judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba, Inaba freely admits the new ABC reality competition series with be more akin to Fox's most popular show.
ABC and Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions have announced the host, judges and additional format details for Oprah's Big Give, a new reality competition series that will follow 10 people who are given money and challenged to find "dramatic and emotional" ways to spend it on others.
Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth's 15-minutes of fame probably should have ended before they even began, however it sounds like she doesn't plan on going anywhere any time soon, unfortunately.
Samantha Harris is constantly around music as Dancing with the Stars' co-host, so it should come as no surprise her three-month-old daughter apparently already has rhythm.
TLC has announced home viewers will be able to vote for the 2008 Miss America Pageant's sixteenth finalist as part of Miss America: Reality Check, a four-part reality special that will premiere on Friday, January 4 at 10PM ET/PT.
Bravo revealed the identities of the 14 finalists who will compete on Make Me a Supermodel during last night's casting special broadcast of the new co-ed America's Next Top Model-like reality series.
CBS has revealed the identities of the 10 new castaways competing on Survivor: Micronesia -- Fans vs. Favorites and confirmed the identities of the 10 returning castaways they'll be pitted against during the show's upcoming sixteenth season.
Reality television producer David Russo recently found himself in hot water for allegedly helping Paula Abdul try to cheat a production company out of a reality series based on her life, but now he's the one accusing someone else of stealing his idea.
Except for the winners, every team who competes on The Amazing Race has a moment that in some way leads to their downfall.
Jill and Nicole learned that winning a beauty pageant requires more than just looking good, as the Delaware mother/daughter duo became the fourth team eliminated from Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants during last night's broadcast of The CW reality series.
Original America's Next Top Model champ Adrianne Curry feels The CW reality series' ninth-season finalists have a legitimate beef due to winner Saleisha Stowers' previous work as a model and relationship with the show's creator and lead judge, Tyra Banks.
Lynn Westphal decided to look a gift horse in the mouth when he expressed his desire to leave after only one week on The Biggest Loser campus.
The blame game is still going on, but Tila Tequila's relationship with A Shot of Love winner Bobby Banhart is over, conveniently clearing the way for Tequila -- who had previously stated she "found love" during the show's first season -- to star in a second season of the hit reality dating series, MTV confirmed Tuesday.
Kynt Cothron and Vyxsin Fiala were able to overcome the Speed Bump penalty they incurred during the previous leg, however the "Dating Goths" incorrectly utilized a U-Turn when they encountered it, ultimately causing them to become the seventh team eliminated from The Amazing Race's twelfth season during Sunday night's broadcast of the CBS reality series.