Reality TV News - November 2002
Our episode summary for Episode 8, "Constipation (i.e., the Non-Elimination of Waste)," authored by landruajm, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
Reuters reports that Tuesday's second season opener of MTV's hit reality series, which featured legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon at a White House dinner, drew an average of 6.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched cable TV program of the night, the network said on Wednesday. The episode, which also featured daughter Kelly singing the Madonna classic "Papa Don't Preach" at the June MTV Movie Awards, was hotly anticipated in part because the first season of the series had brought the family cult celebrity status.
Our episode summary for Survivor: Thailand, Episode 10, "It's the Cat's Ass While They're Away," authored by 'PepeLePew13' has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
Zap2It.com reports that ABC has announced that their "tables are turned" edition of "The Bachelorette," starring runner-up single Trista Rehn from the original edition of "The Bachelor," will premiere Wednesday, January 8th, 2003.
The WB has announced that "The Bachelor" creator Mike Fleiss' newest reality TV series, "High School Reunion," will premiere on Sunday, January 5 at 9 p.m. and air again on Thursday, January 9 at 8 p.m. The show will remain in that viewer-friendly twice-a-week pattern throughout its six-episode run.
Variety reports that the WB network has decided to group a cluster of new reality shows on Thursday nights starting in January. The so-called "Reality TV Night" will feature Surreal Life -- billed as "Real World"-meets-D-list-celebrities -- and High School Reunion, a 6-episode series about people who want to exorcise their inner feelings of dorkiness left over from their teenage years.
RealityTVWorld.com has announced that MTV's "The Osbournes" reality TV program now has its own RealityTVWorld.com website -- TheOsbournesSucks.com. In the tradition of previous RealityTVWorld.com websites, TheOsbournesSucks.com will features program news, information, and episode summaries for the MTV reality series.
Our episode summary for Episode 8 (the series finale) of ABC's second edition of the "The Bachelor", authored by diamond, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
Kristin Holt, who was a semifinalist on Fox TV's hit show "American Idol" last summer, will be back for the talent-search show's second edition -- as a host.
Call it "Big Brother" meets "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." Reuters reports that HBO will air a documentary next month in which patrons of a Nevada brothel happily appear on camera negotiating and consorting with prostitutes. "Cathouse," a one-hour special that HBO will telecast after the season finale of its mob drama "The Sopranos" on December 8th, takes viewers behind closed doors at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Carson City, Nevada, where prostitution is legal. The film is part of HBO's "America Undercover" documentary series.
TVGuide reports that newly engaged Bachelor banker Aaron Buerge will make his acting debut on the Tuesday, November 26th episode of ABC's "Less Than Perfect." He'll play one of two men fighting over series star Sara Rue.
Zap2It.com reports that Liza Minnelli and husband David Gest have already gone on the public-relations offensive against VH1 over the cancellation of a planned reality show about their lives, now it appears the couple is ready for a legal battle as well. Minnelli and Gest announced they have hired attorney Michael Sherman -- who recently (unsuccessfully) defended Michael Skakel in the Kennedy relative's murder trial -- to seek "appropriate remedies" in their dispute with VH1, the AP reports. What such remedies are, at this point, remains unclear.
Our episode summary for Episode 7, "We'll Always Have Paris," authored by TeamJoisey, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
"Extra" reports that Aaron Buerge of ABC's "The Bachelor" says his mind was made up regarding who to ask to marry him when he took runnerup Brooke Smith home to mom and dad. He says, "For whatever reason, when we were sitting there eating dinner with my family, she came across as a little naïve. Helene knows what she wants."
'Bachelor' Aaron Buerge & Helene Eksterowicz plan "lengthy engagement" -- starting with a long-distance relationshipNovember 21, 2002
Although millions of viewers saw Aaron Beurge choose Helene Eksterowicz as his bride on Wednesday's finale of "The Bachelor," on Thursday the couple told ABCNEWS' Good Morning America that they would have a very lengthy engagement. "We're not going to Vegas next weekend, or anything like that... I don't think people should be in a rush to walk down the aisle," said Buerge, a 28-year-old banker from Springfield, Montana. "We're going to be diligent and take our sweet time to get to know each other better," he said.
Reuters reports that a top communications official on Thursday called for an overhaul of the government's broadcast indecency standard as hundreds of complaints flooded his office about the Victoria's Secret lingerie fashion show that aired on prime-time television Wednesday night.
Reuters reports that the ecstasy and the agony of a made-for-TV courtship proved more compelling to viewers than sexy models in lingerie as the season finale of ABC's "The Bachelor" trounced CBS's "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" in the ratings.
Producers of HBO's 'Taxicab Confessions' now casting for new 'But The Sex Is So Good' reality seriesNovember 20, 2002
The producers of HBO's "Taxicab Confessions" are looking for young couples for a new reality TV series called "But The Sex Is So Good." The show follows the lives of real couples who have problems but stay together because their sex life is so good.
Surfline reports that MTV and the Roxy division of Quick.silver, the California-based sportswear firm, are teaming up to produce a new female surfer reality TV program. The as-yet-untitled project will feature young up-and-coming female surfers and will follow them around the world in search of the perfect wave.
Just a scheduling reminder for viewers of CBS' "The Amazing Race 3" that due to tonight's airing of the "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" on CBS at 9PM ET, this evening's episode of "The Amazing Race 3" will air one hour earlier at 8PM EST.
Our episode summary for Survivor: Thailand, Episode 9, "Yo Yo Yo It's Time to Go," authored by 'Drive My Car' has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
ABC Television and Mike Fleiss, the creator of "The Bachelor," have announced their newest reality TV show creation -- "Are You Hot?," a reality series that will scour the country in search of America's sexiest people. The six-episode series is set to air on the ABC Television Network in 2003 and will give everyday Americans the opportunity to tune in, log on and ultimately choose who will be the hottest man and woman in the nation.
Variety reports that The WB has ordered six episodes of the tentatively titled "North Shore," an hour-long reality show that will revolve around seven pro surfers living in an Oahu beach house. Cameras will follow the surf dudes and dudettes as they prepare to square off in the Vans Triple Crown of surfing, which consists of three surf championships held in November and December.
Our episode summary for Episode 6, "Technical Difficulty," authored by anotherkim, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
Variety reports that CBS is getting ready to run another leg of "The Amazing Race." According to the trade, the CBS network has committed to a fourth installment of the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced reality series, which has proven to be a solid performer on Wednesdays.
Reuters reports that the ABC Television Network is refuting the claim of an online gaming company that the final woman picked by 'The Bachelor' has leaked out and swears that the identity of the winner is still a secret.
Before they exchange their vows, 16 soon-to-be-wed couples will race, strategize -- and in short, battle it out for a fantasy primetime wedding -- in the new NBC reality series “Race to the Altar,” it was announced today by Jeff Gaspin, Executive Vice President, Alternative Series, Longform and Program Strategy, NBC Entertainment.
Backing off their earlier plans to air their "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" Wednesday, November 20th at 8PM ET, CBS executives have now decided to air the program in the 9PM ET timeslot and swap the normally scheduled 9PM program, "The Amazing Race 3," into the 8PM ET timeslot.
Our episode summary for Episode 7 of ABC's second edition of the "The Bachelor", authored by OceanSkater, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
ABC has announced that the next to last episode of it's second edition of "The Bachelor" (entitled "The Bachelor: The Women Tell All") drew an average audience of 16.8 million viewers, allowing ABC to beat NBC's "West Wing" in the hour among Total Viewers for the second consecutive week.
ABC has announced that the one-hour special, "Extreme Makeover," has moved to WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 at 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT. The special was originally set to air on Thursday, November 21.
ABC has announced that Mark Nakamoto, 24, of West New York, New Jersey, is the lucky viewer who claimed the $1,045,000 prize from the Push, Nevada Game.
People Magazine reports that while the final selection of bachelor Aaron on ABC's reality game show "The Bachelor" won't be announced until the Nov. 20 finale, the name of the woman he selected when the filming concluded may already have been leaked. (SPOILER ALERT: Do not continue reading if you don't want to know.)
E! News Online reports that CBS/Viacom has gone forward with a lawsuit against ABC/Disney regarding its claim that the British show I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!, which ABC plans to bring to America in 2003, is a complete rip-off of the intellectual property of its hit Survivor. Viacom seeks to stop the show and to collect substantial punitive damages from Disney as well.
Our episode summary for Episode 8 of ESPN's "Beg, Borrow, & Deal" reality TV program, authored by ELCinOhio, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
Our episode summary for Survivor: Thailand, Episode 8, "When You Can't Spank The Monkey, You Can Always Choke the Chicken," authored by 'Outfrontgirl' has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
MTV reports that recognizing that when metal matriarch Sharon Osbourne talks, people listen, a television production company is giving her a talk show.
TheSmokingGun.com has discovered that there's no doubt that "Survivor" contestant Clay Jordan could actually use the $1 million winner's prize. The 46-year-old Louisiana restaurateur piled up debts totaling $420,250, according to a bankruptcy case that was closed out in January, just months before Jordan shipped off to Thailand for the filming of the CBS reality show.
Our episode summary for Episode 6 of ABC's second edition of the "The Bachelor", authored by realitycoholic, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
Our episode summary for Episode 5, "D-I-E-S-E-L. DIESEL. THAT MEANS ‘UNLEADED’ IN PORTUGUESE, RIGHT?, " authored by diamond, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
Zap2It.com reports that Sharon Osbourne may have spoken a little prematurely when she told Barbara Walters that "The Osbournes" would leave MTV after the coming season.
Reuters reports that Sharon Osbourne, matriarch of MTV's first family, "The Osbournes," says the constant presence of cameras in their home is getting to her and she wants to call it quits at the end of the upcoming season. In an interview for a special edition of the ABC News program "20/20," to air on Wednesday, the wife and manager of British rocker Ozzy Osbourne also said she regrets putting her family on television in the first place.
Our episode summary for Survivor: Thailand, Episode 7, "Now For Something Completely Different"," authored by 'Survivorerist' has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
The NY Post reports that during yesterday's Howard Stern radio show, it was revealed that "The Bachelor 2" finalist Gwen, the odds-on favorite to win the show, is a divorcee. Gwen's past came back to haunt her yesterday when her ex called up Howard Stern to reveal her secret.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that FOX and Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment are working on a variation on the "American Idol: The Search for a Superstar" theme revolving around former pop stars and one-hit wonders looking to resuscitate their careers. Dubbed "Second Chance," the show was dreamed up by Fox's alternative programming guru, Mike Darnell.
Varieety reports that FOX is developing "Married by America," a weekly reality series that will search for folks hungry to get hitched -- and then set them up with arranged marriages. The American viewing public will play matchmaker, voting on which couples will get engaged.
Our episode summary for Episode 5 of ABC's second edition of the "The Bachelor", authored by greeneyes, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE