Reality TV News - December 2004
"To Slip the Surly Bonds of Earth," our episode summary for the ninth episode of Fox's The Rebel Billionaire, written by Swami, is now available.
Federal authorities have fined a California car shop made famous by MTV's "Pimp My Ride" show for disabling or removing safety equipment.
A U.S. appeals court has overturned a lower court's decision to give Anna Nicole Smith $88.5 million of her late billionaire husband's fortune.
Reality TV World has learned that the cast of NBC's upcoming third The Apprentice season will feature a face familiar to sharp-eyed diehard reality television viewers -- a recycled former contestant of Fox's Murder In Small Town X series that aired in Summer 2001.
NBC has released the identities and biographical information for the twelve women that will compete in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search, its new Top Model-like reality modeling competition series.
Any Big Brother viewers hoping that CBS might replace series host Julie Chen anytime soon had better stop holding their breath. Chen, who also doubles as co-host of the network's The Early Show morning program, quietly wed CBS president Les Moonves in a Thursday, December 23 sunset ceremony in Mexico.
The story of a blind mother and a grocery clerk whose dreams of singing opera came true on a British reality TV show is headed to the big screen.
"Eger Beavers in Hungary," our episode summary for the sixth episode of CBS's The Amazing Race 6, written by trigirl, is now available.
Welcome to Steve's Mailbag where each week, Steve Rogers, Reality TV World's chief reporter, does his best to answer reader questions.
"The Final Five," our episode summary for the seventh episode of TBS's The Real Gilligan's Island, written by volsfan, is now available.
"American Idol" was the most popular item for search engine Yahoo! in 2004, Billboard reported Monday.
NBC has revealed the identities and background information of the eighteen highly-schooled bookworm and school of hard knocks graduates that will compete on the third season of The Apprentice beginning January 20 at 8PM ET/PT.
"The Sayonara Show," our episode summary for the eighth episode of Fox's The Rebel Billionaire, written by Swami, is now available.
"No Donald, What Do You Think?," our episode summary for the fifteenth and final episode of the second season of NBC's The Apprentice series, written by FesterFan1, is now available.
"Swings and Mad Money," our episode summary for the sixth episode of TBS's The Real Gilligan's Island, written by dabo, is now available.
Bunim-Murray Productions has announced that the sixteenth edition of their long-running The Real World series will film in Austin, Texas. Austin will be the smallest city to ever host a Real World edition.
An Army captain who served in Iraq was named Fox TV's "The Swan," but the beautification journey cost DeLisa Stiles her eight-year marriage.
ABC has announced the Supernanny, its American version of the hit British reality series of the same name, will premiere January 17 at 10 PM ET/PT.
Fox has announced that its My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss reality parody series which last aired on Sunday, December 12 versus CBS's special Sunday night finale of Survivor: Vanuatu and was preempted on December 19, has been put on hiatus until January.
"Taking A Wiener To A Sausagefest," our episode summary for the fifth episode of CBS's The Amazing Race 6, written by volsfan, is now available.
"Marrakesh Express," our episode summary for the seventh episode of Fox's The Rebel Billionaire, written by cqvenus, is now available.
Mick Jagger's production company plans a series of hour-long celebrity shows for American cable television modeled on the 2001 documentary "Being Mick."
Confirming rumors that having been circulating for several months. Survivor host Jeff Probst has admitted that he and 24-year-old Survivor: Vanuatu contestant Julie Berry are seriously dating. "I'm in love. I'm with her. I'm with her family, and there ain't no turning back," the 43-year-old Probst told People magazine this week.
Looking to shake the show's format up a bit after The Apprentice's first two seasons initially featured teams divided by sex, NBC announced Thursday that The Apprentice 3 will feature two teams divided into well-educated professionals and hardworking entrepreneurs who have succeeded despite possessing only a high school diploma
Donald Trump's latest The Apprentice lesson: It pays to be bland -- and if you want to work for him, being passive and subservient also doesn't hurt. Rejecting feisty 30-year-old lawyer Jennifer Massey, The Donald instead selected uncharismatic 37-year-old software executive Kelly Perdew to serve as his apprentice during Thursday's season finale of the second edition of the popular NBC reality show.
"The Finale Episode," our episode summary for the twelfth and final episode of the third edition of UPN's America's Next Top Model, written by Isabelle Murray, is now available.
"Something Fishy This Way Comes," our episode summary for the fifth episode of TBS's The Real Gilligan's Island, written by dabo, is now available.
Chasing AmiSecond Thought, Just Let Her Go," our "transcript" for the live reunion show for CBS's Survivor: Vanuatu -- Islands Of Fire, written by landruajm, is now available.
"A Tale of Two Mullets," our episode sumamry for the season finale episode of CBS's Survivor: Vanuatu -- Islands Of Fire, written by anotherkim, is now available.
The creator of Britain's reality series "Wife Swap" has sued Fox, alleging it has copied its show in "Trading Spouses."
The New York Daily News reported this week what many have suspected for some time -- that Survivor: All-Stars contestant Jenna Lewis not only leaked her own sex tape, but along with her manager, is actually behind the creation of the Internet website that has been selling the video.
Eva Pigford, a 19-year-old student from Los Angeles who had been criticized for her "diva" attitude earlier in the competition, was crowned America's Next Top Model during last night's finale of the third cycle of the popular UPN "dramality" series.
CBS revealed yesterday the identities of the wealthy patriarch and ten potential heirs who will be appearing on The Will, its new reality series that premieres Saturday, January 8 at 8PM ET/PT with a 90-minute episode.
In an announcement that at first glance would appear to push the bounds of bad taste in ways not seen since it announced and later canceled its Seriously, Dude, I'm Gay reality special this spring, Fox has announced that it will air Who's Your Daddy?, a reality series pilot that features a young adopted woman attempting to win $100,000 by picking her biological father from among a group of masquerading impostors.
CBS announced today that it has ordered two more editions of Survivor, network television's longest running and most successful reality series. The two new editions, the show's eleventh and twelfth, will be broadcast in the 2005-2005 season.
Children's advocates are livid at a Fox TV show that seeks to trick an adopted person into missing her biological father in a lineup.
ABC has revealed the identities of the twenty-five bachelor suitors who will be competing for Jen Schefft's heart on the upcoming third edition of its The Bachelorette program, premiering Monday, January 10 at 9PM ET/PT.
"Thank You," our episode summary for the fifth episode of Fox's My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss, written by gizmo_ber, is now available.
Chris Webber considering legal action over 'Apprentice' name use, denies agreeing to charity appearanceDecember 14, 2004
Effectively spoiling the minor "will he show up or not" cliffhanger ending of last week's penultimate The Apprentice 2 episode, Sacramento Kings basketball player Chris Webber has announced that he never agreed to appear and emcee the show's charity basketball game fundraiser and is considering taking legal action over the program's use of his name.
Alabama native Ruben Studdard said he's better, recovering from pneumonia and happy his new CD tops the gospel chart.
'Survivor: Vanuatu' finale averages nearly 20 million viewers, but ABC's 'Housewives' still wins its hourDecember 14, 2004
With ABC's resurgent Sunday night programming schedule suddenly featuring two Top 10 Nielsen ratings shows, perhaps it time for CBS to reconsider its tradition of airing Survivor finales on Sundays rather than the show's Thursday night home. Matched up versus Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Desperate Housewives (which ranks second to only CBS's CSI in the season-to-date rankings), Survivor: Vanuatu's season finale managed to win its overall 8-10PM time period in viewers, but failed to experience the big ratings pop that Survivor finales have usually drawn.
Rocker Ozzy Osbourne withdrew from Tuesday's Royal Variety Performance because of a painful plate in his shoulder from a year-old accident, the BBC reported.
An online gaming site will honor its debt and pay $10,000 to a bettor who had inside information on the outcome of the "The Apprentice" program, Zap2it.com said.
CBS has revealed the identities of the twelve contestants who will be competing on Wickedly Perfect, its new Joan Lunden-hosted domestic diva reality competition series that premieres Thursday, January 6 at 8PM ET/PT.
Apparently remembering the painful moments that resulted when Donald Trump was forced to speak live during last April's two-hour The Apprentice finale, NBC has announced that Regis Philbin will handle the hosting duties for The Apprentice 2's first attempt at giving the NBC reality series a full-blown Survivor-like reunion show.
"Yes, Adam. Just Throw Yourself Overboard! Please!," our episode summary for the fourth episode of CBS's The Amazing Race 6, written by MTW1961, is now available.
"Crackers? What Crackers?," our episode summary for the fourth episode of TBS's The Real Gilligan's Island, written by volsfan, is now available.
"Football and Footsie," our episode summary for the sixth episode of Fox's The Rebel Billionaire, written by PagongRatEater, is now available.
In the end, Survivor: Vanuatu's women won the gender battles but lost the war. Or at least called a truce.
"Oh My God, Chris!," our episode summary for the thirteenth episode of the CBS's Survivor: Vanuatu -- Islands Of Fire, written by Coconut, is now available.
As announced by Survivor host Jeff Probst during Sunday evening's Survivor: Vanuatu reunion broadcast, CBS has begun accepting applications for the eleventh installment of Survivor.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the season finale of Survivor: Vanuatu is now available.
A group of New Jersey high schoolers got a glimpse of another side of show business when invited to sing with Clay Aiken.
"The 'Street Fashion' Episode," our episode summary for the eleventh episode of the third edition of UPN's America's Next Top Model, written by Isabelle Murray, is now available.
When push came to shove, new Survivor: Vanuatu powerbroker Chris Daugherty decided his friendship with Julie Berry wasn't worth sacrificing the chance to enter the competition's Final 4 with Twila Tanner, the 41-year-old highway repair worker from Marshall, Missouri that he perceived to be less of a physical threat. And as a result, Julie, the 23-year-old youth mentor from Gorham, Maine, was voted out of the game during last evening's Survivor broadcast.
Britain's judges on "The X Factor," Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh, will have to audition if they want to host the U.S. version of the TV show.
Missed an episode of UPN's America's Next Top Model 3? If so here's your chance to see it -- VH1 (one of UPN's Viacom sister networks) has announced that in preparation for Top Model 3's upcoming December 15 finale, it will air an eleven-hour marathon of the show's entire third season starting at 11AM ET/PT on Saturday, December 15.
MTV formally announced yesterday that it had ordered a second season of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. The new season will begin production this month and is scheduled to air in Summer 2005.
Reality TV producer Mark Burnett to produce Martha Stewart's new post-prison daytime syndicated seriesDecember 8, 2004
Mark Burnett's ever growing empire got a little bigger today, with the reality TV uber-producer joining with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and NBC Universal to announce that they have teamed together to bring the currently imprisoned domestic diva back to daytime television.
Winter might not yet have officially begun, but with The Apprentice producer Mark Burnett seemingly becoming busier with each passing day, NBC has already begun accepting applications for next fall's The Apprentice 4.
NBC and Sports Illustrated have announced that Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search, their new Top Model-like reality modeling competition series that was first announced in August, will premiere on Wednesday, January 5 at 8PM ET/PT.
Tongues are wagging in Los Angeles about the roaring success of a European reality porn show that features other parts wagging, Zap2it.com said Wednesday.
"American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken says he hopes his Christmas TV special buries the competing Billboard Music Awards Wednesday.
"And With Her Strips, She is Fired," our episode summary for the thirteenth episode of the second season of NBC's The Apprentice series, written by kpod, is now available.
Princess Diana's former butler, Paul Burrell, has decided to move on from that era after placing second in a British TV survival show, The Mirror reported.
What would happen if you cast a college student as the star of ABC's The Bachelor, added a couple of minor twists, and then moved the show's setting to a college campus setting? Viewers will find out soon -- The WB will premiere Big Man On Campus, a new six-episode reality relationship series from Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss, on Wednesday, December 15 at 8PM ET/PT.
High School Reunion: Fort Lauderdale, the third edition of The WB's High School Reunion series, will premiere tonight, November 7 at 9PM ET/PT.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the thirteenth episode of Survivor: Vanuatu is now available.
CBS has announced that The Will, a new reality series from Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss, will premiere on Saturday, January 8 at 8PM ET/PT.
CBS, which hasn't introduced a new reality series since Simon Cowell's Cupid reality dating series aired to lukewarm ratings in Summer 2003, has announced that it will premiere two new reality shows in January, Wickedly Perfect and The Will.
"The 12 Steps of Ami Anonymous: A Userís Guide to Eliminating Misandrist Lesbians From Your Island," our episode summary for the twelfth episode of the CBS's Survivor: Vanuatu -- Islands Of Fire, written by sablebunny, is now available.
"Fake Nobs And Broomsticks," our episode summary for the third episode of TBS's The Real Gilligan's Island, written by Estee, is now available.
"Fraternizing," our episode summary for the thirteenth episode of MTV's The Real World: Philadelphia series, written by volsfan, is now available.
Despite witnessing Fox's The Next Great Champ copycat series draw dismal ratings, it looks like NBC and Survivor and The Apprentice producer Mark Burnett are still looking for a fight. A Nielsen fight. NBC announced last week that The Contender, Burnett's highly-publicized reality boxing series that had its premise copied by Fox, will premiere in late February -- and air regularly versus Fox's American Idol ratings heavyweight.
Clay Aiken's name is getting to be less synonymous with Fox's "American Idol" and associated more often with U.S. holidays.
"The 'Tea Ceremony' Episode," our episode summary for the tenth episode of the third edition of UPN's America's Next Top Model, written by Isabelle Murray, is now available.
"I Went To Sweden And All I Got Was This Pile Of Poorly Made Furniture," our episode summary for the third episode of CBS's The Amazing Race 6, written by J Slice, is now available.
"We Aren't Copying Survivor, Really We Aren't," our episode summary for the first and second episodes of the two-hour premiere of TBS's The Real Gilligan's Island, written by survivorscott, is now available.
U.S. pop rocker Ashlee Simpson will perform live online as part of the AOL Music series -- AOL's original programming on the Internet.
CBS has two new reality shows set for debut in January, with competitors in "The Will" striving for an inheritance and those in "Wickedly Perfect" vying to be the next Martha Stewart.
Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson may not be just-married anymore, but that hasn't stopped MTV from signing them up for a third season of "Newlyweds."
The debut album of Fantasia, the third winner of FOX's "American Idol" competition, did not premiere at the top of the Billboard sales list.
Survivor: Vanuatu's rebellion is complete and the queen is dead. Falling victim to the upstart regime formed by Chris Daugherty, Eliza Orlins, Twila Tanner, and Scout Cloud Lee, Ami Cusack, the 31-year-old barista from Lakewood, Colorado that had reigned over the competition's previous all-women alliance, was voted out of the game during last evening's Survivor broadcast.
CBS has announced that Survivor: Vanuatu's finale episode will air on Sunday, December 12 instead of its regular Thursday evening time period.
"Streak or Squeek," our episode summary for the fifth episode of Fox's The Rebel Billionaire, written by Swami, is now available.
"The Sorry Six-Pack!!!," our episode summary for the twelfth episode of the second season of NBC's The Apprentice series, written by ARnutz, is now available.
TBS's 'The Real Gilligan's Island' premieres huge, draws more than 7 million viewers to premiere broadcastsDecember 2, 2004
After scoring minor hits with its Outback Jack and He's A Lady reality series, TBS appears to have hit a ratings home run with The Real Gilligan's Island, its fourth attempt at an original primetime reality series of its own.
Pop mogul Simon Cowell says he thinks Sharon Osbourne gives him a hard time on the British TV talent show, "X Factor," because she fancies him.
The launch of TBS' new reality show "The Real Gilligan's Island" drew an audience of more than 7 million viewers, Daily Variety said Thursday.
"American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken may have the top-selling U.S. Christmas album, but he's a little ambivalent about the holiday itself.
The Liverpool, England, City Council wants "The Weakest Link" host Anne Robinson to apologize for suggesting its children are thieves.
With CBS having landed reality uber-producer Mark Burnett's most recently pitched Rock Star series and the hard feelings over Fox's rip-off of his upcoming NBC The Contender boxing series still fresh, (and ABC seen as a perennial also-ran for Burnett shows) it looks like Burnett will be bringing his previously announced Martha Stewart reality project to NBC.
Morgan Spurlock, the writer-director of "Super Size Me," will produce a reality series for the FX cable network, The Los Angeles Times said Wednesday.