Reality TV News - December 2005
NBC has ordered a second go-round for its Christmas week special run of the game show "Deal or No Deal."
New York Republicans have spawned speculation that Donald Trump could be making a bid to replace outgoing Gov. George Pataki.
ABC Thursday announced it has replaced "Dancing With the Stars" co-host Lisa Canning with E! News correspondent Samantha Harris.
Tipping the scales at more than 200 pounds, Chastity Bono is the physical opposite of her svelte superstar mom, Cher.
Oxygen has ordered 10 episodes of "The Janice Dickinson Project," a reality show starring the former supermodel.
Former Poison frontman Bret Michaels says he will break from his "Freedom of Sound" tour in early 2006 for a TV campaign for juvenile diabetes.
Jessica Simpson has moved into her own $3 million Beverly Hills, Calif., home less than three weeks after filing for divorce from Nick Lachey.
"American Idol" winner and country music superstar Carrie Underwood has been named Oklahoma magazine's "Oklahoman of the Year."
Olympic champion Scott Hamilton's new gig on Fox TV's "Skating with Celebrities" could cost him an Olympic broadcasting spot on NBC.
The outcome of "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart" was changed at the last minute because the winner was revealed, the New York Post reported Friday.
NBC has announced that it has tweaked its schedule for its upcoming The Biggest Loser Special Edition series, deciding to launch the show's six-week run with a two-hour premiere on Wednesday, January 4 at 8PM ET/PT and instead preempt the show's January 25 broadcast.
"Survivor" winner Richard Hatch has lost his bid for a delay of his Providence, R.I., trial on charges of federal tax evasion.
Attorneys for pop star/actress Jessica Simpson have asked the Los Angeles judge in her divorce from Nick Lachey to step down.
Last night's live finale of NBC's The Apprentice: Martha Stewart reality series ended with the domestic diva selecting Dawna Stone, a 37-year-old women's sports magazine publisher from St. Petersburg, FL, to join her Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia corporation.
Although Bravo has yet to officially announce the show's renewal, Kathy Griffin has announced that a second season of her Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List reality series is scheduled to begin filming in February 2006.
The California firm that "pimps rides" for MTV is leaving the cable network for a new reality show on the Discovery Channel.
The E! Entertainment Network is reportedly in talks to sign "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest to a multiyear contract.
Eminem's "Curtain Call" held onto its top spot on The Billboard 200 albums chart while newcomer Bo Bice debuted at No. 4.
British heavy metal matriarch Sharon Osbourne says she went overboard with her recent breast enlargement so she's having them reduced again.
Fox has announced the full broadcast lineup for the first two months of American Idol 5, an eight-week schedule that will end with the fifth season of the smash-hit reality series revealing its Top 12 finalists on Thursday, March 9, 2006.
Ashlee Simpson was back in the United States with her family Monday after collapsing from exhaustion in Japan at the end of last week.
Nearly 78 percent of the British primetime TV audience watched the final results shows for "Strictly Come Dancing" and "The X Factor."
It reportedly took hotel heiress Paris Hilton only two hours to drop a cool $100,000 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Britney Spears filed a $10 million lawsuit against US Weekly in Los Angeles Monday for a story claiming she made a sex tape with her husband, Kevin Federline.
American Idol 4 runner-up Bo Bice was hospitalized Sunday with what appear to be complications from his August emergency intestinal surgery, forcing him to cancel his performance at Monday night's 2005 Radio Music Awards.
"Worst.Finale.Ever.," our episode summary for the thirteenth and final episode of NBC's The Apprentice 4, written by zipperhead, is now available.
"Judgment Day," our episode summary for the twelfth and final episode of The Amazing Race: Family Edition, the eighth edition of CBS's The Amazing Race series, written by Estee, is now available.
MinutesSeconds Are Up," our episode summary for Survivor: Guatemala's reunion show broadcast, written by Estee, is now available.
"The Italian Bob," our episode summary for the fourteenth and final episode of Survivor: Guatemala, the eleventh edition of CBS's Survivor series, written by PepeLePew13, is now available.
ABC has revealed the identities of the twenty-five women who will be competing for the heart of 33-year-old ER doctor Travis Stork, the star of the upcoming eighth edition of its The Bachelor reality series
Bravo revealed the identities of the twelve aspiring chefs who will compete in Top Chef, its new reality competition series that will premiere Wednesday, March 15 at 10PM ET/PT.
Singer/actress Jessica Simpson Friday filed for divorce from her husband, singer Nick Lachey, in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The animal activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has named socialite Paris Hilton its worst dressed celebrity of 2005.
Bravo has yet to formally renew "Being Bobby Brown" for a second season, but it will dish up a holiday special featuring the singer and his family.
Singer Ashlee Simpson was in an undisclosed Tokyo hospital Friday after collapsing following a performance on MTV Japan.
Last night's NBC broadcast of The Apprentice 4's season finale ended as many viewers had long expected it to -- with Donald Trump telling Randal Pinkett, a 34-year-old consulting firm owner from Somerset, New Jersey, "you're hired."
Pop singer and new mom Britney Spears chalked up her third title as the No. 1-most-searched term on the Internet in 2005.
Four employees of the WB's reality show "Cheaters" have been indicted in Fort Worth, Texas, on charges including assault.
"American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino served a day as a juror in Mecklenburg County (N.C) Superior Court but was let go when the trial dragged on.
The cable A&E network has renewed "Dog the Bounty Hunter," "Inked" and "Criss Angel Mindfreak" but not "Growing Up Gotti."
Bringing a boring end to a boring season, The Amazing Race: Family Edition's two-hour finale delivered the reality show's lowest finale ratings since the Summer 2003 The Amazing Race 4 edition that, if not for the show's subsequent first Emmy award win, had been speculated to be the series' last edition.
Demonstrating that early season media reports of its ratings decline in the face of increased Thursday night competition had been greatly exaggerated, Survivor: Guatemala finished its season with a bang, setting season ratings highs with each of its final four broadcasts and delivering the long-running CBS reality series' best finale ratings since May 2004's Survivor: All-Stars.
Rapper Romeo -- who used to go by Lil' Romeo -- is being replaced on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" reality hit by his dad, Master P.
An Internet gambling site has smashed a betting scam that was raking in a fortune from wagers based on inside tips on the outcome of reality TV shows.
Former "Dallas" star Victoria Principal is in line to be the first female on British mogul Richard Branson's planned commercial space flight service.
Producer Cory Rooney is shopping around a reality show following Tito Jackson's three sons as they try to break into the music business.
Just as an online gambling website revealed back in September, last night's broadcast of The Amazing Race: Family Edition's season finale ended with the Linz siblings crossing the finish line first and claiming the competition's $1,000,000 grand prize. Close behind them in second place were the Bransen family, with the Weaver family finishing third.
Two of NBC TV's "Biggest Losers" are apparently winners in love: Matt Hoover and Suzy Preston have revealed they are a couple.
Just in case viewers haven't been bored enough by this season's disappointing family edition of The Amazing Race, CBS has announced that for the first time ever, the reality show's second and third place finishers will compete in a special "bonus mini-race" in which one of the teams will win a 2006 GMC Yukon XL vehicle.
Britain's "Celebrity Big Brother" will have Boy George and Anna Nicole Smith locked in its infamous house, it was revealed Tuesday.
The Web search engine and portal Lycos Inc. Monday said its No. 1 "search term" for 2005 was Paris Hilton.
NBC Universal Television Distribution has ordered a second season of Martha Stewart's talk show "Martha," it was reported Monday.
Confirming weeks of rumors, CBS has announced that next season's just-filmed twelfth installment of its Survivor franchise will take place in Panama and be titled Survivor: Panama, Exile Island.
CBS has announced that it is accepting applications for The Amazing Race 10, another traditional "teams of two" edition of the series that will be produced following this spring's broadcast of The Amazing Race 9.
"American Idol" runner-up Bo Bice had plenty of help making his first album.
Benefiting from the fact that her Final Two competitor had betrayed several allies that would ultimately determine which finalist would win the competition, Danni Boatwright, a 30-year-old from Tonganoxie, KS, defeated Stephenie LaGrossa, a 26-year-old from Tom's River, NJ, to emerge as Survivor: Guatemala's ultimate survivor and $1,000,000 winner during last night's season finale broadcast on CBS.
"Price for Immunity," our episode summary for the thirteenth episode of Survivor: Guatemala, the eleventh edition of CBS's Survivor series, written by Incognito9, is now available.
"The Setup," our episode summary for the twelfth episode of NBC's The Apprentice 4, written by zipperhead, is now available.
"Fashion, Fairways, and Four Feisty Females," our episode summary for the eleventh episode of The Amazing Race: Family Edition, the eighth edition of CBS's The Amazing Race series, written by Jims02, is now available.
VH1 has announced that it has rescheduled the premiere of The Surreal Life 6, the sixth edition of the long-running reality series that features seven D-list celebrities living together in a Hollywood Hills mansion.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the season finale of Survivor: Guatemala is now available.
Cranston, R.I., police say there's nothing illegal about a resident's Christmas display -- 38,000 lights illuminating giant cutouts of Paris Hilton.
British singer Joss Stone was chosen 2005 World's Best Dog Owner while hotel heiress Paris Hilton was named the worst by readers of a dog magazine.
Becoming the third victim of her own increasingly traitorous alliance, Cindy Hall, a 31-year-old zoo keeper from Naples, Florida, was voted out of Survivor: Guatemala during last night's broadcast of the CBS reality show.
"Survivor" ringmaster Jeff Probst has ended months of speculation by signing a new two-year deal with the hit CBS show.
With last week's The Apprentice 4 episode having narrowed the field for Donald Trump's latest apprentice position to only Rebecca Jarvis and Randal Pinkett, last night's Apprentice set the stage for next week's live finale.
ABC Thursday unveiled the cast for the second edition of "Dancing with the Stars," including a veteran actor, a champion athlete and an Oscar winner.
The Apprentice: Martha Stewart might have turned out to be an on-air ratings dud for NBC, but it certainly has managed to generate more than its fair share of off-camera squabbles and media headlines.
Nicole Linkletter, a 20-year-old college student from Grand Forks, ND, was crowned America's Next Top Model during last night's finale of the fifth cycle of the popular UPN "dramality" series.
The FX cable network will air a documentary series that switches the races of two families, which drastically changes their everyday lives.
Nicole Richie and her fiance, Adam "D.J. AM" Goldstein, have ended their relationship.
Young parents Britney Spears and Kevin Federline recently had a blow-out fight, but reports of a divorce were apparently premature.
Singer Ashlee Simpson reveals in Cosmopolitan magazine she spent six months of "not eating too much at all" until her family intervened.
After weeks of non-eliminations and super-legs, The Amazing Race: Family Edition has whittled down -- at last-- to its final three teams, with the Godlewski sisters missing out on the final race to the finish line.
Last week's season finale of The Biggest Loser 2 turned out to be a big fat ratings draw for NBC, with the show's two-hour live finale delivering the reality weight loss franchise's highest ratings ever.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the thirteenth episode of Survivor: Guatemala is now available.
The WB network announced Tuesday it will bring back its summer hit "Beauty and Geek," starting in January.
"American Idol" finalist Julia DeMato says her weekend drug bust was a "misunderstanding" that "will be taken care of in court."
"Price for Immunity," our episode summary for the twelfth episode of Survivor: Guatemala, the eleventh edition of CBS's Survivor series, written by sorgee, is now available.
"You Drive Me Crazy," our episode summary for the tenth episode of NBC's The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, written by zipperhead, is now available.
USA Network has announced the fourth edition of its Nashville Star reality talent competition will premiere Tuesday, March 7 at 10PM ET/PT and be hosted by Wynonna Judd and Cowboy Troy. The duo will replace LeAnn Rimes, who had hosted last year's Nashville Star 3 edition.
Trimspa is being sued by organizers of Live 8, who claim spokeswoman Anna Nicole Smith acted "erratic" during the Philadelphia charity concert.
"To Be Continued," our episode summary for the tenth episode of The Amazing Race: Family Edition, the eighth edition of CBS's The Amazing Race series, written by volsfan, is now available.
"Half the Man I Used To Be?," our episode summary for the finale episode of the second edition of NBC's The Biggest Loser series, written by Volsfan and MTW1961, is now available.
ABC announced Friday that the new results show for its upcoming second edition of Dancing with the Stars will air Fridays at 8PM ET/PT. Additionally, the show's performance broadcasts have now been expanded to 90-minutes and air from 8-9:30PM ET/PT on Thursdays.
NBC has announced that The Biggest Loser: Special Edition, its new name for its previously announced self-contained themed The Biggest Loser spinoff series, will premiere Wednesday, January 4 at 9PM ET/PT.
Classless to the very end, Judd Sergeant, a 35-year-old hotel doorman from Ridgefield, New Jersey, was voted out of Survivor: Guatemala during last night's broadcast of the CBS reality show.
For the third time this season, more than one member of the loosing team was fired in The Apprentice 4's boardroom. This time, the unlucky duo were the final members of the Capital Edge team, Felisha Mason a 29-year-old real estate developer from Kansas City, Missouri, and Alla Wartenberg a 31-year-old salon & spa chain owner from Las Vegas, Nevada. Their firings leave only Rebecca Jarvis and Randal Pinkett still in the running to be Donald Trump's newest apprentice.
Paris Hilton has ended her brief fling with her exotic pet kinkajou and is again toting around her tiny Chihuahua, Tinkerbell.
"The Simple Life" star Nicole Richie has signed a deal that could land her in a TV sitcom.
Deemed to lack confidence and believe in herself, Jayla, a 20-year-old delivery driver from Tucson, AZ, became the tenth girl eliminated from the fifth edition of America's Next Top Model during last night's UPN broadcast.
Fox has announced that the fifth season of its smash-hit American Idol reality talent competition will premiere on Tuesday, January 17 with a special two-hour 8-10PM ET/PT broadcast. After that, the broadcast of American Idol 5's open auditions will continue with a one-hour American Idol broadcast on Wednesday, January 18 at 8PM ET/PT.