Reality TV News - December 2007
With 2007 drawing to a close, it's time to take a look back at the year that was. The following is Reality TV World's 2007 Reality TV Year In Review, a chronological listing of some of the past year's reality TV headlines, highlights, lowlights, and milestones.
Court TV adjourns and introduces viewers to new truTV rebranding
"American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest said recently he intends to find a romantic interest to provide balance in his life.
Van Cleef & Arpels claims model Heidi Klum stole her jewelry designs from them.
The Los Angeles City Attorney has decided not to file vehicular manslaughter charges against singer Brandy Norwood in connection with a 2006 car crash.
Deemed to be too much tomboy and not enough queen, Tonawanda, NY mother/daughter duo Pamela and Felicia became the third team eliminated from Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants during last night's broadcast of The CW reality series.
George "Tailor Made" Weisgerber has apparently learned that good things come to those who wait.
Recording artist and UNICEF ambassador Clay Aiken spent Christmas with his mother and brother visiting flood victims in southeast Mexico.
The Celebrity Apprentice apparently could have had many more participants if some were willing to overcome a very important aspect of the show -- hearing Donald Trump tell them, "You're fired!"
Now that "Posh Spice" is living in America, Victoria Beckham is apparently interested in putting her own stamp on America's biggest fashion reality show.
Discovery Channel has announced Mythbusters' sixth season, which will continue to follow special effects experts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage as they debunk urban legends and tall tales, will launch on Wednesday, January 16 at 9PM ET/PT.
Discovery Channel has announced Dirty Jobs' fourth season, which will continue to follow host Mike Rowe as he explores some of the nastiest professions on the planet, will premiere on Tuesday, January 8 at 9PM ET/PT.
Travel Channel announced the fourth season of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, which follows the chef and author as he explores the culture and cuisine of various places throughout the world, will premiere on Monday, January 7 at 10PM ET/PT.
Discovery Channel has announced Fight Quest, Some Assembly Required, Bone Detectives, and Smash Lab -- four new recently unveiled reality series -- will all debut during a special holiday "Sneak Peak Week" before premiering in their regular time periods in January,
Bill Germanakos went from a self-described "couch potato" to The Biggest Loser's fourth-season champ -- starting the competition at 334 pounds before shedding 164, nearly half of his original weight.
The Clark Brothers, a bluegrass/country band from Nashville, TN, was revealed to be The Next Great American Band's champ during Friday's night pre-taped finale broadcast of Fox's American Idol-like reality competition series.
Christmas came early for Kynt Cothron and Vyxsin Fiala, as the "Dating Goths" were the last team to arrive at the seventh leg's Pit Stop only to discover it was The Amazing Race's first of two twelfth season non-elimination legs.
Fox has announced the entire early season broadcast schedule for American Idol's seventh season, from the outrageous auditions to when home viewers will cut the competition's semifinalists down to its 12 finalists.
There's no crime in enjoying an alcoholic beverage -- unless of course it was a condition of your probation for felony DUI charges -- a lesson The Real Housewives of Orange County husband Matt Keough apparently learned last week.
Denise Martin wouldn't turn on her Final 4 alliance, and it cost her the chance to lobby Survivor: China's jury as to why she deserved the competition's $1 million.
MTV announced it has ordered and begun casting for That's Amore, a new A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila reality dating series spin-off starring spurned Italian suitor Domenico Nesci.
Just when it appeared the saga surrounding Jessica Sierra couldn't get any weirder, the jailed former American Idol fourth-season finalist is reportedly pregnant.
CMT has announced My Big Redneck Wedding, a new reality series that will document some of the South's strangest nuptial exchanges, will premiere on Friday, January 11 at 10PM ET/PT.
Former 'Viva La Bam' star Vincent Vincent Margera gets probation
Cheryl Burke has been cleared to participate in tonight's Dancing with the Stars - The Tour show after missing the first two stops of the 37-city North American tour due to abdominal pain she suffered Tuesday.
Annette and Alana Hoffman may have been the second team booted from The CW's Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants reality series, but the mother/daughter duo from Hayworth, CA feels they were still able to learn a lot about their relationship with one another.
Nick Lachey's hometown choir wins NBC's 'Clash of the Choirs'
Ruben Studdard has reportedly become the first American Idol winner to be dropped by his record label.
NBC has revealed the identities of the 12 men and 12 women who will be competing on the network's American Gladiators' primetime revival, which will premiere with a special two-hour episode on Sunday, January 6 before moving to its regular time period of Mondays at 8PM ET/PT the following night.
Courtney Yates might claim she was "never a strategic person" when it came to playing Survivor, but don't let that fool you.
Former 'The Bachelor' star Andrew Firestone gets a new job
Annette and Alana had no previous beauty pageant experience -- and it showed -- as the mother/daughter from Hayworth, CA became the second duo eliminated from Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants during last night's broadcast of The CW reality series.
Spencer Pratt's attempts to win Heidi Montag back were apparently successful, however it seems to have come at the expense of their wedding engagement.
Fox has announced casting call locations for the fourth season of So You Think You Can Dance, the network's American Idol-like reality competition series that search's for America's favorite dancer.
Dancing with the Stars - The Tour kicked-off in Seattle on Tuesday night without one of it's biggest stars.
VH1 has announced My Fair Brady... Maybe Baby? -- the third season of its My Fair Brady reality series that hasn't aired a new episode in over a year -- will premiere on Sunday, January 20 at 10:30PM ET/PT.
When Brad Womack joked about finding the love of his life by getting back with his ex-girlfriend after he rejected both of his remaining suitors -- Jenni Croft and DeAnna Pappas -- during the The Bachelor's final eleventh-season Rose Ceremony, there was apparently some truth behind it.
The Biggest Loser's live fourth-season finale turned out to be a very good night for the Germanakos brothers.
Amanda Kimmel trusted her gut and decided to stick to her long-standing Final 3 alliance with Todd Herzog and Courtney Yates.
After already apologizing for "misleading" viewers about her job in the Douglas Public School District, Survivor: China castaway Denise Martin has decided against keeping the $50,000 executive producer Mark Burnett decided to give her after hearing her fake sob story during Sunday night's live reunion show broadcast.
MTV's 'Shot at Love' ends with Tila Tequila picking Bobby Banhart
VH1 has announced Rock of Love with Bret Michaels' second season, which will once again follow the former Poison frontman as he looks for love, will premiere on Sunday, January 13 at 9PM ET/PT.
VH1 announced Scott Baio is 46... and Pregnant -- the age accurate but biologically impossible title for Scott Baio is 45... and Single's second season -- will premiere on Sunday, January 13 at 10PM ET/PT.
Jenah Doucette was apparently more upset that her character as a role model for young girls was questioned by her fellow finalists than she was about being America's Next Top Model's third-place finisher.
American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe believes being successful doesn't mean you have to be stagnant.
Lauren "L.C." Conrad already has her hands full dealing with Heidi Montag, so she wouldn't be too pleased if her former Laguna Beach rival Kristin Cavallari joined the cast of The Hills.
Todd Herzog felt like the other Survivor: China castaways were mostly clueless when it came to playing the game.
Food Network re-signs Rachael Ray, new show to debut January 12
Sean Hayes apparently wasn't just acting when his former Will & Grace character Jack McFarland landed backup dancer roles for such celebrities as Jennifer Lopez and Janet Jackson.
Denise Martin had a hard time telling lies during her 39 days as a Survivor: China castaway -- however she apparently got more comfortable and had no problem bending the truth once she returned to the States.
ABC has announced Oprah's Big Give, a new reality competition series that will follow 10 people who are given money and additional resources before being challenged to find "dramatic and emotional" ways to spend it on others, will premiere on Sunday, March 2 at 9PM ET/PT.
ABC has announced Supernanny's fourth season, which will continue to follow British nanny Jo Frost as she attempts to help American parents reign in their unruly children, will premiere with back-to-back one-hour episodes on Wednesday, January 2 beginning at 9PM ET/PT.
George "Tailor Made" Weisgerber may have still been married to his estranged wife, but that didn't stop him from proposing to Tiffany "New York" Pollard during I Love New York's second-season finale last night on VH1.
Chantal Jones said she's a "firm believer" in the expression "everything happens for a reason," which presumably helped her cope with finishing as America's Next Top Model's ninth-season runner-up during last Wednesday night's finale broadcast of The CW reality series.
ABC has announced The Bachelor's twelfth installment will premiere on Monday, March 17 at 10PM ET/PT.
ABC has announced Dancing with the Stars' sixth season will premiere on Monday, March 17 at 8PM ET/PT.
ABC has announced Wife Swap's fourth season, which will continue chronicle two families living different lifestyles trading wives/mothers for two weeks, will premiere on Wednesday, January 2 at 8PM ET/PT.
Todd Herzog was rewarded for being Survivor: China's primary puppetmaster, as the 22-year-old flight attendant from Pleasant Grove, UT was revealed to be Survivor: China's winner during last night's finale of the long-running CBS reality series' fifteenth edition.
Ending months of rumors, CBS has formally announced that Survivor's sixteenth season -- dubbed Survivor: Micronesia -- Fans vs. Favorites -- will be a "half all-stars edition" that will feature popular former Survivor castaways returning to compete against a group of "superfans."
"Think About Something Else and Shove It Down," our episode summary for the twelfth episode of Survivor: China, the fifteenth edition of Survivor, written by Outfrontgirl, is now available.
Peih-Gee Law tried working a few angles to keep herself alive as a Survivor: China castaway on the cusp of reaching the Final 4.
Reality TV World's commmunity spoiler sleuths' "State of the Spoiling" summary for the thirteenth and final episode of Survivor: China is now available.
Despite her prior history with America's Next Top Model creator and lead judge Tyra Banks, ninth-season champ Saleisha Stowers apparently feels she didn't have an edge in the recently concluded competition.
Peih-Gee Law wouldn't go down without a fight.
Saleisha Stowers is excited to enter the modeling industry as America's Next Top Model's ninth-season champ, but she's also relishes the opportunity to be a role model for younger girls.
NBC has revealed the identities of the 10 duos who will be competing on The Biggest Loser: Couples, the fifth-season of the reality weight-loss series scheduled to premiere on Tuesday, January 1 at 8PM ET/PT.
Bravo has confirmed that former Saved by the Bell and Showgirls actress Elizabeth Berkley will serve as the host for the network's new Step It Up & Dance and revealed the identities of the show's mentor and judges.
Chris Daughtry's 'Daughtry' crowned the top-selling album of 2007
A&E Network has announced Parking Wars, a new Airline-like reality series that will follow Philadelphia Parking Authority employees as they hand-out tickets and deal with the aftermath, will premiere with back-to-back half-hour episodes on Tuesday, January 8 at 10PM ET/PT.
MTV has announced Life of Ryan's second season, which will continue to follow 17-year-old professional skateboarder and teen heartthrob Ryan Sheckler, will premiere on Tuesday, January 8 at 10PM ET/PT.
Newlyweds Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon have both appeared in sex tapes with former reality stars, and now they're reportedly looking to make the jump into the reality genre as well.
Saleisha Stowers was crowned America's Next Top Model's ninth-season champ during last night's finale broadcast of The CW reality competition series.
MTV has announced the third season of Rob & Big, a reality series that follows the unlikely friendship of professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek and his personal bodyguard Christopher "Big Black" Boykin, will premiere on Tuesday, January 8 at 10:30PM ET/PT.
Blake Lewis' debut album "Audio Day Dream" dropped at No. 10 on The Billboard 200 album sales chart after selling 98,000 copies during its initial week of release, according to Nielsen Soundscan data for the week ending December 9.
Andrea and Amanda made a poor first impression and the mother/daughter team from Albuquerque, NM was never given a second chance as they became the first duo eliminated from Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants during last night's premiere broadcast of The CW reality series.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association gave its highest philanthropic achievement honor to "Dancing with the Stars" host Tom Bergeron.
Lauren "L.C." Conrad has a simple explanation for a The Hills third-season episode that showed her on a date with male model Gavin Beasley in which one scene showed her wearing red nail polish while a subsequent shot -- presented by the show as happening the same evening -- showed her sans polish.
Fox has announced that American Idol will once again host an Idol Gives Back fund-raising event benefiting various U.S. and international charities, with the live two-hour concert and fundraiser scheduled to air Wednesday, April 9 at 8PM ET (PT tape-delayed).
CMT had announced Gone Country, a new reality competition series that will follow seven established musicians as they move to Nashville for two weeks and immerse themselves in a all things Southern for the chance to record and release a country song, will premiere with a special one-hour episode on Friday, January 25 at 8PM ET/PT.
The Black Team went from The Biggest Loser's fourth-season outcasts to completely dominating the competition.
Bravo has revealed the identities of the 24 semifinalists who will compete for a spot on Make Me a Supermodel, a new co-ed America's Next Top Model-like reality series scheduled to premiere Thursday, January 10 at 10PM ET/PT.
NBC announced Today Show and Access Hollywood correspondent Maria Menounos has been tapped to host Clash of the Choirs, a new reality competition series that will aim to find the country's best amateur choir and air live over the course of four consecutive nights beginning with a special two-hour premiere on Monday, December 17 at 9PM ET.
Reality TV World's commmunity spoiler sleuths' 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the twelfth episode of Survivor: China is now available.
Reality television viewers of all types will have ample reason to be thankful this holiday season, as unscripted programming is on the verge of experiencing an even-larger-than-normal midseason boom due to the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike.
MTV has confirmed it plans to air eight additional third-season episode of The Hills this spring -- an announcement first made by Lauren "L.C." Conrad during last night's live broadcast of the show's finale after party.
If you thought Spencer Pratt was going to let Heidi Montag out of his life that easily, think again.
Michael Bolton had no interest in participating in the "trashy part" of reality television, so he had no problem signing up as a musical mentor for NBC's Clash of the Choirs, a new reality competition series that will aim to find the country's best amateur choir.
Bravo announced The Millionaire Matchmaker, a new reality series that will follow matchmaker Patti Stanger as she helps connect wealthy men with the women of their dreams, will premiere on Tuesday, January 22 at 11PM ET/PT before moving to its regular Tuesdays at 10PM ET/PT time period on January 29.
Tiffany "New York" Pollard thought her relationship with Punk lacked passion, causing her to send the lawyer from Elgin, IL packing during last night's penultimate episode broadcast of I Love New York's second-season on VH1.
Lauren "L.C." Conrad couldn't pass on the chance to take a business trip to Paris while Heidi Montag moved-out of her pad with Spencer Pratt and threw their wedding engagement into question during last night's third-season finale broadcast of The Hills on MTV.
Fresh of her first Emmy win, comedian Kathy Griffin apparently has nothing to complain about as Bravo is set to begin production on Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List's fourth season.
As Terrence "Hulk Hogan" Bollea begins his American Gladiator co-hosting duties for NBC -- the Hogan Knows Best patriarch has a lot of personal problems on his plate -- including his wife Linda's recent divorce filing and his son Nick's trouble with the law.
Azaria and Hendekea Azene feel they ran into a greedy ticket agent who tried to make a few extra bucks commission by selling them illegal business-class tickets instead of the required economy class ones.
Azaria and Hendekea Azene made several poor decisions -- including the purchase of illegal business class tickets for a flight to Croatia -- hindering the siblings and ultimately causing them to become the sixth team eliminated from The Amazing Race's twelfth season during last night's broadcast of the CBS reality series.
Scott Baio is 45... and Single star Scott Baio is no longer 45 or single.
Sam Horrigan and Nicole Morgan weren't confident they'd be able to claim Beauty and the Geek's fourth-season crown once they learned it would be decided by home viewer votes.
While it presumably won't be ready for a Spring debut, The Amazing Race will reportedly be back for a thirteenth season
Former 'American Idol' finalist Jessica Sierra disinvited from concert
"A Tsunami of Tears Flow," our episode summary for the eleventh episode of Survivor: China, the fifteenth edition of Survivor, written by strid333, is now available.
British doctors say TV's "Strictly Come Dancing" is snapping tendons, twisting ankles and wrenching knees in fans who try the tricky routines.
Erik Huffman never watched Survivor before being approached to appear on Survivor: China -- and the further he made it in the competition, the more that was evident.
Bianca Golden is aware she "seemed kind of bitchy on TV" as an America's Next Top Model ninth-season contestant, however she was quick to add "editing plays a big role."
Whether you believe it's real or scripted -- The Hills' third-season has contained a lot of drama -- so why should the finale be any different?
Erik Huffman didn't have the numbers in his favor and was unable to do anything about it, as the 26-year-old musician from Nashville, TN became the eleventh castaway eliminated from Survivor: China during last night's broadcast of the long-running CBS reality competition series.
Injured Mark Ballas apparently isn't injured enough to not keep a watchful eye over girlfriend Sabrina Bryan as she rehearses for the upcoming Dancing with the Stars - The Tour, which is scheduled to kick-off December 18 in Seattle.
NBC has announced The Baby Borrowers, a new reality series that will follow five young couples as they're thrust into adulthood, will premiere on Monday, February 18 at 8PM ET/PT.
Fox announced it has ordered 13 additional episodes of Don't Forget the Lyrics!, a karaoke-style game show that follows contestants trying to win big bucks by correctly completing the verses of different songs.
Bianca Golden wasn't a natural when it came to modeling -- and while she gave it an admirable effort, the 18-year-old college student from Queens, NY was revealed to be the tenth girl eliminated from America's Next Top Model's ninth season during last night's penultimate broadcast of The CW reality series.
Former American Idol finalists Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia Barrino, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Mandisa Hundley, and Chris Daughtry were all recognized by The Recording Academy when nominations for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Thursday.
Jessica Sierra apparently better get used to being behind bars.
After giving the matter some additional thought, Dancing with the Stars professional Maksim Chmerkovskiy has apparently decided that's he's not going to leave the ABC reality show after all.
Bravo announced it has ordered second seasons of both its Top Design and Shear Genius reality series, with casting for both shows scheduled to commence in the coming weeks.
Kevin Connolly's active pursuit of a romantic relationship with Dancing with the Stars professional Julianne Hough has apparently come to an end.
TLC has announced Miss America: Reality Check, a four-part reality special that will follow 52 beauty queens as they prepare to compete in the 2008 Miss America Pageant, will premiere on Friday, January 4 at 10PM ET/PT.
MyNetworkTV and Fox Reality Channel have announced that the cable networks' new Paradise Hotel revival will premiere on Monday, February 4 at 9PM ET/PT on MyNetworkTV before a "steamier" TV-MA version of the same episode airs at 1AM ET the same night on Fox Reality Channel.
Randy Jackson's new album features some voices that should sound familiar to American Idol fans.
David Olsen and Jasmine Moore's Beauty and the Geek journey got off to a rocky start.
Nicole Michalik hit her weight-loss wall during crunch-time on The Biggest Loser campus, causing the 26-year-old from Philadelphia, PA to become the thirteenth contestant cut from The Biggest Loser 4 during last night's broadcast of the NBC reality competition series.
David Olsen and Jasmine Moore were revealed to be Beauty and the Geek's fourth-season winners during last night's finale broadcast of The CW reality series.
Survivor host Jeff Probst apparently feels Survivor: China viewers have a lot to look forward to in the show's final few episodes.
Reality TV World's commmunity spoiler sleuths' 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the eleventh episode of Survivor: China is now available.
Shana Wall and Jennifer McCall feel all the bad directions they received played a more prominent role in their elimination than karma or constant arguing.
Dancing with the Stars aficionados will apparently soon be able to witness Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough's ballroom chemistry firsthand.
Tiffany "New York" Pollard finally realized that The Entertainer still lives with his parents, causing her to characterize the dock loader from Congers, NY as a "loser" and send him packing during VH1's Monday night broadcast of I Love New York's ninth second-season episode.
With the Writers Guild of America strike now in its second month and no resolution appearing imminent, CBS has announced that Big Brother's ninth season will premiere on Tuesday, February 12 at 9PM ET/PT.
Although it still isn't confirming that Survivor's next edition will be another all-stars installment featuring previous castaways, CBS has announced that Survivor's next season -- which the network is currently terming Survivor 16 -- will premiere on Thursday, February 7 at 8PM ET/PT.
Tila Tequila was apparently none-too-pleased to learn the authenticity of her bi-sexual lifestyle on MTV's A Shot of Love reality dating series was being questioned.
NBC is reportedly planning a low-cost/high-excitement primetime reality programming block.
Hell-bent on being released following her latest arrest, Jessica Sierra apparently thought she had a get-out-of-jail-free card no male police officer could resist. And when her offer wasn't accepted, she allegedly changed tactics and decided to call the arresting officer the N-word several times instead.
Shana Wall and Jennifer McCall made an ill-fated wrong turn and couldn't stop bickering long enough to correct it in a timely manner, causing the friends from Los Angeles, CA to become the fifth team eliminated from The Amazing Race's twelfth season during last night's broadcast of the CBS reality series.
American Idol's seventh-season "Hollywood Round" recently wrapped -- and if you listen to judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, the crop of talent was the best they've ever seen.
The Biggest Loser viewers won't have to wait long for the show's next season.
Tila Tequila is trying to prove love takes many forms via MTV's A Shot of Love bi-sexual reality dating series, however there's apparently a small problem.
Fellow Dancing with the Stars celebrity participant Jennie Garth apparently isn't buying fifth-season champion Helio Castroneves' claim that his engagement to now former fiancee Aliette Vazquez only ended "one or two weeks" ago.
NBC has announced its primetime revival of American Gladiators will premiere with a special two-hour broadcast on Sunday, January 6 at 9PM ET/PT. NBC will then air one-hour episodes of American Gladiators in its regular time period of Mondays at 8PM ET/PT beginning January 7.
Former 'American Idol' finalist Jessica Sierra arrested and jailed again
Bravo has reportedly decided to give its new So You Think You Can Dance and Project Runway hybrid a more suitable name -- changing it from Step It Up to Step It Up and Dance -- while also apparently finding a host and choreographer for the reality series.