Reality TV News - December 2008
With 2008 drawing to a close, it's time to take a look back at the year that was. The following is Reality TV World's 2008 Reality TV Year In Review, a month-by-month review of some of the past year's reality TV headlines, highlights, lowlights, and milestones.
If Doug Wilson ever needs to redesign a jail cell, he'll now have some sort of reference point.
Jennifer Hudson's return to the stage may reportedly came at President-elect Barack Obama's Presidential inauguration.
The Biggest Loser couple Marty and Amy Wolff are expecting their first child together.
ABC has announced the identities of the ten contestants who will be competing on True Beauty, the new reality competition that will secretly judge inner beauty and premiere on Monday, January 5 at 10PM ET/PT.
NBC has announced the identities of the teams and judges that will be participating in Superstars of Dance, the new international dance competition series the network will premiere on Sunday, January 4 at 9PM ET/PT.
VH1's upcoming Rock of Love Bus with Bret Michaels may be the last stop for the former Poison frontman's reality dating show.
The "Dancing with the Stars curse" has apparently struck yet again.
You may be able to take Whitney Port out of The Hills, but apparently you can't take The Hills' fakery out of MTV's new The City spinoff.
Former America's Next Top Model winner Eva Marcille got a bigger Christmas present than she expected over the holidays: an engagement ring from boyfriend and House of Payne actor Lance Gross.
Former The Girls Next Door star Kendra Wilkinson and NFL wide receiver Hank Baskett have set their wedding date and location.
"America Idol" judge Simon Cowell says he works hard to maintain the toned body he recently showed off during a Barbados vacation.
With the holiday season coming to a close and the days getting cold and the economy in the dumps, it's easy to dwell on the negative. However with a full slate of reality series -- including the return of several longtime favorites and the debut of several much-buzzed about new shows -- how bad can it really be?
The manufacturer of the Tesla electric car says the vehicle did not run out of a charge during a race on the British TV series, "Top Gear."
Discovery Channel has announced Treasure Quest, a new reality series that will explore underwater shipwrecks and the artifacts contained within, will premiere Thursday, January 15 at 10PM ET/PT.
Jennifer Hudson, the U.S. singer whose mother, brother and nephew were slain this year, is set to perform at the upcoming MusiCares Person of the Year gala.
To many, Bob Harper is seen as The Biggest Loser's level-headed trainer who rarely loses his cool with his contestants.
MTV has announced that the third season of Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew will premiere on Thursday, January 15 at 10PM ET/PT with a special 90-minute episode.
Heba Salama may admit to being outspoken, but not to being a bully.
Discovery Channel has announced Man vs. Wild will return with eight new third-season episodes beginning Monday, January 12 at 10PM ET/PT.
Discovery Channel has announced Dirty Jobs' fifth season will premiere on Tuesday, January 6 at 9PM ET/PT.
Nigel Lythgoe feels Superstars of Dance is not just another dance-themed reality show.
Ed Brantley saw two different sides of The Biggest Loser: Families' ranch: its friendlier earlier rounds that culminated in his first elimination, and the gameplay-filled pressure cooker that he returned to when he re-entered the ranch in Week 7.
British TV actor Tom Chambers, star of "Holby City," has won the BBC One dance competition series "Strictly Come Dancing."
A series of run-ins between celebrity developer Donald Trump and the California community of Rancho Palos Verdes is culminating in a lawsuit, observers say.
Sci Fi Channel has announced it has ordered a sixth season of Ghost Hunters, a second season of the show's Ghost Hunters International spinoff, and a six-episode season of Ghost Hunters: New Generation, a new second Ghost Hunters spinoff.
Michelle Aguilar may have been the winner of The Biggest Loser: Families, but it was probably Vicky Vilcan who stole the show.
Judge orders 'Celebrity Rehab' participant Steven Adler back to rehab
TLC's '17 Kids & Counting' Duggar family welcome eighteenth child
NBC has revealed the identities of the eleven teams of two who will be competing on The Biggest Loser: Couples, the seventh season of the reality weight-loss series scheduled to premiere Tuesday, January 6 at 8PM ET/PT.
Matty Whitmore's run on Survivor: Gabon was quite a long one, if not quite a challenging one as well
American Idol judge Simon Cowell feels optimistic that the show's eighth-season contestants will be better than what viewers saw last season.
Michelle Aguilar didn't want to count her chickens before they hatched, but she had a good feeling.
ABC has revealed the identities of the 25 women who will compete for the affection of Jason Mesnick on the thirteenth installment of The Bachelor, which will premiere Monday, January 5 at 8:00PM ET/PT.
Although The Bachelor's thirteenth-season premiere is more than two weeks away, Jason Mesnick said he decided to spill the beans about being engaged because it was something he didn't want to try and keep secret.
Despite arriving on Survivor: Gabon as one of the competition's underdogs, Ken "Kenny" Hoang was almost able to parlay numerous bold gameplay tactics into a surprise victory for the 22-year-old professional video gamer from Westminster, CA.
MTV has announced it's ordered seven new reality series -- Rob Dydrek's Fantasy Factory, The CollegeHumor Show, Nitro Circus, Daddy's Girls, College Life, How's Your News? and MTV's Untitled Performing Arts Reality Project -- for broadcast in early 2009.
Death made 'American Idol' judge Simon Cowell think "long and hard"
Time Life says it has teamed up with U.S. professional dancer Cheryl Burke to create a new fitness program set to dance hits of the 1970s.
Michelle Aguilar entered The Biggest Loser: Families looking to lose weight and resurrect her relationship with her mother. She left it as a champion.
Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt's 'Hills' courtroom nuptials questioned
Todd Homme, a finalist on Lifetime's Blush: The Search for the Next Great Makeup Artist reality series, was reportedly found dead Saturday night at his home. He was 23.
'Idol' champ Carrie Underwood to perform at People's Choice Awards
Kandice Hutchison, the MTV A Double Shot at Love reality dating series contestant who was killed in an October 21 car crash in Euless, TX, was allegedly drunk and street racing at the time of the crash.
Jessica "Sugar" Kiper was anything but conventional during her stint on Survivor: Gabon.
Sharon Osbourne may need to be demoted from Rock of Love: Charm School's headmistress to one of its students.
American Idol executive producer Ken Warwick has denied Paula Abdul's allegation that producers allowed Paula Goodspeed to audition on the show's fifth season despite Abdul's warnings that Goodspeed was more than just a fan.
'The Hills' airs coverage of Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt elopement
Robert "Bob" Crowley hardly seemed like the favorite to "outwit, outlast and outplay" his seventeen fellow Survivor: Gabon castaways when the reality competition began. In fact, the 57-year-old physics teacher from South Portland, ME, commanded so little attention during Survivor: Gabon's early rounds that he was known more for his lengthy naps than his gameplay.
Bravo announced it has renewed The Real Housewives of Atlanta for a second season.
Spike TV has announced it is searching for the next big superstar in U.S. rodeo with "Toughest Cowboy," a new eight-episode series from producer Mark Burnett.
Fox has announced the entire early season broadcast schedule for American Idol's eighth season and confirmed that the season will feature a few format changes that will include two weeks of Hollywood Round broadcasts, the use of 36 semifinalists and the return of a "Wild Card" semifinals round.
Sam Talbot's wedding was apparently a very private affair.
Fox has revealed the identities of the 16 culinary contestants competing on Hell's Kitchen's fifth season, which will premiere Thursday, January 29 at 9PM ET/PT.
Few thought that Susie Smith had any chance of real success in Survivor: Gabon.
U.S. Customs officials seize 'Survivor: Gabon' props and artifacts
While Tom Colicchio's culinary skills are considered above reproach, some of the business aspects in one of his restaurants have reportedly come into question.
The concept for Momma's Boys, NBC's newest reality show, is clearly something near and dear to show producer Ryan Seacrest's heart. Just ask Seacrest what his mother looks for in the women he dates.
Robert "Bob" Crowley became the oldest winner in Survivor history last night when he was revealed to be the winner of Survivor: Gabon during the finale of the long-running CBS reality series' seventeenth edition.
An encroachment dispute apparently caused Jeff Lewis to flip out.
CBS has formally announced that this spring's Survivor edition will take place in Tocantins, a state located in central Brazil with numerous rivers and an equatorial climate.
Three years after being dropped from "The X Factor," contestant Alexandra Burke won the British talent competition in its televised finale.
Malta national Kevin Borg's performance of "With Every Bit of Me" helped him win the title of Swedish "Idol" 2008, officials said.
Reality producer Mike Fleiss has apparently decided he's found a home with Warner Bros.
A birthday gift made homicide suspect William Balfour so jealous he killed three family members of actress Jennifer Hudson in Chicago, prosecutors allege.
ABC has revealed some details about The Bachelor's upcoming thirteenth season, including a twist that will see Jason Mesnick's suitors voting on who should be sent home at the first Rose Ceremony.
Crystal Cox, a 29-year-old 2004 Olympic gold-medalist track athlete from Durham, NC, had managed to last 35 days in Survivor: Gabon without many major causes for alarm, despite spending a large amount of that time as a member of the competition's sputtering Fang tribe.
After 36 days in Gabon, Crystal Cox, a 29-year-old 2004 Olympic gold-medalist track athlete from Durham, NC, became the thirteenth castaway to be eliminated from Survivor: Gabon during last night's broadcast of the CBS reality series.
Former "American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe says he wouldn't have let Paula Goodspeed audition if he thought she was a danger to herself or others.
Maybe seventh-season American Idol finalist Kristy Lee Cook should have "waited" after all.
Stevie Wonder apparently doesn't let his blindness get in the way of getting his groove on.
Lance Bass loved his time on Dancing with the Stars, but it apparently came at the expense of his love life.
Broadcast of assisted suicide documentary condemned in Britian
NBC has announced that Susie Castillo will join professional dancer Michael Flatley as the co-host of Superstars of Dance, a new international dance competition series the network will premiere on Sunday, January 4 at 9PM ET/PT.
Although the premiere of The Bachelor's thirteenth edition is still several weeks away, Jason Mesnick has revealed that his got engaged on the show, which taped this fall.
Michelle Aguilar, a 26-year-old assistant director from Ft. Worth, TX, and Vicky Vilcan, a 37-year-old anesthetist from Houma, LA, were revealed to be two of The Biggest Loser: Families' three finalists during last night's penultimate episode broadcast of the NBC reality weight-loss show's sixth season.
Lifetime has announced that it will premiere DietTribe, a new reality series that will follow five female friends who made a commitment to shed their unwanted weight together, on Monday, January 5 at 10PM ET/PT.
Tila Tequila claims she'd be ready to tackle motherhood if focusing on herself wasn't so time consuming.
Bear Grylls is finally out of Antarctica.
"Fraternity Brothers" Andrew Lappitt and Dan Honig want everyone to know that no team makes it to The Amazing Race's finale by accident.
VH1 has announced Eddie Griffin: Going for Broke, a new reality series that will follow the comedian as he battles the possibility of bankruptcy, will premiere Monday, January 26 at 10PM ET/PT.
Trista and Ryan Sutter are getting their own bachelorette.
'Dancing' star Toni Braxton missed finale dance due to breast tumor
Former 'Idol' finalist Jennifer Hudson returning to work, filming video
Reality TV World's commmunity spoiler sleuths' 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the twelfth episode of Survivor: Gabon -- Earth's Last Eden is now available.
Paula Abdul has lashed out at American Idol's producers, alleging that they allowed Paula Goodspeed, the obsessed Abdul fan that is believed to have committed suicide near Abdul's home, to audition on the show's fifth season despite Abdul's warnings that she was a stalker.
The Real Housewives of Orange County may be losing another of its original housewives.
For Ken and Tina Greene, The Amazing Race 13 was about much more than simply competing for a cash prize.
Former 'American Idol' champ Fantasia Barrino's home up for auction
Nick and Starr Spangler may have not pleased all of their fellow contestants with their aggressive style of gameplay on The Amazing Race 13. However their strategy worked, as the "Brother and Sister" team dominated much of the competition before being revealed to be the CBS reality series' thirteenth-season champions during last night's finale broadcast.
Craig Plestis is out as NBC's reality chief.
Nigel Barker will presumably be taking lots of baby pictures this holiday season.
It was apparently one-and-done for Jordin Sparks and 19 Management.
Magical Elves is apparently ready to move past Project Runway.
John Rich reportedly got hitched over the weekend.
Bravo has announced that it has renewed Flipping Out and Million Dollar Listing for third seasons and Tabatha's Salon Takeover and The Rachel Zoe Project for second seasons.
Paula Abdul has confirmed that the Paula Goodspeed's alleged November suicide wasn't the first time that the obsessed fan had attempted to kill herself near the American Idol judge's home.
VH1 has announced it will premiere Confessions of a Teen Idol, a new reality series that will follow former teen heartthrobs as they are given the chance to try and reclaim fame, on Sunday, January 4 at 8PM ET/PT.
VH1 has announced Tool Academy, a new reality competition series that will follow a crop of bad-boy male contestants in relationship boot camp, will premiere Sunday, January 11 at 10PM ET/PT.
The "Brother and Sister" team of Nick and Starr Spangler were revealed to be The Amazing Race's thirteenth-season winners during last night's finale broadcast of the CBS reality series.
Stephen "Steve-O" Glover has reportedly decided to trade in his straight jacket for a pair of dancing shoes.
Mark Ballas and Derek Hough have formally found a home for their music, as Hollywood Records has officially announced it's signed the Dancing with the Stars professionals' band to a recording deal and will release the group's debut album early next year.
The wild apparently got the better of Man vs. Wild star Bear Grylls during a recent expedition in Antarctica.
The CW has revealed the identities of the 13 contestants competing on 13: Fear is Real, a new horror-themed reality competition series that will premiere on Wednesday, January 7 at 8PM ET/PT.
Kandice Hutchison, a contestant on MTV's upcoming A Double Shot at Love reality dating series, was killed in a car accident that occurred after she finished her involvement in the show's production.
An American Idol hopeful that has previously has a major label recording deal reportedly received a golden ticket for the show's eighth season during this summer's auditions.
For Corinne Kaplan, a 29-year-old pharmaceutical sales representative from Los Angeles, CA, it was clearly evident that desperate times called for desperate measures.
Blake Lewis is apparently optimistic about his future footing in the music industry.
After spending 33 days in Gabon and watching all but one of her allies slowly be voted out of the game, Corinne Kaplan, a 29-year-old pharmaceutical sales representative from Los Angeles, CA, became the twelfth castaway to be eliminated from Survivor: Gabon during last night's broadcast on CBS.
Nearly one month after the apparent suicide of obsessed fan Paula Goodspeed outside her Sherman Oaks, CA home, American Idol judge Paula Abdul has decided to put the house on the market.
Julianne Hough is focusing on her music career -- not a potential wedding with boyfriend Chuck Wicks.
Heidi Montag has joined husband Spencer Pratt in firing back at her mom over harsh comments she made about The Hills stars' impromptu wedding.
Being on The Biggest Loser: Families ended up helping Renee Wilson simultaneously accomplish two of her dreams: losing weight and reconnecting with her daughter Michelle Aguilar.
Jennifer Hudson says she's honored by Grammy Award nominations
Erik Estrada returns to 'Armed & Famous' city to resume police patrols
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes is speaking out against a "huge misunderstanding" that resulted in reports that she and her husband, Gregg Leakes, were evicted from the Duluth, GA home they were shown living in during the Bravo reality show's first season.
The Hills star Spencer Pratt has wasted little time in responding to remarks made by Darlene Egelhoff, the mother of his new wife -- and fellow The Hills co-star -- Heidi Montag, that the couple's November 20 marriage will be a brief one.
ABC has announced Homeland Security USA, a new reality series that will focus on the work of various border protection agencies in their effort to stop illegal smuggling and immigration, will premiere Tuesday, January 6 at 8PM ET/PT.
A&E has announced The Exterminators, a new reality series that will document a family as they run a Louisiana-based pest removal company, will premiere Wednesday, January 7 at 10:30PM ET/PT.
NBC has announced that the second season of The Celebrity Apprentice -- the eighth overall installment of the Donald Trump-hosted reality competition series -- will premiere on Sunday, March 1 at 9PM ET/PT.
Former American Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson and champions Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks were all recognized by The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences when the nominations for the 51th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Wednesday night.
ABC has announced that Dancing with the Stars' eighth season will premiere with a two-hour performance episode on Monday, March 9 at 8PM ET/PT.
Suspect in Jennifer Hudson family murders has long rap sheet
Heidi Montag's mother Darlene Egelhoff doesn't have the highest of expectations for her daughter's marriage to fellow The Hills star Spencer Pratt. In fact, she doesn't even see the marriage lasting a year.
Reality TV World's commmunity spoiler sleuths' 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the eleventh episode of Survivor: Gabon -- Earth's Last Eden is now available.
Prosecutor: Jealousy behind Jennifer Hudson family members killings
Although The Biggest Loser trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels objected to it last season, NBC has announced that home viewers will once again get to decide the third finalist that will be eligible to participate in the weigh-in that will determine the $250,000 winner of this fall's The Biggest Loser: Families edition.
NeNe Leakes has lost her fabulous The Real Housewives home.
VH1 has ordered eight episodes of Tough Love, a new reality dating series produced by actress Drew Barrymore's Flower Films production company.
After not speaking to each other for nearly six years, Renee Wilson, a 46-year-old event manager from Ft. Worth, TX, and her daughter Michelle Aguilar, a 26-year-old assistant director from Ft. Worth, TX as well, not only formed a bond on The Biggest Loser: Families, but also managed to become the only team maintain both of it's members through the competition.
Tony Danza apparently has some fighting words for former The Contender host and executive producer Sylvester Stallone.
There's apparently going to be double The Donald this winter.
While other teams around them made costly mistakes as the weeks progressed, the "Mother and Son" team of Toni and Dallas Imbimbo proved to be the model of consistency as they continually placed solidly in each leg of The Amazing Race 13 without garnering much attention.
Jennifer Hudson brother-in-law charged with killing her three relatives
CBS has announced The Amazing Race's fourteenth edition will premiere on Sunday, February 15 at 8PM ET/PT.
CBS has announced that Survivor's eighteenth edition -- which the network is currently only terming Survivor 18 -- will premiere on Thursday, February 12 at 8PM ET/PT.
Estranged relative arrested in Jennifer Hudson family killings
Despite beginning the leg in first place, the "Mother and Son" team of Dallas and Toni Imbimbo became the eighth team to be eliminated from The Amazing Race 13 after finishing last in a mistake-filled leg that saw all but one of the four remaining teams slowed by significant errors.
Ivana Trump kept split secret for hubby's Italian 'Survivor' participation
Simon Cowell is apparently certain a male will win American Idol's upcoming eighth season.
It may have seemed that Amy Cremen, a 26-year-old purchasing department representative from Auburn Hills, MI, wasn't aware of the potential consequences when she voted to send former Blue team teammate Brady Vilcan home during The Biggest Loser: Families' ninth week elimination.
Julianne Hough's recent announcement that she wouldn't be participating in Dancing with the Stars' next season was apparently premature.