Reality TV News - February 2006
"Access Hollywood" Tuesday hired "Soap Talk" host and "Dancing with the Stars" semi-finalist Lisa Rinna as its Oscars fashion correspondent.
The "Skating with Celebrities" scandal surrounding celeb contestant Kristy Swanson and her married partner Lloyd Eisler, has the duo skating on thin ice.
"The Apprentice" boss Donald Trump was incensed to hear a member of his Palm Beach, Fla., club did not tip his staff after they found her diamond bracelet.
In the end, all The Bachelor: Paris reports proved right, with bachelor Travis Stork selecting Sarah Stone, his nearby Nashville neighbor, over Moana Dixon during Monday night's two-hour finale of the ABC reality dating show's eighth edition.
After struggling early last season, the ratings of Donald Trump's The Apprentice series rebounded towards the end of its run, giving NBC hope that the franchise which was once the network's crown jewel of reality TV might recover from both The Apprentice 3's disastrous casting and last fall's failed Martha Stewart spinoff. However, if The Apprentice's revival is to succeed, it will have to do so in its new time night -- Monday nights.
The ShoWest convention has chosen "American Idol" contestant Jennifer Hudson as its Female Star of Tomorrow.
Rapper Master P, who was a contestant on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," has been ordered to stand trial in Los Angeles for felony gun possession.
"The Ladies Tell All, Well, Sorta, Kinda, Not Really," our episode summary for "The Women Tell All" episode of The Bachelor: Paris, ABC's eighth edition of The Bachelor, written by kathliam, is now available.
Classic rock idols Ted Nugent, Scott Ian, Sebastian Bach and Evan Seinfield and icon offspring Jason Bonham star in VH1's latest reality show, "SuperGroup."
Former 98 Degrees member Drew Lachey and professional dance partner Cheryl Burke won the second season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars on Sunday evening, defeating NFL legend Jerry Rice and partner Anna Trebunskaya in the live finale of the smash-hit reality ballroom dancing competition.
Betrayed by an existing alliance that she had joined only a couple of days earlier, Ruth Marie Milliman, a 48-year-old director of retail leasing from Greenville, SC, became the fourth Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island castaway to be eliminated from the game
The fifth season of Fox's American Idol finally began in earnest this week, with Tuesday and Wednesday's first performance shows culminating in last night's live results show that eliminated the four American Idol 5 semifinalists (two male, two female) who had received the fewest votes from home viewers.
Fox TV has posted a reminder on its "American Idol" Web site telling viewers of the talent competition they can only text votes via Cingular Wireless.
Fox has revealed the identities of the nine contestants who will compete on Unan1mous, its new "open-ended" reality series that will premiere Wednesday, March 22 at 9:30PM ET/PT and air regularly in the network's highly coveted post-American Idol results show time period.
Only two days into its semifinals, Fox's American Idol 5 has its first media-invented would-be mini-scandal.
The blows (and hubris) just keep coming in Donald Trump's bluster-filled attack on former The Apprentice spinoff star Martha Stewart. with the real estate mogul -- offended by what he considers to be Stewart's attempts to blame him for the ratings failure of her Apprentice show -- taking to CNBC's airwaves in an attempt to explain his decision to eviscerate Stewart in what he freely admits was a "mean spirited" open letter to the domestic diva.
"Newlyweds" Nick Lachey wants all the gifts back that he gave co-star and estranged wife Jessica Simpson Lachey during their three-year marriage.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the fourth episode of Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island is now available.
Although his lack of television interviews since he left American Idol probably had more to do with a lack of interest from television producers than a self-imposed vow of silence, former Idol Brian Dunkleman has finally done a television interview in which he "broke his silence" about why he "walked away" from the smash-hit reality show after its first season.
Don't look now, but whatever lingering "friendship" The Apprentice billionaires Donald Trump and Martha Stewart had appears to be over, with Trump following up their most recent squabble about the failure of Stewart's Apprentice spinoff by eviscerating Stewart in an open letter released to the media on Tuesday.
Online gambling sites have deemed Ace Young the favorite to win the fifth season of American Idol that begins its semifinals tonight.
In what is shaping up to be either one of the least surprising Bachelor finales ever or ABC's most successful smokescreen, another indication that next week's The Bachelor: Paris finale will likely end with bachelor Travis Stork giving his final rose to Sarah Stone, his nearby Nashville neighbor, has emerged in media reports.
American Idol judge Simon Cowell has clarified his previous statements in which he had suggested that the show's producers had recorded his controversial comments about some of the new season's auctioning contestants after he believed the show's cameras were no longer rolling.
Wannabe rapper Kevin Federline defends his reputation in this week's Newsweek, saying if reports were true, he would not be married to Britney Spears.
Martha Stewart's failed The Apprentice spin-off has been swept into the dustbin of television history, but that isn't stopping Stewart and original Apprentice star Donald Trump from continuing to trade verbal barbs about the show in the press.
"A Gift From Heaven," our episode summary for the third episode of Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island, the twelfth edition of CBS' Survivor series, written by dajaki, is now available.
"Nationally Lampooning The Bachelor's European Vacations," our episode summary for the sixth episode of The Bachelor: Paris, ABC's eighth edition of The Bachelor, written by volsfan, is now available.
Now that the identities of American Idol 5's semifinalists have been revealed, judge Simon Cowell has begun weighing in with his own thoughts about the show's twenty-four fifth season semifinalist singers, as well ousted twins Derrell and Terrell Brittenum.
Nick Lachey filed divorce papers in Los Angeles Friday requesting spousal support from his soon-to-be ex-wife, Jessica Simpson, People magazine reported.
Kelly Clarkson has revealed the reasons behind her recent breakup with boyfriend Graham Colton, telling Us Weekly that after touring together during her 2005 concert tour, a long-distance relationship just wasn't working for the couple.
UPN has sounded what appears to be last call for Kristin Cavallari's unscripted show, "Get This Party Started," after only two airings.
The loser of a tribal showdown in which her La Mina tribe's two 20-something men decided to ally themselves with the tribe's two older men rather than herself and 27-year-old Sally Schumann, Misty Giles, a 24-year-old engineer from Dallas, TX, became the third Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island castaway to be eliminated from the game
It might only feature minor celebrities rather than world class Olympic athletes, however Fox's Skating With Celebrities reality series has ended up with a skating scandal of its own, with the then-pregnant wife of Lloyd Eisler, the professional skating partner of Skating finalist Kristy Swanson, blaming an affair between the skating pair for breaking up her marriage.
After nearly a month worth of open audition broadcasts plus three more episodes of the competition's Hollywood auditions, last night's American Idol 5 broadcast ended with the Fox reality show announcing the identities of this season's Top 24 semifinalists.
Three-time Grammy winner John Legend and "American Idol" champ Carrie Underwood were named Wednesday as halftime entertainers for the 2006 NBA All-Star Game.
Anti-fur activists flour-bombed U.S. socialite Paris Hilton and designer Julien Macdonald following the opening show of London's Fashion Week.
Well, it's not the return of either Forever Eden or its Paradise Hotel predecessor that some diehard reality fans have continued to hope for, but Fox has announced that it will air one non-fixed length reality series this spring -- a new show called Unan1mous.
UPN has revealed the identities of the wannabe models who will be competing on the upcoming "sixth cycle" of Tyra Banks' America's Next Top Model reality series. Top Model 6 will debut on Wednesday, March 8 at 8PM with a special two-hour premiere.
Their individual team's fates on The WB's still-airing Beauty And The Geek 2 reality competition show might remain unknown, however the fate of Geek couple Wes Wilson and Cher Tenbush's budding romantic relationship (first shown in last week's fifth episode broadcast) isn't -- three months after the show's filming ended, the couple says they're still together.
"I Missed the Olympic Pairs Long Program for This," our episode summary for the fifth episode of Fox's new Skating With Celebrities reality series, written by WaterDrop, is now available.
For the second time in less than four months, Van Halen is denying reports that it will be fronting the new upcoming second season of Rock Star, the CBS reality series that found INXS a new lead singer during last summer's first season of the show.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the third episode of Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island is now available.
ABC has finally clarified its Dancing with the Stars 2 finale plans, announcing that the smash hit reality ballroom dancing show will end with a special two-hour broadcast airing Sunday, February 26 at 8PM ET/PT.
American Idol judge Simon Cowell has responded to criticism about his controversial comments about some of the new season's auctioning contestants, claiming that his remarks were intended to be off the record comments made after he believed the show's cameras were no longer rolling.
"American Idol" co-host Brian Dunkleman slid into the annals of Fox TV history after the series' debut season, but he's on the brink of a comeback of sorts.
Banyan Productions, the producers of TLC's Trading Spaces, has announced that it has reached an agreement to produce a reality television series starring controversial National Football League player Terrell Owens.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta blasted pop star Britney Spears as "irresponsible" for driving with her infant son on her lap.
Louisiana native Britney Spears is heading home to celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans, it was reported Monday.
NBC has revealed the identities of the eighteen candidates who will be competing on The Apprentice 5, the upcoming fifth edition of the Donald Trump reality show that will premiere Monday, February 27 at 9PM ET/PT.
NBC has announced that former The Biggest Loser 2 contestants and subsequent real-life couple Matt Hoover and Suzy Preston will make a special guest appearance on Passions, the network's daytime soap.
"Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires," our episode summary for the second episode of Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island, the twelfth edition of CBS' Survivor series, written by Fishercat, is now available.
"A Last Few Little Pieces," our episode summary for the fifth episode of The Bachelor: Paris, ABC's eighth edition of The Bachelor, written by tribephyl, is now available.
It looks like all those rumors claiming Van Halen was turning to CBS to find a new vocalist may not have been so far off the mark.
NBC has signed on to a U.S. version of Eurovision, a battle of the bands competition that helped launch Abba, Celine Dion and Katrina and the Waves.
Ashton Kutcher's "Punk'd" sidekick Dax Shepard will star opposite Jessica Simpson and Dane Cook in Lions Gate's film, "Employee of the Month."
The winner of HGTV's "Dream Home" says a huge federal tax bill is forcing him to part with the million dollar abode he won less than a year ago.
"Drumline" executive producer Dallas Austin is working LMNO productions to create a reality TV show revolving around marching bands.
Openly dubbed to be one of her new tribe's two weak links by her new tribe's already unstable dominant alliance, Melinda Hyder, a 32-year-old professional singer from Sevierville, TN, became the second Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island contestant to be eliminated from the game
In what has to be one of the saddest attempts at cross promotion and potential shark jumping in recent memory, NBC has announced that it will allow home viewers to determine which member of the United States Olympic team competing in Torino will also appear as a candidate on next fall's The Apprentice 6.
"American Idol" and double Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson has settled down in Mansfield, Texas, it was reported Thursday.
The Arab version of "Pop Idol" has been judged too racy for Algerian TV.
A week after it announced The Amazing Race 9 would premiere on February 28 and, following its special two-hour premiere, regularly air in the Tuesdays at 9PM ET/PT time period that the reality series has occupied since The Amazing Race 6, CBS has reversed course, deciding instead to make the Tuesdays at 10PM ET/PT hour the show's new regular time period.
Original American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson won awards for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance during last night's 48th Annual Grammy Awards, completing a remarkable three-year transformation from previously unknown reality TV show contestant to peer-recognized respected recording artist
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the second episode of Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island is now available.
MTV has revealed the cast of 8th & Ocean, a new Laguna Beach-like series that will follow aspiring young models living in Miami's trendy South Beach area.
Los Angeles County authorities are investigating singer Britney Spears for driving with her baby in her lap instead of strapped in his car seat.
Borrowing a page from The Real World challenges broadcast on its MTV sister network, VH1 has reportedly ordered The Surreal Life: Fame Games, an all-star elimination edition of The Surreal Life that will feature previous Surreal Life cast members competing for a $100,000 prize.
A Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Tuesday granted party planner Brian Quintana's request for a restraining order against Paris Hilton.
Although she acknowledges that her appearance on the first season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars reality ballroom dancing competition sent her celebrity soaring, first season winner Kelly Monaco apparently isn't a big fan of the show's new season.
Its exact format is apparently still undecided, but that hasn't stopped CBS from announcing open casting calls for Rock Star: The Series, the current working title for this summer's upcoming new edition of Rock Star: INXS
Cable TV's A&E Network announced plans Monday to rebroadcast 17 episodes from HBO's "America Undercover" documentary series.
"What's My Name Again," our episode summary for the premiere episode of Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island, the twelfth edition of CBS's Survivor series, written by Jims02, is now available.
Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island premiered well on Thursday, delivering debut ratings that -- despite the fact that show aired against ABC's Dancing with the Stars 2 midseason hit -- were higher than those of last fall's Survivor: Guatemala edition.
"Travisí Reasons Why Not," our episode summary for the fourth episode of The Bachelor: Paris, ABC's eighth edition of The Bachelor, written by sorgee, is now available.
"Rain on Deborah's Parade," our episode summary for the third episode of Fox's new Skating With Celebrities reality series, written by WaterDrop, is now available.
NBC's "Las Vegas" star Nikki Cox and actor/comedian Jay Mohr announced their engagement Friday.
A Phoenix broker dubbed the "Sultan of Sleaze" wants a starting bid of $20 million for Paris Hilton's diaries, photos and other personal belongings.
The latest example that coming off too strong and outspoken during Survivor's early days can prove fatal, Tina Scheer, a 45-year-old logging sports promoter/performer from Hayward, Wisconsin, became the first Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island contestant to be eliminated from the game, voted off in a unanimous 3-1 Tribal Council vote.
ABC has announced that American Inventor, a new reality series created by Simon Cowell and the producers of American Idol, will premiere Thursday, March 16 at 8PM ET/PT with a special two-hour premiere.
USA Network has announced the identities of the ten finalists who will compete in its upcoming fourth edition of Nashville Star, the American Idol-like reality music competition that searches for America's next big country music star.
ABC has announced that Miracle Workers, a new "aspirational" reality series that will feature an elite team of medical professionals that will use revolutionary medical treatments to help a single patient with a serious medical condition, will premiere on Monday, March 6 at 10PM ET/PT.
ABC has announced that it will be adding more reality TV programming to its lineup this spring, opting to fill the scheduling holes left by the upcoming finales of its Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor reality shows with the return of Supernanny, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition hurricane recovery specials, and two new reality series called American Inventor and Miracle Workers.
Thieves who stole Paris Hilton's private journal, computers, tapes and photos are trying to pawn the goods and information to celebrity tabloids.
Singer/actor Nick Lachey has co-founded a new safe, Internet chat and networking site for teenagers.
The German version of the reality TV show "America's Next Top Model" is being criticized for promoting eating disorders.
A coat seized from the British "Big Brother" house after its owner bragged it was made of gorilla fur has turned out to be monkey fur.
"American Idol" judge Simon Cowell's sharp tongue has gotten him in trouble with gay rights activists and now fat activists are joining the fray.
Fox's Skating With Celebrities might be little more than an ice skating ripoff of Dancing with the Stars, but so far it is proving to have something else in common with the smash hit ABC ballroom dancing competition -- ratings success.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the premiere episode of Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island is now available.