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Reality TV News - March 2001

  • Boot Camp Premiere Beats West Wing Repeat, wins Timeslot

    March 30, 2001
    "Fox reality series Boot Camp notched an impressive first place 10.8/16 in the 9 p.m. hour - 11 percent above a repeat of NBC's The West Wing (9.7/14) and 89 percent above lead-in Grounded for Life (5.9/ 9). Of positive note was growth of 4 percent in the second half-hour (10.6/16 to 11.0/16)."
  • Taheed & Ytossie Sue 'Temptation Island' Producers

    March 29, 2001
    Geez, won't these two go away... Stacey wanna-be's...

    "Ytossie Patterson and Taheed Watson claim defamation of character. They want unspecified punitive and compensatory damages. Patterson and Watson were kicked off when it was revealed they had a two-year-old child -- a fact they allegedly hid from producers."

    "But the couple claim producers always knew they had a child --but decided it would boost ratings if the fact was revealed during an episode. They also claim an episode in which producers chastised the two for the alleged revelations was 'condescending and humiliating.'"

    ...humiliated??? ...what did these two expect?"

  • Rumors Of Survivor Sex Video Surfacing...

    March 22, 2001
    Personally, we don't believe it, but the rumor is apparently making it's way around the country, via gossip "reporters" (we only wonder how long before our own local gossip column prints it) and radio personalities, so in the interest of keeping fans in the loop, we'll just pass along the media report...

    The rumor is that Colby and Jerri (much like last season's Greg and Colleen rumor) at some point engaged in some, um, interesting activities during their Outback stay and it was partially captured on tape. The bootlegs of the footage is supposedly making it's way around Hollywood as we speak. Hey, who knows, after Tommy and Pamela Lee, I guess anything is possible...

    Source: 99x.com"

  • Boot Camp To Premiere March 28 At 9:00PM EST on FOX

    March 18, 2001
    FOX's newest reality TV series -- 'Boot Camp' will premiere Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at 9PM EST.
  • REMINDER: Survivor To Air On Wednesdays The Next Two Weeks

    March 11, 2001
    Just a reminder that due to CBS Sports coverage of the NCAA mens basketball tournament, 'Survivor' will be broadcast on Wednesday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 21 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and will return to its Thursday night time period on Thursday, March 29 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT)

    A reminder that the Wednesday, March 21 episode will not be a regular episode, but instead a special highlight episode recapping the survivors first 24 days in the outback."

  • Mid-series Survivor Highlight Show Added, Finale Pushed Back A Week"

    March 11, 2001
    CBS announced that it has added an additional one hour highlight show to the series run, "The First 24 Days: A Closer Look."
  • FOX Orders Up 'Temptation Island 2'

    March 2, 2001
    Following great ratings for last night's finale, FOX announced Thursday it will be trying to tear apart more couples with a second season of "Temptation Island." (surprise, surprise, big shocker here)

    "'Temptation Island has proven to be compelling television," says Gail Berman, FOX's president of entertainment. "We're pleased it's such a hit with our viewers, and we're scouting locations for the next adventure."

    So far, no location, production schedule or possible premiere date has been set.

    In a Wednesday conference to discuss the network's performance during the important February "sweeps" period, Fox Television Entertainment Group Chairman Sandy Grushow acknowledged that some advertisers were "squeamish" about buying time on "Temptation Island" due to the show's suggestive content.

    "It's been a challenge in the marketplace, as it often is when you push the envelope with content," he said, "We went through this with 'Married ... With Children' 13 years ago." But he dismissed the notion that "Temptation Island" contradicted the network's policy of abandoning exploitative "shockumentaries" that once served as a Fox programming staple. "I don't consider this to be shockumentary programming," he said. "We work in a very dynamic business. Times change."

    Source: Reuters/iWon

  • Temptation Island Finale The Highest Rated Program Of The Night

    March 2, 2001
    The final episode of "Temptation Island," pulled in 17.3 million viewers.

    Those numbers made it the highest rated program of the night in Adults 18-49, pulling a 9.4/21, and Adults 18-34 (12.6/30), according to Nielsen fast national ratings.

    Since its premiere, "Temptation Island" has more than doubled FOX's prior 00/01 season average in the time period; "Temptation" has averaged 16.6 million from 1/10-2/28, compared to the 7.6 million total viewers season average before the show from 10/2/00-1/3/01.

    Source: Zap2It.com"



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