Reality TV News - April 2004
Finally, Shii Ann Huang's number was up. After failing to follow up last week's immunity challenge victory with another victory in this week's "Fire Tower" challenge, Shii Ann, the last remaining Mogo Mogo tribe member, was voted out of the Survior: All-Stars by the game's five remaining Chapera members.
American Idol grooved to a Latin beat on Tuesday night, as the remaining six finalists performed songs previously recorded by Gloria Estefan, backed live by her band, the Miami Sound Machine. Estefan joined the judges Tuesday in critiquing the performances. Then, during last night's live results show, it was announced that John Stevens, who sang "Music of My Heart" on Tuesday, was eliminated from the American Idol competition.
The tempest over Jennifer Hudson's surprising ouster from Fox's American Idol 3 reached new levels Tuesday when, according to Reuters, rock star Elton John called the vote "incredibly racist."
Is America so in love with Paris Hilton that it wants to meet her mother? NBC thinks so.
In what was probably one of the biggest "no brainer" fall schedule decisions in all of Hollywood, ABC has announced that it has renewed its hit The Bachelor series for the 2004-2005 television season.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the thirteenth episode of Survivor: All Stars is now available.
Cable's TBS network has announced that The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss, who at this point is probably closing in on Mark Burnett for the title of the busiest reality show producer in Hollywood, has signed on to executive produce the network's previously announced reality show adaptation of the classic Gilligan's Island sitcom.
The food at chef Rocco DiSpirito's poor service-plagued "Rocco's on 22nd Street" restaurant might finally be hot, but if the initial ratings are any indication, the NBC show chronicling the establishment's happenings doesn't appear to be, having premiered to only 6.5 million overall viewers on Monday, April 19 at 10PM ET/PT.
The shocking ouster of 22-year-old Jennifer Hudson from Fox's American Idol 3 continues to create buzz among fans of the show.
Once again, a heretofore-concealed criminal record of a reality-TV show participant has been dug up. In this case, though, it was convictions for grand theft and embezzlement that were the skeletons in the closet of ... a funeral-home owner/manager.
"Hangin’ With Mrs. Cooper," our episode summary for the eighth episode of the Scifi Channel's Mad Mad House, written by I_AM_HE, is now available.
"'Pagong... I Think Not," our episode summary for the twelfth episode of CBS' Survivor: All-Stars, written by LadyT, is now available.
"Dishing Trish," our episode summary for the third episode of ABC's fifth edition of its The Bachelor series, written by KObrien_fan, is now available.
Larry Johnson, a comedy writer currently working for Disney TV, has posted the sixth installment of his weekly American Idol Gay Idol Journal diva rant, an exclusive to the RealityTVWorld American Idol message boards.
Is truth stranger than fiction? When it comes to Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, the lying villain of NBC's The Apprentice, the answer seems to be yes.
With Shii Ann Huang, the last remaining Mogo Mogo member winning immunity, the Chapera Six finally had to turn on themselves during last evening's Survivor: All-Stars broadcast. And as one of the group's clear outsiders, Alicia Calaway became the first to fall after seemingly ignoring Shii Ann's overtures to organize an "uprising" that in hindsight, might well have kept her in the game.
After extensive publicity, Clairol has decided not to use Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, the deceitful villainess from NBC's The Apprentice, in an upcoming commercial for its Herbal Essence hair color.
American Idol was hotter than the Copa on Tuesday night, as the remaining seven finalists performed songs from the Barry Manilow catalogue. Manilow joined the judges Tuesday in critiquing the performances, and last night he performed with the finalists. Then, during a shocking Wednesday live results show, it was announced that Jennifer Hudson, who was considered one of the favorites to win this season's contest, had been eliminated from the American Idol competition after receiving the fewest votes.
American Idol judges Simon, Randy, and Paula have called them the "best group of twelve in the history of American Idol." Now America will get to hear them via something other than their televisions when the twelve release a new compilation album of the greatest soul classics of all time on April 27.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the twelfth episode of Survivor: All Stars is now available.
ESPN has announced that it has ordered a second season of its Dream Job reality series. A talent search competition show similar to The Apprentice -- but in the works well before the NBC series became such a hit -- Dream Job follows aspiring sportscasters as they compete for a yearlong position as an ESPN SportsCenter anchor.
Once again, the Francophones and the Anglophones are headed in different directions on the Canadian music charts -- and it's all based on which reality-TV music program predominates.
For Love Or Money producer Bruce Nash and TBS have pulled back the curtain and revealed the details of their previously announced secret new reality dating series. The series, which will premiere June 22 and be TBS' first shot at a reality dating series of its own and follow its first dip into the reality programming waters via last fall's House Rules home renovation competition, will follow twelve American women as they compete for the love of an Australian named Vadim Dale.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Mark Burnett, creator and co-executive producer of NBC's The Apprentice, is considering production of a spinoff series featuring Bill Rancic, the winner of the program's one-year job with The Trump Organization, during his employment with real-estate tycoon Donald Trump. Although no formal production plan has been put in place, Burnett was quoted as saying that a follow-up series on Bill was a "fairly obvious choice."
"Worst.Summary.Ever.," our episode summary for the eleventh episode of CBS' Survivor: All-Stars, written by SherpaDave, is now available.
Was the finale of NBC's The Apprentice little more than a Donald Trump publicity stunt to put pressure on the city of Chicago? Was the most important thing about winner Bill Rancic his hometown rather than his management skills?
Could Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, the deceitful, lazy villain of NBC's The Apprentice, turn into the show's big winner?
On last night's premiere of the second season of NBC's The Restaurant, viewers learned that success had gone to the head of Chef Rocco DiSpirito, the conceited and apparently philandering celebrity chef featured in the original series. Perhaps the Australians read Rocco correctly when they rejected his personality and the original series. However, what viewers may not know is that Rocco's antagonist in the battle for control of "the restaurant" -- Rocco's on 22nd Street -- is a convicted felon with a long history of pursuing litigation battles.
As part of its summer programming announcement, FOX announced yesterday that The Simple Life 2, the sequel to this past winter's The Simple Life hit reality series, will premiere Wednesday, June 16.
FOX has announced that it will air American Idol: The Final Five 2004, an all-new special that takes American Idol fans back to the beginning of the season and highlights what has happened to date, on Monday, May 3 at 8PM ET/PT.
Not content to let NBC and producer Mark Burnett claim the reality boxing show sub-genre without a fight, FOX has announced that it has teamed with six-time World Champion Oscar De La Hoya and reality television powerhouse Endemol USA to launch a reality boxing competition series of its own.
NBC has announced that Thursday's two-hour finale of The Apprentice was seen by more than 40 million viewers who watched all or some of the reality hit's conclusion.
The WB Network and producer Mike Fleiss have announced that they have teamed together to create a new American Idol-like singing competition -- only instead of rewarding the program's best singer, unbeknownst to the Idol wannabes, the judges in the Joe Schmo-like parody series will actually be seeking to crown America's worst singer.
"As The Tables Turn," our episode summary for the seventh episode of the Scifi Channel's Mad Mad House, written by Swami, is now available.
Larry Johnson, a comedy writer currently working for Disney TV, has posted the fifth installment of his weekly American Idol Gay Idol Journal diva rant, an exclusive to the RealityTVWorld American Idol message boards.
"Trish Or Trash? You Decide!," our episode summary for the second episode of ABC's fifth edition of its The Bachelor series, written by volsfan, is now available.
It looks like Kwame Jackson, the runner-up on the final episode of NBC's The Apprentice for a "huge job" with egomaniac real-estate developer Donald Trump, won't have to learn anything about fast-food chicken after all.
In the two-hour season finale of NBC's The Apprentice, New York City real-estate mogul Donald Trump selected Chicago native Bill Rancic, 32, founder of the web site Cigars Around the World, to be "The Apprentice."
American Idol took the nation to the movies on Wednesday night, as the Top 8 finalists performed songs from their favorite films. Actor/director Quentin Tarantino joined the judges in critiquing the performances. During last night's live results show, it was announced that Jon Peter Lewis was eliminated from the American Idol competition after receiving the fewest votes.
Continuing the fall-out from the Mogo Mogo tribe's ill-advised decision to keep the Chapera tribe's Amber Brkich over their own Jerri Manthey at the game's last pre-merge Tribal Council, Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien became the eleventh contestant to ousted from the game during last night's Survivor: All-Stars broadcast.
"That’s What Friends Are For," our episode summary for the tenth episode of CBS' Survivor: All-Stars, written by shakes the clown, is now available.
In one of the more interesting recent pieces of reality TV show gossip, Extra! and the Chicago Sun-Times report that Bill Rancic, one of the two finalists on NBC's The Apprentice, is dating Jen Schefft, the woman selected by Andrew Firestone as his bride-to-be on ABC's The Bachelor 3.
No wonder reality TV superproducer Mark Burnett decided to feature celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito in the second season of his hit NBC show The Restaurant, which debuts Monday, April 19 on NBC for a six-episode run through May sweeps. Hot food and spicy lawsuits all in one show: how can it miss?
Forbes Magazine reports that the two candidates on NBC's hit The Apprentice who brought only a high-school education to the table are the first two to launch a business based on their time on the show.
Some jokes just keep going and going and going...
The death march has finally ended for FOX's Forever Eden. At least for now. FOX has announced that effective immediately, the struggling "never-ending" reality soap opera has been pulled from the network's broadcast schedule.
On April 12, a tour bus leased by American Idol 2 winner Ruben Studdard was stopped by Ohio highway patrolmen, and three passengers on the bus were arrested for marijuana possession. According to the Birmingham (AL) News, Ruben was not on the bus at the time, and the arrested men were not part of Ruben's band.
Looks like you can't keep the former Idols down -- even the ones who didn't reach the finals.
Given the reality television success of lesser pop singers like Jessica Simpson, it was probably only a matter of time -- according to reports, Britney Spears, the queen of the pop princesses herself, is in talks with various networks about starring in her own reality series.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the eleventh episode of Survivor: All Stars is now available.
"Fasten Your Psychic Seatbelts," our episode summary for the sixth episode of the Scifi Channel's Mad Mad House, written by I_AM_HE, is now available.
In the 1980s movie Wall Street, the main character (Gordon Gecko) opines, "Greed is good." Apparently, NYC real-estate baron Donald Trump was listening.
President Bush has succeeded in doing what rival networks have been trying to do for months -- knock FOX's top-rated American Idol series off the airwaves.
Spike TV has announced that the second season of its hit The Joe Schmo Show reality series will premiere June 15. And this time Joe will be bringing along a girl.
Larry Johnson, a comedy writer currently working for Disney TV, has posted the fourth installment of his weekly American Idol Gay Idol Journal diva rant, an exclusive to the RealityTVWorld American Idol message boards.
Last week's penultimate thirteenth episode of NBC's The Apprentice delivered its best performance to date, drawing 22 million overall viewers and ending the week as the week's top-ranked program among the important Adults 18-49 demographic for the first time ever.
"Yellow Flag -- Too Many Players On The Field," our episode summary for the premiere episode of ABC's fifth edition of its The Bachelor series, written by greeneyes, is now available.
FOX has announced that Tamyra Gray, who was a finalist in the first season of American Idol, will guest-star in the "Death Becomes Her" episode of the network's Tru Calling series on Thursday, April 15 at 8-9PM ET/PT.
Bravo has announced that it has picked up Queer Eye for the Straight Girl, a spin-off series from the same folks behind the network's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy series, for broadcast as part of its 2004-2005 schedule.
Despite facing stiff competition from Fox's post-Idol broadcast of its new The Swan series, ABC's two-hour premiere episode of the fifth installment of its The Bachelor series starring NFL Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer debuted well, averaging 11.08 million overall viewers and winning its time period in the Adults 18-49 demographic during its second hour.
"Where's Your Self-Esteem, Girl?," our episode summary for the seventh episode of FOX's Forever Eden, written by DebCapsFan, is now available.
"You Get What You Pay For," our episode summary for the thirteenth episode of NBC's The Apprentice, written by landruajm, is now available.
After the next-to-last episode of NBC's The Apprentice, we know that the winner will have been a loser in all of the first four challenges on the show.
For a self-described "game player who just enjoys playing the game of Survivor," Lex van den Berghe certainly doesn't seem to play the game particularly well.
American Idol 2 runner-up Clay Aiken continues to hold down the #1 spot with his RCA Records single 'Solitaire'/'The Way', both on Nielsen SoundScan's U.S. Singles Sales chart for the week ended April 4, for the third straight week, and on Nielsen SoundScan's Canadian Singles Sales charts, for the second straight week. However, despite this, 'Solitaire' once again plummets in the Billboard Hot 100 charts, dropping another 21 places (after a 23-place drop last week) to #48 on the April 17 chart.
VH1 has announced that it has picked up The Surreal Life, formerly of The WB network, for a third edition to be broadcast later this summer.
Some shows are so hot ... how hot are they? ... that they can make stars out of people like Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth. That's HOT!
American Idol had the audience grooving Tuesday night, as the Top 9 finalists performed songs from the Elton John songbook. The finalists received a surprise visit from pop icon Sir Elton John as they prepared for this week's competition. During last night's live results show, it was announced that Camile Velasco was eliminated from the American Idol competition after receiving the fewest votes.
NBC's The Apprentice achieved a new ratings milestone with last week's twelfth episode broadcast, beating an original episode of CSI among Adults 18-49 in head-to-head competition for the first time.
"The Passion of Trump's Chumps," our episode summary for the twelfth episode of NBC's The Apprentice, written by AyaK, is now available.
In what can only be taken a positive sign for fans of CBS' critically acclaimed but lacklusterly-rated The Amazing Race series, despite having just announced a premiere date for The Amazing Race 5 last week, the network has already begun accepting applications for a sixth edition of the series.
"IT IS ON, IT IS ON!," our episode summary for the sixth episode of FOX's Forever Eden, written by volsfan, is now available.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the tenth episode of Survivor: All Stars is now available.
Survivor: All-Stars triumphantly returned to CBS' Thursday night lineup following two weeks of pre-emptions for coverage of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, blowing away another "viewer's choice" repeat episode of NBC's Friends and handily winning its time period in all key ratings measurements.
"All About Ambah," our episode summary for the ninth episode of CBS' Survivor: All-Stars, written by Outfrontgirl, is now available.
Just give him airplay. That's what he wants.
So much for the idea that men would be less shallow than women on NBC's Average Joe.
NBC has announced that this week's penultimate episode of The Apprentice will be packed with twice the drama -- as well as an appearance by New York City's most famous friendly neighborhood superhero, Spider-Man.
NBC has announced that its much-delayed Next Action Star reality series, an America's Next Top Model-like competition that seeks to find America's next male and female action movie stars, will premiere Tuesday, June 15 at 8PM ET/PT.
NBC has announced that a second installment of Who Wants to Marry My Dad?, the network's popular Meet My Folks spin-off that aired to surprisingly strong ratings last summer, will debut Monday, June 14 at 10PM ET/PT.
Couldn't get enough of last summer's hit NBC For Love Or Money or For Love Or Money 2 series? Well then we've got good news for you -- the network will be airing a third edition of the popular reality series this coming summer.
NBC has announced the second season of its Last Comic Standing series, which has already been plagued by allegations of dishonesty in the selection of the program's Top 10 finalists, will debut Tuesday, June 8 at 8PM ET/PT with a special two-hour premiere .
"It’s Knot Over Til The Fat Boy Sings," our episode summary for the fifth episode of the Scifi Channel's Mad Mad House, written by Swami, is now available.
"Kasino Kats," our episode summary for the eleventh episode of NBC's The Apprentice, written by Bebo, is now available.
Now the CBS has announced Big Brother 5's premiere date, it's time for the network to get serious about casting the show.
"The Claws Come Out," our episode summary for the third episode of NBC's Average Joe: Adam Returns, written by MTW1961, is now available.
Is it Rocky? Is it Spartacus? Or is it the beginning of the end for Don King, Bob Arum and the other big-time boxing promoters?
CBS announced today that the fifth installment of its The Amazing Race reality series will premiere Tuesday, July 6 at 9:30 PM ET/PT with a special 90-minute edition of the program.
CBS has announced that Big Brother 5, the fifth edition of its annual summer-long home confinement reality series, will premiere on Tuesday, July 6 at 8 PM ET/PT.
Still giddy over the success that its Average Joe reality show has had in improving the network's Monday nights at 10 PM ratings performance, NBC has announced that it is planning additional installments of the franchise, starting with a gender-reversed Plain Jane edition of the series which will premiere this fall.
Scott Helvenston, 38, a former U.S. Navy SEAL who was one of the principal stars of the USA Television reality series Combat Missions, has been identified as one of the four Americans who were killed and then abused after death in an ambush by Iraqi terrorists in Fallujah, Iraq on March 31.
Proving they can't win a challenge no matter what their tribe is called, Survivor: All-Stars' four remaining Mogo Mogo members, all now part of the Chapera tribe, lost their fourth straight Immunity Challenge competition on last night's CBS broadcast, sending the foursome once again back to Tribal Council and Survivor: The Australian Outback's Jerri Manthey out of the game.
Larry Johnson, a comedy writer currently working for Disney TV, has posted the third installment of his weekly American Idol Gay Idol Journal diva rant, an exclusive to the RealityTVWorld American Idol message boards.
What's the latest must-have toy for the media-craving billionaire who has everything? Apparently their own reality show. Becoming the latest network to add a billionaire-centered reality show to its schedule, FOX announced today that it has teamed with Richard Branson, the colorful founder of the Virgin Group of Companies, to create a new reality series.
Reality TV World has teamed up with Eagle Rock Entertainment to give twenty lucky Reality TV World readers free copies of the just-released DVD edition of Celebrity Mole Hawaii -- the hit series that aired on ABC in 2003 and drew an average of over eleven million viewers during its six week run.
FOX and Rocket Science Laboratories, the producers behind such programs as Temptation Island, Joe Millionaire, and My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance, have announced plans for a new upcoming Apprentice-like law firm reality competition show called The Partner.
American Idol had the audience grooving on this week, as the Top 10 finalists performed Motown songs, accompanied by the legendary Funk Brothers as the house band. Producing and songwriting team Ashford & Simpson (Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson) were guest judges. During last night's live results show, it was announced that Amy Adams was eliminated from the American Idol competition after receiving the fewest votes.
It's official: NBC's The Apprentice is the big TV hit of the year. Proof: the same newspapers that sent reporters out LAST year to cover the auditions for Fox's American Idol sent reporters out THIS year to cover the tryouts for The Apprentice 2, as a new batch of people vied to be fired (or maybe, with luck, even hired) by The Donald.