Reality TV News - May 2006
"American Idol" champ Taylor Hicks has signed a contract with 19 Recordings Limited and Arista Records.
NBC has announced that Olympic medalist Angela Ruggerio has won last February's stunt casting promotion that allowed viewers to vote a member of Team USA's 2006 Torino Winter Olympics squad into the group of candidates who will compete on the sixth edition of The Apprentice.
Britain's version of the "Big Brother" TV show has been accused of being hazardous to the mental health of its contestants.
Country music radio may be cool toward The Dixie Chicks, but the Texas group Wednesday scored its third No. 1 U.S. album with "Taking the Long Way."
NBC has announced that Fear Factor, originally scheduled to return to the airwaves on June 6, will now return to the network's schedule on Tuesday, June 13 at 8PM ET/PT. An encore episode of Last Comic Standing 4's open auditions, originally broadcast last night, will fill Fear Factor's June 6 time period.
The stars of VH1's "My Fair Brady" -- model Adrianne Curry and actor Christopher Knight -- have tied the knot in Joliet, Ill.
With last week's double firing of Allie Jablon and Roxanne Wilson having narrowed The Apprentice 5's field to the competition's two finalists, last night's The Apprentice broadcast set the stage for next week's live finale.
"The Greatest Business Woman Ever!," our episode summary for the thirteenth episode of MTV's The Real World: Key West series, written by volsfan, is now available.
Taylor Hicks, the new "American Idol," has busy days ahead with tons of interviews and talk show appearances and his first single, due June 13.
Former MTV star Kristin Cavallari was linked with singer/actress Jessica Simpson's ex-husband, and now she may be taking over Simpson's film role too.
The winner of the $1 million prize at the end of CBS' 2004 "Survivor: Vanautu" may be fired from his job at the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Less than two weeks after unveiling its Fall 2006 schedule, NBC -- candidly admitting that it is reacting to the subsequent fall schedules released by ABC, CBS, and Fox -- has released an "adjusted" 2006-2007 primetime program schedule that shuffles every weeknight and moves the network's The Biggest Loser reality series into the Wednesdays 9PM ET/PT time period opposite ABC's Lost.
In a rather anticlimactic conclusion, American Idol 5 finalist and widely-perceived finale favorite Taylor Hicks defeated Katharine McPhee during Wednesday night's live two-hour finale of the fifth season of the smash-hit Fox reality talent competition
Barry Bonds has lost his TV show for now, largely because, surprising as it sounds, he's reportedly not hitting enough home runs.
Harold Dieterle defeated Tiffani Faison to be crowned the winner of Bravo's Top Chef during last night's broadcast of the reality cooking competition's first season finale.
"Dancing with the Stars" host Tom Bergeron and former NBC "Today" host Bryant Gumbel are being floated as candidates for "Good Morning America."
ABC has announced that will air five new reality shows -- Buy It Now, How to Get the Guy, Master of Champions, One Ocean View and The One: Making a Music Star, an American edition of one of the world's most popular reality singing competition formats -- as part of its summer programming lineup.
CBS has revealed the identities of the seven women that will appear in Tuesday Night Book Club, a new eight-episode Desperate Housewives-like docu-reality series that will premiere Tuesday, June 13 at 10PM ET/PT.
Superstar duo Brooks & Dunn won their 21st Academy of Country Music Award -- setting a record during Tuesday night's ceremony in Las Vegas.
"Million Dollar Hippies," our episode summary for the twelfth and final episode of The Amazing Race 9, the ninth edition of CBS' The Amazing Race series, written by Jims02, is now available.
"Paula IS Nuts!," our episode summary for the twelfth episode of MTV's The Real World: Key West series, written by volsfan, is now available.
Lawsuits filed in Los Angeles state and federal courts charging Donald Trump, NBC Universal and Mark Burnett with stealing "The Apprentice" have been settled.
"American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest fell through a glass table during a production meeting in Los Angeles and cut his hand.
After teaming up to send their friend and co-worker Tammy Trenta home last week, The Apprentice 5 candidates Allie Jablon and Roxanne Wilson had no one but each other to go after when their team lost for the second week in a row. In doing so, Allie, a 30-year-old medical sales manager from Columbia, SC, and Roxanne, a 26-year-old appellate attorney from Austin, TX, appeared to annoy Donald Trump with their "disloyalty" to each other, resulting in both of them being fired.
NBC has announced that Fear Factor, pulled from the airwaves after an unsuccessful relaunch attempt this past winter, will return to the airwaves with thirteen all-new episodes beginning Tuesday, June 6 at 8PM ET/PT.
MTV has signed on for a reality series produced by Jennifer Lopez that follows dancers who try to make it big in show business.
The May-December romance of Christopher "Peter Brady" Knight and "America's Next Top Model" Adrianne Curry is entering a new phase.
The daughter of A&E reality star Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman was killed in Fairbanks, Alaska, the day before his wedding in Hawaii.
NBC has announced that Brandy, David Hasselhoff, and Piers Morgan will serve as the three-person judging panel for America's Got Talent, the network's new Simon Cowell-created reality talent competition that will premiere on Wednesday, June 21 at 8PM ET/PT with a special two-hour broadcast.
MTV has announced that it has greenlit Moves, a new music reality series that will follow the lives of dancers working to make it in the dancing business. The series is expected to premiere sometime in late 2006.
Britain's Prince William and Prince Harry admit, like any other brothers, they fight over the TV remote control.
"American Idol" reject William Hung has been named the first "Artichoke King" of Castroville, Calif.
The four-acre Westport, Conn., spread Martha Stewart calls "Turkey Hill" is on the market for $9 million.
Janusz Liberkowski, a 52-year-old mechanical engineer who created the Anecia Survival Capsule spherical safety seat, was crowned the winner of ABC's American Inventor during last night's live broadcast of the reality show's first season finale.
Becoming the latest reality TV couple to follow in the footsteps of former Survivor and The Amazing Race contestants Amber Brkich and Rob Mariano, Ray Whitty and Yolanda Brown-Moore, who finished third in Wednesday night's broadcast of The Amazing Race 9's finale, got engaged on live television during their Thursday morning appearance on CBS's The Early Show program.
Fox has announced that Duets, a new Simon Cowell-created reality series that will pairs established singing stars with celebrities outside the music industry, will premiere in September.
American Idol eliminated the tenth of its fifth season finalists during last night's live result show broadcast, sending Elliott Yamin home after an extremely tight round of home viewer voting that left Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee to face off in next week's season finale.
Danielle Evans, a 20-year-old baby sitter from Little Rock, Arkansas, was crowned America's Next Top Model during last night's finale of the sixth cycle of the popular UPN (and soon-to-be The CW) "dramality" series.
"Jaded," our episode summary for the twelfth and final episode of America's Next Top Model 6, the sixth edition of UPN's America's Next Top Model series, written by Belinda Trotter-James, is now available.
"School Days," our episode summary for the twelfth episode of The Apprentice 5, the fifth edition of NBC's The Apprentice series, written by zipperhead, is now available.
After racing across five continents, through nine countries, and for more than 59,000 miles, The Amazing Race 9's final three teams ended up right back where they had started, where hippies BJ Averell and Tyler Macniven were able to outwit, outplay, and outlast (sorry, wrong show) "frat boys" Eric Sanchez and Jeremy Ryan and long-distance daters Yolanda Brown-Moore and Ray Whitty to cross the finish line first and win the show's $1,000,000 grand prize.
"Last One Out, Cancel The Series," our episode summary for Survivor: Panama's reunion show broadcast, written by Estee, is now available.
"Four, Three, Two, One -- Zeros: A (complete lack of) Adventure In Rough Paraphrase," our episode summary for the fourteenth and final episode of Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island, the twelfth edition of CBS' Survivor series, written by Estee, is now available.
Fox has announced that the second season of So You Think You Can Dance, the network's American Idol-like reality series that searches for America's best undiscovered dancing talent, will debut Thursday, May 25 at 8PM ET/PT with a special two-hour premiere.
As expected, ABC has announced that the third edition of Dancing with the Stars, the smash-hit reality ballroom dancing competition that aired its first two editions as summer and midseason programming, will air as part of the network's 2006-2007 fall programming lineup.
Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Stadium Arcadian" has become the veteran rock band's first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.
"Monkeys and Bugs," our episode summary for the eleventh episode of The Amazing Race 9, the ninth edition of CBS' The Amazing Race series, written by strid333, is now available.
Castoff contestants from Fox TV's "American Idol" talent competition are becoming golden cast members for Broadway's musicals.
Real estate mogul Donald Trump is coming up against a roadblock in his effort to get a street named for him in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Capping a somewhat remarkable one year turnaround in which it went from almost being canceled to finding a spot on a packed 2006-2007 ABC schedule that will include fifteen new series, ABC has announced that the ninth edition of its long-running The Bachelor franchise will air this fall.
A federal judge in Providence, R.I., Tuesday sentenced "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch to 51 months in prison for tax evasion and perjury.
Thieves made off with $10,000 worth of Christian Dior products that hotel heiress and "The Simple Life" star Paris Hilton had sent her mom in Los Angeles for Mother's day.
Ousted "American Idol" contestant Kellie Pickler's dad has asked Florida probation officials to let him be with her at the show's Los Angeles finale.
Being a The Apprentice project manager is always a high risk prospect, especially when -- for whatever reason -- the ideas and plans that end up being executed are almost exclusively yours.
CBS has revealed additional details about its upcoming Big Brother 7: All-Stars series, announcing that it will reveal the identities of the twenty former houseguests that viewers will be able to vote into this summer's house during a casting special that it will broadcast on Wednesday, June 21 at 8PM ET/PT.
One year after announcing that it would air two The Apprentice editions on its Fall 2005 schedule, NBC has unveiled a completely Apprentice-less Fall 2006 schedule.
After two years that saw its initial edition debut as late fall replacement programming and its second edition originally scheduled to premiere as late summer programming, NBC has finally revealed an initial fall schedule that includes The Biggest Loser.
Fans of ousted "American Idol" contestant Chris Daughtry and some U.S. radio stations are demanding Fox TV bring back the rocker for a new vote.
The $1 million winner of CBS' "Survivor: Panama" reality competition described the experience Monday as "overwhelming" and "exciting."
Benefiting from apparent jury dissatisfaction with what Survivor host Jeff Probst kindly termed the "quiet" and "subtle" manner in which his Final 2 opponent had played the game, Aras Baskauskas, a 24-year-old from Santa Monica, CA, defeated Danielle DiLorenzo, a 24-year-old currently residing in Pompano Beach, FL, to emerge as Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island's ultimate survivor and $1,000,000 winner during last night's season finale broadcast.
Confirming several weeks of rumors, CBS has announced that next fall's thirteenth installment of its Survivor franchise will take place in the Cook Islands and be titled Survivor: Cook Islands.
"Martin Is Gay!," our episode summary for the eleventh episode of MTV's The Real World: Key West series, written by volsfan, is now available.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the season finale episode of Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island is now available.
NBC has announced that The Biggest Loser will have a new trainer this fall, with Kim Lyons replacing Jillian Michaels on the upcoming third edition of the reality weight loss competition show.
No one was eliminated from the game in Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island's thirteenth episode, with the show's penultimate episode instead ending with Danielle DiLorenzo and Cirie Fields about to face off in a tiebreaking firestarting challenge in which the loser will be eliminated.
Pennsylvania hard rockers, Fuel, went on national TV Thursday to ask "American Idol" reject Chris Daughtry to join the band.
Former "American Idol" favorite Chris Daughtry said in Los Angeles Thursday his surprise ouster from the Fox TV talent competition was "gut-wrenching."
Deemed to have improved the most of any of the remaining girls but still not have improved enough to make it any further in the competition, Sara Albert, a 22-year-old student from Davis, CA, became the tenth girl eliminated from the sixth edition of America's Next Top Model during last night's broadcast of the UPN reality show.
In the end, all of Fox's remaining Unan1mous contestants finally agreed. Even the conniving, double-crossing Jonathan.
American Idol eliminated the ninth of its fifth season finalists during last night's live broadcast, sending Chris Daughtry, a 26-year-old from McLeansville, NC, home in a results show shocker.
Unlike the popular '80s pop song, Bangkok was not the scene of cerebral fitness when The Amazing Race 9 came to town, with multiple mistakes by racers Monica Cayce and Joseph Meadows proving costly and leading to their elimination from the penultimate leg of the race around the world competition.
NBC has announced that Regis Philbin, the former host of the ABC Who Wants to Be a Millionaire series that sparked the massive growth of unscripted primetime television programming, will serve as the host of America’s Got Talent, the new Simon Cowell-created reality talent competition that NBC will air this summer.
U.S. pop star Britney Spears Tuesday confirmed during a surprise appearance on "Late Night with David Letterman" that she's pregnant again.
Sometimes you can be nice in business, but being nice to your competition after they have consistently beaten you is just foolish -- a lesson that Michael Laungani, a 29-year-old management consultant from New York, NY, learned the hard way during last night's The Apprentice broadcast.
CBS Monday announced CNN's Anderson Cooper has been hired to contribute up to five reports a year to "60 Minutes."
The war of words between young rappers Lil' Romeo and Bow Wow could escalate into a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Sony Music.
"Terry Thinks He's God," our episode summary for the twelfth episode of Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island, the twelfth edition of CBS' Survivor series, written by zipperhead, is now available.
"But Then I Met A Man Who Had No Feet," our episode summary for the tenth episode of The Amazing Race 9, the ninth edition of CBS' The Amazing Race series, written by Snidget, is now available.
"It's ALL about Paula," our episode summary for the tenth episode of MTV's The Real World: Key West series, written by batts, is now available.
"Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow," our episode summary for the tenth episode of The Apprentice 5, the fifth edition of NBC's The Apprentice series, written by KObrien_fan, is now available.
"Money See, Monkey Do," our episode summary for the tenth episode of America's Next Top Model 6, the sixth edition of UPN's America's Next Top Model series, written by Belinda Trotter-James, is now available.
CBS announced Friday that this summer's seventh Big Brother edition, now officially titled Big Brother 7: All-Stars, will premiere on Thursday, July 6 at 8PM ET/PT. The tentpole of a Summer 2006 unscripted programming lineup that will see the network broadcast up to seven hours of new original programming a week, Big Brother 7 will also air Tuesdays at 8PM ET/PT and Saturdays at 9PM ET/PT.
CBS announced Friday that Rock Star: Supernova, this summer's new edition of the Mark Burnett-created Rock Star: INXS reality talent competition that the network aired last summer, will premiere on Wednesday, July 5 at 8PM ET/PT.
Cable TV's Lifetime network Friday said preparations are under way to start shooting a movie about and starring "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino.
"American Idol" judge Simon Cowell predicts Taylor Hicks and Chris Daughtry will be the finalists on the Fox TV talent competition.
For the second straight Tribal Council session, the former Casaya tribal members that had controlled who was voted out of Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island since the tribal merge ended up blindsiding one of their own, resulting in Shane Powers, a 35-year-old entertainment company owner from Los Angeles, CA, becoming the twelfth castaway eliminated from the game
E! has announced that The Simple Life: 'Till Death Do Us Part, the fourth edition of the Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie reality comedy series that previously aired on Fox, will premiere Sunday, June 4 at 10PM ET/PT.
Nicole Richie's Los Angeles doctor says "The Simple Life" star's drastic weight loss is "in the realm of anorexia."
Deemed to "just not get it," Furonda Brasfield, a 24-year-old student from Stuttgart, AR, became the ninth girl eliminated from the sixth edition of America's Next Top Model during last night's broadcast of the UPN reality show.
A mad three-way sprint to the competition's ninth Pit Stop led to... well, nothing, in last night's broadcast of the The Amazing Race 9's second non-elimination leg. Hippie team BJ Averell and Tyler Macniven, who had already been stripped of all their possessions during the show's previous elimination leg broadcast of two weeks ago, were once again at the back of the pack and were forced to surrender what little money they had managed to scrounge up since their last last place finish.
American Idol voted out the eighth of its fifth season finalists during last night's live results show, with Paris Bennett, a 17-year-old from Fayetteville, GA, being eliminated from the Fox reality talent competition as a result of receiving the fewest home viewer votes.
Fox TV's "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest Wednesday said his widely publicized feud with judge Paula Abdul was blown out of proportion by the media.
Fans of Fox TV's "American Idol" talent competition will soon be able to purchase digital downloads for their computers and MP3 players.
Trimspa's Anna Nicole Smith is reportedly pregnant and the widow of Texas billionaire J. Howard Marshall may find her herself in hot water with the dad.
A 20-year-old Tennessee college student has won the fourth season of the USA Network's "Nashville Star" talent competition.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the twelfth episode of Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island is now available.
"Top Chef" has been so sweet for Bravo, the cable network Tuesday extended the cooking competition's current run and renewed it for a second season.
"Desperate Housewives" star Teri Hatcher says "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest ended their budding relationship after only three dates.
Ousted "American Idol" contender Kellie Pickler says she was unaware of her father's release from a Florida prison.
For the second time this season, two The Apprentice contestants were fired for their failure on the same task. Citing her inability to lead Tarek Saab, Apprentice star Donald Trump fired Charmaine Hunt, a 27-year-old real estate consultant from Nashville, TN, during last night's boardroom session. Then, citing his inability to be led by anyone (logic that would appear to conflict with the reasoning behind Charmaine's firing), Tarek, a 27-year-old hi-tech manager from New Bedford, MA, was fired as well.
A Chinese entrepreneur is launching a reality TV show designed to showcase "smart travel," with contestants traveling to 12 countries on a budget of $3,000.
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and his pop star brother, Aaron, will be featured in a new reality show centered around their family life.
"The One In Which An SUV Disappears Faster Than Shane's Sanity," our episode summary for the eleventh episode of Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island, the twelfth edition of CBS' Survivor series, written by Sunny_Bunny, is now available.
The U.S. Supreme Court Monday revived former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith's claim to part of her late billionaire husband's fortune.
"Prisons, Crayfish, and Phil, Oh My!," our episode summary for the ninth episode of The Amazing Race 9, the ninth edition of CBS' The Amazing Race series, written by Scuba Steve, is now available.
"Foreshadowing 101," our episode summary for the ninth episode of America's Next Top Model 6, the sixth edition of UPN's America's Next Top Model series, written by Das Mole, is now available.
"Paula Is That F'ed Up," our episode summary for the ninth episode of MTV's The Real World: Key West series, written by batts, is now available.
"Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Whoring Masses," our episode summary for the ninth episode of The Apprentice 5, the fifth edition of NBC's The Apprentice series, written by buckeyegirl, is now available.