Reality TV News - June 2002
According to Zap2It.com, Big Brother executive producer Arnold Shapiro, who helped revamp the show last summer along with producer Allison Grodner, has some new tricks up his sleeve this time around. While retaining most of the features from last time, they "have thrown in just a few twists and turns, just a few new roadblocks in terms of our rules and format so that the people coming into the house who have worked out a perfect strategy -- and believe me, all of them think they have -- are in for a few surprises."
CBS has announced that the 'Big Brother 3' cast members will be announced on the Friday, July 5, 'The Early Show' CBS morning news prorgam. But don't fret folks, because according to executive producer Arnold Shapiro "they're like hungry dogs just waiting to be released from their cages before the contest begins."
The Hollywood Reporter reports that the Sci-Fi Channel is getting into TV's hidden-camera reality game show business with "Scare Tactics," a half-hour show hosted by "Beverly Hills, 90210" alumna Shannen Doherty to launch in the fall. The show will secretly film pranks inspired by sci-fi movies with setups that will run the gamut from haunted houses to alien abductions.
'Frasier' star Kelsey Grammer has managed to halt production on MTV's World Wrestling Entertainment series 'Tough Enough' in Malibu, California Variety reports.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Neleh Dennis, the perky 22-year-old who just missed taking home a million bucks by one vote in 'Survivor: Marquesas,' is preparing for the cameras again when she becomes the newest reporter for the KUTV, Ch. 2, morning news team.
MTV reports that Kelly Osbourne is to start work on her debut album next month.
Our episode summary for "The Mole II - Episode 7," authored by Survivorerist, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
Our episode summary for "Looking For Love: Bachelorettes In Alaska - Episode 4," authored by Jonnycumlately, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
In an interview with St. Louis Today, 'The Mole' producers Scott Stone and David Stanley point to clues that could bring the show back for a third go-round next season -- despite what might appear to outsiders to be lackluster ratings.
Variety reports that last week's premiere of NBC's new reality series 'Dog Eat Dog' placed 13th overall in Nielsen Media Research's ratings for the week ended June 23th.
Hollywood Reporter reports that for the week ending June 23, Fox's 'American Idol: The Search for a Superstar' reality show doggedly held onto its audience, with Tuesday's episode the top-rated program among viewers 18-49 (5.2 rating/15 share), according to figures from Nielsen Media Research.
Hollywood Reporter reports that NBC's 'Dog Eat Dog' secured another adults 18-49 victory for NBC on Monday.Meanwhile, CBS' regular comedy block in repeats delivered a nightly win for the network in total viewers, according to overnight Nielsen data.
AdAge.com reports that apparel maker Candie's has become the first marketer to sign Kelly Osbourne to an advertising engagement.
Zap2It.com reports that NBC will add to the already crowded roster of dating shows later this summer with a new series it's calling 'Single Guys.'
Zap2It.com reports that a new season of the syndicated dating show 'Shipmates' will premiere August 26th
MTV's latest Real World wanna-be show, 'Sorority Life' premieres Monday, June 24th at 10:30PM. 'Sorority Life' follows a group of University of California - Davis students for 10 weeks as they pledge Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi, a 4-year-old Jewish sorority that was previously little known on its own campus.
Itching to make a fool of yourself? Or simply in need of cash -- something in the range of, oh...a million dollars? Then you sound like a prime candidate for 15 minutes of stardom on reality TV. To help you take the first steps, Enterainment Weekly has compiled a guide to the application process, with advice from EW.com and the producers of 'The Bachelor,' 'Dog Eat Dog,' 'Fear Factor,' 'The Real World,' and 'Survivor ' about the essential do's (cultivate your charisma) and don'ts (come across as a ''media whore''). Read on -- and then get ready for your closeup!
SurvivorBlows.com is pleased to announce that we've released what we believe are the first confirmed photos of suspected Survivor 5 contestant Carey Schueler.
We really hope the producers of 'Meet The Parents' are getting some royalties for this rip-off...
The Chicgo Trtibune is reporting that former White Sox general manager (and current White Sox VP) Ron Schueler says reports of his daughter, Carey, being chosen as a contestant on the currently filming "Survivor: Thailand" series are untrue.
Move over Ozzy Osbourne. The Hollywood Reporter reports that ABC Family is turning the reality program genre on its head with "My Life Is a Sitcom," a new half-hour primetime reality series about finding a real-life family to serve as the stars of their own sitcom. ABC Family has given a 13-episode order to Nash Entertainment for the series. ABC Family will conduct a nationwide search to find a family to play themselves. It's like MTV's reality series hit "The Osbournes" -- except this family won't start off famous.
Our episode summary for "The Mole II - Episode 6," authored by Femme, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
Our episode summary for "Looking For Love: Bachelorettes In Alaska - Episode 3," authored by Jonnycumlately, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
The Hollywood Reporter's Cynthia Littleton reports that NBC's new reality series 'Dog Eat Dog,' got off to a good start in its Monday 9 p.m. time slot. 'Dog Eat Dog' averaged 10.1 million viewers and 4.5 rating/13 share in the adults 18-49 demographic from 9-10 p.m.
Reuters reports that the Fox television network finally has something to sing about.
Fans of the reality show 'Survivor' will have to wait to see their favourite personalities return for an all-star edition. CBS spokesperson Chris Ender has told TV Guide Online that the next two 'Survivor' series set to air this fall and next spring will feature run-of-the-mill American contestants not celebrities or previous 'Survivor' players.
Our episode summary for "The Mole II - Episode 5," authored by Dusty Bottoms, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
Our episode summary for "Looking For Love: Bachelorettes In Alaska - Episode 2," authored by Jonnycumlately, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
With the filming of Survivor 5 having begun in the past several days, press reports of Survivor 5 contestant identifications are beginning to emerge.
Zap2It.com reports that it's too soon to say whether FOX's "American Idol: The Search for a Superstar" will become the pop-culture phenomenon that its predecessor did in the United Kingdom. But it at least has a chance.
How's this for a funny idea? We take an unsuspecting couple, give them a Vegas vacation -- and film their reaction when they find a mutilated corpse in their room.
EntertainmentNewsDaily reports that MTV's popular 'Road Rules' series returns June 17th with a journey to several colleges and universities.
The Las Vegas Review reports that MTV's "The Real World Las Vegas" is winding down taping this week after four months on location in Glitter City.
The Chicago Sun's Phil Rosenthal reports that FOX's 'American Idol: The Search for a Superstar' promises to make someone a music industry star by staging a talent contest and awarding the winner a recording and management contract.
UPN has announced that their 'Under One Roof' reality TV series (think 'Survivor' only with FAMILIES) will return to the airwaves starting Tuesday, July 2nd at 9PM EST.
While no show was a challenge to NBC's Sunday night telecast of Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Episode 2 of 'Looking for Love: Bachelorettes In Alaska' showed some overnight ratings promise, scoring a 4.3/8 in Sunday night's ratings which placed it a distant 3rd behind NBC's 7.9/14 NBA finals Game 3 but just behind CBS's 'Joan Of Arc' 4.3/8 rating.
After two years of having the unique distinction of being the only show that had it's own dedicated forum (and not one but two!) but no formal website, RealityTVWorld.com has announced that CBS' 'Big Brother' reality television program now has its own RealityTVWorld.com website -- BigBrotherBites.com 'Big Brother 3' starts July 10th.
A week after she won the $1 million prize on "Survivor: Marquesas," Vecepia Towery was back at work as an office manager for a high-tech startup company in Northern California.
Survivor 2 castaway Jeff Varner has been cast as "The Mixer" in a paranormal thriller 'Area 23.'
Our episode summary for "The Mole II - Episode 4," authored by Bebo, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
CBS is now accepting applications for Survivor 6. The link to the official application can be found below. To apply for Survivor, you must complete the application form and follow the instructions. The completed application must be received by July 3, 2002.
SNN reports that the castaways for Survivor: Thailand have been selected. In fact, they have just arrived in Bangkok, and sleuths have been tracking them every step of the way. The 16 survivors and 2 alternates arrived in Los Angelos on June 3rd checked into the Amari Airport Hotel in Thailand jin the early morning hours of June 6th. After survival training completes, filming is scheduled to begin on Sunday June 9th.
USA Toay reports that NBC is aiming to repeat last summer's gross-out sensation 'Fear Factor' with Dog Eat Dog, a new 13-week series that's best described as a cross between Fear and Weakest Link.
Following in her father's footsteps, Kelly Osbourne will sing for the first time on stage during the MTV Movie Awards.
PageSix reports that 'The Bachelor II' is looking for a beer-drinker this time around - someone who doesn't remind viewers of Ivy League management consultant Alex Michel.