Reality TV News - June 2003
The Newport Daily News is reporting that Bunim/Murray Productions has abandoned its second attempt to use a Rhode Island estate for taping of its "Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet" show.
CBS reveals 'Big Brother 4's "X Factor" twist -- the surprise inclusion of four ex-couples as housematesJune 30, 2003
CBS today revealed the details of its much promoted mysterious Big Brother 4 "twist". The "twist" (some others might call it "jumping the shark") is that soon after entering the "Big Brother" house, four unsuspecting housemates will be stunned when it is revealed that their ex-boyfriend or girlfriend (thus the "X") will also be joining the house as participating and competing houseguests. The twist means that eight of the 13 houseguests (four couples) will be living with someone they thought was out of their lives. Will alliances form between the former couples or will old wounds be opened? Will romances be rekindled or will new ones arise?
In the U.S., CBS's Big Brother series occupies a lower tier among the reality-TV offerings, substantially below CBS's continuing smash Survivor. However, there are ways to spice the series up, as the South Africans are currently demonstrating.
Larry Johnson, a comedy writer currently working for Disney TV, has posted "TARGAY Journal, Episode 5," the 5th installment of his 'TARGAY Journal,' his weekly commentary about "The Amazing Race" from a gay point of view. An exclusive to the RealityTVWorld message boards, it is posted every weekend.
ESPN has announced that the second season of "Beg Borrow & Deal" will premiere on July 8, 2003.
Bebo has posted the 5th installment of her regular column -- "TAR: TSI" (TAR Stupidity Index.) Each week, she looks back at our "The Amazing Race" contestants and rate them according to their stupid moves.
From its first publicity release regarding For Love Or Money, NBC has played up the angle that the winning bachelorette will collect a Survivor-sized $1 million prize if she chooses money instead of love. However, astute viewers on the Reality TV World message boards have discovered that NBC's claim, like bachelor Rob Campos' claim that there was "absolutely nothing irregular" about his service in the Marines, is seriously misleading.
The Associated Press reports that 32-year-old New Jersey attorney Jim Morrison, who was the runner-up in the first edition of ABC's The Mole in 2001 (to his ally Steve Cowles), has been asked by the New Jersey Democratic Party to withdraw his candidacy in the upcoming state senate race in the state's 24th Legislative District. According to the Sussex County Democratic Party chairman, Jim's candidacy, combined with (a) his openness about his sexual orientation (gay) and (b) the nude photographs taken of him during a 1996 contest that later appeared in the Village Voice, will wound the Democrats in a district where they are outnumbered by Republicans 3-to-1.
ABC's long-delayed "The Dating Experiment" finally premiered last evening and the ratings results weren't very pretty. The series premiere of "The Dating Experiment" attracted 4.9 million viewers and a 2.4 rating, 7 share among Adults 18-49, placing 3rd (and last) in its 10PM ET timeslot but taking second in its hour in the key adult demographic
America voted, and Lucy Hale, Chantel Kohl, Jordan McCoy, Taylor Thompson and Tori Thompson will join previously announced Morgan Burke, Chauncey Matthews, A.J. Melendez, Katelyn Tarver and Danielle White in the final round of "American Juniors".
According to updated in-home viewing statistics from Nielsen Media Research, Wednesday night’s 8-9 PM ET telecast of “Fame” (2.4 rating, 9 share among adults 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall) beat Fox’s “American Juniors” for second place (trailing CBS' "60 Minutes II") during the 8:30-9PM ET half-hour, wiping out a 30 percent lead-in advantage “American Juniors” inherited from “That ’70s Show.”
NBC will continue its search for finalists for producer Mark Burnett (“Survivor”) and billionaire Donald Trump's new unscripted series “The Apprentice” with an open casting all in Chicago at NBC Tower (454 N. Columbus Drive), on Saturday, June 28, from 12PM - 5PM.
According to updated in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research, Tuesday night’s 9M ET telecast of the third week of NBC's “Last Comic Standing” (3.6/11 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall) dominated its timeslot, winning among adults 18-49 by a 29 percent margin.
According to updated in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research, Tuesday night’s 8-9 PM ET telecast of “Dog Eat Dog” (3.1 rating, 11 share among adults 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall) rose to within a tenth of a rating point of Fox’s “American Juniors” among adults 18-49, reducing “Juniors’” margin from 46 percent last week to just 3 percent this week. And during their second head-to-head half-hour, “Dog Eat Dog” pulled into a tie with “American Juniors” for the first time in the four weeks the two shows have aired in the same time period.
Another week, another 1-2 finish. According to Billboard magazine, the two finalists from this spring's American Idol on Fox, Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, continue to hold the top 2 slots on both the Billboard U.S. Hot 100 Singles and Billboard/Nielsen SoundScan Hot 100 Single Sales charts. Clay's "This Is The Night" b/w "Bridge Over Troubled Water" on RCA Records holds on to the top spot and also holds #27 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Ruben's "Flying Without Wings" b/w "Superstar" on J Records (RCA's sister label) remains second and is #30 on the Adult Contemporary chart, while the song "Superstar" holds down #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales chart and #15 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
In the world of MTV's The Osbournes, the only bad publicity is no publicity. The Associated Press reports that, in the current issue of US Magazine, Osbournes matriarch Sharon Osbourne takes full responsibility for the alcohol and drug abuse problems experienced by her son Jack, who has also been featured on the show. In particular, she notes her failure to recognize what was going on with Jack, even though she was, in her own mind, a "cutting-edge mom."
Larry Johnson, a comedy writer currently working for Disney TV, has posted "TARGAY Journal, Episode 4," the 4th installment of his 'TARGAY Journal,' his weekly commentary about "The Amazing Race" from a gay point of view. An exclusive to the RealityTVWorld message boards, it is posted every weekend.
As we reported way back in May, NBC, with (false) visions of "Joe Millionaire"-like ratings in their heads, began filming a second bachelorette edition of "For Love Or Money" before Rob Campos-lead current edition of the series even premiered. Later on we received a possible spoiler tip that identified which of the current edition's single ladies was tapped to star in the bachelorette edition (as well as who "wins" the current series), but we have to say that even we're surprised to learn how quickly NBC plans to air the second edition.
According to the Providence Journal, potential neighbors of Bunim/Murray's new proposed Middletown, Rhode Island "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" mansion location came out in force at yesterday's special Middletown town council meeting, voicing their (in some cases ridiculous) concerns for almost three hours. As a result, the council delayed their decision on giving MTV final approval to film in the ritzy neighborhood until Monday's normally scheduled council session.
According to preliminary “fast affiliate” in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research, last night’s 10PM ET telecast of “Meet My Folks" scored a 4.0/11 rating in Adults 18-49 and drew 8.3 million viewers overall. The finale of the two-part Erin Schmidt swimsuit model edition tied for #1 in its timeslot in Adults 18-49 and led the hour outright among adults, men and women 18-34 and women 18-49.
According to preliminary “fast affiliate” in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research, last night’s 9PM ET telecast of “For Love Or Money” scored a 3.9/11 rating in Adults 18-49 and drew 8.3 million viewers overall.
According to Billboard, the tour featuring the stars of the second season of Fox's American Idol is outselling the tour that followed the first season. The tour featuring most of the Idol 2 finalists, including Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard (who currently have the top 2 singles in the U.S.), has completely sold out 23 of its 41 venues, and another 10 are close to sell-out level. By contrast, the tour following the first Idol, which featured Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini, sold out just 10 of its 30 venues, with just 10 more over 70% capacity.
The AP reports that Sean Duffy, 31, a Wisconsin attorney who starred on The Real World Boston in 1997 (season 6), is contemplating a run for Congress in 2004. Duffy, a Republican who was elected Ashland County District Attorney in September, would be running against incumbent Democrat Rep. Dave Obey.
The Associated Press reports that cable news channel CNN debuted a new prime-time lineup featuring two hour-long newscasts at 7 PM and 8 PM yesterday. The 7 PM newscast is anchored by Anderson Cooper, the original and legendary host of The Mole and The Mole 2, who has not had a permanent assignment since moving to CNN from ABC two years ago -- until now. The 8 PM newscast will be hosted by CNN "star" Paula Zahn.
MTV still looking to film 'Real World/Road Rules Challenge' in Rhode Island -- now targeting MiddletownJune 24, 2003
Wow, if nothing else, those Bunim/Murray folks sure are persistent... if at first you don't succeed, try, try, again apparently. The Providence Journal is reporting today that after having been rebuffed by the ritzy neighbors of their proposed Newport, Rhode Island mansion, the Bunim/Murray producers now trying to get the necessary approvals to house and film the contestants on the same island as Newport, but in the neighboring town of Middletown (for non-locals, Rhode Island's Aquidneck Island is comprised of three towns, the more famous Newport as well as Middletown and Portsmouth).
The flop watch is over; for the first time, a project associated with Fox's smash hit television show American Idol has failed in the marketplace. According to the weekly box office charts from Exhibitor Relations, Co., the Idol-based movie From Justin to Kelly, one of three new releases for the June 20-22 weekend, failed to crack the box-office Top 10, with a total box office take of slightly less than $2.9 million.
Bebo has posted the 4th installment of her regular column -- "TAR: TSI" (TAR Stupidity Index.) Each week, she looks back at our "The Amazing Race" contestants and rate them according to their stupid moves.
Our episode summary for Episode 4, "Eighteen Reasons Why the French Hate American Tourists," authored by cmaybur, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
MediaWeek reports that the Wednesday 9PM premiere of "Paradise Hotel" placed fourth overall in it's time slot ratings with 5.1/ 8 from 9-10 p.m. -- six percent below its disappointing "American Juniors" lead-in ("Juniors" was #2: 5.4/ 9 at 8:30 PM).
It's now apparently clear why Paige Jones, the 21 year old doe-eyed gold digger from NBC's "For Love or Money," was so comfortable with the drunken antics of series bachelor Rob Campos -- because its something they share in common.
Maybe reality TV doesn't mix well with large boats. The problems with Fox's Love Cruise: The Maiden Voyage were well-documented. Now, the Hollywood Reporter has reported that the next seaboard attempt, an Irish boat-based reality TV show entitled Cabin Fever, sank this week when the boat hit submerged rocks and went under, with cast and crew escaping to nearby Tory Island off the Irish coast. According to the report, the 10 contestants on board have consulted with lawyers, apparently hoping to cash in from the accident since they won't be able to cash in on TV.
MSNBC columnist Jeannette Walls reports that “Joe Millionaire” star Evan Marriott is continuing to talk trash about his televised romance adverture.
Yesterday, we wondered how the new singles from 'American Idol' finalists Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard would chart with a full week of sales data. Today we know.
Has the ending of NBC's 'For Love or Money' been spoiled and the ID of the bachelorette edition star been discovered?June 19, 2003
NBC has had a difficult time with its new reality show For Love or Money so far. The bachelor, Rob Campos, has been revealed to be a reject from ABC's 'The Bachelor', as well as a disgraced sexual harrasser, and has lost his job. Now we may be adding to NBC's woes on this show, which the Peacock Network unwisely already picked up for a second season.
The media blitz is underway for the first American Idol film, which opens Friday, June 20, and some surprising quotes have popped up along the way. TV Guide reports that Kelly Clarkson, the co-star of From Justin to Kelly (or J2K), has admitted that only fans of the show -- and of herself and co-star (and fellow finalist) Justin Guarini -- will enjoy the movie.
America voted, and Morgan Burke, Chauncey Matthews, AJ Melendez, Katelyn Tarver and Danielle White have advanced to the final round of "American Juniors." This talented bunch impressed the American audience and secured a spot in the final round. The excitement continues next Tuesday, June 24 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX as the second group of 10 semi-finalists compete for America's vote and the final five positions in the next round.
The American Idol phenomenon marches on. According to the Nielsen SoundScan singles charts, which are based on actual record sales in the U.S., three singles from Idol were in the top 20 for the week ending June 12. In first place, as it had been for at least the previous two weeks, was "God Bless the U.S.A." by the Idol second-season finalists. In sixth place was the Idol finalists' other single, "What the World Needs Now Is Love." Both of these singles appear on All-Time Classic American Love Songs, the compilation album featuring all the Idol finalists.
Many hit U.S. reality TV shows have their roots in the U.K., ranging from American Idol (a copy of the British smash Pop Idol) to The Mole. However, not every reality show can succeed in both countries. For example, Survivor, the idea of a U.K. production company, was never produced in the U.K. until after it became a U.S. hit, and it then flopped completely there. And its clone, I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!, featuring D-list celebs, remains a U.K. phenomenon despite being a superdud in the U.S.
According to updated in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research, Tuesday night’s 9-10 PM ET telecast of the second week of “Last Comic Standing” (3.5 rating, 10 share among adults 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall) delivered a 25 percent increase over the network’s 18-49 slot result for the same Tuesday last year. The stand-up comedy competition, created and hosted by Jay Mohr, finished a close #2 for its time period in 18-49 and conquered the hour among adults, men and women 18-34, men 18-49, men 25-54 and total viewers.
Tonight in a two-hour special episode of the hit NBC reality series “Fame” (Wednesdays 8-9 PM ET) the 12 finalists begin the next phase of their journey. As the competition moves on, more of the entertainment industry’s top companies have stepped up to offer the winner all they need to turn their talent into a long, prosperous career.
TV Guide reports that "American Idol" champ Ruben Studdard has agreed to make a singing cameo in "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed," which is currently shooting in Vancouver.
Extra TV is reporting that "For Love Or Money" star Rob Campos had previously applied to and been rejected for ABC's "The Bachelor" show before being cast in NBC's reality-relationship series. "The Bachelor" producers eventually chose to instead cast millionaire Andrew Firestone.
Monday night's return of the NBC reality-relationship series “Meet My Folks” finished a strong #2 in its hour among adults 18-49 and grabbed the #1 position among adults, men and women 18-34.
FOX has announced that "The Simple Life," the new reality series that chronicles two affluent socialites as they make the transition from uptown to small town, will premiere Wednesday, August 13 (8:30-9:00 PM ET) on FOX.
FOX has named Gladys Knight and Deborah Gibson as the weekly judges of its new summer hit "American Juniors" reality program. The series' weekly performance episodes begin Tuesday, June 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), which will also mark the first night America can vote. Each Wednesday, the results of the vote will be revealed beginning Wednesday, June 18 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT).
The student newspaper of University Of California at Santa Cruz reports that the university has announced that it has "revoked recognition" of the Delta Omega Chi fraternity over an incident last month that resulted in the death of a campus koi fish. The revocation, which is permanent, means that the campus has severed all ties to the fraternity. Without UCSC affiliation, the fraternity will no longer have access to campus services or facilities.
Bebo has posted the third installment of her new regular column -- "TAR: TSI" (TAR Stupidity Index.) Each week, she'll look back at our "The Amazing Race" contestants and rate them according to their stupid moves.
NBC will begin the process to find America’s next business tycoon - one who will win the chance to earn a six-figure salary while learning from international tycoon Donald Trump - with a nationwide recruiting tour to choose finalists for the network’s new unscripted series “The Apprentice,” from executive producer Mark Burnett (“Survivor”). Shooting will begin this fall and a winter 2004 airdate is planned.
FOX has released the names and photos of the first eleven singles competing in their soon to premiere "Paradise Hotel" reality series -- and one name and face should be quite familiar to longtime reality television viewers, that of Toni Ferrari from FOX's short lived "Love Cruise" series.
Our episode summary for Episode 3, "Thoroughly Modern Millie," authored by katem, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
FOX has released the names and photos of the first eleven singles competing in their soon to premiere "Paradise Hotel" reality series.
Larry Johnson, a comedy writer currently working for Disney TV, has posted "TARGAY Journal, Episode Three," the third installment of his 'TARGAY Journal,' his weekly commentary about "The Amazing Race" from a gay point of view. An exclusive to the RealityTVWorld message boards, it is posted every weekend.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that MTV's hit "The Osbournes" plummeted in its third-season premiere, drawing just more than half the audience that tuned in to last season's debut episode.
The Newport Daily News is reporting that "unresolved zoning issues" (and apparently not neighborhood protests) have forced MTV to pull the plug on their previously announced plans to film the upcoming edition of "The Real World/Road Rules Challenge" in Newport. Newport mayor Richard C. Sardella announced that MTV was pulling out of Newport after Wednesday night's Newport City Council meeting. "Newport is out of the question for this year," Sardella said. "I'm disappointed. I think it's something the city will miss." "We were looking at (Newport) locations probably up to an hour ago," Julie Pizzi, co-executive producer for Bunim-Murray Productions, said about 9PM Wednesday. The show is scheduled to begin shooting its seventh season June 27.
Another day, another reality TV contestant scandal. Just two days after uncovering the sexual misconduct past of "For Love Or Money" bachelor Rob Campos, The Smoking Gun reported today that Donnell Langham, age 21 and currently appearing in MTV's "Road Rules: South Pacific," was arrested last July for assault and battery after allegedly striking his teenage girlfriend and throwing her to the ground and dragging her several feet.
Does American Idol winner Ruben Studdard have a legitimate grievance with 205 Flava, the company that provided the "205 jerseys" that Ruben wore during the filming of Idol? Further research on our part indicates that the answer is: maybe so.
Thousands of energetic and talented kids auditioned for a chance at fame and fortune; 60 were brought to Los Angeles for a closer look; only 20 semi-finalists made the cut on "American Juniors."
Confirming a story first reported on Reality TV World on May 21, ABC and Stone Stanley Productions announced today that filming has completed on the upcoming Celebrity Mole Yucatan. The series will air "later this year" on ABC.
CBS and Survivor executive producer Mark Burnett appear to be trying for a grand slam with Survivor 8. As previously discussed, this will be the long-rumored All-Star Survivor edition, with the confirmed participation of the first three Survivor winners -- RIchard Hatch, Tina Wesson and Ethan Zohn -- plus Susan Hawk and Rudy Boesch from Richard's "Tagi Alliance" in Pulau Tiga and the beautiful but treacherous Jerri Manthey from The Australian Outback.
Ritzy Newport neighbors protesting MTV's plans to film 'Real World/Road Rules Challenge' in Newport mansionJune 11, 2003
Well, perhaps we spoke too soon when we compared the enthusiastic reaction that Newport, Rhode Island mayor Richard C. Sardella expressed upon discovering that MTV and Bunim/Mrray Productions planned to film the latest edition of their "The Real World/Road Rules Challenge" series in Newport with the lawsuit that local Chicago residents filed after discovering the Bumin/Murray planned to film their new sundicated "Starting Over" series in their ritzy Gold coast neighborhood. Apparently the location might be different, but the reaction of the local snobby would-be neighbors remains the same, as the Providence Journal is reporting that Newport neighbors are now mounting opposition to MTV's plans to film one of its popular reality programs at a Bellevue Avenue mansion later this month.
Two seasons of MTV's show Fraternity Life, two fraternities in trouble with both their universities and the law. The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that two members of the Delta Omega Chi fraternity at the University of California -- Santa Cruz ("UCSC") have been charged with a pair of misdemeanors for a stunt performed for the MTV cameras. The two allegedly stole a fish from a UCSC reflecting pond on May 20, fried it, and then forced fraternity pledges to eat it,
Our episode summary for Episode 2, "The Phantom Venice," authored by samiam, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
ABC has announced that comedienne Roseanne Barr's reality show, "The Real Roseanne Show," will premiere Wednesday, August 6, with two back-to-back 30-minute episodes (9 PM ET.)
Well, the program might be premiering in less than a week, but apparently FOX's new reality relationship show "Anything for Love" is still out there looking for hot men and women 18-40 who have some kind of relationship issue that needs to be resolved.
ABC has announced that it is finally clearing the dust off it's long delayed "The Dating Experiment" reality romance series and will premiere it on Wednesday, June 25 at 10PM ET. First announced as scheduled to premiere on August 13, 2002, the series will feature complete strangers giving up all control of their lives to be ruled by a mysterious diary, all in the hopes of finding true love. Hector Elizondo ("The Princess Diaries," "Tortilla Soup") narrates the series.
Ratings: NBC's double-size 'Last Comics Standing' premiere wins timeslots, draws 9.7 viewers overallJune 11, 2003
NBC has scored its fourth successful launch of a summer reality series over the past two weeks with last night’s strong debut of “Last Comic Standing.” The stand-up comedy competition, created and hosted by Jay Mohr, dominated its time period last night, winning in all key categories, jumping 50 percent above NBC’s adult 18-49 rating on the same night last year and grabbing the Peacock’s highest rating in the time period in the nine weeks since the “Cher: The Farewell Tour” special aired April 8.
Starring in reality TV can be bad for your career, espeically if you have some skeletons in your closet. Rob Campos, the bachelor "star" of NBC's For Love Or Money, just learned that lesson the hard way.
Anyone with the illusion that American Idol winner Ruben Studdard valued anything other than cold, hard cash had better skip this article.
In an interview to plug his new CD, TV Guide reports that American Idol finalist Justin Guarini gives his Afro-styled hair credit for a significant portion of his success so far.
Millions of Americans dream of becoming musical superstars. "Soundmix," the new variety series premiering this summer on FOX, will turn those dreams into reality with a-once-in-a-lifetime chance for ordinary people to transform into their musical icons.
ESPN has announced that taping will begin June 13 for "The Wild Rules," an adventure race that will debut September 8, 2003 as part of ESPN's prime-time outdoors block. "The Wild Rules" will pit two six-member teams against each other and the forces of nature in a trek across British Columbia in which speed and outdoor survival skills will determine who among the 12 contestants takes home the $100,000 prize.
The WB's has announced that it's summer reality series, "Boarding House: North Shore" will premiere Wednesday, June 18 at 8 PM ET. Encore episodes will air Sundays at 9 PM ET beginning on June 22 and continue throughout the entire six-week run of the program.
According to updated in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research, the "expanded" 9-10:08 PM ET telecast of “For Love Or Money” (yes, it wasn't just you, the episode *DID* annoyingly run a few minutes into the 10PM hour) received a 4.2 rating, 11 share among adults 18-49 and drew 8.9 million overall vewers. The 8.9 million total viewers figure is a significant drop from the 10.2 million viewers that tuned into last week's special two hour premiere.
The wait is over; let the real competition begin. Today, three of the last four American Idol finalists released CDs. Idol 2 winner Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken released CD singles, which were discussed here, and Idol 1 runner-up Justin Guarini released his first full-length album, cleverly entitled Justin Guarini.
Are you a single, attractive, outgoing, and energetic woman age 21-30 who is looking to meet Mr. Right? Or are you a single, outgoing, and personable (notice no mention of the work "attractive" there folks) man age 25-35 who has always wanted to date a beautiful woman, but hasn't been so lucky? (likely because of above noted absence of the adjective "attractive.")
Larry Johnson, a comedy writer currently working for Disney TV, has posted "TARGAY Journal, Episode Two," the second installment of his 'TARGAY Journal,' his weekly commentary about "The Amazing Race" from a gay point of view. An exclusive to the RealityTVWorld message boards, it is posted every Saturday.
The Associated Press reports that Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini, the finalists in the first season of Fox's American Idol, described the filming of their upcoming movie as a "piece of cake." The movie, From Justin to Kelly (or J2K), went from concept to completed film in about 2.5 months, but neither Kelly nor Justin feel that they were under much pressure during filming.
Looks like Simon Cowell isn't the only American Idol judge feeling burned out right now. Prior to the launch of Fox's American Juniors, a spin-off from Idol, no one was certain who the host was going to be, which is highly unusual in TV-land. FInally, the day before Juniors debuted, Fox announced that Ryan Seacrist would host. Now we know the cause of that delay.
Wow, NBC really is new at this whole reality TV contestant scandalous past thing -- today's surprise news that bachelor Rob Campos of "For Love Or Money" was expelled from the US Navy's JAG training program as a result of a drunken grope of a female Navy officer apparently perturbed the network so much, that they have released an official statement. Maybe FOX or CBS can teach them a thing or two about dealing with reality TV star scandal... (ignore it -- the person will quickly fade back into obscurity from which they came.) Below is NBC's official statement.
The American Idol publicity machine cranks on. The Washington Post reports that Idol is going to donate the chairs used by the three judges -- Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell, each autographed by the respective judge -- to various charity auctions.
The New York Post reports that "Survivor: The Amazon" $1,000,000 winner Jenna Morasca, 21, and fifth place finisher Heidi Strobel, age 24 will be taking it all off in a nude pictorial for the August issue of Playboy magazine. According to the newspaper, Jenna could earn another $1 million or more - depending on sales of the magazine - for the Playboy cover feature.
We're all about to see a lot more (OK, just more) of "Survivor:The Amazon" winner Jenna Morasca. TV Guide reports that CBS has changed its stance on her appearance in a PETA advertising campaign and now apparently will allow her to pose after all.
NBC must use the same background checkers as Fox, because their Prince Charming is looking like a toad. The Smoking Gun reports that Rob Campos, the bachelor on "For Love Or Money", was expelled from the JAG training program as a result of a drunken grope of a female Navy officer.
CBS has announced that although the second episode of "The Amazing Race 4" finished second in its timeslot to repeats of NBC's "Friends" and "Scrubs," the series was first in men 25-54 (3.1/10), tied for first in boomers (3.9/12, with NBC), second in households (5.3/10), viewers (8.27m), adults 25-54 (3.7/12) and adults 18-49 (3.2/11).
Extra TV reports that Trista Rehn was at "Good Morning America" in New York City this week to help launch the search for the new Bachelorette.
Larry Johnson, a comedy writer currently working for Disney TV, has posted "TARGAY Journal, Episode One," the first installment of his 'TARGAY Journal,' his weekly commentary about "The Amazing Race" from a gay point of view. An exclusive to the RealityTVWorld message boards, it is posted every Saturday.
The Providence Journal is reporting that MTV and Bunim/Murray Productions are hoping to film the latest edition of their "The Real World/Road Rules Challenge" series in Newport, Rhode Island starting on June 27th. Filming would last about a month with the series tentatively set to premiere on MTV on September 22nd. As in previous editions, the program would feature 28 former cast members from two MTV programs, "The Real World" and "Road Rules," competing in a series of sports and endurance events. MTV staffers, who are already in Newport, have been scouting out spots for the show's competitions, including Newport Harbor, Fort Adams, and Navy facilities. The winner will take home $300,000.
Shooting on Fox's controversial The Simple Life reality show, starring LA socialites-dilletantes Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, in Altus, Arkansas wrapped up a week early, apparently due to troubles between the "stars" and the crew, according to a RealityTVWorld.com poster from the area. According to this poster, Paris and Nicole threatened to quit the show after being reprimanded for spending four hours on the phone. Although the show still had planned to shoot for two more weeks, Paris and Nicole spent little time with the locals during the next week, and the production came to an unscheduled end that Friday.
The "buzz" surrounding the American Idol spinoff movie From Justin to Kelly, starring Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini (the final two from the first season of Idol), continues to signal deep trouble for the twice-delayed flick. The Website FilmJerk.com reports that Fox has declined to make a full theatrical trailer for the film's upcoming June 20 release. In addition, Fox has decided to scrub most of the promotional material that would normally be produced for a probable hit and will produce only a basic press kit, ad slickers and one poster.
Bebo has posted the second installment of her new regular column -- "TAR: TSI" (TAR Stupidity Index.) Each week, she'll look back at our "The Amazing Race" contestants and rate them according to their stupid moves.
FOX has announed that the premiere date for its new unscripted series "Paradise Hotel" has been moved to Wednesday, June 18th at 9PM ET from the previously scheduled June 16th. The twice-a-week series will then premiere in its Monday 8PM ET time slot on Monday, June 23.
NBC’s has announced that “Last Comic Standing: A Search for the Funniest Person in America” will premiere on Tuesday, June 10 with back-to-back episodes from 9-11PM ET and will be hosted by comedian Jay Mohr (“Jerry Maguire”), who also serves as executive producer. During the two-hour premiere’s first hour, viewers of the unscripted competition series will be introduced to aspiring comedians selected from nationwide regional searches as they compete for an exclusive talent contract and a Comedy Central special.
NBC has announced that its hit relationship series “Meet My Folks” -- originally scheduled to return on Monday, June 9 -- will now return on Monday, June 16 at 10PM ET.
NBC has announced that “The Restaurant,” the network's new upcoming "unscripted drama series" (the term "reality TV" just won't cut it any more) will premiere Sunday, July 20 at 10PM ET.
According to updated in-home viewing statistics from Nielsen Media Research, Wednesday June 4th's 8PM ET telecast of the second episode of “Fame” (3.3 rating, 11 share among adults 18-49, 9.9 million viewers overall) delivered strong second-place results in 18-49 and won the hour among adults 25-54, women 25-54, women 18-49 and overall total viewers.
The Associated Press reports that Bunim/Murray Productions, the producers of this fall's new upcoming "Starting Over" syndicated reality program, are being sued by angry residents of an upscale neighborhood who don't want the program to set up shop near them.
In a "where are they now " update, US magazine is reporting that Kelley Limp from "The Real World: New Orleans," age 26, recently became engaged to 34-year-old actor Scott Wolf (best known for his FOX "Party Of Five" Bailey role.) InStyle Magazine first reported that the two were dating in its August 2002 edition.
Even though only two of the five are currently available, American Idol spinoff CDs continue to dominate the Amazon.com sales chart. Continuing in first place is Clay Aiken's RCA CD-single "This Is The Night," backed with the Simon and Garfunkel classic "Bridge Over Troubled Waters", scheduled for release on June 10. In fourth place, behind Clay, Metallica, and Led Zeppelin, is Ruben Studdard's Jive CD-single "Flying Without Wings," backed with the Carpenters' hit "Superstar", also scheduled for release on June 10.
The bad omens surrounding the American Idol spinoff movie From Justin to Kelly, starring initial Idol finalists Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini, continue. The New York Post reports that Fox has had to delay its plans to release the movie on video about six weeks after its theatrical opening (which has now been delayed to June 20) due to protests from theater owners.
E! Online's "Watch With Kristen" column reports that the "Temptation Island 3" completed filming in Honduras a few weeks ago.
TV Week reports that the premiere of "American Idol" spinoff "American Juniors" came through for Fox last night.
When "The Family" debuted in March, over nine million Americans watched the premiere, which the Palm Beach Post described as "'Dynasty' meets 'The Sopranos' meets 'Upstairs, Downstairs.' You can throw in 'Survivor' and 'Big Brother' for good measure, too." Now viewers who are already hooked and newcomers to the series can escape the summer doldrums in style when "The Family" returns to the ABC Television Network.
Tuesday's 9-11 PM. ET premiere of NBC's new “For Love Or Money” reality program has generated strong numbers, equaling the network's second-highest adult 18-49 rating in that time period in the eight weeks since April 2.
NBC has announced that production has begun in Los Angeles on the fourth season of NBC’s top-rated reality series Fear Factor” and it will feature many special editions of the program. Highlights of the action-packed new season hosted by Joe Rogan include a two-hour season premiere with a $1 million prize, holiday episodes celebrating Halloween and Christmas a la “Fear Factor” style.
Overlooked in all the success of Fox's American Idol and the solo singing careers of Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken is the forthcoming movie From Justin to Kelly, starring the winner and runner-up from the first Idol (Clarkson and Justin Guarini). Maybe it's been overlooked for a reason.
When Bravo's upcoming "Boy Meet Boy" was first announced and the premise revealed, we were sure that gay rights would have rightfully been up in arms and protesting. Instead, to our surprise, according to the New York Post, at least one major gay rights group seems to be supporting and applauding the show's cruel and deceptive premise of staging a "Bachelor"-like program in which a gay man is looking to select a partner from a group of 15 suitors that, unbeknownst to the eligible bachelor, contains numerous straight men who were paid by the program to pretend to be gay.
Our episode summary for Episode 1, "You Lying Bastiges Promised Me Some Cheating," authored by landruajm, has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
FOX announced today that after completing his second run as host of FOX's wildly successful "American Idol," Ryan Seacrest will once again serve in the same capacity for the network's newest variety series, "American Juniors."
Bebo has posted the first installment of her new regular column -- "TAR: TSI" (TAR Stupidity Index.) Each week, she'll look back at our "The Amazing Race" contestants and rate them according to their stupid moves.
NBC has released the names and publicity photos of the fifteen women who will be appearing on their upcoming new "For Love Or Money" reality relationship program and battling for the heart of bachelor Rob Campos.
The New York Post is reporting that about a month before Mary Beth Decker spent weeks traveling through Fiji, Tahiti and New Zealand in a tiny RV with five castmates last February as part of MTV's new "Road Rules: South Pacific" series, she was the Playboy Cyber Girl of the Month. The magazine reportedly originally discovered her for its 2002 Girls of the Big 12 pictorial.