Reality TV News - September 2003
Even though the deal isn't finalized yet, Bravo's reality smash Queer Eye for the Straight Guy is well on its way to preparing for its expanded second season.
Now that CBS has approved The Amazing Race 5, local CBS affiliates in major markets are planning promotions to boost the Emmy-winning series, beginning with helping potential contestants get their applications completed before the quickly approaching October 8 application deadline.
Fourth edition of ABC's 'The Bachelor' opens with biggest audience ever, but NBC still dominates the overall timeslot ratingsSeptember 30, 2003
Despite getting crushed by the season premieres of NBC's resurgent "West Wing" and powerhouse "Law & Order" (which placed ninth and fourth respectively in the overall weekly ratings) in the total viewers ratings, the season premiere of "The Bachelor" won its 2-hour time slot among Adults 18-34, beating "West Wing" and "Law & Order" by 12% on average (5.8/17 vs. 5.2/15).
Is it the concept that makes a hit, or is it the star? In the case of NBC's The Restaurant, the network and the producers disagree -- even though the show has been renewed and a new six-episode season is scheduled to begin as soon as the February 2004 sweeps.
After an emotional but comparatively uneventful island experience, the four couples from "Temptation Island 3" were reunited to determine the fate of their relationships on the lengthy and drawn-out two-hour season finale on Monday, September 29. Of the four couples who departed on the journey to "Temptation Island," only one was able to resist temptation, while the three other couples parted ways.
Apparently Aaron Buerge didn't get enough of the media spotlight during his run on ABC's The Bachelor 2, because he now wants to make an acting debut in the worst way possible. He may have found it, too.
E! Online reports that CBS has finally green-lighted a fifth edition of its Emmy-winning reality-competition series The Amazing Race.
The current edition of US Magazine includes a brief mention of this week's upcoming finale of Fox's Paradise Hotel -- along with a picture that appears to inadvertently reveal the identities of the show's "Final Four" contestants. The picture, discussed on the Reality TV World message boards, is a photograph of the jury, apparently taken during the finale. Thus, the four contestants not in the photo make up the final two couples.
"Fat Bob Rides Again," our episode summary of premiere episode of ABC's fourth edition of The Bachelor, written by diamond, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
"The Naked Truth - The Horrid, Troubling, Strangely Hypnotic, Awful Naked Truth," our episode summary of Episode 4 of Spike TV's The Joe Schmo Show, written by Lisapooh, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
Our episode summary for the season finale episode of CBS's Big Brother 4, entitled "The Lesser of Two Evils" and written by AMAI, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that NBC's cable affiliate Bravo is negotiating with the producers of its hit show Queer Eye for the Straight Guyfor production of a second season -- plus a huge increase in the number of episodes to be shot during the season.
Well, it took them a couple of days, but FOX has confirmed that as we reported earlier this week, David Smith, 24, a rodeo cowboy from Texas who currently "earns only $11,000 a year," is the network's next Joe Millionaire.
Another week, another widely predicted Survivor: Pearl Islands result. After putting on a rather sorry performance during his crew's challenges, Cap'n Andrew and and the rest of his lead-blowing buccaneers showed Ryan Shoulders no quarter and gave him the heave-ho at their second consecutive Tribal Council.
Airing against supersized 'Friends' premiere, second episode of 'Survivor: Pearl Islands' draws 19.3 million viewersSeptember 26, 2003
NBC's Friends and CBS's Survivor have resumed their titanic Thursday night battles, and, according to preliminary affiliate based National Nielsen ratings for Sept. 25., both shows are clearly off and running.
Last week, the King of Rock and Roll rose from the dead to end American Idol 2 runner-up Clay Aiken's double-digit run at #1 on the Nielsen SoundScan Singles Sales charts in the U.S. and Canada. This week, another legend used a satanic twist to drive both Clay and Idol winner Ruben Studdard further away from the top.
Larry Johnson, a comedy writer currently working for Disney TV, has posted "Nixing Nicole," the first installment of this season's 'Gay Survivor Journal,' his weekly commentary about "Survivor: Pearl Islands" from a gay point of view.
Amazingly, the mixed reception given to the American Juniors' single "One Step Closer" in North America continues for the week ending Sept. 21, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
In a battle between perhaps the two most reviled finalists ever in the short history of reality-competition shows, Jun Song, a 27-year-old investment manager from New York City, defeated Alison Irwin, a 22-year-old retail manager from Meadville, Pennsylvania, by a 6-1 vote to win $500,000 in the finale of CBS's U.S. Big Brother 4 on Sept. 24.
"I Know He Likes Nice Girls," our episode summary for Episode 4 of Fox's Temptation Island 3, written by AyaK, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
Sorry ladies, but it looks like new ABC Bachelor Bob Guiney is off the market. In a bit of an unusual move, Guiney, the star of the fourth edition of ABC's The Bachelor program that premieres this evening, is being rather forthcoming with the entertainment media that he found love on the show.
How bad have the ratings for FOX's Temptation Island 3 been? So bad that the network apparently can't wait to get the program off its broadcast schedule. After consistently finishing a pathetic fifth in its timeslot ratings, FOX has apparently decided to burn off the remaining episodes of the series as quickly as possible and completely avoid any possible Major League Baseball postseason scheduling conflicts.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the second episode of 'Survivor: Pearl Island' is now posted, click here to read it.
We may be getting only days away from the season finale of FOX's Paradise Hotel reality show, but that hasn't stopped online gambling site Intertops.com from recently announcing its first odds on the hit series.
NBC got the 2003-04 prime-time season off to a sizzling start last night, as a two-hour “Fear Factor” teamed with the debut of “Las Vegas” to deliver NBC’s first outright victory among adults 18-49 on a premiere Monday in the 15 years since 1988. NBC won the night with its highest adult 18-49 average for a premiere Monday since 1997.
Our episode summary for Episode 3 (Friday) of Week 11 of CBS's Big Brother 4, entitled "The Recrap from H-E-Double Hockey Sticks" and written by strid333, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
"Gumball Tom," our episode summary for Episode 10 of Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, written by MickeyM, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
Would you like your house to be used for a reality TV show? Before you decide, meet Kenneth Chyten, an L.A. lawyer. The Smoking Gun reports that Chyten and his wife Marci are suing Warner Brothers, the producers of ABC's The Bachelor 4, regarding the damage done to their $4.5 million Malibu estate (which they call "Oceanview Manor") during filming there.
Last week we reported on how, despite FOX's announcement of an October 20 premiere date, FOX has been taking a "mysterious" approach to the remainder of the promotion of the next edition of its Joe Millionaire series. First, over the summer, the network refused to reveal any additional details beyond the fact that butler Paul Hogan would be returning. Then, the network refused to comment when reports emerged that the new edition of the program would feature women from overseas. And most recently, FOX geared a significant promotion around this past Friday's unveiling of the program's next stars via a "sneak peak" trailer that aired during the network's Boston Public season premiere.
While other networks such as CBS and FOX have partnered with Yahoo! or Real Networks to charge viewers of such reality shows such as "Survivor" and "Paradise Hotel" for the right to view additional exclusive show footage online, ABC apparently has a different idea in mind for its own hit reality program. ABC announced that beginning today, the ABC.com website will begin offering "The Bachelor" viewers free access to additional daily video content from the series.
Despite last year's disappointing ratings, CBS has announced that The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, featuring some of the world's leading supermodels, including Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks and Gisele Bundchen, will return to the network on Wednesday, Nov. 19 (Time TBA) with a sexy tribute to Broadway.
PR Newswire reports that Viacom, the parent of cable network VH1, and Liza Minnelli's soon-to-be-ex husband David Gest have settled their legal battles over the failed Liza & David reality series starring the ex-couple.
Bobcat Goldthwait and Jimmy Kimmel team to produce 'Joe Schmo'-like "reality film" for Comedy CentralSeptember 22, 2003
Comedy Central and Jackhole Industries have teamed-up to pull one of the greatest and most elaborate prank ever played. Premiering Sunday, October 12, at 9 PM on Comedy Central, "Windy City Heat" is a two-hour original reality film that is the climax to a decade-long practical joke played on its "star" Perry Caravello.
The Learning Channel has ordered an additional 30 episodes of the unscripted series For Better Or For Worse, in which engaged couples surrender their wedding planning to their friends and family.
Our episode summary for "Survivor: Pearl Islands" Episode 1, entitled "Pirates of the Panamanian: Cursing the Pearl Islands," authored by "TeamJoisey" has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
At 10:00 PM Eastern time on Sept. 21, 2003, reality TV history was made -- and CBS's The Amazing Race was the show that made it.
Long before the end of CBS's Survivor: The Amazon, an on-line gambling website spoiled the final two. Has it happened again?
Is America looking to hear more from The Osbournes matriarch Sharon Osbourne? Judging by the first few days of ratings, the answer is no.
Daily Variety (registration required) reports that a new reality show being produced in Italy offers fashion students a chance to win an internship with newlywed British designer Stella McCartney.
Daily Variety (registration required) reports that the U.K. Pop Idol concept has been sold to two more countries: Croatia, to be broadcast on TV Nova, and Serbia and Montenegro (formerly known as Yugoslavia), to be broadcast on BK Telekom. With these latest additions, Idol is now running in 20 versions, including Fox's American Idol in the U.S. and Canada, and CTV's Canadian Idol in Canada.
...Oh Ho Ho and Nicole gets the boot!
"Survivor" is still thriving as last night's premiere of Survivor: Pearl Islands attracted an average of 21 million viewers and dominated its time period in key adult demographics despite dealing with pre-emptions, breaking news updates, and the loss of power to more than 5.5 million residents in the mid-Atlantic states due to Hurricane Isabel.
MediaWeek.com's Marc Berman reports that anyone who thinks Survivor fever is waning may want to rethink that opinion. Despite the havoc that Hurricane Isabel unleashed on portions of the East Coast, last night's 90-minute debut of Survivor: Pearl Islands still pillaged its competition and scored a hefty 13.8/21 rating/share from 8-9:30 PM according to the preliminary Nielsen overnight ratings.
After hurricane Isabel left sections of the east coast without power on Thursday, September 18 during the premiere of Survivor: Pearl Islands, CBS has announced that it will rebroadcast the 90-minute episode on Sunday, September 21 at 9:30 PM ET.
"The Way They Were," our episode summary of the finale, Episode 11, of CBS's Cupid, written by Schnookie Palookie, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
Protecting its franchise? Or protecting its ratings? One of those appears to be what CBS is trying to do in its careful editing of its weekly broadcasts of Big Brother 4, as it hides the bigoted and offensive comments by the final two contestants from the mass TV audience.
Our episode summary for Episode 2 (Wednesday) of Week 11 of CBS's Big Brother 4, entitled "Why Can't Julie Just Shut Up?" and written by strid333, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
Daily Variety is reporting that a small New Zealand TV television production company has filed a suit in the U.S. alleging that TBS' upcoming "House Rules," scheduled to premiere on October 10, breaches the copyright of their hit New Zealand series called "Dream Home."
FOX has announced that The Simple Life, the new reality series that chronicles two affluent socialites as they make the transition from filthy rich to just plain filthy and was originally scheduled for an August 2003 premiere date but then rescheduled for later this fall, will now premiere Tuesday, Dec. 2 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT.)
The Big Brother 4 house is down to its final two houseguests following last night's eviction of Robert, which was witnessed by a record audience of 11 million viewers, according to final Nielsen ratings for Wednesday, Sept. 17.
It took a King to do it, but Clay Aiken's streak of weeks with the top selling single in either the U.S. or Canada on the Nielsen SoundScan charts has finally come to an end. Clay, the runner-up on American Idol 2, watched his platinum single, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" b/w "This Is The Night," drop to second on the U.S. Singles Sales chart and to third on the Canadian Singles Sales chart for the week ended Sept. 14, as the remixed Elvis Presley single "Rubberneckin'" jumped ahead of Clay on both charts upon its release.
The Toronto Sun reports that, as expected, Ryan Malcolm from Kingston, Ontario was selected by viewers as the winner of CTV's Canadian Idol. Malcolm, known by the derogatory moniker "Waiter Boy" -- a reference to his real-life job prior to Idol, defeated Nova Scotian Gary Beals in the final showdown.
BetWWTS.com, a leading offshore gaming company for over 10 years, announced today that it has suspended betting on the latest installment of "Survivor" before the first episode will even air this evening. The company claims that its suspicions arose when BetWWTS.com received a number of wagers all placed on the same "Survivor: Pearl Islands" contestant from newly opened accounts originating from Vancouver, British Columbia.
After winning the third leg of the three-part Head of Household competition, Alison Irwin chose to evict the last member of the Dream Team, Robert Roman, from the Big Brother 4 house, bringing Jun Song to the finals with her.
Our episode summary for Episode 1 (Tuesday) of Week 11 of CBS's Big Brother 4, entitled "A Mime Is a Terrible Thing to Waste" and written by strid333, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
"Schmo Can't Rap, Schmo Can Cry," our episode summary of Episode 3 of Spike TV's The Joe Schmo Show, written by Bucky Katt, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
"Getting Two Birds With One Stone, " our episode summary for Episode 25 (which aired Monday, Sept. 15th) of FOX's Paradise Hotel, authored by Angelfood, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
"Jun's tiny bikini will blind us all!" is the title given by Canada Girl to our episode summary for Week 10 of CBS's Big Brother 4. Check it out (the summary, not Jun's tiny bikini) by clicking here.
Jam! Showbiz reports that two of the three finalists in CBS's 'Big Brother 4' spent much of their time during Monday night's live Internet broadcast making racist comments about the third contestant and insulting his young daughter, leading many viewers of the show to protest that one of the two is likely to emerge from the house as the victor.
The idea was good -- offer a $1 million cash prize so that CBS's Cupid would end with a wedding, not with a short-lived romance like most other dating reality shows. So what went wrong?
Lisa Shannon may not have gotten a marriage proposal or the $1 million dowry, but she still got Hank (while the infamous Robert finished as runner-up) and Cupid's largest audience and highest ratings in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and key women demographics, according to Nielsen preliminary affiliate based ratings for Tuesday, Sept. 16.
MTV's third season of Sorority Life and second season of its "sister show" (pun intended) Fraternity Life will premiere tonight (September 17) on MTV at 10:00 PM ET and 10:30 PM ET respectively.
Following nationwide open casting calls and over 20,000 applicants, the first lucky individuals - Caroline, Catherine and Dan - were chosen for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to participate in "Extreme Makeover." The series of self-contained, one-hour episodes -- which will each feature people in their "before" phase, then as they undergo their various procedures and, finally, when the end results are revealed to their families and friends -- premieres on a new day and time, Thursday, September 18 (9-10 PM ET), on the ABC Television Network.
MTV yesterday announced the launch of a new season of "The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet" on Monday, September 29 at 10-11PM (ET/PT). This series features 28 of the most popular "Real World" and "Road Rules" alumni competing for cash money prizes worth nearly $300,000 for the winning team. Additionally, the launch special "Showdown at the Real World/Road Rules Corral: A Guide to the Gauntlet" premieres on Monday, September 22 at 10 PM(ET/PT).
On the season premiere date of the hit reality show, "Extreme Makeover," an open casting call for future makeover candidates will be held in New York City's legendary Roseland Ballroom. "Good Morning America" will kick off the casting call with live telecasts from the casting throughout their broadcast. The first 500 people have the chance of being interviewed on "Good Morning America." "Extreme Makeover" premieres on a new day and time, 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET, on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, on the ABC Television Network.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the premiere episode of 'Survivor: Pearl Island' is now posted, click here to read it.
RealityTVWorld.com today announced the nominees for the second annual Reality TV World "Blowie" Awards, which are presented yearly to outstanding productions, performances and situations in unscripted television programming. Consisting of 22 award categories with a total of 164 nominees, the Reality TV World "Blowie" Awards range from the serious to the frivolous, providing an overview of the reality TV programming in the year gone by.
Back in July, we were enthusiastic that U.S. reality TV shows were nominated for Emmys in eleven different categories. Today, all we can say is ... ten down, one to go.
Interest in being a Survivor contestant still runs strong ... even among people who have already been contestants. The Associated Press reports that Jeff Probst, the show's host, has been receiving tapes from former castaways hoping to land a spot on the upcoming All-Star Survivor, which will air on CBS during winter/spring 2004.
Lisa Shannon made it clear to America who her choice for a husband is, but does America believe that he is the best person for her? Find out who America selects for her, on the series finale of "Cupid," tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 16 (9-10 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Daily Variety has reported that "Survivor" producer Mark Burnett began shooting his new NBC "The Apprentice" reality series in New York City today. Starring Donald Trump as a mentor to sixteen would-be personal assistants, the series is currently scheduled to premiere sometime during the February 2004 sweeps period.
According to the final Nielsen ratings for the evening of September 10, CBS's "Big Brother 4 Wednesday" was the night's highest rated program in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. The live broadcast, which saw the eviction of pilates instructor Erika Landin, matched its second largest audience of the summer.
Any remaining doubt that ABC is milking the relationship of "Bachelorette" Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter for everything possible has now been eliminated. In addition to their upcoming four-hour televised wedding ceremony, the network has now announced that the soon-to-be-married happy couple will now host a "viewing party" for ABC's Saturday, September 20 telecast of the Miss America pageant.
Although a formal series renewal has yet to be announced, CBS has officially begun accepting applications for a fifth edition of "The Amazing Race." Those interested in applying had better be quick however, as the application states that applications are due Wednesday, October 8 2003 for an anticipated January 2004 taping.
Think Spike TV's "The Joe Schmo Show" can't get any more outrageous and over the top? Think again... Jerri Manthey of "Survivor: Australia" fame, one of reality televisions all-time top villainesses, will guest star on the Tuesday, September 16 episode of "The Joe Schmo Show."
Following on the heels of last week's news that CBS has picked up "Big Brother" for three more years, the network has announced that it has begun the lengthy process of casting for next summer's "Big Brother 5."
Our episode summary for Episodes 23 and 24 of FOX's Paradise Hotel (which aired on Monday, Sept. 8th and 10th), authored by Angelfood, have been posted. Check them out by clicking here.
MTV has announced that this year's edition of the annual The Real World / Road Rules Challenge, entitled The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet, will premiere Monday, September 29 at 10PM ET.
Our episode summary for Episode 3 of Fox's Temptation Island 3, entitled "Nothing Important Happened Today" and written by I_AM_HE, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
Uganda's Gaetano Kagwa may not have won Big Brother Africa, but he still has star power in his native Uganda. The Nairobi (Kenya) Daily Nation reports that there was a four-hour traffic jam caused by Gaetano's return to Uganda.
This week’s second episode of Spike TV's "The Joe Schmo Show" on Tuesday, September 9 drew 1.2 million viewers, a 45% increase from the series premiere on the previous Tuesday.
If you can't wait until the premiere of CBS's Survivor: Pearl Islands on Thursday, Sept. 18, VH1 has a solution for you. An episode of VH1 Goes Inside focused on Survivor will air beginning Saturday, Sept. 13 and will be repeated periodically until Thursday, Sept. 18.
The Toronto Sun reports that CTV's Canadian Idol, the all-Canadian version of Pop Idol (and thus the first cousin to Fox's American Idol), is down to its final two contestants. Ryan Malcolm from Kingston, Ontario and Gary Beals from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia have reached the finals, after Billy Klippert from Calgary, Alberta was voted out in the final elimination. This week, Ryan and Billy will perform with American Idol 2 winner Ruben Studdard as part of their final showdown.
The Associated Press reports that Fox's American Idol 3 has added two new audition sites for the month of September: San Francisco, California and Honolulu, Hawaii.
Is 13 unlucky? Nielsen SoundScan reports that American Idol 2 runner-up Clay Aiken's debut single "Bridge Over Troubled Water" b/w "This Is The Night" has now spent 13 straight weeks atop the Canadian Singles Sales chart, placing #1 again in the week ended September 7. In addition, the single recorded its 12th week -- and second straight -- atop the U.S. SIngles Sales chart.
What's happening with the single of "One Step Closer" by the American Juniors, the five-member group (with a few runners-up) created on Fox's American Juniors? The answer is very different depending upon whether you live north or south of the 49th parallel.
Billboard reports that Kelly Osbourne from MTV's The Osbournes has signed a recording contract with the UK independent Sanctuary Records Group. Kelly, who was dropped by Sony Music earlier this year, will debut on Sanctuary with the re-issue of her Sony CD Shut Up!, augmented by five new songs, including her long-anticipated duet with her father Ozzy on the old Black Sabbath song "Changes" -- which also will become the revised title of the CD.
NBC's unscripted drama "Race to the Altar" will air its 2-hour series finale, Saturday, September 13th from 9-11 pm (ET). Lisa Dergan hosts the action-packed show which ultimately decides who will win the "the wedding of a lifetime" provided by world-renowned event planner Colin Cowie.
Billboard reports that RCA Records has selected a second single for American Idol 2 runner-up Clay Aiken ... but that the new single, "Invisible," will not be commercially relesed. Instead, like American Idol 1 winner Kelly Clarkson's second single, "Miss Independent," "Invisible" will be issued only in a promotional version for radio stations and other industry recipients.
Move over, Ozzy Osbourne -- other one-time hard rock stars would like a piece of your TV turf. The Associated Press reports that Ted Nugent, once dubbed the "Michigan Madman" for his wild guitar work and on-stage behavior, will host a two-hour reality competition show on VH1. Meanwhile, former KISS frontman Gene Simmons is also seeking a reality-TV deal.
Could the third time be a charm? Billboard reports that Kimberly Locke, who placed third on Fox's American Idol 2 this spring, will now become the third finalist to receive a recording contract. Kimberly has been signed by Nashville-based Curb Records and will once again compete with Idol winner Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken ... although now the battle will shift to the marketplace.
"Fantasy Time. Fantasy Worlds." That's not just a description of the place in which Lisa Shannon finds herself on her last four dates in CBS's Cupid; it's also the name of Swami's episode summary for Episode 10, which has now been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
Twenty-three-year-old dance instructor and deejay Cousin Anthony is the newly-minted millionaire from ABC's reality series, "The Family," which concluded its nine-episode run last night. In a dramatic announcement in the show's last moments, Anthony surprised viewers by vowing to split the $1 million evenly among the other nine family members on the program -- even Cousin Mike, his chief rival in the final round, who is not a blood relative to Anthony, but rather to one of Anthony's many cousins.
ABC reveals identities of the 25 women competing for 'Bachelor' Bob Guiney and new additional show twistsSeptember 11, 2003
With the addition of many new elements to the show -- including a surprise appearance by the Bachelor's mother at the first rose ceremony and an unexpected "in the field" rose ceremony during one of the dates that sends one woman home on the spot -- "The Bachelor," an original one-hour primetime romance reality television series, returns for a fourth season on the ABC Television Network for a special two-hour season premiere, Wednesday, September 24 (9-11 PM ET).
As host Julie Chen mentioned last evening, with the final Head of Household competition underway and the "Big Brother 4" household down to only three houseguests, the "Big Brother 4" broadcast schedule will be changing slightly -- starting with the preemption of the Friday, September 12 show.
After being nominated for eviction by Robert Roman, the ninth Head of Household, polka dot bikini-wearing Erika Landin was evicted from the "Big Brother 4" house by Alison Irwin, the one remaining Houseguest who was able to vote. Alison, who was originally on the nomination block, was able to save herself when she won the last Power of Veto competition. Robert’s only choice was to put his ex, Erika, on the block with Jun Song.
While FOX continues to not formally announce the renewal of "Paradise Hotel" for next summer, the ongoing comments from FOX programming executives have made it clear that the official announcement of a renewal has become all but a formality. In their latest pro-"Paradise" comments during an interview with Daily Variety, Fox Entertainment president Gail Berman credited "Paradise Hotel" as a key to the success of the network's previously mentioned new year-round programming model.
Fresh on the heels of the the St. Maarten bachelor and bachelorette parties of Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter, the couple matched up on ABC's The Bachelorette, comes word from the Associated Press that ABC has scheduled the TV shows of their wedding to air on three consecutive Wednesday nights beginning November 26, 2003.
Forgive our cynicism, but we have noticed that every time Sharon Osbourne needs publicity, she finds a way to exploit some dubious story from her own life. In the latest example, the Associated Press reports that Sharon, the matriarch of MTV's The Osbournes, claims to have left her husband, burned-out rock godfather Ozzy Osbourne, this spring -- at the time that their son Jack checked into a rehab clinic.
"Of Mom, Butts, and Strange Party Games," our episode summary of Episode 2 of Spike TV's The Joe Schmo Show, written by Bebo, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
Our episode summary for Episode 2 of Fox's Temptation Island 3, entitled "Te Quiero Siempre - I just met you, let's make out!" and written by Canada Girl, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
Updating our earlier ratings story to reflect the updated in-home viewing figures, according to Nielsen Media Research, the Monday finale of NBC's reality hit “For Love or Money 2” achieved the highest adult 18-49 rating for any non-sports telecast on any network since the July 7 finale of the original “For Love or Money” series. The two finale episodes of the two "For Love Or Money" editions are prime time’s #1 and #2 non-sports telecasts among adults 18-49 for the 15 weeks since May 22.
The self-titled "First Network For Men" is quickly turning out to have quite an appetite for unscripted television programming. Already airing dating show "Blind Date," having just premiered "The Joe Schmo Show" last week, and announced earlier this week that was giving second life to the cancelled "Shipmates" program, Spike TV has now announced plans for a professional racing circuit reality show titled "The Reality of Speed."
Apparently looking to prove that CBS isn't the only network that can turn the unveiling of the next stars of their hit reality programs into a mini broadcast-worthy event of it's own, FOX announced today that it will reveal the star of "Joe Millionaire 2" in a special trailer airing sometime during the launch of its new Friday night line-up on Friday, September 19 (8-10 PM ET/PT).
Are you such a big "For Love Or Money" fan that you still can't get enough of the show despite the fact it's over? Did you love Wade's cowboy hat so much that you just have to have one for yourself? Did Kelly's poem touch you so much that you'd like to own the original copy? If so, here's your chance -- the cast and crew of "For Love Or Money" are running a charity auction of some series props for the benefit of the Lance Armstrong Foundation for Cancer Awareness and Support.
The sniping from American Idol judge Simon Cowell toward Idol runner-up Clay Aiken may have begun during American Idol 2, but it clearly isn't over yet. Entertainment Weekly (subscription required) reports that Simon dismisses Clay's chart success compared to Idol winner Ruben Studdard -- and even his platinum single -- as merely a consequence of Clay's decision to cover Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water."
NBC and Bravo have announced that the NBC-owned Bravo network will begin re-airing NBC's "The Restaurant" series of this past summer on Tuesdays at 9 PM ET starting on Tuesday, September 16.
ESPN has announced the full open audition casting call tour for its new upcoming "Dream Job" sportscaster reality show. "Dream Job," billed as "The Search For The Next SportsCenter Anchor!" will be an "American Idol"-style competition show in which the contestants which they will be brought to Bristol, Connecticut ESPN headquarters, to complete in a number of sportscaster-related activities.
The hottest trend in reality TV outside the U.S. at this moment is mutinational games. Over the summer, two became huge smashes. Now, according to Daily Variety (subscription required), Endemol is seeking to combine them, by introducing a pan-Arab version of Big Brother on Bahrain-based Channel 2 for broadcast throughout the Arab world.
'Big Brother 4' continues its Adults 18-49 ratings winning streak as all three editions win their time periodsSeptember 9, 2003
The final weekly national Nielsen ratings for the week ending September 7, 2003, and "Big Brother 4" has continued its Adult 18-49 winning streak as all three editions won their time periods.
Sony Pictures Television's "Shipmates," the syndicated reality dating show, has achieved the unlikely -- after failing to be renewed after two seasons in syndication (the second year of which ends this week) the program has managed to surface at the Spike TV cable network. The newly re-launched "First Network For Men" has ordered fifty new episodes of the program to begin airing in early 2004.
SurvivorBlows Spoiler Island fantasy prediction game has opened for "Survivor: Pearl Islands" Episode 1 picks -- so get your picks in now.
Will the producers of NBC's "The Restaurant" be taking a gamble on a casino spinoff as their next behind-the-scenes docu-drama project? According to Hollywood sources, that seems to be the case.
Nobody can ever say that The Bachelorette couple Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter didn't earn their $1 million payment from ABC for having their wedding televised. The Associated Press reports that Ryan and Trista held their respective bachelor and bachelorette parties this past weekend on the Caribbean island of Saint Maarten... with ABC camera crews filming it all for inclusion in the network's upcoming four-hour-long special presentation of Trista and Ryan's wedding.
Only a week after Daily Variety reported that Australia's Seven Network had passed on U.S. hit "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," ending negotiations for rights to the show as well as format rights for an Australian version, The Hollywood Reporter says that NBC Enterprises has now closed a deal with Australia's Network Ten broadcaster instead.
The summer of For Love Or Money has ended, and the media tour has begun for the final couple: Erin Brodie, daughter of football and golf superstar John Brodie, and her selected boyfriend Chad Viggiano, whom she chose over Wade in the show's finale on Sept. 8. Today, Erin and Chad appeared together on NBC's Today Show and the syndicated Live with Regis and Kelly.
ABC's season debut of its weekly "Monday Night Football" broadcast likely weakened the finale of NBC's "For Love Or Money 2," but according to Zap2It.com's premilinary Fast National ratings, the series still finished strongly.
CBS' Wednesday, September 3 telecast of the "Fourth Annual Grammy Awards" meant that the evening's normal 9PM ET "Big Brother 4" telecast was bumped to the 8PM ET timeslot, and FOX's 9PM ET broadcast of "Paradise Hotel" certainly seens to have benefited from the absense of their usual reality showdown.
NBC has announced that it has given first love a second chance with a big greenlight to “Little Black Book,” a new, reality romance series pilot which
reunites bachelor Skipper Kress with eight of his former girlfriends - and offers them the opportunity to rekindle their romance while sharing a house in North Carolina. Created by Joe Livecchi and executive produced by Livecchi and Bob Kusbit for One Louder Productions, production will begin in the fall.
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Our episode summary for the Friday episode (episode 3) of Week 9 of CBS's Big Brother 4, entitled "Show Them You Care, Give Them a Whack!" and written by drawde236, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
In the first edition of Big Brother Africa, the winner turned out to be pre-show popularity poll leader Cherise Makubale from Zambia. In popular voting, which was conducted as "one vote per country," Cherise received six of the 13 votes and was the only finalist to win more than two.
Bunim-Murray Productions' syndicated series "Starting Over" premieres today, September 8 (check local listings for station and time information.) Created by the producers of MTV's "The Real World," the daily weekday series promises to "fuse reality TV with the daytime soap opera" and has already been nicknamed a "soaprah" by the press for its combination of soap opera-style stories and issues favoured by talk shows such as Oprah Winfrey's.
"Testing James’ Gaydar (or “The One with the Somewhat Happy Ending")," our episode summary for the Episode 6 finale of Bravo's Boy Meets Boy, written by Larry Johnson, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
Hunter Ellis to host The History Channnel's new 'Tactical To Practical' series premiering September 9September 8, 2003
Former "Survivor: Marquesas" contestant Hunter Ellis certainly seems to have made the most out of his scant nine days on the "Survivor" island. Despite his short time on the program, Ellis has landed a gig hosting The History Channel's new "Tactical To Practical" program that will premiere Tuesday, September 9 at 9PM ET/PT.
The Learning Channel's new "Resident Life" reality documentary series will premiere Monday, September 8 at 8 PM ET. The program, described by USA Today as a "gritty medical series," takes viewers into the world of young doctors and shows the reality of life inside one of the nation's best hospitals.
Fans of "The Joe Schmo Show" will see a familiar face on UPN's new comedy, "The Mullets", which premieres on September 11 at 9:30 ET. David Hornsby, aka "Hutch the Asshole", plays Danny Mullet, the easygoing Wrestlemania-loving son of Loni Anderson. "The Mullets" also stars John O'Hurley ("Seinfeld") as his stepfather.
Still wondering how FOX is planning on pulling off a "Joe Millionaire" sequel after over 33 million Americans tuned in to watch the original edition's finale? So is the rest of the country.
Don't look for the next Bruce Springsteen on the next American Idol. The Associated Press reports that Idol has banned certain songs, including ones by Springsteen, Mariah Carey, James Taylor and Carly Simon, from being performed during auditions or on the show.
Ho-hum ... another episode of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, another Bravo ratings record. For the third straight week, Queer Eye, which airs Tuesday at 10 PM, drew more viewers than ever before, meaning that it has set a new Bravo total audience record in six of the last eight weeks.
The New York Times reports that Africans are glued to their TV sets -- if they have them -- to watch this Sunday's finale of Big Brother Africa. Although less than 1 in 20 of Africa's 900 million inhabitants own a TV set, it is estimated that around two-thirds of those (or 30 million) are watching BBA, which takes place in a house in South Africa. BBA has been the primary topic of conversation throughout the English-speaking parts of the continent, which is also where most of the TVs are located.
The cast of Real World San Diego isn't wasting any time establishing its outlaw credentials. According to The Smoking Gun, RWSD houseguest Robin Hibbard, a 23-year-old Florida bartender, was arrested on Tuesday, September 2, for punching and scratching a male U.S. Marine while partying with her new castmates and a camera crew at a San Diego nightspot.
"The Best-Laid Scams ...," our episode summary of Episode 1 of Spike TV's Joe Schmo, written by Draco Malfoy, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
"Sideshow Extravaganza," our episode summary for Episode 9 of CBS's Cupid, written by Schnookie Palookie, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
Add another strike against the theory that the popularity of reality television is waning. The September 5th issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine is reporting that the surprisingly strong ratings for this summer's "Big Brother 4" have caused CBS to pick up the show for another three years, taking the program's CBS run through 2006.
CBS has announced that the US version of "Big Brother" will be the latest television program (but one of the few American reality television programs) to have an increasingly-popular full season DVD release.
"Chariots of Flamers," our episode summary for Episode 13 (the finale) of CBS's The Amazing Race 4, written by TeamJoisey, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
"What Big Feet You Have," our episode summary for Episode 9 of Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, written by MickeyM, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
The "Real World Houses" website reports that it has located and photographed the San Diego house being used by MTV's The Real World San Diego, which started production during August.
Clay Aiken's single just won't fade away. The American Idol 2 runner-up's debut, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" b/w "This Is The Night," celebrates its 12th straight week at #1 on the Nielsen SoundScan Canadian Singles Sales chart, holding off the challenge from Hilary Duff's "So Yesterday" for the third straight week. In addition, Clay's single reclaimed first place from Hilary's single on the Nielsen SoundScan U.S. Singles Sales chart, its 11th week at #1 in its 13th week on the chart.
Billboard reports that American Idol finalists Justin Guarini, the season 1 runner up, and Julia DeMato, from season 2, will perform at the second annual "Stars, Stripes & Skates Icetravaganza," Sept. 7 in Uniondale, N.Y. The skating show, hosted by former Olympic figure skating silver and bronze medalist Nancy Kerrigan and actor (and former NYC firefighter) Steve Buscemi, will benefit the Coalition of 9-11 Families and the 9/11 Families Give Back Fund.
NBC has won its 10th Monday in 11 weeks among adults 18-49, led by the highest-rated summer edition of “Fear Factor” in nearly two years.
Our episode summary for the Wednesday episode (episode 2) of Week 9 of CBS's Big Brother 4, entitled "Gee, Jee Goes Bye-Bye" and written by drawde236, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
Our episode summary for the Tuesday episode (episode 1) of Week 9 of CBS's Big Brother 4, entitled "What A Drag!" and written by drawde236, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
After being nominated for eviction by Jun Song, the eighth Head of Household, Jee Choe, received more votes than fellow nominee Robert Roman. Alison Irwin, who was originally on the nomination block, was able to save herself when she won the Power of Veto. Jun chose to replace Alison with Robert.
FOX announces full 'Joe Millionaire 2' airing schedule, including twice weekly episodes leading up to finaleSeptember 4, 2003
As public speculation runs rampant about the premise of the second season of "Joe Millionaire," FOX has announced some additional details about the program's broadcast schedule, and to no one's surprise, it appears the network is planning to milk the hit series for all it can. Hopefully things will work out better for the network the last time they tried this with the sequel to the (at the time) smash hit "Temptation Island" series -- which subsequently bombed during it's significantly extended twelve episode run.
...And the Survivor spoiling continues. According to "bebekid," a poster on the Reality TV World message boards, Survivor: Pearl Islands castaway Darrah Johnson received a visit from her boyfriend as part of a reward during filming.
As information continues to leak out from Survivor: Pearl Islands, Internet sleuths continue to try to figure out what will happen. The latest possible spoiling comes from Survivor News and True Dork Times, who may have identified the first two booted from the Drake and Morgan tribes in Panama.
Pete Best, meet Blair Boone ... and then make room for his lawyers. The New York Post reports that Boone, who (like original Beatles drummer Best) was dumped on the brink of stardom, is suing the producers of Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy for $105,000 for breach of contract.
Finally, a Survivor contestant from Ohio -- and she comes back injured. According to a poster on the Reality TV World.com message boards, Survivor: Pearl Islands contestant Lillian Morris from Loveland, Ohio returned from filming the show with a broken foot.
Our episode summary for the three episodes (Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) comprising Week 8 of CBS's Big Brother 4, entitled "Julie Chen's X-Ceptionally Boring Adventure," authored by GuessItRains, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
This week's Head of Household Jun Song, an investment manager from New York, selected Jee Choe and Alison Irwin for eviction in the eighth round of "Big Brother 4" nominations on the episode that was broadcast Tuesday, September 2 on the CBS Television Network.
Online sleuths uncover online drug use postings by two castaways of CBS' upcoming 'Survivor: Pearl Islands'September 2, 2003
After having been uncovered and discussed by online spoiler sleuths for several days, the apparent discovery of online drug use postings on Internet newsgroups by two members of the cast of CBS' upcoming "Survivor: Pearl Island" cast has gone mainstream and is now being reported by TheSmokingGun.com and Entertainment Weekly magazine among other media outlets.
During last night's "Who Wants To Marry My Dad?" reunion special, host Mario Lopez announced that based on the success of the show, NBC and the Nash Entertainment production company have decided to do a second edition of the program.
Another week, another Smoking Gun story about reality TV contestant with an intoxication arrest in their past. Following on the heels of their report last week of "Real World Paris" Adam King's recent unusual arrest for "walking while intoxicated," the website has uncovered that upcoming "Survivor: Pearl Islands" contestant Jon Dalton was arrested last year for drunk driving.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that reality TV dominated in the Nielsen ratings among viewers 18-49 during the summer of 2003 ... but that scripted TV continued to reign among older viewers.
It's the ultimate reality show...yet it isn't real at all. Spike TV, The First Network For Men, and Stone Stanley Entertainment (the producers of ABC's "The Mole" and more) will take the reality show concept to the next level with "The Joe Schmo Show," where only one contestant is real. This next wave in reality programming premieres with a two-hour event on Tuesday, September 2 (9-11 PM ET/PT) and then can be seen in it's regular time slot on Tuesdays (9-10 PM ET/PT).
"Sit Down and Stay Awhile," our episode summary for the premiere episode of Fox's Temptation Island 3, written by Devious Weasel, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
A new season of "Temptation Island" might be here, and almost two years might have passed since the last edition premiered, but the ratings results remain the same -- once again "Temptation Island" is tanking in the ratings.
FOX continues to be pleased with 'Paradise Hotel' ratings performance, talks again of 'Paradise Hotel 2'September 1, 2003
According to a recent Daily Variety report, FOX continues to be happy with the ratings performance of its "Paradise Hotel" reality show and is all but confirming that the program will be back again next summer.
Those rumors about Mike Tyson getting his own reality television program just won't go away. After his earlier plans for a "one lucky fan trains to fight Mike Tyson" reality show went no where, a Variety report states that Tyson is now pitching a possible reality series in which he would travel the country to meet a cross-section of Americans.
Britain's Channel 4 has announced that "The Osbournes" Jack Osbourne will give Britians a "Brit's eye view" of Los Angeles in a new television series for the British television network.
Looking forward to another season of The WB's "High School Reunion" reality show? Well you might have to wait a little bit longer.