Reality TV Airdate Schedule News - September 2003
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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).
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking forward to another season of The WB's "High School Reunion" reality show? Well you might have to wait a little bit longer.