A Look Back: The 2009 Reality TV Year In Review - July 2009
By Christopher Rocchio, 12/26/2009
With 2009 drawing to a close, it's time to take a look back at the year that was. The following is Reality TV World's 2009 Reality TV Year In Review, a 12-part, month-by-month review of some of the past year's reality TV headlines, highlights, lowlights, and milestones.
Today we continue our 12-day countdown with the seventh installment: July 2009.
- Reports that American Idol judge Simon Cowell is in talks to launch his U.K. The X Factor reality series in the U.S. surface and he calls a report that he signed a new $144 million contract to continue on Idol "absolute nonsense."
- American Idol host Ryan Seacrestsigns a new $45 million, three-year deal to continue helming the show.
- American Idol executive producer Ken Warwick signs a new deal to continue with the reality series.
- Former Hogan Knows Best co-stars Hulk and Linda Hogan reach a settlement in their acrimonious divorce.
Premieres:Great American Road Trip (7/7); Big Brother, Season 11 (7/9); Ghost Hunters International, Season 2 (7/9); Keyshawn Johnson: Tackling Design (7/11); Miami Social (7/14); HGTV Design Star, Season 4 (7/19); Dating in the Dark (7/20); Hell's Kitchen, Season 6 (7/21); The Colony (7/21); More to Love (7/28); The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Season 2 (7/30).