A Look Back: The 2009 Reality TV Year In Review - June 2009
By Christopher Rocchio, 12/25/2009
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 sixth installment: June 2009.
- Billy Mays, the 50-year-old star of numerous infomercials and co-star of Discovery Channel's Pitchmen reality series, is found dead at his Tampa home. While his infomercials are pulled, Discovery schedules a Pitchmen marathon and organizes a Billy Mays tribute show.
- Former The Girls Next Door and upcoming Kendra star Kendra Wilkinson marries to NFL star Hank Baskett and reveals she's pregnant.
- The Hills star Spencer Pratt claims he was lying when he took responsibility for starting the rumor that Lauren Conrad had made a sex tape with ex-boyfriend Jason Wahler and insists the sex tape was real. Conrad subsequently says producers faked the scene where Pratt apologized to her over the phone.
- Sharon Denise Leming, the mother of former seventh-season American Idol contestant Josiah Leming, dies at age 41 after a long battle with cancer.
- Jeff Archuleta, the controversial alleged "stage dad" father of seventh-season American Idol runner-up David Archuleta, pleads no contest to soliciting a prostitute stemming from a January incident. Archuleta thanks fans for their support a she deals with his dad's legal troubles.
- Although he previously quit the competition because he allegedly needed to return to work, suitor Ed Swiderskireturns to The Bachelorette's fifth season and resumes wooing Jillian Harris.
Premieres:I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, Season 2 (6/1); Paris Hilton's My New BFF, Season 2 (6/2); Whale Wars, Season 2 (6/5); The Next Food Network Star, Season 5 (6/7); Bridezillas, Season 6 (6/7); Kendra (6/7); Denise Richards: It's Complicated, Season 2 (6/7); Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Season 5 (6/8); Top Chef Masters (6/10) She's Got the Look, Season 2 (6/11); 16 & Pregnant (6/11); Hammertime (6/14); Wedding Day (6/16); I Survived a Japanese Game Show, Season 2 (6/17); The Singing Bee (6/20); America's Got Talent, Season 4 (6/23); The Superstars (6/23); NYC Prep (6/23); Dance Your Ass Off (6/29).