A Look Back: The 2009 Reality TV Year In Review - November 2009
By Christopher Rocchio, 12/30/2009
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 eleventh installment: November 2009.
- Out editor-in-chief Aaron Hicklin criticizesAdam Lambert's management team for allegedly only agreeing to let the American Idol eighth-season runner-up appear on the gay magazine's cover if it didn't make him look "too gay."
- Two-time former Wife Swap parents Richard and Mayumi Heene plead guilty to charges stemming from their "balloon boy" hoax. Richard pled guilty to a felony count of falsely influencing the sheriff who led the effort to rescue the couple's supposedly missing son, while Mayumi pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of knowingly filing a false report with emergency services.
- Big Brother ninth-season winner Adam Jasinskirequests his release from prison after he was arrested in Massachusetts last month for attempting to sell 2,000 oxycodone pills as part of a drug trafficking operation he allegedly operated.
- American Idol eighth-season champ Kris Allen's debut album drops at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart after selling only 80,000 units -- the lowest ever for an Idol winner's debut.
- Potential The Real Housewives of D.C. cast members Michaele and Tareq Salahi are accused of attending a White House state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh without an invitation. Bravo subsequently confirms that the Salahis are being considered as cast members but added neither the network nor show's production company had any knowledge they were crashing the state dinner.
- America's Got Talent judge David Hasselhoff is hospitalized after reportedly suffering a seizure. He is subsequently released and denies that he was being held for psychiatric evaluation.
- Los Angeles International Airport eyewitnesses take pictures of Big Brother eleventh-season lovebirds Jordan Lloyd and Jeff Schroeder competing as one of The Amazing Race's sixteenth-season teams.
Premieres:Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew (11/1); For the Love of Ray J, Season 2 (11/2); Tabatha's Salon Takeover, Season 2 (11/3); Flowers Uncut with Jeff Leatham (11/4); The Real Housewives of Orange County, Season 5 (11/5); Chef Academy (11/16); Intervention, Season 8 (11/30); Hoarders, Season 2 (11/30).