A Look Back: The 2009 Reality TV Year In Review - October 2009
By Christopher Rocchio, 12/29/2009
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 tenth installment: October 2009.
- MTV premieres Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein's Gone Too Far intervention reality series despite his August death due to an accidental drug overdose. The series is subsequently moved to a late-night time period due to low ratings.
- Former Gosselin family nanny Stephanie Santoro -- who previously alleged to have an affair with Jon -- claims he hacked into Kate's cell phone and email records, which he denies. Kate says she is "disturbed" by Santoro's latest allegations.
- The Biggest Loseropens a branded weight-loss resort and spa in Utah.
- TLC confirmsJon & Kate Plus 8 will no longer re-launch as Kate Plus 8 beginning November 2 and the reality show's last original Jon & Kate Plus 8-titled episode will now air in mid to late November. The network later confirms Jon & Kate Plus 8's last completed episode will air November 23.
- A report that Michael Jackson's kids are going to be part of A&E's upcoming reality series about the Jackson family surfaces, however his mom -- who received custody of the three children following his June death -- denies it.
- Dave Levey defeats Kevin Cottle to win Hell's Kitchen's sixth-season title.
- The Heene family -- who twice appeared on ABC's Wife Swap -- are at the center of an incident that gains national media attention when they claim their son accidentally lifted off in a homemade helium balloon only to learn that he was hiding at their house the whole time. The family denies the incident was a hoax, but authorities disagree and label it a hoax in an attempt to land a new reality show.
Premieres:Wedded to Perfection (10/2); Bartender Wars (10/2); Superfetch (10/3); The Next Iron Chef, Season 2 (10/4); Parking Wars, Season 3 (10/6); Ghost Lab (10/6); The Girls Next Door, Season 6 (10/11); Leave it to Lamas (10/11); Million Dollar Listing, Season 3 (10/12); Gone Too Far (10/12); Little People, Big World, Season 5 (10/16); Storm Chasers, Season 3 (10/18); Living with Ed, Season 3 (10/21); The Academy: Orange County Fires (10/24); Monica (10/27).