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  • David Hasselhoff To Get His Own Reality Show?

    10/19/2009 6:49:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 732+ views
    Yahoo TV ^ | 10/19/09
    A new reality show may have washed up on former "Baywatch" star David Hasselhoff's shore. David is closing in on a deal to star in his own reality show with his daughters, Hayley and Taylor, for A&E, TMZ reported. "We are discussing a possibility of doing a documentary series with David and his kids," an A&E rep told the Web site.
  • Famous for Being Famous

    10/19/2009 7:33:00 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 215+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 10/19/2009 | Mike Volpe
    Andy Warhol once famously said, One day everyone will have their fifteen minutes of fame. I've always wondered if Warhol meant that as a complimentary comment on society or a critical one. Warhol didn't live during the era of reality tv, You Tube, twitter, blogs, and Facebook. I suspect he imagined something like all these though when he imagined a world where everyone vied to get their moment in the sun.
  • FOR SALE: Proof That Balloon Boy Was A Hoax

    10/17/2009 4:24:32 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 22 replies · 1,787+ views
    gizmodo.com ^ | Oct 16, 2009 | By The Business Insider
    There is allegedly proof that the story of balloon boy Falcon Heene was a stunt to help pitch a television show. But the purported proof will cost you thousands of dollars to get. Today, we spoke with a Denver-area student who claims to have worked with Falcon's father, Richard Heene, on a reality show proposal for ABC. The student wants to sell the information and says the National Enquirer is considering buying it for between $5,000 and $8,000. The student claims to have been hired by Heene, and says the two worked together from March until May 2009 to prepare...
  • Steven Seagal reality TV show in legal dispute

    08/30/2009 1:07:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 829+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/30/09 | Christine Kearney
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A new reality television show about the life of actor and martial arts expert Steven Seagal became the subject of a federal lawsuit filed on Monday in a dispute over who thought up the idea for the show. A&E Television Networks sued California-based Genuine Entertainment claiming that Genuine has wrongly asserted the idea for the reality show was stolen from Genuine by A&E after a series of meetings between the two parties. Seagal rose to fame in the 1990s as a star of action movies such as "Under Siege," but in recent years has failed to...
  • Murder for ratings? Brazil cops suspect TV host

    08/11/2009 6:06:25 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 9 replies · 609+ views
    Google/AP ^ | August 11, 2009 | Alan Clendenning and Stan Lehman
    SAO PAULO, Brazil — In one murder after another, the "Canal Livre" crime TV show had an uncanny knack for being first on the scene, gathering graphic footage of the victim. Too uncanny, say police, who are investigating the show's host, state legislator Wallace Souza, on suspicion of commissioning at least five of the murders to boost his ratings and prove his claim that Brazil's Amazon region is awash in violent crime. Police also have accused Souza of drug trafficking. "The order to execute always came from the legislator and his son, who then alerted the TV crews to get...
  • Reality TV fast becoming a blood sport

    06/14/2009 5:01:33 PM PDT · by ellenbrewster · 33 replies · 785+ views
    News With Views ^ | June 11, 2009 | Ellen Makkai
    If Reality TV degenerates at its current pace, families will soon tune in to a trendy new show, “You Bet Your Life.” But it won’t be a Groucho Marx game show re-run. Over TV dinners we’ll be watching some poor soul competitively killed--not a digitized cartoon, mind you, but gladiator-style and for real. We 21st Century sophisticates fancy ourselves more civilized than the Roman hoards who packed arenas and roared their approval with every bloody collapse. But today’s Reality TV revenues disagree. The more perverse the program, the higher the viewership.
  • Lawyers predict the death of reality TV in France as contestants to be treated as salaried workers

    06/04/2009 10:17:25 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 12 replies · 486+ views
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | June 5, 2009
    Lawyers have warned of the end of reality TV in France after contestants on such shows won the right to be treated - and paid - as salaried workers. The ruling came after the supreme court ruled that three contestants on the French version of 'Temptation Island' were entitled to full employment contracts. That included overtime, holidays, and even damages for wrongful dismissal should a contestant be eliminated from the show. Now lawyers in France - bracing themselves for a flood of new suits from contestants on other reality shows - have warned that the ground-breaking decision will spell the...
  • Why the Hate for Jon & Kate?

    05/26/2009 1:55:20 PM PDT · by CMoran325 · 40 replies · 1,637+ views
    Clearly Nebulous ^ | May 26, 2009 | Colette Moran
    Well, I hope Joel McHale is happy.Ok, so he's not the only one to blame, but is was the likes of McHale's portrayal on The Soup of Jon Gosselin as a hapless henpecked husband that must have drove the poor man to try and escape the world of a father-of-8-under-a-microscope.Last night's premiere of the 5th season of Jon & Kate Plus 8 was bittersweet considering the recent developments. I believe Jon's side of the story, and I still understand that even the most innocent version of his galavanting is enough for Kate to feel very hurt and angry.That's all you can really say. Exactly what drove Jon to such...
  • Jon & Kate's Crappy Marriage is Ratings Gold (beats season finale of Lost in the ratings)

    05/26/2009 3:46:34 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 121 replies · 3,015+ views
    D Listed ^ | Tuesday, May 26th 2009 | Michael K
    9.8 million people spent 1 hour of their lives watching Jon & Beaverhead Plus 8 last night. This was easily TLC's most watch episode ever. Jon & Kate even beat the Lost season finale in the ratings. That has to hurt. Sadly, I was not among the 9.8 million suckahs who watched, because I went to bed at like 8 o'clock. I wanted to make sure I was fully coherent when I watched, so that I could take precise notes. Kate is the master at this and she deserves my undivided attention. I watched a bunch of old episodes this...
  • Paris Hilton, Others Confused About Flu

    05/02/2009 9:38:51 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 68 replies · 1,974+ views
    MyFoxChicago.com ^ | May 1, 2009 | Lindsey Tanner
    Paris Hilton says "I don't eat that" when asked about swine flu in an online video (Watch the clip on YouTube) .
  • Transgendered Oregon Mayor Stu Rasmussen May Soon Get Shot at Reality TV

    04/15/2009 3:48:43 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 14 replies · 683+ views
    ABC News ^ | 4-13-09 | SARAH NETTER
    Sure, Stu Rasmussen is the first openly transgendered mayor in the country. And he considers anything less than 3-inch heels to be flats. Oregon mayor may get reality show, and hopes it will be a modern civics lesson.But Rasmussen says his life with his long-term girlfriend and seven cats in the quiet little town of Silverton, Ore., is actually "relatively boring." The outside world, however, seems to disagree. Rasmussen, 60, now in his second stint as mayor but the first spent dressing like a woman, has recently finished filming footage for what could be a new reality television show
  • Fox to make reality TV show out of company layoffs ("Someone's Gotta Go")

    04/08/2009 9:44:59 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 544+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/8/09 | AP
    NEW YORK – The Fox network is making a reality show out of the troubled economy. An upcoming series titled, "Someone's Gotta Go," lets employees of a small business decide which one of their colleagues will be laid off.
  • Worlds Worst Husband???

    02/11/2009 6:52:20 PM PST · by floridavoter2 · 35 replies · 1,969+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | February 10, 2009 | Lizbeth Scordo
    It's 2009, the end of a decade which -- when it comes to television -- was defined in large part by reality shows. By now, most of us reality fans have become a bit jaded. Backstabbing, catfights, rants, breakdowns - there's just not much shock value left anymore. So after Valleywag ran this story about public reaction to one man's behavior on (of all shows) "Wife Swap" a few weeks ago, it got me thinking about how this particular guy had disturbed and outraged so many people.
  • Virtually Gay Ghettos

    01/14/2009 1:19:22 PM PST · by bs9021 · 8 replies · 488+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 14, 2009 | Bethany Stotts
    Virtually Gay Ghettos by: Bethany Stotts, January 14, 2009 At this year’s Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention, two panelists diverged on whether new media aids or undermines the process of gay liberation. Robin Bellinson, a doctoral student at Kent State University, argued in a panel on reality television programming that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual (LGBT) community might just find a silver lining to the often “heteronormative” depictions of gays in such shows. ,p> “Certainly with respect to queer representation, Reality Television is changing the culture on the economic landscape of entertainment. But does this matter if queer representation...
  • Has Reality TV Hit Rock Bottom?

    06/24/2008 1:08:31 PM PDT · by Renfield · 72 replies · 475+ views
    ABC News ^ | 6-19-08 | Sheila Marikar
    Maybe you thought reality TV hit the lowest of the low when "Fear Factor" contestants devoured cockroaches, or when gold diggers paraded their wares in hopes of marrying a millionaire, or when Tila Tequila got a second shot at "love" with 10 guys and 10 girls. Those shows look like "Masterpiece Theater" compared to what's coming. Take, for instance, "Hurl," an eating-and-regurgitating competition in which contestants gorge themselves on everything from chicken pot pies to peanut butter sandwiches, then get strapped into spinning contraptions -- whoever vomits last wins....
  • THOUSANDS PROTEST FOX'S NEW REALITY SHOW BAD DADS

    04/30/2008 12:08:11 PM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 97 replies · 94+ views
    GlennSacks.com ^ | 4/29/08 | Glenn Sacks
    Los Angeles, CA--Several thousand protesters have written, faxed or called Fox News executives to protest its launch of a new reality show called Bad Dads. According to Reuters, in Bad Dads child support collector Jim Durham "functions as a sort of 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' for tracking deadbeats...It's ambush reality TV." Fathers & Families, the American Coalition for Fathers & Children, and Los Angeles journalist/radio commentator Glenn Sacks have partnered in a campaign to ask Fox to cancel Bad Dads. Fox's Los Angeles-based producers have decided to launch this Los Angeles-based show on "deadbeat dads" despite the fact that the...
  • What Your Reality Show Isn't Telling You

    02/28/2008 6:37:52 PM PST · by paltz · 23 replies · 322+ views
    money.aol.com ^ | 2/28/08 | KEDON WILLIS
    1. "Step aside, crime dramas. There's a new sheriff in town." In case you haven't noticed, reality shows are staking out more and more space in network lineups. In 2001, according to Ted Magder, chair of NYU's Department of Media, Culture and Communications, major networks devoted three hours a week of their prime-time schedule to reality TV and "challenge" game shows. The number increased to eight in 2002 and jumped to more than 20 in 2007. Today reality TV accounts for 20% of prime-time programming on network television. Seasoned viewers know that what gets called reality on these shows is...
  • Girls of the ‘Swedish Mansion’ invade Los Angeles

    02/27/2008 7:26:18 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 23 replies · 853+ views
    www.thelocal.com ^ | 02272008 | David Landes
    A bevy of busty Swedish blondes will soon take up residence in a Los Angeles mansion for a new reality television series. The series is set to kick off with a launch party at the mansion on March 1st.
  • Cher and Chas are Coming Out

    01/03/2008 3:30:45 PM PST · by dynachrome · 19 replies · 426+ views
    The Sun ^ | 1-2-08 | NADIA BROOKS
    POP queen Cher is planning a reality show with her lesbian daughter Chastity where they’ll help people tell their parents they're gay. The show - called Coming Out With Cher and Chas - is being pitched to TV production companies, say US reports. --------------------------------------------------------- When Chastity first told Cher back in 1990, she “went ballistic” and reportedly sent her for therapy. But now Cher is set to help others go through the process of coming out, according to teenhollywood.com.
  • Freep a poll! (O'Really poll. "Do you like Cher's gay idea?")

    01/03/2008 3:22:00 PM PST · by dynachrome · 12 replies · 391+ views
    www.billoreilly.com ^ | 1-3-08 | Bill O'Reilly
    Do you like Cher's gay programming idea? Yes No
  • Make me a Muslim, Channel 4 TV preview

    12/16/2007 10:06:35 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 10 replies · 315+ views
    icnetwork.co.uk ^ | 12/16/07 | Ian Robson
    SIX volunteers agree to live under Islamic law in a bid to understand more about the religion. Make Me a Muslim sees non-Muslims — and one lapsed Muslim — from Harrogate, North Yorkshire, get their introduction to Islam. But they find it’s not easy coping with the laws of the Qur’an for three weeks. The series, over three nights, begins when the volunteers are stripped of items such as alcohol and make-up. Each goes their separate way to find out if the Muslim way of life has any meaning in modern Britain. Some fare better than others with one participant...
  • 'Brady Bunch'(Christopher Knight) Star Threatens Separation Over Lesbian Photos (Adrianne Curry)

    12/17/2007 5:05:11 PM PST · by Perdogg · 26 replies · 721+ views
    Former The Brady Bunch star Christopher Knight threatened to leave his model wife Adrianne Curry when she posed for sexy lesbian photos - as a birthday gift. The incident, which was caught on camera for upcoming reality show "My Fair Brady... Maybe Baby," left the upset actor suggesting the couple separate. The girl-on-girl photos, which Curry has since repeated with a pal for Playboy magazine, were supposed to end a feud over baby plans - but they started a new one. In the tense episode, which will air in January, Knight says of the photo gift, "It is the physicalization...
  • SURVIVOR: CHINA

    08/21/2007 4:43:22 AM PDT · by cuz_it_aint_their_money · 616 replies · 3,924+ views
    various websites | 21 August, 2007 | Cuz It Aint Their Money
    The reality show that started it all continues to raise the bar with its exotic locations and high-risk challenges with SURVIVOR: CHINA.The new competition unleashes an eclectic group of castaways on the ancient south central province of Jiang Xi, where they are prepared for adventure, danger and surprises in the hopes of winning $1 million and becoming the ultimate Survivor. Who will Outwit, Outplay and Outlast?
  • NEW 'KID NATION' PROBE

    08/28/2007 7:40:26 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies · 455+ views
    New York Post ^ | August 28, 2007 | Post staff writer
    NEW 'KID NATION' PROBE By Post staff writer August 28, 2007 -- ONE of the TV industry's biggest unions is launch ing its own investigation of the controversial CBS reality series "Kid Nation." The American Federation of Television & Radio Artists says it wants to find out if any of its rules were broken during the filming of the show in New Mexico. "Kid Nation" - which features 40 kids ages 8-15 who inhabit their own small town without parental supervision - has come under scrutiny recently because of allegations that some of the kids were injured during production and...
  • Think You Can Dance-Down to Eight Couples; America's Got Talent-the Losers are Hilarious

    06/25/2007 7:41:56 AM PDT · by Fishtalk · 201+ views
    The Kaitlyn Mae Book Blog ^ | 6/25/07 | Pat Fish
    Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" is turning out to be quite an entertaining show for those who enjoy watching the art of the dance. ABC's "America's Got Talent" has provided at the least a chuckle with the many acts presented, many of them in the nutso category. We've got a review of both shows plus pics you'll find nowhere else on the Internet. Snakes on the head, stains on the shirt...just a few oddities featured on this post.
  • TV contestants to compete for woman's kidneys

    05/29/2007 7:03:59 AM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies · 767+ views
    Guardian ^ | May 29, 2007 | Kate Connolly
    A Dutch reality television show in which a terminally ill woman is to select one of three contestants to receive her kidneys when she dies is to air this week despite criticism that it pushes the boundaries of the format too far.The government has called for De Grote Donorshow (The Big Donor show) to be dropped because it is "unethical" and "wretched" but the broadcaster BNN said it would go ahead to highlight the difficulties of searching for kidney donors. In the show, due to be broadcast on Friday, a woman identified only as Lisa, 37, will select a recipient...
  • Who has Bad Karma? Paris Hilton, or Us?

    05/08/2007 9:56:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 897+ views
    Beliefnet Blogs ^ | May 7, 2007 | Lilit Marcus
    Over the weekend, I logged onto one of my favorite websites, Go Fug Yourself, to get their take on the most important celebutante-related gossip of the weekend: Paris Hilton being sentenced to 45 days in jail. Sure enough, their top post began with the following: "Karma is a bitch. And so is Paris Hilton." Oh, Paris. We all love to hate you. Every article about you is usually run with a caveat about how you're famous for nothing, how you're an example of everything that's wrong with America today, and how if we just stopped paying attention, you'd slink away...
  • 'Survivor' or Amazing Race Game? [Excellent Pinkerton Read on Segregated Reality Show]

    08/31/2006 12:08:26 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies · 911+ views
    Newsday.com ^ | Jim Pinkerton
    James P. Pinkerton August 31, 2006 If Uncle Sam has been dividing us up by race for decades now, why should we surprised that the reality TV show "Survivor" is doing the same thing? And could there be a double standard - that is, it's good when the government apportions by race, but bad when the private sector does so? Reality TV, like all popular culture, reflects the larger society. So, if we want a color-blind society, the government should stop being so litigiously color-conscious. Once upon a time, the goal was to climb out of the muck of racial...
  • CBS reveals 'Survivor: Cook Islands' cast, confirms ethnic tribe divisions

    08/23/2006 11:28:27 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 45 replies · 1,433+ views
    realitytvworld.com ^ | 08/23/06 | Steve Rogers
    Confirming weeks of rumors, CBS has revealed the identities of the twenty castaways who will be competing in this fall's Survivor: Cook Islands and announced that the castaways will -- in what the show's producer and host both acknowledge to be a controversial move -- initially be organized into four tribes divided along ethnic lines (African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic and White.) "We're going to take some heat for it," Survivor executive producer Mark Burnett acknowledged to People about the segregated tribe decision that will no doubt give the thirteenth edition of the long-running reality series -- which will also include the...
  • Little people, BIG hearts

    05/20/2006 6:00:27 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 4 replies · 1,690+ views
    Fausta's blog ^ | May 18 | Fausta Wertz
    A couple of weeks ago I was channel surfing and came across the "reality TV" series Little people BIG world. I have a mostly jaundiced opinion of "reality TV". First there's the question of whether/how much what's being shown is spontaneous, staged, or edited/massaged to look a certain way. There's Survivor, with the premise of being isolated in rough places, without three hot meals a day, along with a dozen unpleasant people. The Amazing Race with its exhausting scavenger hunt has had its moments, but they lost me a couple of years ago when the air traffic controllers left the...
  • U.S. airs video of Zarqawi bloopers (Rowan Scarborough)

    05/04/2006 10:23:19 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 30 replies · 1,237+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 5-5-06 | Rowan Scarborough
    U.S. airs video of Zarqawi bloopers By Rowan Scarborough THE WASHINGTON TIMES Published May 5, 2006 The U.S. command in Iraq yesterday attempted to puncture the invincible aura of Abu Musab Zarqawi by showing a captured videotape of the terror leader fumbling with a machine gun and surrounded by bumbling aides.     At his weekly press briefing in Baghdad, Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch aired the outtakes of Zarqawi's most recent Internet recruitment ad, which had depicted him in warrior splendor.     The blooper tape has Zarqawi, the head of al Qaeda in Iraq and organizer of mass-death suicide bombings, clumsily trying...
  • Porn stars to act in new reality TV show

    04/29/2006 2:44:38 AM PDT · by Panerai · 19 replies · 1,470+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | 04/28/2006
    A new television reality show invites porn stars to test their serious acting abilities in London's theater district, raising the question: Debbie can do Dallas, but can she take on Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard?" "My Bare Lady" will cast four leading ladies from U.S. porn studios in a classic piece of drama to be performed in London's West End. Their experiences undergoing a crash course in acting and appearing before a discerning British audience will air in three episodes on the Fox Reality cable and satellite channels this fall. "It's a wonderful tale of redemption," said David Lyle, general manager...
  • Nicole Richie's Behavior Irks Local Family

    03/18/2006 4:35:06 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 41 replies · 1,237+ views
    http://www.comcast.net/ ^ | 3 18 06 | Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES - Nicole Richie irritated a local family during taping of "The Simple Life" by asking an 11-year-old boy, in graphic language, if she looked attractive. The boy was playing basketball Wednesday in the driveway of his home. Richie, pushing a baby carriage, approached and questioned the youth about how she looked, using a profane word. Two camera operators and another crew taped the exchange. The boy's father refused the crew's request that he sign a release giving them the right to use the clip with his son. Instead he complained to the show's production company. "The Simple Life,"...
  • Kathleen Parker: Can’t win a debate? Why not debase yourself on TV?

    01/20/2006 4:47:49 PM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 3 replies · 465+ views
    Union Leader ^ | January 20, 2006 | Kathleen Parker
    THE CAMERA may not steal the human soul, as some aboriginal peoples believe. But the camera may steal one’s intelligence, as British politician George Galloway recently demonstrated by pretending to be a four-legged feline on television. Galloway, the flamboyant left-wing socialist and antiwar critic also known as “Gorgeous George,” has always been a bit of a showstopper — reputedly fond of fancy suits and limousines as he pursued egalite for the masses — but he has outperformed himself this time. What could he have been thinking?
  • Thailand's Prime Ministerial Reality Show hits the air

    01/15/2006 10:56:23 PM PST · by kingsurfer · 174+ views
    Thailand's Prime Ministerial Reality Show hits the air THAKSIN TV Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is spending this week in a tent in one of the poorest provinces of Thailand in front of 40 cameras and 100 production crew. Cameras will be rolling 24 hours a day and the results will be shown on channel 16 all week. "Backstage Show: The Prime Minister'' is being filmed in Roi Et, 310 miles northeast of Bangkok. It is a rural area that has suffered from drought and diminishing crop returns. Thaksin's popularity ratings have been slipping recently, reaching a low of 58.2 percent...
  • Reality show for Thai PM

    12/28/2005 3:39:10 AM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 362+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 28 December 2005
    THAI Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra hopes to boost sluggish public support for his government by appearing in his own round-the-clock reality TV show next month. Thailand's biggest cable operator UBC will follow him and air live footage of him 24 hours a day from January 16 to 21 as he visits the northeastern province of Roi Et, the prime minister's office said today. It would be the first time Mr Thaksin had appeared on a reality TV show, it said. There are about five reality shows on Thai television but they are mostly popular among teenagers and young women. The...
  • TV porn alert: Girls Next Door (E! channel's 'reality' show about Hefner's 3 live-in girlfriends)

    11/25/2005 10:49:47 AM PST · by wagglebee · 77 replies · 5,122+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 11/25/05 | James L. Lambert
    The scholar who exposed fraud and exploitation in the work of sex researcher Alfred Kinsey is blowing the whistle on the E! cable channel's new "reality" show about Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and his three live-in girlfriends. Judith Reisman, author of "Kinsey: Crime and Consequences" and a soon-to-be-released new title, "Kinsey's Attic: How One Man's Pathology Changed the World," says "Girls Next Door" is Hollywood's latest and boldest attempt to normalize pornography in our culture. The author, who served as a consultant to the U.S. Justice Department on obscenity issues, is angry the network is investing so much time in...
  • 'Reality' show stars will be taken for one galactic ride

    11/16/2005 7:50:57 PM PST · by WestVirginiaRebel · 23 replies · 656+ views
    The Times Online ^ | 11-17-05 | WestVirginiaRebel
    THE contestents believe that they are taking one giant leap as space tourists.But their shuttle is a Hollywood prop and its inhabitants are set to become victims of one of the most elaborate hoaxes in the history of television, according to the makers of a new reality TV series.
  • Shot Aussie terrorist appeared on Home and Away (cast as petty criminal on soap opera)

    11/08/2005 7:42:24 AM PST · by dead · 6 replies · 562+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | November 9, 2005 | Les Kennedy and Andrew Clark
    The suspected terrorist shot by police in a Sydney street yesterday was an actor who appeared on the TV soap Home and Away. Omar Baladjam, 28, who was wounded in an alleged shoot-out with police, was one of eight men targeted by police in raids across the city. Last night he was under guard in Liverpool Hospital and said to be in a stable condition. An officer was also wounded in the incident. Baladjam played a graffiti artist in Home and Away in 1998 and before that a ram-raider who killed two policemen in the gritty ABC crime drama Wildside....
  • Man wanted for TV vasectomy

    10/04/2005 5:25:59 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 25 replies · 595+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 5 October 2005
    AN Australian health care provider is looking for a man with the balls to have a vasectomy on television. Not-for-profit sexual and reproductive health provider Marie Stopes International wants an Australian man to reproduce the efforts of a British man who submitted to the procedure live on TV last week. Father-of-one John Klapvijk, 40, went under the knife in the UK last week and said the worst thing about the operation was the ribbing from friends watching the footage. Marie Stopes International Australian CEO Suzanne Dvorak said the health provider wanted to dispel common misconception about the procedure, including pain...
  • Rock 'n' load Guitar- and rifle-slinger Nugent spouts off anew in second reality show

    10/04/2005 6:57:41 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 19 replies · 1,219+ views
    rocky mountain news ^ | 10-4-05 | Danny Hakim, The New York Times
    CONCORD, Mich. - Ted Nugent is not an evolution guy. This became apparent recently when Nugent, the 57-year-old rocker, huntsman and National Rifle Association board member, brandished a blood-drenched liver he had just pulled from a freshly slain deer.
  • Makeover plans leave ill feelings - Lawsuit claims ABC reality show damaged family

    09/20/2005 1:53:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies · 1,276+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 20, 2005 | KRISTIN FINAN
    Photo sourceABC's Extreme Makeover may promise to make "dreams come true" by giving participants looks they've always wanted, but a Conroe woman who was cut from the show the night before she was to undergo extensive plastic surgery says the experience was nothing short of a nightmare. In a lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles, 30-year-old Deleese Williams says her experience with the show set in motion a spiral of events that eliminated her self-esteem, strained her relationships with loved ones and prompted the suicide of her sister, Kellie McGee. According to the lawsuit, Williams flew to Los Angeles...
  • Ron Howard Spaces Out

    07/28/2005 8:00:36 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 16 replies · 820+ views
    Eonline ^ | 07/28/05 | Josh Grossberg
    Forget that Brat Camp. Ron Howard wants to send reality TV to Space Camp. After helming Apollo 13 and the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning director is one of the masterminds behind X Quest, a new Fox reality series re-creating the orbital environment. According to Daily Variety, the show will chronicle two teams of regular folks as they go through what's essentially Space Camp--training on sophisticated multimillion-dollar hardware used by NASA to school its astronauts and simulate what it feels like to be on a spacecraft. Howard and his partner, Brian Grazer, will...
  • Williams sisters get real on TV

    07/18/2005 5:51:49 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 14 replies · 426+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 19 July 2005
    US tennis icons Venus and Serena Williams are set to give the public a sneak peek into their private world as the latest celebrities to star in their own reality television show. The sisters are the main attractions of Venus and Serena: For Real which premieres on American ABC Family this week. The network said today: "Venus and Serena take you off the court and into their private lives for an up-close and personal look at who they really are. "There's more to their lives than tennis, a lot more." The station promised viewers would see the famous siblings "like...
  • No matter the generation, reality TV is still a sham

    07/14/2005 1:30:16 PM PDT · by qam1 · 9 replies · 1,145+ views
    Ashland City Times ^ | 7/13/05 | Jerry Perella
    A couple weeks ago, I received a cool e-mail from Janet, an amigo and close pen-pal of mine. It was the “Older Than Dirt” quiz. It consisted of lots of things of yesteryear that only us “older” Baby Boomers would remember. I took the quiz because I love nostalgia. Sad to say, I must be older than dirt, because I knew every single item that was on the quiz. Some of them I had totally forgotten about, but after seeing them listed, I recalled all of them with great detail. Things like a tri-colored plastic film that you could put...
  • ‘Being Bobby Brown’ is disgusting

    07/01/2005 5:30:17 PM PDT · by lainie · 105 replies · 2,312+ views
    Hollywood Reporter via MSNBC ^ | 7/1/2005 | Barry Garron
    Crude comments, insufferable ego drag show downLOS ANGELES - There’s no point beating around the bush. “Being Bobby Brown,” the reality show spotlighting the R&B singer whose rap sheet might be longer than his catalog, is undoubtedly the most disgusting and execrable series ever to ooze its way onto television. And when you consider the competition from the celebrity reality genre alone, that’s says something.
  • Never To Air- ABC Yanks Biased "Welcome" Before Debut

    06/29/2005 10:22:24 PM PDT · by ScoopandDizzy · 2 replies · 353+ views
    The Radio Equalizer ^ | June 30, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    ABC's politically loaded "Welcome To The Neighborhood" has been cancelled before even a single episode could air, according to the Drudge Report and Washington Post. Set to debut July 10, it's been entirely removed from ABC's site, as if it never existed! The ill-conceived reality show, previously covered in-depth at the Radio Equalizer, put three white families in a position to select their new neighbor.
  • ABC's Agenda Backfires- Will White, Republican Families Choose Minority Neighbors?

    06/26/2005 10:21:30 AM PDT · by ScoopandDizzy · 5 replies · 424+ views
    The Radio Equalizer ^ | June 26, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    ABC's attempt at the ultimate in political correctness for a new reality show, has instead hilariously backfired, with furious lefty groups busy denouncing it. Conservatives and Christians will have just as much to worry about,
  • Sorrow over apparent suicide of participant in RTÉ (IRish TV )reality show

    05/23/2005 3:08:36 PM PDT · by Murtyo · 6 replies · 623+ views
    Irish Examiner, Cork ^ | 23 MAY 2005 | Caroline O’Doherty and Nick Foley
    RTÉ bosses have expressed their sorrow following the apparent suicide of one of the participants in a reality tv show co-produced by the broadcaster. British teenager Carina Stephenson was among the “settlers” who took part with the Hurley family from Dublin and three other families from Britain and Australia in the programme, The Colony. The fly-on-the wall series, which followed the fortunes of modern day families left in the Australian bush with nothing but the tools and rations that were issued to settler families in New South Wales 200 years ago, was jointly funded by RTÉ, an Australian production company,...
  • Reality TV confrontation takes unexpected twist

    05/15/2005 11:44:34 AM PDT · by HuntsvilleTxVeteran · 20 replies · 1,080+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 12, 2005, 2:00PM | Associated Press
    FORT WORTH — The creator of the Dallas-based reality television show Cheaters said his crew didn't know a 40-year-old man had a protective order preventing contact with his estranged wife when they accompanied him to her workplace last week. In the show, viewers ask Cheaters private investigators to follow their mates around town and prove they're having an affair. Presented with sometimes lurid evidence, the jilted lover is allowed to confront the cad on the air. Rafeal Gutierrez intended to confront Maria Gutierrez about her relationship with a Fort Worth police captain. Police said he was with a TV crew...