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'Shear Genius,' 'Top Design' Return to Bravo

It will be the sophomore season for both series

December 6, 2007

If there's going to be an influx of reality TV, at least the cable networks can make it stylish.

Bravo announced Thursday (Dec. 6) that its popular reality competition series "Shear Genius" and "Top Design" will both return for a second season in 2008. They join the cable channel's roster of hit reality shows that include the fashion design challenge "Project Runway" and cooking series "Top Chef."

"Shear Genius" offers 12 hairstylists a chance to compete for the coveted title, a styling feature in Allure magazine and $100,000 in seed money. In the first season, hosted by former "Charlie's Angels" star Jaclyn Smith, the competitors had to prove themselves worthy in creative and nerve-wracking challenges that included creating a day-to-evening 'do, straightening African-American hair, perfecting Vidal Sassoon's "Nancy Kwan" bob and using unconventional tools such as box cutters or garden shears to create a stylish coiffure.

The interior design series "Top Design" will be back with its own redesign, thanks to a makeover from Magical Elves, the production company behind "Top Chef" and "Project Runway."

"Like fashion designers and chefs, interior designers inhabit a rich, visual world that attracts fascinating personalities, so we are really excited to take on the challenge of bringing this successful show to the next level," said Dan Cutforth, an executive producer on the series.

On the show, a dozen new interior designers, artists and architects from around the country live in a decked-out West Hollywood loft and are pitted against each other for challenges that will challenge their creativity, aesthetic sensibility, time management skills and patience.

The winning designer will receive a $100,000 grand prize from LendingTree, a brand-new 2007 Acadia vehicle from GMC, an editorial feature in Elle Decor and the chance to showcase their design skills at the magazine's Dining By Design, NYC, a lavish affair where designers, celebrities, and the who's who of fashion convene for a night of style, drama, excitement, and spirited collaboration.

Casting for both series will begin in the upcoming weeks.

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ABC Wants You to 'Wipeout'

Network greenlights competition-show pilot

December 7, 2007

Take away the ingestion of disgusting animal parts from "Fear Factor" and what do you have? You have a pilot just greenlit by ABC.

The network has given the go-ahead to an unscripted show called "Wipeout," a competition show that requires contestants to work their way through what ABC describes as "the world's largest obstacle course." The show comes from "Fear Factor" and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" producer Endemol USA, the showbiz trade papers report.

"Wipeout" will feature 50 contestants per episode, all trying to wend their way through the aforementioned obstacle course in pursuit of a $50,000 prize. A casting notice on ABC's web site describes the game as "all the fun of 'Fear Factor' with none of the gross."

There's no timeline for the development of "Wipeout," though if ABC likes the pilot and the writers' strike lasts into 2008, it wouldn't be a big surprise to see the show on the air by season's end.

ABC and the other broadcast networks are reasonably well-stocked with reality programming for at least the next few months, having loaded up on shows in anticipation of a strike. A second wave of orders began this week, with NBC picking up a trio of series from "Ice Road Truckers" creator Thom Beers and now ABC's pilot order for "Wipeout."

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The Moment Of Truth Coming To FOX in January

Writing by Joe on Monday, 10 December, 2007 at 1:31 am

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How much does FOX want their new reality game show The Moment Of Truth to be a success? Enough that they willing to use the biggest show in television as a lead-in. FOX has announced that The Moment Of Truth will premiere on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 from 9PM to 10PM ET/PT, right after American Idol.

In The Moment Of Truth, contestants will be put through a lie detector test in order to determine whether or not they are telling the truth for a chance to win half a million dollars. To win the $500,000, contestants have to tell the truth. However, it

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In the Works: Amazing Race Goes On, and More

CBS has greenlit production on a 13th cycle of The Amazing Race, which currently is in the midst of Season 12.... VH1 has ordered new seasons of Celebrity Fit Club and Ego Trip's The (White) Rapper Show

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ABC Announces Midseason Reality TV Schedule

Writing by Joe on Sunday, 16 December, 2007 at 1:11 am

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'Oprah's Big Give' Assembles Team

Designer Nate Berkus to host ABC series

January 3, 2008

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Nate Berkus

ABC's springtime series "Oprah's Big Give" has tapped an Oprah Winfrey regular as its host.

Designer Nate Berkus, who's made numerous appearances on Winfrey's daytime talk show, will serve as host of the series, in which contestants mount philanthropic projects in an effort to become the "Biggest Giver." It's scheduled to premiere Sunday, March 2.

"Who wouldn't want to be a part of a show whose entire premise is what you can do for other people?" Berkus says of his new gig. "I think it's fantastic."

The show has also assembled its panel of judges. Chef-author-philanthropist Jamie Oliver, NFL star Tony Gonzalez and Malaak Compton-Rock -- the wife of comedian Chris Rock and founder of the the charity styleWORKS -- will determine who goes home each week.

Over the course of the "Big Give," 10 people (whose identities will be revealed closer to the premiere date) will compete to see who can mount the most creative and effective efforts to help people in need. Each challenge will take place in a different city.

Winfrey, who's an executive producer of the show, will make appearances throughout its run and enlist some of her celebrity pals to appear as well. The winner will receive an undisclosed "major prize" for his or her efforts.

Ellen Rakieten, Harriet Seitler and Jonathan Sinclair created the show and will exec produce with Winfrey and "Amazing Race" veterans Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri.

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Challenges return to MTV with The Gauntlet 3

Just when it seemed as though MTV had given up on the Challenge shows as The Real World

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CBS Orders Three New Reality Shows

Writing by Jennifer_Brown on Monday, 14 January, 2008 at 9:35 am

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Who needs writers when you

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Bravo Seeking Casts for Top Design and Shear Genius

Writing by Jennifer_Brown on Tuesday, 15 January, 2008 at 9:50 am

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Hey, designers and hair-extraordinaires! As you know, Bravo has announced that there will be new seasons of Top Design and Shear Genius in 2008. Now they

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'Nashville Star' Migrates to NBC

Music show, 'Gladiators' set for summer runs

January 17, 2008

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'Nashville Star' season five winner Angela Hacker

"Nashville Star" will be back on the air in 2008, but not in its longtime home.

Instead, the country-music competition will migrate from the USA Network to its broadcast sibling NBC. The show will join a second season of "American Gladiators" in what NBC is calling its "All-American Summer" lineup, leading up to its coverage of the Olympics in August.

"We are thrilled to feature the powerhouse 'Gladiators' this summer, and it's a real coup to bring 'Nashville Star' to NBC," says Craig Plestis, head of alternative programming at NBC.

"Nashville Star" has aired for five seasons on USA, helping launch the careers of Miranda Lambert, Buddy Jewell and last season's winner, Angela Hacker, who beat out her brother Zac to win the crown. About 3 million people watched last season's finale, a record for the show.

The show will also continue its run of replacing its host and judges after a season or two. Singers Jewel and Cowboy Troy hosted last season but won't make the leap to NBC; nor will judges Anastasia Brown, Blake Shelton and Randy Owen. Additionally, "Nashville Star" will open its competition to duos and groups as well as solo artists this season.

NBC announced the pickup of "American Gladiators" earlier this week. Both it and "Nashville Star" are produced by Reveille, the production company founded by now-NBC co-chairman Ben Silverman.

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Oxygen Brings Third Season of Tori & Dean

Writing by Jennifer_Brown on Tuesday, 22 January, 2008 at 11:37 am

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Turns out being new parents, trying to land acting roles, and running a Bed & Breakfast all at the same time isn

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NBC To Search For America

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NBC Announces My Dad Is Better Than You Dad And Amne$ia Premiere Dates

Writing by Joe on Monday, 28 January, 2008 at 9:13 pm

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NBC has announced the official premiere dates for a new reality competition series and a new reality game show series. After American Gladiators finishes its current run, My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad will premiere on Monday, February 18 from 8 PM to 9 PM ET. The Baby Borrowers which was originally scheduled to premiere on February 18 is moving to a later date to be announced.

Also, after the season finale of 1 Vs. 100, Amne$ia will premiere on Friday, February 22 from 9 PM to 10 PM ET. After Amne$ia

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Reality check: February a busy month in reality TV

Friday, February 01, 2008

By Kara A. Medalis

With the Hollywood writers' strike still going on, it seems every month brings a whole new batch of reality TV shows to the airwaves, February included. Get ready to set those TiVos -- here's a list of what's coming up this month on network and cable TV.

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Spring 2008 reality TV schedule

It

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Secret Talents of the Stars Premieres in April!

Writing by Jennifer_Brown on Tuesday, 18 March, 2008 at 9:02 am

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We just knew our favorite stars had unsung talents, didn

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Fox Reality to Run All Summer Long

John Consoli

APRIL 07, 2008 -

Fox will air all new episodes of reality shows The Moment of Truth, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?, Hell

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Joey Fatone and Mel B to Team Up Reality-Style!

Writing by Jennifer_Brown on Thursday, 10 April, 2008 at 8:12 am

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Dancing with the Stars must have given Joey Fatone and Mel B a taste for reality. The two are teaming up for a new reality show

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Bravo plans two Real Housewives spin-offs, four new series

Bravo announced its slate of new and returning shows on Tuesday, and although they include a July debut of Project Runway 5, its president insists they don

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Do the networks have a cure for the summertime blues?

By Amy Amatangelo

May 09, 12:30 PM

Well here it is May 9 and I

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Summer 2008 reality TV schedule

Summer used to offer a break from television until reality TV invaded eight years ago and changed that. While broadcast networks have extremely few reality series scheduled in the fall, that

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Summer 2008 reality TV schedule

Summer used to offer a break from television until reality TV invaded eight years ago and changed that. While broadcast networks have extremely few reality series scheduled in the fall, that

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Nashville Star, Hands Down. I heard this year the winner will get to perform at the Olympics... you can't really ask for a better venue. Anyone else excited for the premiere monday? :)

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Reality TV Hosts Now Eligible for Emmy

June 16, 2008 07:00:36 by Amanda_Christensen

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If Katherine Heigl doesn

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