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Phil from AR or Jeff from Survivor...all the other hosts are wannabees

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FOX Digs 'Hole' in September, Buries 'Truth'

'Hole in the Wall' premieres on 9/11, 'Moment of Truth' held back for midseason

By Daniel Fienberg

August 7, 2008

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'The Moment of Truth' host Mark Walberg

FOX has pushed the next season of "The Moment of Truth" to midseason, making room for the premiere of "Hole in the Wall."

"Hole in the Wall," a transplanted formula that first hit on Japan's Fuji TV, will kick off on FOX on Thursday, Sept. 11 -- feel free to debate the appropriateness of the launch date -- in the 8 p.m. ET hour.

Hosted by Brook Burns and Mark Thompson, "Hole in the Wall" will attempt to capitalize on a format that has already been successfully transferred to Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Sweden and the U.K since its 2006 Japanese debut.

In "Hole," contestants stand at one end of a platform. Barrier walls move toward them. Each barrier wall has a segment cut out, sometimes a simple shape and sometimes a human form in various positions. Contestants simply have to pass through the holes in the wall. Sounds simple, right? It's a task that requires almost no effort if the hole is just a tall rectangle, but which can lead to jumps, ducking or more complicated contortion as the difficulty increases. If they fail, they end up pushed into a pool below for a humiliating splash.

Myriad clips are available on YouTube, if you're curious.

The team with the most points at the end of the competition will win $25,000 and the chance to face the "Blind Wall" for the opportunity to win an additional $100,000. We don't know what the Blind Wall is, but FOX tells us it's "dreaded."

"Moment of Truth" is now being held back for a midseason berth. The lie-detector reality series capitalized on "American Idol" and a variety of controversies to score strong ratings in its premiere last spring, but summer episodes haven't generated the same heat.

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Fall 2008 reality TV schedule

With new reality shows debuting throughout the summer, there isn

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Homeland Security USA reality show

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Bravo renews Flipping Out, Million Dollar Listing, Rachel Zoe Project, Tabatha

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Newlywed Game Gets Resurrected

Dec 19, 2008 03:38 PM ET by Gina DiNunno

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Here come the Newlyweds!

GSN is moving forward with its revival of The Newlywed Game, ordering 40 half-hour episodes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

But don't expect Bob Eubanks and all his whoopee-esque questions to take center stage. "Marriage has changed over the years

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Chad...the haircut. I cannot watch this show(Million Dollar Listing) unless you get the f**kin hair out of your eyes!!!! It is horrible!!! Who told you that this looks good??? Fire them or disown them!! Your mom is on the show with u....As a fellow Mom...please step up Chad's mom and tell him HE LOOKS LIKE A FRIGGIN' IDIOT with that bowl cut...thank you.

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Jolie I think you meant that post for the Momma's boy thread right???

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Spring 2009 reality TV schedule

Spring officially arrives next Friday, and networks now pretty much roll out new seasons of reality shows non-stop, but it

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ABC orders Mark Burnett's 'Shark Tank' adaptation of 'Dragons' Den'

By Christopher Rocchio, 03/30/2009

ABC has apparently decided to sink its teeth into The Shark Tank.

After ordering a pilot of the Mark Burnett-produced American adaptation of the overseas Dragons' Den reality series last September, ABC has decided to order seven episodes of the show, The Hollywood Reporter reported Monday.

Burnett had previously inked a deal with Sony Pictures Television to create the pilot of the stateside adaptation last February.

The original Japanese show, which has also been adapted in the U.K. and several other countries, gives ambitious entrepreneurs a chance to pitch their plans to already established moguls with the goal of landing enough venture capital investment to move their idea forward.

ABC initially attempted to make the American adaptation "bigger" since the show's original version lacked many of the bells and whistles of stateside reality shows -- including studio audiences, graphics and exterior footage. However that creative approach has since "shifted," according to The Reporter.

"We've been excited about the Dragons' Den format for years, but we didn't go forward at first because we thought it felt too small," ABC reality programming executive Vicki Dummer told The Reporter.

ABC and Burnett initially tried to make The Shark Tank a "larger event" by filming the pilot in a huge auditorium and placing the investors behind an intimidating desk, however they evventually decided that most of the tweaks "distracted" from the show's original concept, according to The Reporter.

"The layers we added for a big huge show we've ended up peeling back to make the show more like the original," Dummer told The Reporter. "The core essence of the show works, and they've done a terrific job with it."

Despite the decision to abandon many of the tweaks, one aspect of The Shark Tank will be bigger than its predecessors -- the deals offered by the "sharks" during the pitch meetings.

"We have made bigger deals and more deals in our pilot than (other versions) make all season," Burnett told The Reporter. "What country on earth is more entrepreneurial and risk taking than the United States of America? Here we have businesses and jobs being created, and it's a great feeling."

In addition, ABC has reportedly already cast several of the investors who will serves as the "sharks" -- Internet securities mogul Robert Herjavec; infomercial expert Kevin Harrington; real estate tycoon Barbara Corcoran; Canadian investor Kevin O'Leary; and FUBU sportswear founder Daymond John.

"People are looking to be entrepreneurs to get ahead, yet there's no way anybody can go into a bank right now and get a loan," Burnett told The Reporter. "For these entrepreneurs, these sharks are their last stop."

While ABC has yet to set a premiere date for The Shark Tank it will likely premiere sometime next season, according to The Reporter.

On the surface, The Shark Tank is similar to American Inventor -- a Simon Cowell-produced reality competition that aired for two seasons on ABC in 2006 and 2007 and provided inventors a chance to win $1 million to launch a new business or product.

However American Inventor -- which was created by British businessman Peter Jones, who served as one of the five "dragons" on the U.K.'s Dragons' Den -- was an elimination competition that also focused the development of the entrepreneurs' ideas, while The Shark Tank will reportedly air as a series of self-contained episodes.

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I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

Series Premiere Monday, June 1st 8/7c

"I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!" is the ultimate Swiss Family Robinson, as ten celebrities are dropped into the heart of the jungle to face fun and comedic challenges designed to test their survival skills. America is the puppet master, controlling their favorite celebrities by putting them into challenges and tasks to win food, supplies and luxury items. In each episode, friendships will be tested, hilarity will ensue and viewers will decide which celebrities stay or go. The last remaining star will be crowned King or Queen of the Jungle, winning a substantial cash prize for their favorite charity. The participating celebrities will be announced at a later date. The series is produced by Granada America.

"I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!" will air Monday through Thursdays for the first three weeks beginning June 1st (8-9 p.m. ET) and during the fourth week of June, the series will be telecast Monday through Wednesday (8-9 p.m. ET) with the finale on Wednesday, June 24 (8-9 p.m. ET).

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NBC renews Celebrity Apprentice for third season

The Celebrity Apprentice has been renewed for a third season by NBC. It will air next spring, and presumably tape this fall.

In a press release, NBC VP Paul Teledgy says the show is

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Major spring 2008 reality show finales

May has arrived and with it come the end of the nearly every winter reality show, particularly the big competition series, and also some spring shows. Below is when all major shows (read: shows I care about) air their finales. All times are ET/PT; longer-than-normal durations are denoted by a time range.

Friday, May 1

Supernanny, ABC, 8 p.m.

Wife Swap, ABC, 9 p.m.

Monday, May 4

I Love Money 2, MTV, 9 p.m. (reunion May 10)

Tuesday, May 5

The Real Housewives of New York City Bravo, 10 p.m. (reunion May 12 at 10 and bonus footage May 14 at 9)

Sunday, May 10

The Amazing Race 14, CBS, 8 p.m.

The Celebrity Apprentice 2, NBC, 8 to 11 p.m.

Tuesday, May 12

The Biggest Loser 7, NBC, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, May 13

America

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New Reality Series Blonde Charity Mafia Premieres July 7, 2009

May 9, 2009 01:00:13 by Britteny Elrick

The CW network has announced the new reality TV series, Blonde Charity Mafia, which is scheduled to premiere this summer. The show will be a Hills-esque series that follows some of the D.C. area

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NBC posts, removes recession-focused Apprentice casting notice

NBC posted and then removed a recession-focused casting notice for a new, regular person version of The Apprentice on Thursday.

The casting notice (it can still be viewed on Yahoo

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Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List Premieres June 8, 2009

May 10, 2009 03:10:56 by Britteny Elrick

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Summer 2009 reality TV schedule

The heat is setting in and American Idol and other spring shows are concluding. That means just one thing: Time for dozens of new reality series to begin. Whereas summer was once about reruns, now it

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"BIG BROTHER" TO PREMIERE THURSDAY, JULY 9 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

05.28.2009

BIG BROTHER will return for its 11th installment on Thursday, July 9 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Following the premiere, BIG BROTHER will be broadcast three nights weekly, beginning Sunday, July 12 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), Tuesday, July 14 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) and the LIVE eviction show, hosted by Julie Chen, beginning Thursday, July 16 (8:00

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Survivor, Amazing Race named best reality shows

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THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD," A NEW REALITY-COMPETITION SERIES, PREMIERES SUNDAY, AUG. 9 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

06.29.2009"

In the Ultimate Social and Family Bonding Experiment, Eight Families in a Suburban Neighborhood Are Enclosed by a Massive 20-Foot Wall To Compete

for the Grand Prize of $250,000

Matt Rogers ("American Idol," "Really Big Things") Hosts

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD, a new seven episode reality-competition series, premieres Sunday, Aug. 9 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The series features eight families in a suburban neighborhood who are enclosed by a massive 20-foot wall as they compete in family-friendly games for the grand prize of $250,000.

In what promises to be the ultimate social and family bonding experiment, this neighborhood will be cut off from the outside world as it becomes family vs. family in a competition to win upgrades for their lives and their homes. With virtually no electricity and no ability to text-message, watch television or surf the Internet, these families will be forced to reconnect and work together as a team. For the duration of the competition, the eight homes will be surrounded by the daunting wall with no way in or out. Each week, another family will be voted out of the game until one victorious group remains to claim the $250,000 grand prize.

"This show is truly a social experiment," says executive producer Mike Fleiss. "We've never seen anything like it before. An entire neighborhood trapped behind a giant wall. It's insane!"

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD is produced by Next Entertainment and Jay Bienstock Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss ("The Bachelor," "High School Reunion") and Jay Bienstock ("The Apprentice") are the executive producers. Matt Rogers ("American Idol," "Really Big Things") is the host.

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Fall 2009 reality TV show debut schedule

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A New Reality Shaping Up at Fox Cable

!By Josef Adalian

Published: October 14, 2009

News Corp.'s 4-year old-Fox Reality Channel will cease operations next year, paving the way for a new venture from the Fox Cable Networks group and, very likely, an outside party.

Currently available in nearly 50 million homes, FRC in its present form will go away on March 31, a rep for the network confirmed Wednesday. Less than two dozen staff positions at the network, part of the Fox Cable Networks group, will be lost.

"With the changing cable landscape, we've made a strategic decision to shift some resources and refocus on emerging channels," a Fox Cable Networks spokesman told TheWrap. "However, Fox Reality Channel will remain on on our lineup for at least the next several months"

David Lyle, the head of FRC, broke the news to staffers this afternoon, the day after the network's annual (and final) Really Awards bash was taped in Los Angeles (for an Oct. 17 broadcast). Programming and production chief Bob Boden announced earlier this year he was leaving FRC to join Hasbro.

Lyle is said to be discussing other jobs within the Fox Cable Networks group, though his future at the company is unclear. Fox Cable is said to be trying to find new positions within the division for the lower-level staffers impacted by the change.

As far as viewers are concerned, FRC may still exist after March 31-- though in just what form, and for how long, is unclear.

That's because there's growing buzz around the TV business that News Corp. has more interesting ideas in the works for the channel now known as FRC.

A complete rebranding of the network -- including a new name and a different focus -- is understood to be in the works. Another party outside of the Fox Cable Networks group is understood to be in advanced conversations to come aboard to participate in the new venture.

The Fox Cable spokesman declined to comment on any possible changes, and insiders at the company were similarly mum.

However, Fox already collaborates with outside parties on its National Geographic Channel and Fox Sports En Espanol services. So bringing in a partner for a new channel would not be a stretch.

Since such a relaunch could take some time, there's a possibility the Fox cable group could continue to program FRC with series and specials already in its library even after March 31. It's also possible the new brand could debut before that date.

FRC has never been a ratings giant for Fox Cable Networks. Launched in May 2005 as a reaction to the primetime network reality boom, it quickly found itself competing with a host of networks -- from A&E to TLC -- who weren't in the traditional reality game at the time FRC was conceived.

Nonetheless, the channel has been a moneymaker for Fox Cable Networks, since it's provided a way for News Corp. to monetize library repeats of old reality shows which would otherwise not have much, if any, backend.

So why switch gears? Because while FRC may make money, a new venture could make a whole lot more.

On the original programming front, FRC's best-known productions have included "Solitary," "The Academy," "American Idol Extra," "The Search for the Next Elvira," "Gimme My Reality Show!" and "Reality Remix." FRC also teamed up with MyNetwork TV for a revival of the cult favorite "Paradise Hotel."

Library shows on FRC have included "The Amazing Race," "Beauty and the Geek" and "Outback Jack."

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Winter 2009/2010 reality TV show debut schedule

November 30, 2009, 7:00 AM

December is a day a way, although you would have thought it started in October based on the way Christmas decorations showed up. As early holiday presents, networks are offering debuts of a bunch of series in December, even as other shows wrap up, and then January will bring even more debuts.

The following is a frequently-updated list of debut dates for new and returning reality series. For shows that premiered before Nov. 30, see the fall 2009 reality TV debut schedule. And the first TV broadcasts of documentaries are in the 2009 TV documentary schedule.

Times listed are ET, and, as always, networks sometimes change their week-to-week schedules.

December

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ABC To Premiere New Reality Dating Series

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