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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’t all it’s cracked up to be. At least that’s what Tori Spelling and hottie hubby Dean McDermott have found.

The pair have ditched the B&B and are moving back to Hollywood for their third season of Tori & Dean…Still Inn Love.

“Over the last year, Tori and Dean have become one of America’s favorite families and one of Oxygen’s break out series,” said Lauren Zalaznick, President of Oxygen Media. “They’re a modern day Lucy and Ricky. They’ve got a great sense of humor about themselves, trying to juggle the demands of parenthood, marriage, their families and their work lives.”
On deck for the third season: buying a new house, reintegrating into the hectic LA lifestyle, and finding the perfect preschool for baby Liam.

A premiere date and time has not yet been set for this summer series. Check back with Reality TV Magazine for updates and announcements about Tori & Dean…Still in Love as they come available.




Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Back for Season Four
Writing by Jennifer_Brown on Tuesday, 22 January, 2008 at 10:57 am


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If Kathy Griffin’s not careful, her life on the D-List could be in danger. Soon the quick-witted comedienne might find herself on the C-List, or maybe even the B-List…maybe (*gasp*) the A-List?

Well, for now anyway, she’ll settle for the D-List just fine, thank you. Especially since it’s landed her an Emmy-winning show on Bravo TV.

Bravo announced today that Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List will be back for season four in 2008. “Kathy has a brilliant ability to capture the pulse of pop culture with her devastatingly entertaining commentary,” says Frances Berwick, Bravo’s Executive Vice President of Programming and Production. “Kathy’s career and fame continue to grow, threatening her D-List status, and providing a hilarious and authentic insight into the life of a performer.”

Fans of Griffin’s will be delighted to know that Kathy’s season four D-List entourage will include her assistant, Jessica, her assistant’s assistant, Tiffany, her manager, Tom, and mom Maggie. Rumor has it Griffin’s staff will even wear uniforms this year, to show respect for the company.

No word yet on premiere date and time. Check back with Reality TV Magazine for updates and announcements about Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List as they come available.



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NBC To Search For America’s Favorite Mom

Writing by Joe on Sunday, 27 January, 2008 at 9:09 am


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In a new twist on the reality TV format, NBC is launching a nationwide search for America’s favorite mom. The search is being done to commemorate Mother’s Day. NBC will partner with Reveille and Teleflora to give children and adults the chance to nominate their moms for this special recognition.

Since January 7, people have been nominating their mothers at http://www.americasfavoritemom.com/ . After all the nominations have been received, the top twenty-five nominees will appear throughout the week before Mother’s Day on the Today show on NBC. Viewers will then be given the chance to vote for their favorite mom.

The winning mom from each day of the week will be featured on the America’s Favorite Mom finale on Mother’s Day. On the program, one mom will be announced as the winner of America’s Favorite Mom. The winner will have a rose named in her honor and will receive thousands of dollars in cash and prizes, including an 18-carat, gold heart-shaped America’s Favorite Mom pendant trimmed with diamonds.

Teleflora Presents America’s Favorite Mom was announced by Craig Plestis, Executive Vice President of Alternative Programming, Development and Specials at NBC Entertainment. “Partnering with Teleflora and showcasing America’s best moms on the Today show creates the perfect platform to recognize these amazing women,” said Plestis. “We want to highlight America’s favorite mothers on a grand scale and give them the spotlight they deserve.”

Teleflora Presents America’s Favorite Mom airs on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11 from 7 PM to 8 PM ET on NBC.

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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’s premiere, the show will move to its regular 8 PM to 9 PM time slot on Friday.

Craig Plestis, Executive Vice President of Alternative Programming, Development and Specials at NBC Entertainment made the announcement. “If you love the competitive energy of American Gladiators and the outrageous challenges of Fear Factor, you’ll love My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad,” said Plestis. “Combined with our hilarious new quiz show Amne$ia, viewers aren’t going to want to miss this great week of reality premieres.”

In My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad, dads and their respective son or daughter take part in challenges that test dad’s strength, intelligence, and how he works together with his son or daughter. In addition to bragging rights, the winning dad will get money that can be used for his child’s future. The series will be hosted by Dan Cortese.

In Amne$ia, contestants are asked to answer a variety of questions from their own life for money. The series will be hosted by talk show host Dennis Miller, and the series if produced by Mark Burnett Productions.




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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.

"Paradise Hotel," Feb. 4, 9 p.m., MyNetworkTV and 1 a.m., Fox Reality Channel

This racy show moves 11 singles into a resort, where they play, hook up, drink and cause drama while competing for a cash prize. Like the first season, which aired during the summer of 2003, the season two contestants will partner with a member of the opposite sex to share a room, with the outcast being eliminated. Unlike last season, where home viewers were voted into "Paradise Hotel," this time around, producers will pick the replacement guests. The show will air just once a week. "Paradise Hotel" is already marred with a sad story, though. According to police documents obtained by Reality TV World, 26-year-old Nathan Clutter, one of the show's singles, died of an apparent suicide last October.

"Survivor: Micronesia -- Fans vs. Favorites," Feb. 7, 8 p.m. CBS.

On season 16 of CBS's flagship reality show, die-hard "Survivor" fans will compete against some of the series' greatest contestants. I have to root for Connecticut contestant Cirie, 27, who finished fourth on "Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island." The Norwalk resident and nurse is the clinical coordinator for Norwalk Hospital's operating room. I'm also a fan of the ever-popular Yau-Man, who finished fourth on "Survivor: Fiji." The 55-year-old computer engineer from Martinez, Calif., is a fair, but fierce, competitor. Finally, I'll be cheering for the contestant everyone loves to hate, Jonny Fairplay. The 33-year-old who finished third on "Survivor: Pearl Islands" bills himself as a "professional wrestler/reality star," but how long will the prankster who faked his grandmother's death to advance in the game last?

"America's Best Dance Crew," Feb. 7, 10 p.m., MTV.

"American Idol" judge Randy Jackson has teamed up with MTV to search for the country's hottest dance crews. Twelve groups will dance off, and only eight groups will make it to the second round. Week after week, viewers will vote on their favorite groups, eventually picking a winning team that will receive a cash prize and touring contract. Randy will share hosting duties with Mario Lopez of "Saved By the Bell" and "Dancing with the Stars" fame. 'N Sync's J.C. Chasez and hip-hop choreographer Shane Sparks will judge.

"Flavor of Love 3," Feb. 11, 9 p.m., VH1

Celebreality superstar Flavor Flav is back for round three in his quest for love on VH1. Twenty new honeys will move into a mansion with Flav and compete for his affections. According to VH1.com, "The woman he's looking for this time around will be a woman of sophistication who can keep up with his high-profile lifestyle." I find this hard to believe, since the word "sophisticated" isn't something I normally associate with "Flavor of Love." After peeking at the show's casting site -- flavoroflovecasting.com -- all I can say is bring on the classy ladies, VH1.

"Big Brother 9," Feb. 12, 9 p.m., CBS

Most details are still under wraps about CBS's ninth installment of the series that places 14 strangers in a house loaded with cameras for all the voyeuristic reality TV fans of America to see. On "Big Brother," each week, HouseGuests vote each other out one by one, until a jury made up of half the roommates picks one $500,000 winner. It's certainly going to be strange watching "Big Brother" in the winter, as it's been a summertime staple. The show will air Tuesdays at 9 p.m., and Wednesdays and Sundays at 8 p.m.

Showtime 2 will again air "Big Brother: After Dark." This uncensored look into the house will air daily from midnight to 3 a.m., meaning 9 p.m. to midnight Pacific time where the house guests live.

"The Pussycat Dolls Present Girlicious," Feb. 18, 9 p.m., the CW

The Pussycat Dolls are on the prowl for another singer/dancer to join the successful group in season two. Group founder and choreographer Robin Antin will again be joined by fellow judges, Geffen Records Chairman Ron Fair and Grammy Award rapper Lil' Kim. The nine aspiring Dolls will dance, sing and hopefully claw their way to the top, just like last season's winner, Asia, who wound up going solo. Also, Robin's super dramatic brother, Jonathan, of Bravo's "Blow Out," will give sexy hair makeovers on the show. Now he's reason enough to watch.

"America's Next Top Model," Feb. 20, 8 p.m., the CW

Get ready to hit the catwalk with Tyra Banks for cycle 10 of "America's Next Top Model." Ranging in age from 18 to 24, 14 aspiring models will compete for a $100,000 CoverGirl contract, a deal with Elite Model Management and a fashion spread in Seventeen magazine. This season, Paulina Porizkova will replace Twiggy as a judge. Look out for returning contestant, Marvita, who was a semifinalist last season.

Coming up
"Oprah's Big Give," March 2, 9 p.m., ABC.

"When Women Rule the World," March 3, 8 p.m., Fox.

"Dancing with the Stars" season five, March 17, ABC. (The show will air Mondays at 8 p.m. and Tuesdays at 9 p.m.)

"Top Chef" season 4, March 19, 10 p.m., Bravo.

"Keeping up with the Kardashians," March, E!

"The Bachelor" season 12, March, ABC.

"Hell's Kitchen," April 1, 9 p.m., Fox.

"The Real World: Hollywood," May 21, 9 p.m., MTV.


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Spring 2008 reality TV schedule


It’s almost spring, not that I can tell in Florida. But that means it’s time for a new slate of reality series to debut, in addition to those that debuted in the winter and are still lingering, like crusty, dirty snow (shows that are still airing are listed on the winter debut schedule).

All times are in ET; as always, check listings first, as networks change their minds frequently.

  • That’s Amore [MTV, March 2, Sundays at 10]
  • Oprah’s Big Give [ABC, March 2, Sundays at 9]
  • Little People, Big World [TLC, March 3, Mondays at 8]
  • Real Housewives of New York City [Bravo, March 4 at 11, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Beauty and the Geek 5 [The CW, March 11, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Dancing with the Stars 5 [ABC, March 17, Mondays at 8 and Tuesdays at 9]
  • The Bachelor 12 [ABC, March 17, Mondays at 10]
  • Ax Men [History Channel, March 9, Sundays at 10]
  • Top Chef 4 [Bravo, March 12, Wednesdays at 10]
  • America’s Prom Queen [ABC Family, March 17, Mondays at 9]
  • Hell’s Kitchen 4 [FOX, April 1, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Step It Up & Dance [Bravo, April 3, Thursdays at 10]
  • Can You Duet? [CMT, April 14, Mondays at 10:30]
  • The Real World Hollywood [MTV, May 21, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Farmer Wants a Wife [CW]


Summer debuts
  • American Gladiators
  • Nashville Star 6 [NBC]
  • When Women Rule the World [FOX]


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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



We just knew our favorite stars had unsung talents, didn’t we? On April 8th, in a live premiere, some of our favorite celebrities will showcase their secret talents on CBS’s new reality series, Secret Talents of the Stars.

In a tournament-style competition, the celebs will perform, each week someone getting voted out of the competition by viewer votes. In the end, someone will stand as the winner, the celebrity with the best secret talent.

Here are some of the 16 stars whose secret talents we’ll be voting on (more will be announced later):

*Country singer Clint Black will yuck-it-up with stand-up comedy.

*Actor George Takei will prove he’s a little bit country, with a song.

*Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner will perform a hip hop song.

*Actress/Model Marla Maples will show off her gymnastics skills.

*Olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen will contort her body, alongside the “New Shanghai Circus” Chinese Acrobat Troupe featuring Kate Kong.

*Wrestling Champ Ric Flair gives salsa dancing a serious smack-down.

*Boxer Joe Frazier turns R&B singer.

*Model Bridget Marquardt attempts a Cirque du Soleil trapeze act.

*Singer Mya demonstrates her tap-dancing prowess.

*Actor Danny Bonaduce shows his Survivor-tossing skills…wait…that’s not right. Actually, he’ll be maneuvering a unicycle with members of The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

*Singer Sheila E. will juggle with The Flying Karamazov Brothers.

*Boxer Roy Jones, Jr. will rap.

*Actress Cindy Margolis will get all magician on us.

*Ben Stein will dance The Jitterbug.

Secret Talents of the Stars will premiere on Tuesday, April 8th at 10:00 PM (ET) on CBS.

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John O’Hurley To Host Secret Talents Of The Stars

Writing by Joe Reality on Sunday, 6 April, 2008 at 7:51 pm



Secret Talents Of The Stars is set to premiere on Tuesday, April 8 at 10 PM ET on CBS. On the series, celebrities will compete to show who has the best unknown talent. The celebrities will get feedback from a panel of judges, but a viewer vote will be the actual decider of who moves on in the competition.

Reality TV fans should be excited to know that John O’Hurley from the first season of Dancing With The Stars will be the host of the show. John O’Hurley originally finished second on Dancing With The Stars to Kelly Monaco. However, John got a second chance and beat Kelly in a dance off competition that aired later.

The judges for Secret Talents Of The Stars have also been announced. Entertainer Debbie Reynolds, singer Brian McKnight, and television and film producer Gavin Polone will be critiquing the weekly performances.

Some of the stars who will be participating include Jo Dee Messina, Joshua Morrow, Bridget Marquardt, Roy Jones, Jr., Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Marla Maples, Ric Flair, Joe Frazier, Danny Bonaduce, Sheila E., Cindy Margolis, and Ben Stein.

On the premiere episode, country singer Clint Black will try his hand as a stand-up comedian, Olympic ice skater Sasha Cohen will attempt to become a contortionist, singer/actress Mya will tap-dance, and actor George Takei will belt out a country song.

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Fox Reality to Run All Summer Long

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APRIL 07, 2008 -

Fox will air all new episodes of reality shows The Moment of Truth, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?, Hell’s Kitchen, So You Think You Can Dance, Cops and America’s Most Wanted throughout the summer, the network announced.

The Moment of Truth will air Tuesday night at 8 beginning May 22, followed by Hell’s Kitchen at 9.

So You Think You Can Dance will air on Wednesdays from 8-10 p.m. Beginning on May 28.
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? Will air at 8 on Thursdays, followed by So You Think You Can Dance at 9, beginning on June 12.

Fox will air theatrical movies on Fridays between 8-10 p.m. And all new episodes of Cops will air at 8 p.m. on Saturday, along with all new episodes of America’s Most Wanted at 9 p.m.

Beginning June 1, Fox will air Don’t Forget The Lyrics at 7 p.m. on Sundays, followed by two hours of its animation block of The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Family Guy and American Dad.

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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



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 — only this time they’re trading in their dancing shoes for music notes.

The new show, The Singing Office, will be co-hosted by the two former Dancing stars, and will pit office workers against each other. The Singing Office will surprise two workplaces and give on-the-spot auditions to workers in the office. They will choose the five best singers from each office and send them off for vocal and dance training. After the singers have been trained, they will come back to compete against one another in front of a studio audience.

Mel B tells reporters that the show is not meant to be a competitor of American Idol or Dancing with the Stars, claiming that The Singing Office is “not a serious competition.”

No definite premiere date has been set for the show, though word is it will hit the airwaves in late June. In the meantime, viewers will get to see Fatone and Mel B at the Dancing with the Stars reunion show, which is set to air May 6th in celebration of Dancing’s 100th episode.

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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’t need their marquee show any more. “Bravo’s continued historic growth is not just about any one show, it’s a consumer-immersed environment. Bravo Media has evolved into a global multi-media company in which we engage with our viewers at every consumer touch point in an effort to be more Bravo, more often, in more places,” Lauren Zalaznick said in a press release.

That’s certainly what I look for on television: “a consumer-immersed environment” from a “global multi-media company.” That’s almost as sexy as their “digital portfolio of assets,” which includes Television Without Pity, the site Bravo recently relaunched and ruined.

Returning series are Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (June 12), Project Runway 5 (July), Shear Genuis (summer) Flipping Out (summer), Million Dollar Listing, The Millionaire Matchmaker, The Real Housewives of New York City, The Real Housewives of Orange County, Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style, Top Chef 5, and Top Design 2 (third quarter 2008).

Two of its new shows are spin-offs of its Real Housewives franchise. The Real Housewives of New Jersey becomes the third housewife series, and will follow “five of the Garden State’s most affluent ladies and the families they run.” And Date My Ex is the Jo De La Rosa and Slade Smiley dating series Bravo ordered a pilot for last fall, and while the network still calls it “a new reality dating series,” the description makes it sound like a docudrama: it “will follow De La Rosa as she looks for love in Los Angeles, where she has moved to pursue a singing career. But as De La Rosa’s suitors will find out, you don’t get Jo without her ex-fianc, Slade.”

The four new series are the previously announced The Rachel Zoe Project, which follows the celebrity stylist; Donatella, which follows Donatella Arpaia “as she deals with the constant challenges of staying on top in the cutthroat culinary world”; Miami Social, which “will follow a successful group of friends who are some of the most connected and interesting young professionals in South Beach; and Tabatha’s Salon Takeover, the previously announced salon makeover series featuring the former Shear Genius contestant.

Bravo Increases Programming Hours by 45%… [Bravo press release]

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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’m already tired of NBC’s All American Summer Campaign. (The technical term being I'm all set with NBC). Something about the campaign is just irratating me.

The reality show cup runneth over at the peacock network. American Gladiators returns on Monday and coming soon there’s another season of Last Comic Standing, Nashville Star, and America’s Got Talent.

Joining those returning shows this summer will be Celebrity Circus, The Baby Borrowers and Celebrity Family Feud. How long until we run out of celebrities for these shenanigans?

All-new episodes of The Moment of Truth, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader, Hell's Kitchen, and So You Think You Can Dance will air throughout the summer on FOX.

CBS has another season of Big Brother, the new game shows Million Dollar Password and Jingles and, believe it or not, the competition show Greatest American Dog. CBS also has two new dramas Swingtown and Flashpoint. I first heard about Swingtown in January 2007 so I’m not feeling great about the show being held until the summer of 2008. That doesn't exactly inspire confidence.

ABC has another season of The Bachelorette, The Mole, and new competition shows Wipeout, Dance Machine. Wanna Bet and I Survived a Japanese Game Show. ABC’s big item this summer is High School Musical – Summer Session.

CW has the new horror reality competition series 13 and it is not about the doctor on House.

But my question is this - what are you excited about on network TV this summer? Every year the networks scramble to find a way to keep viewers entertained during the summer but do you think these shows will do the trick? Do you kind of miss the old school style of repeats and catching up with shows you may have missed during the regular season? Talk about it below.


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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’s not the case this summer. Almost 30 new and returning series will air on network TV and cable, most of which will debut in June. However, some that will fill the summer months have already started broadcasting, and others kick off next week even as spring shows finish their runs.

Here’s a look at how you can fill your summer in front of the TV. What shows are you most looking forward to?

Times listed are ET; while this list will be updated frequently, networks do change their schedules frequently. For up-to-date news on featured shows, click the [news] link that follows it.

Farmer Wants a Wife [CW, April 30, Wednesdays at 9]
Man vs. Wild [Discovery, May 2, Fridays at 9] news
American Gladiators [NBC, May 12, Mondays at 8] news
The Bachelorette 4 [ABC, May 19 at 9, Mondays at 8] news
So You Think You Can Dance 4 [FOX, May 22 at 8, Wednesdays at 8 and Thursdays at 9] news
Last Comic Standing 6 [NBC, May 22 at 9:30, Thursdays at 8:30] news
The Academy: LASD Class #368 [Fox Reality, May 24, Saturdays at 9]
Bridezillas [WEtv, June 1, Sundays at 9]
The Next Food Network Star 4 [Food Network, June 1, Sundays at 10] news
The Mole 3 [ABC, June 2, Mondays at 10] news
Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search For Elle Woods [MTV, June 2, Mondays at 10]
30 Days [FX, June 3, Tuesdays at 10] news
She’s Got the Look [TVLand, June 4, Wednesdays at 10]
Design Star 3 [HGTV, June 8, Sundays at 9] news
Master of Dance [TLC, June 8, Sundays at 9]
Ice Road Truckers [History, June 8, Sundays at 10] news
Nashville Star 6 [NBC, June 9, Mondays at 9:30] news
Celebrity Circus [NBC, June 11, Wednesdays at 9]
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List [Bravo, June 12 at 9, Thursdays at 10] news
America’s Got Talent 3 [NBC, June 17, Tuesdays at 9] news
Flipping Out [Bravo, June 17, Tuesdays at 10]
Baby Borrowers [NBC, June 25, Wednesdays at 8]
Shear Genius 2 [Bravo, June 25, Wednesdays at 10] news
Dance Machine [ABC, June 27, Fridays at 8]
Greatest American Dog [CBS, July 10, Thursdays at 8]
Big Brother 10 [CBS, July 13, Sundays and Wednesdays at 8, Tuesdays at 9] news
I Love Money [VH1, July 13, Sundays at 9] news
Reality Bites Back [Comedy Central, July 17, Thursdays at 10]
High School Musical: Get in the Picture [ABC, July 20, Sundays at 8]
Jingles [CBS, July 27, Sundays at 9]
How to Look Good Naked [Lifetime, July]
My Super Sweet 16 Presents: Exiled [MTV, August 25, Mondays at 10:30]
Sunset Tan [E!]

Fall
The Amazing Race 13 [CBS, Sundays at 8] news
Survivor Gabon [CBS, Thursdays at 8] news


2009
America’s Toughest Jobs [NBC]
Shark Taggers [NBC]
Swords [NBC]
When Women Rule the World [FOX, future uncertain]

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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’s not the case this summer. Almost 30 new and returning series will air on network TV and cable, most of which will debut in June. However, some that will fill the summer months have already started broadcasting, and others kick off next week even as spring shows finish their runs.

Here’s a look at how you can fill your summer in front of the TV. What shows are you most looking forward to?

Times listed are ET; while this list will be updated frequently, networks do change their schedules frequently. For up-to-date news on featured shows, click the [news] link that follows it. (EDIT: sorry not posting all the links...click HERE for the article.)

Farmer Wants a Wife [CW, April 30, Wednesdays at 9]
Man vs. Wild [Discovery, May 2, Fridays at 9] news
American Gladiators [NBC, May 12, Mondays at 8] news
The Bachelorette 4 [ABC, May 19 at 9, Mondays at 8] news
So You Think You Can Dance 4 [FOX, May 22 at 8, Wednesdays at 8 and Thursdays at 9] news
Last Comic Standing 6 [NBC, May 22 at 9:30, Thursdays at 8:30] news
The Academy: LASD Class #368 [Fox Reality, May 24, Saturdays at 9]
Bridezillas [WEtv, June 1, Sundays at 9]
The Next Food Network Star 4 [Food Network, June 1, Sundays at 10] news
The Mole 3 [ABC, June 2, Mondays at 10] news
Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search For Elle Woods [MTV, June 2, Mondays at 10]
30 Days [FX, June 3, Tuesdays at 10] news
She’s Got the Look [TVLand, June 4, Wednesdays at 10]
Design Star 3 [HGTV, June 8, Sundays at 9] news
Master of Dance [TLC, June 8, Sundays at 9]
Ice Road Truckers [History, June 8, Sundays at 10] news
Nashville Star 6 [NBC, June 9, Mondays at 9:30] news
Celebrity Circus [NBC, June 11, Wednesdays at 9]
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List [Bravo, June 12 at 9, Thursdays at 10] news
America’s Got Talent 3 [NBC, June 17, Tuesdays at 9] news
Flipping Out [Bravo, June 17, Tuesdays at 10]
Baby Borrowers [NBC, June 25, Wednesdays at 8]
Shear Genius 2 [Bravo, June 25, Wednesdays at 10] news
Dance Machine [ABC, June 27, Fridays at 8]
Greatest American Dog [CBS, July 10, Thursdays at 8]
Big Brother 10 [CBS, July 13, Sundays and Wednesdays at 8, Tuesdays at 9] news
I Love Money [VH1, July 13, Sundays at 9] news
Reality Bites Back [Comedy Central, July 17, Thursdays at 10]
High School Musical: Get in the Picture [ABC, July 20, Sundays at 8]
Jingles [CBS, July 27, Sundays at 9]
How to Look Good Naked [Lifetime, July]
My Super Sweet 16 Presents: Exiled [MTV, August 25, Mondays at 10:30]
Sunset Tan [E!]

Fall
The Amazing Race 13 [CBS, Sundays at 8] news
Survivor Gabon [CBS, Thursdays at 8] news


2009
America’s Toughest Jobs [NBC]
Shark Taggers [NBC]
Swords [NBC]
When Women Rule the World [FOX, future uncertain]

posted May. 16, 2008 at 7:00 AM by Andy Dehnart

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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? smile.gif

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Reality TV Hosts Now Eligible for Emmy

June 16, 2008 07:00:36 by Amanda_Christensen



If Katherine Heigl doesn’t want an Emmy Award, not to worry, there is a whole-nother category of people ready to take ‘em home! Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has created a category for reality TV hosts to get recognition for their hard work: “outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program”.

The first such award will be handed out in September, during the 60th Emmy Awards. Hosts such as Ryan Seacrest, Tyra Banks and Howie Mandell are eligible now that the Academy recognizes that reality TV has become “an integral part of television and our culture,” John Shaffner, chairman and CEO of the TV academy, said in a statement Tuesday announcing the new honor.

This category is open to the hosts of reality programs, but not the judges or participants. Looks like Simon Cowell will have to find another way to get rewarded for his helpful comments and caring ways!

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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


'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’t really a clear seasonal break any more. But it’s been more than a week since a new show has debuted, and an onslaught of cable and network reality TV debuts are coming up soon, so it’s time for the fall schedule.

Below is a list of announced debut dates and regular air times for fall debuts, and after that is a list of announced shows that don’t yet have specific air dates; this list is updated frequently, so bookmark it and return often to keep up. Times listed are ET, although as always, networks sometimes change their week-to-week schedules. For up-to-date news on featured shows, click the [news] link that follows it.(EDIT: do to the amount of shows that have "news" after them I removed the links. Those have to all be added by hand. See Realityblurred for news links. TY)

Gone Country [CMT, August 15, Fridays at 8]
Outsider’s Inn [CMT, August 15, Fridays at 9]
The Hills [MTV, August 18, Mondays at 10]
Making the Band 4 [MTV, Aug. 19, Tuesdays at 9]
Architecture School [Sundance Channel, Aug. 20, Wednesdays at 9]
The Cho Show [VH1, August 21]
Glam God With Vivica A. Fox [VH1, August 21, Thursdays at 10]
Tabatha’s Salon Takeover [Bravo, August 21, Thursdays at 11]
Grizzly Man Diaries [Discovery Channel, Aug. 22, Fridays at 9]
America’s Toughest Jobs [NBC, Aug. 24, Mondays at 9 (four episodes); Sept. 19, Fridays at 8]
My Super Sweet 16 Presents: Exiled [MTV, August 25, Mondays at 10:30]

America’s Next Top Model 11 [The CW, Sept. 3, Wednesdays at 8]
Top Design 2 [Bravo, Sept. 3, Wednesdays at 10]
Kitchen Nightmares [Fox, Sept. 4 at 8, Thursdays at 9]
Dogtown [National Geographic Channel, Sept. 5 at 9, Fridays at 10]
Hole in the Wall [Fox, Sept. 11, Thursdays at 8]
Solo: Lost at Sea [National Geographic Channel, Sept. 15, Mondays at 10]
The Biggest Loser 6: Families [NBC, Sept. 16, Tuesdays from 8 to 10]
Survivor Gabon [CBS, Sept. 18, Thursdays at 8]
In Harm’s Way [The CW, Sept. 21 at 7, Nov. 2 at 6:30]
Dancing with the Stars 7 [ABC, Sept. 22, Mondays at 8 and Tuesdays at 9]
Opportunity Knocks [ABC, Sept. 23, Tuesdays at 8]
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition [ABC, Sept. 28 at 7, Sundays at 8]
The Amazing Race 13 [CBS, Sept. 28, Sundays at 8]
World’s Toughest Fixes [National Geographic Channel, Sept. 28 at 9]

Wife Swap [ABC, Oct. 3, Fridays at 8] news
Supernanny [ABC, Oct. 3, Fridays at 9]
Real Housewives of Atlanta [Bravo, Oct. 7, Tuesdays at 10]
Gimme My Reality Show! [Fox Reality, Oct. 11]
Stylista [The CW, Oct. 29, Wednesdays at 9]
My Bare Lady 2 [Fox Reality, Nov. 8, Saturdays]

fall
Cash or Capture [Sci Fi, November]
Creature [Animal Planet, fall]
Estate of Panic [Sci Fi, November]
Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling [CMT, fall]
Mr. and Mrs. Wolf [Animal Planet, October]
The Phone [MTV, fall]
Project Runway 6 [Lifetime, November, Wednesdays]
Rock of Love Girls: Charm School [VH1, fall]
Ruby [Style, November]
Sandhogs [History, Sept.]
Scream Queens [VH1, fall]
Whale Wars [Animal Planet, fall]


2009
Dance Your Ass Off [Oxygen, 2009]
Jockeys [Animal Planet, January]
Ghost Hunters [Sci Fi, 2009]
Hell’s Kitchen 5 [Fox, spring]
Jingles [CBS, 2009]
Lock ‘N Load [Showtime, 2009]
Miss America: Reality Check [TLC, early 2009] news
Project Runway 6 [Lifetime, November, Wednesdays] news
RuPaul’s Drag Race [Logo, early 2009]
Secret Millionaire [Fox, December 3, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9]
Shark Taggers [NBC]
Swords [NBC, summer]
When Women Rule the World [FOX, future uncertain]

posted Aug. 15, 2008 at 6:00 AM by Andy Dehnart

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Hell’s Kitchen Premiere Date Announced

November 10, 2008 03:00:54 by Paulene Hinds



It is going to get hot in the kitchen again soon as Chef Gordon Ramsay is back for the fifth season of Hell’s Kitchen reality competition. The show premieres Thursday, January 29 at 9 PM ET on Fox. If you have never seen the show before, Hell’s Kitchen is all about the hot-tempered chef, Gordon Ramsay turning up the heat as he puts wannabe chefs through a culinary boot camp as they try to slice and dice their way to the top.

The premiere of the fifth season is airing nearly a full year after it was filmed back-to-back with the fourth edition, which Fox aired last spring.

Season four of Hell’s Kitchen finished as the highest-rated season in the show’s history, ranking No. 1 for Summer 2008 among Adults 18-49.

Mike Darnell, President, Alternative Entertainment had this to say about the Chef, “Gordon has done an amazing job of creating exciting franchises for FOX. From the first time I met him, it was clear that he would be a big star in America. He has become one of the faces of FOX,’ and we’re thrilled that he will be on our network for years to come.”

Chef Ramsay also had something to say about his relationship with Fox and told Daily Variety, “They let me be me — that’s the key to our success, and we properly understand each other: Fox wants to run a show, and I want to run a restaurant. I want to search for chefs. I try hard to keep it real, and I’m someone who takes all this very, very seriously.”

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The New Bachelor ‘Jason Mesnick’ Premieres January 5

November 9, 2008 02:00:53 by Paulene Hinds



ABC has confirmed that the thirteenth installment of The Bachelor will premiere on Monday January 5 at 8 PM ET with a special two hour episode. This seasons Bachelor will be none other than last seasons Bachelorette reject, Jason Mesnick.

If you recall, Mesnick, a 31-year-old estate and legacy planning account executive from Kirkland, WA, had proposed marriage to The Bachelorette star DeAnna Pappas during ABC’s July broadcast of the show’s pre-taped finale, however Pappas rejected the proposal instead accepting one from pro snowboarder, Jesse Csincsak, her other remaining suitor.

Pappas and Csincsak announced their break-up this week, her to Inside Weekly and him via You Tube.

This will be the first time that The Bachelor has featured a single dad on their show. Mesnick has custody of his 3 year old son Ty and the two live with Mesnick’s younger brother Larry.

ABC will also premiere a brand new reality competition series which is produced by America’s Next Top Model producer Tyra Banks and Beauty and the Geek producer Ashton Kutcher. The show True Beauty will air at 10 PM ET following The Bachelor’s January 5 debut.

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American Idol Season 8 Premieres January 13
November 8, 2008 03:00:10 by Paulene Hinds

Fox has announced American Idol’s eighth season will premiere over the course of two consecutive nights on Tuesday, January 13 and Wednesday, January 14, with both two-hour broadcasts beginning at 8PM ET. The two-night, four-hour premiere will welcome new fourth judge, Kara DioGuardi and say good-bye to the former producer Nigel Lythgoe.

The the remainder of its open auditions and Hollywood Week broadcasts will air on Tuesdays nights at 8 PM ET beginning January 20 and Wednesdays at 8 PM ET beginning January 21.

This seasons auditions took place this past summer in San Francisco, CA; Louisville, KY; Phoenix, AZ; Salt Lake City, UT; Kansas City, MO; Jacksonville, FL; East Rutherford, NJ; and San Juan, PR.

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Homeland Security USA reality show “unprecedented” access


In early January, ABC will debut Homeland Security USA, a 13-episode unscripted series that is based on an Australian show and is produced in the US by producer Arnold Shapiro. He previously created the documentary Scared Straight, but is now probably trying to repair his reputation after being associated with that crapass CBS show Big Brother for five seasons before he left.

In a press release, ABC says “the series takes cameras into situations never before seen on television, with each episode covering eight or more locations on the ‘front lines’ where the officers and agents work each day.” The network calls the access “unprecedented” and said the stars “aren’t heroes. They’re average men and women working against an epic landscape.”

The show debuts Jan. 6 and airs Tuesdays at 8. The first episode, “This is Your Car on Drugs,” includes segments about drug smugglers and undocumented immigrants lost in the desert, plus a segment at LAX where, ABC says, “a voluptuous 20-year-old woman arrives from Switzerland with no working papers but a suitcase full of titillating surprises!”
Maybe Shapiro hasn’t moved far away from Big Brother after all.

ABC’s New Series, “Homeland Security USA,” Premieres… [ABC press release]

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Eight-person Real World Brooklyn cast announced


MTV finally, officially announced The Real World Brooklyn cast yesterday, and for the first time in its 21 season history, has a cast of eight, not seven, strangers. (Of course, many seasons have ultimately had more cast members than that, once people leave and are replaced.) The new season debuts

The 13 hour-long episodes debut Jan. 7. MTV also announced that it will air “a tell-all special on the evolution of the landmark series”; that special, “The Real World: Secrets Revealed,” debuts Jan. 4 at 11 a.m.


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CBS has announced The Amazing Race's fourteenth edition will premiere on Sunday, February 15 at 8PM ET/PT.

Survivor's eighteenth edition will premiere on Thursday, February 12 at 8PM ET/PT,.

Game Show in My Head -- which will be hosted by former Fear Factor host Joe Rogan -- will debut on Saturday, January 9 at 8PM ET/PT.




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