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‘American Idol’ Wannabe Arrested

March 30th, 2010 No comments

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The ongoing bad behavior of reality show wannabes continues.  This time Season Six contestant Stephanie Edwards was busted in Savannah, Georgia for getting in to a brawl with another girl outside a nightclub.  Edwards apparently went to the home of the female identified as Laquila White after the second combatant was accused of making threatening phone calls to Edwards.

The brawl ensued and Edwards was cuffed and taken in to custody to the Chatham County Corrections Department.  No other details were forthcoming.  


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CBS Says “Yes” to New Reality Show ‘Got To Dance’

March 29th, 2010 No comments

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You can dance with the stars and you can think you want to dance so CBS is joining ABC and Fox in creating their own dance TV show ‘Got To Dance’ which is a new competition series based on, you guessed it, a popular British television show. 

‘Got To Dance’ has been a smash for Britain’s ‘Sky 1′ and is the top pay TV show on the network.  So you can be just one person or a group of dancers who can compete on the CBS version of the show.  The best of all competing will perform live during the semi finals and finals when it gets to that point during the series.

Auditions and judges have yet to be announced.


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Jerry Springer Hosting New Show ‘Baggage’ on GSN

March 26th, 2010 No comments

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Jerry!  Jerry!  Jerry!  OK so this is perfect for Jerry Springer.  He’s going to be hosting a dating show on GSN which is in the mode of creating their own reality programming.  And this is not your normal dating game because you really don’t have to be single to be on this show.

Huh?

Yep.  And the show has been picked up for 40 episodes and it titled ‘Baggage’ where three contestants share their baggage with one suitor and during the program the three are whittled down to one selection. 

Perfect for Jerry Springer and strange for GSN but this could be fun if you’re a Springer fan.  Show starts on GSN on April 19th at 6:30PM.    


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After 24 Years, ABC Cancels ‘At The Movies’

March 24th, 2010 No comments

 

Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert...

Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert...

It’s over.  Digital has taken the wind out of the long running movie critique show ‘At The Movies’ which ran for 24 years.   It had a few names.  ‘Siskel and Ebert’ was probably the most well known.  Then ‘Ebert and Roeper’ and today  with new hosts that just couldn’t keep the show growing with the increase of internet usage to find out more about movies we want to see.  Here’s a statement from Disney ABC Domestic Television.

“After 24 seasons with us in national syndication, the highly regarded movie review show “At the Movies” (formerly known as “Siskel & Ebert” and “Ebert & Roeper”) will air its last original broadcast the weekend of August 14, 2010. This was a very difficult decision, especially considering the program’s rich history and iconic status within the entertainment industry, but from a business perspective it became clear this weekly, half-hour, broadcast syndication series was no longer sustainable. We gratefully acknowledge the outstanding work of the program’s current co-hosts A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips and top-notch production staff, and it is with heartfelt appreciation that we extend very special thanks to the two brilliant, visionary and incomparable critics that started it all, Roger Ebert and the late Gene Siskel.”

The last show will air on the weekend of August 14th.


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Kevin Kline Next Oscar Winner Coming to TV on HBO

March 24th, 2010 No comments

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HBO is working on a new project with Oscar winner Kevin Kline.  And the winner of an Academy Award for ‘A Fish Called Wanda’ will play a doctor accused of killing his mistress and trying to rebuild his life after his release from prison.

The name of the project is called ‘Proof’ and it is Kline’s first television series.   He’s got two new movies coming out called ‘The Extra Man’ and ’The Conspirator’ so you’ll get a chance to see Kevin Kline well before the HBO series.  With Dustin Hoffman doing ‘Luck’ on HBO along with Kathryn Bigelow directing ‘The Miraculous Years’, HBO is propping up their image as TV’s top pay cable network.


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NBC and Donald Trump Now Casting the Return of ‘The Apprentice’

March 23rd, 2010 No comments

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OK so here’s your chance.  It’s coming back and this one we care about because it’s about regular people.  One person at a major network station once told this writer that viewers don’t like to see celebrities win money even if it is for a charity.  Tells you why ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ is tanking and why NBC is bring back ‘The Apprentice’ which is good news for TV watchers.  Why?  Cause it’s about us.

Now NBC wants to hear from you if you are interested in being on the next edition of ‘The Apprentice.’  And if you’ve been affected by the downturn in this economy (who hasn’t) then this show is casting for people like you.  You can be a college grad to an exec over 40 as everyone is welcome to apply. 

Here’s an e-mail address for you to send your resume or bio.  Make sure you send a photo as well.  Send all over to ginacasting@yahoo.com and you could be on your way.

Rick Thomas

rick@realtvcritics.com


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What Took So Long…’Wife Swap’ Kid Sues ABC

March 23rd, 2010 No comments

Alicia Gustaferro, 'Wife Swap'...

Alicia Gustaferro, 'Wife Swap'...

You have to believe that with parents pimping out their kids on some of these show, the kids would fight back and now one is certainly a little peeved.  So upset that she is filing suit against ABC Television for $100 million for the embarrassment she encountered when her parents made her a part of ‘Wife Swap.’

For the record, the show features families that swap moms during the program and Alicia Gustaferro, who was 15 at the time of her so called embarrassment, is 18 now and legally able to, well sue.

Ok so here are the official words from the suit.  Ready?  “…incessant verbal and physical assaults from her peers,” according to the paperwork filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. 

Apparently the other kids in her school taunted and teased her, calling her a spoiled brat and all kinds of names that made her file the suit.

You can bet there’s a reality show or a Playboy spread in her future.  Read more from the New York Daily Post.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/tv_wife_swap_kid_sues_show_for_FnMZu70hRwLogzzialbkSL


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Rosie O’Donnell Getting Back into Daytime TV, Leveraging Off ‘Oprah’ Loss

March 22nd, 2010 No comments

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Daytime TV is going through a lot of turmoil these days with Oprah Winfrey putting her show to rest.  Plus with Tyra Banks and Bonnie Hunt going away along with a couple of soap operas ending their runs, the future of daytime programs is in peril.

Bring on Rosie O’Donnell.  Or bring back Rosie O’Donnell.  The plan is for there to be the standard Monday through Friday ’stripped’ program along with the addition of a cable television network to carry the show.

Currently Rosie is hosting a radio program on XM Sirius Satellite radio.  Here’s more from The New York Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/22/business/media/22rosie.html


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Cops Called to MTV’s ‘Real World’ House in New Orleans

March 22nd, 2010 No comments

 

'The Real World' House in New Orleans...

'The Real World' House in New Orleans...

OK so if you watch anything on MTV you sure know about “The Real World’ and that it’s been on the cable network, let’s say, forever.  And if you know about some of the senseless programming on MTV you shouldn’t be surprised that this happened.  You should be more surprised that the cops were called and even took a report on this.

But we so digress.

MTV is shooting the last and final season ever for ‘The Real World’ in New Orleans and police were called to the ‘house’ after a complaint that houseguest Preston Roberson-Charles messed around with a toothbrush of fellow houseguest houseguest Ryan Leslie and apparently Leslie got sick.  Charles is said to have put the toothbrush in the toilet after an argument a few weeks ago.  

No charges were filed against Charles though the toothbrush was taken in as evidence.   


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Oscar Winning Sissy Spacek Joining CBS TV Medical Drama

March 22nd, 2010 No comments

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We’re starting to see more and more of this and what a cool, smart trend for those in the TV business.  Major motion picture talent coming to TV. Sissy Spacek will be leading a John Wells produced medical drama on CBS according to The Hollywood Reporter.  The unnamed drama will focus on a mobile team of doctors that travel the United States and the world helping those that need medical service. 

Reminders of ‘The Philanthropist’ which ran on NBC last summer which was a solid show about a well to do money guy that traveled the U.S. and the world helping others.

The six time Oscar winning actress is coming off six episodes of ‘Big Love ‘ on HBO. 


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