Move over Whitney Port, there’s a new fashion diva in town. Former music star Lily Allen is putting away her lyrics and microphone for a career in the fashion world, but she’s not content to just work in fashion. She wants to show off the drama of her life to the world — reality TV-style. As part of her new plan to open a boutique called Lucy In Disguise, Lily’s signed on with Channel 4 to star in a reality TV show displaying the ups and downs of her new career path. Beginning early next year, fans will have the opportunity to watch as Lily learns just what it takes to work in fashion and all about the hard work required to open a store. Lily and her sister are working together on the boutique, and if the Kardashian girls have taught us anything, it’s that sibling drama is a whole other situation. Sure, LC and Heidi provide endless entertainment, but Khloe and Kourtney have that nagging behavior that only comes from years and years of sisterly togetherness. Will you watch? [Vogue UK] Keep reading »
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Let’s face it, the best thing about reality TV is its ability to make ourselves feel better about our own lives. Bumming ‘bout your bubble butt—hey, at least you’re not as large as the peeps on “The Biggest Loser.” Angry your boyfriend cheated? Jerry Springer will make you grateful he was banging some coworker, and not knocking up your mom.
Oddly enough, most of these shows seem to be trying to deliver a message or lesson. The problem is that there’s a huge discrepancy between What They Want You to Learn (WTWYTL) and the Actual Lessons Learned (ALL). Luckily, I’m here to translate.
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I recently went on a “Bachelor”-watching binge. Although I don’t like to think of myself as someone who would enjoy the show, I also don’t like to think of myself as someone who would eat chocolate cake out of the garbage or sleep with a stranger while in an alcohol-induced blackout, so clearly what I think isn’t nearly as important as what I do. I may have stopped drinking and binge eating some twenty years ago, but I happily hunkered down with my remote control to indulge in some real escapism.
The first thing I love to hate about this show is the premise—essentially, that it’s possible to find true love on reality television. I mean, doesn’t the idea of one man test-driving twenty-five beautiful women at once sound more like a polyamorous play date than an honest attempt at finding one’s soul mate? But hey, I guess that’s hardly the point. We all know that reality shows are to real life what Pringles are to the potato, and “The Bachelor” is not exactly what I would call soul food. I guess I’m just a hapless—er, hopeless—romantic at heart, who resents myself for still wanting to buy into “The Bachelor”’s premise and believe in the possibility of a happy ending.
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Why didn’t anyone think of this brilliant idea sooner?! Infiltrate a group of youngsters with similar lineages, ply them with alcohol, and sit back while they exploit the worst stereotypes of their ethnicity/social class/cultural group. Can you blame producers for looking at the success of “Jersey Shore” and seeing dollar signs? (Well, yes, you can. But that’s another post entirely.)
It seems like there are new “Jersey Shore” knockoff shows appearing every week—so many that we can’t keep ‘em all straight. After the jump, we fill you in on next year’s crop of D-list celebs. Keep reading »
And, sadly, we have yet another link between a reality TV show and a murder. Bruce Beresford-Redman is a well-known producer who’s worked on shows like “Pimp My Ride” and “Survivor,” and is currently working on “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” He and his wife, Mónica, went on vacation to Cancun, Mexico, this week with their two children. On Tuesday, Bruce called the police to say that Mónica had gone out shopping the day before and had never come back. Yesterday, her body turned up in the sewer of the resort where they were staying, the Moon Palace. While Bruce has not been charged with anything and is not an official suspect, he has been held in Mexico for questioning as a “person of interest.” Keep reading »
Rejoice all, because lesbians are hitting reality TV. No, “The Real Housewives” franchise didn’t pick them up, but Showtime is doing a reality series called “The Real L Word” based on the network’s “The L Word,” which followed a group of hot gay women in West Hollywood. The big question: will the reality version be as good as the scripted version? Answer: it could be even better. After the jump, meet the cast. Keep reading »
In the past, Paris Hilton has been reality TV gold. Her and Nicole Richie‘s mean girl antics on “The Simple Life” made them both famous and the show ran for four seasons. And “Paris Hilton’s My New BFF” did so well for MTV that a British and United Arab Emirates version were filmed—more versions in other countries are currently in the works. But reportedly, television execs are not so psyched about Paris’ newest television venture. The New York Post reports that Paris has been shopping around a reality show about her engagement to baseball stud Doug Reinhardt. But no one is biting. Which should sound familiar to Doug, who supposedly tried his darndest to get a regular role on “The Hills” but was totally denied. But I don’t know. Not that I particularly like either of these two people, and I have some doubts that two such fame-whores could get together for any reason other than publicity—but still, it would be hilarious to watch them plan their wedding together. It would combine the utter inanity of “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica” and “Britney and Kevin: Chaotic” with the lavish how-the-other-half-lives element of “The Real Housewives.” So I hope someone picks this sucker up. Keep reading »
It’s a dreary winter Thursday — let’s play the blind item guessing game!
This reality star got ejected from a New Jersey nightclub on New Year’s Eve after imbibing a little too much, and getting a little too jerky. Upon the unceremonious tossing, he/she started shouting, “Don’t you know who I am?”
So many fame-headed celebs, and so many choices. I may not be famous, but at least I can hold my liquor. Who do you think got tossed on New Year’s? Keep reading »
Back in September we told you about a video of “In the House” actress Maia Campbell allegedly appearing high on meth. The footage was really heartbreaking because Maia was so beautiful and had such promise back in the ’90s; her drug abuse was no way to treat her reported bipolar disorder. Now, we hear that Maia is seeking help for her addiction and trying to get her life back on track. The only problem? She’s reportedly doing this while taping a reality show. Maia has teamed up with reality TV producer Jaysen “Av Action” Accius to record a pilot of the show, which will follow her as she gets necessary drug addiction and mental heath treatment and attempts to restore her once beautiful life. We all know reality TV has a way of exploiting its subjects, and when that video surfaced a few months back, the person who recorded it said Maia was willing to do anything for a hit. So let’s hope Maia does indeed get the help she requires and doesn’t end up worse off. Or maybe she should just try “Celebrity Rehab“? [Clutch] Keep reading »