A woman who appeared on “The Real World: D.C.” as a friend/possible sexual conquest of the housemates has filed a lawsuit against MTV claiming she was too drunk to give consent to be filmed. Golzar Amirmotazedi’s $5 million lawsuit claims she had 8 to 10 alcoholic beverages when she signed a waiver to appear on camera. Keep reading »
I may be unpopular for saying this, but I’m really tired of reality TV series about pregnancy and kids. I used to enjoy watching “A Baby Story” on TLC until “Jon & Kate Plus 8” came along and bastardized the baby biz. It seemed like parenthood and pregnancy went from awe-inspiring phenomenon to cultural hot commodity over night. I just can’t endorse anything that portrays children as valuable accessories. I personally think the pregnancy reality market is way more than covered, but TLC and First Response home pregnancy tests think there’s an untapped reality pregnancy niche. Keep reading »
According to Radar, NeNe Leakes‘ marriage to Greg is pretty much over—the two haven’t lived together in months. They say NeNe has a new man, and it’s not Anderson Cooper. According to the site, NeNe is dating NFL star Charles Grant. The two met at a fundraiser about a year and a half ago and have been seeing each other since. So who is this guy? Find out after the jump. Hint: he’s a New Orleans Saint who will soon be going on trial for manslaughter, i.e., a real catch! Keep reading »
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 »
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 »