- In a time when there is a TV show about pretty much everything, Janie Bryant, costume designer for “Mad Men,” has landed her own reality show called “Janie Bryant’s Hollywood.” The show is now being pitched to cable channels like Bravo, E!, and Lifetime. Hopefully this just means seeing even more rad ‘60s fashion from Bryant. [Styleite]
- Real Life “Psych”: Police claim that Pam Ragland’s visions led them to the body of a missing boy. [Huffington Post]
- Getting in touch with her philanthropic side, RiRi has donated $5,000 to an Illinois high school so that they can purchase new equipment. Awww. How sweet. [E!]
- Kate Middleton’s hospital suite sounds nicer than any hotel I have ever set foot in. There’s even a romantic post-birth date for the new parents. [E!] Keep reading »
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Alright, I’m running on barely any sleep because I was up realllllly late watching the “Big Brother” live feeds — don’t be jealous of my cool cosmopolitan lifestyle, you guys — and, like, couldn’t turn them off because shit was that riveting.
After Nick got evicted last night (which sent GinaMarie into a tailspin of epic proportions because she, like, loved him after two weeks even though they never even kissed) and Helen won the Head of Household competition, Aryan Aaryn, aka KKK Barbie, and her dwindling Blonde-torage (consisting of just-as-racist GinaMarie, as well as Jeremy and Kaitlin) lost it. There was the usual whining about wanting to go home, about how they can’t win now, how none of this is faaaaair, blah blah — and then there was the bullying that has become a hallmark of their “gameplay.” Keep reading »
What is it about “Big Brother” that inherently lends itself to racism? Every time a new season begins, the majority of the controversy seems to surround racism. I guess when you put a bunch of racist idiots together, that’s what ends up happening.
The latest instigator of idiotic racism is GinaMarie Zimmerman – the “Big Brother” houseguest who has now been fired from her day job for saying the N-word on TV. Obviously, these idiots sometimes don’t realize that “Big Brother” airs on television and everybody in the country is watching them — or maybe they just don’t care, and will do anything for their fifteen minutes of fame.
Either way, GinaMarie is going to be very surprised when she leaves the “Big Brother” household because she has been fired from her day job as the pageant coordinator for East Coast USA Pageant. The main reason for this firing? Well, other than GinaMarie’s regular racist rants, she was also captured saying that welfare was “n**ger insurance.” Read more on Celeb Dirty Laundry…
I don’t know what it is about TLC’s “Breaking Amish” that fascinates me so much, but I am hooked. So obviously when I found out that one of the stars, Kate Stoltzfus, posed for Maxim, I was irrationally excited. She looks smoking hot, but apparently this is nothing unusual for Amish women. She told Maxim:
“There are definitely a lot of Amish women who have great bodies, because they work hard. They also eat really healthy, since they grow their own food. That’s one big thing I miss about home, being able to garden and take care of plants.”
On the show, she has talked about feeling like “a small fish in a really big pond” as she transitions from Amish life to the life of an aspiring model in New York City. But I have a feeling that this stunner shoot in Maxim may start to change those feelings for her. [Huffington Post]
“The Real World”‘s “No Fighting” Rule Apparently Doesn’t Exist Anymore, As Proven By The Brawl On Last Night’s “Portland” Finale
Over the course of 28 seasons — yes, 28 — MTV’s “The Real World” has changed a lot. If you’re old like me, you probably look back on the wonderfulness of the first few seasons (“New York City,” “Los Angeles,” San Francisco”) and sigh about how the cast used to represent a wide array of people who were always smart and thoughtful, if different from each other. Nowadays, it seems the primary requirements for being on “The Real World” are being stereotypically physically attractive and willing to cause drama. But speaking of drama, the one constant on “The Real World” has always been that if a cast member gets physically violent in any way with another cast member, they are immediately pulled aside by producers and, 95 percent of the time, sent home. There have been a few exceptions (for example, Stephen on “The Real World: Seattle” was sent to anger management after he slapped departing cast member Irene), but for the most part, any cast member who physically attacks another is forced to pack their bags and go. This has also been true on “Real World” spinoffs, “Road Rules” and “The Challenge.”
Well, that appears to not be the case anymore. Keep reading »
I watch a lot of reality TV. It’s a secret shame that I can’t share with my boyfriend, who is generally mega-tolerant of my TV preferences, but just cannot hang with “The Real Housewives of Douche Town” or whatever. I can respect that. It’s terrible stuff, really — an entire TV culture built around ridiculing the rich (or sort of rich) to make us feel better about ourselves. Or showing us how people who make duck whistles live, or the dark side of the pawn business. Did you ever know you needed to know these things? Because, yeah. Things certainly have changed since “The Real World: New York.” But I still love it.
With that in mind, PBS came up with a pithy new ad campaign, designed to make you really question what “reality” that reality TV is presenting. They’ve created a series of fake TV shows posted alongside the phrase “The fact that you thought was a real TV show says a lot about the state of TV.” So with that in mind, we’ve got a test for you. Can you tell which of these is a real TV show and which is part of PBS’s campaign? No cheating! Keep reading »
Most reality shows can only offer their participants free booze and a fleeting chance at fame, but a new reality show called “Mars One” is upping the ante in a big, big way: they’re offering their cast a one-way ticket to Mars. Yes, really. A Dutch company is now accepting applications for aspiring astronauts/reality TV stars. The plan is for the first group of humans to depart for their new home planet in 2023, with subsequent crews joining them every two years (the journey from Earth to Mars takes seven months). Colonizing the red planet will cost an estimated $6 billion, which is where the reality show angle comes in.
According to Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp, “Mars One intends to maintain an ongoing, global media event, from astronaut selection to training, from liftoff to landing…If humans land on Mars, everyone will want to watch. It will be bigger than the Olympic Games.” Potential participants need to keep in mind that the show might turn out to be more like “The Hunger Games” than “Mars-y Shore”: “There will be emergencies and deaths,” Lansdorp said. “We need to make sure that crew members can continue without those people.” Eesh. Keep reading »
I was compelled to hate watch Ryan Lochte’s new reality show, “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” and I’m here to report back that, JEAH, he is just as purely, ridiculously idiotic as you imagined. I’ve narrowed the episode down to my favorite scene for the sake of brevity. But you should know, there were so many unbelievable moments. Like when the producer asked him if he was a player and Ryan responded, “Describe player.”
But far and away, the most entertaining tidbit is when Ryan is having a movie night with his sisters and reveals that his favorite flick is “What Women Want.” But he calls it “What Woman Wants.” Ryan gets a lot of things wrong. He also takes very long pauses after being asked questions and rarely finishes his sentences. “One of my favorite movies is ‘What Woman Want.’ The Mel Gibson one … If I could read woman’s minds, I would be king of the world,” he says. I don’t know if that’s the case. Keep reading »
In Touch did an absolutely terrifying photo spread of the cast of “Dance Moms’” featuring Abby Lee Miller as the black swan. Abby is way, way scarier than Natalie Portman, by the way. The images perfectly convey the dysfunctional nature of the show, which makes me feel so many mixed emotions when I watch: confusion, amusement, outrage … but mostly fear. [In Touch]
Pediatric dentist Dr. Misee Harris of Kentucky is petitioning to become the first ever Black “Bachelorette.” This prospect means a lot is surfacing for me regarding the harmful stereotypes reinforced by women of color on reality television. How would she be received? If she did get an opportunity to be on the show and chose a non-black man, what would the social implications of that be? But more than that, I feel disheartened because I know that this reality reflects how America feels about who deserves to be happy and who doesn’t. Keep reading »