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 »
I’ve had this pop culture fantasy for awhile. Wouldn’t it be awesome if ABC took a bunch of rejected “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” contestants, stuck ‘em in a house together (with a hot tub, natch), turned on the cameras, and let them run wild? Oh wait. I can stop wondering. BECAUSE ABC IS ACTUALLY DOING THIS. According to the NY Daily News, ABC is planning a new reality show — called “Bachelor Pad” — with this exact premise, to air this summer. Chris Harrison has signed on, as well as a few unnamed past contestants including — and this is interesting — some past winners. Hmm … Martin Hilton, executive producer, tells The Hollywood Reporter, “All these people have been friends, been enemies, they date each other and bring all this great backstory to the show. It seemed like there was an opportunity to combine that world with a new competitive reality show.” It’s like “The Bach,” minus the cheesy faux romance and rules, with a big helping of “Real World”-style whoredom! Hot tub hookups aplenty! Cat fights! Many, many hotties! Summer cannot get here soon enough. [NY Daily News]
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Sadly, the day will come when everyone’s new favorite reality show must end. Until next season, we’ll be without fist pumps and boardwalk fights, but thanks to the Oxygen Network, the fashions of the guidettes are coming to your television in a new reality show called “Jersey Couture.” A formal dress store in Freehold, NJ called Diane & Co. signed up to share their dirty fashion details with the world, and if the description of their services is any indication of the entertainment we’re about to receive, well, you’ll be DVR-ing this show in no time. The store boasts a “Back Room,” where staff can re-create dresses from designers, which start at the low price of $2,000. Each prom dress sold comes with the guarantee that no other girl from your high school will be allowed to buy the same style. And as a final little extra: the staff will even accompany you on the big day as part of their Fluff Me package, to provide hair, makeup, and day of services. We can see the fashion tantrums flying already, and if this dress from the store’s site tells us anything, it should be a wild ride. [MTV] Keep reading »
Andy Warhol’s “15 minutes of fame” prediction has certainly panned out, and the accessibility of
some any degree of stardom puts dollar signs in people’s eyes and motivates them to make crazy, horrible moves (like Balloon Boy’s parents!). Students at an Alameda, California beauty school feel burned, and it has nothing to do with all those chemicals lying around. That’s because they got hold of a rather insulting TV pitch:
“The students are mostly inner-city, unwed mothers taking advantage of government subsidies for a better life. The instructors can’t find any other job that offers ‘bennies’ [benefits]. The new owners are white, naive suburbanites bleeding cash and trying to keep it all under control.”
Cute! Not. More after the jump … Keep reading »
If you’re a fan of fashion reality TV, chances are you’ve either fallen in love with or become very afraid of Kelly Cutrone. For those not entranced with the daily life of Whitney Port on “The City” (here’s an exclusive interview), prepare to get to know Kelly, because right before Fashion Week, she’s going to take over your television and book shelf. On Feb. 1, the public relations power house is launching her very own show on Bravo called “Kell on Earth” and, just one day later, her first self-help book, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside … And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You, will hit shelves.
Fair enough: not everyone watches MTV or has heard of the illustrious Kelly Cutrone, so here’s a bit of a catch-up in preparation for February … Keep reading »