Gone are the days when the severe weight-loss show “The Biggest Loser” or the dating competition atrocity “More To Love” are the only shows on television with plus-size peeps. This past year has brought us “Huge,” a Nikki Blonsky-starring scripted show about teens at fat camp (which has since been canceled), and “Mike & Molly,” a sitcom about a plus-size couple in love (which prompted MarieClaire.com blogger Maura Kelly to pen an embarrassing post about how “fatties” repulse her). Now plus-size peeps may be making what I hope will be a more multi-faceted appearance on reality TV. Doron Ofir Casting is casting a new VH1 show that aims to be the real-life “Sex and the City” with “full-figured, fabulous big girls” in L.A.
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I have something to confess: I am a huge fan of Bravo’s reality show “Millionaire Matchmaker,” and I have a crush on its star, matchmaker Patti Stanger. Usually a feeling of relief accompanies a confession. But I am ashamed. I feel like I should staple my palm to my face. Bravo TV is a slick circus of self-loathing, and no heterosexual man should ever be caught watching its grotesque programs featuring werewolf beauty queens eating each other. But then there’s “Millionaire Matchmaker,” a show that by all accounts should be as bad as “The Real Housewives Of Hades.” It’s not what I thought it would be, namely a show where socially awkward, self-absorbed millionaires are paired up by a sassy pimp with potential prospectors and their gold pans. I mean, it totally IS that. But it’s so much more. Patti Stanger is like Cupid, if Cupid used his bows and arrows as offensive weapons. Keep reading »
American TV audiences tuned out when “It’s On with Alexa Chung” was airing on MTV a year ago. They didn’t get her sarcastic and quick wit. But the fashion world, especially style bloggers like us, took notice of her unusual-for-a-TV-personality mix of high and low fashions. And Alexa quickly became an It Girl in the States as a result of her effortlessly chic, quirky, and original style. Many of her fans have tried to replicate her look, and come summer, they’re going to get a helping hand from Alexa herself. Keep reading »
Nothing says true love like watching women humiliated on national television. Following in the grand wedding-related reality show tradition of “Bridalplasty,” “Bridezillas,” and “Platinum Weddings,” WEtv’s new show “Jilted” stars marriage-starved women who give their commitment-phobic men an ultimatum: marry me or pack your bags. Because ultimatums always go so well. Keep reading »
Bristol Palin is turning out to be the most controversial “Dancing With the Stars” contestant ever. People are calling “conspiracy theory” on her miraculous winning streak. A Wisconsin guy even shot at his television screaming “f**king politics” after her performance last week, which earned her a spot in the finale tonight. But that wasn’t the last of the Bristol hating. On Friday, cops were called to the “DWTS” contestant’s studio where an unidentified powdery substance was found in an envelope with a death threat. The intended target? Yep, Bristol Palin. Keep reading »
This Sunday night, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” premieres on TLC. Early clips from the series show Sarah “bein’ free” while climbing a glacier and communing with mama grizzlies. So I assumed that the show was going to be a glorified nature show.
But upon reading some reviews, it sounds like the show veers more into reality television territory than I would have expected. Keep reading »
Today in Maybe, Possibly, Supposedly True News: my fave LGBT news blog, Queerty, reports that gay porn star Dustin Zito is in the cast of “Real World: Back To Las Vegas,” which MTV is currently filming. Hunky Dustin, 24, is allegedly a Lamar University graduate from Rayne, Louisiana (unrelated: the frog capital of the world), and appears on “Fratmen TV,” a gay porn website under the name “Spencer.” Pffft, like any frat could have that many cute guys in it! According to the reality TV forum Vevmo, Bunim/Murray Productions, which films “The Real World,” knows about Zito’s porn-y past and supposedly told him “before the show airs, the site he’s on is supposed to delete most of the content with him.” Keep reading »
“Lake Shore” is Canada’s answer to MTV’s “Jersey Shore.” It’s a new reality show that will follow “eight vibrant and volatile 20-somethings through the streets of Toronto.” But the Canucks upgraded the concept to make it more of a multi-cultural, pan-sexual, guido bonanza where STD testing is free for all. The cast includes Sibel the Turk, Joey the Italian, Anni Mei the Vietnamese, Tommy Hollywood the Czech, Robyn the Jew, Salem the Lebanese (and he’s gay!), Karolina the Pole, and Downtown D the Albanian. And they already hate each other before they’ve even moved in! Oh Canada, how can we ever thank you? [The Hairpin] Keep reading »
Do you know some reality stars from TV who look like they could use a real-life kick in the pants? A “desperate bachelorette” maybe? A “d-bag”? An “angry black bitch”? These are just a few of the stock characters you see over and over again on reality TV — excuse me, “reality TV.” Media critic Jennifer L. Pozner — who just happens to be my mentor and friend — has just published Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV, which examines the past decade of “reality TV” and how its statements on race, gender and class just happen to echo cultural stereotypes. (For example, men and women of color were pretty much absent from “reality TV” until Flavor of Love — a “dating” show where women clean up after and perform sexual favors for the rapper Flavor Flav.) Keep reading »
“Bridalplasty,” the only reality show where the “winner gets cut.” Ha … ha? The trailer for “Bridalplasty,” the new reality TV show hosted by Shanna Moakler in which brides-to-be compete in wedding-related contests for plastic surgery prizes, doesn’t actually show us any of the brides-to-be. Or cosmetic surgery before-and-afters. Or crippling self-esteem issues that would lead one to radically change her boobs, lips and nose before walking down the aisle. Guess we’ll have to wait for this brilliant piece of television programming to arrive on the air. [Hollywood Reporter] Keep reading »