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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Just as Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, and Felicity Huffman issued a joint statement saying that “Desperate Housewives” producer Marc Cherry had never been anything but professional to them and has only fostered a positive working environment, the cast of “The Hills” has found themselves in a similar situation. On Tuesday, Life & Style reported that Heidi Montag was planning to sue the creator of “The Hills,” Adam DiVello, over an incident that took place at a photo shoot last month. A source told the magazine, “Adam came up to her from behind and grabbed her with one hand on her stomach and one hand directly on her butt cheek. Heidi had six bodyguards with her. They took his hand off her and moved him away from the situation. …Heidi started bringing security to the set because she felt Adam was getting a little creepy. He was very touchy-feely and she insisted he wouldn’t stop asking her to strip down to a bikini for scenes. Adam wasn’t on set much for six seasons until Heidi got her new boobs. And now he shows up everywhere.”
MTV says they have conducted an investigation over the incident and that “the allegations made against Adam DiVello are completely false and without merit.” Keep reading »
While there’s certainly no “right” age to get married, I am going to go out on a limb and say that there is one wrong one—when you are 17. True Stevenson, Kirstie Alley‘s son, is not out of high school yet and he is engaged to his girlfriend. Even stranger, Kirstie is excited about this. “I feel good because they’re really in love,” she told Ellen DeGeneres yesterday. “True’s very … he’s got a level head. He’s a good guy. He’s very monogamous, and he’s very sweet with her.”
Yes, True seems pretty awesome on A&E’s “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life.” He regularly sports an AC/DC shirt and busts out great lines like, “They don’t rag on Rosie O’Donnell like they do on you and she’s way more of a b***h.” But he is hardly ready to walk down the aisle. Keep reading »
“Madonna doesn’t have a TV and has no idea what ‘Glee’ is. The show did ask her if she wanted to make an appearance in the much-hyped Madonna episode. She said ‘no thanks’ and, to be honest, she would rather they sing an Elton John song than butcher one of hers.”
—An anonymous “friend” of Madonna‘s, who says she is none-too-excited about next week’s Madge-themed episode of “Glee.” Supposedly, she’ll make a cool $100K in royalties from the episode, though. So, you know, Rocco’s allowance for the month. [PopEater] Keep reading »
I used to watch A&E’s addiction series, “Intervention,” religiously. After a while, though, I couldn’t take it anymore. I appreciate the struggles of addiction, but the stories are so often so heartbreaking. Watching people in the throes of intense addiction is agonizing. Every once in a while, though, I tune in again. This Monday, I watched an episode featuring Ashley, whose drug-addicted mother handed her over to her aunt and uncle when she was a child. She became addicted to black tar heroin and Xanax after her grandfather died. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the worst of it.
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I must admit, I only watched my first episode of “Glee”
last night and was totally amused. But after catching this preview clip from next week’s Madonna
-themed episode, I might have to become a loyal viewer. Jane Lynch
, who has wowed me in all the Christopher Guest movies and plays cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on “Glee,” does “Vogue,” dare I say it, almost
as entertainingly as Madge herself. Keep reading »
Get out your karaoke machine and start practicing your Journey, because “Glee” comes back tonight, folks! We know that in the second half of this season, Idina Menzel will play Vocal Adrenaline’s coach, Olivia Newton-John will be a judge at Regionals, and Jennifer Lopez will be a cafeteria worker at McKinley High. We also know that next Tuesday is the big Madonna episode, which will feature 10 Material Girl tracks sung by assorted Gleeks. But what else can we expect this season? The scoops Entertainment Weekly got out of creator Ryan Murphy, after the jump. Semi-SPOILER alert. Keep reading »
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 »