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New ABC Family Show “Huge” Stars Nikki Blonsky … At Fat Camp

Those of us who got a kick out of John Waters’ “Hairspray” remake have been wondering just what breakout star Nikki Blonsky is up to. The good news? She’s been cast as the lead in a series on the ABC Family channel that will premiere in June. The bad news (I think)? The show is called “Huge” and takes place at the fictional Wellness Canyon, a weight-loss camp for teens.

Geez Louise, why does the plus-size actress have to be on a show about fat camp? Keep reading »

Girl Sues “Wife Swap” For, Like, Totally Ruining Her Life

A New York 18-year-old named Alicia Guastafarro is suing “Wife Swap” for $100 million smackers, claiming that the show ruined her life. Alicia was a former Little Miss Buffalo and says that the show intentionally manipulated reality to make her look like an uber-brat. She claims that many scenes in the show were scripted—for example, she was asked to repeat the line “I am the most popular girl in school” over and over, and was instructed to angrily give her cereal back to her stand-in mama because it wasn’t up to her standards. The show aired three years ago, and Alicia claims that afterward, she was the victim of “incessant verbal and physical assaults from her peers” and had to finish high school in a solo program. The suit claims, “For their own profit, defendants purposefully, intentionally and knowingly caused severe emotional and psychological harm to a fragile 15-year-old.” Sure, the producers on the show acted icks, but what else is new? It is ridiculous in this day and age that anyone thinks reality TV is really real. And, really, you think there was $100 million worth of damages here? Besides, maybe she should sue her parents instead — after all, they’re the one who decided to put her through this mess. Our recommendation to Alicia is to go to college—no one will remember her there or care that she appeared on “Wife Swap” three years ago. And beware of signing up for reality TV in the future. [NY Post]
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Watch A Clip Of Gabby Sidibe And Laura Linney In “The Big C”

Um, can “The Big C” be on TV right now, please? This show looks awesome. And I’m not just saying that because Laura Linney says to Gabby Sidibe with a straight face, “You can’t be fat and mean, Andrea. You can either be fat and jolly, or a skinny bitch. It’s up to you.” Never before have I thought I’d actually want to watch an entire TV show about cancer. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

An Ode To “Reading Rainbow”

Last weekend, I was in a bar with five friends and we were talking about the television shows we loved when we were kids. Somehow, we all started singing the “Reading Rainbow” theme song in our corner booth. Heads turned as we belted out, “Take a look/It’s in a book/A reading rainbow/I can go anywhere …” But we didn’t stop—we are all proud former Rainbowheads. So imagine my surprise today when I saw that LeVar Burton, the actor from “Roots” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation Actor” turned the star/executive producer of “Reading Rainbow,” announced via Twitter that a reboot of the show could be in the works. “You heard it here first,” he said. “Reading Rainbow 2.0 is in the works! Stay tuned for more info. But, you don’t have to …” Keep reading »

Paris Hilton And Doug Reinhardt’s Reality TV Show Gets Shot Down

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 »

Who We’re Rooting For On “Dancing With The Stars”


Dancing with the Stars” is so cheesy that it often makes me want to scream. What’s up with the lame music picks? And the judges with their paddle scores? And Brooke Burke’s overly Botoxed face asking ridiculous questions backstage? And yet, I watch. Why? Because seeing B- and C-listers dance—often awkwardly—is just blissful. After last night’s premiere episode, I have picked my favorites for the season. And here they are, starting with Pamela Anderson. I was worried about her when she said, “I have no rhythm. And I’m tone deaf.” But she managed to get it together for her performance. “I can only think of sex, sex, and more sex,” Judge Bruno yelled grossly after her performance. “Striperella is back home. Do it to me, girl.” Uh, go take a cold shower, dude.

After the jump, performances from my other faves. Keep reading »

“Pretty Wild,” Pretty Stupid: What Should Alexis Neiers Wear To Court?

This week on “Pretty Wild,” Alexis Neiers is in court for her preliminary hearing for her alleged involvement in the “Bling Ring,” a group of L.A. kids who broke into celebs’ homes and stole their stuff. But why does it not surprise us that Alexis’ biggest concern about her court date is what she is going to wear? Keep reading »

“Bachelor” Jake Makes His “Dancing With The Stars” Debut In A Pink Bow Tie


The 10th season of “Dancing With the Stars” premiered last night with its “most talked-about cast in history,” including “Bachelor” Jake Pavelka, because I guess ABC figures we didn’t get enough of the cheesy piece of milquetoast already. Jake began the season by presenting his dance partner, saucy blonde Chelsie Hightower, with a rose because “that’s how he starts every great relationship” (ooh, Vienna’s gonna be jealous!) and then he danced the Vienna, I mean Viennese Waltz, in a pink bow tie. Oh yes, a pink bow tie. Ladies, you thought the mock turtleneck was bad? I have a feeling we haven’t seen anything yet. Insert obligatory joke here about fastening your seatbelts because this season of “DWTS” is going to be a bumpy ride. (But I guess that joke only works if Jake is still a pilot, and when do you imagine was the last time he actually flew a plane? He’s been too busy passing out roses and perfecting his two-step). [via YouTube] Keep reading »

6 Actors Who Took The Self-Parody Route

Showtime’s new comedy “Episodes” sounds pretty high-larious. In it, Matt LeBlanc will play the star of a dumbed-down sitcom based on of a much better British show. The British couple who created the original sitcom comes to Hollywood to produce the American version and is totally bummed when executives replace the classy, intelligent lead with Matt LeBlanc. Cold diss or compliment? [Just Jared]

Lately, it seems like there have been quite a few shows of a similar meta nature. And since there’s something fantastic about the upswing of self-parody, we’ve rounded up a few other actors who’ve parodied themselves in TV shows. Keep reading »

Remote Control: What You’ll Want To Watch The Week Of March 22nd 2010

Oh, television, you are a good companion. Thank you for always providing a good time and never talking back. After the jump, some shows to look forward to this week, particularly the season premieres of “Dancing with the Stars,” “United States of Tara,” “Fly Girls,” and “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”
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