the only great reality TV show? The AV Club argues yes
shows Gordon Ramsay
helping restaurants make miraculous turnarounds. Ramsay helped relaunch
Austin, Texas's El Greco
, but the restaurant still ended up closing
. Some people are saying that Ramsay's interference
may have been the final nail in the coffin
for the restaurant
After appearing last month on the ABC reality television show 'Wife Swap
,' "San Francisco resident Stephen Fowler
was forced to resign from the boards of two nonprofits, allegedly received e-mailed death threats and stood on the sidelines as his wife, Renee Stephens, issued a public statement condemning his behavior and asking him to get 'professional help
.'...Thanks to online TV and easy access to private information, Fowler's 15 minutes of fame have snowballed beyond his control." "What has generated such wrath is Fowler's condescending treatment
of Gayla Long, a mother of four from rural Missouri....In wince-producing remarks, Fowler, who is British, wrote off middle America with such pronouncements as 'Your two languages seem to be bad English and redneck.'" Video highlights - 1
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A nice little site which rips every reality show apart quite nicely, but my favorite is the "Off Topic"
section where threads on any subject offer up some of the best trolling/flamebait and some very funny comments. More inside...
MTV has best first quarter ever, thanks in part to The Osbournes.
The extremely high, record-breaking ratings of The Osbournes have helped "MTV [score] its highest first-quarter ratings in its history among all its young viewer demographic categories," Mediaweek.com reports. (via Reality Blurred
As a sort-of follow up to yesterday's discussion
of "whatever-happened-to-the-Big Brother (UK) Housemates", here's a funny little story
about what Rudy Boesch is up to these days. We all (may) remember Rudy as the politically incorrect ex-Navy Seal from the first edition of Survivor (US), won by Richard Hatch. Nice to see fame hasn't changed him.
This article about the stereotyped Black man
offered up by nearly every reality TV show broadcast in the US ends just as it's getting to the essence: why is this the "reality" the networks -- and damningly the audiences -- are choosing?