Does the long-running reality TV program Survivor
have a sexism problem? A few weeks back (Mefi's Own
) Linda Holmes published "The Tribe Has Broken: How Sexism is Silently Killing 'Survivor'"
in response to a controversial episode where a male contestant was soundly ridiculed by host Jeff Probst for following a suggestion made by his wife ("Does she tell you what to do all the time?"), while a female contestant who followed a much more direct command from her husband did not receive similar teasing. Over the weekend, Holmes joined former Survivor
contestants Rob Cesternino
and Stephen Fishbach
on Cesternino's Robhasapodcast
show for a lively discussion of this topic (runs just over an hour).
posted by The Gooch
on Nov 6, 2013 -
Last month, New York PBS affiliate WNET launched a subway ad campaign
that promoted several fake but totally plausible reality shows, to poke fun at the state of Cable TV. To follow up on the successful campaign, yesterday, the network released 3 TV spots
with a similar theme. (Kinda previously
posted by schmod
on Jul 16, 2013 -
Last Sunday, Comic Book Men premiered on AMC, sliding right into the time slot right after the comic book-based Walking Dead series. It's a reality show masterminded by filmmaker and occasional comic book writer Kevin Smith that follows four employees at his New Jersey comic book shop, the Secret Stash, as they deal with the world of comics retail. If the intent is to show comic shop employees as anything other than obnoxious walking sterotypes, it's a complete failure. If, however, it's meant to be the most compelling argument I've ever seen for never setting foot in a comic book store, I have to admit that it's a smashing success.
- Chris Sims reviews Comic Book Men
. Remember, no chicks allowed
posted by Artw
on Feb 16, 2012 -
This is a story of a young man named Chotu Lohar* from a small nondescript village in one of the poorest states
of India. He dropped out of school to work in the iron mines. Music on a radio was the only entertainment available in his house but last year
he came to national notice on a reality show called Dance India Dance
- where although his untutored enthusiasm and energy captured attention - he was unable to make the cut. His passion, on the other hand, caught the interest
** of the show's producers who took him under their wing and a year later, he's just made
the shortlist for this year's show. [more inside]
posted by infini
on Jan 7, 2012 -
In 2009, Jon Gosselin was offered $365,000 for interviews: how reality stars, celebrity parents and rehab workers make money selling gossip
to celebrity websites and TV shows.
posted by Georgina
on May 23, 2011 -
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
. [more inside]
posted by ericb
on Feb 21, 2009 -
Ten contestants. Ten days. They all grew up in shelters -- but one of them will claw his or her way to the top. It's the Meow Mix House
, where ten cats
will vie to become Meow Mix's Feline Vice President of Research and Development. (And, win or lose, they will all be adopted by families.) The webcams
. [ article || via ]
posted by milquetoast
on Jun 13, 2006 -
and fellow MeFi members, camworld
, want to take part on TAR9. Help them get noticed by the casting directors of The Amazing Race, currently undergoing casting call review.
posted by riffola
on Aug 4, 2005 -
Let me on survivor!!!
Oh the lack of justice! Canadians make up 10% of the Survivor audience and yet the show doesn't want to allow canadians to be on the show. This young courageous man
wants to change the rules, and he thinks he qualifies to be a good survivor
. Because after all 'Canadians live in igloos 50% of the year, so we're perfect for outdoor survival reality-tv shows '.
So he's on a crusade to be the first canadian citizen on the show, and ask people to sign his petition
posted by Sijeka
on Dec 17, 2004 -
Debating for Ratings [yet another flash movie]
Do-good media reform group answers the questions no one asked: What if the media set the rules of the debates? What if campaign coverage took the same form as Big Media's favorite low-cost, high-profit programming — reality TV?
posted by drywall
on Oct 7, 2004 -