Every competitive cooking show in America, ranked
by the A.V. Club
The AV Club interviews Nicole Michalik
about her experience as a fourth season contestant on NBC's weight-loss reality show The Biggest Loser [more inside]
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
the only great reality TV show? The AV Club argues yes
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
Why The Hills’ [new] Opening Credits Are Both Creepy and Cruel
For more can-this-really-be-an-accident marketing: This
promo for the final season as compared to this
earlier use of the same song.
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]
The Near-Fame Experience
: A fascinating interview with former contestants of Bravo
reality television shows Project Runway
and Top Chef
, presenting the fickle nature of fame and how it can come at significant professional and personal cost, if at all.
Win in China!
A "reality" TV show in China where young would be entrepreneurs compete for a large pile of startup cash to actualize their business ideas. Not everyone is happy about the glorification of capitalism
, of course, and one losing contestant may have committed suicide
, but overall reaction
in China to the show seems positive
. Video clips here (also a full length article by the Atlantic if you have a paid subscription)
Today in the Netherlands
, public broadcaster BNN
aired the first episode of sex- and drug-themed television show "Spuiten en Slikken"
; the punning title translates to either "Shoot Up & Pop (Pills)" or "Squirt & Swallow". [more inside]
Novelist posits Shoah as reality TV show.
In her new book titled ’Sulphuric Acid’ published in France
, the successful Belgian author Amelie Nothomb
describes a “concentration camp reality show”
. It's the story of a reality show called “Concentration”. There are ’candidates’ which are arrested in roundups, tattooed and guarded before they are executed one by one following a vote by the spectators.
And the apprentice is: Kwame Jackson!
Trump fired Bill for how he ran a tournament at Trump National Golf Club and hired Kwame for the way he put together a Jessica Simpson concert at the Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City.
USA Today makes an ooopsie.
Kurt Nilsen wins World Idol.
Gap-toothed and described by judges as "with the looks of a hobbit," the Norwegian plumber with the voice of an angel proves that there's hope for all of us to become popstars. True talent triumphs!
From the "Bound to Happen Sooner or Later" department: Mary Carey to host reality TV show in which 28 women will complete for the grand prize of a one-year contract in adult video
3. The girls are always there: you make breakfast - lapdancers. You brush your teeth - lapdancers. You try and sleep - lapdancers. Can you handle that?
The Lapdance Island contestant application.
Can you handle that?
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...
David wins Fame Academy!
Mix Big Brother with Pop/American Idol and you get the Fame Academy
, where 12 gorgeous
under-30s are thrown into a glorified stage school
for a few months, and only one emerges an idol. The prize? Supposedly the 'biggest TV prize ever.' A £1 million recording contract, a fancy apartment in London, a personal shopper, chauffeur, and more. All is not lost for the 'losers' though, as they've all gained professional management and Mercury Records
is considering them all for solo careers.
In contrast to the 'Idol' shows, being couped up for weeks on end has caused even the wackiest
contestants to grow in their singing and songwriting abilities. So will this show reach the US? Probably, given these other crossover shows.
Beverly Hillbillies, Redux!
No... not a new movie, but a reality series under development by the shiny and shimmering Tiffany Network
. CBS scouts are scouring for a "rural, rustically telegenic" family to be whisked to a brand new home in Beverly Hills, and have a life of luxury bestowed upon them for a period of a year... cameras following them all the way. Crass exploitation of the poor when the gap between rich and poor gets larger and larger? Fun idea to see what happens when someone's dreams come true? Somewhere in the middle? What do people think?
Last week the Los Angeles New Times
reported that NBC had signed teenage kidnap/rape victims Tamara Brooks and Jackie Marris to star in a midseason replacement "reality show"
, to be entitled "Survive This!"
After the initial jaw-drops of this revelation and alleged quotes from therapists and sex crime experts that "NBC may actually be doing the teens a service by exposing them to worldwide publicity", further along in the article we get this description of what the show will entail:
'Survive This!' contestants will be briefed by the girls before they are helicoptered to a remote, secret location. If things go according to plan, NBC will have placed several paroled repeat sex offenders in various locations miles from the drop zone. The contestants will have 48 hours to find safety at a remote building made to resemble a rural sheriff's station.
People were outraged. Protests were planned. There was just one catch. The author of the article made up the whole thing.
One wonders how this ever got past the editors.
Will wins Pop Idol
- the contest to win a recording contract finally comes to a conclusion. To me, this programme just about showed how easy it is for anyone to end up in the charts. Now it's time for them to find out what the music industry is really like
Are you 25-29? Like to travel? Wish you could influence global politics? Look good in front of the camera? Maybe you should be President
Season 11 of the Real World
started tonight! Among guitly pleasures, this one's gonna be good: 2 person showers! lifeguarding! conflicting interests! I'm hooked.
The East Coast knows...
Survivor Africa is over. You may not have noticed it ever starting...
But Kim, Lex, Ethan, or Tom won.
I'll let someone else spoil the surprise for those West Coast viewers.
It was bound to happen.
"The NBC TV network is looking to revive the old fantasy TV series FANTASY ISLAND -- as a reality series."
CBS posts 'Survivor: Africa' cast profiles
If reality TV is even marginally relevant to anyone anymore, the bios of the latest Survivor contestants have been posted. My questions are: 1. are these people representative of the American population at large? Almost all of the women list In Style magazine as their favorite and one picks "shopping and ads" as her favorite section of the newspaper... and 2. will more or less people be watching Survivor post-WTC tragedy?
Who wants to be a Princess?
Remember "Who wants to marry a Multimillionaire?" Remember how it turned into a big scandal? Remember how Fox promised they wouldn't do it again? Well, they're doing it again this coming Monday.
"He doesn't say please, he doesn't say thank you."
Yeah, it's Survivor
, British-style. A natural leader with survival experience emerges, gets his tribe organised, and is promptly voted out in the quietest of revolutions. My American girlfriend, who'd watched Colby marshal his people through the Outback season, is visibly gobsmacked. ("I really couldn't do psychology in this country.") Different levels of power distance
Somehow We Survived Survivor 2
"Sunshine" Tina wins
, for those who care
and for those who don't
. Poor Bryant Gumbel... I can't believe he got conned into hosting last night's "special." And we'll never understand why Colby
didn't pick Keith to go up against in the final vote, which would've all but guaranteed his own win of the $1 million grand prize. And now, back to your regularly scheduled summer reruns...
Survivor is filled with crap for sale
- so why can't I find that groovy Panama hat Colby wears for sale, anywhere?
with a neato science lesson curve. Plus the mom claims to be "one of the ugleist women in Britain."
The exercise in broadcast shame has crowned an evil queen
"And you're little dog, too!"
(via Taken Outtacontext in an unrelated post
someone puts this whole Survivor
nonsense into terms I can understand. The PC-types are going to be all over Stuever on this one, but damn
may be even more Orwellian than I thought. It may not be so much about constant surveillance, as about manipulating public perception of events.
So farewell then, Nasty Nick!
Or was he a stoolie all along?
Last One Standing.
Now this is reality tv. Just came on at 8PST on USA. About 10 people have to keep a hand on a car in order to win it. After 3 days awake, they started losing their wits and begin to imagine that they're being plotted against. What Big Brother should
is apparently real; 'Roger', the world's first 'Reality Runner', starts evading the masses on the 14th of this month. He has a 10K USD bounty on his head.
Take one reality based TV show, add one 'angry black man', and stir.
Are reality based TV shows like "Survivor", "Big Brother" and "insert-the-name-of-any-Bunim-Murray-production-here" guilty of resorting to stereotypes when casting African American males? One critic seems to think so.
"When Plastic Surgeons Attack"?
It's good to know Fox is going about pandering to the worst instincts of American television viewers *responsibly*. I feel better, don't you?
to follow up the scandal of who wants to marry a millionaire, might fox give us who wants to marry a staggering genius
featuring 50 young, college-educated women vying for the affections of sympathetic literary star Dave Eggers?
More bad news about Fox's multimillionaire.
Now the smoking gun
says he was abusive to a past fiancee. i'm willing to bet someone in the research department is sweating today.