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 -
Can Spam Save the World? Mark Cuban
, broadcast.com billionaire, owner of the Dallas Mavericks
, and Donald Trump wannabe (though he says he's not
) is set to host a new "reality" show called The Benefactor
. The winner gets $1 million bucks.
, who bought the terribly optimistic cubansmillion.com domain, claims he has a "well thought-out" 4-step plan
to use the money to save the world.
It sounds to me like it was conceived by the underwear gnomes
. He fails to explain just how sending 50 million spam emails a day "generates 250 million dollars annually for charitable causes . ($5 in annual earnings per member enrolled.)"
I'd be interested in hearing what others with experience in email marketing think. A viable idea or just crackpot self-promotion?
posted by sixdifferentways
on Apr 20, 2004 -
Batman and Robin have been spotted
on the streets of Whitley england, saving damsels in distress, scaring wrongdoers and even chasing naked men from football fields. Other self-made superheroes making news range from the amusing
to the disturbing
. Even MTV and Stan Lee are jumping into the fray with a casting call for a reality TV show
where contestants will compete against each other in a show designed to develop their superhero characters and test their mettle as defenders of justice.
posted by Stuart_R
on Apr 19, 2004 -
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.
posted by riffola
on Apr 16, 2004 -
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!
posted by dagny
on Jan 1, 2004 -
Matt Taibbi checks in
with 'Excerpt from The Rise and Fall of the United States (Putnam, 2037), William Shirer IV. From the chapter entitled, "The Anschluss Begins."' Typically clever stuff, especially the Franzen bit.
posted by GriffX
on Oct 21, 2003 -
Kenny VS. Spenny
is a new reality tv show on Canada's CBC network. The premise? Two friends "battle" in a different competition
each week to see who is "better". What types of competitions? Who can lose the most weight. Who will be the first to use their arms. Who can make the most money in three days... [more inside]
posted by dobbs
on Sep 9, 2003 -
Who Wants To Marry My Daughter?
Mom will interview suitors for her 22-year-old (who's also the mom of a 4-year-old), a la the NBC "reality"
show. Mom's already booked some dates and a getaway weekend for the winner. Seriously. Must have "a steady job, a love of children, strong morals, and no criminal baggage." Livestock brideprice
posted by serafinapekkala
on Aug 19, 2003 -
"If people want to know about it, they should know I won the contest."
On the day of the historic Supreme Court decision, New Jersey's Democratic Party embarrasses itself big time, as the Sussex County party chairman wants a candidate for State Senate to quit the race because he "entered a photo contest in New York City that featured nudity".
What the AP story says: The candidate, semi-famous for being the runner-up on 'Reality' Game Show The Mole
and one of "People Magazine's 50 Most Eligible Bachelors", really is
named Jim Morrison (TVTome database embarrassment)
What the AP story didn't say: (local newspaper story)
Morrison is openly gay, it was a "prettiest penis contest", and it was made public more than two years ago
. And the party chair's real problem with Morrison is his winning the primary as a 'write-in' (scroll down to "Legislature '03")
Now what bothers
me about this guy is that when he was on "Mole", his occupation was "helicopter pilot", and now he's "a partner in his parents' law firm". Now that's "family values"...
posted by wendell
on Jun 27, 2003 -
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...
posted by Mack Twain
on Apr 15, 2003 -
While you were out at a Peace Rally or reading your 'books' that somehow use words in combination to form 'sentences', us smart folks were watching the high culture extravaganza Joe Millionaire
. Yes, I know you don't own a television
, which is why Television without Pity
is here to get you up to speed in case you're at the next dinner party with Nobel Prize laureates and all you can talk about is Iraq. [intelligent discussion inside]
posted by Stan Chin
on Feb 17, 2003 -
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.
posted by wackybrit
on Dec 13, 2002 -
What's Joe's Big Secret?
The FOX network has quietly finished production on "Joe Millionaire," a seven-episode series that combines elements of Fox's "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?" with ABC's "The Bachelor."
I won't spoil the "secret" for anyone who cares but isn't someone's financial status a valid factor when forming a relationship. If you lie to someone the entire time during a relationship doesn't that effect your perceptions and feelings towards the person who lied to you?
posted by suprfli
on Dec 2, 2002 -
ESPN and Reality Based TV....together at last!!
It's called Beg, Borrow and Deal, ESPN's new reality show. 2 Teams, 4 people each are dropped into Times Square with just the clothes on their back. They have to make their way to Alcatraz Island in 4 weeks. The catch? They must complete 10 of 40 challenges
. These challenges range from difficult, (watch the Kentucky Derby from the infield and place a winning bet on the Kentucky Derby itself), to unbelievable (play horse vs an NBA player and win), to crazily impossible, (play 4 members of congress in a game of flag football in front of the Capital building in DC, one must be a senator).
To make matters worse, you're given no money or food or equipment. No contestant is allowed to touch any money during the game. They can only (ahem) beg, borrow and deal for favors from strangers or friends. Add to that, none of the sports teams or organizations know about the contest...
The Prize: Two tickets, all expenses paid, to four championship events of the next year.
I was skeptical at first, but man, what a great first episode. I haven't had this much fun since the original Survivor. It looks like the contestants had the time of their lives. It's like a super cross country sports scavenger hunt. Sign me up for next season!
posted by gwong
on Sep 18, 2002 -
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?
posted by tittergrrl
on Aug 28, 2002 -
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.
posted by chuq
on Aug 22, 2002 -
Real reality tv. OneWorld TV
has launched. "The site features short, Video Nation-style contributions from film-makers, both amateur and professional, from around the world. Subjects range from Aids and global warming to the conflict in the Middle East and the plight of child gold miners in Burkina Faso". You can create your own story line, with different perspectives and sources.
posted by papalotl
on Jul 29, 2002 -
won. I knew it would be her four episodes ago. I can't believe I missed Will and Grace for this crap.
posted by boardman
on Apr 25, 2002 -
A soundtrack to MTV's The Osbournes
is in the making starting with this...Ozzy Osbourne's youngest daughter, Kelly Osbourne, will sing Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach," with Incubus guitarist Mike Einzinger and drummer Jose Pasillas as her backing band.
What other songs would you put on there?
posted by BarneyFifesBullet
on Apr 4, 2002 -
Survivor III Finale Flawed.
If there's any doubt still that this show is a complete waste of time, check out this "news" tidbit that CBS is doing a good job of squashing. Turns out the ending was flawed; the other finalists have now been paid handsomely to behave.
posted by Fofer
on Feb 22, 2002 -
New Survivor 4 Contestants Announced
Sixteen back-stabbing, over-competitive, fame-seeking, hunger-loving castaway wannabes were announced this morning on CBS' Survivor
site. Fewer people watched the mother-of-all-American-reality-TV-shows in it's last incarnation in Africa - will this one in the Marquesas continue the ratings slide?
posted by stevis
on Feb 6, 2002 -
Every Third Word Is A Bleep
Hey, hey, it's The Osbournes.Yep, Ozzy has his own TV show now.I just thought America needed to see what a normal family was really like
says Mrs. Osbourne.Ozzy won't be getting subtitles, though.
posted by BarneyFifesBullet
on Jan 16, 2002 -
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.
posted by jacobw
on Jan 10, 2002 -
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?
posted by popvulture
on Sep 25, 2001 -
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.
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Sep 22, 2001 -
Where are these people's priorities?
CBS has done it again. "Many people can't get enough news about the terrorist attacks in the United States, but a few are getting absolutely none: those locked up in ``Big Brother'' houses. " Apologies if this has already been posted, search didn't return anything useful.
posted by zerotype
on Sep 14, 2001 -
Auntie's Problem Child:
how the making of a video diary changed the lives of both its subject and its producer. More proof (as if more were needed) that "Reality TV" is an oxymoron? From the Observer
- hopefully the link will survive their site maintainance.
posted by pascal
on Aug 5, 2001 -
Who did it?
Probably the only reality show with a bit of a brain, Murder in Small Town X
has a group of "investigators" who must find a murderer by way of searching for clues and interviewing the townspeople. The first episode comes on again Sunday.
posted by owillis
on Jul 27, 2001 -
Big Brother 2 goes pay.
They're tripping on themselves before they even get out of the starting gate. At the Official Site
they've recently reported they will charge for live Internet feed access after the first few days. The obsessed and addicted are none too pleased. What do you think? Shrewd business move or greedy reaction by clueless network executives?
posted by ZachsMind
on Jul 4, 2001 -
"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
posted by holgate
on May 22, 2001 -