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'Big Brother 12' Rips Off 'The Mole' - Premiere Recap

July 9th, 2010 10:01am EDT
Big Brother 12
The CBS reality mainstay "Big Brother" entered its twelfth season Thursday night. And this year, the customary "twist" is similar to the premise of the fallen reality show, "The Mole."

Of the thirteen house guests, one is a "saboteur," acting as the producer's antagonist to prevent the other contestants from winning challenges, or to generally "wreak havoc," according to host Julie Chen. The contestants weren't informed of this until after they moved into the "Big Brother" house.

Chen says the saboteur may work against an individual or the entire group. He or she is eligible to reign a...
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What To Watch: Summer 2010 TV

May 14th, 2010 10:44am EDT
Summer TV 2010
There used to be a time when summer television was all reruns and special events, like baseball games and the occasional Olympics. Then it became a reality television zone, giving life to such mind-numbingness as CBS’ Big Brother, a show about thirteen insipid individuals put in a house and made to play inane games and “back door” each other for a chance at a half a million dollars. More and more, though, networks are scheduling new shows for the summer block that are quirkier, non-formulaic, and even character driven. What was once a wasteland is fast becoming a haven for smaller, niche sh...
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Anna David On 'Reality Matters'

April 5th, 2010 1:58pm EDT
Anna David Reality Matters
What do you get when you give a dozen writers who are hooked on reality television a pen and paper? Reality Matters. The book, edited by Anna David, is a brilliant compilation of essays by various writers coming clean about the reality shows they can’t stop watching. Why do we love this genre? Why are we glued to the TV every week as if our lives would end if we didn’t see who The Bachelor picked as his bride-to-be, or which wannabe star got the boot on American Idol? The book explores such shows like The Real Housewives of New York City, The Hills, Married by America, Project Runway, The O...
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Weekly Reality TV Roundup

September 14th, 2009 9:50am EDT
Hell
Let's take a look at some highlights of what reality TV had to offer us last week as we move into a new week of reality antics.

The Rachel Zoe Project (Mondays Bravo 9PM CST).

Rachel Zoe has become one of my favorite reality stars. She is very cool, smart, funny and she likes to have a good time. This week Rachel was in charge of Anne Hathaway at the Oscars but she left her assistant Brad in charge. Although he struggled at last season's Oscars Brad did just fine this week and he was humbled at the opportunity Rachel gave him.

In between a chaotic Oscar week and drama with assis...
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Top 5 To Watch This Week: 'Jay Leno,' 'Survivor: Samoa' & More

September 14th, 2009 9:04am EDT
America
This week's Top 5 shows to watch list is full of finales, premieres and one show that may be a shock to readers for having made the list at all.

"America's Got Talent" - NBC, Monday Sept. 14 & Wednesday Sept. 16

This week is the big finale of this season of "America's Got Talent." Ten acts - The Texas Tenors, Grandma Lee, Kevin Skinner, Fab Five, The Voices of Glory, Hairo Torres, Recycled Percussion, Lawrence Beamen, Drew Stevyns and Barbara Padilla - will perform for viewers and voters one last time on Monday, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday. The winner will receive ...
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Reality Roundup: 'Jon & Kate,' 'Hell's Kitchen' & More

September 8th, 2009 9:27am EDT
Anne Hathaway
Although Reality TV is supposed to be real it is actually intended to help people escape reality and laugh at other people's misadventures. The trashier the concept the better the show, except some of those VH1 shows are obnoxious.

I am more about shows like "The Real World," "My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance," or my new favorite show "Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel."

If you missed any of your favorite reality shows last week, I am here to give a short synopsis of what went down:

Jon & Kate Plus 8 (Monday 8 p.m. CST TLC)

Everyone's favorite family, the Gosselins, had some fun a...
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Top Five Shows To Watch This Week: 'Melrose,' 'Glee' & More

September 8th, 2009 8:36am EDT
Melrose Place
This week the top 5 shows you should be watching will possibly reveal what object was involved in a hit-and-run on 90210, who will compete for the $500,000 "Big Brother" grand prize and show us a performance that will, once again, blow our minds.

Viewers will also get to meet the newest people in our television lives - the cast of 'Melrose Place' and the cast of 'The Vampire Diaries.'

Melrose Place

Tonight the new "Melrose Place" brings a new crop of hotties to the famous address yet the same amount of, if not more, drama. The usual typecasts are there - bad boy, good girl, me...
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Slideshow: Celebrity Baby Watch Summer 2009

August 13th, 2009 10:00am EDT
Marley Shelton
There's a celebrity baby boom in Hollywood this summer! We've got the latest scoop on who's got a little one on the way. Which stars will the stork will be paying a visit to? Click to find out!

Bill Hader

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The "Saturday Night Live" cast member and his wife Maggie Carey, are expecting their first child together. They will welcome their bundle-of-joy at the end of September.

Ellen Pompeo

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Paging McDreamy! The Grey's Anatomy star, and her hubby Chris Ivery are expecting their first child together. Pompeo's publicist, J...
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Celebrities We'd Like To See Stuck Together On 'Big Brother'

July 9th, 2009 11:51am EDT
Celebrity Big Brother
The 11th season of CBS'S reality show Big Brother premieres tonight. The show features a group of strangers who live in a house together for a couple of months and are isolated from the outside world. Every word they say and every move they make is caught on camera as millions of viewers watch them on television.

Wouldn't it be a great idea to have some of our favorite and least favorite celebrities live in a house together for two months to watch how they would get along with each other? Check out eight celebrities we'd love to see locked in a house together:

Kanye West - Musical g...
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Survivor: Is It Still A Great Show?

February 19th, 2009 10:06am EST
Survivor
In it's 19th season, Survivor is one of the longest running shows on television. It is certainly one of the longest running reality television shows. But the popularity of Survivor is fading. Survivor was once the most talked about show on television. Every week millions of viewers tuned in to see how the contestants would survive with each other on an island for thirty days and which one of them would be voted off the island. It was real drama TV. These days many people have forgotten about Survivor. You realize that the show is still on when you see it while flipping through channels on T...
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Is There Any Reality Left In Reality TV?

February 17th, 2009 9:02am EST
The Bachelor
Writers and producers from many shows including "Laguna Beach," "The Bachelor," and, the granddaddy of them all, "The Real World," have admitted that their shows are either partially scripted and/or edited to manufacture storylines. And even before they admitted it, most of us knew for a long time that the term "reality TV" was kind of an oxymoron.

But remember when the first season of "The Real World" premiered 17 years ago? Some of you who are fans of the show now may have still been in diapers back then, but hopefully you've had an opportunity to see its beginnings. If you have, yo...
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David Beckham To Do 'Big Brother'?

December 21st, 2008 7:00pm EST
David Beckham
Soccer star David Beckham is reportedly in talks to star in an Italian reality TV show after moving to Milan to play for a top club. Beckham, who is signed to Los Angeles Galaxy, will spend ten weeks in Italy on loan to AC Milan soccer club, and bosses at the organization, which is owned by Italian prime minister and media mogul Silvio Berlusconi, have reportedly lined up a series of promotional deals for the star.

And the plan is said to include an appearance on the Italian version of hit reality show Big Brother.

A source tells British newspaper the Daily Star Sunday, "Beckham i...
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Spotlight On Reality Stars Who Want To Be Legitimate Actors...But Fail

December 1st, 2008 11:45am EST
Paris Hilton
Recent photos snapped on the set of the 2009 Demi Moore/David Duchovny film "The Joneses" features some reality stars. These photos show two very big reality television personalities playing even bigger versions of themselves to match the upgrade in screen size: Kim Zolciak and Sheree Whitfield from Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."

"The Joneses" is about a family who moves into a prestigious community only to peddle very specific products. They are an affluent, powerful, popular family, so everyone else wants to follow their lead and "keep up with the Joneses," hence the titl...
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Look! I'm A TV Star!

September 24th, 2008 10:00am EDT
The Hills
People used to believe in fictional television. They didn't believe that it was real, simply that it was an honest fabrication of reality, a mild funhouse reflecting life as it is lived. They watched whether they could identify with it or not; they watched to imagine the lives they saw on the screen. Some still do. But others, a growing majority, watch reality television; they take comfort in the truthful depictions, no, profiles of the lives of others. These shows cannot be melodramatic, cannot be dismissed as over-the-top like Grey's Anatomy. They are "real."

America's fascination wi...
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Point/Counterpoint: Is '24' The Most Addicting Show On Television?

September 4th, 2008 9:14am EDT
24
Fans have been waiting almost a year for the return of 24, one of television's most addictive dramas (or is it?). On Sunday, November 23, the wait will be over as FOX presents a special two-hour prequel event.

In the meantime, do you think "24" is the most addicting show on television? Two Starpulse writers weigh in on whether the fast-paced Fox drama is truly habit forming or merely a passing enjoyment.

'24' Is Like Crack

I follow a ridiculous amount of television shows, so much in fact that my roommates and I had to get a second DVR box to accommodate all the shows we wa...
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British Invasion: UK Shows Coming To America

August 26th, 2008 9:03am EDT
Life On Mars
With the American version of "The Office" still leading NBC's fall line-up, remakes of successful British shows have become a hot commodity. Picking up on this success, several networks have snatched up the rights to remake some of the most popular British shows. It's a process that has obviously worked in the past, at least in the world of reality television. "Dancing with the Stars," "Big Brother," and "Celebrity Fit Club" all had their start in the Fallen Empire, but remakes of drama and comedy haven't been nearly as successful. For better of for worse, here's a list of shows that will i...
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Reality TV Overload

August 11th, 2008 8:45am EDT
Project Runway
What happened to the days when movie stars were in fact stars in major motion pictures and when being an actor meant you actually had talent? What about when game show contestants were just game show contestants, not famous people?

Now it seems like you can't turn on the television without seeing a reality show, a preview for a reality show, or a reality show "star" in his or her new movie. When is it going to stop? It's reality TV overload! Some shows aren't that bad and are actually tolerable, but then there are shows like "Sunset Tan" on E! that make you want to rip your eyes out.

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Pamela Anderson Criticized For Reality Show Appearance

July 9th, 2008 3:40pm EDT
Chicken Crusader?
Animal rights campaigner Pamela Anderson has defended her decision to take part in the Australian version of reality show Big Brother - claiming she was unaware the program was part-sponsored by fast food company KFC.

The former Baywatch star was recruited by producers to make a guest spot on the TV show and was sent into the house on Wednesday. But the vegetarian has come under criticism for her part in the program, because of the show's links to KFC - a firm Anderson has been protesting against.

However, Anderson insists she did not know of the affiliation, and admits the offe...
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Top 10 Shocking Moments In Recent Television History

July 9th, 2008 8:30am EDT
Lost
Audiences love television because it allows the viewer to become a voyeur. Great television, though, allows the viewer to identify with the characters on screen and become wholly immersed in the fictional world that’s being created. Television can also shock viewers.

In an age in which the viewer can become a fly on the wall in a Mafioso household or counter terrorist agency, it’s no surprise that audiences can be stunned by what they see on television. However, there are moments on the small screen that stick with us. Twists, revelations, and blind sides leave our mouths agape a...
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Hottest Reality TV Show Hosts

July 7th, 2008 8:50am EDT
Mario Lopez
Gone are the days of the classic game show. It's not that these types of shows are completely extinct; however, we live in the un-ending world of reality television. That being said, a new breed of reality TV hosts who tend to be hotter than ever have cropped up. This is the eye candy era. Goodbye Pat Sajak (Wheel of Fortune), Bob Barker (The Price is Right), and Alex Trebek (Jeopardy). The sexy hosts are here! A few ladies and gentlemen in particular who stand out the most include:

The Ladies

Heidi Klum

This Victoria's Secret model and Sports Illustrated darling can do it...
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TV Land Reveals The Next Great Supermodel In Original Reality Series 'She's Got The Look'

June 3rd, 2008 8:00pm EDT
She
TV Land will have ten finalists compete to be the new face of the fashion industry in the network's new original reality series She's Got The Look premiering Wednesday, June 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The six-episode series, a collaboration with Wilhelmina Models, Inc., sets out to discover a sophisticated, beautiful and confident woman 35 or older destined to become the next great supermodel. The winner will receive a lucrative modeling contract with Wilhelmina Models, Inc. and a photo spread for SELF Magazine. Iconic supermodel Kim Alexis, who has graced the covers of more than 500 magazin...
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Summer TV Preview: ABC, CBS, NBC & Fox

May 28th, 2008 9:43am EDT
Hell
Memorial Day has come and gone, and with its passing the summer of 2008 has (unofficially) begun. It wasn't so many years ago that the summer quarter was little more than an exercise in futility for the networks. They figured that no one would want to stay indoors on beautiful summer evenings to watch original programming, so they instead filled the schedule with repeats of shows that weren't interesting the first time around. Occasionally, viewers were treated to the burn-off episodes of a failed (and swiftly canceled) offering from the prior season. Yippee.

That all changed a few...
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'Big Brother 9': A Big Bore

March 5th, 2008 4:56pm EST
Big Brother
Due to a seemingly never-ending writers' strike that left television networks with a dearth of original scripted programming, CBS decided to pull the summer staple "Big Brother" out of the closet for a winter season debut. The reality show revolves around sixteen contestants who must live in a house together and have their every move recorded on camera 24/7. Over the course of three months, contestants are voted out until the winner receives a grand prize of $500,000.

Sound boring? Well, surprisingly it wasn’t. Airing three nights a week for the past eight years, "Big Brother" has been...
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Trashy Reality Shows Feature Drunken Escapades, Showmances & More

February 7th, 2008 10:27am EST
Rock of Love
Reality TV is an obsession. It's not just typical of American culture, either. Many countries delight in humiliating common folks. That, of course, is the allure. It could be any of us. It could be your sister or brother on TV, hooking up with two people while being broadcast in night vision. Or it could be you.

Following are some of the trashiest and most salacious offerings you can currently find on TV. When is the writers' strike over? Oh, that's right. Guess I'll keep watching.

Big Brother

The King of Trash, in my opinion. I love this show, and I am sad to report that I st...
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Adam McKay Discusses The Writers Strike and What Makes Comedy Successful

January 24th, 2008 10:25am EST
Adam McKay
Adam McKay is a big player in the world of comedy. The former SNL head-writer co-wrote and directed Will Ferrell in the films Anchorman and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Now he's taking on a greater role as a producer, helping people's visions be seen by a larger audience. In part 2 of this two part Starpulse Q and A, Adam McKay shares some of his picks for the best new directors, actors, and writers and discusses what is, in his opinion, that makes for good comedy.

How do you think the writer's strike is gonna play out?

You know, there's what I think will happen and ...
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'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' - Watch This Show If You Want To Live

January 11th, 2008 1:00pm EST
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Ah, Terminator. The movie that launched the Governator into super stardom. Before "Terminator," Arnold Schwarzenegger was just a weightlifting sensation and the star of "Pumping Iron." Afterward he became one of the most marketable action stars in Hollywood.

Now we have some new meat to sink our metallic teeth into. "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" is coming to the small screen on Fox January 13 and 14 in a two-part, two-day event. It remains to be seen what this new incarnation will make of the muddied mythology, but "Chronicles" will focus initially on the Connors and the ev...
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So You Want To Star In A Reality Show...

December 17th, 2007 2:21pm EST
Survivor: China
With the Writer's Guild strike in full force and not ending anytime soon, there will be a huge number of reality shows that are going to be on a television set near you.

With production costs low and contestants willing to go on shows for free, networks make a lot of money off of reality shows. It's become so popular, that D-list reality stars are now becoming more famous than trained veteran actors. Why is that? It's because of the unpredictable nature that many of these shows offer viewers. And a lot of the people who go on reality shows don't always think about the aftermath.

T...
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CBS Details January/February Programing

December 4th, 2007 9:25am EST
The New Adventures Of Old Christine
Game shows, news magazines, the return of two popular reality series, the season premieres of two returning scripted programs and the debut of a new comedy highlight new programing to CBS's prime time lineup in January and February.

Ushering in the New Year is the game show "Power Of 10," reality favorites Big Brother and Survivor, the return of The New Adventures Of Old Christine and Jericho, the series premiere of the comedy "The Captain" and original episodes of "48 Hours Mystery."

"Power Of 10," hosted by Drew Carey, returning Wednesday, Jan. 2 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), is a high...
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CBS Announces Nationwide Casting Call For 'Big Brother 9'

November 15th, 2007 10:42am EST
Big Brother
CBS has announced that nationwide casting for "Big Brother 9" will take place at locations around the country between Saturday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Dec. 8 (see below for locations).

In addition, applications are now being accepted online at CBS.com for the ninth installment of the reality series which will be broadcast in 2008 on dates to be announced. Julie Chen will return as host for Big Brother 9.

"Big Brother 9" will follow a group of strangers living together in a house outfitted with dozens of cameras and microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day, seven day...
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'Big Brother 8' Houseguests To Appear On 'Power Of Ten'

August 23rd, 2007 2:21pm EDT
Daniele Donato
During next week's episode of "Power Of 10," current "Big Brother 8" Houseguests Daniele Donato and Amber Siyavus will compete against each other in the two-person game, allowing the winner to move on for a chance to play for $10 million, Tuesday, Aug. 28 (8:00 9:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.

After almost nine weeks in the "Big Brother 8" house, Daniele and Amber, the top two winners of a Power of Veto competition, won a luxury reward and were flown to New York to appear on the CBS game show "Power Of Ten."

"Power Of 10," hosted by Drew Carey, is a high-stakes primetime game show where...
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