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Reality TV Highlights, Jan. 2-8, 2011: 'Jersey Shore' Returns With Snooki x 2

January 8th, 2011 7:10pm EST
"Jersey Shore” returned this week with Snooki x 2. You hear me right; as if Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi wasn’t already too much to handle, this season she has brought her BFF Deena Nicole Cortese, who not only looks a little like Snooki (not so orange, though) but acts just like the explosive, juicehead-chasing reality TV star. And while most of the roommates welcomed Deena with open arms, Sammi Giancola made it pretty obvious that she was not interested in adding to the so-called family, especially not if it meant having someone else in the house to hate on her.

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Patrick House Wins 'The Biggest Loser' After Dropping 181 Pounds

December 15th, 2010 1:44pm EST
The Biggest Loser
Patrick House, a 28-year-old sales representative from Vicksburg, Mississippi, won NBC's "The Biggest Loser" and $250,000 at last night's exciting live season 10 finale of the popular series.

Patrick began season ten weighing 400 lbs. and lost 181 lbs. Weighing in at finale at 219 lbs., Patrick lost 45.25% of his body weight to claim the prize. Season 11 of the series, "The Biggest Loser: Couples," will premiere Tuesday, January 4 (9-11 p.m. ET).

Patrick and Alfredo "Frado" Dinten, a 43-year-old futures commodity trader from Staten Island, New York, were two of the finalists, and...
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Jimmy Fallon Hopes Betty White Doesn't Show Up Drunk At Emmys

August 26th, 2010 9:22am EDT
Fallon,_Jimmy
Jimmy Fallon joked about Betty White appearing at Sunday's 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards wasted.

"Dear Lord," Fallon feared. "It is just a mess. It is just a mess. We were out a John Mayer concert the other night -- it was a mess getting her home."

White, 88, is expected to attend the event in Los Angeles.

"She's a great sport," Fallon said in earnest.

The 35-year-old comedian chatted on the phone from the Nokia Theatre, the venue for this weekend's ceremonies, Wednesday afternoon. He says he's been keeping in top shape for the high-profile gig, frequenting the treadmill and dri...
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When Does Your Favorite TV Show Return?

August 21st, 2010 11:05am EDT
shit my dad says
There are a lot of TV shows returning and premering in the fall. Start making room on your DVR now because there are many can't-miss series on the boob tube.

I spent hours last weekend clearing out tons of space on my DVR. I know it can be a chore, but it's so refreshing afterwards! (Did that sound like a body wash commercial to anyone else?)

Check out the list for your favorite shows, mark your calendars and get ready for a long winter with some great TV.

Shows marked with an asterisk (*) are new and all times are ET/PT.

Tuesday, Sept. 7
Sons of Anarchy (FX), 10 p.m.

Wednesday, Sep...
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Interview: 'The Biggest Loser' Winner Michael Ventrella's Hope For The Future Has Been Restored

May 26th, 2010 4:46pm EDT
Michael Ventrella
The copy for last night's Biggest Loser: Couples finale pretty much wrote itself. The season's heaviest man going head-to-head with the season's heaviest woman was sure to be emotional, any which way it turned out. But in the end, Michael Ventrella of Chicago IL who had weighed in at a whopping quarter-ton (526 pounds) at the start of this record-breaking eighth season of NBC's hit weight loss show stood victorious. During his time on the ranch, he lost just over half his physical mass (50.14% or 264 pounds) but his sense of humor, wit, and positive attitude only seemed to grow.

"I surpass...
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Michael Ventrella Loses 264 Lbs. & Wins NBC's 'The Biggest Loser'

May 26th, 2010 2:16pm EDT
The Biggest Loser
Michael Ventrella, a 31-year-old mobile deejay from Bartlett, Illinois, won "The Biggest Loser: Couples" and $250,000 at last night's exciting live season finale of the hit series.

Michael began season nine as the heaviest contestant in the series' history at 526 lbs., and lost 264 lbs., breaking the record for the most weight lost by any contestant in the history of the show. Weighing in at finale at 262 lbs, Michael lost 50.19% of his body weight to claim the prize.

Michael and Ashley Johnston, a 28-year-old esthetician/spa manager from Knoxville, Tennessee, were two of the finalist...
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What 'Dancing With The Stars' Finale Lacked – Unpredictability

May 26th, 2010 11:07am EDT
Erin Andrews
“Dancing With The Stars” is a great idea for a television show – get a handful of some famous faces, pair them with professional dancers and dress them up in sparkly outfits while they get harsh criticism filled with double entendres. As season 10 came to a close last night, it’s clear that audiences have really grown to love this formula as the show’s ratings top the juggernaut that is “American Idol”.

However, here’s one complaint – the celebrities with the dancing experience always place the highest! Ok so DWTS is a show based around competitive dancing. It’s like the free market where ...
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Top 5 To Watch This Week: 'Real Housewives,' 'Biggest Loser' & More

May 3rd, 2010 10:04am EDT
Real Housewives of New Jersey
It’s back! It’s back! The greatest installment of “Real Housewives” is back! And it looks like the women haven’t moved on since the last season because nasty words and ugly lies are being thrown from minute one on of the season two premiere episode. What can we say? These women waste no time getting down to business.

“Real Housewives of New Jersey” – Monday, May 3, on BRAVO

BRAVO’s most-talked-about women return Monday for another outrageous, over-the-top season of “Real Housewives of New Jersey.” If you thought things couldn’t get more intense than a grown woman flipping a table at a di...
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A Ratings Bump For 'Glee': Will The Trend Continue?

April 15th, 2010 10:57am EDT
Glee
"Glee" was one of the most critically acclaimed hits of the fall, but like many critical favorites it did not translate to big ratings. The show averaged just under 8 million viewers an episode during its first 13 episodes, putting it on par with shows like "The Biggest Loser" and "Medium."

"Glee" returned Tuesday night at 9:28pm ET immediately following "American Idol." The lead-in from "Idol" and the unusual start time resulted in 13.6 million viewers. Perhaps what is most impressive is that "Glee" held on to all (or gained as many as they lost) of "Idol's" 18-34 year old viewers, the de...
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Top 5 To Watch March 28-April 3: 'Dancing With The Stars,' 'Jerseylicious' & More

March 29th, 2010 9:18am EDT
Dancing With The Stars
All 11 of the "Dancing with the Stars" season 10 celebrities were safe from elimination last week, but this week they won't all be so lucky. On Tuesday, the "DWTS" season 10 results show will premiere, and I have a few thoughts about who will be the first to leave the competition for good.

"Kell on Earth" - BRAVO - Monday, March 29, 2010

Kelly Cutrone will have her final scream of the season on Monday when the first season finale of her show "Kell on Earth" airs. The finale will, of course, have a little drama, what with them doing a photo shoot in the streets of New York City and all, ...
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Top 5 To Watch: 'American Idol' Returns, 'Grey's Anatomy,' & More

January 12th, 2010 10:00am EST
American Idol
Get excited everyone because "American Idol" is back! Just when we were getting bored out of our minds because everything repeats during the holidays, the networks bring back one of our favorites, this time with a comedian/talk show host that might just shake up the judges' panel like never before.

"American Idol" - FOX, Tuesday/Wednesday, Jan. 12/13, 2010

Ellen DeGeneres, you're up! This week DeGeneres will take her first crack at the "American Idol" judges' panel when she joins Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi for the first round of auditions on the season nine premi...
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2010 Midseason TV: New Shows & Returning Favorites

January 5th, 2010 2:40pm EST
Big Love
January and the coming months are full of returning TV favorites and a few new series worth checking out. The new season of "The Bachelor" premiered last night, "American Idol" arrives next week, and the last season of "Lost" kicks off in February. Check out our guide of what's what in the next few months:

REALITY TV

The Bachelor: On The Wings Of Love Jan. 5 ABC

Pilot Jake Pavelka seeks his soulmate.

The Biggest Loser Jan. 6 NBC

Season nine is a couple's season, and teams are made up of moms and daughters, husbands and wives, best friends and more. The shocker for the prem...
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Top 5 To Watch Jan. 4-9: 'The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love,' & More

January 4th, 2010 4:29pm EST
Top 5 to Watch
Happy new year TV lovers! Now that the holidays are over, your favorite television shows are coming back in full swing, starting with a new season of our favorite reality dating show with a very familiar face.

"The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love" - ABC - Monday, Jan. 4, 2009

At first, I was planning to skip this season of "The Bachelor." Jake Pavelka never really interested me when he was on the last season of "The Bachelorette," so I wasn't interested in watching him find love on his own show. Don't get me wrong all of you Jake lovers, Jake seems like an absolutely sweet-as-pie goo...
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'Biggest Loser' Winner Danny Cahill: 'I've Just Found That Fire Again'

December 9th, 2009 3:37pm EST
Danielle Turchiano
Danny Cahill, a musician, husband, father of two, and Biggest Loser finalist, had a seemingly impossible task ahead of him on last night's Season 8 live finale episode. Weighing in at 430 pounds when he started the journey, Cahill made it to the final three after setting the record for the most consecutive weeks of losing in the double digits (seven). He also had the honor of choosing the order that he and his competitors would weigh in, and opting to go last, Cahill was visibly nervous after Rudy Pauls lost 234 pounds. In order for Cahill to beat his weight loss and take home the top prize...
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Top 5 To Watch, December 7-12, 2009

December 8th, 2009 1:49pm EST
Prep and Landing
It's all about the holiday spirit this week with less than 20 days to go before Santa takes his famous flight, and FOX and ABC continuing to spread holiday cheer with two all new specials this week - "Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special" aired Monday night and "Prep and Landing" is tonight.

"Prep and Landing" - Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009 - ABC

I cannot wait for "Prep and Landing." We've been seeing the commercial for so long, and those elves just look so adorable! The show is about a veteran elf and his new rookie partner who get caught in a horrible snow storm on Christmas Eve. ...
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Macy's 2009 Thanksgiving Day Parade: Meh

November 28th, 2009 8:51am EST
Macy
So, in the spirit of Turkey Day and all that is holy in the holiday season traditions, I got up too early to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade along with an equally weary Liz Lewis. This year was pretty run of the mill.

Like all years past, NBC rolled in with semi truck filled with shameless plugs, an overload of NBC promotions, and puns corny enough to even make younger kids grimace. The route changed, to the chagrin of all those with pricey Broadway real estate who look forward to this fall classic, and the cast of Glee was glaringly absent. With NBC bringing out some real...
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Top 5 To Watch: 'Dancing' Finale, Thanksgiving Parade & More

November 24th, 2009 9:22am EST
Dancing with the Stars
It's finally here dancing fans! The "Dancing with the Stars" season nine has finally arrived, and tonight viewers will get to see just who will take home the Mirror Ball trophy this time around. At this point it appears it is anyone's game, but no matter who wins, the long list of celebrities and musical guests planning on attending the finale is sure to make it a must watch for the week.

"Dancing with the Stars" - Tuesday, Nov. 24

It's unbelievable we've finally reached the point of picking a winner, but it is time. "Dancing with the Stars" will come to a close this week, and while ...
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Remote Control Battle: TV Both Men And Women May Enjoy Together

November 16th, 2009 9:00pm EST
Remote Control Battle
A Woman's Perspective: Remember when sitcoms used to make jokes about how men and women watch television differently? The sloppy, somewhat aloof husband character would always be zooming through the channels, flicking the remote faster than his perky, pretty, younger wife could keep up. She'd then snatch the remote and pause on each channel achingly slowly, narrating not only what was occurring in the scene on screen but also what she hoped or thought would occur next.

Not only did men and women watch differently, though, what they watched was always assumed to be different. Men had the...
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Pre-Season 2009 TV Report Card: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

September 21st, 2009 12:30pm EDT
Desperate Housewives
Since CNN has such a blast creating a report card to track the Presidency, we decided to have some fun with television. Which networks come out strong and which ones need to do better homework?

MAJOR NETWORKS

ABC: B

The Good: The dramas are what keep us coming back to ABC. Grey's Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, FlashForward, and V are worth looking forward to. The one comedy that stands out and may hold itself against NBC's stellar comedies, Modern Family, is worth a few episodes past the pilot.

The Bad: Dancing With The Stars is extremely popular, however sometimes too much of a ...
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Weekly Reality TV Roundup: September 14 - 18

September 18th, 2009 2:39pm EDT
The Rachel Zoe Project
This week in reality TV was fun as most shows are in the middle of their season or wrapping up and we are starting to get to the good stuff. With the fall season beginning, network TV is starting to show more fictional television but the cable networks are sticking to their reality schedule and that is why I rarely watch network television.

The Rachel Zoe Project (Bravo Monday 9 CST)

My new favorite reality show centers on Rachel Zoe, her assistants Brad and Taylor, and her loving husband Rodger. All four bring their own spice to the table and it makes for great reality TV.

Zoe is...
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Fall 2009 TV Premiere Dates

July 1st, 2009 10:21am EDT
Two And A Half Men
Even though summer has just begun, many TV addicts are itching to know when their favorite shows will be returning and new ones will be premiering. ABC, CBS, NBC, The CW & Fox recently released their schedules, and we have compiled them in one convenient list.

As often is the case, networks revise or tweak their schedules over the summer. So check back often for updates!

New series are in bold. Click on the show's name for photos, cast lists and more!

Tuesday, September 8

8 pm 90210 (The CW)

9 pm Melrose Place (NEW! The CW)

10 pm Sons of Anarchy (FX)

Wednesday, September 9

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Want To Lose Weight & Be Famous? 'Biggest Loser' Needs Contestants

June 15th, 2009 3:00pm EDT
The Biggest Loser
NBC's popular reality series "The Biggest Loser" is launching a 15-city cross-country search to find new contestants for the next edition of the hit show. Family teams of two – including parent/child, siblings, husbands-and-wives, couples, cousins and in-laws – are encouraged to apply for the new season, which will air in early 2010. Season eight of "The Biggest Loser" will premiere in September 2009.

Casting producers are looking for outgoing and charismatic family teams of two, especially those who have the personality, desire and competitive edge to vie for this once-in-a-lifetime op...
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NBC Announces 2009-10 Primetime Schedule; Renews 'Chuck,' Others

May 19th, 2009 1:32pm EDT
Chuck
NBC announced today its 2009-2010 schedule featuring more original programming than ever before and a shared time-period strategy around NBC's Olympics platform that, along with "The Jay Leno Show" (Mondays-Fridays 10-11 p.m. ET), allows the network to broadcast all-new content year-round.

In addition, NBC issued renewals to "Law & Order" and "Chuck" as part of its strong slate of new and returning shows announced recently at the network's highly successful Infront.

NBC's shared time period strategy will kick off this fall on Mondays with the premiere of "Heroess" (8-9 p.m. ET) co...
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NBC Announces New Scripted Series For 2009-2010 Season

May 4th, 2009 12:42pm EDT
Joel McHale
NBC has announced the pickups of six new series featuring four new dramas: "Trauma," "Parenthood," "Mercy" and the event series "Day One," as well as two new comedies including "Community" and "100 Questions."

Four returning series pickups were also announced today including "Heroes," "Southland," "Parks and Recreation" and the addition of six new episodes of "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday" skewering today's top stories in live half-hour primetime shows.

The new and returning series will launch next season and the epic event series "Day One" is slated to premiere ou...
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Do You Have What It Takes To Be A 'Loser?'

February 9th, 2009 4:48pm EST
The Biggest Loser
NBC's popular reality series "The Biggest Loser" is launching a 14-city cross-country search to find new contestants for the next edition of the hit show. Both individuals and teams are encouraged to apply for the new season, which will air in the fall. To keep creative options open for the new season, producers are also looking for certified trainers.

Outgoing and charismatic individuals or teams of two are encouraged to apply, especially those who have the personality, desire and competitive edge to vie for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lose weight, change their lives foreve...
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'Biggest Loser: Couples' Premieres Jan. 6 With Oldest, Youngest & Heaviest Contestants Ever

January 5th, 2009 1:02pm EST
Biggest Loser
NBC's hit weight loss series returns with its biggest season yet when "The Biggest Loser: Couples" premieres Tuesday, January 6 (8-10 p.m. ET). Alison Sweeney hosts and trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels return to train 11 couples who begin the show with a combined weight of more than 3.5 tons.

The premiere kicks off with the contestants arriving at the ranch in teams of two, including mother/daughter, father/son, sisters, best friends, grandparents, cousins, an engaged couple and former models. Included among them are the series' oldest players yet (63-year-old grandpare...
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The Weight Is Over: 'The Office' Premiere Serves Up Oversized Laughs

September 26th, 2008 8:58am EDT
The Office
What can be said about "The Office" that isn't said by its writers? This is self-effacing comedy at its finest. The one-hour premiere was a chance to see what the office was doing during the summer. The main office in New York announced a "Biggest Loser" type contest. Whichever office could lose the most weight would get two bonus days off.

Stanley says he was going to lose weight anyway. He takes the stairs instead of the elevator, later he does leg raises under his desk using a ream of paper and still later he refuses to eat his own birthday cake, claiming his tastes have changed and...
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A Look At New, Upcoming Reality Shows

August 29th, 2008 9:00am EDT
Stylista
For years, many TV viewers have been wondering when reality programming will go away. Well, since it's so cheap to produce it has never been likely that competition programming would disappear from the network schedule altogether. After the over saturated summer, such shows appear to be winding down for the fall.

NBC will debut "America's Toughest Jobs" -a cross between "Black Gold" (truTV) and "Ice Road Truckers" (History) - on Monday nights at 9 p.m. Every episode features a different group of people and a different manual labor job, taking corporate drones (or others in comforta...
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2008-09 TV Premiere Dates

August 20th, 2008 8:54am EDT
Heroes
Admit it. You can't wait to see if Meredith and Derek will finally make it work on "Grey's Anatomy." You're dying to know who the new baddie will be on "Heroes." And you wonder if Laurence Fishburne will be able to fill William Petersen's shoes on "CSI." Whatever your TV poison, you won't be waiting much longer. The new television season kicks off in September, and Starpulse is here to provide you with the premiere dates of new and returning shows so you won't miss a thing:

Monday, Sept. 1

Prison Break (8-10 p.m) FOX

Gossip Girl (8-9 p.m.) CW

One Tree Hill (9-10 p.m.) CW

T...
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Reality TV Just Got A Whole Lot… Realer

July 15th, 2008 6:30pm EDT
Reality Bites Back
Tune-in and get ready for the ultimate Reality TV satire! Comedy Central presents its first unscripted competition series, "Reality Bites Back," where ten comedians will vie for supremacy in weekly parodies of the most notorious reality shows around! The challenges may be absurd, but the gameplay is real and each week one unlucky comic will find him or herself booted off the program by our gleefully sadistic host, Michael Ian Black. The last one, er, "standing" will be crowned Lord of All Reality and receive a 50,000 dollar cash prize. Viewers won't want to miss the series premiere of "...
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