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'I'm A Celebrity …Get Me Out Of Here!': The Heroic Tale Of Speidi

June 2nd, 2009 1:00pm EDT
I
This torturous and painful-to-watch version of a cut rate Survivor starts off with your typical collection of crying scenes and arguments amongst the cast. I'm A Celebrity …Get Me Out Of Here begins with the "Cast" trekking through the Costa Rican jungle for about 45 seconds where they set up camp, which looks like a Hollywood soundstage.

Then the 'stars' of the series, "Speidi" - newlyweds Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt (aka the Anti-Christ), from The Hills, announce after 5 minutes in the jungle that they're quitting and "Pulling the Ripcord" on their stay. Subsequently Spencer call...
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'Celebrity Boxing 9' To Feature Lindsay Lohan's Dad & Johnny Fairplay

May 27th, 2009 10:49am EDT
Johnny Fairplay
Lindsay Lohan's father Michael has agreed to fight notorious "Survivor" contestant Johnny Fairplay on June 20 at the Philadelphia Airport Ramada, according to Eclectic Media Productions.

"I couldn't resist Fairplay’s challenge. He made a fool of himself once already with his 'Survivor' scandal and he will do it again once I knock him out." Lohan said.

Fairplay shocked fans and contestants by lying about his grandmother's death during "Survivor: Pearl Islands." Later he was the first person voted off "Survivor: All Stars" to be by his pregnant girlfriend's side.

Lohan has str...
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CBS Announces Three New Dramas, One Comedy & More For 2009-10 Season

May 20th, 2009 11:11am EDT
Julianna Margulies
CBS announced today the addition of four new series to strengthen its already top rated primetime lineup for the Fall 2009-2010 season.

The new series include three dramas and one comedy. Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J star in "NCIS: Los Angeles," a spinoff from the hit drama NCIS; "The Good Wife" stars Emmy Award winner Julianna Margulies in a legal drama about a steadfast wife and mother who boldly returns to work as a lawyer when her husband is imprisoned for a high profile political scandal; "Three Rivers," a medical drama that stars Alex O'Loughlin as the head of a renowned transpl...
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A List Of Some Great TV Season Finales

May 18th, 2009 11:23am EDT
Lost
May sweeps is coming to an end after this week with dramatic TV season finales and cliffhangers. Last week shows like Lost ended their season with thrilling and unexpected moments that left audiences with more questions than answers. Season Finales are often the most memorable episodes during a TV series' run. They often include a mystery that is left unsolved until the next season. And most of the time they reveal something unexpected - like a surprise marriage proposal or a main character being killed off. Here's a list of some great season finales that have left viewers at the edge of th...
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Spotlight On Summer Reality TV

May 15th, 2009 9:57am EDT
The Bachelorette
There was a time when summer television programming was all reruns. But since the overwhelming success of summer-premiered Survivor, American Idol, and America's Next Top Model among others, networks have looked to summer as the golden goose for debuting light, uncomplicated fare. In some shows, it's people having to prove they've got skills or face elimination; in others, it's people looking for love or, well, facing elimination.

Are these shows worth staying inside for or not worth wasting the brain cells? You decide, and tell us what you think!

SO YOU THINK YOU'VE GOT THE SKIL...
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'Survivor's' Richard Hatch Gets Early Prison Release

May 14th, 2009 2:06pm EDT
Survivor
Reality TV star Richard Hatch has been released from a federal prison after failing to pay taxes on his winnings from hit show Survivor.

Hatch, 47, was crowned the winner of Survivor: Borneo in 2000, but he was indicted and sentenced to four years behind bars in 2005 on charges of tax evasion on the $1 million plus he'd earned from the show, as well as TV appearances and property taxes.

Prison officials have confirmed he was released from a facility in Morgantown, West Virginia on May 11th for good behavior, and will spend the next six months in a halfway house in the area befor...
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What's On? This Week In Television

May 4th, 2009 2:08pm EDT
Michael J. Fox
The networks continue to vie for your attention and May sweeps wins. Don't miss the special "Adventures of an Eternal Optimist" this Thursday on ABC starring Michael J. Fox, based on his best selling book Always Looking Up. Lots of great competition out there as American Idol is down to four, six castaways remain on Survivor, the NBA and NHL playoffs continue, and Amazing Race 14 concludes.

Monday

Pick of the Night: House FOX 8/7c, "Under my skin." House continues to hallucinate seeing Wilson's dead fiancé Amber.

Other new episodes worth watching: The Big Bang Theory CBS 8/7c...
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What's On? This Week In Television

April 27th, 2009 2:12pm EDT
Chuck
Lots of new television this week! Nearly all of your favorite shows are new as the networks vie for May sweeps victories. Between dramas, comedies, reality, and sports, you'll be sure to find something you'll enjoy watching this week.

Monday

Pick of the Night: The Big Bang Theory CBS 8/7c, "The Vegas Renormalization."

Leonard, Howard, and Raj go to Vegas. Sheldon gets left behind in L.A., and quickly realizes he is locked out of the apartment.

Other new episodes worth watching: Chuck NBC 8/7c, Rules Of Engagement CBS 9:30/8:30c, How I Met Your Mother CBS 8:30/7:30c, Two A...
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What's On? This Week In Television

April 20th, 2009 2:52pm EDT
American Idol
This Monday starts off a new week of television with a lot of reruns. If you're a sports fan, there will be plenty else to watch, as the NBA and NHL continue their first round playoff matchups.

Monday

Pick of the Night: NBA Playoffs on TNT 7/6c

Chicago looks to follow up on their surprising game 1 win as they take on Paul Pierce and the defending champion Boston Celitcs.

Other new episodes worth watching: Chuck NBC 8/7c, Rules Of Engagement CBS 9:30/8:30c,

Rerun alert: How I Met Your Mother CBS 8:30/7:30c, Big Bang Theory CBS 8/7c, Two and a Half Men CBS 9/8c.

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What's On? This Week in Television

April 13th, 2009 2:36pm EDT
CSI
The week kicks off with new episodes for most of your favorite Monday night shows and wraps up with a Sunday that will include NBA and NHL playoffs and the Miss USA pageant.

Monday

Pick of the Night: House FOX 8/7c, "Saviors."

House takes on the case of an environmental activist after he collapses at a rally. The team continues to cope with the sudden loss of Kutner.

Other new episodes worth watching: Chuck NBC 8/7c, How I Met Your Mother CBS 8:30/7:30c, The Big Bang Theory CBS 8/7c, 24 FOX 9/8c, Two And A Half Men CBS 9/8c, Rules Of Engagement CBS 9:30/8:30c, CSI: Miami CBS...
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What's On? This Week in Television

March 30th, 2009 1:52pm EDT
ER
It's the end of an era later this week, as ER airs its 2-hour series finale on Thursday. Usually, I suggest you go out and do something on Saturdays, but if you're a basketball fan you're going to want to watch the NCAA final four. Michigan St. takes on Connecticut, and Villanova faces North Carolina for the right to play in this year's national championship game.

Monday

Pick of the Night: CSI: Miami CBS 10/9c., "Wolfe in Sheep's Clothing."

Wolfe is kidnapped by the Russian mob, and is forced to help them or be killed.

Other new episodes worth watching: Chuck NBC 8/7c, How...
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Ivana Trump's Marriage Branded A 'Fake'

March 5th, 2009 2:54pm EST
Ivana Trump
Ivana Trump's eight-month marriage to toy-boy Rossano Rubicondi was a business deal to help boost the Italian model's career, according to reports.

The couple wed in a ceremony in Florida last April, but split in December, shortly after 36-year-old Rubicondi had appeared on the Italian version of reality TV show Survivor. Now sources tell the New York Daily News Rubicondi and Donald Trump's ex, 60, were never a real couple.

An insider reveals, "Ivana wanted to be back in the limelight and Rossano's career needed a jump-start, so the couple agreed - via a contract - to the nupti...
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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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TV's Best Crime Shows In Transition

January 22nd, 2009 11:42am EST
CSI
Television's best crime show, CSI, enters a new era Thursday night as the first episode of the post-Grissom era. William Petersen had appeared in all but two of the episodes since first airing in 2000. CSI actually got its start on Friday nights, but was moved to Thursdays after Survivor when it started gaining some notice. This was back when Survivor was the hot new sensation, and naturally the viewers stuck around to fall in love with CSI.

The show changed the landscape of crime television. Now you can find a miscellaneous crime drama on every night of the week, including...
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Spotlight On The 10 Hottest Women On Reality TV

January 8th, 2009 9:22am EST
Julianne Hough
Reality shows have been a huge success on television for the last 10 years. Many networks like VH1 and Bravo TV devote the majority of their schedule to reality programs. Reality shows like "Rock of Love," "Top Chef," "Survivor," and "American Idol" attract a wide audience. The competitions, verbal and physical arguments, and funny moments keep audiences tuned in every week to these shows. But what attracts the audience even more to these reality programs is the women who are on them.

Reality TV has some of the hottest women on television. No need to watch dramas or sitcoms for hot wo...
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CBS Announces Mid-Season Programming Plans

December 3rd, 2008 10:59am EST
Flashpoint
CBS announced mid-season schedule changes that include the return of the drama "Flashpoint," the premiere of the mystery event "Harper's Island," the debut of the new game show "Game Show In My Head" and the returns of the Network's reality hits Survivor and The Amazing Race.

"Flashpoint," last summer's top original scripted series, premieres Friday, Jan. 9 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT).

"Flashpoint," starring Enrico Colantoni, Hugh Dillon, Amy Jo Johnson, David Paetkau, Michael Cram, Sergio Di Zio, Ruth Marshall and Mark Taylor, depicts the emotional journey into the tough, risk-filled ...
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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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'The Office' Romance Blooms

October 10th, 2008 10:43am EDT
The Office
Pam calls in to say his to Jim and says she's mad at everyone for not congratulating her on the engagement. Jim takes the blame for not telling his co-workers. Jim puts her on speaker and makes the announcement. Comments vary from: "I thought you were already engaged," to "She's not a virgin, you know." Then Michael walks in, hears the news and tackles Jim with the glee of a third grader. As they hit the deck Pam squeaks out a mousey, "Sorry," from the speakerphone thus setting the tone of this awkwardly romantic and sweetly funny episode.

Holly is giving the office a seminar in ethics...
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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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Complete List Of Emmy Winners

September 22nd, 2008 9:33am EDT
30 Rock
Complete list of winners at Sunday's 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:

— Drama Series: "Mad Men," AMC.

— Comedy Series: "30 Rock," NBC.

— Actor, Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad," AMC.

— Actress, Drama Series: Glenn Close, "Damages," FX.

— Actor, Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock," NBC.

— Actress, Comedy Series: Tina Fey, "30 Rock," NBC.

— Reality-Competition Program: "The Amazing Race."

— Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Jeff Probst - "Survivor."

— Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Z...
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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 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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'Survivor' Producer Countersues Longtime Partner

July 31st, 2008 11:12am EDT
Mark Burnett
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The producer of hit reality series "Survivor" and "The Apprentice" has countersued his longtime business partner.

Mark Burnett filed the lawsuit against Conrad Riggs on Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. In the lawsuit, Burnett claims that he paid Riggs their agreed-upon 10 percent of net earnings on television projects.

But the lawsuit says $25 million in payments wasn't enough for Riggs. Riggs is trying to get paid "on projects for which his services were never requested and on which he rendered none," Burnett's lawsuit contends.

Riggs also h...
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Reality TV Shows We'd Like to See

July 22nd, 2008 9:00am EDT
Survivor
Ever since "Survivor" debuted in 2000, the television landscape has never quite been the same. Sitcoms and dramas were pushed to the side for the new wave of television programming. Odd reality concepts barraged the airwaves-everything from fake millionaires on FOX to "yo momma" jokes on MTV.

Over the past couple of years, though, reality television has hit a bit of a snag. Contestants have become cookie cutter and the shows themselves too low brow. Ratings are down, and good ideas for new programs seem to be at an all-time low. With the reality genre seemingly going through a dry...
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Jeff Probst Denies Marriage Rumors

July 18th, 2008 11:58am EDT
Jeff Probst
Survivor host Jeff Probst is disappointed rumors he is to wed have overshadowed his Emmy nomination.

Probst picked up his sixth Emmy nod on Thursday for Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality Competition Program. However the 46-year-old is unhappy his ex lover Kristin Chenoweth announced he is to wed soon.

He tells People.com, "The funniest part of the whole announcement to me was hearing that I was getting married!"

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(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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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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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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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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