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'Survivor: Nicaragua' Recap: Put Me In Coach

September 30th, 2010 9:36am EDT
Jimmy Johnson Snuffed
Last week, I took an intense disliking to Naonka. Her little hissy fit about the socks sent me over the edge. Her voice could be compared to nails on a chalkboard. Oh, what a difference a week makes. I think I've found myself a new favorite.

This week's show begins with the youngsters returning from Tribal Council, and Alina and Kelly B. are still reeling from their leader Shannon's exit. As the camera pans to Naonka, I immediately cringe. She starts running her mouth... I gag. She does a dead-on imitation of Alina... I perk up. Hmmm...what's happening here? Could it be? Beneath all of the...
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CBS Fall 2010 Line-Up: What And When To Watch

September 23rd, 2010 11:00am EDT
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Presenting Starpulse's quick-and-dirty guide to this fall's new CBS programming.

First, the new:

Mike & Molly, Mon. Sept. 20, 9:30/8:30 CST -- America's obesity epidemic has left a lot us a bit fluffier, and "Mike & Molly" might be CBS's attempt to deliver a show we can relate to. Unfortunately, that seems to be the extent of the humor -- being fluffy. The main characters, played by Billy Gardell ("Yes, Dear") and Melissa McCarthy ("Gilmore Girls"), meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting, fall for each other, and deal with the modern-day problems overweight couples face. Time will tel...
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'Survivor: Nicaragua' Recap: The Case Of The Missing Shoes

September 23rd, 2010 9:22am EDT
Survivor Nicaragua - Missing Shoes
I sincerely hope you set your DVRs because this is one Survivor episode just chock full of crazy. Generally, I'm happy to have just one headcase or evil villain to snark about all season, but Mark Burnett hit ratings gold this year with his cast of backstabbers, bullies and flat out nutjobs. Let's recap.

We catch a glimpse of the crazy that is Holly early on in the episode when she hijacks tribemate Jill's big old bucket of snails. Jill, hoping for a little protein and using every resource available to her, is sitting quietly and chomping on a breakfast of snails, when Holly sails by and b...
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'Survivor Nicaragua' Recap: Babies vs. Boomers

September 16th, 2010 2:40pm EDT
Survivor Nicaragua: Babies vs. Boomers
What do you get when you throw together an ex-NFL coach, a goat rancher, an amputee, and a handful of bratty, snarky twenty-somethings? Well, besides a hot mess, that is? How about Survivor: Nicaragua, the program's 21nd installment that pits under 30s against over 40s to see who will ultimately outwit, outplay and outlast.

The season begins with 20 hopefuls silently making their way through the jungle, sizing each other up, and mistakenly assuming that the groups they've been divided into will be their new respective tribes. This year's crew brings Jimmy Johnson of Dallas Cowboys and Mi...
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Cyndi Lauper To Star In New Reality Show

June 22nd, 2010 8:50am EDT
Cyndi Lauper
Pop star Cyndi Lauper is inviting cameras into her New York home to document her family life for a new reality TV show.

The "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" hitmaker has teamed up with acclaimed "Survivor" producer Mark Burnett for the untitled new project.

Lauper will appear alongside her husband of 19 years, actor David Thornton, and their 12-year-old son Declyn in what the star describes as "the comedy of our lives," reports the New York Daily News.

It will be the singer's second reality show this year - she recently competed against the likes of Sharon Osbourne and Bret Michaels for the t...
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'Survivor' With Paint: Bravo's Art Reality Show

June 10th, 2010 8:04am EDT
Sarah Jessica Parker
Following the popularity of "Top Chef" and "Project Runway," Bravo introduced "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist" Wednesday night. And it's more erratic than a Pollack attached to a ceiling fan on high.

In the new reality show, 14 artists compete in weekly challenges, as art big wigs eliminate them one by one until only the "Next Great Artist" remains. The grand prize is a solo exhibition at the celebrated Brooklyn Museum, and a $100,000 cash prize.

For their first task, the artists were randomly paired off and were given 13 hours to produce a portrait of their partner.

But before t...
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'Survivor' Producer Arrested In Mexico

April 8th, 2010 9:46pm EDT
Survivor
Reality TV mogul Bruce Beresford-Redman has been arrested in Mexico after police discovered the body of his wife in Cancun.

The "Survivor" and "Pimp My Ride" producer told police that his wife had vanished during a vacation on Monday, and on Wednesday night, he told a Los Angeles TV news show that he was helping authorities search for his wife.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Detective Diane Harris told the Los Angles Times Monica Beresford-Redman's family believed her death "had something to do with foul play," and on Thursday her husband was taken into custody.

Repo...
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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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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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'American Idol' Needs a Revamp... Now!

August 10th, 2009 11:11am EDT
American Idol
With the recent news that Paula Abdul will not be returning for American Idol's ninth season, the timing seems perfect for the show to reinvent itself, and recapture the magic that has been steadily dwindling since it premiered nearly a decade ago. Though ratings remain high, viewership is decreasing, a problem that the show tried to address by adding a new judge at the start of the eighth season. Unfortunately, what "American Idol" needs is not a mere shuffling of parts, or replacement of personality. The show needs to restructure its format, and realize that the problem is an over-saturat...
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Reality TV Couple Rob & Amber Welcome Baby Girl

August 3rd, 2009 3:15pm EDT
Rob and Amber Mariano
Former stars of Survivor and The Amazing Race Rob and Amber Mariano welcomed a daughter last month, according to People.com.

Rob said the baby, born July 4, "tends to be a bit of a night owl like her daddy." He added, "She is a perfect baby and we could not have asked for anything more. We are over the moon with happiness."

Lucia Rose was named after her paternal great-grandmother.
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'I'm A Celebrity …Get Me Out Of Here!': The Heroic Tale Of Speidi

June 2nd, 2009 1:00pm EDT
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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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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.

No...
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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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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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