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EW declares the all-time best and worst of reality television

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 11th 2009 3:00PM
Jeff ProbstConsidering how prevalent reality television is these days, it's got to be a pretty daunting task to try and put together a comprehensive list of the best and worst of all time. But Entertainment Weekly thinks they've done just that. They've compiled the top 20 reality shows of all time, but also the ten worst reality shows of all time. All in all, they did a pretty damned good job.

I completely agree with the top six, but they lose me with Jackass at number seven. I have never understood the appeal of filming morons doing stupid things on purpose just to be stupid. But there were some shows missing from the list completely, like Little People Big World, So You Think You Can Dance and Beauty and the Geek. Surely those shows are better than The Hills and The Real Housewives of Sesame Street, or whatever franchise they're spinning now.

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Between seasons of Dancing with the Stars, ABC says Let's Dance

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 11th 2009 2:04PM
Let's DanceBecause you can never get enough of celebrities dancing, ABC has picked up Let's Dance, which they're calling a comedic reality show. It's based on a format that found success as part of the UK's Comic Relief programming. Rather than having celebrities commit to a full season to learn a variety of ballroom styles, a la Dancing with the Stars, this new show only requires a one-week commitment with the possibility of a "finale" return. And all they have to master is an already well-known dance.

I guess this is where the "comedy" comes in?

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Charity doesn't make for better TV

by Michael Pascua, posted Jun 8th 2009 2:04PM
The contestants of I'm A Celebrity quickly get out of the tank.I can't watch I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! The show is basically Big Brother but with an unwillingness to compete. Why do celebrities sign up for physically and mentally demanding reality shows when they don't want to compete? I'm looking at you, Dustin Diamond. To attempt to get some viewer sympathy, the celebrities are playing for charity. I feel bad for the charities that Heidi and Spencer have because I wouldn't want their douchebag antics associated with the charity's image.

Celebrity reality shows can succeed without having to play the charity card. It's all about maintaining the quality level.

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E! declares the most awful celebrity in Hollywood, as chosen by you

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 4th 2009 6:02PM
Spencer Pratt and Heidi MontagWhat a great idea! In this era of people becoming celebrities for the stupidest reasons (I had a bunch of kids), or getting reality shows for even worse reasons (I'm rich!), there are certainly more stupid celebrities out there than there used to be in, say, the Cosby era. Back then it was primarily sports athletes and performers. Which means they all had a bit of talent. With so much realty schlock on the air today, that's no longer required to be famous. Granted, there were always the occasional "fifteen minutes" guy or gal, but not like we have now.

E! put together a list of 128 celebrities, including lots of actors, and let you vote on who was worse. They put them up head to head over nine rounds to get our winner and in the end it came down to two celebrities who are famous based on no merit of their own: Nadya "Octomom" Suleman and Spencer (The Hills, I'm a Celebrity...) Brat Pratt; Heidi made the list but not the finals. So who was E!s most awful celebrity?

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NBC scores with Inside the Obama White House

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 4th 2009 10:10AM
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If Jay Leno isn't the answer for NBC prime time, perhaps the network should think about booking President Obama. NBC News devoted two hours, on Tuesday and Wednesday night, for Inside the Obama White House and the ratings were strong. Better than the insipid I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here, which acted as a lead-in. Of course the season finale of Law & Order: SVU on Tuesday didn't hurt the news production.

Having watched the two hours, NBC should sign the president ASAP. There's always the curiosity factor when a viewer is being given access behind the scenes, and that's what Inside the Obama White House did. It was a look at the real West Wing, which reminded me a lot of the fictional, Aaron Sorkin West Wing creation, and that was quite cool. President Obama still fascinates me, and it's well past 100 days.

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Paris wants to find BFFs all over the world!

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 2nd 2009 8:18PM
Paris Hilton's My New BFFParis Hilton really needs to rename her show. Brittany Flickinger was her "best friend forever" after the first season, but they don't talk anymore. Then she filmed a season in the UK to find her "British best friend," at least keeping "forever" out of that title. She's got a second season starting tonight in the US, and now we're going to get a new season of My New BFF in the United Arab Emirates as well. Though, apparently UAE officials are making sure Paris' wild ways don't make it through customs.

She's also interested in having BFFs in other parts of the world, so really she's just building an international posse. Plus, with her track record so far, it's more likely that these are just BFFN "best friend for now," or perhaps PITFTPBRIJDTFTMAFAIDTTSIGAC "people I'll tolerate for the press but really I'm just doing this for the money and fame and I'll drop them the second I get a chance." So check out the second season of Paris Hilton's My New PITFTPBRIJDTFTMAFAIDTTSIGAC premiering on MTV tonight at 10 Eastern, and see who she'll drop next.

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Heidi and Spencer quit I'm A Celebrity; America shrugs

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 2nd 2009 3:03PM
Spencer and HeidiI guess Heidi and Spencer really took this reality show's title to heart. They really did want to get outta there.*

The two stars of The Hills have quit NBC's new reality show I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Outta Here! They quit after last night's live episode. I watched a few moments of the show while flipping around and I saw that they were either asleep during the show and didn't participate in the last challenge (or whatever the hell they're called on this show) where all of the bugs were let loose on the contestants. The Red Cross, the pair's charity, isn't happy about it.

Every time I think I've seen the worst of television, another show comes along to scrape the bottom of the barrel. This is that show. It's stupid and despicable in almost every single way.

* Though I still refuse to call them "celebrities."

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Octomom finally gets her reailty show ... now if someone would only air it

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 1st 2009 1:04PM
Nadya Actually, even saying Octomom Nadya Suleman is getting a reality show is generous. She's got a production deal with a production company out of the Netherlands to produce a show spotlighting key events in her children's lives. And no television network signed on to air it as of yet. The company is modeling it after a TV series in Denmark that documented four children all the way through to adulthood. Which means we may have some time yet before we're subjected to it.

Don't get me wrong, kids are cute and everybody loves multiples, but the big problem here is Angelina Jolie Suleman herself. You thought watching Jon & Kate's strained marriage was difficult ... wait ... oh shit! Drama more than doubled the ratings for Jon & Kate Plus 8's season premiere. Do you realize what we've done? She's coming and there's no force on this earth that's going to stop her. She's had a few deals already that have fallen through, but this one looks like it won't. It's no coincidence that her nickname sounds like a monster!

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NBC says all Blagojevichs are the same, casts one for I'm a Celebrity

by Jason Hughes, posted May 21st 2009 3:49PM
Patti & Rod BlagojevichNow that Saturday Night Live is off the air, what's the fun in former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich doing anything if we can't have it made fun of on "Weekend Update?" The biggest douchebag in the Midwest, and I can say that because I live there, wasn't allowed to join Sanjaya on NBC's summer reality show because of that whole legal matter. So NBC, proving how "FOX-y" they can be, have now signed Mrs. Rod Blagojevich to join I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here this summer.

Now, I support the decision to not allow Rod there because he'd either be taking hits out on fellow celebrities (wait a minute ... Sanjaya will be there) or he'd just disappear altogether. But in an era where getting rejected by a bachelor can make you a "Star" worthy of Dancing, it still boggles my mind that being married to a jackass is enough. We don't know anything about Patti Blagojevich except for her terrible taste in men. Kristen Wiig hasn't even developed an impression of her and now she's going to be on a major summer reality show?

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Get your camcorders ready: Reality Twisted is TMZ for the rest of us

by Jason Hughes, posted May 5th 2009 7:01PM
TMZTMZ covers all things celebrity sleaze and gossip. But what about the rumor that the weird cat lady down the street has a strange cactus fetish and you can hear her wails of pain (or is that joy?) every Friday night into the wee hours of the morning? Who's going to follow her around with cameras and ask her what that's all about? Well, no one wants to get anywhere near that. But that doesn't mean the producers behind TMZ don't want to look at what's going on in your world.

Using online videos by regular schlubs like you and me from YouTube and other places, Reality Twisted is a new show that will showcase this content interspersed with commentary by the show's staff.

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Weekly Reality Awards

by Michael Pascua, posted Apr 25th 2009 9:00AM
Steve Thomas and Kate go GreenOne of the best things about reality shows for me is watching people succeed or crash in a fiery abyss. While watching Grey's Anatomy, I caught the commercial for all the summer shows and was excited to see the return of I Survived a Japanese Game Show. Last year was heavily underrated. All the contestants were likable, everyone learned about Japanese culture, and the biggest thing everyone came off learning something.

While I wait for summer and hope for a new season, this week started off MTV's The Phone. I was nervous about Justin Timberlake being the executive producer, but the show surprised me. Any fan of The Mole, The Amazing Race, Cha$e, or Treasure Hunters should probably consider. Now on to the weekly awards.

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Judge says 'whoa' to Blago's show, but does that stop him? Hell no

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 24th 2009 6:07PM
Rod Blagovejich promoting Part of me is pleased that a federal court judge told the former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to stay put when NBC asked him to join their latest celebrity grovel-fest.

He's continuing to grab any media time he can long after the media forgot how to pronounce his last name by promoting the new I'm a Celebrity...Get Me a New Agent Out of Here. And despite my convictions to the contrary, another part of me wishes he would get more.

Mind you, this is the very dark part of me that giggles when elderly people fall and wishes there was a semi-pro "Scarin' Babies League."

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Weekly Reality Awards

by Michael Pascua, posted Apr 18th 2009 10:04AM
Paula and Ryan on the Duel 2As the numbers continue to dwindle on the competitive reality shows, tension is starting to rise and I want a front seat. The one thing I appreciate about network reality programs compared to scripted shows is that there are new episodes every week (I'm looking at you, Grey's Anatomy).

I'm going to make a prediction that next week Coach will say something stupid, Frenchie will say something that needs subtitles, the cast of The Biggest Loser will sweat, and Adam will regret singing "Play That Funky Music" a few weeks too early. This week's awards after the jump.

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Sanjaya still around, joins new reality show

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 18th 2009 9:07AM
SanjayaDanny already told you that ex-Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich might join the cast of the new NBC reality competition show I'm A Celebrity...Can I Get 15 More MInutes Of Fame, Please? I'll Even Eat A Bug If You Want Me To! Now the show has grabbed another cast member, former American Idol contestant Sanjaya.

If you're not familiar with the show that originated in Britian and aired a season on ABC in 2003, a bunch of celebrities are dropped in the jungle (in this case, Costa Rica) and have to survive using their wits, their charm, and ... their shiny white teeth, or something. Sanjaya and Blagojevich will be joined by Geraldo Rivera, Heidi and Spencer from The Hills, Dog The Bounty Hunter Duane Chapman, and model Janice Dickinson.

OK, the real title is I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Outta Here!, but you probably already knew that.

The article above says that Sanjaya released his memoirs a while back. His memoirs?!?

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Weekly Reality Awards

by Michael Pascua, posted Apr 12th 2009 11:52AM
A week never starts off well without The Amazing Race on Sundays. I hate when shows get delayed or moved to Wednesdays because of basketball.The shows were all a little off this week: there was only one vote on The Biggest Loser, there was no vote on Survivor, and The Real World/Road Rules challenge ended with a cliffhanger.

Speaking of Survivor, it has to suck to be Joe, who had to be evacuated to save his leg. Alas, his life is probably more important than a million dollars. More odd decisions after the jump.

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