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School Kids Find Jamie Oliver's Food Revolting

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 31st 2010 3:01PM
jamie oliverJamie Oliver's 'Food Revolution' is only two episodes in but it has already brought some serious numbers for ABC. Anyone that has been watching the series, though, can tell that the celebrity chef's mission to bring healthy eating habits to Huntington, West Virginia has not been an easy task. Tears have been shed, chicken nuggets have been dumped, lunch ladies have been angered.

For viewers, most of this article from the New York Post is pretty much stating the obvious, saying that a majority of school children are not pleased with the state of things. What is interesting, though, is the rise of brown bag lunches from home (mostly chips and cookies) and some thoughts from the food services director on how the change has been implemented.

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Six New Shows (and 'Charmed') Coming to WE

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 31st 2010 2:00PM
Joan RiversCan we agree that the word "docusoap" is one of the worst TV-related words ever invented? It's approximately 300 times worse than "dramedy." WE has just announced that they're adding six new shows (plus the long-running WB show 'Charmed') to its schedule, and almost all of them are described as "docusoaps," which pretty means that I'm not going to be watching WE anytime soon (not that I'm in their demographic anyway).

After the jump, a list of the new shows.

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Now Levi Johnston Wants to Do a Show About Alaska Too

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 30th 2010 5:02PM
JohnstonIf you had told me a few years ago that in 2010 we were going to have not one but two reality shows about Alaska on the air, one hosted by a former candidate for Vice President and the other hosted by her Playgirl-posing almost-son-in-law, I probably would have told you that you're drinking way too much Yoo-Hoo. But it's happening!

True, Sarah Palin's show for TLC is more of a documentary, but 'Levi Johnston's Final Frontier' is being described by one of the producers as "'Jersey Shore' on ice," which conjures up a lot of really bad images, one of them being Disney characters with rock hard abs skating around drunk and punching each other.

Johnston doesn't have a network for his reality show yet (it could land on MTV), but I'm going to go ahead and assume it's not going to be on PBS or The History Channel.

[via TV Tattle]

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Are You Ready For Another Gordon Ramsay Cooking Competition Show?

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 26th 2010 2:04PM
Gordon RamsayDo we really need another food competition show on television? And do we need another show that stars chef Gordon Ramsay? Neither of those questions matter because we're getting one anyway.

'Masterchef' premieres on FOX July 29. Ramsay will be the head judge on this show, along with restaurateur/wine expert Joe Bastianich and chef Graham Elliot Bowles, who will also coach the contestants. This show will feature amateur chefs who have to go through a series of challenges, with one of them becoming the winner of the competition. I know, that description could be cut and pasted into a post about seven other food competition shows on the air right now, but if something isn't broken...etc, etc.

The press release uses phrases like "follow their dream" and "unique platform" and "passion and excitement," but I don't see anything about what the exact prize will be, whether it's cash or a position at a restaurant or a set of cookware. Unless the prize is knowing that three food and wine experts declare you the winner.

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Jersey 'Housewives' Are Coming Back May 3

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 26th 2010 10:47AM
real_housewives_of_new_jersey_standingIn anticipation of the new season of 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey,' the restaurateurs in the Franklin Lakes vicinity have decided to anchor all dining tables to the floor like McDonald's and Burger King. That way, Teresa can't be doing any table-flipping unless she's wearing a cape with a giant 'S' in red and has an aversion to Kryptonite.

No seriously -- and table-flipping is hardly that -- those Jersey women are coming back. Bravo's 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' returns Monday, May 3 at 10 PM ET. And unlike some editions of the 'Real Housewives,' all the principals are part of the action.

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MTV Cancels Fake Reality Show 'The Hills'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 25th 2010 12:45PM
SpeidiShow of hands, who is mourning the cancellation of MTV's 'The Hills?' Yup, the network has finally canceled the reality show that wasn't really a reality show. The final season starts on April 27.

I think the only bad part about this cancellation is now that cast members like Heidi and Spencer won't be filming the show anymore that means they'll have time to make appearances on other shows. So MTV, maybe you shouldn't cancel this show after all. We need them to stay on the show so we have a better chance of avoiding them. Besides, Heidi needs cash for that eleventh plastic surgery I'm sure she wants to have.

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It's Official: Sarah Palin's Going to TLC

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 25th 2010 11:10AM
sarah_palin_outdoorsWell, the deal is done. Sarah Palin's next line on her resume, the one after Vice Presidential candidate and Governor of the State of Alaska, will be television host. The former politico has teamed with reality TV producer Mark Burnett and they've sold a travel show. Discovery's TLC will air 'Sarah Palin's Alaska,' a show about the state and why it's such a great place to live and/or visit. Sarah Palin will be the tour guide and 'proud daughter' of the territory, showing off the mountains, lakes, streams and vistas of the 49th state.

As Joel pointed out the other day, this new show is a good move for Palin as well as Discovery. The numbers she'll need to pull for TLC are in the low millions, so that should be do-able considering her appeal to a large segment of the public. Especially that segment that likes her without taking an interest in her political opinions. This show will have no politics. It's going to be like a movie from the Alaska Convention and Visitor's Bureau. You know, "Come to Alaska, experience the wild life and feel the chill." (Hmm ... maybe I should trademark that?)

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'Real World' Star Puck and Son Injured In Serious Car Accident

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 25th 2010 10:37AM
PuckLong before there was a Puck on 'Glee' there was another Puck on TV, the one on MTV's reality show 'The Real World.' David "Puck" Rainey was the roommate during the show's fantastic (back when the show could actually be called "fantastic") third season in San Francisco, the one that argued with his roommates, made gay jokes, stuck fingers in the peanut butter and eventually got kicked out. We haven't heard much about him in the past several years, but he's in the news again today.

TMZ is reporting that he was in a serious car accident with his eight year-old son. Both were seriously injured.

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'America's Next Top Model' - 'Let's Dance' Recap

by Michael Pascua, posted Mar 25th 2010 5:18AM
Alexandra strikes a pose on ANTM
(S14E03) I find it amusing when two shows start bleeding into each other. This week 'America's Next Top Model' borrowed 'Project Runway's' sponsor Bluefly.com. Granted, this isn't the first time crossover has happened between the two shows. Previous contestants like Dani (Cycle 6), Bianca (Cycle 9), and Anya (Cycle 10) have modeled for contestants on their final runway shows. Because of that, I got several commercials for Bluefly.com with Anthony announcing "Period" each time.

Ren continued to self-eliminate herself throughout the episode, and yet didn't have the guts to actually quit. Tyra must be annoyed that the person that she hand picked didn't succeed.

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Four Reasons Why Sarah Palin and Discovery Are a Good Fit

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 24th 2010 3:06PM
Sarah Palin at book signing for Yesterday, we found out from James Hibberd at THR's Live Feed that Discovery Communications has won the bidding to air an Alaskan travelogue program hosted by former governor Sarah Palin, and today, it was revealed that it will officially air on TLC. 'Sarah Palin's Alaska,' which will be produced by Mark Burnett, is going to be a pricey proposition for Discovery; Gov. Palin was asking for $1.2 million per episode, according to Hibberd.

But it's going to be worth it. Whatever you may think of her politics, Palin is a network programmer's dream. In fact, Palin and Discovery seem to be a pretty good pairing, for a number of reasons:

1. Palin is charming and has a good screen presence. The big reason why she was so popular during the 2008 presidential campaign was that she connected with a lot of people who were outside the usual Republican base: mothers, parents of kids with special needs, and others. She was folksy and chatty, and she was able to connect with her audiences despite whatever flaws she had in the policy knowledge department.

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Teen Featured on 'Wife Swap' Sues Show

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 23rd 2010 3:00PM
Wife SwapHere's a tip for anyone who wants to appear on television: don't go on a reality show. Sure, there are a few reality shows that might be OK, but for the most part, they are going to be edited to make you look bad or they're going to be a horrible experience in general. There are other ways to get your 15 minutes of fame (note: please don't go for your 15 minutes of fame either).

A teen who appeared on the ABC reality show 'Wife Swap' (the title should tell you pretty much what the show is about) is suing the show and Disney for $100 million (say that in a Dr. Evil-like voice). She says that people at the show actually told her how to act (like a spoiled brat) and even wrote specific lines for her to say (viewers who think that reality shows are 100% unscripted live in a fantasy world of unicorns and rainbows). She says that after the show aired she was physically and verbally assaulted at school.

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Fox Orders a Third Season of 'Kitchen Nightmares'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 21st 2010 2:00PM
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Fox continues it's love affair with Gordon Ramsay, despite the failure of 'Cookalong Live.' This week, for example, Fox renewed 'Kitchen Nightmares' for a third season, and you know that 'Hell's Kitchen' is coming back, so Fox and Ramsay are getting along like peanut butter and jelly.

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Paula Abdul Says No to 'Star Search'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 19th 2010 11:55AM
AbdulJust a few days ago Allison told you about Paula Abdul's possible new job as host of ABC's updated version of 'Star Search.' Alas, it looks like we're not going to be able to see her on it after all. The former 'American Idol' star has said no to the gig.

I never really saw her as the host of the show anyway, did you? I mean, we got a kick out of the way she acted as a judge on 'American Idol,' all loopy and confused and weary, but being the host of a show is a completely different thing. Though it would have fun to see her try it for a while. I also wonder if there's a place for 'Star Search' in this age of 'Idol,' 'America's Got Talent,' 'So You Think You Can Dance?' and the coming American version of Cowell's 'The X Factor.'

Maybe Cowell and his team have convinced Abdul to be a judge on 'The X Factor.' That way it can be 'American Idol 2.'

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CBS Wants to Know if You Can 'Beat the Chefs'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 18th 2010 5:02PM
CBSFood competition shows seem to be popular with everyone (not just Food Network) and now CBS is getting into the act. The Tiffany Network has ordered 'Beat The Chefs,' a new reality/game show that will pit amateur cooks and their families against veteran chefs. Both will make the signature dish of the amateur and a panel of judges will decide who made it better. It sounds a little like 'Throwdown with Bobby Flay' only on a bigger scale. Winner gets a bunch of $$$$$.

I wonder if the signature dishes of these amateurs could be canned soup? What if these cooks only know how to open a can of Campbell's Chunky Soup and a package of Ritz crackers? Then the chefs could try to make soup and crackers that are better than Campbell's and Ritz but they won't be able to because they know that Campbell's and Ritz products are AWESOME and the chefs will be embarrassed on national television because they lost to supermarket products.

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Andy Cohen on Jersey Housewives, 'Top Chef,' and Being the Face of Bravo

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 18th 2010 2:02PM
Andy Cohen of BravoWhen NBC Universal had their all-star party at the January press tour, I got a chance to talk to Andy Cohen of Bravo. Who's Andy Cohen? Many of you who follow Bravo's reality shows may know him as "the reunion guy," who hosts all the reunion shows at the end of each season. Others may know him from the talk show 'Watch What Happens Live,' which debuted last summer and discusses the week in the world of Bravo and beyond.

But Cohen has a day job: as the network's senior vice president of original programming and development, he's largely been responsible for bringing shows like 'Top Chef,' 'Project Runway,' 'Flipping Out,' 'The Real Housewives' series and others to the network. So he's the perfect guy to talk to about the mishegas going on with the Jersey Housewives as they shoot their second season, fluky edits on the finale of 'Top Chef,' and whatever he could say about the Salahis, who crashed a White House dinner while being recruited for 'The Real Housewives of D.C.' Our talk is after the jump.

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