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(S14E02) We continue 'America's Next Top Model' from last week's photoshoot cliffhanger. The nude photoshoot goes off without much of a hitch about religious morals or modesty. Either way, the shoot was borrowed from a challenge on 'Make Me a Supermodel' which had the same exact concept. The second photoshoot continues to stretch the definition of what a beauty shot is. Beauty shots should be zoomed in even closer than what we saw.
We saw the new and improved opening sequence; it's going to take me a while to get adjusted to it. It's still Tyra-centric and now with a 70s/funk vibe. This episode was also 90 minutes long, which threw off the tempo of the show. I was waiting for the show to end, but it just kept going. Speaking of editing choices, why isn't last season's winner Nicole in the CoverGirl lounge?
Each week Michaels will visit a different family and try to help them with their eating habits, health and exercise. She'll replace their Ding Dongs with carrot sticks, their ice cream with lettuce, and will break into their cars and steal them so they're forced to walk everywhere.
Getting people to eat better and exercise are noble goals, I just hate having another another of television taken up by yet another reality show (and a spinoff of one still on the air yet). I like scripted shows.
Hey, why not make this a scripted drama? Maybe call it 'Sara Summers, Health Investigator.' Each week Sara (played by Jennifer Garner) infiltrates a family, posing as a long lost relative or as a friend, and secretly helps them eat better and lose weight. Maybe there can be a mythology to the show and an evil organization hell bent on stopping people from getting in shape.
Animal Planet has announced that Tyson will have his own reality show in which he races his flock of trained pigeons against a series of professional competitors.
For those who aren't in the know, Tyson has had a lifelong obsession with training and caring for birds. In the video below, he takes Jimmy Kimmel's Uncle Frank on a tour of his bird sanctuary.
But what always nagged me about the show is that she's essentially setting her clients up with gold diggers. Bravo has renewed the show for a fourth season, where we'll see Stranger expanding her business into New York. Which should be fun, since the Big Apple has a higher class of social strivers than the aspiring-actor/actress-slash-bartender types Patty's been finding in L.A.
The owners of the 'Jersey Shore' Seaside Heights house are charging tenants up to $2,500 a night and that includes a signed lease.
It's also not the first time a former MTV reality show abode has attracted a higher asking price. The 'Real World: Las Vegas' at the Palms goes for $5,000 a night. Again, the price of Scotchguard must be just astronomical.
'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution,' the reality series in which the famed British chef attempts to spark change in the West Virginia city that the Centers for Disease Control named the unhealthiest in America, will air on Sunday, March 21 in the 10 p.m. slot followed by repeats and new episodes every Friday.
The show mirrors his attempt to revamp the British school food program. This time, it chronicles the chef's attempt to "plant the seed" of change in Huntington, W.V., the same town that scorned his help and drove him to the brink of tears. Here's just a taste of the town's reaction to his offer to help. I'm shocked that the guy in this clip was spitting hamburger crumbs at Jamie as he refused to eat "lettuce".
Now, beyond the fact that Dr. Drew is assuming that Haim died of a drug overdose before autopsy results are even complete*, I think he doesn't quite understand (or maybe he does and doesn't care) how much of an exploitative guy he is. So Haim didn't want to appear on your show where you get celebrities to look awful while they live in a house and try to break their addictions? Is that surprising? If I was an addict I wouldn't want to do that show either.
This is a reason to rejoice. No, it is not the fact that 'Jersey Shore' is getting a second season. Indeed it is questionable whether the show even having a first season is a reason to rejoice. Rather, I am referring to the fact that the second season of 'Jersey Shore' will take place in Miami Beach instead of my home state of New Jersey. On behalf of the state, good riddance.
Of course, this brings about the question of the name of the program. It's not really the Jersey Shore anymore, is it? Will the show now have a subtitle: 'Jersey Shore: Guidos in Miami?' Perhaps future seasons (and sadly there will likely be future seasons) will have the crew on a different beach in a different state every year. That is, until they turn 30 and the Sandmen have to hunt them down and kill them. If MTV makes a show of that concept, I would tune in.
Tyra decides to knock off Myspace with what she called "MyFiercePage" to cut the semi-finalists to the final thirteen contestants. This would have been really edgy in 2007, but now anything Myspace related feels lazy and outdated. If Tyra created "FierceBook," I would have found it more believable.
Does 'The Bachelor' season ever really end? It seems that we get another special or two after the season finale. "After The Rose" specials, interviews with the contestants, behind the scenes specials, weddings. And this Monday we have another two-hour special titled 'Inside The Bachelor: The Stories Behind The Rose,' which will be a look at the history of the show and will include interviews with various contestants over the years, audition tapes, never before seen footage, and all of that other "behind the scenes" stuff.
What's most baffling about this is that this isn't just a 'Bachelor' special, it's an episode of '20/20.' Deborah Roberts and Chris Connelly will host the special. If ABC is going to have another special about 'The Bachelor,' why put it under the '20/20' banner? Isn't that going to make viewers not look at '20/20' seriously again? Sure, it has never been '60 Minutes,' but now it's never going to be. I can't imagine CBS having a two-hour '60 Minutes: Return to the Island' special after the season finale of 'Survivor.'
When reality TV starts to merge with news programming, a puppy dies.
I mean, seriously, look at the shows that the network will have to choose from for this fifth night of programming. 'Million Dollar Listing 4?' 'Tabatha's Salon Takeover 3?' 'The Fashion Show 2?' 'Real Housewives of Atlanta 3?' And those are just the returning shows.
New shows include 'Pregnant in Heels' (a reality show about a boutique that caters to pregnant women), 'Miami Social Club,' a look at rich, fashionable people who enjoy the "hot Miami scene," and 'Million Dollar Decorators,' a reality show about the personal lives of interior designers who work on expensive homes.
Of course, now we are all wondering how they are going to pull this off. The longer the show stays on the air, isn't it logical to think that employees will wonder who this new employee is and why there are cameras following them around?
I wonder the same thing about 'Throwdown with Bobby Flay.' If someone from Food Network says they want to film me and do a special about the great things I can do with pasta ('Playing with Pasta!'), I would immediately think "oh, this must be one of those deals where Bobby Flay is going to show up and challenge me."
Police have charged Charles Pearson on suspicions that he stalked and threatened Dr. Drew Pinsky and his family on more than one occasion.
Pearson stands accused of posting threatening messages towards the doctor. He also showed up at a radio station event in Los Angeles where Dr. Pinsky does his nationally syndicated "Loveline" show on KROQ.
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, along with Mark Burnett, is trying to pitch 'Help Me, Martha' as a new reality television program. In it, Martha helps someone who is having a party or "lifestyle issue" get things together. In short, it is the most unreal reality television ever devised.
The show is slightly reminiscent of 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' or even 'The Marriage Ref.' It's great how television assumes that people have no control over their own lives (in truth they don't, but I hardly think making them a television spectacle is going to help).
If you were planning something, would you really want Martha there looking over your shoulder? She comes across as pretty bossy. If your party idea didn't match with hers, she could very well change it around on this television program without your say-so. And if you didn't like it, she'd have to let you go.
Kudrow saw the long-running original show, which investigates the family history and genealogy of celebrities, when visiting Ireland, and decided to bring it to American audiences. The only question was, would she tell her own story on the show?
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