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A history of reality television (part five): I take this millionaire bachelor to be my geeky newlywed date - VIDEOS

by Richard Keller, posted Jul 9th 2008 6:00PM

The season 1 cast photo of The BachelorFor some, watching relationship-based reality programming is not their idea of a pleasant night in. Why should they watch shows about finding and keeping love when it takes so long to find that right person in real life? Yet, since the mid-'60s, viewers have turned-in to watch others search for their soul mate. Or, at least their soul mate of the hour.

Of course, in the time of the Reality Revolution, the way love was found on television changed a bit. Rather than asking a simple set of questions to a set of bachelors or bachelorettes sitting behind a wall, men and women would compete for the love of a well-to-do bachelor or bachelorette, or a rapper/model, or a washed up 80s hair band star. They would even compete to see if their love could withstand an onslaught of temptation.

Sometimes they would find their one true love on these reality show. Other times they would be tossed away, their hearts broken, like a piece of paper. Along the way they would be love, sex, fights, sex, heartfelt moments, and sex. With reality programming being what it is, the viewers ate it all up.

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Reality Show casting calls

by Paul Goebel, posted Apr 27th 2008 9:07AM

Casting CallA day hasn't gone by where we haven't received some sort of tip or email asking us, the TV Squad, how to get on [insert reality show here]. Unfortunately no, Simon Cowell does not work for us, and Donald Trump isn't my BFF, so we really can't help all that much.

The folks at RealityWanted.com often send us a list of new and existing reality shows that are looking for new, er, talent, and they've given us permission to make mention of them here. We'll try to make this a regular feature as often as we get a new list.

This time we have Tim Gunn's Guide to Style, Big Brother and other new shows.

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What's On Tonight: Beauty and the Geek, Eureka, Elvis, Criss Angel

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 18th 2007 4:03PM
  • Rachael RayAt 8, ABC has two new episodes of Just For Laughs, then the special Elvis: Viva Las Vegas.
  • CBS has a new Power of 10 at 8, followed by a new Big Brother.
  • NBC has new, two hour episode of The Biggest Loser at 8.
  • The CW has the season premiere of Beauty and the Geek at 8.
  • There's a new Lincoln Heights at 8 on ABC Family.
  • ESPN has two new episodes of the World Series of Poker starting at 8. They're followed by a new episode of The Contender.
  • At 9, Sci-Fi has a new Eureka, then a new ECW.
  • Discovery has a new Dirty Jobs at 9.
  • Food Network has a new Rachael Ray at 9, then a new Have Fork, Will Travel.
  • At 10, A&E has a new Criss Angel Mindfreak.
  • FX has a new Damages at 9.
  • TLC has a new L.A. Ink at 10.
  • HBO has a new Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.
  • Also at 10: Food Network has a new Glutton For Punishment.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Jul 23rd 2007 6:21PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
  • Oh goodie! Reality TV is preparing to make its fall comeback, which will include more of Beauty and the Geek and The Pussycat Dolls.
  • The creator of The Simpsons is spilling all kinds of fun facts lately, in hopes it will make you want to watch The Simpsons Movie.
  • Kelly Clarkson is giving us too much info in interviews lately.

The video's embedded below, or you can subscribe to this podcast via our feed. Plus, you can also download the file directly

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What to Watch Feb. 12 - 18

by Kelly Woo, posted Feb 12th 2007 8:33AM

24 and The Amazing RaceBefore American Idol totally takes over the landscape next week when the top 24 start "singing," lots of stuff is happening on, you know, the rest of television. Jack Bauer's on for two hours tonight, while a new season of The Amazing Race revs up Sunday. Here are AOL Television's picks of the week.

24 (Mon., 8PM, Fox)
Seriously, where do 24 presidents find their awful advisors? Monster.com? In particular, the Palmer brothers need a better headhunter. In season two, David Palmer's chief of staff, Mike Novick, organized the Cabinet to use the 25th amendment and declare him unfit for office. Now, Wayne Palmer's chief of staff, Tom Lennox, and vice president, Noah Daniels, are conspiring to enact tougher security measures -- without Palmer's approval. Just goes to show, only Jack Bauer can be trusted.

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (Tue., 8PM, USA)
Maybe dogs get stressed out, just like us. They have to replace children and spouses for many owners, look good as celebrities' accessories and perform well at dog shows like Westminster. Next thing you know, we'll want them to attend college. It must be overwhelming. Consider the award-winning whippet named Bohem C'est La Vie, who escaped from her cage after Westminster last year. The police, psychics and group prayers couldn't find her. Hey, even pups need vacation time, too

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What to Watch Wed., Jan. 17

by Kelly Woo, posted Jan 17th 2007 10:19AM
Maui Fever on MTVMaui Fever (8PM, MTV)
I love 'Laguna Beach.' So much so, I even love its spawn. The ditzy models of '8th and Ocean' grew on me, and I fully expect to become completely addicted to this sun and surf reality drama. The show will follow seven young Maui residents who, according to MTV, spend "their days sunning and their nights partying with no rules and no one to answer to." Can TV really get any better than that?

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What's on tonight: Knights of Prosperity, Friday Night Lights, Sugar Bowl

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 3rd 2007 5:15PM
  • MediumAt 8, FOX has the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
  • CBS has a new King of Queens at 8.
  • PBS has the premiere of Wired Science at 8, followed by a new American Masters on Annie Leibovitz.
  • ABC has two new episodes of According To Jim at 8, followed by the premieres of The Knights of Prosperity and In Case of Emergency, then a new Primetime.
  • NBC has new episodes of Friday Night Lights, Deal Or No Deal, and Medium.
  • The CW has the two hour season premiere of Beauty and the Geek at 8.
  • At 9, Court TV has a new Forensic Files.
  • At 10, HBO has a new Inside The NFL.
  • TV Land continues their M*A*S*H marathon.

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The Upfronts: The CW

by Keith McDuffee, posted May 18th 2006 7:58AM
the cwThe CW (formerly known as UPN and The WB, its official logo to the right) officially announces its 2006-07 prime-time schedule today, though there was a preview given last night. Some favorites from both old networks have made the cut, while there are some fans of old shows who will likely feel disappointed. The changes in brief:

Returning: 7th Heaven; Gilmore Girls; Smallville; Beauty and the Geek; Supernatural; One Tree Hill; All of Us; Girlfriends; Veronica Mars; WWE Smackdown; America's Next Top Model; Everybody Hates Chris.

Out: The Bedford Diaries; Blue Collar TV; Everwood; Living With Fran; Modern Men; Pepper Dennis; Reba; Related; Survival of the Richest; Twins; Cuts; Eve; Get This Party Started; Half & Half; Love, Inc.; One on One; South Beach; What I Like About You; Charmed.

New: Runaway; The Game; Palm Springs.

Everbody Hates Chris
(to Sundays at 8); All Of Me (to Sundays); Girlfriends (to Sundays); The Game (Sundays); One Tree Hill (Wednesdays at 9).

Check back here later in the day for any updates that may come from the official Upfront presentation. Detailed descriptions of the new shows are after the jump below.

[Thanks to The Futon Critic for the info.]

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More beauties and more geeks for the WB

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 21st 2005 1:47PM
beautyandthegeekThe recent WB reality show, Beauty and the Geek, has proven popular enough to already be renewed for a second season. This time around, it will have eight episodes rather than six and will air sometime during the 2005 - 2006 season. The show is still airing and you can catch it on Wednesdays 8/7 C. The WB is also currently looking for beautiful but academically impaired women and smart but socially challenged men for the new season.

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