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I won't miss Jersey Shore

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 22nd 2010 6:05PM
jersey_shore_mtvLast night was the wrap up for Jersey Shore. I have to tell you, I won't miss it. Unlike many others who were drawn in to Jersey Shore, the show never grew on me. The MTV reality show got an inordinate amount of media coverage. It became the butt of jokes all over the place, the perfect gag line. It was controversial and insulting to the actual people who love and live on the Jersey Shore.

But the show is horrible. Truly, deeply and utterly horrible. I watched it to see what the fuss was all about, but after ten minutes, I had had enough. It wasn't funny or goofy or even car-wreck compelling. It was just dumb. Even with the subtitles, I could barely understand them.

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'Bad Girls' Club Headed to Miami for Season 5

by Audrey Fine, posted Jan 22nd 2010 10:20AM
Bad Girls ClubMourning the season's end of 'Jersey Shore'? Well, don't despair too much, because there's always Oxygen's 'Bad Girls Club' to help you get your fix of, well, you know.

In fact, this 4th season of 'Bad Girls Club' has been so salaciously addictive that it's drawn record numbers to the women's network. prompting an order for a 5th season that will find the women outside of Los Angeles for the first time and poised to wreak havoc on Miami (in other words: watch out, Kourtney and Khloe).

The executive producers, Bunim-Murray, the braintrusts behind such seminal shows as 'The Real World' and 'Road Rules,' couldn't be happier. "Every time [we have] taken a series to Miami, we've been embraced by the city and its people and had huge ratings, so we're excited about bringing yet another series to the city," said Jon Murray in a statement, according to Variety.

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'The Real World: DC' Premiere (VIDEO)

by Chris Jordan, posted Dec 31st 2009 9:48AM
There's something about Andrew. He's a little awkward -- he broke a chin-up bar -- and he sleeps with a stuffed polar bear. Then there's the question of his virginity. Is he or isn't he?

Andrew is part of the cast of MTV's new 'The Real World: D.C.', which debuted Wednesday night, and one of the stars of today's TV's Top 5.

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2009's Trashy Reality Report Card

by Michael Pascua, posted Dec 28th 2009 10:05AM
The girls of Real/Chance of Love
While there are reality shows like The Amazing Race, Survivor, or even Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List garnering praise and Emmys for their quality level or American Idol, America's Next Top Model, or So You Think You Can Dance giving real people with potential to fulfill their dreams, trashy reality shows appear like the black sheep of the family. They are loud, brash, and sleazy. Like a car crash, you can't help but turn and look.

For reality television, 2009 has provided some of the biggest reasons why reality television gets a bad reputation. Four cable channels have become festering points for Trashy Reality in 2009: VH1, E!, MTV, and WE.

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Reality Show Fights: The Best Punches, Slaps and Spits (VIDEO)

by Chris O'Connell, posted Dec 17th 2009 12:08PM
Jersey ShoreIf you've been watching 'Jersey Shore' -- and if you know what's good for you, you have -- you may have heard about petite guidette Snooki's getting clocked in the face by a mystery male assailant. (The promo was everywhere for a while, but was pulled after MTV edited the punch out of the episode, which airs tonight.)

The idea of the punch (and the sight of it, for those of us who've watched it) is alarming for a few reasons. First and foremost, the image of a man hitting a woman squarely in the face is shocking; most reality show fights that escalate to physical violence are between two men or two women. Furthermore, these reality show fights rarely involve actual punches; normally it's a bunch of hugging disguised as grappling, rolling around on the ground and hair-pulling until the producers move in. This is the real deal.

But if you've ever been to Seaside, NJ, you aren't surprised by this use of unnecessary violence over what was probably an argument about a slice of boardwalk pizza or a discussion of Yankees vs. Mets. Also, if you've seen a reality show in the past five years, you aren't surprised that someone caught a bad one. We've compiled the best punches/slaps/etc. of the last few years in the wonderful world of reality television.

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Meet the 'Real World: Washington, D.C.' Cast

by Bryan Enk, posted Nov 4th 2009 5:24PM

For 22 seasons, MTV has believed that the "real world" consists of a group of twentysomethings living in a giant house in some random city with their every move and interaction filmed for the entire world to see. This belief is strong indeed -- 'The Real World' now continues with its 23rd season, set to premiere on December 30, 2009: 'The Real World: Washington, D.C.'

According to Wikipedia, the base of operations for 'D.C.' is a 10,800 square-foot four-story brownstone mansion located at 2000 S Street, NW in the neighborhood of Dupont Circle. The first floor includes bedrooms, a game room, the Confessional, and the control room for the producers. The second floor includes a common area, telephone room, kitchen, bathrooms and five "love sacks" (ha!). The main control room is on the third floor, where the operators work those camera angles, swish pans and cut-to's, with a conference room and offices on the fourth floor.

And who will be living in this lovely abode? The D.C. blog Housing Complex did some digging, and so did we. Meet the cast of 'The Real World: Washington, D.C.'

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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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Weekly Reality Awards

by Michael Pascua, posted Mar 14th 2009 10:02AM
Scott from the Real World: Brooklyn channels his inner ZoolanderThis week finally heated up for reality television. Tyra's hamsters took part in their second photoshoot on America's Next Top Model, the American Idol hopefuls started to compete on the big stage, the Dancing with the Stars cast finally started to ... well dance, and Chekhov got a shoutout on The Amazing Race.

There weren't any shocking eliminations or anything horrendously groundbreaking, but there were some definite moments. Here are some highlights, and lowlights, after the jump.

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What to Watch Weekend, Jan. 3-4

by Kim Potts, posted Jan 3rd 2009 5:00AM
rock of love'Rock of Love Bus'
(Sun., 9PM, VH1) 3rd season premiere
Yes, living it up with dozens of women in a booze-soaked, pimped out mansion didn't help Bret Michaels find love, so now he's hopping on his tour bus, with 20 eager-to-please women on board, in his third attempt to find a lasting relationship. Or, the reality TV equivalent.

Poison frontman Michaels embarks on a month-long solo tour across America, and the women are along for the ride, challenges, catfights, Mud Bowl 3 and all ... until they get their walking papers.

And this time around, Bret doesn't just confiscate their 'backstage pass' and kick them to the curb; the women who get the boot from the 'Rock of Love' bus are left behind at whatever city Michaels happens to be performing in that night.

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Real World alum running for Congress

by Erin Martell, posted Jul 16th 2008 7:06PM
Kevin PowellI usually associate Real World cast members with drunken barfights, threeways, and tearful meltdowns--but politics? That's a first. Kevin Powell, former Real World reality star, is running for Congress in Brooklyn's 10th District. Old-timers like myself remember Kevin from the show's very first season, back when the cast members weren't equal parts hot and crazy.

Powell's post-reality career has set him apart from the typical fame-seeking MTV celebs. According to his campaign website, he's written seven books and is a successful lecturer and activist. That certainly beats stints on The Surreal Life and the Real World/Road Rules Challenge.

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Reality celebrities and their unfortunate existence

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 9th 2008 6:00PM
The HillsIn the early days of reality TV as we know it, when the Real World was less of an alcoholic sex romp and more of a genuine social experiment, the "usual" way for talentless people become famous was to either be born into obscene wealth or fall down a well. Or both. Then, some time around the appearance of Survivor Season One, normal folks realized that they could capitalize on exaggerating their personalities on television. "Richard Hatch walks around naked? And he's gay? And painfully manipulative? Yes, I will sacrifice my time and attention to watch your crappy show."

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The Reality Shows Have Writers!? Award: Call for Considerations

by Jay Black, posted May 23rd 2008 9:55AM
This award is beautiful! What is it! Velvet?I'm in Los Angeles right now. From my observations: everyone is perfect looking, the weather is always beautiful, and everyone drives everywhere despite the fact that gas is approximately eleventy billion dollars a gallon and it doesn't appear that anyone is actually, you know, working. LA doesn't exist in any kind of recognizable reality. Let's put it this way: if the guys in Plato's cave were to figure out that the figures being cast onto their walls came from the Sunset Strip, they'd probably opt to stay chained up.

It stands to reason, then, that any genre springing to life in such an environment would bear no resemblance to what the rest of the world calls "reality". TV Squad therefore presents its first annual The Reality Shows Have Writers!? Award, recognizing those shows that in no way reflect a life that any human being on the planet is actually living but, for some reason, call themselves "reality shows."

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'The Real World' Stars: Where Are They Now?

by AOL TV Staff, posted Mar 4th 2008 11:27AM
Eric Nies in The Real WorldWhatever happened to Eric Nies, Ruthie and Puck?

The hookups, the drinking, "the slap" ... good times.

In 1992, 'The Real World' introduced us all (for better or worse) to reality TV, and it's still going strong, with 23 seasons under its belt -- so far.

Can future newbies match the drama, debauchery and arrests of some of our favorite (and least favorite) alums? Listen, learn, and hide the peanut butter.

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TV 101: Dribs and Drabs (or, stuff that wouldn't fit in my last column)

by Jay Black, posted Feb 20th 2008 11:41AM
No offense, but if you actually label a part of your fridge Like a lot of writers, I have an idea folder (it's manila, but I have it covered in puffy rainbow and unicorn stickers, so it's beautiful). As each week progresses, I jot down all my ideas -- for columns, for stand-up bits, for ransom notes -- and at the end of that week, I take stock of my creative output.

This week, I noticed that there were a lot of ideas that I wanted to share, but that weren't quite big enough for a full TV 101 column. I attached them to the end of my last column in a section called "Dribs and Drabs." It was a good thought, except that it took an already bloated piece (my writing makes the Unabomber's manifesto look like a dream of concise thought) and puffed it up into a 3000 word monstrosity. My editor suggested I break up the Dribs and Drabs section into its own piece, and that, dear readers, is what I did. Dribs and Drabs, after the jump...

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TV 101: The Day the Music Died (or, how the second season of The Real World ruined everything)

by Jay Black, posted Feb 18th 2008 12:02PM
This is the true story... Chuck Klosterman, in his very excellent Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, wrote an essay about The Real World: San Francisco. He said that the third season of The Real World was the moment the series stopped reflecting youth culture and started creating youth culture.

I'm not going to argue with Mr. Klosterman. I admire him so much that for a short while, I thought he was my own Tyler Durden (all the ways I wish I could be -- that's Chuck). If we are, however, to take Klosterman's argument as truth -- that Puck and Pedro realizing the cameras were on them was the TV equivalent of Skynet becoming self-aware and destroying humanity -- we must then look to the second season of the show as the moment when Miles Dyson started working for Cyberdyne. That is, the seeds for television's unraveling were sown not during the third season of The Real World, but during the second. As 2008 is the 15th anniversary of The Real World: Los Angeles, I thought it might be a good idea to take a look back at how it managed to ruin everything...

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