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Julie Benz Gets Supernatural Pilot Role, Richard Hatch Heads to Prison and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 14th 2011 6:15PM
Julie BenzUh oh. 'No Ordinary Family' star Julie Benz has booked a pilot role. Good for her, but bad for the future of the ABC superhero series.

In CBS's untitled medical drama, Benz will play the sister to Patrick Wilson's Michael. The drama follows Michael, a doctor whose life is changed when his ex-wife dies, but she then begins teaching him life lessons from the beyond the grave.

According to Deadline, Benz's character is an unfocused single mom with a heart of gold.

ABC had no comment on the future of 'No Ordinary Family,' but both its stars, Benz and Michael Chiklis, have new pilot roles. The new shows are in second position to their current series, of course.

In other TV News ...

'Celebrity Apprentice' and 'Survivor' star Richard Hatch has reported to prison. He'll serve nine months for failure to pay back taxes on his 'Survivor' winnings. [Hollywood Reporter]

ABC's 'Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition' will premiere Monday, May 30, at 10PM. The series documents the quest of obese people as they set out to drop the pounds. [Entertainment Weekly]

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Richard Hatch, Star of 'Celebrity Apprentice,' Heading Back to Prison and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 11th 2011 6:00PM
Richard Hatch'Celebrity Apprentice' star and original 'Survivor' winner Richard Hatch is heading back to prison.

According to the The Hollywood Reporter, Hatch will serve nine months in jail for failing to pay taxes on the $1 million he won after the first season of 'Survivor.'

Hatch, who is currently appearing on NBC's 'Celebrity Apprentice,' served more than three years in prison for tax evasion. He was released in 2009 and was on a three-year supervised release.

The reality star was supposed to re-file his 2000 and 2001 taxes and pay what he owned. However, he never did. Hatch now owes more than $2 million to the IRS.

In other TV news ...

Kate Burton has joined the cast of NBC's 'Grimm.' The veteran actress will play the main character's aunt in the cop drama where fairytale characters are real. She's billed as a special guest star and could recur if the pilot goes to series. [TVLine]

Tom Sizemore will star opposite Ethan Hawke in 'Exit Strategy.' Eric Winter has also joined a pilot, Fox's 'Weekends at Bellevue.' [Deadline]

Discovery Channel has ordered a special on the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. 'Anatomy of a Disaster' will feature footage and highlight the aftermath of the disaster. ABC's '20/20,' 'Nightline' and 'World News' will also air specials. [Entertainment Weekly]

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Richard Hatch Pushes David Cassidy Around on 'Celebrity Apprentice' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 7th 2011 10:45AM
Richard Hatch pushes David Cassidy, 'Celebrity Apprentice'New competition, but apparently it's going to be the same old Richard Hatch. Utilizing the same aggressive, manipulative and controlling techniques that won him the first season of 'Survivor,' Hatch came into 'Celebrity Apprentice' (Sunday, 9PM ET on NBC) with both barrels blazing.

He volunteered to be the first project manager for the men's team, and then allowed a minor pushing scuffle with fellow contestant David Cassidy to escalate into a boardroom blowout.

"Did you push, as an example, David off? Physically push him," Donald Trump asked Hatch.

"Not physically, intentionally ever," Hatch answered carefully.

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Trump Confirms Full 'Celebrity Apprentice' Cast, Includes LaToya Jackson, Lil Jon, Meat Loaf (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 14th 2011 7:40AM
LaToya Joins 'Celebrity Apprentice'Though the roster for the next 'Celebrity Apprentice' was leaked in October, Donald Trump made the official announcement on 'Late Night' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC).

He brought along 8x10s of each cast member, and Jimmy Fallon unveiled them one by one: LaToya Jackson, Gary Busey, Star Jones, Atlanta's 'Real' Housewife Nene Leakes, baseball's José Canseco, Lisa Rinna, former teen idol David Cassidy, supermodel Niki Taylor, 'Survivor' Season 1 nudist/winner Richard Hatch, Oscar winner Marlee Matlin, Meat Loaf, Mark McGrath, Playboy Playmate Hope Dworaczyk, Lil Jon, Dionne Warwick and country music's John Rich.

What are your thoughts on these 16 celebs battling it out for charity? Who's the biggest surprise, and who do you think will win?

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Gary Busey Is Terrifying in the First 'Celebrity Apprentice' Promo

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 12th 2011 11:15AM
Gary Busey, Celebrity ApprenticeIn this first promo for the upcoming season of 'Celebrity Apprentice,' this year's gang of unlikely star contestants tell a dude in a suit (what, The Donald was busy?) why they're qualified to be the next champion.

Let's just say their answers probably wouldn't get them a business-related job anywhere else other than an NBC reality show -- LaToya Jackson's "I'm an entrepreneur, and a Jackson" and Nene Leakes' "When I walk into a room, I own it" aren't actual things you can put on your resume. Jose Canseco's menacing bat swing and Gary Busey's terrifying gaze might get me to think twice, though.

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The 'Celebrity Apprentice' Men Sell Pizza for Charity (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 19th 2010 2:30PM
Gary BuseyThe new season of 'Celebrity Apprentice' is filming ... right outside our office!

That's right, the men of the new season, Gary Busey, David Cassidy, Richard Hatch, Meat Loaf, Mark McGrath, Jose Canseco, Lil Jon and John Rich, were busy selling pizza for charity outside. Naturally, we went to see.

Check out our guerrilla-style video of Lil Jon and Busey trying to rally New Yorkers inside the pizzeria while McGrath, Canseco and Cassidy hard at work making more pies.

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'Celebrity Apprentice' Cast: 'Survivor' Star Richard Hatch, Lil Jon, Marlee Matlin Join Competition

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 14th 2010 12:00PM
Lil JonRichard Hatch, the first 'Survivor' winner, former baseball star Jose Canseco and rapper Lil Jon will all be meeting Donald Trump in the boardroom.

According to TMZ, the three men, along with supermodel Niki Taylor, have been tapped to join the cast of 'Celebrity Apprentice.' Previously reported contestants include La Toya Jackson, Star Jones and Mark McGrath.

Gossip Cop
claims TV Land star Lisa Rinna, 'Partridge Family' star David Cassidy, singer Dionne Warwick, rock star Meatloaf, Osca winner Marlee Matlin and Playboy veteran Hope Dworaczyk will also be part of this season's 'Celebrity Apprentice' cast.

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Richard Hatch Still Ticked About Being Thrown Back in Jail

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 17th 2010 2:07PM
Richard Hatch attends 10th Anniversary party for 'Survivor' in January 2010When CBS threw their tenth-anniversary party for 'Survivor' last month during the TCA press tour, there was only one person I wanted to talk to: Richard Hatch. And there was only one reason I wanted to talk to him: Someone claiming to be him sent us an e-mail comment in response to a post Allison did in October; Allison basically told him to stop airing public comments regarding the incident that sent him back to jail last summer.

If you recall, he gave an interview with 'Today' and two other NBC properties last August; he was sent back to jail because he was supposedly only given permission to talk to 'Today.'

In the note to us, the person -- who we're pretty sure was Hatch, based on some digging we did after the note came in -- claims that the system is "broken" and that he doesn't owe any back taxes, something Hatch has said in public a number of times.

So, I decided to ask him about whether he liked sending websites e-mails like that, then we talked a little about the case.

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Review: 'Surviving Survivor'

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Feb 5th 2010 1:15AM
'Surviving Survivor' - catching up with the castawaysWhetting our appetites for next week's 'Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains' season premiere, this evening's 'Surviving Survivor' was definitely an hour worth watching for any true fan of the show. So often clips shows tend to tread the trodden path, but not so much with this one. The focus wasn't merely on the castaways we'll see in the upcoming season, but a look back at the show's history and a peek at what's happening in the lives of some of our favorite 'Survivors' over the years.

I've watched since the first season, and it brought back memories of the phenomenon that was 'Survivor: Borneo.' Fifty-two million viewers, extreme watercooler chat, and the start of the reality competition genre.

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250 cast members of Survivor to reunite this weekend

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 6th 2010 6:02PM
SurvivorJeff Probst is on Twitter now, and today he had some breaking news. 250 cast members from all of Survivor's many seasons will reunite this Saturday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena. This includes the final four contestants from the very first Survivor: Richard Hatch (let's hope he asks if he can be interviewed), Kelly Wiglesworth, Rudy Boesch, and Susan Hawk.

I watched that very first show. In fact, the night of the finale my power went out just when they were going to announce the winner so my roommate and I had to get his portable Sony TV and watch it on that.

They should have a giant, super-sized Survivor where all 250 compete for "The Ultimate Survivor" trophy. Give the winner $100 million. Sure, it would probably take three years for the show to end, but I bet people would watch. Set it on the moon.

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Best TV of the '00s: Reality Series

by Kona Gallagher, posted Dec 31st 2009 2:02PM
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More of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about a major category that came of age in the aughts: Reality shows.

While I would never call myself a reality TV junkie, it really bugs me when people make blanket statements like, "I hate reality TV," or, "Reality TV is the bane of my existence." The genre has grown so much in the past decade that it has become just like scripted television, in that there's good and there's bad. Even though we're splitting this up into two lists, "Reality," and "Trashy Reality," you won't see a single show that starts with, "Who Wants to Marry" on either list.

This list is dedicated not to the guilty pleasures, but to the shows that you wouldn't be embarrassed for your neighbors to know you watch: the classy reality, if you will. So without further ado, here is TV Squad's list of the best reality shows of the decade.

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Best TV of the '00s: Reality Participant / Contestant

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 29th 2009 7:02PM
the osbourne familyMore of our best of the decade coverage, which started earlier today. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about our favorite reality contestants and participants.

Whether we like it or not, the '00s introduced us to a new form of celebrity: the reality star. In previous decades, the closest we got to this were especially entrancing personalities from MTV's Real World. These people gained fame for acting like well-crafted exaggerations of their real selves.

Faster than you can say, "I didn't come here to make friends," networks picked up on the public's fascination with reality TV like Survivor and they pushed it to the popularity that it has reached today. Now, reality shows barely reflect what happens in normal people's lives but are generally more like high-concept game shows or extremely scripted improvs. But people keep watching, because the personalities are big and captivating.

Yup. Strategic footage editing does wonders. Here are some of our personal favorites from the genre, but feel free to comment with your own worthy additions!

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How Does Russell Rank Against the Best 'Survivor' Players Ever?

by David Hofstede, posted Dec 18th 2009 7:15PM

We'll soon know whether Russell Hantz's ruthless game play will make him the winner of 'Survivor: Samoa.' If he doesn't win, he certainly deserved to -- no one's played the game better this season.

Some fans are already anointing Russell as the best 'Survivor' contestant ever ... but win or lose, some of us aren't ready to go that far. How does he stack up against previous players, all of whom could give Russell and his hidden idol-finding ways a run for the million? Hopefully, some will actually do so when the series returns for a 20th edition all-star season this spring.

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An open letter to ex-con Richard Hatch

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 16th 2009 1:06PM
richard_hatch_survivorDear Rich,

You don't mind if I call you Rich, do you? I feel like I know you well. And it's not just because I watched you walking around naked on an island somewhere either. No, it's because you were on Survivor twice and in both those instances, you really impressed me with your game-playing. You deserved to win that first Survivor. You earned it, Richard Hatch. You outwit, outplayed and outlasted all the rest, including Sue who probably wanted to kill you.

So, now that you're out of jail -- hopefully for good -- I'm rooting for you to get your stuff together and move on with life. That means shut your mouth. Stop yapping about how the authorities are conspiring against you. Stop saying it's because you're gay.

The first thing you must do is pay the back taxes on the prize money you legitimately won. Surely, you know that's how they got Al Capone. Pay the IRS, man. Start a payment system, they'll accept that.

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The Battlestar Galactica that never happened

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 22nd 2009 1:00PM
Ron Moore owes a lot to Richard Hatch for keeping the Battlestar Galactica franchise alive long enough for his marvelous reboot. So much so that he gave Mr. Hatch a significant role in his series (Of course his character did end up being killed in front of a firing squad. Make of that what you will).

With that in mind, I present to you the promotional trailer for the 1999 reboot of the franchise that never happened. Subtitled "The Second Coming", it was intended as a continuation of the 1970's series (I'm not sure whether it ignored the mistake that was Galactica 1980). The concept starred Hatch as the new fleet commander (with a cameo by the original Commander Adama, Lorne Greene) as well as a few other familiar faces from the original series. Sadly, it never got picked up. That's a shame because it was around the time of Babylon 5 and the explosion of CGI use on television. It looked more mature and less kitschy than its previous incarnation and might have made for fine television.


[via Topless Robot]

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