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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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What's On Tonight: NCIS, Deadliest Catch, Last Restaurant Standing

by Bob Sassone, posted May 13th 2008 4:04PM
  • Law and Order: SVUTNT has the NBA Playoffs all night.
  • At 8, ABC has two new episodes of According To Jim, then new episodes of Dancing with the Stars and Women's Murder Club.
  • CBS has a new NCIS at 8, followed by a new Shark.
  • NBC has a new Most Outrageous Moments at 8.
  • FOX has new episodes of American Idol and Hell's Kitchen.
  • The CW has a new Beauty and the Geek at 8, then a new Reaper.
  • There's a new Nova on PBS at 8, followed by a new Frontline.
  • At 9, Discovery has a new Deadliest Catch.
  • History Channel has a new Mega Disasters at 9.
  • Also at 9: BBC America has a new Last Restaurant Standing.
  • At 10, NBC has the season finale of Law and Order: SVU.
  • Bravo has a new Work Out at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: NBA Playoffs, Deadliest Catch, Reaper

by Bob Sassone, posted May 6th 2008 4:00PM
  • Women's Murder ClubTNT has NBA Playoffs all night.
  • CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News have North Carolina/Indiana Primary coverage all night.
  • At 8, ABC has two new episodes of Dancing with the Stars (a "best of" episode and the regular episode), then a new Women's Murder Club.
  • CBS has a new NCIS at 8, followed by a new Shark.
  • NBC has a new Most Outrageous Moments at 8.
  • FOX has new episodes of American Idol and Hell's Kitchen.
  • The CW has a new Beauty and the Geek, followed by a new Reaper.
  • AMC has The Great Escape at 8.
  • At 9, PBS has a new American Experience.
  • Discovery has a new Deadliest Catch at 9.
  • Also at 9: BBC America has a new Last Restaurant Standing.
  • At 10, NBC has a new Law and Order: SVU.
  • There's a new Work Out on Bravo at 10.
  • MTV has a new A Shot At Love with Tila Tequila at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Beauty and Geek may be canceled ... or not

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Apr 29th 2008 12:40PM

'Beauty and the Geek' - Season 5 Cast

While the women of Beauty and the Geek may be gorgeous, the show itself is guilty of the exact opposite - it's ugly to watch. Despite that assessment (I've seen a few episodes and never got hooked), the Ashton Kutcher produced show is currently in its fifth season; so somebody is watching it. Not enough people, though. Variety is reporting that the upcoming fifth season finale may very well be the show's last... for now anyway. The CW might actually just shelve it for a few seasons until they can bring it back and make it feel "new" again.

That's a smart idea if you ask me. Other reality shows that have reached the "stale" status should take a hint. I'm looking at you Survivor and American Idol. Most of these reality programs have done all they can to re-invent formulas and sometimes the only thing that works is an extended absence. Here's to hoping this one stays permanent.

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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: NCIS, Deadliest Catch, Reaper

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 22nd 2008 4:05PM
  • Boston LegalAt 8, ABC has a new According To Jim.
  • CBS has a new NCIS at 8, then a new Big Brother.
  • FOX has new episodes of American Idol and Hell's Kitchen.
  • The CW has a new Beauty and the Geek at 8, followed by a new Reaper.
  • There's a new Nova on PBS at 8.
  • At 9, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, then a new Boston Legal.
  • Discovery has a new Deadliest Catch at 9.
  • Lifetime has the new movie Queen Sized at 9.
  • Bravo has a new Real Housewives of New York City at 9, followed by the season premiere of Work Out.
  • Sundance has Big Ideas For A Small Planet at 9.
  • MTV has the season premiere of Tila Tequila: A Shot At Love 2 at 9.
  • Also at 9: BBC America has a new Last Restaurant Standing.
  • At 10, NBC has a new Law and Order: SVU.
  • FX has a new episode of The Riches at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: According To Jim, Biggest Loser, The Riches

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 15th 2008 4:05PM
  • NCISAt 8, ABC has a new According To Jim.
  • CBS has a new NCIS at 8, followed by new episodes of Big Brother and 48 Hours Mystery.
  • NBC has the two hour season finale of The Biggest Loser at 8, then a new Law and Order: SVU.
  • FOX has new episodes of American Idol and Hell's Kitchen.
  • There's a new Beauty and the Geek at 8 on The CW.
  • TCM has the premiere of Role Model at 8, with Alec Baldwin interviewing Gene Wilder. It's followed by The Producers.
  • Discovery has a Best Of Deadliest Catch Season 3 special at 8, followed by two new episodes.
  • At 9, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, then a new Boston Legal.
  • PBS has a new Frontline at 9.
  • BBC America has a new Last Restaurant Standing at 9.
  • At 10, FX has a new episode of The Riches.
  • Bravo has a new Real Housewives of New York City at 10.
  • HBO has a new Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel at 10.
  • Also at 10: Sci-Fi has a new ECW.
  • At 10:30, A&E has a new Gene Simmons' Family Jewels.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Frontline, The Riches, ECW

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 1st 2008 4:04PM

Hell's Kitchen

  • At 8, ABC has two new episodes of Just For Laughs, then a new Dancing with the Stars and the special Live To Be 150...Can You Do It?
  • FOX has a new American Idol at 8, followed by the season premiere of Hell's Kitchen.
  • NBC has a new, two hour Biggest Loser at 8.
  • The CW has a new Beauty and the Geek at 8.
  • At 9, CBS has a new Big Brother.
  • There's a new Frontline on PBS at 9.
  • BBC has a new Last Restaurant Standing at 9.
  • At 10, CBS has a new CSI: Miami.
  • FX has a new episode of The Riches at 10.
  • Sci-Fi has a new ECW at 10.
  • MTV has a new Life of Ryan at 10, followed by a new Rob & Big.
  • Also at 10: Travel Channel has a new Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.
  • At 10:30, A&E has a new Gene Simmons' Family Jewels.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Biggest Loser, Beauty and the Geek, Jericho

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 11th 2008 4:03PM
  • According To JimAt 8, FOX has a new American Idol.
  • ABC has a new Just For Laughs at 8.
  • NBC has a new, two hour Biggest Loser at 8.
  • The CW has the season premiere of Beauty and the Geek and then a new One Tree Hill.
  • At 9, CBS has a new Big Brother, followed by a new Jericho.
  • ABC has a new According To Jim at 9.
  • There's a new Last Restaurant Standing at 9 on BBC America.
  • At 9:30, HBO has a new In Treatment.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Primetime.
  • Bravo has a new Real Housewives of New York City at 10.
  • MTV has a new Life of Ryan at 10.
  • Also at 10: Sci-Fi has a new ECW.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Rudolph, Reaper, Real Housewives

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 4th 2007 4:02PM
  • Nip/TuckAt 8, CBS has Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Biggest Loser at 8, followed by a new Law and Order: SVU.
  • The CW has new episodes of Beauty and the Geek and Reaper.
  • Also at 8: Food Network has Rachael Ray's Holiday Entertaining in 60, followed by A Barefoot Contessa Holiday and An Italian Christmas with Mario and Giada.
  • At 9, Discovery has a new Dirty Jobs, then a new Everest: Beyond the Limit.
  • Lifetime has the movie Holiday Wishes at 9.
  • Sci-Fi has part 3 of Tin Man at 9.
  • Another Christmas movie: Santa Baby, on ABC Family at 9.
  • At 10, CBS has the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
  • ABC has a new Boston Legal at 10.
  • There's a new Nip/Tuck on FX at 10.
  • Bravo has a new Real Housewives of Orange County at 10.
  • TLC has a new Miami Ink at 10.
  • HBO has a new Costas Now at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: NCIS, Bones, Reaper, Nip/Tuck

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 27th 2007 4:02PM
  • A Charlie Brown ChristmasAt 8, ABC has A Charlie Brown Christmas (hopefully they'll show it again closer to Christmas), then the season finale of Dancing with the Stars.
  • CBS has a new NCIS at 8, followed by new episodes of The Unit and Cane.
  • NBC has a new Biggest Loser at 8, then a new Law and Order: SVU.
  • FOX has new episodes of Bones and House.
  • There's a new Beauty and the Geek on The CW at 8, followed by a new Reaper.
  • At 9, HGTV has a new Decorating Cents, then a new 24 Hour Design.
  • Hallmark has John Denver in The Christmas Gift at 9.
  • Discovery has a new Dirty Jobs at 9, then a new Everest: Beyond the Limit.
  • At 10, FX has a new Nip/Tuck.
  • TLC has a new Miami Ink at 10.
  • Also at 10: Bravo has a new Real Housewives of Orange County.
  • At 10:15, TCM has The Hustler.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Cavemen, House, Boston Legal, Nip/Tuck

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 13th 2007 4:02PM
  • Dennis MillerAt 8, ABC has a new Caveman, followed by new episodes of Carpoolers, Dancing with the Stars, and Boston Legal.
  • CBS has a new NCIS at 8, then new episodes of The Unit and Cane.
  • NBC has a new, two hour Biggest Loser at 8, then a new Law and Order: SVU.
  • FOX has new episodes of Bones and House.
  • There's a new Beauty and the Geek on The CW at 8, followed by a new Reaper.
  • PBS has a new Nova at 8.
  • Also at 8: TCM has two of James Ellroy's movie picks: Stakeout on Dope Street and Murder By Contract.
  • At 9, Food Network has their All Star Thanksgiving, then a new Two Dudes Catering.
  • Discovery has a new Dirty Jobs at 9.
  • At 10, FX has a new Nip/Tuck.
  • Bravo has a new Real Housewives of Orange County at 10.
  • TLC has a new Miami Ink at 10.
  • At 10:30, Versus has a new Sports Unfiltered with Dennis Miller.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Cavemen, Reaper, Damages, Two Dudes Catering

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 16th 2007 4:00PM
  • World Series of PokerAt 8, FOX has the Red Sox/Indians game.
  • ABC has a new Cavemen at 8, followed by new episodes of Carpoolers, Dancing with the Stars, and Boston Legal.
  • CBS has new episodes of NCIS, The Unit, and Cane.
  • NBC has the special Matt Lauer Reports (an interview with Senator Larry Craig) at 8, and then new episodes of The Biggest Loser and Law and Order: SVU.
  • The CW has a new Beauty and the Geek at 8, then a new Reaper.
  • There's a new Nova on PBS at 8, followed by a new Frontline.
  • ESPN has two new eps of The World Series of Poker starting at 8, then a new Contender.
  • HBO has a new Five Days at 9.
  • History Channel has a new Mega Disasters at 9.
  • At 9:45, TCM has the special Vitaphone Shorts.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Ace of Cakes, followed by the series premiere of Two Dudes Catering.
  • TLC has a new L.A. Ink at 10.
  • Sci-Fi has a new ECW at 10.
  • Also at 10: FX has a new Damages.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Tuesday ratings: House powers FOX to a win

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 26th 2007 4:19PM

Hugh LaurieEverybody loves that cranky doctor over on FOX!

The season opener of House helped FOX win the first big Tuesday ratings battle of the year. The combo of House and the season opener of Bones at 8 made FOX the number one network for the night.

In second place was The CW. Oh, just kidding! Actually, ABC was second, with another installment of Dancing with the Stars (how many times is this show on a week anyway?) and Boston Legal. NBC was third, with two hours of The Biggest Loser and Law and Order: SVU. CBS was fourth, with NCIS, The Unit, and Cane. And then comes The CW, with Beauty and the Geek and Reaper.

Here are all the numbers and other nitty gritty so you can see who won each time slot and how it compares to last season.

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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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