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Should children be allowed on reality TV?

by Michael Pascua, posted Jun 24th 2009 5:02PM
Emilia from Toddlers and Tiaras gets ready.After the separation of Jon and Kate Gosselin, one is left wondering: what will happen to the children? Jon and Kate Plus Eight isn't the first reality show to feature children, but many including Jon and Kate, place their children in questionable situations.

What makes exploiting children the same as a twenty-something who wants to win Big Brother? Family reality shows have done everything as well, including swapping mothers, adventure races, fixing houses, and general living with life. There's got to be a point where the legal guardian has to say enough is enough. Aren't child labor laws in effect with the 24/7 families?

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Dave Chappelle does a six-hour stand-up routine

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 18th 2007 12:40PM
chappelleDave Chappelle is back on the stage after his departure from Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show in 2005. On Sunday night, he took the stage at Los Angeles' Laugh Factory for six hours and seven minutes! Not much is known about what he said or did, but the owner of the joint says the audience was howling with laughter the entire time.

Earlier this month, unfunny "comedian" Dane Cook set the Laugh Factory record for endurance at three hours, 50 minutes. The previous record was held by Richard Pryor, who was on stage for two hours, 41 minutes back in 1980. Does anyone else think Chappelle was trying to stick it to Cook for busting Pryor's record? I sure as hell hope so.

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Discovery Kids breaking with NBC

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 17th 2006 10:01AM
discovery kids nbcNBC has to look for new Saturday morning programming. For the last four years, Discovery Kids has paid NBC to air programming from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturdays. The deal was an effort to expand the Discovery Kids brand, which it did by more than 100 percent, growing from 21 million to 43 million households since 2002. Discovery didn't give any reason for splitting from NBC, but NBC said the split was amicable and in the best interest of both networks.

More changes are underway on Saturday mornings. CBS is developing a three-hour kids' entertainment block called CBS Secret Saturday Morning Slumber Party, which debuts this fall.

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