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Reality TV hosts get their own Emmy category

by Erin Martell, posted Apr 23rd 2008 1:01PM

Tom Bergeron and Samantha HarrisJust when you thought awards shows couldn't get any longer, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced that reality show hosts are eligible to receive Emmys. This year's 60th Annual Emmy Awards will include a category called Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.

The academy named popular hosts like Ryan Seacrest, Tom Bergeron, Samantha Harris, and Howie Mandel as possible nominees. Ty Pennington, Tyra Banks, and Jeff Foxworthy are also eligible. I'm not surprised that reality hosts are getting this opportunity. The Emmys have had categories for Outstanding Reality Program and Reality-Competition Program since 2001 and 2003, respectively.

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CBS gives thumbs up for more reality shows

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 21st 2008 11:37AM
JamieKennedyOnce upon a time, in the 1960's, the TV landscape was rife with westerns. In the 1970s, it was detective shows. Nowadays, the same can be said for reality shows, and it seems there's no end in sight to the genre. Today, CBS reported two new reality programs in development. Splitsville, which was previously announced, is now going into production. The marital-based series, which comic Jamie Kennedy is executive producing, is not about happy unions. It sounds more like Divorce Court meets Let's Make A Deal, with divorcing husbands and wives battling over their belongings in a series of competitive challenges. Hmm...can't wait to root for those people!

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TV5: Episode One

by Jay Black, posted Feb 16th 2008 12:00PM
This is _exactly_ what I look like!Have you ever read TV Squad and said to yourself, "Hey, I wish there was a speedy, five minute podcast about this site hosted by someone with a mildly annoying South Jersey accent?" If you have, there are two things you should know: 1) your prayers have been answered and 2) you're a dangerously deranged person. Seriously, you should talk to someone before your problems get out of hand.

But before you do that, you should go ahead and download our brand new weekly podcast, TV5. Every Friday I'll be bringing you a five minute rundown of five of our most interesting stories. Why five? Because we here at TV Squad like prime numbers and TV34301 seemed like overkill. Enjoy!

(Music provided courtesy of Kevin MacLeod.)

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Reality show casting calls

by Keith McDuffee, posted Feb 14th 2008 9:57AM
casting callsA 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 Million Dollar Password, Dress My Nest, Grill It!, Divorce Court, Whose Wedding is it Anyway? and several new shows.

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TV Squad presents the 2008 winter schedule

by Richard Keller, posted Dec 31st 2007 6:01PM

Cashmere Mafia and Eli Stone are just two of the new shows premiering this winterThe winter of 2008 will be an interesting one for television. With so many current shows at or near the end of their seasonal run, due to the staring contest known as the writers' strike, the schedule is going to look a bit different. Not only will it be filled with more reality shows, but it will also contain some untested scripted programs that have been waiting for the mid-season to air.

Nevertheless, not all is doom and gloom come the new year. There will be many favorites returning to the airwaves, although they may have shortened seasons. For instance, shows like Medium, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Lost, Monk, Psych, and, yes, even According to Jim, will be returning to the schedule. Then there is the anticipated return of Jericho and, of course, another season of show-killer American Idol, which may not have any competition at all this year.


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More trouble for Kid Nation

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 31st 2007 4:05PM

Kid NationAs if allegations of abuse and breaking child labor laws wasn't enough, now producers of CBS's new reality show Kid Nation are facing another charge: faking some of the show.

Parents of some of the kids involved with the show have secretly told the BizParentz Foundation and A Minor Consideration (the organization run by former Donna Reed Show star Paul Petersen) that their kids were not only asked to repeat and re-film some scenes of the show, they were actually fed dialogue to say during certain scenes. The parents say that crew members have confirmed the coaching.

Of course, this isn't a new charge. TV shows like Survivor and some of the dating shows have been accused of this in the past as well. I think this will only be surprising to people who actually think that reality TV is actually "real."

[via TV Tattle]

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VH1 to create Ugly Betty reality show

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 2nd 2007 9:03AM
Ugly BettyAs if to completely distance themselves from their former "Music First" ideology and forget about music-related programming forever, VH1 has another reality show in the works. It is called America The Ugly, inspired by ABC's Ugly Betty, and will attempt to find out what happens when real unattractive, unstylish women try to make it in the fashion and modeling world. As if that experience alone wouldn't be soul-crushing enough, VH1 has thrown in a real-life Wilhelmina, The Agency's Becky Southwick, to guarantee maximum bitchiness.

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The Five: Things I'd change about TV if I was in charge

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 4th 2006 1:35PM
Barker and his beautiesEvery once in a while, we here at TV Squad give our opinions about what we'd like to see/not see on television. And since last week was my one-year anniversary here, I figured I'd give my current list:

1. Bring back game shows. I don't mean a syndicated game show or a game show/reality show like Survivor or American Idol, I'm talking about real, honest to goodness, daytime game shows on the networks. The Price Is Right is the only one left, and the rest of the schedule has been taken over by the likes of Maury Povich, Dr. Phil, The View, Starting Over, and a third hour of The Today Show. Wouldn't it be great to just dump all those shows and bring back a Card Sharks, a Concentration, a Blockbusters, a High Rollers, a Sale of the Century. Hell, I'd watch Match Game again over Jerry Springer.

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This is either the worst news of the day, or the best

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 9th 2005 2:39PM

Do you like American Idol and Big Brother? Do you like religion? Then you're gonna love Pulpit Masters, which is a nationwide American Idol-like search for a preacher. It will be a one hour show, with 10 episodes, and the contestants will have to live with each other in a house.

I kid you not.

But the question is, will they have judges like Simon Cowell saying something nasty like (in a Simon Cowell accent): "that was the worst preaching I've ever heard. You sounded like Satan being strangled by an alley cat." Or maybe Randy can do one of his "yo yo you dawg, you were a little pitchy there in your delivery. But not bad though, not bad!" And Paula can...well, never mind.

[via TV Tattle]

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When news shows sell their souls

by Chris Thilk, posted Jun 20th 2005 1:31PM
We've all seen them, no matter what part of the country we live in. Even the national shows, such as The Today Show and Good Morning, America are offenders in this particular category. The crime: Disguising entertainment/reality programming promotions as news stories. PR Watch points us to an editorial in the Rocky Mountain News by Jason Salzman who outlines the ways the Denver news outlets have snuck in plugs for shows on that network. Living in the Chicago area I was first-hand witness to this when Bill Rancic won the first season of The Apprentice. The local NBC affiliate went absolutely ape covering the show from every conceivable angle.

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