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Dr. Drew Could Have Helped Corey Haim, Says Dr. Drew

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 11th 2010 5:09PM
Corey HaimNot sure which TV doctor/psychologist/superhero has a bigger ego, Dr. Drew or Dr. Phil, but this week I'm going with the former. Dr. Drew Pinsky says that he and people from his show 'Celebrity Rehab' reached out to Corey Haim several times over the past few years and every time Haim angrily rejected their pleas for him to be on the show, saying that he didn't need help.

Now, beyond the fact that Dr. Drew is assuming that Haim died of a drug overdose before autopsy results are even complete*, I think he doesn't quite understand (or maybe he does and doesn't care) how much of an exploitative guy he is. So Haim didn't want to appear on your show where you get celebrities to look awful while they live in a house and try to break their addictions? Is that surprising? If I was an addict I wouldn't want to do that show either.

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MTV is Bringing Back 'Unplugged' (But Did it Ever Really Go Away?)

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 5th 2010 4:02PM
MTV logoMTV has announced that they are bringing back the popular '90s series 'Unplugged,' the concert series where performers and bands play music without any electronics, in a more cozy, small setting. If I remember correctly it wasn't always electric-free, as if everyone was using acoustic guitars and bongos. I remember electric guitars and keyboards were sometimes used.

The network (along with Starburst) is making a big push with the show on MTV, VH1, and CMT. We'll see concerts with everyone from Adam Lambert and The Script to Reba McIntire and Phoenix. While the network is promoting this as a big "return" for the show, I'm not sure if completely went away. It's not like we haven't seen the show in ten years. Just last year they had 'Unplugged' concerts by people like Adele and Vampire Weekend.

The show will also be seen online at the web sites for the various networks. Earlier this year they dropped the "music" from their logo.

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It's really great to work at Chelsea Lately

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 10th 2009 5:02PM
You get two different things in this clip from Chelsea Lately. In the first half, Chelsea Handler dumps on the people from a VH1 reality show (I think she says Real Enchant though I'm not sure - maybe she means Real Chance of Love?) who filmed an episode at her show, and in the second half she shows what life is like for the staff at the late night E! show. It involves massages and free babies! (Probably NSFW.)

Side note: Handler looks different. Not just the clothes that make her look like a waiter, but her hairstyle. She looks like another celebrity and I can't think of which one.

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Oh no it's The T.O. Show

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 7th 2009 3:38PM
For those of you who just can't get enough of Terrell Owens on The Superstars, he has (wait for it) a reality show coming to VH1, because they're aren't enough reality shows with celebrities in them on TV right now. It debuts on July 20, which happens to be the 40th anniversary of men landing on the moon. Now history will have two important events to celebrate on that date.

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Why does that reality show contestant look so familiar? - VIDEO

by Eliot Glazer, posted Feb 2nd 2009 9:01AM
the amazing race mike whiteJust when you thought everyone you knew, ever, had endured their 15 minutes on some reality show, you've been hoodwinked. It's no longer just the lady in accounts payable who you spotted on Cheaters or your brother's friend whose family appeared on Wife Swap. These days, it's low-profile celebs, too, who are seeking a 16th minute, and no longer exclusively via humiliation on VH1.

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VH1 has a new celebreality show coming (also: I hate the word celebreality)

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 2nd 2008 2:32PM
JacksonSo what's Jeremy Jackson been up to?

Jackson played David Hasselhoff's son Hobie on Baywatch many moons ago, and he's now one of the cast members of VH1's new celebreality (gah) show Confessions of a Teen Idol. He'll be joined by former Real World star Eric Nies; Christopher Atkins, the star of The Blue Lagoon; and former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jamie Walters. Which makes me think that maybe the title of this show should be Confessions of a Former Teen Idol, since all of these guys are in their late 20 or 30s or 40s.

Actually, without even watching this show I can tell you what these people are up to: they're starring in a new VH1 reality show. They're trying to get back into the business in a big way, and I guess these days that means first starring in a reality show. Which, by the way, starts on January 4.

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Cast announced for the next Celebrity Rehab

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 10th 2008 4:41PM

Celebrity RehabThe first thing I thought of when I learned the celebrity lineup on the next edition of VH-1's Celebrity Rehab was "wow, this could get ugly." The New York Post is reporting that the celebs involved in the second edition of the show include Jeff Conaway (who was on the first edition but decided to leave before it was over), Gary Busey, Rodney King, Sean Stewart (Rod's son), former American Idol contestant Nikki McKibben, Tawny Kitean, Amber Smith, and former Guns 'n Roses drummer Steven Adler.

This is really sad for all of the obvious celebrities-doing-reality shows reasons, but I'm also a little irritated by Dr. Drew Pinsky, who is the leader/executive producer of this show. Once upon a time I'm sure Pinsky simply wanted to help people, but now, although I'm sure he'd rather see these people cleaned up than going through addiction and other problems (obviously), there's more than a whiff of exploitation in the air. Like Dr. Phil, he could easily counsel these people away from the cameras. Why does everything (and everyone) have to be on television now?

Filming for the season began on Monday and the show will debut in October.

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending April 20

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 24th 2008 8:02AM

NCISHere are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

Okay NCIS fans, we get it. It's the most awesome-est show in the universe. In the top 10 every week in the network ratings, and now its shows up twice in the top 10 cable ratings. If this keeps up, it's not going to make Hannah Montana very happy.

But it doesn't really bother SpongeBob SquarePants. NCIS might have gotten better ratings, but SpongeBob got four of the top 10 slots this week.

1. Monday Night RAW (USA)
2. Monday Night RAW (USA)
4. Rock of Love 2 (VH-1)
5. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
6. The Hills (MTV)
8. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
9. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
10. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending April 13

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 16th 2008 4:41PM

SpongeBobHere are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

A rather odd top 10 in the cable ratings this week. Not only did Monday Night RAW get pushed around a bit (down to #'s 4 and 6 for both hours because of strong showings for Rock Of Love and a Lifetime movie), but SpongeBob SquarePants has come back with a vengeance. He's not going to take any crap from anyone anymore.

1. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
2. The Memory Keeper's Daughter (Lifetime)
3. Rock Of Love (VH-1)
4. Monday Night RAW (USA)
5. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
6. Monday Night RAW (USA)
7. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
8. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
9. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
10. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)

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Hulk Hogan's son seriously injured in car crash

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 27th 2007 12:10AM
Nick HoganNick Hogan, whose real name is Nick Bollea, was seriously injured in a car crash in Clearwater, FL. TMZ has pictures of the car here. The car hit the median, flipped over, and then hit a tree. There was another passenger in the car and that man is also in serious condition. Both were flown to the hospital by helicopter.

Hogan, 17, is the son of wrestling icon Hulk Hogan and stars with his dad and other family members on the VH-1 reality show Hogan Knows Best, which is currently in its fourth season. There's no word yet on what caused the accident, but police believe the car was traveling at a high rate of speed.

This isn't the first time he has been in an accident. Hogan was driving a sports car that caught fire in Miami last year.

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Is Scott Baio really single?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 30th 2007 10:21AM

Scott Baio has a new reality show coming to VH-1 called Scott Baio Is 45...and Single. The only problem is, Scott Baio isn't really single. This story says that the former Happy Days actor is actually in a long-term relationship with former Playboy Playmate Renee Sloan.

Baio has supposedly been dating Sloan for a couple of years, including during the filming of the reality show. Sloan also used to be Pam Anderson's stunt double on Baywatch. Baio dated Anderson too. It all gets kinda tricky. Was Sloane Anderson's stunt double in her private life too?

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Would you watch a reality show starring Jose Canseco?

by Bob Sassone, posted May 28th 2007 4:11PM

CansecoRetired athletes used to get jobs as managers or coaches or a job in the announcer's booth or even retire. Now they make a living doing reality shows.

First ex-baseball player Jose Canseco did The Surreal Life and now he's pushing a new reality show (scroll down) titled A Day With Jose. Basically, you go to the web site and tell Canseco what you would do with him if you got to spend the whole day with him. Maybe you'd like to go to a Giants game with him and taunt Barry Bonds! Maybe you'd like to see him as a Chippendale's dancer! Maybe you'd just like to see Jose sit around the house watching television!

OK readers, it's your turn. In the comments, tell us what you'd do if you could hang out with Canseco for a whole day.

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending April 15

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 19th 2007 8:17AM

SpongeBobHere are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

1. The Sopranos (HBO)
2. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
3. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
4. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
5. WWE Monday Night RAW - 10pm (USA)
6. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
7. I Love New York (VH-1)
8. Charm School (VH-1)
9. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
10. WWE Monday Night RAW - 9pm (USA)

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Daughtry names band Daughtry

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 19th 2006 1:44PM

Chris DaughtryAmerican Idol reject Chris Daughtry finally has a name for his new band: Daughtry.

Makes sense. It's probably good to keep it simple. But it would have been really cool if he just went way out there and named it something that no one would expect. Maybe The Cranberry Mocha Brigade?

He says that the album will have the lighter, sensitive stuff, but will also have stuff that will "make you want to run around in circles." It will also be influenced by Elton John and Led Zeppelin. Um...OK.

Oh, and someone tell whoever wrote the VH-1 article linked above that the sentence isn't "Daughtry are recording the yet untitled album," it's "Daughtry is..."

[via TV Tattle]

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Ronald McDonald knew Lance was gay years ago

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 29th 2006 3:00PM

Lance BassAnd here's the proof: a 2001 ad for McDonald's that *NSYNC (is that how you write the bands name? I can never remember if it's lower case or not and what symbol/puncuation goes in front) did. The ad features not only all the band members, but Britney Spears is there too, playing Spin The Bottle with five guys (read into that what you will), long before she was Federlinized.

I like how someone says in the comments that with five of the six Spin The Bottle players in the ad being guys, odds are that when a guy twirled the bottle around it would end up on another dude.

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