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Reality Wrap Up – 14MAR09

The Biggest Loser – OMG! Now I know why the producers left us hanging last week with Mike’s weigh in. There was just too much show to cram into one week: much like chicken fingers and Filipe’s mouth.  Wait – I’m getting ahead of myself. 


First off, Mike lost 11 pounds and secured everyone’s place in the house for another week.  Before they have a chance to celebrate, Allison takes them outside for another challenge. The players will have to squat against the wall to win the power of teaming up the Blue Team and the Black Team. The next weigh in will be a face off, with each player weighing in against one player on the other team.  Not too surprisingly Tara won the challenge and the right to pair off the players.  The Black Team is high on back to back to back wins and getting pretty darn cocky. 


They also won the reward challenge, a relay race through the gym.  As a reward the Black Team got 24 Hours of Luxury.  They went Buck Wild.  Laura was drinking shots of tequila.  Helen was smoking and Filipe….oh boy….Filipe ordered up a platter of chicken fingers and French fries. 


The next morning, hung over and shame faced, the Black Team went back to the ranch and had to face the wrath of Jillian.  Jillian let them have it, but in the middle of her rant, Filipe started to fight back.  He was mad that Jillian didn’t work him out during the last chance workout.  Whaaaaaaaa.  After his little tantrum, he and Sione ran back to Bob (who was soaking it up like a smug sponge).  They’re still on the Black Team, but they refuse to work out with Jillian, so the Blue Team, who desperately needs Bob’s attention is sharing him with their rivals. All so Bob can get a little ego bust and Filipe doesn’t have to be accountable for his chicken finger binge.


Now you would think that if the world were just and fair, the Blackies would pay for their behavior at the weigh in, but the world is neither just nor fair. The Blue Team lost again and this time Mandi was sent packing.


American Idol – The idols perform MJ hits, which the judges usually advise against.  I don’t get this show sometimes. Oh Well.  Lil Rounds was great.  No surprise there, this is right up her genre.  Scott MacIntyre finally got to tickle the keys.  He looked more comfortable this week, sitting down at the piano, but he didn’t sound great.  Danny Gokey delivered a solid performance.  He certainly won’t lose any fans this week.  Michael Sarver is setting himself up as the sole country performer this year, which is a smart move.  He won’t have to share those votes with anyone else.  Unlike Jasmine Murray who can’t find her voice or audience and was eliminated.  Jorge Nunez should have gotten more support from the Latin community, but he was eliminated too.  Adam Lambert is too dramatic for my taste.  But he oozes sex appeal and that’s going to appeal to girls and boys alike.  Anoop Desai was underwhelming singing pop anthem “Beat It.” Allison Iraheta and Alexis Grace are surprising standouts.


Survivor – Taj found the idol back at Jalapao’s camp and gave it to Stephen for safe keeping.  Little does she know he’s already plotting ways to keep the little bugger for himself.  The reward challenge was fun, watching the players spin on platforms then navigate a balance beam while dizzy. Jalapao won a relaxing afternoon at the Charmin café, complete with coffee, Danish, toilet paper and letters from home.  They didn’t do so well in the immunity challenge though.  Taj got a little mouthy with Joe and it looked like she might be the next to go, but in the end Spencer was sent packing. 




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Reality Wrap Up – 26SEP08

It was a big week in reality world.  Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency was as crazy as ever.  Last week we got a hint that Polina Tretiakova may be bulimic.  If being stick thin and stashing empty cheesecake boxes under your bed is any indication.  Brian Kehoe offered Crystal Truehart his diet advice.  “Go blow some coke.” Janice was so pissed she had him removed from the house and the agency.  He didn’t get back in her good graces when he popped in at the TINTe photo shoot and later at the house.  Even his ex crush, Traci Moslenko, wasn’t missing his nonsense in the house.  She’s too busy busting Xian’s and Chandler’s romance to Janice.  Traci found a love note from Xian to Chandler and slipped it under Janice’s door. Janice is worried about Xian getting hurt by the affair.  They have a girl talk and Xian shares how hard it was growing up gorgeous, a complaint Janice appearently relates to, saying models are perfection so it’s hard to relate to ordinary people.  Oh WHAAAAAA.

Kehoe drops in on photo shoot to talk to Janice

Kehoe drops in on photo shoot to talk to Janice

Sorin keeps Kehoe at the door

Sorin keeps Kehoe at the door

Traci, Paul and Payton at Ed Hardy photo shoot

Traci, Paul and Payton at Ed Hardy photo shoot


Biggest Loser contestants experienced the dreaded week two, which is notorious for weight loss plateaus.  Undeterred, Coleen and her dad Jerry risked it all by bidding they could lose 2.4% of their starting weight (14 pounds).  If the succeeded, they would win $10,000, but if they failed, they would automatically fall below the yellow line.  Coleen did her part, losing a whopping 6 pounds.  The girl earned it though because she had to compete by herself in a reward challenge.  The players would slide down a hill and then have to sprint back up in the allotted time.  Since Jerry had to sit out, Coleen didn’t get a break, completing every round for her team. She went 16 rounds before she gave up.  Ed and Heba won the challenge and got a phone call from home. They also got to pick another pair to receive a call and they chose Amy and Phil.  In the end,Coleen and Jerry only lost 11 pounds, but they were better off then Joe and LT.  LT actually gained 3 pounds so it was the perfect opportunity to send the Grey Team back to Boston.

Sprint and Slide reward challenge

Sprint and Slide reward challenge

Tom and LT are NOT the Biggest Losers

Tom and LT are NOT the Biggest Losers


Project Runway is down to 6 designers and they’re asked to take on the toughest client yet – each other.  Not only that, the design has to reflect a specific music genre.  Korto wasn’t thrilled when she learned she’d have to design menswear for Suede, plus she had to make it punk. She was even less happy when she found out her outfit would be country.  The one who really missed the mark was Kenley designing for Leanne.  She was supposed to create a hip hop look and ended up with soccer mom in hoops.  Not only was her outfit ugly, but her attitude was too. She got really defensive with Tim and the judges.  Suede was booted, but I think it was due to his annoying habit of referring to himself in the third person, rather than his rock and roll design.  The best part of the show of seeing LL Cool J drop in as a guest judge.  


Suede designed rock and roll outfit for Jerell

Suede designed rock and roll outfit for Jerell


Survivor Gabon premiered with a two hour episode and double eviction.  The contestants were split into two tribes: Fang and Kato.  So far, Fang is the serious underdog, losing three out of three challenges and failing to find a leader.  During the first tribal council, GC (Golden Child) was railroaded into taking the title of leader, but he quit by the next day.  No one was willing to step in to the void, even after they lost two more challenges.  The first player to be eliminated was Michelle, due to her negative, whining attitude.  Gillian, on the flip side, was the tribe’s cheerleader, but she couldn’t keep up in the challenges so she was eliminated next. 


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Reality TV Wrap Up – 05SEP08

It’s been a slow season in Reality TV World. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of shows on, just few I care to write about.  I have been blogging on Big Brother, because the drama is just too delicious.  The end is in sight now that it’s down to the final four.  


Dan went back on his deal with Ollie and back doored Michelle. Michelle was voted out and the houseguests were surprised with a double elimination week. Ollie didn’t even have a moment to plot his revenge, because Keesha won HOH and put him and Jerry on the block. Ollie was voted out, leaving Jerry in hostile territory.  Jerry’s only hope of staying in the house was to win HOH – which he did.  He went from humble pie to Hitler in about 2 seconds.  Memphis kept himself off the block when he offered Jerry a deal to go to the final two. Memphis has the same deal with Keesha and Dan.  Jerry put Keesha and Dan on the block – but when Memphis won POV he took Dan off.  Jerry was pissed but he had no choice other than putting Renny up. Renny was evicted leaving Keesha, Memphis, Dan and Jerry- the final four.  We also got to see the jury house. Libra was thrilled to see April walk in the door. I don’t think she was thrilled to see Michelle and Ollie arrive next, because now she’s really outnumbered.  Hopefully they can all get along since there’s no money at stake.  Last night Dan won HOH – all indications point to Keesha and Jerry going on the block this week.


Project Runway designers had a high fashion challenge, with guest judge Diane von Furstenberg. They had to design a 40’s inspired outfit for a tough dame, one who might travel from Berlin to Shanghai carrying military secrets. Leanne finally came out of her shell and delivered a gorgeous gown with caplet overcoat.  Stella couldn’t get her groove back working with tweed and was eliminated.


Thankfully there are plenty of my favorite shows starting in September.  


The Amazing Race premieres September 28th with more pairs battling to come in first.  I like the way the Amazing Race picks all sorts of pairs, couples, friends, parents and children and even divorced couples. It’s interesting to see how they all interact. 


Survivor Gabon premieres September 25th and it promises to be another exciting season. The competition is back in Africa, with competitors from all walks of life. That’s what makes this show so interesting – the cultural clashes and buried prejudices.  Although I still think the last few seasons the players have had it too easy, with fruit & fish – some of them actually gained weight!  If they’re going to get a million bucks, they should have to suffer and starve!   Now that’s entertainment.


Speaking of suffering and starving – my absolute favorite Reality TV Diva, Janice Dickinson is back!  I absolute adore her. Sure, she’s brash and bossy, obnoxious, annoying and downright rude – but she’s also honest, motherly and smart.  You have to admire a woman who overcame personal hardships, sexual abuse and alcoholism, to rise to the top of the modeling industry.  Whether you love her or hate her, you have to admit Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency is addictive TV!  I’m so happy to see my favorite models again: JP Calderone, CC Fontana and Traci Moslenko.  JP is just as sweet as ever (sweet eye candy too) and CC still looks up to Janice and wants to please her.  Traci has gotten a little pudgy in her off time and she’s gotten an agent with hopes of getting into film. Neither of which went over well with Janice.  In fact, this week Janice told her she had 2 wks to get her bod in shape and commit to modeling or she’s cut from the agency.  CC also got on Janice’s bad side when she showed up an hour late to a photo shoot.  There are also new faces in the crowd, including Xian Mikol who is drop dead gorgeous, Chandler Maness and Polina Tretiakova.  Xian and Chandler have a mutual attraction while Polina and Maurice Townsell are flirting too. Just to turn up the heat, these hotties are living in the same house with Mama Janice watching their every move.  

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Reality TV


Reality TV has come a long way since the Newlywed Game.  Now there are reality TV shows for every demographic and every preference.  Intellectuals can match wits with 5th graders and gossips can get the real story on To Tell the Truth.  Voyeurs can watch house guests 24 x 7 on Big Brother and adventurers learn what it takes to Survive. 


Survivor began in 2000, the brain child of creator Mark Burnett, and an uncertain audience embraced the show, much to the surprise and delight of execs at CBS.  The premise was simple – take a group of people and put them in a deserted local.  Force them to pick each other off one by one until the last man (or woman) standing is awarded $1 million.  I don’t know if Burnett expected the contestants to devolve so quickly or not, but the effects of the experience are fascinating to watch. 


Survivor was the first to showcase people out of their element, living together and getting real.  The Real World aired on MTV in 1992, with seven strangers living together in one house.  The show finds a new generation of fans each year and casting continues to find the most extreme personalities to ensure loads of DRAMA.  They have a formula that works.  Mix equal one of each: a homosexual, a Christian, a wild girl, a player, a loyal boyfriend, a brown skinned person and a racist, stir in alcohol, place in an exotic local and allow to simmer.  Then just sit back and enjoy. 


After Survivor’s success, every network scrambled to put a reality TV show on the air.  Some were good:  The Amazing Race, The Mole, The Apprentice, Biggest Loser and some were bad: My Big Fat Obnoxious Finance, Pirate Master and Fat March.


Most will fall into certain categories.  Survivor’s motto for example, is out wit, out play, out last.  It’s all about the competition, playing to win, using strategy to manipulate others.  The Amazing Race and The Mole also require mental and physical abilities to succeed.  The viewers gets a chance to know the competitors, to hear their back story, and meet (through TV at least) their family and friends. 


Another group of shows will showcase a specific skill, such as; modeling, decorating, singing, acting, designing clothes or even cutting hair.  Contestants are looking for their big break and compete for a cash prize or employment contract.  I think The Apprentice started the movement of career centric shows.  Contestants vied for an opportunity to work with The Donald and after seemingly impossible challenges they would be called to the board room and one player would be eliminated.  I think the Donald has trademarked his catch phrase “You’re Fired.”  One of my favorite shows in this category was the short lived (one season so far) show On the Lot.  Aspiring directors created short films each week hoping for the opportunity to work at DreamWorks for a year. 


There are makeover shows, from Biggest Loser to the Swan.  The Biggest Loser stands out because the contestants really work hard to make amazing transformations.  Other makeover shows are inspiring because of the end result, not necessarily the process. 


There are day in the life reality TV shows which basically follow people around while they live their life or do their job.  No challenges, no prize at the end, just a fascinating glimpse into the way other people live.  Sometimes the show will center on an individual like Hogan Knows Best or Hey Paula or it might be based on a group of people who work together, such as: Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, LA Ink or Ace of Cakes.  


And then, of course, there are all the dating and relationship shows.  Love found on the Bachelor and love lost on Temptation Island.  There’s a huge variety of shows in this category too.  VH1 has claimed a niche with their Celebreality catering to D or E list celebs like Flavor Flav or Bret Michaels.  MTV jumped on board with A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila.  I shudder to think who’ll be next – Andy Dick?  Tara Reid? Courtney Love?


I for one will be there to watch. 

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Reality TV Wrap Up 18APR08

Biggest Loser had a big finale and the first female winner.  The contestants looked amazing.  Especially Bernie, Brittany, Ali and Kelly. Roger, Mark and Dan all looked about the same as when they left campus.  They lost a lot of weight, but it just wasn’t as dramatic as the others.  I was so impressed with Kelly throughout the show. She was an underdog throughout the competition and she made it to the end.  Paul didn’t show up due to illness.


Big Brother – Sheila won HOH (well, sort of) and she was able to pull of her objective of ousting Natalie (well, sort of) thus securing her place in the final three (well, you know). The boys, Ryan and Adam had plans of their own. They called out Natalie in a house meeting, forcing her to choose a side once and for all. Since only the boys were voting she naturally declared her allegiance to them.  Then they split the vote and let Sheila do the dirty work.  Ryan won HOH and stayed true to his buddy Adam, nominating Sharon and Sheila.


American Idol had a diva-licious night with Mariah Carey mentoring the young wannabe’s.  The best line of the night was Paula declaring Mariah can be proud of the legacy she’s left for all the young singers coming up.  I don’t think Mariah realized she was an older singer yet. David Cook received a standing O from Randy. David Archuleta and Jason Castro also had strong nights.  As usual, Simon was particularly tuff on Carly Smithson. He softened the blows when he explained it was tough love.  Kristy Lee Cook was booted, but I’m sure she’ll have a brilliant career in Branson.


Survivor is always unpredictable and this week proved it once again. Jason bargained away an opportunity for individual immunity when he was offered sweets, pizza and beer for himself and the tribe.  Despite everyone’s promise to keep him another week, Ozzy, Amanda, James and Erik had every intention of voting him off the island.  Instead, Cirie turned things around and made a play to pull out Ozzy’s immunity idol.  Ozzy was too comfortable with his tribe and didn’t play the idol. He was voted out.  James is finally off the hook as the dumbest player in history.  They’re at least tied.

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Reality World

Reality TV shows range from extreme competitions to career challenges. There are even more offerings for voyeuristic TV audiences, with cable and network channel offerings.   Here are just a few of our favorites:

American Idol – The Granddaddy of Talent Shows.  America’s aspiring singers vie for a recording contract and more importantly, a huge fan base. Previous winners have gone on to sell millions of albums, win awards and a few have cross over to acting.

American Idol

Survivor – It just doesn’t get any more “real” then Survivor, where contestants live and compete for $1 Million.  The players are starved, abused and all but one eliminated by consensus vote.

Amazing Race – Pairs team up to travel the globe and complete challenges; eating exotic delicacies, crossing high wires or digging for clues.  The real drama occurs between team mates who are stressed, sleep deprived and desperate to stay in the game.

Amazing Race Season 12

Big Brother – Who would imagine watching 14 houseguests living under constant surveillance could be so interesting?  During the week, contestants participate in games to win food; Head of Household or Power of Veto powers. 

Big Brother

The Real World – In its 19th season, this show puts 7 strangers in a house and gives them all the booze they can drink. All you have to is sit back and watch the shockingly bad behavior unfold.

The Hills – Lauren Conrad is all grown up and working in LA for Teen Vogue.  Girl fights ensue when BFF Heidi chooses boy toy Spencer.  

Laguna Beach & Newport Beach – The most popular high school kids, party and play.  The must pay the school geeks to do their homework, because you’ll never see these kids doing homework.

 The Real Housewives of Orange County – Grown up version of MTVs Laguna Beach.  

America’s Next Top Model – Tyra mentors wanna’ be models and critiques their performance during outrageous photo shoots.

Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency– Janice was a former judge on ANTM and capitalized on the publicity by launching her own agency. She’s at times mother or monster, caring for her charges, building them up and then tearing them down.

Kid Nation – Someone finally asked “What if Lord of the Flies was made into Reality TV?”  The result is Kid Nation – no adults and kids (aged 9 -15)

Kid Nation

The Biggest Loser – Overweight individual transform before our eyes. The results are amazing, but the biggest changes seem to happen on the inside.

Celebrity Fit Club – Overweight celebrities transform before our eyes. Or they just have major tantrums and call their agents.

I Love New York – Several men compete for New York’s affections.

I Love New York

Shot at Love with Tila Tequila – Men and women compete for Tila’s affections

Tila Tequila

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