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Oh those wacky reality TV people… the latest love connection, although they did not appear on the same show, pairs Extreme Makeover dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman with Apprentice contestant Jennifer (“Zenthura” – if you saw season 4, you’ll get the joke) Murphy. The couple were married Friday evening, according to People magazine. The site of the wedding? The Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The Donald was even there as a guest, as well as other former Apprentice contestants.
The two (Dorfman, 47, and Murphy, 27) met during the 2004 Miss USA pageant. Murphy was Miss Oregon and Dorfman was in the audience. According to People, they didn’t connect until a year later, when she appeared in an ad for teeth whitening by Dorfman’s company, Discus Dental.
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Nicholas Christakis, who was rejected from The Apprentice, is suing for being kept off the show. Christakis claims that producer Mark Burnett is guilty of unfair business practices, defamation of character, slander, and libel, during the final casting of the show’s first season.
The lawsuit seeks $250 million in damages and names both Burnett and real estate mogul Donald Trump as defendants. This is not the first trip to court for Christakis. His family sued the Billerica, Massachusetts Board of Health in 2002 for shutting down their restaurant.
This is not the first trip to court for The Apprentice either. Mark Bethea brought a lawsuit against NBC, Trump, and Burnett in 2004, alleging that The Apprentice was actually his idea and that Burnett stole it. Having registered the concept for the show (titled CEO) with the Writers Guild of America in 2000, Bethea claims he pitched the show to Burnett in 2001. The lawsuit was finally settled this May, but the terms were not disclosed.
James W. Schottel, Jr., a quadriplegic lawyer, sued the show in 2005 for discrimination. He stipulated that the audition rules that demand “excellent physical health” was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. He later dropped the suit after the wording of the application was altered.
Mark Burnett Productions also filed a lawsuit related to The Apprentice in 2005, against Madison Road Entertainment. Burnett and his company alleged that they misrepresented themselves as being the sole company involved in Apprentice product placement deals. He claims they overcharged companies for participating in the show but only gave Burnett company a portion of the fees earned. Madison Road Entertainment countersued and accussed Burnett of simply trying to eliminate competition, citing the fact that no companies who bought sponsorship complained about being overcharged.
Meanwhile, Trump is set to open a new production company in Los Angeles. The company, which will be run by a former Apprentice contestant, Andy Litinsky, will likely introduce a TV version of the board game Monopoly as its first project.
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After the loss of Meredith Viera and the “gain” of losing Star Jones Reynolds, The View will feature a series of guest hosts for the next few weeks.
Some of the upcoming guests will include American Idol finalist Katharine McPhee (July 19), and Carrie Ann Inaba of Dancing with the Stars (July 10). All My Children‘s Susan Lucci appeared yesterday, while singer-actress Brandy (of Moesha and America’s Got Talent) guest hosted today and Wednesday July 5.
Perhaps the most highly anticipated appearance - in my humble opinion only, I’m sure - is that of Shannen Doherty. Doherty, known for her starring roles in (and allegedly bitter departures from) Beverly Hills 90210 and Charmed, is sheduled to guest host July 31 and August 1.
The actress, infamous as being “trouble” due to rumors of stormy relationships with cast members and a shortlived marriage to Ashley Hamilton, is unlikely to be considered as a permanent replacement though. Her new reality show Breaking Up With Shannen Doherty, in which she will help people get out of toxic relationships, premieres August 1 on Oxygen.
The View won’t be making a permanent replacement until after Rosie O’Donnell’s debut on September 5. (The show will be on a month-long hiatus before that starting August 4).
Meanwhile, no one is quite sure what Reynolds is up to. She posted details on how to contact Barbara Walters, the president of ABC Daytime, and an executive producer of The View on her website recently. However, as of this Thursday the information was down.
Debbie Matenopoulos, who was fired from The View in 1999, appeared on Fox’s Good Day LA last week and had this message for Reynolds: “It’s called ‘show business.’”
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Well, the premiere of Big Brother All-Stars aired tonight, and for me, it did not fail to disappoint. As previously reported, the 14 houseguests were revealed when CBS accidentally aired the live audio feed, so there were no surprises there (Alison, Danielle, Diane, Erika, “Chicken” George, Howie, James, Janelle, Jase, Nakomis, Kaysar, Marcellas, Mike “Boogie,” and Will). While I don’t love all of the contestants, there are enough of my favorites to make it interesting. Since these are the “all-stars,” they’ve done this before and viewed other seasons, so it seemed that people started to get right down to business. Since the show is so heavy with houseguests from season 6, there appeared to be an instant alliance there. The other houseguests were definitely feeling the heat of the season 6’ers, so there was some scheming underway to break the largest alliance up. The sweet outcome was that the two instigators trying to make waves are the first two nominated for eviction. I’m not sure if I can keep up with the rigorous three nights a week that Big Brother is on, but it is a beacon compared to the otherwise dull summer offerings.
The Food Network has teamed with Haagen-Daz to bring us a two-hour special called Scoop! The special will focus on five contestants competiting to create a new ice cream flavor.
The suggested flavors from the ten semi-finalists included such original combinations as caramelized figs and walnut, mocha malt crunch, caramelized apple crisp, strawberry mocha supreme, pumpkinlicious, cannoli, sticky toffee pudding, toasted coconut, peach amaretto praline, and chocolate chipotle. I can’t wait to see (and then taste!) the winning flavor.
Jim O’Connor of the Food Network’s The Secret Life of… will host the special, which airs July 15. The limited-edition flavor will be sold nationwide by Haagen-Daz July 16.
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The winner of Survivor: Thailand (2002), Brian Heidik, was arrested for allegedly shooting a puppy. Yes, that’s right. He shot a puppy.
Apparently, Heidik shot the dog with an arrow in his own backyard late last night, in what he claims was an attempt to protect his own dogs from a “coyote”. (By “coyote”, he of course must mean “cute little defenseless puppy”). The crime was reported by Heidik’s wife, who told police that her husband had shot a puppy and planned to shoot another one.
Heidik tried to flee the scene, but was apprehended by police and charged with battery and cruelty to animals.
The former used-car salesman and soft-core porn actor has seen his share of drama over the years. In 2002, the same year that he won the one million dollar prize on Survivor‘s fifth season, Heidik charged his wife with domestic abuse. His wife, Charmaine Heidik - also known as adult actress C.C. Costigan - was arrested for spousal battery after allegedly punching her husband in the nose.
Heidik so far has surivived the cut-throat reality series and being beat up by his porn star wife, but it will probably be hard to overcome the stigma of attempting to kill a puppy. Hopefully the wounded puppy will end up a survivor.
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Well, “leak” may sound a bit strange, but actually…Reality Blurred reported that the Big Brother live audio feed was accidentally open for an hour on Tuesday, thus revealing to listeners the 14 houseguests prior to the big reveal on Thursday’s show. Apparently, the houseguests are in the house before the season starts so they can begin editing the first few episodes, but the live feed is a big slip. This season’s twist was also revealed, so looks like all of the juicy info has not been effectively kept under lock and key. No matter—from the houseguests listed, it should be an interesting mix. Fourteen were chosen, which is a small twist in itself, as it was announced that only 12 would be selected. So, who are the chosen ones? Visit the Forum section for more details, or post your comments and we’ll discuss.
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I have not been following My Fair Brady: We’re Getting Married on VH1. The reality show stars America’s Next Top Model‘s first winner, Adrianne Curry, and the man who will forever be referred to as “Peter Brady”, Christopher Knight.
I will admit that I followed their romance through its beginning stages on The Surreal Life 4 and then through the first season of My Fair Brady. I watched Curry struggle to convince Knight to marry her and his bittersweet proposal.
Now that they are officially engaged and continuing to whore themselves on reality TV, I can’t help but feel somewhat sickened by it all. It is sometimes painful to watch, hence the reason why I haven’t been watching regularly.
This season has so far shown the couple clashing over many issues, such as whether or not Knight, 48, should get a vasectomy (Curry, 23, was strongly against it).
Many of their friends and family - including Knight’s sister, who disapproves of Curry’s nude modeling, and former Surreal Life roommate, Chyna Doll - think that the couple are making a mistake jumping into marriage. I suppose VH1 would like us to view them as a pair of star-crossed lovers, the likes of Romeo and Juliet (minus the suicides), but I’m having trouble finding any redeeming qualities to their relationship.
The episode in which they go to couples therapy was sickening. It was the first time that I saw Curry as the mature member of the relationship, which at half Knight’s age is kind of sad. When their counselor, Dr. Pam, suggested perhaps that he is at the root of their communication issues, he turned into “my fair baby”. It has been quite a while since I watched a grown man pout. Apparently, no one has ever told Knight that he was wrong - about anything - ever in his entire life. Or at least that’s what he’d like you to believe.
First he was ready to pack it all up and go home without finishing the therapy session; later he spiraled downward into a guilt-induced depression. Anyone who ever doubted Knight’s acting abilities while on The Brady Bunch can see that he certainly can act. It takes quite a skilled actor to turn the tables around and get Curry comforting and feeling sorry for him! You don’t listen to your fiance and you condescend to her… poor poor you!
I supposed stuff like this makes for good television, but I can’t imagine it will make a good marriage. Unfortunately there will be none of the “will they or won’t they” suspense from last episode. Knight and Curry were married on May 29; the wedding episode will air Sunday, July 23.
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This week has two biggies:
First, beginning Wednesday, July 5th, the American Idol Top 10 will start their American Idols Live tour. The 60-day tour will begin in Manchester, New Hampshire and end in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on September 24th. Now’s your time to catch Ace Young’s wicked falsetto again. Of course, I bet the big draw will be Chris Daughtry—the biggest upset of the Idol season.
Second, it’s almost time for the Emmy nominations! On Thursday, July 6th, at 5:39 AM (huh? why not 5:40?), Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Garrett will announce the Emmy noms. We’ll have a rundown of the categories here, so check back for details.
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