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For those of you out there who are interested in fascinating locations and exotic entertainment, check out 5 Takes on the Travel Channel. Each week you can follow the team of five travel journalists on Thursday night to a new travel destination. The show is about the different experiences the team has in the new city they explore. The travel journalists show how travelers should spend their time and money in the different locations according to what they liked best during the time spent in the city.
The team, on a budget, goes to different restaurants as well as bars and clubs at each location to try and find something unique about every city. Not only do they cover food, but they also cover entertainment during the day that is specific to the place they’re reporting on. Right now the team is in Taiwan, but in a few days they will be jetting off to Hong Kong. If you love to learn about exotic places, but would like more information before you set off on a vacation, be sure to check out 5 Takes and allow the travel journalists to set your path.
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Bravo has released the names of the participants of the next cycle of Project Runway, which will debut on July 12 at 10 pm, preceded by an hour-long casting special. The aspiring designers range in age from 25 to 49, and hail mostly from California and New York, though there are a few from places like Oklahoma. Though I was disappointed at Chloe Dao’s win in the last cycle—Santino had the best final collection, in my opinion—I still can’t get enough of this show. Seeing Heidi and Tim on recent commercials for the show on Bravo has made me seriously giddy. Speaking of Tim Gunn, if you’re a fan of the show and of him, drop by Tim’s Take on the Bravo website, and don’t forget to listen to his podcast after every episode. It’s a real treat and adds immeasurably to the whole Project Runway experience.
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Despite lower ratings for season 5 of The Apprentice versus previous seasons, NBC just can’t say “no” to The Donald. Season 6 will feature the back-stabbers…er…contestants in Los Angeles, and is set to air in January. The future of the reality franchise seemed uncertain given the declining ratings, however Trump told Daily Variety that NBC has given the go-ahead for a 7th season. Presently, NBC and Trump are scouting locations, with the leading contenders being Las Vegas or Miami. According to Trump, the decision will be made in the next two months.
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Because here at TV Envy, we can’t talk enough about Britney Spears, here is my contribution to the latest round of gossip about her. According to Page Six, Britney was apparently Dateline NBC personnel were shocked when they showed up at her Malibu mansion for Matt Lauer’s interview with her and found her alone, without either of her publicists. Even worse still, Brit insisted on doing her own hair and makeup, which looked horrible; one of her fake eyelashes even fell off when she started crying during the interview. As the picture at right shows, her wardrobe choice was also regrettable, to say the least. In addition, without her publicists there to act as watchdogs, no one could take control of the situation when Matt asked what it was like to fall in love with Kevin Federline when Shar Jackson was carrying his child, leading Britney to compare her marriage to that of Julia Roberts and and Danny Moder: “Julia Roberts’ husband had a pregnant wife when he hooked up with Julia, but no one ever talked about that!”
When asked why Britney was allowed to field the interview on her own, one of her publicists, Sloane Zelnick, “Britney is a grown-up and makes her own decisions.” An ironic statement, given the fact that Britney seems to fall apart (literally! the eyelash falling off seems almost symbolic of her life) without her entourage. Maybe they’ve given up on her, given her recent spate of bad press about her bad childcare habits, crumbling marriage, etc. I actually feel bad for her, or at least as bad as I can feel for a multi-millionare. She’s been famous from a relatively young age, and so has never been forced to take the reins of her own life. Now that people seem to be abandoning her to her fate, she’s going to have to learn to do that. I wish her well, if not for her own sake, then for the sake of little Sean Preston and the one on the way. Meanwhile—Brit, find a stylist, quick!
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After being ousted from Tyra Banks’s show America’s Next Top Model, Janice Dickinson has struck back with her own show and it ain’t pretty. The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency which premiered on Oxygen earlier this month, shows a darker, harsher side of modeling than most people get to see.
One episode shows a group of genetically-superior men and women stripping down to their skivvies and subjecting themselves to criticism from Dickinson and her staff. The better-looking contestants were rewarded with smiley-face stickers – the less fortunate ones were given frown-faces and drawn on with magic marker – but none were safe from Dickinson’s verbal abuse. Later in the same episode, she instructed another young woman that she needed to have a nose job (and even set up an appointment for a consultation).
Dickinson herself is a terror; the moods keep swinging and insults keep flying. But while her personality is a lot to take, she does know her stuff. She’s all too familiar with the unforgiving nature of the industry and has a keen instinct for a model’s marketability.
Dickinson claims to be the “world’s first supermodel” but many would argue otherwise. While she did have a extensive modeling career as a household name, many others came before her including Lisa Fonssagrives, a model whose career began in the 1930s. According to Wikipedia, she appeared in nearly every fashion magazine of that era and graced the cover of Vogue over 200 times. (Dickinson only had that honor 37 times). Top models such as Twiggy, Beverly Johnson, and Verushka were household names way before Dickinson became famous.
The real difference between Dickinson and the women who came before her comes down to money. She was one of the first models to push for the top pay that supermodels receive and she still possesses that lethal combination of confidence, cunning, and nerve. Hopefully for her, it’ll be enough to keep people watching.
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If Treasure Hunters looks familiar, it may be because it’s a combination of The Amazing Race, The Da Vinci Code, and National Treasure. The two-hour season premiere of Treasure Hunters will air Sunday on NBC at 8 PM and so far, the buzz is that it will be an entertaining ride among the otherwise blah summer offerings. No telling yet if host Laird Macintosh (no, I’m not making that up) will be as credible a reality host as, say, our beloved Phil Keoghan from Race, but it’s worth a look. Scenic locations, the hunt for clues, physical challenges and abundant product placements all sound promising.
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Starting in 2007, VH1’s The White Rapper Show, from the producers of America’s Next Top Model, will bring the search for the next Eminem to living rooms across America. The Reality Show Twist™? According to Variety, rapper wannabes “will live together in the South Bronx as a series of challenges test their music talent and ability to mesh with black culture.” Yes, that’s right; along with $100,000, the winner will also have won the privilege of having a vacation in the South Bronx for a few weeks. Now, I lived in the Bronx for three years. Though it wasn’t the South Bronx, I definitely didn’t earn any street cred in all that time. I wish the rapper wannabes luck, though does anyone else find the potentially racist implications of this bothersome?
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I felt so bad for Lauren last night. Her boss had her take a red-eye flight to New York City to deliver a dress for Fashion Week. Once the dress arrived in New York they sent Lauren directly home to Los Angeles. She wasn’t even allowed to watch the fashion show! How unfair is that!? I think that Lauren’s boss did this just to prove that she has authority over her. It seems ridiculously unfair after all of Lauren’s hard work, but maybe this will all pay off for her in the end.
Heidi also had her share of trouble at work this episode. Gradually she is beginning to realize that it might take her longer to get her dream job then she originally anticipated. It’s also going to take a lot more dirty work to get the dream job as well, such as stuffing envelopes and getting her boss sandwiches. Heidi’s boss is catching on to the fact that she believes she’s too good for the dirty work and he stays on her back about it. Heidi should have taken Lauren’s advice and stayed at the Fashion Institute. If she stayed in school she might not have had to start at the very bottom of the P.R. firm.
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Why is it that we, as a society, are so obsessed with watching other people with bottomless pockets throw away their money? I never realized how many shows there are out there that focus on what can only be called “spoiled brats”. These past few years there have been an excess of reality programming documenting the lives of these spoiled brats.
The first one to come to mind is, of course, FOX’s Simple Life, which stars America’s most famous spoiled brat, (famous for nothing more than being just that) Paris Hilton and equally-spoiled Nicole Richie. MTV has Laguna Beach which follows around a group of rich teenagers and was so popular it inspired both a spin-off (The Hills) and a rip-off (8th & Ocean). Bravo’s Real Housewives of Orange County follow women who those teenagers will be in twenty years. Bridezillas gives us a glimpse into the lives of spoiled women throwing elaborate weddings, while MTV’s My Super Sweet Sixteen is the sixteen-year-old’s equivalent.
Joe Millionaire tricked women into falling in gold-digger’s-love with a “millionaire” who wasn’t rich after all, while NBC did the opposite in For Love or Money by offering the winning female contestant a large monetary prize for “winning” the heart of a man who is unaware of the incentive.
There has also been E!’s The Anna Nicole Show, A&E’s Growing Up Gotti, the WB’s Survival of the Richest, and MTV’s Rich Girls, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica and sister spin-off The Ashlee Simpson Show. At least WE’s Daddy’s Spoiled Little Girl openly admits that their “stars” are spoiled rotten.
What is it that keeps us tuning in to these shows? Do “have-not” viewers live vicariously through these “have plenty” stars? Does watching their excessive waste make us feel superior for own conscientious frugality? Do we take pleasure in their seeming lack of intelligence? (I’m not implying that all spoiled people are stupid; I’m simply questioning the brainpower of certain wealthy people from some of the above shows, no names, no names).
A male friend in his twenties recently confessed that he sometimes watches My Super Sweet Sixteen. He and I both find the show extremely funny (even when it might not mean to be), but he also described it as a type of social-commentary. While some people might watch the show from a “wow-isn’t-that-cool” position, he sees it as a mockery: “how ridiculous that these children are complaining that they’re getting a $100,000 party instead of a 500,000 party!”
Whatever it is, America has not stopped watching.
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I’ve seen all the bad press you’ve been receiving lately and I know that it has really gotten to you. Access Hollywood has been promoting your upcoming interview with Matt Lauer all week. I often feel bad that I pay US Weekly good money to publish all those bad stories about you—but for some reason I just can’t tear my eyes away from all your photos. Those tear-stained eyes…your poor son looking helpless.
I know—it must be hard to live in the limelight…photographers waiting everywhere hoping that you will make a mistake. I understand it must be horrible to live in such a fishbowl.
Maybe we’re all wrong about K-Fed. Maybe he is a better father than he seems. Shar Jackson still seems to say good things about him…even if he did leave her for you.
But no matter what you have to say about your mothering…about K-Fed…about the state of your marriage. Do you want to know my main problem about you?
YOU LOOK LIKE CRAP.
I hate it when people with good money can’t clean their acts up—emotionally OR physically.
Granted—I have only seen clips from your upcoming interview, but I feel like I can comfortably say this: FIRE YOUR PR AGENT (If they haven’t already quit).
PR 101: If you want people to respect you—- LOOK RESPECTABLE. I have no idea who let you go on national TV looking that…especially when the whole point of the interview was to set your record straight. America—I’m not white-trash…even though I may dress like it.
Your television interview has NOT EVEN AIRED YET—but I can tell you right now, you are going to win very few people over.
There is no reason your hair should lack a good conditioner. Your boobs should not be falling out of your top. You should not be wearing short denim skirts that practically expose your rear.
I hope you know that they do make good maternity clothes now….especially for those who can afford it. EVEN TARGET HAS BETTER MATERNITY CLOTHES THAN WHAT YOU ARE WEARING.
You may want people just to leave you alone—BUT YOU MAKE IT TOO EASY FOR THEM TO KEEP LOOKING. You are a train wreck we can’t pull our eyes from—whether you are walking barefoot into a gas station bathroom or nearly dropping your baby.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not a prude. There is a time and a place for revealing tops and short skirts— and a sit-down interview on primetime television is not it.
Stop blaming everyone at home for perceiving you wrong. GOOD PR STARTS AT HOME. When you look good on the outside, you start to feel better on the inside.
P.S. Just in case you were wondering: Thursday night @ 9pm on NBC—I’m so all over it!!!
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