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Universal Studios Home Entertainment has finally released the first season of Fear Factor on DVD. The show focuses on contestants facing their biggest fears for a cash prize (that is, if their biggest fears included eating gross fare such as worms and beetles).
Other challenges include being catapulted over 100 feet in the air, eating bull testicals, laying down in a snake pit, and “resucing” a fake baby from an underwater car. The winner received a prize of $50,000.
The two-disc collection contains the first nine episodes, as well as a preview of Season Two.
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This week teens can vote for their favorite stars in the Teen Choice Awards.
Nominees include new celebs such as Brandon Routh of Superman Returns and American Idol‘s Katharine McPhee, as well as familiar faces like Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, and pop culture icons Flavor Flav (Flavor of Love) and Hulk Hogan (Hogan Knows Best).
The competition between Laguna Beach‘s Kristin Cavallari and Lauren “LC” Conrad continues as they are both nominted for Female “Choice Reality Star”.
Also nominated for an award is Jessica Simpson, her ex-brother-in-law Drew Lachey (for his stint on Dancing with the Stars), and many more.
The awards will air on FOX, August 20 at 8:00 EST, following a “red carpet” pre-show at 7:30. Ballots are available on-line at Teenpeople.com, MySpace.com, IGN.com and FOX.com. Voting will run until August 11 and is open to anyone between the ages of 13 and 19.
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Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey signed their divorce papers this Friday, officially ending their three-year marriage.
Simpson, 25, and Lachey, 32, were apparently so anxious to dissolve the marriage, that they asked that their marital status be bifurcated. In a bifurcation, the judge will divide two issues so that one may be ruled upon before hearing evidence on the other. In this case, that meant that their divorce could be granted prior to ruling on the division of assets. The couple - who starred in their own MTV reality series Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica - have agreed to work out those details at a later date.
Since they announced their separation in November 2005, Lachey has been linked romantically to Kristin Cavallari of Laguna Beach, singer Natasha Bedingfield, designer Kim Kardashian (daughter of O.J. Simpson attorney, the late Robert Kardashian), and two former beauty queens, Elizabeth Arnold (Miss Kentucky USA, 2002) and Vanessa Minnillo (Miss Teen USA 1998).
Simpson, on the other hand, is rumored to have dated Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine, actor Jared Leto, Trace Ayala (famous merely for being a “friend of Justin Timberlake”), and Dane Cook, her co-star in the upcoming film Employee of the Month.
I guess we can assume MTV won’t be creating Divorced: Nick and Jessica anytime soon.
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Well, sort of. The story goes that he was shaving in a bathroom at a gym in London when he bumped into a chandelier – sending broken glass flying and ultimately severing a tendon. Oopsy! Hasselhoff, a judge on America’s Got Talent, had to undergo surgery for the injury and was released the next day. Talk about your freak accidents – what are the chances there would be a chandelier in a gym bathroom? Maybe not the case, as other reports tell a different tale involving a glass shelf that he hit after he bent down and stood back up.
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As if the three-times-per-week broadcasts were not enough, Big Brother 7: All-Stars will be available in a variety of ways:
- As in the past, RealNetworks will stream live video coverage, available 24/7 for $14.99 per month or $39.99 for all three months. I can’t imagine why people would want to see 24/7 coverage when it’s on TV so darn much, but there must be enough of a demand for them to continue to offer it.
- CBS.com’s broadband channel, InnerTube, will air episodes (for free) in their entirety the day after the episode airs on TV. Episodes will be archived so you can easily catch up if you have a life and can’t commit to three nights per week.
- CBS.com will continue to run the “House Calls” daily talk show, plus each Head of Household will maintain a blog during the season.
- For the diehard fans, you can purchase a “Big Brother Mobile Pack” for your cell phone – including photos, video clips, contestant diaries, “live breaking house alerts” and summaries.
So, now that you’ve got all that, here’s the episode schedule:
- Premieres Thursday, July 6th
- Tuesdays at 8PM ET
- Thursdays at 8PM ET
- Sundays at 8 PM ET
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I finally got around to checking out America’s Got Talent. I was able to catch a repeat of Episode 2 - which originally aired this Wednesday on NBC - on Bravo and boy was I surprised! America really has got talent - or at least, it sort of does. This show is a bizarre American Idol rip-off (I mean “spin-off”, Simon Cowell is the producer) that follows the the Idol formula a little too closely.
Talent, like Idol, has three celebrity judges: the sympathetic singing star (Brandy), the caustic British Judge (Piers Morgan), and the random pop culture icon (David Hasselhoff!) It is a formula that works, but unfortunately most of the critiques end up sounding scripted. The majority of the decisions seem to ultimately come down to the Hoff as a tie-breaker, for Brandy is too nice to say no to anyone (except maybe the woman who performed a sexy strip tease on stage) and Piers is too mean to say yes to anyone.
Oh and wait! It’s got Regis too, but I guess anyone is better than Seacrest at this point.
The real difference between Idol and Talent, is that while America may never tire of new emerging pop stars, there isn’t much need for a new hit harp player, baton twirler, or um, “stove-on-chin-balancer”. The show is entertaining and the performers - most of them - are indeed quite skilled, but is there really any market for these contestants after the show is over? When it all comes down to it, Idol‘s got marketable talent but Talent has not.
I must say, you haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen a man balance swords in his mouth while dressed in an Victoria’s Secret-esque angel outfit and high heels. The amazing Leonid’s plea to return to the next round (after being eliminated) was a heart-wrenching site to behold. Apparently it worked because even Piers reversed his vote. I guess he knows good TV when he sees it and the freak show acts on this show are definitely good TV.
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Rock Star: Supernova starts next week, Wednesday, July 5th at 8PM ET/PT. The 90-minute premiere will introduce viewers to the new band called Supernova, featuring Tommy Lee from Motley Crue, a former Metallica guitarist and former Guns N’Roses guitarist. Dave Navarro and Brooke Burke return for a second go-around of the reality talent show that pits fifteen singers against each other for the coveted lead singer slot. If this is as good as last year’s season, it’s sure to be much cooler than America’s Got Talent. I jumped on the bandwagon a bit late for the INXS run, but it was refreshing to see talented people that weren’t trying to fit the pop mold of American Idol.
The second episode will air on Thursday, July 6th, following the Big Brother 7: All-Stars premiere, so get comfy on that couch – it’s a big night o’ reality TV! (To further complicate things, Rock Star will then air Tuesdays at 9PM and Wednesdays at 8PM.)
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Yes, when I found out that my beloved Real World was heading to Denver, I thought the show had not only jumped the shark, but did a backflip over it, wearing a tutu. But fear not reality fans! It seems as though Denver has proved itself cooler than Seattle and Chicago- they’re not protesting, they’re joining in the fun! The Denver Post kicked off the Real World romp with a 24/7 investigative blog, and now the local alternative rag, the Westword, has out-realitied, reality. The Westword created a fake cast, crew, security detail, and slew of producers waving release forms, fooling Denver residents into believing they were the “Real” deal. So authentic were the ersatz “Real” kids, they even tricked Holly, a former Road Rules cast member who came over to introduce herself.
A really fake reality show? Boy. It almost makes you miss Puck.
As if the casting special and website with the 20 Big Brother candidates pleading their case for your vote weren’t enough, they are seeking other opportunities to spread the word about their worthiness. CBS has posted a listing of each candidate’s personal appearances – each hoping to sway your vote to elect them as one of the lucky 12 voted into the Big Brother 7: All-Stars house this season.
While viewers get to cast their votes, keep in mind that only the viewer’s top six will be sent to live in the house. The other six are chosen by the producers. So if you were hoping for your own little Big Brother utopian experience with all of your favorites, be aware that the producers have to play their part. As with any reality show, there has to be the right mix of personalities to keep things lively.
The CBS.com polls will close on Wednesday, so cast your vote soon! The season premiere airs July 6, when Julie Chen announces the 12 who will be competing for the $500,000 prize.
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The casting special for Big Brother All-Stars aired tonight and there are some solid contenders. Big Brother has been on for six seasons, with over 75 contestants, so how did they whittle it down to just 20 to choose from? I’m happy to say that some of my favorites from last season are in the running, plus some other notably interesting people… and then there’s Dr. Will.
The final 12 houseguests will be revealed on July 6th, so vote now to secure a place for your favorites. Online voting starts Wednesday, June 21st at midnight, with polls closing Wednesday, June 28 at 11:59PM ET. Go to cbs.com to cast your vote – each contestant has a short video pleading their case for why you should vote. For your consideration:
- “Chicken” George
- Michael (Cowboy)
- Mike “Boogie”
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