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This is an archive collection of entries from  my main personal blog, My Mundane Mid-Life.

This collection of entries is from the Category "Reality TV".

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Rockstar Curling?

OK... saw this today... and it just FEELS like it's something out of The Onion... but... could it be true?

Somebody is floating the idea of a reality show that can actually produce - as a winner - an Olympian.

So... what kind of sport would work for that? How about... curling!

Now, it has turned into a American Idol reality thing with five male and five female slots to produce the entries to the Olympic tryouts.

The cool thing, that was unfortunately false, is that at one time they were talking about "closet curlers" that are rockstars would be involved - specifically John Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen. How cool would that have been? How cool would it have been for those guys to expose more people to the sport?

posted at 01:32 PM | Link | Olympics | Care to comment? | § |

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

How could I have slept through this?

Something wasn't right today. I felt tired. My blood sugar levels are a little "up" (just a few points, but up nonetheless). I feel really fatigued. I guess this is my life now. Just feeling horrendously tired.

So, I was all excited to sit down in front of the TV and watch the Season Finale of The Amazing Race. (Those of you that have been here before know that this is my absolute favorite reality show right now. I've been longing and yearning to try-out for the show and be on it... Why don't I? I need a partner and NOBODY I know wants to do it...)

So, I'm all geared-up to watch the show and...

I fell asleep.

At least I woke up at the very end to see who won.

Thank God for TiVo. I'll probably watch it sometime this weekend and get caught up and enjoy it. Awake.

I LOVE THIS SHOW.

posted at 09:19 PM | Link | Mundane | § |

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

51 Months

Good ol' "fat naked guy" - Richard Hatch, the winner of the first Survivor, who didn't pay taxes on his $1M winnings, was sentenced today to 51 months in prison for tax evasion and, apparently to the judge, repeated perjury during the trial.

posted at 01:38 PM | Link | Survivor | § |

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Richard, the jury has spoken *snuff*

What the hell was he thinking? Did he REALLY think he could get away with this?

Good ol' Richard Hatch, winner of the first series of "Survivor" back in 2000 was found guilty of tax evasion for not paying taxes on his $1 Million prize (not to mention of evading taxes on $327,000 he earned as co-host of a Boston radio show and $28,000 in rent on property he owned). He had seven bank, mail and wire fraud charges that he was acquitted of. He was deemed a flight risk an immediately taken into custody.

His future? Possible maximum 13-year prison sentence and $600,000 fine.

I mean, this guy had a deal on the table last March and he rejected it.

What an idiot. Outwit? I don't think so...

Somewhere, Susan Hawk is laughing her ass off...

posted at 03:59 PM | Link | Survivor § |

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

My Guilty Pleasures of Summer are over

Well, a whole slew of my "Guilty Pleasures of Summer" TV shows came to an end tonight.

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posted at 10:16 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

New Sensation

The cast of Rockstar: INXS
I can't help it. I started watching this reality show the first week it was on CBS and fell in love with it.

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posted at 10:28 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

CBS announces the cast of The Amazing Race: Family Edition

Because of rumblings that I've been hearing, I'm very leery about the next "special" season of The Amazing Race, which is Season 8 but is being called The Amazing Race: Family Edition.

Cool thing - there are 2 families from the northwest suburbs of Chicago - one from Park Ridge and the other from Des Plaines!

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posted at 11:38 AM | Link | Amazing Race § |

Thursday, August 11, 2005

SURVIVOR: GUATEMALA -- The Maya Empire cast announced

CBS announced the cast for the next Survivor series: SURVIVOR: GUATEMALA -- The Maya Empire.

Would you believe Gary Hogeboom? You know, former NFL quarterback from the '80's?

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posted at 01:18 PM | Link | Survivor | 1 comment § |

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

CBS announces Big Brother 6 Online Offerings

Big Brother 6 THEME
CBS announced that the show will have a Head Of Household Blog, and the Head Of Household is have a digital camera. The Big Brother talk show "House Calls" is back with "Big Brother 3" Marcellas Reynolds, and there'll be a "Big Brother Fantasy League". All of these items will be at the CBS website.

Oh, and as usual, RealNetworks will be broadcasting live feeds from the house.

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posted at 02:22 PM | Link | Big Brother § |

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Big Brother 6 Cast Announced

Big Brother 6 THEME
Well, here we are in it's sixth year... gone is the house that we've come to know for 5 years (demolished to put up an office building). Instead, the "house" is now on the soundstage that CBS used for "Yes, Dear".

So, it starts next week. The Australia and UK versions have been underway this year for a while now (we're at about day 54 in Australia and Day 34 in the UK). These other versions have daily shows, showing recaps of the days activities. The UK has a second show, earlier in the day, that's a live show that also has guests and is sort-of like a "chat show" as they would say. Each has their own live eviction shows, done outdoors in front of large, rabid audiences. The Australia version has a Friday Night Live Games event, lasting a couple of hours, where the houseguests compete for 3 awards: The use of a "Rewards Room" (with food, alcohol, room service, DVD's etc. for the winner and a chosen guest), the assigning of tasks to the houseguests (yes, they have specific roles and tasks that have to be performed daily in house), and the ability to deduct "points" from any of the week's nominees, thus saving a friend or even themselves, but also risk re-shuffling the list and they may wind-up being a nominee themself).

Each show has something else we don't have: major activities for the houseguests to do every single damn day, risking their food budget money. This gives them something else to do - something somewhat interesting to watch - since the US houseguests don't seem to do a frickin' damn thing all damn day except sleep and sunbathe. Both Australia and the UK air their Nominations live, and each still has the main core component from the original Endemol recipe intact: the public votes out the nominees, not the houseguests,

In general, these shows are a hell of a lot better to watch and a hell of a lot more entertaining than what Shapiro & Grodner pulls off in their measly three shows a week.

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posted at 01:37 PM | Link | Big Brother § |

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Amazing Race 6 starts!

The Amazing Race 6 THEME
It was great seeing Phil standing atop one of the Marina City towers in Chicago. They did some very nice drunken helicopter cameraman shots of the city and really made the place look great. The teams came in on the yellow Seadog boats that are available for rides at Navy Pier. The were let off by Buckingham Fountain where Phil officially started the race. It was also very intersting to see how the teams first interacted with each other on the 40-50 minute trip on the Blue Line to O'Hare. I don't think we've ever seen aliances being built before the teams got to the first airport.

I'm very happy the show is on the air again!

posted at 10:08 PM | Link | Amazing Race § |

Thursday, October 28, 2004

The Amazing Race 6 cast is announced

The Amazing Race 6 THEME
CBS has finally set the schedule for The Amazing Race 6 and it will start on Tuesday, November 16 (taking the Tuesday Night slot of "Clubhouse").

The cast has also been announced (see below for the list).

The Beginning of The Amazing Race 6 The Beginning of The Amazing Race 6
UPDATE: Saw a new commercial this evening - no doubt about it, the start of the race is at Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park in Chicago! Check out the video here.

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posted at 05:54 PM | Link | Amazing Race § |

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Dread Pirate Rupert

Rupert Boneham
I drove out to Algonquin this afternoon to go to the Grand Opening of a new Galyans. Now, we've got a Galyans in Schaumburg that we go to often, and the Schaumburg one is a lot bigger than this new one in Algonquin, but I drove out here not to shop but to see someone. I went to see America's Favorite "Pirate" - Rupert Boneham.

The line to meet him was enormous and really net letting up, so there was no way I was going to meet him personally. I sort of camped-out by his table, taking pictures, which allowed me to listen to him interact with everyone and get a good idea of his character.

When I watched Survivor Pearl Islands and Survivor All Stars as well as the America's Tribal Council, that I liked Rupert. He seemed real. He seamed to care, he seemed "honest", and he truly seemed to enjoy his time in the show.

I was wrong.

He is double and maybe even triple what I thought.

He was engaging. He took time with every single person going through that line. He made sure he shook their hands. He made direct eye contact. He talked to them by name. He thanked every single person for coming out. When he talked about his time in the game, it was as if he just got off the island yesterday, speaking about details that you know he feels in his heart. He speaks well of some people (Like Sandra, the Pearl Islands winner, and Rudy) and he still talks about issues he had with a certain Mr. Fairplay.

The way he treats kids is wonderful and magic, working hard to win their hearts if they weren't already won before stepping forward to the show's only legitimate Pirate.

I watched a handler briefly talk to him, talking about that people may have been upset about the amount of time he was spending with people in line. It's obvious that those weren't the people at the front of the line who were meeting him, for each and every one of them just soaked-up his energy and everyone walked away with a smile.

I can't say anything bad about the guy. He is real.

posted at 02:18 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Oh, *gack*

The Amazing Race 5 THEME
I'm watching The Early Show on CBS and Phil is presenting the $1 Million check to Chip & Kim. But the more upsetting thing is that Colin proposed to Christie and she said yes...

posted at 08:49 AM | Link | Amazing Race | 1 comment § |

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

The summer's Guilty Pleasures are over...

Big Brother 5 THEME
The Amazing Race 5 THEME

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posted at 10:41 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Confirmed: Amazing Race 6 was in Chicago

The Amazing Race 5 THEME
More excited fans have started checking out the TAR6 rumors. The Chicago Film Office has confirmed the permit was for August 13th, and covered O'Hare airport and Buckingham Fountain.. Speculation now is that Chicago is the Starting point. (Buckingham fountain would be a great start point!) The what was the team doing on Adams? Don't know - going to a Blue Line stop to take the El to O'Hare? Union Station to the O'Hare Metra stop? There are reports of 8 teams (?) in Boston around that time (Friday the 13th, Saturday the 14th), and then a sighting of teams in Iceland at 6:20am on the 14th. (Makes sense - there are flights from United that connect in Boston with Icelandair. There's even a newspaper report with pictures (and a second). Too bad I can't read it! The next stop - if you can interpret a few things - appears to be Oslo! There is also a report today from someone that might have bumped into a team in the ticket line at the Ostbahnhof train station in Berlin today. This is really cool hearing about TAR in real time!

posted at 10:08 AM | Link | Amazing Race § |

Thursday, August 19, 2004

The Amazing Race 6 IN CHICAGO!

The Amazing Race 5 THEME
The Reality TV website Reality Blurred: The Reality TV Weblog is reporting that not only is Amazing Race 6 currently in production, but a team was actually seen here in Chicago last week!!!

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posted at 03:54 PM | Link | Amazing Race | 1 comment § |

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Cast announced for Survivor: Vanuatu - Islands of Fire

Survivor: Vanuatu - Islands of Fire THEME
The cast for the 9th edition of Survivor, called Survivor: Vanuatu - Islands of Fire. There are 18 people (which is interesting since All-Stars was the first series with 18 people). It's also back to "Battle of the Sexes" again - the tribes' colors are yellow for Yasur (the women) and red for Lopevi (the men).

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posted at 11:31 AM | Link | Survivor § |

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Big Brother 5 - Episode 13

Big Brother 5 THEME

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posted at 08:05 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

This year's Out-Of-The-House challenge

Big Brother 5 THEME
Found this tidbit out on the web... it might be from Zap2It.

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posted at 11:44 AM | Link | Big Brother | 1 comment § |

Saturday, July 17, 2004

Big Brother 5 - Episode 5

Big Brother 5 THEME

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posted at 09:05 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Big Brother 5 - Episode 4

Big Brother 5 THEME

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posted at 08:05 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Big Brother 5 - Episode 3

Big Brother 5 THEME

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posted at 08:05 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Big Brother 5 - Episode 2

Big Brother 5 THEME

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posted at 08:05 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Big Brother 5 - Episode 1

Big Brother 5 THEME

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posted at 08:35 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Big Brother 5 Cast Announced

Big Brother 5 THEME
The cast for the U.S. version of Big Brother has been announced, along with a tour of the house.

Oh, and here's one of the twists: Two people that are in the house are related by blood... but don't know it.

And - for the first time - a daily internet talk show... with Marcellas!

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posted at 06:33 PM | Link | Big Brother § |

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Gwyneth wants a Big Brother film?

Big Brother 5 UK THEME
Gwyneth Paltrow is apparently a big fan of Big Brother U.K. So much so that she has contacted her godfather - director Stephen Spielberg - about pursuing a feature film based on the 'Big Brother' reality show concept.

posted at 08:32 PM | Link | Big Brother § |

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Big Brother UK Fight

Big Brother 5 UK THEME
I've been watching UK's Big Brother 5. I don't know why, I just wanted to see how they treat the show over there, which is such a huge hit and media circus there compared to how the show is treated here and how so many people hate it here.

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posted at 05:43 PM | Link | Big Brother § |

Thursday, June 10, 2004

The Amazing Race 5 cast is announced

The Amazing Race 5 THEME
CBS has finally set the schedule for The Amazing Race 5 and it will start on-time this summer on July 6, with TAR6 scheduled for fall! There's no indication as to why the "powers that be" changed their minds, or why they will run TAR5 and TAR6 right after each other.

Anyway, the cast has been announced.

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posted at 12:32 PM | Link | Amazing Race § |

Monday, May 24, 2004

CBS screwing around with The Amazing Race again...

The Amazing Race 5 THEME
CBS announced a month and a half ago that they were launching Big Brother and The Amazing Race on the same day this July 6.

Well, Les Moonves at the CBS Upfront presentations said last week that The Amazing Race will be on the Fall Lineup on Saturdays at 9 PM ET/PT. Now he's saying that they might might decide to hold The Amazing Race 6 for spring, not fall ... and air The Amazing Race 5 in the fall time slot instead of this summer.

They're screwing around with a great reality show...

posted at 09:41 PM | Link | Amazing Race | 1 comment § |

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

The Mole?!?!?!?!!!!

The Mole
What the... ???? The Game Show Network is showing the first series of one of the best reality shows ever on TV - The Mole! Man, this was the one show that I really wanted to be on...

posted at 09:22 PM | Link | The Mole § |

Sunday, April 04, 2004

TAR6 Casting, TAR5 Sighting, new rules... and a Big Brother Tie-in?

The Amazing Race 5 THEME
Well, it looks like The Amazing Race 5 is still shooting and has made a stop in Canada. According to the Calgary Sun, the racers had a challenge - either a Roadblock or Detour - at Bow Falls near the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

Also, in something of a shock if you follow the show, casting is now active for The Amazing Race 6, which is due to shoot in August. Applications are due April 13.

Another article also mentions that CBS will couple Big Brother and the Amazing Race to create a two-hour reality block on Tuesdays from 9-11 (8-10 Central). Both shows will have 90-minute season premieres on Tuesday, July 6, and will remain on Tuesdays. (Big Brother 5 will be Tuesday nights 9-10pm ET, Thursdays 8-9pm (evictions live in the eastern timezone), and Saturdays 9-10pm ET.)

In still another twist and tie-in, Big Brother 4 Runner-up Alison Irwin and her boyfriend Donny are one of the teams on Amazing Race 5.

There is a report that The Amazing Race may have two new twists (other than Alison):

During non-elimination weeks, the team that finishes last will be stripped of all their money -- and not be given any coin at the start of the next leg of the race.

There'll also be a new "yield" component to the game that will let each team slow down someone who's lagging behind them in the race. The "yield" can only be used once by each team.

posted at 08:17 AM | Link | Amazing Race § |

Monday, January 12, 2004

Survivor: All-Stars Cast Announced

Survivor: All-Stars THEME
The cast for Survivor: All Stars was officially announced on The Early Show this morning.

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posted at 09:54 AM | Link | Survivor § |

Sunday, January 11, 2004

People's Choice: Survivor

The cast of 'Survivor: Pearl Island' and creator Mark Burnett pose with the award won for favorite reality based television program at the 30th Annual People's Choice Awards Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004 in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Survivor: Pearl Islands won as Best Reality-Based Program tonight on the People's Choice Awards on CBS. You want to know what was really scary? Seeing the entire cast dresed-up in formal wear!

I never watch this show - I find it too... cheap. I don't know, I just don't "trust" it. Yes, I know it's voted on by the public (allegedly), but I don't buy it. Sorry. If it's not an industry awards show (Emmy, Oscar, Grammy, and I'll even "allow" the Golden Globes), I don't view it as a "legitamate" award.

posted at 09:25 PM | Link | Survivor § |

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Celebrity Mole Yucatan - Episode 1

Celebrity Mole Yucatan THEME

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posted at 10:04 PM | Link | The Mole § |

Sunday, December 28, 2003

My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé

I was watching the Bears game on Fox (which I had to turn off... I couldn't stomach any more of this sorry season), when I saw a promo for a new Fox reality show premiering January 19 - My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé. A woman is matched-up with... a big, fat, obnoxious guy and for $1,000,000 must endure an engagement and wedding.

Oh, God... Fox sure knows how to mess with a genre...

Oh, in case you want to see what I'm talking about, I captured the promo here.

posted at 01:22 PM | Link | Reality TV | 1 comment § |

Sunday, November 30, 2003

VH1 - Big in '03

Screen Capture of VH1's Big in 03 - 100 Reality TV Show Contestants
Tonight, VH1 ran an ersatz awards show called Big in 03, which celebrated things that happened in 2003. Kathy Griffin was on to introduce - what else? - the Really Big Reality Star category. The coolest thing for a Reality TV fan was that she introduced the cast of many shows (some had only 3 people, some had what looked like the whole damn cast), so it was a hoot to see - on one stage - the casts of: The Amazing Race 4, I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here!, Who Wants to Marry my Dad?, Survivor: The Amazon, Big Brother 4, Boy Meets Boy, Average Joe, Joe Millionaire, American Idol, Temptation Island 3, Last Comic Standing, Fear Factor, Paradise Hotel, Extreme Makeover, Race to the Altar, Mr. Personality, For Love or Money, and Cupid.

Oh, the winner of the category? Evan Marriott.

posted at 10:26 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Monday, November 24, 2003

Elisabeth done good

Survivor: The Australian Outback THEME
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, new co-host on The View. (CP/HO) Elisabeth Hasselbeck, a contestant on CBS' 'Survivor: The Australian Outback,' has been named a co-host on ABC's 'The View' after the daytime show held lengthy on-air tryouts to fill the vacancy left by Lisa Ling last December. Hasselbeck will begin her duties November 25, 2003. Photo by Steve Fenn/Abc/Reuters The cast of ABC's 'The View' Meredith Vieira, left, Star Jones, Elizabeth Hassselbeck, center, Joy Behar, Barbara Walters, right, are shown in this photo released from ABC, Monday Nov. 24, 2003. Hasselbeck, who made it to the finale on Survivor: The Australian Outback, was chosen to fill the empty co-host chair on the daytime show, after a three-month search for a replacement for Lisa Ling, the youngest member of the ABC talk shows panel who left last year. (AP Photo/ABC, Steve Fenn)
Do you remember cute little Elisabeth Filarski from Survivor: The Australian Outback? Well, here it is about two years later. Elisabeth designed a shoe line, hosted the show "The Look for Less" on the Style Network, and married Washington Redskins Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck.

Now she's probably the first Survivor contestant with a "high profile" job - today she became one of the new co-hosts on ABC Daytime's The View.

I happened to TiVo today's show and it looks like she's going to fit in well. Elisabeth beat out some familiar faces - Rachel Campos (from MTV's "The Real World: San Francisco") and Erin Hershey Presley (who played Alison in the cancelled ABC soap "Port Charles").

posted at 07:23 PM | Link | Survivor § |

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Survivor: Pearl Islands - Episode 9

Survivor: Pearl Islands THEME
Shocking! Simply Shocking!

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posted at 08:07 PM | Link | Survivor § |

Monday, November 10, 2003

No Opportunity Wasted

No Opportunity Wasted
Carol and I were watching TV tonight and saw a commercial with Amazing Phil (as in Phil Keoghan, host of the smartest Reality TV series in production - The Amazing Race), who is producing and hosting a new series for The Discovery Channel - No Opportunity Wasted. In a nutshell: Seventy-two hours. Three-thousand dollars. And a chance to realize your dream — on national TV. Is there something that you've always wanted to do? This could be your chance!

posted at 08:58 PM | Link | Reality TV | 2 comments § |

Thursday, November 06, 2003

Survivor: Pearl Islands - Episode 8

Survivor: Pearl Islands THEME
What the...? - PART 2

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Thursday, October 30, 2003

Survivor: Pearl Islands - Episode 7

Survivor: Pearl Islands THEME
What the...? - PART 1

BEST. SURVIVOR. EPISODE. EVER.

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posted at 08:07 PM | Link | Survivor § |

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Survivor: Pearl Islands - Episode 6

Survivor: Pearl Islands THEME
Me and My Snake

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Thursday, October 16, 2003

Survivor: Pearl Islands - Episode 5

Survivor: Pearl Islands THEME
Everyone's Hero

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posted at 08:07 PM | Link | Survivor § |

Friday, October 10, 2003

Oh, this can't be good...

Big Brother 4 THEME
I don't know, I just don't see this going anywhere... and if it does, I have no clue how this could impact Big Brother (or even the CBS Morning Show)...

CBS head Les Moonves is dating Julie Chen.

posted at 04:22 PM | Link | TV § |

Thursday, October 09, 2003

Survivor: Pearl Islands - Episode 4

Survivor: Pearl Islands THEME
Pick a Castaway... Any Castaway

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Thursday, October 02, 2003

Survivor: Pearl Islands - Episode 3

Survivor: Pearl Islands THEME
United We Stand, Divided We... ?

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posted at 08:07 PM | Link | Survivor | 1 comment § |

Thursday, September 25, 2003

Survivor: Pearl Islands - Episode 2

Survivor: Pearl Islands THEME
To Quit or Not to Quit

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posted at 08:07 PM | Link | Survivor § |

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Episode 33 - FINALE

Big Brother 4 THEME

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posted at 09:04 PM | Link | Reality TV | 1 comment § |
Rehersals for the final show

Big Brother 4 THEME

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Thursday, September 18, 2003

Survivor: Pearl Islands - Episode 1

Survivor: Pearl Islands THEME
Beg, Barter, Steal

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posted at 08:37 PM | Link | Survivor | 1 comment § |

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Episode 31

Big Brother 4 THEME

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posted at 09:04 PM | Link | Reality TV | 1 comment § |

Monday, September 15, 2003

TAR5 Casting

The Amazing Race 5 THEME
According to Variety, CBS has given exec producers Bertram van Munster and Jerry Bruckheimer the OK to begin casting The Amazing Race 5!!!!

OK, let's make this official...

WANTED
Blogger to join me as Team Blogger to audition for the next Amazing Race. Wife and family not interested. Apply via email.

OK, I realize that's a a loooong shot, but hey, a guy can dream, right? We've got to rush here... applications (including videotape audition) has to be in to CBS by Wednesday, October 8th, 2003 at 5 p.m.

posted at 10:19 AM | Link | Reality TV § |

Friday, September 12, 2003

Mime loose in the hoose

Big Brother 4 THEME

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posted at 09:49 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Thursday, September 11, 2003

Jeff's hints

Survivor: Pearl Islands THEME
Jeff Probst was on Live with Regis and Kelly this morning talking-up Survivor: Pearl Islands. There really wasn't much he revealed (which is pretty normal for Jeff). Regis asked Jeff "What's been the toughest location?" for Survivor and I always thought the answer was Africa. Jeff's answer confirmed that - sort of as he said "Up until this one, I would say Africa, definitely. It's just stifling." Hmmm... does that mean Jeff is saying that the Pearl Islands could be worse? He reveals that the cast was setup in the fact that they were told that they would have to "do some press" so wear something that they would look good in. Guys had Armani suits, women had sun dresses. So they do the press, but then the show starts... as in the show starts. Some of the women... umm... don't have anything on under their dresses... so everyone starts with what they are wearing. The effect is that it ends up more like as if you were shipwrecked.

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posted at 10:20 AM | Link | Survivor § |

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Episode 29

Big Brother 4 THEME

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posted at 09:04 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

The Casino

Mark Burnett is allegedly working on a "spinoff" of "The Restaurant" called "The Casino". Yep, imagine a behind the scenes look at at the workings of a casino. He's been in Las Vegas talking to casino owners.

posted at 01:45 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Saturday, September 06, 2003

Big Brother Final 4 doings

Big Brother 4 THEME
First Robert gets Head of Household. He then nominates Jun & Alison for eviction. Then Alison gets Power of Veto, which means she'll take herself off and Erika will be put in her place. Which means to me that Erika is gone next week.

This show sure got screwed-up this year...

Update: And then Rob gets a T-Mobile phone call from home for the America's Challenge and Allison wins a Luxury Challenge to get a ride in a blimp (but she doesn't like flying) along with Jun (who has motion sickness)...

posted at 07:51 AM | Link | Reality TV § |

Friday, September 05, 2003

Survivor: Pearl Islands contestant background "problems"

Survivor: Pearl Islands THEME
You know, if you show up on a Reality show and you've got some baggage in your personal history, leave it to The Smoking Gun to find out about it. In this case, it is problems with four contestants from Survivor: Pearl Islands.

First, there's Christa Hastie, the 24-year-old computer programmer from Los Angeles. Even though her bio on the CBS website has She was once arrested for a misdemeanor and charged with "disrupting an officer's ability to perform his duties.", what's a bit more questionable are her postings to alt.drugs.hard and alt.drugs newsgroups in the late '90's about methamphetamine wants and uses as well as cocaine.

This is similar to Ryan Shoulders, the 23-year-old produce clerk from Clarksville, Tenn., who also posted messages, this time to the alt.drug.psychedelics newsgroup.

Third is Jon Dalton, the 29-year-old art consultant from Danville, Va., who entered a no contest plea to a DUI count and a charge of driving without insurance.

Last is Ryan Opray the 31-year-old electrician from Los Gatos, Calif., was arrested and charged with vandalizing the lawns of nine homes in his Los Gatos neighborhood with his Ford F-150.

posted at 02:46 PM | Link | Survivor § |
Reality TV Awards show?

The Washington Post is reporting that ABC is going to create an awards show honoring broadcast and cable reality programs. It's supposed to be a two-hour show airing sometime this fall.

I'm not sure how I feel about this. The Emmy's have only an award or two in this area, and that should be fine. A separate show cheapens an already cheap genre. I mean, if you won one of these awards, who the hell would care? At least an Emmy is a "legitimate" award. Would it be for the show or would individual contestants be awarded? They've already said that there would be a "Best Series" as well as reality-appropriate categories such as "Best Twist." I don't know...

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Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Episode 26
Big Brother 4 THEME

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Saturday, August 30, 2003

Erika's boyfriend!!??

Big Brother 4 THEME
On the Internet feeds during the week, Robert walked out into the backyard where Erika was alone and asked her if this was the same house that the first season used. She said yes, to which he replied something about that it's funny that she is living in the same house as "him"...

Huh? "Him" is her current boyfriend!!! So, who would that be???

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Thursday, August 28, 2003

Survivor: Pearl Islands cast announced

Survivor: Pearl Islands THEME
CBS announced the cast of Survivor: Pearl Islands this morning on The Early Show. The two tribes are Drake and Morgan (must be in keeping with the Pirate-theme). Oh, oh... two Ryan's in the same tribe...

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Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Episode 23

Big Brother 4 THEME

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Friday, August 22, 2003

Gnome Food Challenge

Big Brother 4 THEME
This afternoon, the Houseguests had a food challenge - even though they are eating PB&J for the next 5 days. The task - demolish garden gnomes in te backyard. The winner gets one meal from McDonald's on each of the 5 days and gets to invite one other houseguest. What would be a nice twist?

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Thursday, August 21, 2003

Amazing Race 4 - Episode 13 - FINALE

The Amazing Race 4 THEME The winners of the CBS reality series 'The Amazing Race 4', Chip and Reichen from Beverly Hills, California, celebrate at Papago Park in Phoenix, Arizona, August 21, 2003. Two teams crossed the finish line within minutes of each other to win the $1 million dollar prize. The race, which follows contestants following clues, ended after four continents, 24 cities and 44,000 miles. REUTERS/Tony Esparza/CBS
"It's Like Adam Building His First House"

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Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Episode 20

Big Brother 4 THEME Justin Giovinco, 22, a job recruiter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is shown as he leaves the 'Big Brother 4' house in Los Angeles, August 20, 2003. REUTERS/HO/Tony Esparza/CBS

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Monday, August 18, 2003

Announcements to Houseguests

Big Brother 4 THEME
This post is only for those people out there that are a bit obsessed with Big Brother, so the rest of you can just move along to another post right now...

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Thursday, August 14, 2003

Amazing Race 4 - Episode 12

The Amazing Race 4 THEME
"He's a Few Ticks Away from Having a Heart Attack!"

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Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Episode 17

Big Brother 4 THEME

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Thursday, August 07, 2003

Amazing Race 4 - Episode 11

The Amazing Race 4 THEME
"Such a Nice Pheromone Smell to You -- Just Makes Me Want to Stay Close to You!"

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Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Episode 14
Big Brother 4 THEME Dana Varela, 28, a karate school manager from Queens, New York is shown as she leaves the 'Big Brother 4' house in Los Angeles August 6, 2003. REUTERS/HO/Tony Esparza/CBS ©2003 CBS Worldwide Inc.

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Friday, August 01, 2003

BB4 Erika in a movie?

Big Brother 4 THEME
I was watching the live feeds just a few minutes ago, and found out that Erika said that she was a dancer in the movie Dance with Me (she was a Club Salsa Dancer and danced on-screen for a few seconds with Chayanne) and that she has had an agent. Now, I'm not surprised by this. I was a year or two ago when I was naive enough to realize that Reality Show Contestants may have alterior motives and actually signup with agencies...

posted at 12:09 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Thursday, July 31, 2003

Amazing Race 4 - Episode 10

The Amazing Race 4 THEME
"That's Me. That's My Face. Just Hit My face. Hit My Face!"

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Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Episode 11

Big Brother 4 THEME David Lane, 21, a former army ranger from Deerfield Beach, Florida, became the third House Guest to be evicted from the Big Brother house during the live broadcast of the CBS reality series 'Big Brother 4' July 30, 2003. REUTERS/Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2003 CBS Worldwide Inc.

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Thursday, July 24, 2003

Amazing Race 4 - Episode 9

The Amazing Race 4 THEME
"We're Not at Charm School Learning to Be a Gentleman, We're Racing"

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Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Episode 8

Big Brother 4 THEME Michelle Maradie, a 19 year old college student from Boca Raton, Florida, became the second HouseGuest to be evicted from the Big Brother house during the live broadcast of the CBS reality series 'Big Brother 4' July 23, 2003 In Los Angeles. REUTERS/Cliff Lipson/CBS. ©2003 CBS Worldwide Inc.

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Thursday, July 17, 2003

Amazing Race 4 - Episode 8

The Amazing Race 4 THEME
"The Princess Reminds Me of My Grandmother..."

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Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Episode 5

Big Brother 4 THEME Amanda Craig, the 25-year-old bar manager from Chicago, Illinois becomes the first houseguest to be evicted from the Big Brother 4 house during the live broadcast of the CBS reality series 'Big Brother 4,' July 16, 2003 in Los Angeles. REUTERS/Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2003 CBS Worldwide Inc.

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Sunday, July 13, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Expulsion

Big Brother 4 THEME
OK, before I head into another day of baseball bliss, I had to find out what is going on... it looks like Scott, the idiot who lists Chicago as his hometown and not New York (where he's really from), was thrown out of the house overnight.

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Friday, July 11, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Episode 3

Big Brother 4 THEME

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Thursday, July 10, 2003

Amazing Race 4 - Episode 7

The Amazing Race 4 THEME
"We're Going Down the Wrong Side of the Freeway... and the Lights Are Off!"

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Wednesday, July 09, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Episode 2

Big Brother 4 THEME

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Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Premiere

Big Brother 4 THEME

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First boot out of the Big Brother 4 House...

Big Brother 4 THEME
The show hasn't started broadcasting yet (though the houseguests are in the house), and CBS has booted out one of them.

Brandon Showalter, a 28-year-old computer engineer from Newport Beach, Calif., got booted after he was caught trying to make contact with his girlfriend while he was sequestered in a hotel for a week prior to going into the house, and has now been replaced with the ex-flame of one of the other contestants.

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Monday, July 07, 2003

For Love or Money?

For Love or Money
Bachelor Rob Campos blows it by choosing Erin over love-smitten Paige Jones. Erin choses $1 million over Rob. Rob loses. But, gee, just like every single other reality TV show this year - there's a twist. Erin comes back to the house 3 weeks later with her check in hand. Why? To burn her check. Why? Because she's moving into the house with 15 guys. She's been there - she knows the rules of the game. But, if she can get the one guy she choses to chose her over the money, she wins $2 million. If she loses - she loses everything. Sort of double or nothing. Yes, it's For Love or Money 2.

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Thursday, July 03, 2003

Amazing Race 4 - Episode 6

The Amazing Race 4 THEME
"I Could Never Have Been Prepared for What I'm Looking at Right Now"

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9 Big Brother 4 Houseguests announced

Big Brother 4 THEME
9 of the 13 houseguests for Big Brother 4 were announced today...

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Tuesday, July 01, 2003

The Big Brother 4 "twist"

Big Brother 4 THEME
OK, here it is, before it gets officially announced later this week...

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Monday, June 30, 2003

Why am I not surprised???

August 2003 cover of Playboy
We have the post office hold our mail when we go on vacation. Carol went today to restart mail delivery and pick-up what was held. She came home with an entire postal container full of mail. Buried in there was the latest issue of Playboy. There they were - on the cover. Survivor: The Amazon winner Jenna Morasca and her buddy Heidi Strobel have a 10-page pictorial in the latest issue. The shoot was done the day after the finale aired, right after Jenna's appearance on Letterman, and they were approached as a team, not individually.

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Thursday, June 26, 2003

Amazing Race 4 - Episode 5

The Amazing Race 4 THEME
"You Are Just Deliberately Trying to Make Us Lose"

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Thursday, June 19, 2003

Amazing Race 4 - Episode 4

The Amazing Race 4 THEME
"Check Your Tires Because... Oh God, You Never Know What'll Happen!"

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Thursday, June 12, 2003

Amazing Race 4 - Episode 3

The Amazing Race 4 THEME
"I wasn't Even Going to Touch You Until You Slammed My Head Backwards"

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Thursday, June 05, 2003

Amazing Race 4 - Episode 2

The Amazing Race 4 THEME
"It Doesn't Say Anything About First Come, First Served. And We're Bigger"

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Thursday, May 29, 2003

Amazing Race 4 - Episode 1

The Amazing Race 4 THEME
"Cheaters Never Win and They Cheated!"

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Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Fame™

Fame™
If you can just stomach Debbie Allen, this is a great show that I think one-ups American Idol by requiring the "Triple Threat" - It's not just about singing, but it's about dancing as well. Oh, and that star-quality persona.

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TAR4 and BB4

Just as a reminder for you Reality TV junkies out there - one of THE BEST Reality game shows - The Amazing Race - starts it's 4th season this Thursday at 8pm (7pm Central) with a 90 minute premiere. (Hey! It's Jerry Bruckheimer! How can you go wrong?!?)

Big Brother 4 will start Tuesday, July 8. The schedule looks like it will be on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8pm (7pm Central) and the live show will be Wednesdays at 9pm (8pm Central).

posted at 10:04 AM | Link | Reality TV § |

Thursday, May 15, 2003

Survivor 8 - All Stars

Survivor 6 (Survivor: The Amazon) just finished airing, Survivor 7 (Pearl Islands) was just announced and hasn't even started shooting (they even, for the first time, outsmarted Survivor Maps from getting the scoop on the new location as they thought it was going to be the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve in Quintana Roo, Mexico), and now word comes out (because of the networks UpFront presentations (where they tell the press about their fall lineups)) that Survivor 8 will be an All-Star show, with contestants from prior seasons.

posted at 11:22 AM | Link | Survivor | 1 comment § |

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

Amazing Race 4

CBS has finally decided to start airing The Amazing Race 4, starting Thursday, May 29, at 8 PM EDT (in Survivor's time slot). Here's the team info:

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Monday, April 21, 2003

Mr. Personality

Monica Lewinsky, center right, and contestant Hayley are shown with male suitors for the new reality series 'Mr. Personality' in this undated promotional photo. Lewinsky knows about the risks of sharing romantic confidences but stays on the receiving end in the dating show. (AP Photo/FOX, S. Jones, ho)
OK, ignoring the Monica Lewinsky aspect of the show, I have a one word summary about "Mr. Personality": creepy. Just plain creepy. The whole Man Behind The Iron Mask/Phantom of the Opera mask-thing just makes the whole show feel... well, creepy. I can't explain it. Creepy. Very unsettling. It did have a Reality Television moment though, when one of the rejected suitors (Robert the mascot!) rips into our lovely bachelorette, Hayley Arp, and you can almost see the concern/fright on her face as if she was wondering if the producers had any security personel hanging around.

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Thursday, March 27, 2003

Reality TV updates

ABC has decided to put The Family on hiatus until the summer - similar to what they did to Mole 2 last year. I like the concept of the show - I just don't like the family itself.

Speaking of The Mole, ABC has ordered seven hour-long episodes of another Celebrity Mole from Stone Stanley Entertainment, with casting set to begin immediately. The series is being targeted for either summer or even perhaps fall. Oh, great - Ahmad Rashad is expected to return as host.

Amazing Race 4 should have started by now. It was bumped when CBS ordered another series of Star Search, and there have been "unexpected delays" in production (wonder what that means... maybe they ordered more Star Search because of the delays?) and we're probably looking at summer for that one as well.

Big Brother 4 auditions are in full swing. Applications are due April 18.

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Wednesday, March 05, 2003

I'm A Celebrity — Get Me Out Of Here!

I'm a Celebrity - Get me out of here!

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Tuesday, March 04, 2003

The Family

The Family

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Thursday, February 27, 2003

Joe Millionaire 2???

Joe Millionaire
How in the world is Fox going to pull off a second helping of Joe Millionaire??? If 40 million people saw the finale, don't you think people would be on to the premise??? At least February Sweeps is finally over and we have a bit of a breather until May.

Hey! You want Evan to show up at your next event? Aparently, all it takes is $15,000.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2003

I'm A Celebrity — Get Me Out Of Here!

I'm a Celebrity - Get me out of here!

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Sunday, February 23, 2003

I'm A Celebrity — Get Me Out Of Here!

I'm a Celebrity - Get me out of here!
Tonight's wacky quote comes from Nikki Schieler Ziering: "Guys! - Crocodile is a reptile!" (You had to see it - Alana had won the full complement of 10 meals for the campers. Everybody thought they were eating fish, though some complained it was a little tough. So, they wanted to know what kind of fish it was. That's when they found out it was crocodile and not fish.) This show is such a train wreck, I can't NOT watch!!!

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Friday, February 21, 2003

Big Brother 4 greenlighted

Big Brother 4
CBS has given the go-ahead for a 4th season of Big Brother, and has a contingency on a 5th.

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Thursday, February 20, 2003

I'm A Celebrity — Get Me Out Of Here!

I'm a Celebrity - Get me out of here!
I love this! Host John Lehr just before a commercial break: "This just in, ladies and gentlemen. That leach you saw earlier is now attached to Bruce Jenner. Repeating... Bruce Jenner has a leach!"

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003

I'm A Celebrity — Get Me Out Of Here!

I'm a Celebrity - Get me out of here!

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The Bachelorette - Finale

The Bachelorette

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Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Survivor contestant ill

Survivor The Amazon
Daniel Lue, the 27-year-old Tax Accountant from Houston, TX (who I thought performed worse than Ryan in the Immunity Challenge last week) is laid-up at home after being diagnosed with malaria.

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Monday, February 17, 2003

Joe Millionaire - Finale

Joe Millionaire

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Why Reality TV Is Good For Us

Time Magazine last week (I'm just getting around to reading it) had a great article in it: Why Reality TV Is Good For Us

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Thursday, February 13, 2003

Survivor: The Amazon - Episode 1

Survivor The Amazon
"Boys vs. Girls"

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Still another Reality TV Update

Survivor Marquesas
Do you remember Vecepia Towery? (hint: winner of Survivor Marquesas) Well, her 15-minutes of fame aren't up yet. TLC's "A Baby Story" will follow her when she gives birth to a baby boy (named already: Jordan Levon) in May.

As long as I'm doing an update, here's one from The Bachelor/The Bachelorette. Apparently, Amanda Marsh ended her relationship with Alex Michel when she discovered he had slept with runner-up Trista Rehn.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Celebrity Mole Hawaii - Episode 6 - Finale

Celebrity Mole Hawaii

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Tuesday, February 11, 2003

OK, people... just move along... move along...

I was trying to do a few things on my website today when I noticed it was a little sluggish. I checked my stats and found out that visitation is up the last two days 755%! Why? I'm getting swamped with searches on Joe Millionaire's Zora Andrich and The Bachelorette's Trista Rehn.

Now look people - though I like the increase in traffic, I've got nothing here. I commented on them once and that's it. No inside scoop. No pictures. No information if either of them are pregnant. You'll have to find that info some place else - it's not here. Thank you for visiting. Look around and kick the tires if you're interested in what's here, but if not - THEN PLEASE, MOVE ON.

Thanks. I never thought I'd get inundated like this. Somehow, this crazy, little website must be high-up on some search engines, or people just have a more voracious appetite for Reality TV than I had thought.

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Monday, February 10, 2003

Joe Millionaire

Joe Millionaire
Next week: two hour grand finale! Typical Fox... lead you right up the decision and.. oh! it's next week! And there's the cryptic final message from Butler Paul Hogan:

"And by the way - in the past, I have refused to comment on rumors that had Joe Millionaire's story will end in a twist. But this evening, I will comment. Those rumors are not rumors at all. In fact, the final chapter of our story does indeed have a rather big, surpising and remarkable twist."

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Wednesday, February 05, 2003

Celebrity Mole Hawaii - Episode 5

Celebrity Mole Hawaii

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I got a Journal...

An authentic Mole journal
Now remember - I love the show's concept, I just hate the current implementation. I went and bought an authentic (complete with Certificate of Authenticity) Mole journal from ABC Auctions. It was just something I wanted because I still believe in the show and am a big fan of the first two seasons and I really would have liked to tryout for the next series (but I believe that was already cast). It's a cool journal, complete with embossed fingerprint on the cover.

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Reality TV Potpourri

There's so much out there on the web right now, so for you Reality TV fans out there, here's some comments, observations and a few links...

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Celebrity Mole Hawaii - Episode 4

Celebrity Mole Hawaii

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Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Celebrity Mole Hawaii - Episode 3

Celebrity Mole Hawaii

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Wednesday, January 15, 2003

Celebrity Mole Hawaii - Episode 2

Celebrity Mole Hawaii

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Monday, January 13, 2003

Survivor The Amazon Cast Revealed

Survivor The Amazon
CBS unveiled the cast for Survivor The Amazon this morning. (*Spoilers Below*).

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Wednesday, January 08, 2003

Celebrity Mole Hawaii - Episode 1

Celebrity Mole Hawaii

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"Joe Millionaire" kills

Crap. The premiere of Joe Millionaire this week was the highest-rated premiere of the season on any network -- scripted or unscripted -- in adults 18-49 and 18-34 (key demographics) with 18.61 million viewers overall. The audience makeup was roughly 42 percent male (compared to 31 percent male for "The Bachelor" - that must be a Fox "thing"). That 18-49 rating is higher than every episode of CBS' "Survivor Thailand" earlier this season, and better than all but the finale of ABC's most recent edition of "The Bachelor."

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Monday, January 06, 2003

Joe Millionaire - Episode 1

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Thursday, December 19, 2002

I'm OK with Brian...

At least I'm not throwing things at my TV tonight like last night. I think it may have been different if Clay won...

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Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Amazing Race 3 - Episode 11 - FINALE

The Amazing Race 3
"They're Slithering to the Finish Line Like the Rest of Us!"

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Flo?

I'll publish my little synopsis some other time - I'm too wrapped-up in throwing things at my TV right now...

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Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Misdemeanor Corporal Injury to Spouse

Survivor Thailand
The Smoking Gun has more twisted Survivor news. This time, it's about Misdemeanor Corporal Injury to Spouse charge... against Charmaine Ann Heidik who, allegedly, punched her husband Survivor Brian Heidik in the nose. She was jailed for two days and was released on her own recognizance. Trial started yesterday. In the meantime, the court has ordered that the "Defendant shall stay at least 100 yards away from the person, place of residence, place of business and/or schooling of Brian Heidik." and "not own, use, or possess any dangerous or deadly weapons, including firearms, knives, or other concealable weapons." Charmaine was also known as C.C. Costigan in adult films, and has appeared with her husband Brian in at least two films: 2001's The Regina Pierce Affair and 2000's Scandal: Passions Obsession.

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Thursday, December 12, 2002

Survivor Thailand - Episode 12

Survivor Thailand
"The Tides Are Turning"

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Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Amazing Race 3 - Episode 10

The Amazing Race 3
"Don't Try to Play the Moralist Now!"

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Thursday, December 05, 2002

Survivor Thailand - Episode 11

Survivor Thailand
"A Big Surprise... and Another"

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Wednesday, December 04, 2002

Amazing Race 3 - Episode 9

The Amazing Race 3
"Why Did You Have to Take Your Pants Off?!"

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Monday, December 02, 2002

Joe Millionaire

Well, Fox has a new Reality TV show starting on January 6 at 9 p.m called Joe Millionaire. The setup: 20 single women who fly to France in order to win the affection of a handsome American they believe to be worth $50 million. The key word here is believe - You see the guy is actually a construction worker with an annual income of $19,000. Ouch. There are eliminations like The Bachelor, with the last woman finally finding out the big secret - only if she decides to continue the relationship.

posted at 01:56 PM | Link | Reality TV | 2 comments § |

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Amazing Race 3 - Episode 8

The Amazing Race 3
"This is More Important Than Your Pants Falling Down"

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Survivor Thailand

Survivor Thailand
"A Closer Look"
ARGH! A DAMN CLIP SHOW! ON A WEDNESDAY! (Well, it's the last night of November Sweeps, so they snuck in one more program into the sweeps period.) Looks like there are visitors to the island next week.

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Thursday, November 21, 2002

Survivor Thailand - Episode 10

Survivor Thailand
"While the Cats Are Away"

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Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Amazing Race 3 - Episode 7

The Amazing Race 3
"I'm Supposed to Be Indebted to Her for the Rest of the Race?"

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Survivor 6 Location - The Amazon

Survivor Thailand
This is really late, but Survivor 6 should now be shooting in the Amazon. Survivor Maps has the details on the site, including photos, maps and other information (they have had great detail on each of the Survivor sites, before shooting even begins).

"The Production Camp will be located at the posh Ariau Towers Resort reserved October 22 through December 22. "

"Sources say the Tribal Camps will be located on the Rio Negro's Praia Grande (Great Beach). Rumors say Tribal Council will be deep in the Amazonia rain forest on the Rio Acajatuba near Acajatube Village."

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Clay's Bankruptcy

Survivor Thailand
The Smoking Gun has documentation that shows that Clay Jordan piled up debts totaling $420,250, according to a bankruptcy case that was closed out in January, just months before he shipped off to Thailand.

posted at 03:24 PM | Link | Survivor § |

Thursday, November 14, 2002

Survivor Thailand - Episode 9

Survivor Thailand
"Desperate Measures"

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Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Amazing Race 3 - Episode 6

The Amazing Race 3
"I'm a Much Better Liar Than You Are!"

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Thursday, November 07, 2002

Survivor Thailand - Episode 8

Survivor Thailand
"Sleeping With the Enemy"

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Thursday, October 31, 2002

Survivor Thailand - Episode 7

Survivor Thailand Screen Capture of Survivor Thailand Episode 7 - A paint pot Screen Capture of Survivor Thailand Episode 7 - A scary looking painted Ted Screen Capture of Survivor Thailand Episode 7 - The tribes meet after the paint fest Screen Capture of Survivor Thailand Episode 7 - Magilla raids the food at Chuay Ghan beach Screen Capture of Survivor Thailand Episode 7 - The Immunity Challenge Screen Capture of Survivor Thailand Episode 7 - Jeff snuffs-out Shii Ann's torch
"Assumptions"
This week, both tribes receive body paint in 5 different colors. Each member chooses a color and paints themselves however they want, and then show up at a meeting with Jeff. Since both tribes received the same colors, like-colored people are paired off to spend the day with each other - Shii Ann and Clay, Penny and Brian, Erin and Ted, Ken and Helen, and Jake and Jan. Two groups also have special instructions - Shii Ann and Clay visit Chuay Ghan camp and Ken and Helen visit Sook Jai. At the end of the afternoon, everyone meets back together. Jeff tells then that there is going to be something different happening - "The two tribes will live together on one beach" The four people that went on visits chose to live on Chuay Ghan beach. The tribes walk there and are greeted by a nice bread,brie, apple and wine feast and party hard into the night. They now call themselves "Chuay Jai". Time for the immunity challenge (As they leave, "Magilla" the monkey, raids the camp for food!) When the group arrives at the challenge, Jeff asks Erin how the first night went. Erin, in her response, says the word "merge". Jeff says "You said merge. I never said merge" And sure enough! It's still tribe versus tribe, living together on the same beach!!! The challenge is a Prison Break that Chuay Ghan wins. The Tribal Council for Sook Jai is long, with a lot of discussion about division, loyalty and information sharing. In the end, Shii Ann Huang, the 28-year-old Executive Recruiter from New York gets the unanimous vote to leave.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Amazing Race 3 - Episode 5

The Amazing Race 3
"What Happens If I Slip? Am I Just Hanging Off A Cliff?"

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Thursday, October 24, 2002

Survivor Thailand - Episode 6

Survivor Thailand
"Power of One"

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The Mole?

Happy Mole Day, everyone! Oh, wait... it doesn't have to do with the ABC Reality TV show... it's about moles... Avogadro's Number, not the animals. It's about chemistry... see, one mole is a mass (in grams) whose number is equal to the atomic mass of the molecule... umm... nevermind...

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Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Amazing Race 3 - Episode 4

The Amazing Race 3
"Did You See How I Stopped It? With My Face!"

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Thursday, October 17, 2002

Survivor Thailand - Episode 5

Survivor Thailand
"The Ocean's Surprise"

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Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Amazing Race 3 - Episode 3

The Amazing Race 3
"You Always Just Forget About Me!"

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Thursday, October 10, 2002

Survivor Thailand - Episode 4

Survivor Thailand
"Gender Bender"

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Wednesday, October 09, 2002

Amazing Race 3 - Episode 2

The Amazing Race 3
"This Looks Like The Path Straight To Hell!"

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Thursday, October 03, 2002

Survivor Thailand - Episode 3

Survivor Thailand
"Family Values"

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Tuesday, October 01, 2002

DWI and, um, porn

Survivor Thailand
The Smoking Gun has uncovered a DWI conviction of Sook Jai tribe member Jed Hildebrand, the 25-year-old Dental Student from Dallas, including RealPlayer or Windows Media Player footage of his sobriety test. And, in case you didn't know about it, The Smoking Gun also has stills from Chuay Gahn tribe member Brian Heidik's (the 34-year-old "Used Car Salesman" from Quartz Hill, California) "other occupation" - soft-core porn film star, credited as either "Dave Roth" or "Chris Hayden" or "Brian Linton".

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Thursday, September 26, 2002

Survivor Thailand - Episode 2

Survivor Thailand
"The Great Divide"

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Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Big Brother 3 - Day 81 - Finale

Big Brother 3 Big Brother 3 - Lisa Donahue Big Brother 3 - Danielle Reyes Screen capture from the Live Feeds of Lisa Donahue 8 hours before winning Big Brother 3 Big Brother 3 - Danielle Reyes and Lisa Donahue await the houseguests Big Brother 3 - Winner Lisa Donahue and runner-up Danielle Reyes with the other houseguests
LISA WINS!!!
With the exception of Jason (which was expected), everyone Voted for Lisa - Lori, Tonya, Eric, Josh, Chiara, Gerry, Roddy, Marcellas, and Amy. Lisa wins 9-1. I've been watching the live feeds the last few days, just to see what they would say. Danielle called it - she knew she was going to lose 9-1. Big Brother 3 was very enjoyable this year (compared to last). The live feeds rule - instead of seeing the edited production on CBS, watching the houseguests live their lives like guinea pigs in a lab situation was intoxicating to watch. It showed the truth, it showed how much the people tried to like each other in a situation that didn't allow it to happen. It's an experience that I would love to try someday, though I know it would never happen. I'm going to miss these (as Roddy would call them) "knuckleheads".

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Saturday, September 21, 2002

Big Brother 3 - Day 77

Big Brother 3 Big Brother 3 - Jason Guy Big Brother 3 - Jason Guy exits the house
The First Head of Household became the Final Head of Household as Lisa wins the final phase of the challenge over Jason who had won Phase II over Danielle. Then, on the live show, Lisa evicts Jason. Danielle was distraught, and after the live show was over, she told Lisa everything. Everything about Jason, (including the fact that she wasn't going to take Lisa to the final, even though she gave her word), and even some truths about Roddy. Wednesday night, the evicted houseguests vote on who gets $50,000 and who gets $500,000. Go Lisa! (Wish it was Jason.)

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Thursday, September 19, 2002

Big Brother 3 - Day 75

Big Brother 3 Big Brother 3 - Amy Crews Big Brother 3 - Amy Crews exits the house for the second time
After 6 nominations, Amy finally gets the boot out of the house for the second time. The final Head of Household competition starts, as the first of three parts. Part One is endurance as the three remaining houseguests sit in liferafts in a pool, with one hand clutching their key which is in the nomination box in the middle of the pool. Last one that still has their hand on the key wins this phase of the competition. Oh, there's wind, lightning and cold rain that pass through every once in a while.
Update: Jason accidentally let go after about 30 minutes. After about 4 1/2 hours, Danielle gives up and Lisa wins Phase One - only after Danielle lies to Lisa that she doesn't have an alliance with Jason, and then lies again to say that it will be Lisa and Danielle in the final. So, Danielle lies, and admits to lying, but when Roddy may have lied, he was the devil? Bitch.

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Survivor Thailand - Episode 1

Survivor Thailand
"The Importance of Being E...est"

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Thursday, September 12, 2002

Big Brother 4

Big Brother 4
CBS has started accepting applications to Big Brother 4 to be shot in 2003.

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Big Brother 3 - Day 68

Big Brother 3 Big Brother 3 - Marcellas Reynolds Big Brother 3 - Marcellas Reynolds exits the house
Let's see if I can summarize a week... Jason nominates Amy and Marcellas. The houseguests all fail the Dinner Party From Hell food challenge and everyone eats Peanut Butter and Jelly for the week. The Power of Veto is now the Golden Power of Veto - the added twist is that if you are a nominee and you win it, you can take yourself off the block. Marcellas wins the Golden Power of Veto. Because of other programming, CBS hasn't broadcasted Big Brother until tonight. The Power of Veto meeting was held tonight live on-air. This meant that: 1) If a nominee is removed, the HOH (Jason) has to nominate someone in their place (again Live on-air), and 2) Since the Veto Meeting was held live on-air, the voting must be done live on-air. Marcellas doesn't use the Veto. Danielle goes into the Diary Room and votes to evict Marcellas. Lisa goes into the DR and votes to evict Amy. Jason, as HOH now has to break the tie vote - live in front of the nominees. In a distressed speech, Jason evicts Marcellas in something that no one except Danielle saw coming. Amy is shocked. No, She's SHOCKED. Marcellas looks worse - numb, zombie like. He leaves with little to say. Danielle wins the Head of Household competition for the first time since the show started. Damn - I wanted her out.
UPDATE: I was watching the live feeds at about 10:30pm. The houseguests were outside at the table, just talking. Then Julie Chen came over the speakers and said "Houseguests!" And they all replied "Hi, Julie!". Julie: "It's time for this week's luxury challenge!" (they cheer) "We have hidden four cell phones in the house..." (Amy screams) "Settle down, Amy. When I say go, you have two minutes to find them. Once you have found a cell phone, you must stay in the room that you found the phone in..." ... and the feed shifts to the Front Of The House (this is done on the internet feeds when the producers don't want you to see something happening in the house. They play that damn theme music on an endless loop forever). According to tonight's show, the winner of the competition will be able to call home. They were off the net for two hours. Apparently Amy won, being able to talk to her mother. I think the cell phones were from Verizon T-Mobile- Amy was complaining about the connection quality. She also won $10,000, too.

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Saturday, September 07, 2002

Big Brother 3 Court Date

Big Brother 3 Big Brother 3 - Chiara Berti
According to The Smoking Gun, Chiara Berti "pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor drunk driving charge. On August 30, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge sentenced Berti to three years probation, fined her $1191, and ordered Berti to attend a three-month alcohol awareness program. The 25-year-old also has to take part in California's Hospital and Morgue program (H.A.M.), which brings participants to the L.A. coroner's office for an up close look at mangled bodies from car crashes, gunshot victims, etc. In addition, restrictions will be placed on Berti's driver's license so that she will only be allowed to drive to and from work." Includes the Smoking Gun hallmark - documentation!

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Thursday, September 05, 2002

Big Brother 3 - Day 61

Big Brother 3 Big Brother 3 - Roddy Mancuso Big Brother 3 - Roddy Mancuso exits the house
Roddy gets evicted 3-0, Jason gets Head of Household a second time, and basically, I don't give a damn. Burn in hell, Danielle - hope you don't win. You "catch the devil in a lie" and you admit that you lied youself. Bitch. I am no longer compelled to watch these people. Screw them. (I want Jason or Lisa to win.)

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Friday, August 30, 2002

Big Brother 3 - Day 56

Big Brother 3 Big Brother 3 - Gerry Lancaster Big Brother 3 - Gerry Lancaster is picked up by his son after exiting the<br />
house
Time to catchup on some Big Brother things, since I haven't said a peep all week. Jason won Power of Veto and didn't change his own nominations. Gerry gets evicted 4-0. Marcellas wins Head of Household. The houseguests have a food challenge that requires then to find some medallions inside about 150 pies in 90 seconds to get food for the week. They succeed, but have a huge pie fight afterward (the challenge was held in the old "Map" bedroom (known as the "HRD for "High Rent District") which they were told they had to vacate and it would be closed the rest of the show). Marcellas nominates Roddy and Amy, with the intend on running Roddy out of the house because he feels (and so many others as well) that Roddy is too strong of a player (no really said) and he must have been plotting against everybody, though there's no evidence. Needless to say, Roddy is pissed. And I believe he has a right to be - I've been watching the feeds and he's really never done anything wrong, never went against his word, and hasn't manipulated anyone though they all think he has. Danielle is the manipulator and must go in my opinion.

posted at 09:43 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Thursday, August 29, 2002

Eye yi yi

I don't care - the equipment looks scary Are they dilated enough for ya? Hey! Look! It's Marcellas from Big Brother 3!
It's been four years, and I've been having trouble reading - time to get new glasses. I went to LensCrafters at Woodfield to get my eyes checked and get some new glasses. I have never had my eyes dilated, so that was also in the cards tonight. That, and the god awful retinal photography that really does blind you for a while. Turns out my distance vision hasn't changed at all - it's just that closeup reading part. Think the amount of time I've spent in front of a computer all these years has taken its toll? The exams and doctor visit went well. the doctor put the drops in my eyes to dilate them and I went out to the front of the store to pick out my frames. I really didn't want to change my regular glasses too much, so I picked out a similar frame. For sunglasses, though, I wanted a change. I picked out some RayBan frames and made sure that I could get the lenses with the bifocal no-line thingy and they could, so I got my order in. I could get the sunglasses tonight (cool!) but my regular glasses would take at least 10 business days (bummer!) due to the coating I wanted on them. I went back to the doctor so he can scope of the back of my eyes while they're dilated. Then it was off to Stir Crazy Cafe for dinner while the sunglasses where finished.

On the way to Stir Crazy, we were passing a Gingiss Formalware place when I noticed this really familiar face staring at me from a poster. It took a while to figure it out, but it was Marcellas from Big Brother 3! After dinner, back to pickup my sunglasses and have Carol drive us home - having your pupils dilated is a trip and I don't think I could have handled the headlights in the dark on the way home.

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Friday, August 23, 2002

Big Brother 3 - Day 49

Big Brother 3
In a highly convoluted food challenge, the houseguests only win half the food they need for the week. But, they get Dunkin Donuts products for breakfast all week. Later in the day, Jason nominates Gerry and Amy for eviction. Later tonight, the houseguests are painting garden gnomes. Go figure.

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Thursday, August 22, 2002

Big Brother 3 - Day 48

Big Brother 3 Big Brother 3 - Chiara Berti Big Brother 3 - Chiara Berti exits the house
Chiara got evicted on a vote of 4-1, which, if you've been watching the live feeds, was a shock. I had thought that Roddy was a goner. I even felt that way during the live show when they were showing the houseguests discussing their decisions in the Diary Room (the DR). Jason won Head of Household in a quick competition. It looks like Chiara leaving the house has really effected Roddy, much more than I had expected. I found out later what it was - Chiara has been sleeping with a small blanket - believe it or not - since she was a kid. Yes, a security blanket of sorts. She can't sleep without it. You would always see it near her when she was in bed. Well, she left it in Roddy's bag when she left. Roddy showed this to the houseguests later tonight and all of them were crying and quiet...

Speaking of Roddy... I got this link from my BlogMom Erin - it's a webpage where someone has been doing screen captures of the houseguests when they've been naked on the live internet feeds... (It's really mostly Tonya, with a few of Amy and Roddy)

posted at 08:13 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Tuesday, August 20, 2002

Big Brother 3 - Day 46 - Sheryl Crow

Big Brother 3 Big Brother 3 - Sheryl Crow performs for the houseguests
Just got finnished watching the private Sheryl Crow concert in the backyard of the Big Brother house over the internet. She only did three songs - All I Wanna Do, Soak Up The Sun, and Steve McQueen. But she had a full stage, lighting, her band, and it sounded absolutely great (it sounded like it was perfectly mixed). And to see the houseguests reactions was priceless. It'll be broadcast tomorrow night.

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The Mole 2 party

The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal The Mole 2 cast at Ghostbar at The Palms Las Vegas - August 10
If you enjoyed The Mole on ABC, word is out today that they have given the green light for a celebrity edition and a third regular-people edition. No word on if Anderson Cooper will be back as host.

On another note, I stumbled onto a picture of a reunion of most of the cast! Apparently they were in Las Vegas at The Palms. It appears that they take pictures of groups at the different venues there and post them on a website. I found the picture under the Ghostbar Photo Gallery for Saturday August 10. It's the last picture in the third row (it's a piece of the whole picture with Elavia and Bob).

posted at 11:02 AM | Link | The Mole § |

Saturday, August 17, 2002

Big Brother 3 - Day 43

Big Brother 3
Amy nominates Chiara and Roddy for eviction. The houseguests find out there's no America's Choice question for the week - my guess is because of the private Sheryl Crow concert (which is actually happening Tuesday night at 10pm ET but will be shown in a special 2 hour show on Wednesday).

posted at 07:36 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Thursday, August 15, 2002

Big Brother 3 - Day 41

Big Brother 3 Big Brother 3 - Josh Feinberg Big Brother 3 - Josh Feinberg exits the house Big Brother 3 - Former houseguests gather to compete to reenter the house Big Brother 3 - Amy Crews and Eric Ouellette get the news on who will <br />
re-enter the Big Brother house Big Brother 3 - Head of Household challenge
After a difficult week for the houseguests, Josh was evicted by a 5-0 vote, which actually wound up being a little surprising. Danielle had made a push to kick Roddy out because he is viewed as the strongest player. In a separate competition, Lori, Tonya, Amy and Eric competed for a chance to re-enter the Big Brother house with questions about how much money they would be willing to give up and how much PB&J they are willing to eat. This whittled the group down to Amy & Eric. The houseguests then voted 5-2 to allow Amy back into the house! The Head of Household challenge required the houseguests to sit in a large bathtub while "things" were poured into it. The last one out wins. After enduring squid, seaweed, slime, eels, and cod liver oil, Amy won Head of Household! How can she make a balanced decision on who to nominate for eviction while being in the house less than 24 hours? Next week: a private concert by Sheryl Crow!!!

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Survivor Thailand Cast

Survivor Thailand
Today, on the CBS Early Show (as well as in USA Today), the new cast for Survivor Thailand was announced. They are: Jake Billingsley, 61, Land Broker from McKinney, TX; Erin Collins, 26, Real Estate Agent from Austin, TX; Stephanie Dill, 29, Firefighter from Fayetteville, AR; Jan Gentry, 53, Teacher from Tampa, FL; Helen Glover, 47, Navy Swim Instructor from Middletown, RI; Brian Heidik, 34, Used Car Sales (!) from Quartz Hill, CA; Jed Hilderbrand, 25, Dental Student from Dallas, TX; Shii Ann Huang, 28, Executive Recruiter from New York, NY; Ghandia Johnson, 33, Legal Secretary from Denver, CO; Clay Jordan, 46, Restauranteur from Monroe, LA; Penny Ramsey, 27, Pharmaceutical Sales from Plano, TX; John Raymond, 40, Pastor from Slidell, LA; Ted Rogers Jr., 37, Software Developer from Durham, NC; Ken Stafford, 30, NYC Police Officer from Brooklyn, NY; Tanya Vance, 27, Social Worker from Kingsport, TN; and Robb Zbacnik, 23, Bartender (what, another one? Why do all of these shows have to have bartenders?) from Scottsdale, AZ.

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Monday, August 12, 2002

Amazing Race 4

Amazing Race 4 Application
NUTS! They are accepting applications for The Amazing Race 4, and I don't have anybody to team up with! (Amazing Race 3 premieres October 3) Carol won't do it, neither will my sister... Anybody want to put together a Blog Team for TAR4???

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Saturday, August 10, 2002

Big Brother 3 - Day 36

Big Brother 3
Drama in the Big Brother house... yesterday was Nomination day and Chiara nominated Josh and Roddy, only after getting everyone's word that they would vote Josh out. Josh immediately went ballistic and started packing his bags to leave immediately. Roddy stopped him, and got everyone together to agree that if he promised to stop playing the game and campaigning, it will be a good week. Everyone agrees - except Josh who says "he'll try". That lasted an hour, when he started cornering people one at a time to campaign against Chiara to everyone that would listen. This made Danielle try to talk Marcellas into voting out Roddy because the opportunity was there. So far, as of this morning, Josh is still in the house. This could be an interesting week to watch.

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Thursday, August 08, 2002

Big Brother 3 - Day 33

Big Brother 3 Big Brother 3 - Eric Ouellette Big Brother 3 - Eric Ouellette exits the house
Oh. My. God. Well, the eviction vote comes down to 3-3. That forces Gerry to break the tie - and he evicts Eric. More on the eviction in a sec. Chiara winds up winning the Head Of Household challenge. Now, I had read something in a Las Vegas paper that when Tonya was evicted, she was sequestered. I thought this was unusual, as in all prior years, the U.S. houseguests always went back to their family. I've been trying to figure out why they would sequester the evicted houseguests. We found out tonight when Eric was evicted - next week, one of them gets to go back into the house and back into the game! Now, where have the evictees been? Well, Lori for the last three weeks has been sequestered in Cancun, Tonya has been in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Amy has been in Ixtapa. So, they've been out of the country, not able to see anything happening with the game. Interesting! Within 30 minutes after the end of the show, through discussions with some of the houseguests, there's no doubt in my mind that Chiara will nominate Josh and she has the votes to evict him already.

posted at 08:23 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Tuesday, August 06, 2002

The Mole 2 - Episode 13

The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal
My favorite reality game show ended tonight - Bill was The Mole (like I had thought) and Dorothy won $636,000 (meaning Heather lost). (I wonder if The Mole gets any special compensation?) Great show. I think Anderson Cooper was a great host for this style of show. Hope there's a Mole 3.

posted at 09:02 PM | Link | The Mole § |

Saturday, August 03, 2002

Big Brother 3 - Day 28

Big Brother 3
Quick update before the show: Chiara, Roddy, Danielle and Josh lose this week's food competition (a betting game on how much of an item someone can eat in 2 minutes), and have to eat PB&J and jalepeno-stuffed olives for a week (watch the show, you'll see). Gerry nominated Eric & Lisa for eviction. Chiara wins the Power of Veto, but will probably not use it. Late this afternoon, Roddy, Lisa, Jason, and Eric stood in front of the camera in the kitchen and asked all of the viewers of the internet feed to not vote for them for this week's America's Choice competition and to only Vote for Danielle (viewers vote by phone on who they would like to see get a letter from home).
Update: The sweet appeal to help out Danielle in the America's Choice poll was apparently too late. Jason won the letter from home.

posted at 06:16 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Thursday, August 01, 2002

Big Brother 3 - Day 26

Big Brother 3 Big Brother 3 - Amy Crews Big Brother 3 - Amy Crews exits the house
Now for an unnecessarily WAY too long-winded Big Brother 3 summary...
From the Live Show tonight:
Funny interview between Julie Chen and the houseguests. Amy is evicted by a 7-0 unanimous vote. After a long time being tied, Gerry won Head of Household over Eric. Oh, no... "another new twist to the game" next Thursday night. And is it wrong that I'm drinking a Stolichnaya Citrona while watching the eviction?

Now, from the Live Feeds over the past few days:
Lisa's "thing" on her butt, which may not have been a spider bite, put her through hell for a few days - severe pain (she can't sit down because her butt-cheek hurt so much) required medication, which caused her to sleep a lot. The houseguests had to use toilet seat liners as a precaution while the doctor ran tests on her blood to figure out if it was contagious. She was afraid to get in the hot tub or lay out in the sun. There is significant amount of late-night talk between Danielle-Marcellas-Jason on what to do going forward - specifically, break up the couples no matter what. And whatever you see on the TV shows, Josh is one hundred times worse when watching the live feeds. He NEVER stops playing the game, and just flits between groups and individuals passing information and deception. He sucks. He must leave. Gerry lays on the couch in the morning after he's all sweaty from his morning cardio workout. Josh says he was "called on the carpet" by Big Brother for doing the same thing "because it isn't sanitary". Chiara was the subject of side bets among the houseguests - it was $1 bet with Roddy (in cardboard poker chips that they made for their poker games) that she would get called at least three times by the crew to put on her microphone. By 1:30 on that day she reached 3 times, and everybody went nuts (The over/under on the bet was 3). The crew had to tell her (in the Diary Room) that she had better get used to wearing the mic, or she would be put up for a penalty nomination and could get kicked-out. Did you know they give a 5-hour warning to the current Head Of Household to clear out their personal belongings so that the room can be cleaned and turned over so the new HOH can get the room during the Live Show? Did you know that they weren't allowed to wear anything from any major league team (cap, shirt, etc)? Did you know they were sequestered in a hotel for one week prior to the show, and entered the house on Saturday July 6 and not on Wednesday July 10?

posted at 07:58 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Tuesday, July 30, 2002

The Mole 2 - Episode 12

The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal
No execution, because this is it. It's the final three: Heather, Dorothy and Bill. The group all failed the Three Questions challenge, the same game from last year. (BTW, where do they find all of these empty towns in Italy?) The final challenge was brutal, with Bill coming in all bloody as the winner of the challenge, and even adding $100,000 to the pot for not reading the Mole's dossier. Of course, I believe Bill didn't need to read it because I think he's the Mole. Heather had it the worst - frustrated at her situation, frustrated with the crew that was shooting her not talking to her or giving her any information, and then saying she was quitting. Then the crew piped-up, and wanted to understand to what extent she was "quitting the game" when all of a sudden, out of the pitch blackness of the nighttime woods, something that sounded like a wild boar charged them and they had to scramble to safety. The final pot is up to $636,000. All three took the final quiz together - 20 questions that went all the way back to day one of the game. Next week - all of the contestants come back together and the Winner and The Mole are revealed.

posted at 09:06 PM | Link | The Mole § |

Monday, July 29, 2002

Big Brother 3 - Day 23

Big Brother 3
Let's see, what can I tell you about what's going on in the house... Eric won Power of Veto and didn't use it, Marcellas won the America's Choice Private Dinner, which was held in the Diary Room, and he invited and Amy as his guest. Lisa was bitten on her ass by a spider, and now Eric is worried because she was nauseous and may have been seeing things last night, and may be delirious. She saw the doctor, said it was a bite, and that she may get a fever and it should swell a bit for a couple of days. Hew drew some blood for testing anyway. One piece that I saw Saturday night that will NEVER be broadcast on CBS: the girls sitting out in the backyard at a seminar being held by Lisa. Topic? Her guaranteed method of oral stimulation of a man's... well, I don't want to say exactly here because I don't wont a ton of hits from Google from people looking for Porn! The next night, a piece that probably will be aired - Lisa, Danielle, and Chiara on the hammock being all giggly about the bodies of Roddy and Eric as they were throwing around Marcellas's rubber ducks (using the International rules for Championship Duck Tossing...). Oh, there were quite a few people with bad dreams and nightmares last night, including Lisa who dreamt that Eric was throwing her through the walls of their bedroom.

posted at 01:26 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Friday, July 26, 2002

Big Brother 3 - Day 21

Big Brother 3
Quick update on the live feeds: The houseguests got a Mexican dinner last night, sometime after 10pm their time. It was the first real meal for half the household that was eating PB&J for the week. There was a food challenge early this morning (CBS woke them up at 8am which, for them, is unheard of) which they won, so there's new food for them for the week. They had a Subway six foot sandwich for lunch, after the challenge. Roddy nominated Amy and Marcellas for eviction. Both of them threatened to walk out later in the day, but I belive it took the producers to turn them around while the two of them were in the Diary Room. Here's another twist - Josh went to Gerry to discuss a "coalition" for the next week or two.

posted at 08:58 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Thursday, July 25, 2002

Big Brother 3 - Day 20

Big Brother 3 Big Brother 3 - Tonya Paoni Big Brother 3 - Tonya Paoni exits the house
In a (somewhat surprising) 5-3 vote, busty Tonya is evicted and Josh is somehow saved for another week. Head Of Household was won by Roddy. A few hours later on the live feeds, Lisa, Eric and Danielle talked about Tonya in not very flattering terms. If what they said was true, than perhaps Tonya needed to go. Chiara, in a moment alone in the HRD (High Rent District - the nickname of the Map Bedroom), cried into her pillows - only to be called into the Diary Room. There is no indication in the first few hours of his reign what Roddy will do for this week's nominations.

posted at 08:09 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Mole 2 - Episode 11 and Big Brother 3 - Day 19

Alright, time to catchup on the Reality Television shows that I watch...

The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal
Al is gone, and we're down to the final three. Poor Al, having to stay in the "Tiny Bubbles" room of Anderson's Fun House is just too much for a mere mortal. The pot is up to $536,000, and now it's just down to Heather, Dorothy and Bill, who I still believe is The Mole. We'll know in two weeks.

Big Brother 3
Danielle didn't use the Power of Veto to try and save Josh or Tonya from possible eviction. I've been watching the live feeds regularly and I can't tell who's leaving tomorrow. I wouldn't be surprised if it was Tonya. However, there was a big argument between Marcellas, Amy, and Tonya, that was all resolved, but I believe may have shaded the feelings of anybody on the fence in voting and may throw Tonya out. Josh needs to go. Amy needs to go. Eventually, Gerry needs to go, too.
Update: I was watching the live feeds tonight. There was a time when Tonya told Josh her boyfriend's phone number so that he could call him if he gets out of the house. Well, the crew was asleep at the switch and they didn't cut to that infernal Front Of The House camera with the continuous loop of the the theme music. Tonya was told that her boyfriend was getting inundated with phone calls. I think this was a wakeup call that people really are watching the Internet feeds, so they have to start thinking about what they really want to say.

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Friday, July 19, 2002

Big Brother 3 - Day 14

Big Brother 3
Watching the live feeds today... apparently there was some kind of "argument" or at least "loud discussion" between Josh and Gerry. I also missed what appears to have been a food challenge of some sort. Half the house is eating PB&J sandwiches, the others are cooking. Apparently it was an eating or drinking challenge that was "gross" with lots of vomiting. Ew. Late this afternoon, I was watching Marcellas talking to Roddy in the HOH room, and he said he was affraid of what Josh could do in the house. It sounded a lot like what was said about Justin last year. Anyway, after an extended time in a network blackout (imagine watching the front of the Big Brother house, with the theme song playing on continuous loop for hours), it sounds like Marcellas nominated Josh and Tonya for eviction.
Update: Danielle won Power of Veto. Let's see what happens after the weekly Monday household meeting.

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Thursday, July 18, 2002

Big Brother 3 - Day 13

Big Brother 3 Big Brother 3 - Lori Olsen Big Brother 3 - Lori Olsen exits the house
In a 5-4 vote, Lori is evicted. Then, in an interesting twist, Marcellas wins Head of Household! Bet you he goes after Josh. You know, they've been in the house for 13 days now, and the Live Feeds are SO much more entertaining than these CBS live shows...

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Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Big Brother 3 - Day 12

Big Brother 3
So, Gerry uses his Power of Veto to veto the nomination of Marcellas. As Head of Household, Lisa then picked Amy to join Lori as the two houseguests nominated for eviction. I've been watching the live feeds when I have spare time, and Lori needs to go. Amy is actually growing on me, and she is more entertaining to watch. Lori is just a "box of rocks" as my wife Carol would say. Josh still needs to go (he's still and arrogant S.O.B.), and I think Gerry should be on the chopping block as well. He comes across a bit too sanctimonious for his own good, philosophizing a bit too often. Get rid of him.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2002

The Mole 2 - Episode 10

The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal
Well, Bribs was executed, Al had an exemption, Heather tried twice for an exemption and failed, the group is down to four people and the pot is near a half million dollars. I'm still betting on Bill as The Mole. I mean, after seeing the tease for next week, how could you not? Complete with ABC announcer, bold graphics, and swooshing sound effects: WHO (shot of Heather) IS (shot of Al) THE (shot of Dorothy) MOLE? (shot of Bill)

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Saturday, July 13, 2002

Big Brother 3 - Day 8

Big Brother 3
Quick BB update - Gerry won the newly minted weekly "Power of Veto" Award, which allows him to Veto one of the two nominees. What doesn't come out in the show is that he already knows what he wants to do, and he doesn't have to tell anybody until Monday. If he vetoes somebody (he doesn't have to), the HOH has to nominate someone else, and it cannot be the person who holds the Power of Veto.

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Thursday, July 11, 2002

Big Brother 3 - Day 6

Big Brother 3
Nominated for eviction: Lori, the 37 y.o. Bank Representative from Foxboro, WI and Marcellas, 34 y.o. Fashion Stylist from Chicago.

Got my RealOne player all updated, watching the feeds this afternoon. This is not like last year's group of idiots. This is a decent group to watch.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2002

Big Brother 3 - Day 5 - First Episode

Big Brother 3 Big Brother 3 cast

Here we go again... CBS has started Big Brother 3. Actually, it started over the weekend when the houseguests entered the house, it's just that there were no live feeds available over the internet to see what's going on. I absolutely hate to admit this, but watching the live feeds have been a great pastime of mine over the last two years. I don't know why, it just is. The house looks the best out of the three years - the decorators did a good job. OK, first HOH (Head of Household) - Lisa, the 26 y.o. bartender from L.A. The people that I need to get the hell out of the house: Amy, the 23 y.o. Real Estate Appraiser from Memphis, and Josh, the 28 y.o. arrogant prick of a Waiter from Long Island.

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Tuesday, July 09, 2002

The Mole 2 - Episode 9

The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal
Well, I have to admit it was fun watching Al and Heather as well as Anderson getting drunk on wine for the Grape Game. The Assembly Line Game was OK, but the Night Ball Game was just a bit strange. Darwin is executed. I had my doubts earlier in the game about him, but I'm still set on Bill as The Mole right now.

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Saturday, July 06, 2002

White Sox 7 - Indians 3

Chicago White Sox Cleveland Indians Today's promotion: Dog Tags from Mountain Dew Mmmmm... Hot Dogs, Polish, and onions... mmmmm... Bull riding in center field for White Sox Extreme Day Snap! Crackle! Pop! - Part of Kellogg's Kids Week Getting a beer from "The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal" player Lisa
What a gorgeous day! It never did rain. There were some clouds for a while, but it turned into something pretty nice. Back at Comiskey for a series against the Cleveland Indians. This used to be the one series we used to loathe to go to. When Jacobs Field opened in Cleveland, the games were always sold out. The Sox took out ads in the Cleveland papers to invite people who couldn't get tickets at "The Jake" to come to Comiskey. Well, it filled the place, but God it was awful to sit there with all these Cleveland fans, who just about out-numbered the Sox fans. those days are gone - The Jake is no longer sold out, Cleveland is not in the pennant race and is trading top players, and now Comiskey is not filled with their fans. What a nice day! Game time temperature - 81 degrees. Interesting confluence of promotions today - Kellogg's Kids Week and Extreme Day sponsored by Mountain Dew with rock climbing walls, mechanical bulls, bikes, skateboards... The game was good, too, a nice close give-and-take game (the kind I like). Sox won 7-3.

Merle's Smokehouse in Evanston
After the game, we drove up Lake Shore Drive to Barry & Buffy's (another glorious ride up the drive on a gorgeous day). We decided to do a movie and dinner, so we drove back up to Evanston, to the Evanston Century 12 to see The Bourne Identity. Wow. good flick. Great car chase... in a Cooper Mini!!! (I'd love to get one of those cars). After the movie, we walked over to Merle's Smokehouse for some barbecue. Hey, I was surprised - this was good food and we had great service as well. You know, even though I feel like I'm living in my car the last few days, I really enjoyed today.

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Tuesday, July 02, 2002

The Mole 2 - Episode 8

The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal
I found the show a little dull tonight. And considering that the challenges had to do with reunions with family members, it wasn't as emotional as I had thought - except for the marriage proposal by Heather's boyfriend. The pot is up to $346,000, and Katie was executed. Oh, and I'm still sticking will Bill as The Mole.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2002

The Mole 2 - Episode 7

The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal
OK, let me reiterate how cool this show is and how much I would love to be a contestant on the show. I mean, what other reality television game show would have people running around Italy with a greased-up lawn gnome? Anderson Cooper is much looser this year as the host, allowing for more "fun moments" - Anderson: "I think you guys will have fun today. Actually, let me rephrase that. I think I'm going to have fun today. You guys - I hope you have fun." Or his physical demonstration on how to grease a gnome (you needed to see it). Or his final, pointed warning: "Now remember, you can grease your own gnome, but you can't grease your friend's gnome." Thus began the Gnome Home challenge. The group, chosen for preferring to watch "Romancing The Stone", could have won $30,000 for the pot but didn't when Bill dropped and broke the gnome, earning himself an exemption. Heather did fine, and Elavia never had a chance to run her leg of the race. The group that would rather watch Gladiator, played Gladiators (Katie, Al, Darwin & Bribs) protecting Caesar (Dorothy) in a battle. They are successful, with only Al dying. Bribs was offered an exemption for picking the "Brutus" helmet, but did not execute his team mates and Caesar. They win $30,000 and the pot is now at $266,000. At dinner the contestants were taken outside one by one and were asked to write on the back of a dollar bill their list of contestants from most favorite to least favorite. Shades of last week. At the execution, Anderson reads everyone's least favorite player. Elavia, again, is the least favorite. The lexicon of the mole keeps expanding. First, there's Execution. Then there's Exemption. Then 3 weeks ago we learned Neutralizer. Tonight the word word is Bought. Because Elavia was least liked, Anderson made her an offer - $49,992 plus the 8 dollar bills with the lists on them to leave the game now. Guaranteed money. She took it! She left the execution, briefcase with $50,000 in hand, and Anderson escorted her to the waiting car. To say everyone was shocked is an understatement. So many of them thought she was the Mole (me included). Then the fun part of the show: Anderson returns, the execution music begins in the background. "Alright, let's proceed with the execution." Shots of the players shaking their heads, putting hands to their heads, Katie hits her head with her journal. "...In a few moments I'll begin entering your names into the... just kidding (smile)!" I heard some one call Anderson a Jackass! Anderson starting "prancing" or dancing or something and in a sing-song voice says " I love this game!". So who do I think it is now that Elavia is gone? Bill. I'm going out on a limb. Bill.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2002

The Mole 2 - Episode 6

The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal
OK, let's start at the end - I never thought that Anderson would type in the first name and have that very first person executed! In another "tie goes to the slowest", Myra was executed. The team won $20,000 for the Bike Game part of the challenge, and won $20,000 for the Pizza Game part of the challenge. The team could have won $15,000 for the Least Favorite Player challenge, but Elavia turned it down in exchange for an exemption. The team was fined again tonight for a total of $10,000 - Heather touched a bike when she was told not to (suspicious, but I don't think it's her based on my "money talk" theory) and Bill and Darwin got some ice cream after the pizza dinner (this, in my opinion was accidental - hey they were hungry and it wasn't clearly stated that they couldn't buy any food that night.) Total in the pot - $236,000. My candidates so far: Dorothy, Elavia, Bill, and Bribs.

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Friday, June 14, 2002

Survivor Thailand

Survivor Thailand
It's official - Survivor 5 or Survivor Thailand started shooting this past Tuesday. They are already in trouble with the local fishermen. AND GET THIS - the applications are already available for Survivor 6.

Oh! A scoop! From an article in today's Sports section of the Chicago Tribune: "Carey Schueler, daughter of former White Sox general manager Ron Schueler (who is now Sr. Vice President/Special Consultant to the Chairman), made the final cut of contestants for the next edition of the reality show "Survivor." Carey, an Orland Park native who was once drafted by the Sox, will test her survival skills in a remote part of Thailand."

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Tuesday, June 11, 2002

The Mole 2 - Episode 5

The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal
Goodbye, Rob. I didn't think you were the Mole, but everyone sure seemed to like having you around. I should have realized it when I read this article about Rob from May 28. You see, The Mole 2 was shot in the summer of 2001. He actually forgot he was on the show. Probably because 1) it was shot a year ago, and 2) he wasn't there long enough! Man, the weather in Vincenza Italy sure looked great. And the places that they've got these people staying in and visiting look wonderful. OK: My candidates so far: Dorothy, Elavia, and Bill. And maybe Bribs. The key thing is to listen to what people say in the confessionals, when they are interviewed, or what they say about the person that is executed right after they leave. Also, watch closely the reaction each one has as their name is called during the execution process. Do they react as if they have something on the line? (a player) or do they look aloof? (a Mole wouldn't care). People that talk about "wanting to win the money" and "winning the game" are players. A Mole will talk about other players, or how hard the game is. Why would they talk about "winning money" if they are the Mole and clearly will not win the pot? Speaking of the pot, it is now up to $206,000, after the team made no money on the Think or Sink challenge, but made $40,000 on the Get the Key challenge.

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Tuesday, June 04, 2002

The Mole 2 - Episode 3 & 4

The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal
The game keeps adding more and more twists. First we've seen The Exemption. Now we've seen The Neutralizer - neutralizing an exemption and adding money to the pot. Well, Lisa is gone. Nuts. Well, see you at Comiskey! Even though she said it was the last day to get her job back, at least we know it all turns out OK. The game moves from Switzerland to Italy, and Patrick makes an odd move - tearing out pages of his old journal now in Katie's possession, causing a $5,000 fine for the group. The team won $0 in the Rappelling challenge, $30,000 in the Morality Game challenge (helping change tires on cars of stranded motorists), and $50,000 in the Dumb vs. Smart challenge. The pot is now at $166,000. The team feels that Patrick isn't strong enough to get information by himself and he won't get far. Sure enough - Patrick is executed.

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Thursday, May 30, 2002

Another helping

The Osbournes
It's official - they're baaa-aaack!!! The Osbournes will be back for a second season of 20 episodes to begin in fall! Now, to add a different spin, the show is going to follow the family on the Ozzfest tour, MTV plans a live episode or two, which I just can't imagine how they're going to pull this off. There's also a possibility of MTV picking them up for a third season, if the new season goes well.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2002

The Mole 2 - Episode 1 & 2

The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal
Ah, The Mole 2 is back on the air. Hopefully this time ABC programming will get this right. Did you know that they haven't paid anyone on the cast, even though it was shot last summer? The two episodes tonight were originally broadcast last fall, so there were no surprises tonight. First executed was Bob and then fellow Chicagoan Ali. There's another double episode night next Tuesday (we've seen the first of the two next week before ABC pulled the show last fall). The group added $60,000 to the bank in the first episode (out of a possible $100,000 - the Burn The Bags event could have won them $40,000). In the second Episode, the team won $18,000 out of $20,000 for the "Lotto Clothing" event. Unfortunately, they lost $20,000 playing Blackjack, and then were fined $2,000 for Katie and Darwin breaking the rules for being out of their rooms - part of the "Blueberry Game". The bank is now at $56,000.

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Sunday, May 19, 2002

Survivor Marquesas - Episode 13

Survivor Marquesas
THE SOLE SURVIVOR - Vecepia Towery. Whew. Well, I leave watching Survivor: Marquesas unfulfilled. I don't know what it is. I think it's because I wasn't fond of either of the finalists. Sorry. After Paschal and Kathy were gone, quite frankly I didn't give a damn. And speaking of Paschal, isn't this the first time that someone on Survivor was kicked out based on random chance? Man, I felt sick about that - here's a guy that wasn't even "in play" at Tribal Council and he gets booted because he picks a purple rock instead of a yellow rock. And no one had ever voted for him at other Tribal Councils. A sad way to go. HOWEVER, in retrospect, would he have been able to go on and compete? If he fainted from severe dehydration after he was out, what would have happened if he was still playing? A quick couple of notes about the Live reunion show in Central Park: I hate the helicopter bit. They've done that before with Australia, and well, let's face it, we all know that Jeff doesn't fly from the South Pacific to New York via helicopter. Neleh cleaned-up really well, and Kathy looked great as well (and it was nice to see Paschal with a little more weight on his frame). Oh, and SO LONG BRYANT GUMBLE - YOU WON'T BE MISSED. The Reunion show had a totally different vibe now that he is no longer with the network. And it was good that a fan of the Show - Rosie O'Donnell - hosted. She was natural in the role, and she handled it well without going overboard.

Survivor Thailand is next. The advance crew is already there. Shooting is scheduled for the summer monsoon season. Check out Survivor Maps for a map of the island (as well as maps of the other Survivor locations).

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Thursday, May 16, 2002

Survivor Marquesas - Episode 12

Survivor Marquesas
"A Tale of Two Cities"
Well, it took a while, but Sean Rector is finally out of the island, in what had to have been the best Tribal Council yet from all 4 Survivor series. That was the most tense, most aggressive, most acrimonious council. And up to the Tribal Council, I still had no idea how it was going to swing. After Kathy got immunity, I didn't know how it would go. I thought Neleh was definitely a good candidate (it would have broken-up the Paschal/Neleh alliance (if Kathy would just recognize that), but then I thought Paschal was a bit too vocal during the episode, which is usually a death knell for the person. I think Sean sealed his fate at Tribal Council with his speech/argument/tirade (though Paschal didn't come off well help either). And I have no idea what going to happen to Vecepia - she's just flying under the radar so well, who knows?

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Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Amazing Race 2 - Episode 12 & 13

Amazing Race 2
"Follow That Plane!"
Wooooo Hooooo!!! Tara & Wil did not win!!! THE WINNERS: Chris & Alex - Team Boston! I was pulling for Blake & Paige, but they finished third. A perfect example of karma: Wil, while in Maui, throws out the next clue for their trip to Anchorage, which means Wil, who has been screwing-over the other teams throughout the race, has to ask for help, and, gee, what happens? Everyone refuses. It still was an extremely close race considering it went around the world! And what is it about The Amazing Race where the separated couple who live/have roots in the final destination, finish in second?

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Tuesday, May 14, 2002

The Prince of %$&@#*%! Darkness

The Osbournes
Alas, they're gone... the series ended last week, and I'm already in Ozzy withdrawl. A few moments and quotes to remember...
Ozzy on his tour bus trying to sing "I want my baby back baby back baby back baby back" when Jack is eating ribs.
Ozzy dancing in his hotel suite to his James Brown doll.
Ozzy singing "Always look on the bright side of life" and grinning his grin while cutting the Christmas ham.
Ozzy trying to hide Jack's knife.
Ozzy: "The this is about life, by the time you get old enough to undertsnad what it's all about, you die."
Ozzy: "I don't know what a typical American familiy is. It's not abnormal to me, the way I live. I live that way."
Ozzy: "I'm incrediby dyslexic... and I umm... umm... umm... umm... my con... my concentration span is really short. What's that called that?... whatever..."
Ozzy: "To be Ozzy Osbourne... it could be worse. I could be Sting."
To Sharon while she's vacuming: "Turn the thing off - it's driving me mad!"
Kelly: "My teeth, my car, my vagina - my business."
Ozzy trying to learn to use the remote control
Sharon: "Ozzy! Not wood! Ozzy!"

And then, my favorites:

Ozzy: "Bubbles! Oh, come on Sharon! I'm %$&@#*%! Ozzy Osbourne, the Prince of %$&@#*%! Darkness!"
Ozzy: "I love you all. I love you more than life itself. But your all %$&@#*%! mad."
Ozzy falling over in the director's chair.
And the final words of the series: Ozzy: "That's the way we are. We're the Osbournes. And I love it."

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Saturday, May 11, 2002

More Mole

The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal
I just got hold of an ABC Press Release that says “Mole II: The Next Betrayal” will be back on the air with double episodes starting Tuesday, May 28 at 7pm (Central) but it's normal timeslot will be 8pm starting June 11.

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Thursday, May 09, 2002

Survivor Marquesas - Episode 11

Survivor Marquesas
"Marquesan Vacation"
OK, first, let's start at the end - limo driver Robert "The General" DeCanio was booted. Again, not too surprising... except the setup made it look like Neleh was the target. Now, let's look at how CBS setup this week...

An unexpected event brings the castaways to tears for what one castaway calls "the most emotional moment of my life." OK, I was duped by this, but it was pretty emotional. The event was this week's Reward Challenge. Soliantu turns up for the challenge, only to find out that each of them has a loved one there on the island (well, Sean had a lifelong buddy). They're introduced, one by one and come toward the game board, as our island castaways crumble into sobbing piles of goo. The challenge is similar to one they've done before on another show, where you step on a tile on a game board, and turn over the ones that you've been on, trying to be the last one on the board. The twist - the loved-ones are the players. As each loved-one is eliminated, they go and say goodbye to their respective castaway, in still another sobfest. OK, it was very emotional. The winner - Patrick, Kathy's son.

A newcomer joins the tribe, but the honeymoon is short-lived when it comes time to plotting strategy. So, that's Patrick. He spends the night with the Soliantu tribe, and I really don't think he enjoyed it one bit. Kathy took him out for a walk and asked him what she should do to win this thing. So, that's the "plotting strategy" bit.

So, we're getting down to it. There's one more show next Thursday, and then the big 2-hour finale on Sunday the 19th (followed by the obligatory reunion show, this year hosted by Rosie O'Donnell instead of Brian Gumbel). There is a rumor floating around that Sean and Vecepia are in the Final Four.

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Wednesday, May 08, 2002

Amazing Race 2 - Episode 11

Amazing Race 2
"It's Hammer Time"
Team Cha Cha Cha - Oswald & Danny - Gone. It's down to the final 3 now. PLEASE, anybody but Tara & Wil for all the money. Would like it to be Blake & Paige.

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Monday, May 06, 2002

Keep him away from the punch

Another tidbit from the 88th Annual White House Correspondents dinner on Saturday night - USA Today had an article that had still another great quote from Ozzy & Sharon: And Ozzy, when asked if he was ready for another season of the show, said, "Yeah!" Then he turned to Sharon, "Can I have a drink? Please?" "Just one," she said. "You're going to fall down."

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Sunday, May 05, 2002

Dubbya and Ozzy?

Anybody catch last night's 88th Annual White House Correspondents dinner on C-SPAN? Caught it on TiVo and sure enough, in the middle of the crowd, there's Ozzy! You gotta love Dubya's quote: "The thing about Ozzy is, he's made a lot of big hit recordings -- "Party With the Animals," "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath," "Face in Hell," "Black Skies" and "Bloodbath in Paradise"...Ozzy. Mom loves your stuff." And Ozzy stands up and cheers...

posted at 10:29 AM | Link | Current Events § |

Thursday, May 02, 2002

Survivor Marquesas - Episode 10

Survivor Marquesas
"The Princess"
I'm seeing a theme over the last couple of weeks. We're not seeing people win at Survivor, we're seeing people cause their own demise on Survivor. Rob lied and stirred the pot a bit too much and he finally leaves. John gets a bit cocky showing what he belives are his leadership qualities, turns arrogant, shows off what everyone belives is how he believes the game will progress (via an immunity challenge) and he's gone. In the same immunity challenge, "The General" and Tammy also show their true colors, and forcing Tammy to win immunity. Zoe gets a little vocal against the tribe and gets booted. Tonight, Tammy Leitner doesn't earn immunity (but The General does) and everyone still remembers the coconut immunity challenge and she gets booted off. But has "The General" gotten himself into a "must win immunity" situation? And even though Paschal won the reward challenge tonight, he brought Neleh with him, and she talks just a bit too much when they get back from their Cruise Ship reward. Is she targeted next? And why, oh why was Vecepia targeted for votes tonight? What made her the target of Tammy and "The General"? AND WHAT HAPPENS NEXT WEEK??? The promo makes it feel like it could be another Michael Skupin falling in the fire incident??? UPDATE: The CBS website has two items of interest for next week's show. The first: An unexpected event brings the castaways to tears for what one castaway calls "the most emotional moment of my life." Hmmm... maybe not fire, but flood??? The second: A newcomer joins the tribe, but the honeymoon is short-lived when it comes time to plotting strategy. Newcomer? Huh? Prior cast member or family member? Oooo... how about a spinoff of my prior guess - since he's the only one to not win or be voted off, how about Michael Skupin joining for more camera time???

posted at 08:07 PM | Link | Survivor § |

Thursday, April 25, 2002

No ring

The Bachelor
Amanda?!?!?!??? Well at least he didn't give her an engagement ring... I feel bad for Trista for making it this far and not to get picked... actually feel bad for them all - on all different levels: for being rejected on national television, for having to go on national television to find a guy in the first place...

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Survivor Marquesas - Episode 9

Survivor Marquesas
"Two Peas in a Pod"
Damn it, damn it, damn it... Since early in the show I've wanted Sean booted off the island. The he and Paschal win this huge reward challenge. Then you see when a young black man and an old southern white judge come together to share the moment and damn it I get choked up watching it. It was pretty damn moving and you see a totally different side of Sean. And the two of them smuggle out food for the rest of the tribe! Oh, and then after Tammy won immunity for the second week in a row, a unanimous vote booted out fishing boat captain Zoe "Lobster Lady" Zanidakis.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Amazing Race 2 - Episode 8 & 9

Amazing Race 2
"I'm Not a Miner!" "No, You're An Idiot!"
Too much to watch, TiVo, or videotape tonight. TAR2 stitches together two episodes. Oswald & Danny (otherwise known as "Team Cha-Cha-Cha") were great in the Leg 8 episode. First they use a concierge at a hotel to get directions. During the first Detour, when they chose "Lion" (Teams had to carry a ceremonial lion-head through a course of narrow markets and steep stairs), I think it was Danny who was operating the head that said ""Believe it or not I'm actually window shopping"! They get the next clue, and ask a guy out gardening if they could use the phone in his house to make plane reservations! It's not over - they go to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel (looks like a 5 Star) and ask what travel agency they use. They then go to that agency (located in the "Lucky Building") to actually get their tickets. They need an hour to process, so these two guys, in the middle of the race, decide to go shopping! They go to Starbucks for a Mocha Frappuccino and buy some cologne. The go back and pick up their tickets and get a black Mercedes that drives them to the airport! What an interesting tact to play the game! I didn't understand the confusion that Tara & Wil went through if they should take the Fast Forward or not. Blake & Paige get in a taxi that goes the wrong way to Murray House and have the presence of mind to call the Hong Kong Tourism Board from the driver's cell phone to get the correct directions for the driver. Gary and Dave (also known as "Itchy & Scratchy") go from 1st to 4th just based on their performance in the dragon boats. Next stop - the Sydney Opera House. Cha Cha Cha actually beats everyone to Sydney! Wil & Blake screw up and don't pay attention to directions, and have to redo the entire Roadblock - the Sydney walking tour via Australian slang clues. Cha Cha Cha gets to the end of Leg 8 first and win a 7 night Caribbean Cruise! For the start of Leg 9, the teams had to climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge (but they had to wait for morning). Chris & Alex (also known as "Team Boston") decide to do the Fast Forward instead (by eating a Meat Pie at Harry's Cafe de Wheels in Woolomoloo) and get it. (Blake & Page decided to do this, too, but got there later and didn't get it). Chris & Alex fly to Melbourne that night, layover, and fly to Adelaide the next morning. Everyone else has to wait to fly to Adelaide directly, and then take one of three charter flights to a town called Coober Pedy, where it was 130°. The Detour was either mine for Opals or play golf in the desert. This is where the title of the episode come from: "I'm Not a Miner! No, You're an Idiot!" (the first statement is by Wil, the second by Tara!) (You know there is a Coober Pedy Experience Motel with underground accommodations?) The Roadblock is simple - stand in a circle, throw a boomerang, and have it land back in the circle. Well, again, Gary & Dave try one part of a Detour and change their minds and then do the other - and wind up being eliminated from the Australian outback (sounds like an old Survivor episode). Next week - Sheep!

posted at 10:07 PM | Link | Reality TV § |
Survivor Marquesas - Epiosde *blech*

Survivor Marquesas
"Look Closer"
Clip show. Blech.

posted at 08:07 PM | Link | Survivor § |

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Too much Dill

The Osbournes
How priceless is it to watch Ozzy trying to open up a new DVD? How could they just give Lola away? At least she's back again (though she did barf when getting out of the pool...) Oh, and even though I can't take credit for this, but Jack's friend Dill should be called Skato Kaelin. What an idiot, what a moocher. Doesn't even try to clean the damn stove after he screws it up. (BTW, he's pro skater Jason Dill) I'm not sure on what side to weigh in on with wanting Sharon to pee in the Jack Daniels bottle... can't wait to see Christmas Dinner on next week's episode...

posted at 10:28 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Monday, April 22, 2002

That Braintrust at ABC

The Bachelor
Let me get this straight... The Bachelor has been doing OK in the ratings (though not stellar), so the great braintrust that is ABC Programming decides to put the Series Finale on Thursday against Survivor and Friends. What are they smoking?

posted at 09:11 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Thursday, April 18, 2002

Survivor Marquesas - Episode 8 and Amazing Race 2 - Episode 7

Survivor Marquesas
"Jury's Out"
You know, people just don't like arrogance, and the Immunity Challenge tonight really showed that. That's why Sean Rector lives to see another day while John F. Carroll, RN gets voted out 6-3 by a disgruntled Soliantu tribe. Yeah, the immunity challenge was done in "good nature", but, boy did ever lay out everyone's alliances right out in the open. Let's ignore the fact that people had to get the answers correct in the first place to hack down the other person's coconuts. And Tammy Leitner was happy with her immunity. It was nice to see people realize what was happening around them instead of being oblivious and just get picked-off. Pagong comes to mind. Oh, and John - no crying in the final confessional, bud. Kind of reminds me of Bunky. You know, this kind of reminds me of the "Chilltown" alliance on BB2. You've got to watch out for the underdogs.

Amazing Race 2
"I'm Gonna Throw Up On Phil's Shoes"
Which reminds me, I have another reality show that I watch that I haven't commented on - The Amazing Race. The week, Mary and Peach go from First Place to Eliminated in one episode. What is it about guys named Wil(l) in reality shows? First it's BB2 and then it's TAR2. The "Two Stooges" - Gary & Dave are now in First after taking the Fast Forward. Oh, I have a fear of heights and there would be no way in hell I could could climb up into one of those container cranes in this week's Roadblock, though once you were up there it'd be pretty cool to move the those containers.

posted at 08:04 PM | Link | Survivor § |

Saturday, April 13, 2002

Hey! It's Lisa!

The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal Hey! It's Lisa From The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal! Hey! It's Lisa From The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal!
Well, as you know I've spent a few days at Comiskey Park cheering on the White Sox this weekend. Well, Carol and I were sitting in our seats before the game today and who comes walking up the aisle selling Pepsi? Yep! It was Lisa, our favorite Assistant U.S. Attorney/Hot-Dog Vendor from The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal on ABC! We talked briefly. She was genuinely warm and seemed to be a little excited that she was actually identified. She said that she had received an EMail last week saying that the Mole will start up again around the first week of June, though she didn't have the exact date. So, she obviously got her Comiskey Park job back, and she said that the paperwork had not gone through, so she was able to return to her other job as well. She also said that there's a good little twist around week 6 of the show. Can't wait to see it - We enjoyed this show so much in its first run, that I wanted to Audition for Mole 2 (but couldn't because of other commitments). I would love to do be on this show.

posted at 10:37 PM | Link | The Mole § |

Thursday, April 11, 2002

Survivor Marquesas - Episode 7

Survivor Marquesas
"True Lies"
Well, after a quick check of my TiVo I found out that construction worker Robert Mariano was thrown out of the new Soliantu tribe. I'm going to have to sit down and watch the show sometime to see how this all came about. All I know is that both Carol & I are happier after seeing the results of the voting...

posted at 11:33 PM | Link | Survivor § |

Thursday, April 04, 2002

Survivor Marquesas - Episode 6

Survivor Marquesas
"The Underdogs"
Well, though Maraamu won the reward challenge, they didn't make it through the immunity challenge, so they had to do something they didn't want to - vote off one of the "family" - and it fell to nature guide Gina Crews, the last original member of Maraamu. Robert Mariano and Sean Rector live another 3 days to be part of the merge on next week's episode. Please, oh please. oh PLEASE don't let these two bozos make it to the finals...

posted at 08:12 PM | Link | Survivor § |

Thursday, March 28, 2002

Survivor Marquesas - Episode 5

Survivor Marquesas
"The End of Innocence"
I know who the evil ones are and they're screwing up the game. Robert Mariano and Sean Rector are knocking off people that are good players just to show that - even though they don't want to do any work - they are in charge. This week they toss bartender Gabriel Cade. At least Maraamu won both challenges, and the "Pirate Raid" of Rotu was priceless.

posted at 08:03 PM | Link | Survivor § |

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Survivor Marquesas - Episode 4

Survivor Marquesas
"The Winds Twist"
OK, it only took three weeks and a shake-up in tribal membership, but Maraamu finally voted Account Manager Sarah Jones' ass of the damn island. She needed to go much earlier, and certainly way before Hunter Ellis was booted. Robert Mariano and above all Sean Rector need to get their pompous, lazy asses booted off as soon as possible. They're not deserving to continue this game.

posted at 08:06 PM | Link | Survivor § |

Wednesday, March 13, 2002

Survivor Marquesas - Episode 3

Survivor Marquesas
"No Pain, No Gain"
Third week in a row, and the Maraamu Tribe loses immunity and boots off the strongest castaway on Survivor Marquesas tonight. They booted off Hunter Ellis, the FedEx pilot. I hope the damn NoNo's eat every last one of them. The tribe will get systematically hacked apart by Rotu... unless the producers pull an "African Switch"...

posted at 08:03 PM | Link | Survivor § |

Thursday, March 07, 2002

Survivor Marquesas - Episode 2

Survivor Marquesas
"Nacho Mamma"
Another wrong booting of a castaway on Survivor Marquesas tonight. Patricia Jackson, the Truck Assembler from Lugoff, SC got booted off because some people that she was "too bossy". Great. At least she was doing work, you idiots. You need to get rid of Sarah Jones, who seems to be the Doppelganger of Lindsey Richter from Survivor Africa. And oh, man, eating Fafaru just looks nasty. I was going to say "at least it's not bugs", but I think bugs or cow's blood would be better than that stuff...

posted at 08:02 PM | Link | Survivor § |

Tuesday, March 05, 2002

Sharon!

If you're a fan of reality shows, you have to watch MTV's The Osbournes. Yep, imagine 13 weeks of watching Ozzy Osbourne and his family! Hysterical! I actually feel good about my life after watching this show!

posted at 10:09 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Thursday, February 28, 2002

Survivor Marquesas - Episode 1

Survivor Marquesas
"Back to the Beach"
Ah, the sound of a trumpeting conch shell, the snuffing of a flame... Survivor Marquesas is back on the air. The location looks great. And no food, water or fire being provided - this should be good. First off the island - Peter Harkey a yoga practicing Bowling Center Owner (not a Bowling Alley Owner - they're lanes not alleys... oh and they're channels, not gutters... hey 20 years at the Corporate Headquarters for Brunswick Corporation and you get a few things drilled into you, you know?)

posted at 08:23 PM | Link | Survivor § |

Thursday, January 10, 2002

Survivor Africa - Episode 13

Survivor Africa
"The Final Four: No Regrets"
So Ethan Zohn won Survivor Africa. The way it was being setup, I didn't think that was going to happen...

posted at 10:36 PM | Link | Survivor § |

 

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