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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? | § |

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Not a bad season

I just realized tonight, after watching the episode "Toe Tags" of CSI, I realized two things.

One: I've missed some of these shows over the summer. CSI is one, with House and Lost... and as always, The Amazing Race (my favorite reality show) (not Survivor.. I think I'm not as attached to that show as I once was)

Two: I'm not as obsessed in watching other shows as much as I used to be. I am not sure why.

posted at 09:40 PM | Link | TV | § |

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 | § |

Thursday, February 02, 2006

A real podcast in prime time tonight

So, I was watching tonight's CSI. A killer is on a PC in his garage. He goes into Google to find out info about the guy that he killed. What comes up in the search results? Rocketboom. Yes, my favorite daily video podcast. Then he clicks on the link and launches the most recent podcast! And there's Amanda Congdon doing her show, only in front of a faux Las Vegas strip backdrop instead of the world map taped to her wall.

Very bizarre seeing the most popular daily video podcast cross-over into Prime Time drama!

posted at 09:35 PM | Link | TV § |

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

I found my answer - Robert Ferguson

I knew I would find my answer to avoiding tonight's speech in my TiVo. It's just that it took me by surprise. It was, by far, the most moving, remarkable, real moment of television that I probably have ever seen.

It was last night's Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

I've come to really enjoy this show and specifically Craig. He's a wonderful host. I mean it, this guy should be the next host of the Tonight Show, not Conan O'Brien. He's a wonderful interviewer. He really listens to his guests and doesn't work off of cards with scripted questions. He researches the guests and really engages them. It's for these reasons we set a Season Pass on TiVo for him - it's worth it.

And then, this show happens.

Lately, when he comes out, he's been wearing a jacket but no tie. This started happening when he stopped doing a monologue and actually started telling stories, something unique and more effective for his style. Tonight, he's in a black suit and tie. He's not the same. He doesn't even sound the same. His Scottish accent is noticeably thicker.

He warns the audience that tonight's show won't be the same. Tomorrow, everything will be back to normal. But for tonight, he had a special thing he had to do.

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posted at 07:31 PM | Link | TV § |

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 § |

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Cash Cab

Cash Cab
I happened to stumble on to what I think is a cool, entertaining, fun game show on - of all channels - The Discovery Channel.

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posted at 06:25 PM | Link | TV § |

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 30, 2004

75 Games, $2,520,700, and out

That's it.

Ken Jennings' run on Jeopardy is over. As reported over on kottke.org some time ago, today was the broadcast day of Mr. Jennings' last day on Jeopardy.

He lost in Final Jeopardy. It was only a two person Final Jeopardy. The challenger - Nancy Zerg - had $10,000 - Ken had $14,000

The answer was: MOST OF THIS FIRM'S 70,000 SEASONAL EMPLOYEES WORK ONLY 4 MONTHS A YEAR

Ken's Response: What is Fed Ex?

The Correct Response: What is H&R Block?

The Challenger bet $4,401 taking her to $14,401 - one dollar over Ken.

Ken bet $5,601 taking him down to $8,799 and looses.

Update: Nancy Zerg's "Giant Killing" Championship lasted only one day, finishing last the next day

posted at 04:08 PM | Link | TV § |

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 § |

Monday, September 27, 2004

Jay's run is over

This past week seems to be just an endless list of things that have come to an end. It's weird.

The latest - Jay Leno will step down from The Tonight Show and hand it over to Conan O'Brien. (OK, not for a while, but the end comes in 2009)

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posted at 08:07 PM | Link | TV § |

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 § |

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

DirecTV heaven...

NASA TV RFD-TV BYU TV
Ever since I got cable, I've been wanting a certain channel. The cable company never offered it. When we got DirecTV, they had it, but it was on a different satellite, so I would need a different dish if I wanted to get that one particular channel - not worth it. Well, DirecTV launched a new satellite recently and they started to move around some of the transponders. Lo and behold, today my satellite receivers started getting what I was waiting for - NASA TV on Channel 376. This is the feed from NASA covering all of their missions. I can't wait for when we're back into space again... in the meantime I've at least got International Space Station coverage, not to mention other exploration missions to watch. Yes, it's boring but it's something I've waited for decades and I finally have it. Along with it we got RFD on Channel 379 which Carol seems to love as well as BYU on Channel 374, which I'm just going to lock-out since we're not interested. I love getting more stations and not less for the same amount of money... I'm soooo happy we don't have cable...

posted at 07:04 PM | Link | TV § |

Friday, May 28, 2004

G4TechTV

G4TechTV
Well, today is the day. Today Comcast gobbles-up a very good computer & tech television network (TechTV) and smashes it into G4 - a gaming channel - to try to come up some new network that sure the hell seems a bit too gaming-centric called G4TechTV. Gone are some of TechTV's better shows, like Leo Laporte's Call for Help, and even Tech Live. At least The Screen Savers is untouched - at least so far. Comcast is shutting-down the San Francisco studios of TechTV, forcing anybody that wants to continue their job to transfer to LA.

Friggin' bastards of a cable company... No wonder I cut 'em loose and went to DirecTV... just another money-hungry media conglomerate...

posted at 08:44 AM | Link | TV § |

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 § |

Thursday, April 29, 2004

May Sweeps

How the hell did May Sweeps come around all of a sudden??? I mean, it feels like the season just started, and now we have to sit through star-laden season (and series) finales, bad made-for-TV specials, and - even worse - those stupid, stupid, stupid local TV news special reports...

posted at 08:35 PM | Link | TV § |

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, February 09, 2004

It was 40 Years Ago Today... Ed Sullivan

It was 40 years ago tonight that the Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. David Letterman is going to show a clip of the appearing - on the very stage in the very theater that Letterman now broadcasts from.

posted at 06:09 PM | Link | TV § |

Sunday, February 08, 2004

Grammys

The Grammy Awards were tonight. I am soooo disappointed. The "special" openning of the show turned out to be Prince (with Beyonce) which actually made for a good open since we don't see him too often. The rest of the show, in my opinion, sucked. Instead of being in a theater setting like other awards shows, the ceremony is now a show at the Staples Center and is only mainstream. 18 performances and a handful of awards - did you know that there are over 80 awards handed out? You couldn't tell it by watching the show. They don't even acknowledge the other categories anymore. It's as if they don't exist, and that is sooo wrong. Instead, the event showcases pop/rap/hip-hop/R&B and maybe one country performance and that's it. No latin, no classical, no polka...

posted at 10:05 PM | Link | TV § |

Sunday, January 25, 2004

Golden Globes

OK, so the Golden Globes were on tonight. Eh. Why the hell is Sharon Stone everywhere with everyone in every shot? I thought that The Office was a nice surprise, as well as Lost in Translation. One thing's for sure - I don't like the TV categories. They have multiple categories for the movies that they award, but the TV awards are all lumped together (why should you award an actor in a TV movie in the same category as an actor in a series?)

posted at 09:51 PM | Link | TV § |
Sunday Morning 25th

I woke up this morning and flipped on the TV and couldn't figure out why there was stories about Charles Kuralt on. It took a while to realize that CBS Sunday Morning was celebrating their 25th Anniversary. What a great, uniquie, wonderful show. And wouldn't you love to have Bill Geist's job?

posted at 10:12 AM | Link | TV § |

Friday, January 23, 2004

Bunny Rabbit is sad...

... Captain Kangaroo died. Wow, the second Children's Television icon of mine to die in just a few days. I barely remember the show when I was a kid, but it made an impression. Bunny Rabbit. Mr. Moose. Dancing Bear. Mr Green Jeans is long gone now, and now the Captain. Bob Keeshan seemed to be a gentle man. I hate seeing these guys pass... I'm just hoping Bill (Jackson) is OK....

posted at 03:19 PM | Link | TV § |

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 § |

Monday, January 05, 2004

Sadly, it's not "What is Electricity?"

Joe returns as champion Well, it's the end of Double Jeopardy and it's not looking good
Well, my buddy Joe returned as 1 Day Champion on Jeopardy today after his $14,800 win on Friday.

He was in second place throughout the game, and just couldn't pull it out in Final Jeopardy, so he reign as Champion only lasted a day.

Anyway, good job, Joe! It's still pretty damn cool even being selected to be on the show, let alone winning!

posted at 07:10 PM | Link | Friends § |

Friday, January 02, 2004

What is Playing Banjo?

Joe looks a little stiff at the beginning of Jeopardy The players at the end of Double Jeopardy Joe wins Final Jeopardy and the game!
Back in October, when I was up in Wisconsin with "The Away Team", My buddy/former co-worker/former boss Joe told us he was going out to Culver City, California back in October.

So what, you may ask?

Well, he was going to compete on Jeopardy!

The show aired today - and he won! Took him to Final Jeopardy to do it, but he did it! Next week I think is Kid's Week, so he won't be back for another week. Of course, in accordance with his agreement, Joe can't talk about it. But, how cool is that?

Here's a link to his "Hello to Chicago" video from the Jeopardy website.

Here's an MPEG video (6Mb) of Alex Trebec and Joe talking during the intoduction segment.

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

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 § |

Saturday, December 20, 2003

Oh, just get on with it already...

I've been subjected to the absolute lamest publicity segments on the Channel 5 news this week. They built "Studio5" which is one of these studios that's on a plaza with glass around the studio down on Michigan Avenue - think Today Show in Chicago. They've been promoting this damn thing for well over a week. I really don't understand how this is going to help the local early morning news market at all. Well, they finally opened it this morning. Two things jumped out at me - they don't have a clue on how to light the set. I mean Andy Avalos was in from of a chromakey-green backdrop to do the weather and he had shadows all over him, not to mention the anchors being underlit (and shadowy) against the bright plaza behind them. It's awful. The audio levels were all over the place or non-existent. It's not like the audio guy doesn't know how to run a board... does he?

It's all a case of making the studio a news story, which I just hate. They even had Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Mayor Richard M. Daley out in the alleged "crowd" outside on the plaza (along with Rev.Jesse Jackson, who and former POW Shoshona Johnson, who was in town).

Ugh.

posted at 11:16 AM | Link | TV § |

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").

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Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Fab 5 Season 2

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy THEME
Holy crap! The Fab 5 are back with a vengeance this season! GREAT jobs on tonight's show!

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Thursday, November 13, 2003

Survivor: Pearl Islands - Episode 9

Survivor: Pearl Islands THEME
Shocking! Simply Shocking!

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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!

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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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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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Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Where's Jed?

The West Wing
Looks like NBC folded at the last minute and pulled West Wing in favor of a Law & Order: Criminal Intent rerun. Sounds like they're rolling over knowing they can't beat Fox's baseball coverage tonight. All the NBC website says (other than having the corrected schedule for tonight) is "Tonight's West Wing episode will air 10/29"

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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.

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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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Friday, September 26, 2003

"A Foreign Affair"

Coupling THEME

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Thursday, September 25, 2003

Survivor: Pearl Islands - Episode 2

Survivor: Pearl Islands THEME
To Quit or Not to Quit

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Warner Brothers Studios

It's 9:30am and I pull off of Olive into the parking structure that's also gate 3 for Warner Brothers Studios.

I'm here to do what Carol & I did the last time we were out here - take the Warner Brothers Studios VIP Tour. But, this time, instead of a tour that takes about 2-2½ hours, I'm going to do the Warner Brothers Studios Deluxe VIP Tour and take about double the time. I am soooo excited about this. My sister Diane and Melinda were just here a few weeks ago taking the regular VIP tour, and when I found out they had this Deluxe tour, I had to sign up for that.

Look,if you enjoy movies and/or television, and want to see what a real working studio is like (no trams, no fake or staged productions), you must do this tour.

There's a nice waiting area on the first floor of the parking structure. At about 10:00am, a gentlemen comes around to walk us across the street to go into the main gate - Gate 2. We had to go through a metal detector, and then get on an extended golf cart for the trip across the lot to the tour offices.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Episode 33 - FINALE

Big Brother 4 THEME

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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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Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Episode 31

Big Brother 4 THEME

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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.

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Friday, September 12, 2003

Mime loose in the hoose

Big Brother 4 THEME

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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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Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Episode 29

Big Brother 4 THEME

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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.

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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)...

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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.

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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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Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Ground Force America

Ground Force America THEME
BBC America aired the first episode of Ground Force America, this one being shot on Valentine's Day in Atlanta. OK, other than trying to do a garden in February in the United States (which, I don't care where you live, just doesn't give you great weather), I loved this show! It's the same format, but it's stretched to a full hour. They got back to doing something they haven't really done since Alan left - they talked about the plants they were using. Another odd piece of the show? The night of Day 1, they all went to an Atlanta Thrashers hockey game! (The cool thing for me is that the Thrashers are the parent club of the AHL Chicago Wolves!) This was a great first episode and I can't wait for the rest of the season. I like the one hour format.

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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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Tuesday, June 17, 2003

I miss Alan

Ground Force
BBC America started running the new series of Ground Force - this one without Alan Titchmarsh. I miss him. Never thought I'd say that. I mean, Charlie, Tommy, Will and new addition of Kirsty King are fine, but I just miss him. It's not the same. It isn't bad, it's just not the same. Did they have to change the theme?

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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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Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Poker Night

It's poker night at our house. Unfortunately, we don't play - we watch. We've got ourselves hooked on the World Poker Tour on The Travel Channel. Two-hours every Wednesday night and they package the action so that it really sucks you in. Tonight was the PartyPoker.com Million II Tournament hosted by Card Player Cruises - a $25 Buy-In Single Table event (they're already qualifying people for PartyPoker.com Million III in March 2004 here with Super Satellites every Tuesday Night). I'm feeling a strong urge to learn Texas Holdem.

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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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Tuesday, June 03, 2003

100 Heroes/Villains

AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Heroes & Villains
I really wanted to get some things done early tonight so that I could make some attempt at catching up on my lost sleep, but I got absolutely hooked watching the American Film Institute's "AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains" on CBS. It was a great show, and I have to say that I agree with everyone that was selected for the list, though I have one complaint with the ranking - though I love the character and agree that he should be on the list, I just don't believe that Indiana Jones should rank as the #2 hero character of all time. Here's a PDF from the AFI website of the press release of the list. What I hadn't planned on was sitting in front of the TV for 3 hours...

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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).

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Saturday, May 17, 2003

The franchise is out of control...

Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls
NBC just ran Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls. OK, it's only half an hour, and the host is even perkier than Paige Davis. The real kicker is that the teams don't have a budget. It really shows, too, as the final product for the two bedrooms had a much better feel (in regards to quality) than anything I've seen on Trading Spaces. I mean, they bought entertainment systems!

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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.

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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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Friday, May 02, 2003

The West Wing

I can't imagine how this is going to affect one of my favorite dramas: Writers and Executive Producers Aaron Sorkin and Tommy Schlamme have quit The West Wing. (Articles from LA Times, NJ Star Ledger, Washington Post 1 and 2, and New York Times). Has it really "Jumped the Shark"?

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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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Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Ump Jumper Top 10

Late Show with David Letterman
Dave just isn't letting it go... again... just like last time. Tonight's Top 10 List:

Top Ten Excuses From The Guy Who Attacked The Umpire

10. "I thought it was 'Attack A Defenseless Umpire Night'"
9. "Let's see you drink 15 beers and not do something stupid"
8. "Look at all the endorsements the shirtless father and son lunatics got"
7. "I wanted to impress Royals shortstop Angel Berroa"
6. "Umpire? I thought he was a vampire"
5. "It was Royals-White Sox game -- somebody's gotta make it exciting"
4. "You never heard of a little thing called 'spring fever'?"
3. "Pete Rose bet me I wouldn't do it"
2. "You're just not yourself when you've got shingles"
1. "From my angle, he looked exactly like Uday Hussein"

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Spike?

Now, who thought this was a good idea? TNN changing its name to Spike. Oh, I guess it was this guy:

"We just like the idea of having a guy's name," said Albie Hecht, network president. "We thought that was smart and fun and irreverent."

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Saturday, April 12, 2003

Michael Palin's Sahara

How the hell did I not hear about this??? Michael Palin has another travel show on the air, this time it's Sahara. I loved, Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole, and even Full Circle. Now he's going around the Sahara - The size of the United States with a population the size of Norfolk. He's got such a great sense of style working on travel shows. He's just great - be sure to check it out on Bravo.

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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.

posted at 06:33 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Around television

A bunch of things that caught my eye that have to do with television: CBS may have to dump Round 1 and Round 2 of the NCAA tournament coverage to ESPN/ESPN2, and whatever doesn't fit there would go to on TNN or TV Land. The Academy Awards are still scheduled to go on, even if the war starts by then. Oprah Winfrey wants "The Bachelorette" stars Trista Rehn and her intended, Ryan Sutter, to get married on her show. Oh, no - Discovery Kids is putting together a new series for 8 to 13 year-olds: "Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls". If you have a TiVo, did you know that when you zip through those commercials that you actually recall those ads at roughly the same rates as people who see them at normal speed in real time?

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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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Where's my neighbor?

Fred McFeely Rogers died today at age 74 after being diagnosed with stomach cancer just after the holidays. "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" started on Pittsburgh's WQED in 1967. No more cardigans and sneakers.

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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!!!

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

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.

posted at 01:00 PM | Link | Reality TV § |
Ground Force America in production

Ground Force
It looks like Ground Force America is indeed in production, as last week a garden in Dallas Georgia (I didn't know there was another Dallas) was transformed. They're going to shoot 8 shows and have received 50,000 requests. Looks like a late June air date.

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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.

posted at 03:40 PM | Link | Survivor § |

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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Cheers, Alan!

Ground Force
This is my 1,000th entry! w00t! So how should I use it? Hmmm... a little blurb about TV... It is with heavy heart that I find out that Alan Titchmarsh, after 67 shows, has left my favorite (or maybe I should spell that favourite) British DIY show - Ground Force. The show will go on with Charlie Dimmock, Tommy Walsh and Will Shanahan with the new addition of Kirsty King. It won't be the same, but I'll have to watch to see if the show can still hold together without Alan. I guess we'll find that out relatively soon as the crew should be coming stateside any month now to start shooting Ground Force America!

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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.

posted at 09:44 AM | Link | Mundane § |
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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Sunday, January 19, 2003

What was she thinking?

Actress Lara Flynn Boyle arrives at the 60th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 19, 2003. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith Actress Lara Flynn Boyle arrives for the 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. , on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Actress Sharon Stone arrives at the 60th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 19, 2003. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith Actress Sharon Stone blows kisses as she arrives at the 60th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 19, 2003. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith Actress Sharon Stone arrives for the 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. , on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Did anybody catch Lara Flynn Boyle on the Golden Globe Awards tonight? What was she thinking? Ditto for the much too giggly Sharon Stone.

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Saturday, January 18, 2003

Trading Spaces Las Vegas Live Reveal

Trading Spaces

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Wednesday, January 15, 2003

Celebrity Mole Hawaii - Episode 2

Celebrity Mole Hawaii

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Touched by CBS

According to CNN, CBS has canceled "Touched by an Angel".

*yawn*

It was still on the air???

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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...

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

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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Friday, December 13, 2002

GROUND FORCE AMERICA

BBC America Ground Force
I think this is so cool! My favorite show on BBC America is Ground Force. They are going to shoot a new series - Ground Force America! Yes, they are coming here for surprise garden makeovers! They are planning to film this February in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and this May in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Washington, D.C. The potential problem that could kill the viewership of the show? No Alan Titchmarsh! That's just not right! On the flipside, you will get Charlie Dimmock, Tommy Walsh, and Will Shanahan. They are accepting applications now to be one of the gardens!

posted at 09:34 PM | Link | TV § |

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.

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Sunday, December 01, 2002

Chariot Race 2002

Imagine recreating Chariot Racing from 500 B.C. in 2002. TLC is running a short documentary series Chariot Race 2002 where they actually do this - setting up a Circus, building chariots and training drivers and horses. Way cool.

posted at 09:26 PM | Link | TV | 1 comment § |

Thursday, November 28, 2002

Changing Rooms on TLC

Changing Rooms
TLC is running the BBC America's Changing Rooms marathon. It's really odd, though. Changing Rooms is a half-hour show, but TLC has edited together two episodes into an hour show. Weird. Why couldn't they leave the format alone? is it just because Trading Spaces is an hour?

posted at 06:51 PM | Link | TV § |

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.

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Monday, November 18, 2002

Trading Spaces in Changing Rooms Backyard

Trading Spaces Changing Rooms
Our favorite DIY show is Changing Rooms, now in their 6th year on the BBC, but also being broadcast in the U.S. on BBC America (Even tough it's been 6 years and 100 episodes, I don't know what a "season" is over there as they are broadcasting the 10th "Series" episodes on BBC America). Anyway, TLC is going to broadcast Changing Rooms on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28th, from 5 to 11 pm/et. (Wow... that's 12 episodes!) Why are they doing this? Well, on November 30. TLC is broadcasting a Trading Spaces in London, using Paige as the host and Genevieve and Hildi as the designers, but using "Handy" Andy Kane from Changing Rooms as the carpenter. I really enjoy Changing Rooms more than Trading Spaces, so this should be interesting... On a different note, Somebody wrote in the Trading Spaces Message Boards about TS being near them in San Antonio, and took some pictures as well.

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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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Darrian Chapman

Darrian Chapman
Chicago lost a sportscaster today. Darrian Chapman at NBC5 died from a massive heart attack at age 37 before playing at his weekly hockey game. He was a gregarious guy on air, and you can tell how much he loved sports and how much he loved the city. It was a shock to a lot of the sports people in town.

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Friday, October 25, 2002

Love... exciting and new...

This sunday, the Pacific Princess - the original "Love Boat" - after 27 years of service, sails for the final time. It was introduced in 1975 and carried 640 passengers - "intimate" by today's standard of about 2,500. While in duty, she carried about 600,000 passengers on crusies for Princess Cruises. The Love Boat was only on the air at ABC for 9 years.

A new Pacific Princess is set to sail next year throughout French Polynesia and the wider Pacific region.

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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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Friday, September 27, 2002

The Palms

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation The Palms Limited Edition $5 chip (Obverse) The Palms Limited Edition $5 chip (Reverse)
Other than last night's CSI being the season premiere, it was also notable for another reason - it was one of the first times they shot inside (and referred to) a real casino - The Palms (instead of the fake "Tangiers"). To commemorate this, The Palms issued a limited edition chip series based on CSI. I got a $5 chip in the mail to add to my collection from my buddies at Old Vegas Chips this afternoon.

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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

Shirtless Top 10

Late Show with David Letterman
Dave just isn't letting it go.... tonight's Top 10 List:

Top Ten Shirtless Father And Son Explanations

10. He was obstructing our view
9. Autographed Tom Gamboa baseball would be worth more if he were dead
8. We're sorry, you'll have to talk to our shirtless lawyer
7. You try staying in your seat during a White Sox-Royals game
6. Dr. Phil says fathers and sons form stronger bonds when they commit senseless acts of violence
5. When two shirtless idiots can't attack anyone they want, the terrorists have won
4. People do crazy things after nine beers
3. For generations our family has proudly beaten first-base coach Tom Gamboa
2. Getting in shape for hockey dad season
1. Couple Mets players gave us some crazy weed, man

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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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Friday, September 06, 2002

The Isotopes

Albuquerque Isotopes
Do you remember an episode of The Simpsons from March 4, 2001 called "Hungry Hungry Homer"? Homer discovers that the owner of the Springfield Isotopes baseball team has a secret plan to move the team to Albuquerque. Now, in reality. Albuquerque doesn't have a baseball team. Well, they did - the Triple-A Dukes skipped town about about three years ago to go to Portland. Starting next year, however, the Calgary Cannons, the Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Florida Marlins, is moving to New Mexico to become - you guessed it - the Albuquerque Isotopes! (I wonder if they'll sell Duff beer...)

posted at 10:39 PM | Link | Baseball § |

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.

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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).

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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.

posted at 08:41 AM | Link | Survivor § |

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

posted at 09:04 PM | Link | The Mole § |

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.

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

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