The Week: Most Recent Reality TV:Reality TV recent posts.en-usThu, 24 Jan 2013 13:55:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Reality TV:Reality TV from THE WEEKThu, 24 Jan 2013 13:55:00 -050010 celebrities who turned down Dancing with the Stars<img src="" /></P><p>Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is probably desperate for a little positive buzz in the wake of admitting to Oprah that he used performance-enhancing drugs &mdash; but at least for now, he's not reality-TV desperate. <em>Entertainment Weekly</em> reports that Armstrong has declined an offer to compete on the next season of ABC's immensely popular reality series <em>Dancing With the Stars</em>. Of course, Armstrong is hardly the first "star" to resist the glittery allure of the dancing competition; over the past few years, the long-running reality show has reached out to many, many famous folks who could use the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Thu, 24 Jan 2013 13:55:00 -0500Stars Earn Stripes: Should war be entertainment?<img src="" /></P><p>When Archbishop Desmond Tutu and eight of his fellow Nobel Peace laureates take the time to chew someone out, something must be amiss. Tutu and company penned an open letter to NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt, demanding that the network cancel its new reality TV series, <em>Stars Earn Stripes</em>. The competition show, which premiered on Monday to mediocre ratings, pairs extremely minor celebrities &mdash; including Todd Palin and actor Dean Cain &mdash; with former members of the U.S. armed forces to undergo intense, simulated military training. Though the series' faux combat missions are intended...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 14 Aug 2012 15:14:00 -0400Should Olympian Ryan Lochte get his own reality TV show?<img src="" /></P><p>What do you do after you've won Olympic gold? Well, if you're Ryan Lochte, you get on the reality TV circuit. The hard-partying swimmer is out of the pool, done with the London clubs, and reportedly planning a move from Florida to Los Angeles. According to his agent, Lochte is fielding offers to appear on <em>Dancing with the Stars</em> and <em>The Bachelor</em>, and rumors are swirling that he's even considering his own reality series. (Meanwhile, his fierce competitor Michael Phelps has already beaten Lochte to the reality punch, scoring a show on the Golf Channel about his putting abilities.) Here, a guide to...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 13 Aug 2012 18:18:00 -0400Honey Boo Boo: America's littlest sweetheart, or 'its worst nightmare'?<img src="" /></P><p>As if <em>Toddlers and Tiaras</em> weren't alarming enough, TLC has given its most eyebrow-raising contestant &mdash; 6-year-old Alana Thompson, also known as Honey Boo Boo &mdash; her own reality show. Debuting this week, the pint-sized Southern pageant star's instantly controversial program, <em>Here Comes Honey Boo Boo</em> (watch trailer below), tracks Alana and her eccentric Georgia family &mdash; dad Sugar Bear, mom June, and big sisters Pumpkin, Chickadee, and Chubbs &mdash; as they attend the local "Redneck Games," go to auctions to stock up on discount junk food, fart with pride, and generally defy the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 10 Aug 2012 13:18:00 -0400Will Bravo's Silicon Valley reality show be a hit?<img src="" /></P><p>Reality TV isn't just for misbehaving housewives, tattooed chefs, and bachelors on the prowl. Silicon Valley techies are getting a shot at small-screen fame, too, as Bravo is shooting a reality series tentatively called <em>Silicon Valley</em>, produced by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's sister Randi and inspired by the 2010 hit movie&nbsp;<em>The Social Network</em>. Randi Zuckerberg says the show will inspire more people to pursue the "entrepreneurial American dream" of launching a startup that becomes the digital era's next big thing. Startup entrepreneurs reportedly fear the show will make their industry...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 11 Jul 2012 13:33:00 -0400Just how loathsome is The Choice?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Fox's <em>The Choice</em> is a new dating show that cheekily ripoffs NBC's singing competition <em>The Voice</em> &mdash; with none of the latter's breakout potential. Hosted by <em>So You Think You Can Dance</em>'s Cat Deele, <em>The Choice</em> sits "celebrity" bachelors &mdash;&nbsp;last night's episode starred <em>Jersey Shore</em>'s Pauly D, rapper/<em>Dancing With the Stars</em> alum Romeo, Dean Cain, and <em>General Hospital</em>'s Jason Cook &mdash; in <em>The Voice</em>'s famous swivel chairs with their backs to the stage while single women make appeals to be their dates. If the men like what they hear, they spin their chairs around &mdash; it's <em>The Dating...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 08 Jun 2012 14:40:00 -0400Burning Love: Jennifer Aniston's hysterical Bachelor parody cameo<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><strong>The video: </strong>Mark Orlando is looking for love. His criteria for the woman of his dreams? She "can make me laugh, but isn't afraid of robots. Maybe somebody... ethnic." So begins Yahoo's new <em>Bachelor</em>-skewering web series <em>Burning Love</em>, which takes the conceit of the confoundingly popular dating show &mdash; 20 gorgeous women fall implausibly head-over-heels for a wealthy, attractive man they just met, and compete for his affection &mdash; and mercilessly parodies it. (Watch the video below.) The spoof features an unusual array of contestants: A blind girl, an 84-year-old, a pregnant flight attendant...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 06 Jun 2012 17:10:00 -0400Breaking Pointe: TV's classiest reality show?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">From Snooki to the Real Housewives, most breakout reality TV stars are known for their petulant bickering and habit of tossing drinks in each other's faces. But pli<span class="s1">&eacute;</span>s and pirouettes? The CW is attempting to elevate the reality TV genre with <em>Breaking Pointe</em>, a new six-episode series that showcases the demanding training and brutal stakes faced by the dancers at Salt Lake City's Ballet West dance company. (Watch a trailer below.) The first episode, which premieres Thursday, focuses on the tense renewals and cancellations of the dancers' yearly contracts. But can <em>Breaking Pointe</em>, which is produced...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 31 May 2012 16:30:00 -0400Howard Stern's America's Got Talent debut: Was he too nice?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Legendary shock jock Howard Stern made his debut as a judge on NBC's performance competition, <em>America's Got Talent</em>, on Monday night. Did the network get its $20 million worth? (That's the amount NBC reportedly shelled out to land the self-proclaimed King of All Media as a replacement for Piers Morgan, who left the show at the end of last season.) The Parents Television Council had previously raised a fuss over Stern's hiring, arguing that the radio host's crude, bawdy humor doesn't belong on the family-friendly primetime show. Stern himself teased, <span class="s1">"These executives at NBC must be out of their...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 15 May 2012 14:22:00 -0400Will Britney Spears and Demi Lovato revitalize The X Factor?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">After weeks of speculation, Fox confirmed Demi Lovato and Britney Spears as the newest judges of its reality singing competition <em>The X Factor </em>during the network's annual upfronts presentation to critics and advertisers on Monday afternoon. The two pop stars will join Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid on the panel, replacing Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul, who were fired after the show's first season. Both new hires are unlikely choices: 19-year-old Lovato is a former Disney Channel star with only a few mainstream radio hits, while Spears (who will reportedly earn $15 million for one year on the show...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 14 May 2012 17:51:00 -0400Who should win The Voice?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">This year's breakout reality TV star isn't a particular person, but rather the hit singing competition <em>The Voice</em>. NBC's <em>American Idol</em> rival has outdrawn its Fox counterpart&nbsp;in the ratings, and received rave reviews from critics. On Monday night, the show's four remaining contestants competed in the finals for a shot at a record contract and big cash prize, with the winner to be announced Tuesday, after Americans vote. One performer from each celebrity coach's team is left: Christina Aguilera's Chris Mann (a classically trained opera singer); Blake Shelton's Jermaine Paul (an R&amp;B talent...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 08 May 2012 15:30:00 -0400The Bachelor's 'shocking' racial discrimination lawsuit: A guide<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">In the combined 23 seasons of ABC's reality TV dating shows <em>The Bachelor</em> and <em>The Bachelorette</em> &mdash; which follow one bachelor or bachelorette on his or her search for a soulmate &mdash; there has never been a man or woman of color handing out roses to potential mates. Fed up with what they argue is racial discrimination, two African-American men who once auditioned for <em>The Bachelor</em> are filing a "shocking" class action lawsuit against ABC. Do they have a solid case? Here, a brief guide to the suit:</p><p class="p1"><strong>How do these shows work?<br /></strong><em>The Bachelor</em>, which debuted on ABC in 2002, presents a single, supposedly...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 18 Apr 2012 16:17:00 -0400Bear Grylls' 6 craziest Man vs. Wild moments: A video roundup<img src="" /></P><p>Man is leaving the wild: After six years, the Discovery Channel is ending its relationship with Bear Grylls, the star of its ceaselessly fascinating hit docuseries <em>Man vs. Wild</em>. (According to <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em>, the breakup is reportedly over Grylls' refusal to participate in two other projects called for in his contract.) Over the nearly 70-episode span of the show &mdash; which follows the former British Special Forces member as he fights his way out of precarious wilderness situations using few tools &mdash; Grylls clashed with alligators in the Everglades, plunged naked into a frozen Siberian...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 14 Mar 2012 18:35:00 -0400Fashion Star: Another 'cheap Project Runway knockoff'?<img src="" /></P><p>Ever since the fashion design competition<em> Project Runway</em> became an unmitigated success, a parade of reality TV shows attempting to replicate its formula &mdash; <em>The Fashion Show</em>, <em>Launch My Line</em>, <em>Mad Fashion</em> &mdash; have stumbled down the catwalk. Is NBC's newest reality series <em>Fashion Star</em>, which debuts Tuesday night, simply another "cheap <em>Project Runway</em> knockoff?" Hosted by Elle MacPherson, the reality competition puts its twist on the <em>Runway</em> format by asking the question, "Who besides a supermodel would ever wear this stuff?" Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie, and designer John Varvatos mentor contestants...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 13 Mar 2012 17:18:00 -0400Would Britney Spears make a worthwhile X Factor judge?<img src="" /></P><p>After this winter's <em>X Factor</em> bloodbath, which found Simon Cowell firing two of his three fellow judges on the fledgling reality TV singing competition (Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger), the media has been speculating furiously about their replacements. Bold-faced names from Nicki Minaj to Katy Perry to Janet Jackson have been rumored for the judging gigs, with the latest reports naming Britney Spears as a leading contender. Though the pop diva was reportedly offered $10 million, on par with Jennifer Lopez's <em>American Idol </em>paycheck, she's apparently demanding twice that amount. Would hiring Spears...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 12 Mar 2012 12:19:00 -0400ABC's Duets: Another singing competition?<img src="" /></P><p>With <em>American Idol</em>, <em>The Voice</em>, <em>The X Factor</em>, <em>The Sing-Off</em>, and <em>America's Got Talent</em> all vying for viewers and the country's most talented vocalists, reality TV singing competitions are already flooding the airwaves. That's not stopping ABC from getting in the game. The network announced that it's launching its own rival program called <em>Duets</em>, a crossbreed of <em>American Idol</em> and <em>The Voice</em>. The formula: Music stars Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Ritchie, Robin Thicke, and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles (three of which, coincidentally, recently guest-coached on<em> The Voice</em>) will travel the country seeking out vocal...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 09 Mar 2012 13:50:00 -0500