Thursday, April 28, 2005

THE SCHOLAR to Premiere June 6 on ABC

The opportunity of a lifetime is about to come true for one of America´s best and brightest high school students in an original, new, one-hour unscripted series that will send the winner to a top-rated university, all expenses paid.

Filmed on location at the University of Southern California, THE SCHOLAR will be the first show ever to celebrate higher education as the ultimate American prize.

From award-winning producers Steve Martin, Joan Stein, Jon Murray (THE REAL WORLD, THE SIMPLE LIFE), Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner (THAT 70's SHOW, ROSEANNE, THE COSBY SHOW), the six-episode series will premiere Monday, June 6, (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

For the chance at a full ride to the college of their choice, ten qualified high school seniors - who might not otherwise have an opportunity to attend one of America´s top universities - will compete for a full scholarship, a prize valued at $250,000. They will have to demonstrate excellence in the areas of academics, leadership, creativity and community service, while facing sudden-death oral exams defending themselves to an Ivy League scholarship committee.

THE SCHOLAR contestants include:

Max C., Oakland, CA
Alyssa D., Yuba City, CA
Amari H., St. Charles, MO
Melissa H., Tarzana, CA
Davis L., Memphis, TN
Scot P., New Freedom, PA
Jerald T., Commerce, TX
Jeremy T., Westminster, CA
Liz W., Buhl, ID
Milana Z., Fresh Meadows, NY

The $250,000 college scholarship will be donated by philanthropist Eli Broad.

Hosted by Rob Nelson, THE SCHOLAR was filmed in and around the Los Angeles-based campus of the University of Southern California.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Casting Call for FIX MY HUSBAND

Nominate your husband to be on ABC´s new show, FIX MY HUSBAND!

Finally... a reality show with a heart, a mission, and a lot of laughs! FIX MY HUSBAND is a light-hearted look at common problems that many husbands have, even if they refuse to admit it.

Is your husband a workaholic? Has all the romance in your marriage disappeared? Has your husband become so comfortable in the marriage that he no longer looks like the man you married? If so, we want to meet him!

FIX MY HUSBAND is now seeking married couples over the age of 21 in which wives send their husbands to us for a friendly kick in the butt! Over the course of just one week, selected husbands will learn priceless pointers that will enhance their marriage, and more importantly, keep their wives happy.

For every couple that participates in FIX MY HUSBAND, a custom storybook ending await...!

If you live in the New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut area, please call 917-678-9996; for the Greater Minneapolis area, please call 612-339-6141.

You may also email us at Please be sure to include a photo of you and your spouse and a brief explanation of why you would like to nominate your husband. Those with serious issues need not apply: NO alcohol, violence, or drugs.

An application is available at:

Monday, April 25, 2005


Meet deserving couple Kyle Garlett and Carrie Riordan, whose heart warming story of love and courage inspires an incredible team of wedding planners and designers - dubbed the "I Do Crew" - to throw the wedding of their dreams in just three days, on EXTREME MAKEOVER WEDDING EDITION, Monday, May 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Groom Kyle Garlett, 33, is the very face of courage: A four-time cancer survivor, he has spent most of his teenage and adult life in and out of hospital. The toll of ongoing chemotherapy has destroyed his heart, and he is currently waiting for a heart transplant to save his life. Our bride, Carrie Riordan, 29, is a community activist and marathon runner who met our groom when she was training for a charity run for the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society in 2002. Despite their deep love, they´ve been unable to have a wedding due to costs they will incur with the heart transplant.

The couple get the surprise of their lives on the grounds of City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, CA, where Kyle has received medical treatment for the last several years and where the ceremony is to take place. To prepare for the big event, celebrity dance choreographer Cris Judd teaches Kyle, who has never danced with Carrie, moves for their first dance together as husband and wife. And to keep the fun going, Kyle's favorite hometown team, the Kansas City Chiefs, sends one of their own, Tony Gonzalez, to help celebrate at his bachelor party. Bride Carrie wears a custom made wedding gown by cancer survivor Amy Michelson, and is covered in diamonds by Tacori, as is her entire bridal party, creating a spectacular sparkle effect during a ceremony that is lit by 1000 candles.

The theme of the reception is "Christmas in New York," to combine the couple´s favorite city and holiday - marking a milestone in Kyle´s life as, at one point, he wasn´t expected to live past Christmas. A New York City skyline is built to create Christmas-decorated store fronts, and Kristi Yamaguchi helps install a synthetic ice skating rink which can stand the California heat, built to resemble the famous rink at Rockefeller Center. To complete the New York at Christmastime theme, snow falls at the reception and the newlyweds, surrounded by 150 family and friends - who were flown in within 48 hours - dine under 10,000 strands of twinkle lights on filet mignon and lobster. To top it off, legendary Liza Minnelli performs the classic "New York, New York" at the newly married couple´s reception.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Second Season Of BLOW OUT To Premiere On Bravo June 7

After renowned hairstylist Jonathan Antin opened Jonathan Salon Beverly Hills last year with great success, great drama and a season finale capturing over one million viewers on Bravo, viewers can delve into Antin´s new career ambitions, the lives of his talented stylists, and the new Jonathan Product team with the second-season premiere of BLOW OUT on Tuesday, June 7 (9-10 p.m. ET).

In addition, Antin turns his sights on the global market as he plans the worldwide launch of his multi-million dollar hair care line, Jonathan Product. It´s his latest and most taxing undertaking yet -- and ripe with all the tears, trials and tension tailor-made for intriguing television this summer.

"This new line could make me bigger than Vidal Sassoon, but if Jonathan Product doesn´t hit the shelves in a few months we could all lose everything," says Antin in the season premiere episode. "I could lose my house, my car, my salons, my employees. I could come out the biggest hairstylist in history and a multi-millionaire or I could lose the shirt off my back."

It´s been a year since the grand opening of Jonathan Salon Beverly Hills and Antin´s dream of establishing a presence in the beauty capital of the world was realized. Now, he´s poised to make his impact on the hair care industry with the launch of Jonathan Product, the culmination of years of experience and his innate knowledge of the products needed to accentuate a perfect cut. It´s a risky endeavor for any company, and an even greater one for the individual whose name is on it, and whose livelihood is dependent on its success.

Red-eye flights, hourly calls - it´s just the beginning of what´s demanded of Antin and the team, led by established beauty experts Beth Ann Catalano and Tina Hedges, as he prepares for the launch of Jonathan Product. And the clock is ticking - the timeline for the launch of Antin´s product line is just three months.

And while Jonathan Product has been available for purchase in Antin´s salons for years, the growing pains experienced as the tried-and-true products are finessed and re-branded are no less grueling - especially when Antin´s artistic sensibility clashes with hard deadlines. The process is further complicated when a test of wills ensues between the exacting stylist and the cocky design guru who has no qualms about challenging the hairstylist´s own creative vision.

The pressures weigh heavily on Antin - a man not afraid to cry. What drives the passionate stylist and entrepreneur and what is the personal cost of success. To answer that question, season two takes viewers inside Antin´s private therapy sessions, as well as explores his relationships with girlfriend Sescie, and his sister and best friend Robin Antin, creator of the Pussycat Dolls.

Also joining Antin are his talented stylists, but who remains from the first season and who was let go. New faces will also be introduced as season two follows Antin as he bounces back and forth between his Beverly Hills and West Hollywood locations in an effort to keep both businesses running smoothly. The audience will see an overextended Antin struggling to keep it all in check as he pushes himself, his stylists, and the Jonathan Product executive team to the brink of success, all in the name of good hair.

As a teenager, Antin was inspired to become a stylist by Warren Beatty´s role as the sexy, lady-loving George Roundy in the hit film SHAMPOO. He dropped out of Beverly Hills High to enroll in the Fairfax Beauty Academy, where he quickly landed a job at a trendy West Hollywood salon. Like Beatty´s character, Antin´s smoldering good looks and charisma, combined with his unique fashion sense proved irresistible. Within a few years, he claimed the salon as his own - garnering a list of celebrity clientele rivaling the best in the business. With the successful opening of Jonathan Salon Beverly Hills, Antin´s brand and presence in the beauty industry continues to grow as he looks to also expand and market his own product line, Jonathan Product.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Tommy Lee´s Reality Show To Premiere On NBC This Fall

In an interview with NEWS & RECORD, Motley Crew´s Tommy Lee has indicated that his new reality show will premiere on NBC the same time his solo album is released this fall.

"It's really fun. It´s your basic fish out of water - rock star goes to college. Just picture me in middle America - Lincoln, Nebraska - and the possibilities are endless"

Tommy continued in the article and said that "I fully just did the full-blown college experience for a semester. Tested, studied, partied - did the whole shebang."

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Rob And Ambers Wedding To Be On CBS May 24

Published reports are indicating that SURVIVOR ALL-STARS and AMAZING RACE 7 couple Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich were offically married this past weekend.

And on Amber´s official website, she is also indicating that that their wedding will be televised Tuesday, May 24 on CBS.

The Website states:

"THE BIG DAY! You´re invited to view Amber & Rob´s wedding, to be broadcast on CBS from 9 - 11 p.m.!" 

New Reality Show SUPER AGENT Premiering July 22 on Spike TV

USC All American defensive lineman Shaun Cody is asking for an NFL team to ´show him the money.´ Fortunately, he has NFL All-Pro Tony Gonzalez and Spike TV to help. Cody, a future millionaire and blue-chip NFL draft pick will decide between nine prominent sports agents angling to represent him in SUPER AGENT, a new, original eight-episode series on Spike TV premiering Friday, July 22 (10:00 - 11:00pm ET/PT).

Gonzalez, the Kansas City Chiefs´ future Hall of Fame tight end, will serve as host and provide council to Cody as he puts the nine agents through a litany of challenges and tasks to ultimately represent him.

"This series lifts the curtain on the intriguing decision-making process top athletes go through in deciding on an agent," said Kevin Kay, Executive Vice President, Programming and Production, Spike TV.

The tasks the various agents will be judged will showcase their skills in negotiating deals, evaluating football talent, and handling personal relationships with friends and families. From the sidelines of the Senior Bowl, to Super Bowl hospitality tents, to Cody´s living room in Hacienda, CA, Spike TV´s cameras will follow the agents in their quest to land the multi-million dollar client.

In each episode, a different agent who fails to impress Cody in the assigned task will be eliminated. Gonzalez will serve as his trusted advisor and mentor through the process and will be on hand in each episode to share his eight years of NFL experience in dealing with agents with his younger neophyte. The winning agent is selected on the final episode. The series culminates on the NFL Draft Day as Cody receives the most anticipated call of his life - from his new NFL team.

"The most critical business decision a college athlete makes when becoming a professional athlete is choosing his agent," adds Gonzalez.

Gonzalez, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, has spent his entire eight-year career with the Kansas City Chiefs and is regarded as the game's preeminent tight end. In 2004, he became the first tight end in NFL history to record over 100 receptions in one season. Gonzalez grew up in Huntington Beach, CA and was the rare athlete to play both Division I football and basketball at the University of California at Berkeley.

Monday, April 18, 2005

KISS Member Gene Simmons Shooting Reality TV Show

On the website, KISS Member Gene Simmons is indicating that he has been shooting a Reality Television Show for his good friends at A&E TV.

The show follows Gene around the world in his comings and going and includes his two midgets, Soph and Nick, as well as the ever beautiful and forever charming Shannon (to whom he has been happily unmarried for almost 22 years!!!).

According to the website, A&E is the same place they did the GENE SIMMONS BIO 24/7 Special last year.

The series follows the team to Las Vegas, where Gene attends the Computer Show at the Convention Center and the AVN Awards, where Gene escorting the beautiful Taylor Wayne. Other scenes include a trip to New Orleans for the Mardi Gras - covering the madness of the city and climbing up with on a float, which is paraded throughout the city.

At this time, no date has been scheduled for the show´s premiere.

MTV And SEVENTEEN Magazine Announces Casting Call for OPERATION SEVENTEEN

SEVENTEEN and MTV are searching for fun, motivated girls who´d make the perfect, all-American role models.

If this sounds like you (or someone you know), enter the contest and you could be on the MTV reality show to compete for amazing prizes like a college scholarship, an appearance on the cover of SEVENTEEN, and internship at the magazine, and more!

If you are 18 or older, and enrolled in school or planning to enroll next year, you´re eligible to apply now!

To apply for this competition, you must:
a) be at least 18 years old
b) be enrolled or planning to enroll in school for the fall
c) download and complete the application by going to
d) get two letters of recommendation - one from a peer and one from a teacher or employer

You may apply to this competition in one of two ways:
1) Application via mail:
If you choose to apply this way, you must send us a package containing:
- your completed application
- your letters of recommendation
- a 5-10 minute videotape, on VHS or mini-DV. No other formats will be accepted. Your home tape should consist of the following: a personal introduction, telling us who you are and giving us a picture of your life; a summary of your goals and achievements; why you truly need this scholarship/experience to achieve your goals;and anything else you think we need to know. Relax, have fun, and let your personality shine through. Please remember that this is a movie starring you - you should be in front of the camera talking to it, not acting as the director behind the scenes. You are not being judged on the professionalism of this video, but please double-check before sending it to us that a) we can hear you (i.e. the tape/camera had functional sound when you filmed) and b) we can see you (i.e. there was enough light while you were filming that we can see you clearly)
- a photocopy of your driver´s license or other state or government issued ID with a photo and your date of birth
- at least two photos of yourself. One should be a clear closeup of your face, the other should be a full-length shot


Mail applications to:
MTV´s Seventeen Magazine Casting
2600 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica Ca 90404

2) Application via Open Call

You may also come to an open call. If you do, you should download and fill out the application, and bring it, along with your letters of recommendation and two photos (one closeup of your face, one full-length of your body) to one of our open call locations, dates, times, and locations TBD.

Sunday, April 17, 2005 Announces Eleven Former APPRENTICE Cast Members for THE APPRENTICE CRUISE

UPDATED - April 17, 2005

Join former cast members of the hit series THE APPRENTICE, and sail from New York City aboard Carnival´s Trump World Legend September 26 - October 4, 2005! After a VIP bon voyage party featuring "The Chairman" himself, Donald Trump, you´ll leave the Manhattan skyline in the distance, sailing for exotic Caribbean ports-of-call. You´ll be entertained in Trump World style with gala events, luxurious receptions and over-the-top parties. Rub elbows with past cast members and get to know thousands of other fans while you test your competitive edge at our "APPRENTICE-type" activities and contests - come ready to win!

You´ve seen them on TV. Now, be there in person to see what it takes to become The Apprentice. Donald Trump chose these achievers out of 1 million applicants. Now they´re sailing on The Apprentice Legend Cruise, and you have the opportunity to get up close and personal. Get the behind-the-scenes scoop, learn about their career strategies, and sign up for a chance to compete in the onboard Apprentice Legend Cruise Competition. They are the judges, and the Grand Prize is big!

Up to 15 cast members from THE APPRENTICE will be onboard for 8 days, participating and mingling with APPRENTICE fans. Will your favorite cast member be there? has released the names of eleven former APPRENTICE contestants who are scheduled to participate.

Amy Henry

Age: 30

Residence: Austin, TX

Marital Status: Married

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration, Texas A&M University; MBA, Texas Christian University

Amy Henry was the "last woman standing" on the first season of THE APPRENTICE. A born and bred Texan, Amy has made her mark on the Lone Star State in which she has developed her own consulting company and is a sought-after public speaker, workshop leader, and business consultant.In addition to her business ventures, Amy serves as an active volunteer for St. David´s Foundation and Camp Periwinkle, and is a spokesperson for The American Heart Association. She´s also on the Board of Directors of GENAustin.

Audrey Evans

Age: 22

Residence: Salt Lake City, UT

Marital Status: Married

Education: Certified Real Estate Professional

Audrey Evans knows what it takes to survive. After high school, Audrey did not have the opportunity to continue her education. She was determined to succeed, and became one of the youngest certified real estate agents in Utah. Coming from the Street Smarts team, and with the experience of THE APPRENTICE on her side, Audrey is expanding her business projects into the non-profit arena. She is currently working on starting an organization called "A Day on the Job," which helps underprivileged kids gain experience in the business community.


Age: 29

Residence: Wildwood, NJ

Marital Status: Single

Education: South Jersey Professional School of Business, Real Estate

Entrepreneur is not a big enough word for Brian McDowell. Brian was earning money as early as age 5. School was not just a place to learn—it was a place to do business. At 21, Brian sold his successful landscaping company, moved to New Jersey, started a retail novelty business, and trademarked and branded "GLOWLITES." As if that wasn´t enough, this self-made millionaire received his real estate license and now runs a real estate company servicing Cap May County, New Jersey. Brian is a risk-taker. Don´t miss the opportunity to talk with one of Trump´s chosen few on THE APPRENTICE Legend Cruise.


Age: 31

Residence: Virginia Beach, VA

Marital Status: Single

Education: MBA, Specialty Studies in Entrepreneurial Marketing, Regent University, Virginia

Season 2 of THE APPRENTICE had its share of outstanding leading women, including Maria Boren. Maria was the subject of one of the most surprising episodes of the season, when Mr. Trump fired two candidates on the same task. Beyond THE APPRENTICE, Maria carries a wealth of experience and accomplishments in her business life. She currently serves as the youngest vice president in the history of her company, Cornerstone Realty Income Trust. Where does her young success come from? A legacy handed down by a driven, full-time working role model (her mother), and her ability to keep her eye on her ever-evolving dream—a life based on balance.

Rob F

Age: 32

Residence: Frisco, TX

Marital Status: Married

Education: B.S., Kinesiology, University of Texas at Austin

Rob´s one episode on Season 2 of THE APPRENTICE definitely did not do him justice. After earning a football scholarship to Northeast Missouri State University—where he was a four-year letterman and three-time NCAA All Conference linebacker—and gaining a B.A. at the University of Texas, he and his wife founded Flanagan Enterprises, Inc. They´ve grown it into a multimillion-dollar business. In 2003, Flanagan Enterprises, Inc. partnered with HotLink Marketing, the industry leader in process automation software for leveraging corporate purchasing power, where he is currently Vice President of Sales in Dallas.

Michael T

Age: 25

Residence: Boston, MA

Marital Status: Single

Education: Secondary education, The Pingree School in South Hamilton, MA B.A., Communications, Boston College

Okay, so Michael can´t sell a massage on the streets of New York. His teammates agreed, and Michael heard those two words, "You´re Fired!" But Michael says there is much more to come from him. A standout on Season 3, Michael hails from Boston, where he started a real estate development and investment firm at the age of 23. Since his experience on THE APPRENTICE, Michael has continued to expand his ventures. Currently, he is launching TarshiBar, Inc., a chocolate manufacturing and distribution company, and is investing in a sushi/sake bar in Boston

Stacie J.

Age: 29

Residence: New York, NY

Marital Status: Single

Education: B.A., Emory University; M.B.A., Mercer University

Stacie J. is the multi-talented wildcard from Season 2. It is no wonder Stacie J. made a lasting impression on fans. She is a tough businesswoman and her female competitors were quick to put her to the test. With a diverse career in modeling, acting, and owning her own restaurant franchise, Stacie J. fits perfectly in New York´s playground. Her career started at 16 and by the end of grad school, she had opened her first restaurant. Stacie now owns a Subway Sandwich Shop franchise in Harlem and continues her professional modeling career with Ford Model Management.


Age: 28

Residence: Philadelphia, PA

Marital Status: Single

Education: B.S., Economics and B.A., History, Boston College

Fans of Season 2 will not likely forget Raj. With a very impressive list of qualifications, Raj showed his competitors his strengths stretch beyond the Boardroom. Most notable for his out-of-the-box fashion and keen eye for the ladies, Raj was able to bring humor to the most serious of tasks. With humor on his side, Raj has already proven himself as a business success. At age 23, he founded Automovia Technology Partners, which developed cutting-edge technology for automobiles. He later created Vanquish Enterprises, a real estate company, which acquired a hotel, retail and condo development in Vail, CO.

Jennifer C.

Age: 31

Residence: New York, NY

Marital Status: Single

Education: B.F.A., Syracuse University

Jenn C. is a competitor, to say the least. With beauty and brains, she showed fans of Season 2 that she is determined to have her share of success. Mr. Trump must have agreed when he chose her as part of the elite group. Mr. Trump himself stated, "She is very tough and she is very smart!" Jennifer has been a competitor since the age of nine. At 21, she launched her successful career as a magazine photo editor. Jennifer continued her career in true New York fashion by moving into the highly competitive real estate game and landing a position with one of the most prestigious firms in NY.


Age: 31

Residence: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Marital Status: Single

Education: J.D., Nova Southeastern Law School

It´s obvious why Bradford was an immediate standout in Season 2. He exudes leadership and confidence, and those qualities coupled with his successful dual career as a defense attorney and a real estate investor quickly put him on the favorites list, especially with his female competitors and teammates. However, taking one for the team in Episode 2 didn´t sit well with Mr. Trump, and his career as THE APPRENTICE was cut short. Bradford continues to grow his law practice, Bradford Cohen Law, and increase his real estate investments in Florida.


Age: 29

Residence: Los Angeles, CA

Marital Status: Single

Education: B.A., English, University of San Diego

Nick Warnock left a lasting impression as one of the "final four" from the original APPRENTICE. Good old-fashioned hard work put Nick´s career on the map, and his determination and natural selling skills secured him a golden opportunity in THE APPRENTICE. He was a hard worker, a tough boardroom competitor, and a charmer. Nick continues to diversify himself in his business and personal life. His experience on the hit show has led to many opportunities, including TV and film roles, speaking engagements across the country, and endorsements deals. On top of all this, he is currently filming a pilot for his own business show.

More information about THE APPRENTICE CRUISE is available at

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Another Cast Member Graduates From STARTING OVER

Bethany, a 21 year old real-life amnesiac who entered the STARTING OVER house with no recollection of her childhood or adolescence, has graduated in triumph from the acclaimed real-life daytime television drama distributed by NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution (syndicated, check local listings for time and station).

Bethany (last names of cast withheld) came to the attention of TV producers during a casting call held in Charlotte, NC in October 2004. Pained by the previous loss of childhood memories, and terrified by the possibility that amnesia could strike again at any time, Bethany lived a sheltered existence with her family before entering the STARTING OVER house. Bethany´s goal for her time on STARTING OVER was to get to know herself without relying on the memories of others.

With the support of the STARTING OVER life coaches Rhonda Britten and Iyanla Vanzant and Consulting Psychologist Dr. Stan J. Katz, Bethany experienced a variety of treatments to help her regain her memory, including hypnotherapy and a trip to her hometown. Much to her surprise and happiness, Bethany recovered some lost memories and clues about her past.

Even while she recovered bits of her past, Bethany worked to develop a sense of self in her present. During the STARTING OVER process she experimented with several new experiences, including dating (something which had previously terrified her), riding a motorcycle, and she was able to try out new appearances thanks to professional makeovers. She even received an unforgettable first kiss thanks to several stars from the NBC Daytime series PASSIONS. Bethany leaves the STARTING OVER house newly confident, self-aware, and bursting with beauty, inside and out.

In honor of her graduation, Bethany received an all-expenses-paid trip to New York, including a shopping spree with professional stylist and STARTING OVER graduate Andy Paige. She also received a gift card from Dell for a computer that will help her with her desire to pursue further education.

STARTING OVER features six diverse women living in a Hollywood Hills home and striving to improve their lives with the help of Life Coaches and a Consulting Psychologist. The daily one-hour, real-life drama chronicles their progress as they attempt to make extraordinary changes in their lives.

Each woman in the STARTING OVER cast is expected to reside in the STARTING OVER house for six to twelve weeks, depending on the scope of her "project" and her rate of progress toward her goal. Those women who achieve their goals graduate in triumph. Those who falter can be asked to leave the house.

Britney Spears And Husband Kevin Federline´s New UPN Series To Premiere May 17

UPN has announced that Britney Spears and husband Kevin Federline´s new UPN series will premiere with a special one-hour episode on Tuesday, May 17 at 9PM ET/PT.

The still untitled television series will share their personal love story though exclusive, never-before-seen private home videos they shot themselves during their courtship, engagement and wedding.

Casting Call - BOOK MILLIONAIRE, A New Reality TV Show Featuring Authors

BOOK MILLIONAIRE, a new reality TV show featuring authors seeking to publish fiction or non-fiction, announces an open casting call for the show´s debut season airing fall 2005. Eight people who want to become published writers or achieve best-selling celebrity status will meet with the BOOK MILLIONAIRE Publisher Committee in August 2005 to begin filming. The application deadline is July 31, 2005 - applications and details are available by going to

Host and Executive Producer Lori Prokop explained, "Successful authors are often interesting, unconventional people. Best-selling and celebrity status happens for authors because they have unique or entertaining ideas, writings and stories. They also have the abilities and personalities to get the attention of the readers. In addition to achieving best-selling status, this also makes for great TV."

BOOK MILLIONAIRE will feature candidate authors with varying experience from all walks of life. Whether looking to publish fiction or non-fiction, self-published and unpublished writers as well as those with rough manuscripts and book ideas are encouraged to apply.

The number of new books published per year has skyrocketed from 50,000 in 1985 to near 200,000 in 2004, many written by first-time writers. As famous book clubs like the Oprah Winfrey Book Club have given writers incredible success, the public´s interest in how to become a best-selling author has increased dramatically in a short period of time. It is estimated that for every new, published author, there are five other writers trying to make it. Combine the 1,000,000 writers a year interested in becoming published with the established appeal of reality TV and BOOK MILLIONAIRE is positioned to become the next big reality TV show hit.

In the first season, the candidates will be placed on multiple teams to compete in real-world book promotion assignments featuring prominent companies and currently published titles. Viewers will watch the drama unfold as the tests reveal the candidates´ personalities, marketing skills, creativity, result-producing talents and team-working abilities. The Publisher Committee, comprised of publishing and information product experts, will measure the success of these tasks.

"The mysterious veil of publishing will be lifted," Prokop continued. "Viewers will experience first-hand how best-selling authors are created. The real-life, how-to-publish information delivered in this highly entertaining way is going to make it happen for candidate authors and viewers alike."

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

THE APPRENTICE Season Three Finale on May 19

NBC has announced that the season three finale of THE APPRENTICE will be broadcast live from NYU´s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, May 19 from 9-10 p.m. ET/PT. The hour-long finale will feature the culmination of the final two tasks and the eagerly anticipated live boardroom hiring.

"I was very insistent on having a one-hour finale this season," said Donald Trump, Executive Producer. "Viewers want the live boardroom and they want to witness the excitement of the hiring. And that will be our focus this season-the completion of the task and the final live boardroom showdown."

Making the announcement from the atrium of Trump Tower in New York City, Trump revealed today that Bill Rancic, the original APPRENTICE winner whose one-year contract expires on April 15, would receive a one-year contract extension with The Trump Organization. In addition to Rancic´s existing responsibilities overseeing the construction of Trump Tower in Chicago, his expanded duties will include strategic development of other Trump properties across the country and in Mexico. Trump also confirmed that Rancic would return to the boardroom during season four of THE APPRENTICE filling in for George Ross and Carolyn Kepcher when they are on business trips.

"Bill has done an incredible job in the past year working for me," said Trump. "He´s so talented that I thought he might want to go out on his own and make millions. We´re lucky to have him back for another year and I can rest assured that my Chicago project is in the best of hands."

"I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Trump has afforded me in the past year," said Rancic. "He has truly taken me under his wing and exposed me to his distinct and incredibly successful way of doing business. It will be a privilege to spend another year with him."

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

BLOWIN´ UP! FATTY KOO To Premiere On May 2nd

In the music industry, the term "blowin´ up" signals a transition from struggling artist to bona fide player in the game. This spring, BET viewers will vicariously experience the journey of five diverse and multi-talented individuals determined to make their mark with the premiere of the network´s newest reality series, BLOWIN´ UP! FATTY KOO.

For thirteen episodes in this half-hour unscripted drama, BET´s cameras follow the lives of five kids from Columbus, Ohio who form the musical collective Fatty Koo and capture their struggle to break into the record biz. BLOWIN´ UP! FATTY KOO premieres on BET on Thursday, April 21st at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Photo Courtesy of UPN

Fatty Koo is five real people with the real pressures of school, family, love, religion, money and sex -- who fight and argue about everything except their music. Fatty Koo is a group not created in the halls of a record label, but organically and authentically. No Svengali calling the shots. No mega- studio. No penthouse. No bling-bling. They are a talented, multicultural ensemble of young artists who experience the highs and lows of making an album and establishing relationships. The members of Fatty Koo hooked up aboard the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, and working together as one created a unique fusion of R&B, hip-hop, Latin, jazz and pop that led them to score a record deal with Sony Urban/DAS/Columbia Records.

In BLOWIN´ UP! FATTY KOO, viewers meet Eddie B., Gabrielle, Marya, Ron and Valure where they live -- writing, rehearsing and recording back home in Columbus and New York City; dealing with differences in culture, values and upbringing; making gut-wrenching decisions about the direction of the group while waving away the trappings of show business; and trying to concentrate on their music while navigating the rocky waters of a tough industry. It´s a formula for great television and BET jumped at the opportunity to partner with Columbia Records to bring the Fatty Koo experience into the living rooms of the network´s viewing audience.

"These are real young people with talents and dreams," said Stephen Hill, Executive Producer and BET Executive Vice President, Entertainment and Music Programming. "As this describes many in our audience, we saw this highly entertaining show as a perfect fit for BET. Our viewers will be cheering ... and sometimes jeering the moves of these five kids. But the point is that the audience will be engaged. This story is that compelling."

The show´s executive producers also include David Sonnenberg, Academy Award-winning producer for "When We Were Kings," S.A. Baron of Orson Entertainment and Gary Fisher, Senior Vice President of Video Promotion and Television Programming for Columbia Records.

"This is a show about extremely talented people who have made great music," said Fisher. "We wanted to take a format of television that people were comfortable with, in reality programming, and turn up the volume. These kids are authentic and fun to watch with a great story to tell."

The Fatty Koo debut album, HOUSE OF FATTY KOO, is slated for release on Tuesday, July 12.

Reality Show THE MILLION DOLLAR RECIPE To Premiere On May 2nd

Bravo is following seven individuals on the ultimate quest for THE MILLION DOLLAR RECIPE, as they prepare and participate in America´s favorite cooking contest, the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest. The new original two-hour documentary is first in Bravo´s feature-length documentary strand. THE MILLION DOLLAR RECIPE premieres Monday, May 2 at 8:00 PM ET/PT.

In the world of competitive cooking, the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest, with its million dollar grand prize, is as big as the Oscars... in the eyes of those competing. So it´s only fitting that the 41st contest heats up in Hollywood, CA. One hundred mini-kitchens transform a giant ballroom into a kitchen arena, where one hundred finalists cook side-by-side competing for the one million dollar prize. THE MILLION DOLLAR RECIPE follows seven of the hopeful contestants all the way from their home kitchens to the dramatic Bake-Off Contest in Hollywood. Each contestant rides the emotional roller coaster of the event and tests themselves in the heat of battle.

The contestants profiled in THE MILLION DOLLAR RECIPE range from Sue, a woman who is a Yale graduate and Richard, a nearly seven-feet-tall man who is a master of Kentucky clog dancing. A dedicated housewife, Karen, sees the Bake-Off Contest as the ideal way to engage in the competition she loves, however, Sharon, a struggling single mom enters on a whim with the hope that winning the grand prize can change her life.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Reality Show Cast Member Commits Suicide

A new reality show based on the life of Las Vegas Elvis Impersonator, Jesse Garon, entitled, VEGAS ELVIS, became the second reality program in less than two months to suffer a cast member suicide. One of the show´s supporting cast members and producer, Melanie Bell, 36, became the third person and first woman to jump to her death from the outdoor observation tower of the Stratosphere in Las Vegas on Friday, March 25, 2005.

This news comes on the heels of another reality show tragedy that was recently suffered by NBC and its highly rated show, THE CONTENDOR. Unlike Najai Turpin of THE CONTENDOR, Bell´s family and friends knew she suffered from severe depression which stemmed from her battle with Anorexia. She was recently released from an undisclosed eating disorder clinic in Alabama where she had successfully gained almost forty pounds in less than six months. Bell worked as a producer on VEGAS ELVIS, a new first-of-its-kind experimental reality show that features the film crew as part of the featured cast, which is lead by Jesse Garon, known as "The Official Elvis of Las Vegas".

"Melanie was a beautiful person and now to me the Stratosphere will always be a Heart Break Hotel," said Garon.

Bell was often seen interviewing cast members and working out the day to day logistics of the show which had just finished filming the first four episodes the day before she took her own life.

"Melanie was a good friend and co-worker for many years and will be dearly missed," said Christopher Dreyer, creator of VEGAS ELVIS. "Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her family who should know that she was deeply loved by her fellow cast and crew in Las Vegas. It will take some time to heal from this tremendous heartache but I know Melanie would agree the show must go on."

VEGAS ELVIS, co-produced by Elvis Entertainment International and Los Angeles-based production company, The Dream Factory, intends to dedicate the reality show to Bell while also paying tribute to her in a later episode that correlates to the timeline of her tragic death.

Reality Show SHEER DALLAS To Premiere On April 15

The hit TV series DALLAS may be a thing of the past, but the city is still alive and well, full of rich, famous and fabulous people whose dynamic personalities exemplify the old saying that "everything's bigger in Texas." Get a glimpse behind the scenes when TLC invites viewers into the world of SHEER DALLAS - an insider´s look at the larger-than-life characters who make up the social strata of this first-class city.

Narrated by Larry Hagman, who played the infamous oil tycoon J.R. Ewing from the long-running series Dallas (CBS, 1978-1991), the six episodes of SHEER DALLAS weave together a whirlwind tale of drama and emotion as the cream of the Dallas crop spend, flirt and sell their way through the city´s social season.

Meet Carolyn Shamis, the millionaire real estate agent who says, "Real estate is show business and I have it down" - businesswoman and author Dee Simmons and her daughter D´Andra, whose elaborate "Sultan Meets Queen Elizabeth" wedding was the event of the year - and Steve Kemble, the flamboyant event planner who is the party pick for society events in Dallas. SHEER DALLAS taps into the real stories of these outsized personalities usually seen only in soap operas. The lives of the SHEER DALLAS characters intersect at Salon Pompeo, the place to be plucked, waxed, dyed and dried in the city. Salon owner Deanna Dipizio rules the roost over a stable of colorful stylists and even more colorful patrons.

Friday, April 08, 2005

The Controversial Star of THE AMAZING RACE Shreds Her Gear For PLAYBOY

PLAYBOY readers who recall Victoria Fuller´s appearance as Miss January 1996 will be delighted to see that she remains as alluring as ever.

Victoria and her husband, Jonathan, had high hopes of success when they embarked on TV´s THE AMAZING RACE, but the pressure of competition and the stress of being constantly on camera proved to be a combustible combination. Though the couple did not win, they managed to strengthen their relationship.

The former Playboy Playmate is now re-appearing in the MAY 2005 edition of PLAYBOY, which is currently on sale at newstands nationwide.

Victoria is also being featured in ads for the store

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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Open Casting Call Announced for TREASURE HUNTERS

NBC is currently casting for its unscripted TREASURE HUNTERS - the new, quest-oriented series that features multi-player teams to be sent on a global search to solve a puzzle - and the first team to uncover all the clues will be given the location of a hidden treasure.

TREASURE HUNTERS will focus on the solving of the puzzle instead of the race itself.

Those interested in auditioning for TREASURE HUNTERS can apply online by going to this link:

This link also lists location dates and times for casting calls. There will be open calls in Tampa/Orlando, Nashville, Dallas/Austin, Washington D.C., New York City, Denver, Chicago and Boston.


Tampa, FL.
The Round up Country and Western Club
13918 West Hillborough Ave.
Tampa, FL. 33635
7pm ­ 11pm

Dallas, TX
Hard Rock Cafe
2601 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
10am ­ 5pm

Tampa, FL.
Stumps Supper Club
615 Channelside Dr. ­ Suite 124
Tampa, FL 33602
10am ­ 6 pm

Denver, CO
KUSA- NBC Affiliate
500 Speer Blvd.
Denver, CO 80203
10am ­ 6pm

Chicago, IL
WMAQ ­ NBC Affiliate
454 N. Columbus Dr. ­ NBC Tower
Chicago, IL 60611
10am ­ 6pm

Washington D.C.
Rock Bottom Brewery
7900 Norfolk Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
10am ­ 6pm

Boston, MA
The Rack
24 Clinton St.
Boston, MA 02109
10am- 6pm

Locations for New York, Nashville and Los Angeles will be listed shortly.

PROJECT RUNWAY Second Season Casting Calls

Bravo, Miramax and ELLE will begin holding open casting calls in Los Angeles, New York, Houston and Miami for aspiring fashion designers to compete on the second season of Bravo´s hit series PROJECT RUNWAY.

PROJECT RUNWAY will once again follow 12 up-and-coming designers as they compete weekly on design challenges in front of a panel of top designers, fashion editors, photographers and stylists that will be spearheaded by Heidi Klum.

Contestants will be cut on a weekly basis until only a few remain to face-off with debut collections on the runway at New York´s Fashion Week in February 2006. The winner´s designs will be photographed for ELLE by the magazine´s world-renowned Publication Director, Gilles Bensimon. The winner will also receive funding and all of the tools necessary to launch their own line.

PROJECT RUNWAY open casting calls will be held on the following dates (locations will be announced shortly). All calls will take place between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.:

LOS ANGELES: April 16 & 17
HOUSTON: April 23
NEW YORK: April 25, 26 & 27
MIAMI: April 29 & 30

Attendance at one of these calls is mandatory to be considered for the participation in the series. For casting call locations, official rules and requirements, you can click the link below:

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Britney and Husband Doing A Reality TV Show For UPN

Pop icon Britney Spears and husband Kevin Federline have reached an agreement with UPN to broadcast a new television series that shares their personal love story though exclusive, never-before-seen private home videos they shot themselves during their courtship, engagement and wedding. The series will include six episodes to be broadcast on UPN later this season, it was announced yesterday by Dawn Ostroff, President, UPN.

This fun, uniquely personal series, shot mostly by Britney and Kevin with their own camera, will give viewers a rare glimpse inside the couple´s relationship and life together. The footage begins shortly after Britney and Kevin first met in Los Angeles and headed off to Europe together on tour, leading up to and including their wedding day. UPN is also
shooting new footage and commentary with Britney and Kevin that will guide viewers through their story. The show will have an exclusive second window on MTV Music Group channels.

Britney stated, "I am so excited about the series. From the day that Kevin and I met, there have been constant rumors and inaccurate speculation about our lives together. I feel that last year the tabloids ran my life and I am really excited about showing my fans what really happened rather than all the stories, which have been misconstrued by journalists in the past. As I mentioned before, I am now going to be expressing my personal life through art. This series will show us falling in love and all the adventures that went on overseas during the European leg of my Onyx Hotel tour. It´s going to be an exciting ride." Kevin feels this project will speak for itself. Simply put, he says, "It is a documentation of love."

"Britney Spears is a superstar who is very popular with UPN´s viewers, making her and Kevin´s show in this format a perfect fit for our network´s audience and programming sensibilities," said Ostroff. "As we all know, Britney and Kevin´s life together has been played out in front of the public through Internet speculation, the gossip columnists and entertainment magazines, but now, for the first time, their millions of fans will get to see and hear the couple´s real story on UPN as told directly by them.

Casting Call Starts For Next Season of THE STARLET

Making it in Hollywood takes more than just talent and charisma. It takes that one lucky break - and this could be yours.

THE STARLET - an exciting new reality series for The WB - will give one lucky actress the break of a lifetime.

While living together in Los Angeles, the show business capital, aspiring actresses from across the nation will compete for a shot at the big time - and one of them could be you!

These rising starlets will receive training in acting technique from top professional acting coaches and lessons on surviving the Hollywood system from the stars themselves. And each week they´ll put their own acting skills and potential star power to the test.

In the end, one talented young actress will win her ticket to stardom - a Hollywood prize package that may include a talent deal, professional representation, and/or a role in a TV show or movie.

If you think you have what it takes to be Hollywood´s next famous starlet, then apply now for next season of THE STARLET by Clicking Link Below

Deadline is May 15.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Mystery Boss and Winner on MY BIG FAT OBNOXIOUS BOSS Revealed

The final episode of MY BIG FAT OBNOXIOUS BOSS, the reality TV corporate parody was finally released by FOX, exclusively on the Internet

The series itself was cancelled by Fox because of low ratings after fives episodes and the remaining episodes 6-10 were recently released free of charge, exclusively on the Internet by Fox.

To find out the winners go to:

BET Announces Three New Reality TV Shows

BET has announced plans yesterday for three new reality television shows

This spring, BET viewers will vicariously experience the journey of five diverse and multi-
talented individuals determined to make their mark with the premiere of the network´s
newest series, BLOWIN’ UP! FATTY KOO. For 13 episodes in this half-hour unscripted
drama, BET´s cameras follow the lives of five kids from Columbus, Ohio who form the
musical collective Fatty Koo and capture their struggle to break into the record biz.
BLOWIN´ UP! FATTY KOO premieres on BET on Thursday, April 21 at 9:30pm ET/PT

Two other shows that are currently under development include:

REMIXED - This is the makeover show that believes that the day after BET makes you
Cinderella, you shouldn´t turn back into a pumpkin. The BET team goes around the
country making over those lucky enough to have a chance at reinventing themselves, BET
style! But the physical makeover is one thing. REMIXED will pair its participants with a life
coach, a person that will help the "remixee" change the direction in life he/she most wants
changed. How successful will they be? Find out each week in this half-hour program that
uses stylists, makeup artists, beauticians and a special life coach to form the maximum
makeover crew.

KICKBACK - This daily half-hour relationship/dating show features four single girlfriends
with four single guys in a fully tech´d-out fantasy house. The drama will unfold as players
are eliminated until only two remain, looking to see if they´ve made a love connection.

Monday, April 04, 2005


Be a part of STRICTLY SEX WITH DR.DREW, the new television program that will premiere in June on Discovery Health Network. The show will explore the world of sex in a fun, lively, conversational, and useful manner.

Dr. Drew Pinsky, best known as co-host of the syndicated radio show and highly popular MTV program, LOVELINE, has become a trusted counselor to millions of adults across the country.


* Males who have an aversion to giving or receiving oral sex.

* Couples who have overcome one partner´s fetih...where that partner was reluctant to disclose it but finally do...resulting in mutual participation with the particular fetish.

* Couples who are dealing with the challenge of one partner´s performance anxiety, erectile dysfunction, or inability to reach orgasm.

* Sex - what are you afraid of? Do you have sex only with the lights on? Are you afraid of your partner´s genitals? Are you afraid to ask your partner to do something you would sexually like? Are you an adult virgin worried about performing with your mate?

* Pregnant couples who are afraid to have sex for fear of harming the baby.

* Women who became pregnant without penetration.

* Married couples who would like to talk openly & honestly with Dr. Drew about the various stages of marriage.

Contact Tina at 818-755-4800 x263 or


MTV will premiere it´s new reality TV show MEET THE BARKERS on Wednesday April 6 at 10:00pm ET/PT

MEET THE BARKERS features the mohawked drummer of blink-182 who has found true love with a former Miss USA turned TV actress, and they´ve invited the whole world to watch as they begin their hectic lives together.

Opposites definitely attract when it comes to Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler. The heavily tatted, mohawked drummer of blink-182 has found true love with a former Miss USA turned TV actress, and they've invited the whole world to watch as they begin their hectic lives together.

But be prepared because these aren't your average newlyweds. From the first moment they appear onscreen we´ll see just how free spirited and over-the-top Travis and Shanna really are. From hangovers and Playboy parties to Thanksgiving dinners and their child´s first birthday party, Travis and Shanna are living the rock n´ roll fantasy while simultaneously adjusting to parenthood -- and all that comes with it.

Sunday, April 03, 2005


A new reality TV Show featuring daredevil Robert Knievel will premiere Tuesday, April 5 at 10:00PM EST (9:00PM CST) on A&E Channel.

KNIEVEL´S WILD RIDE features the extraordinary exploits of Robert Knievel and his family. This new real-life series gives and exuberant and unfiltered look into the day-to day life of our generations greatest living daredevil, a guy who lives hard. plays hard and most certainly works hard. Each episode revolves around Robbie´s preparation for his next jump. There are no rules and no fabrications - the life-or-death stakes are very real.

The show also features Robbie´s ragtag crew of buddies, offering viewers a rare glimpse into the authentic world of outlaw bikers as they crisscross the country on their hogs in pursuit of the next great jump. From the muscle-bound Austrian mechanic, Roman to the heavy metal rocker turned roadie, Rocker Pete, the band of loveable rogues serve as Robbie´s surrogate family on the road.

Robbie´s real family, including the hard bitten father and beautiful daughter, also appear in the series. the show chronicles the emotionally charged struggle of a son struggling to live outside the enormous shadow of larger-than-life father, Evel Knievel, the most legendary daredevil of all time.

A video preview of the show is available at the official website at:

Friday, April 01, 2005

AMERICAN IDOL Finalist Has Arrest Record For Felony Domestic Violence broke the news yesterday that the 28 year-old Scott Savol, one of the remaining nine IDOL contestants, was arrested following a February 2001 confrontation with Michele Martin, mother of Scott´s son, at the woman´s Ohio home.

Savol eventually took a plea to a reduced misdemeanor disorderly conduct rap and was fined $500, placed on a year´s probation, ordered to complete a domestic violence or anger management program, and sentenced to a suspended 20-day jail term.

Also according to, Savol´s rap sheet also includes a "no contest" plea to a 1995 misdemeanor trespass charge. He was arrested for entering Shaker Heights High School after being "warned both verbally and by letter" to stay out of the building.

The full police report with mug shot photos can be seen at:

COURT TV To Release New Primetime Reality TV Shows

Court TV has announced that they will expand on its successful investigation-related programming, which has built a tremendously loyal following. As part of the continuing effort to attract both a larger and younger audience in primetime, the network will roll-out a slate of several new reality TV series.

"Our goal in the evening is to build on our momentum as the brand leader in investigation and extend our appeal through more contemporary, faster paced reality-driven programming aimed at our growing younger demographic," said Marc Juris, General Manager of Court TV.

As part of the expansion into the reality TV arena, new series in primetime will include CASINO TAKEDOWN, LA FORENSICS, GET ME BRUCE CUTLER and PARCO PI.