Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Paris and Nicky Join Mom On I WANT TO BE A HILTON

NBC´s Kathy Hilton whisks the I WANT TO BE A HILTON contestants away via helicopter to her Southampton home for their second task, where they learn the importance of ´giving back´ by organizing a charity auction to benefit the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to raise money for breast cancer research. Joining them are Hilton´s famed daughters, Paris and Nicky, who take the contestants out on the town to promote the days events on NBC´s I WANT TO BE A HILTON (Tuesday, June 28, 9-10 p.m. ET).

"To me it´s very important to give back," said Hilton. "My Mother died of breast cancer a couple of years ago. In my mother´s memory we will be holding our first annual Hilton estate sale to benefit the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center."

With the help of Christies auctioneers and Manhattan event planners, the contestants must plan and pull off a first-class charity auction. The stakes are high as the two teams compete to raise money to benefit this cause, which has a personal meaning to the Hilton family. One contestant suffers an emotional breakdown trying to fit in, while two others find time for romance. The winning team who raises the most money at the auction gets a private clambake on the beach and the losing team faces the elimination room, where Mrs. Hilton will once again declare one contestant "off the list."

Sunday, June 26, 2005

THE APPRENTICE Announces 17-City Tour And Open Casting

Donald Trump returns to the boardroom for a fifth season of NBC´s THE APPRENTICE slated to air in 2006. The 17-city nationwide casting tour for season five begins Saturday, June 25 in Los Angeles before stopping at Trump Tower on July 8 where Trump himself will interview applicants. Casting directors will visit 15 other cities throughout the month of July. Season four of THE APPRENTICE will air Thursdays at 9:00pm ET this fall.

"If you´ve ever wanted to compete on THE APPRENTICE, this is your opportunity," said Donald Trump, executive producer. "I´d like to encourage all age groups to apply including veteran business men and women along with hungry young entrepreneurs."

Prospective applicants should: be able to take risks, bounce back after failing, succeed in a cutthroat environment, go against the tide, remain focused, think creatively and be a leader. Interested candidates should complete the online application form (www.nbc.com) and apply for one of the most coveted jobs on earth.

Interviews will take place in the following cities. For all casting calls, wristbands are distributed 9 AM and at 10 AM interviews will begin, with the exception of New York where wristbands will be distributed at 8 AM and interviews will begin at 9 AM. Candidates should bring a completed application to the Open Calls, which they can download from www.nbc.com.

· Orange County/ Los Angeles, CA Saturday, June 25th 5 Points Plaza, 18591 Main St., Huntington Beach, CA 92648
· New York, NY Friday, July 8th Trump Tower, 725 Fifth Ave & 56th St., New York, NY 10022 **Official kickoff with Donald Trump
· Salt Lake City, UT Saturday, July 9th KSL-TV, 55 North 300 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84110
· Boston, MA Saturday, July 9th Jordan's Furniture, 1 Underprice Way (Route 9) Natick, MA 01760
· Minneapolis, MN Saturday, July 9th Arrow Pontiac GMC, 1111 Highway 110, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
· Miami, FL Friday, July 15th Location TBA
· Des Moines, IA Saturday, July 16th Merle Hay Mall at the Lower Bridge Court, 3850 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50310
· San Francisco, CA Saturday, July 16th NBC 11 Downtown Studio, 848 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111
· Baltimore, MD Saturday, July 16th M&T Bank Pavilion at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore, MD 21201
· Portland, OR Saturday, July 23rd Bridgeport Village, Off I-5 at Exit 290, 17001 SW 72nd Ave, Tigard, OR 97224
· Chicago, IL Saturday, July 23rd NBC5- NBC Tower, 454 N. Columbus Dr., Chicago, IL 60611
· Nashville, TN Saturday, July 23rd Curb Event Center at Belmont University, Beaman Rooms A & B, 2002 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212
· Pittsburgh, PA Saturday, July 23rd Duquesne University, Student Union, 600 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15282
· San Diego, CA Saturday, July 30th Horton Square, (adjacent to NBC 7 / 39 Studios) 225 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
· Anchorage, AK Saturday, July 30th KTUU, 701 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503
· Charlotte, NC Saturday, July 30th Birkdale Village, 8712 Townley Road, Huntersville, NC 28078
· Austin, TX Saturday, July 30th Location TBA

Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the United States and live in the United States; must be at least 21 years of age - must be in excellent physical and mental health - must not now be a candidate for public office and must agree not to become one until six months after initial broadcast of all programs in which you appear, if selected as a player.

Prospective candidates, if selected to be interviewed, must timely complete, sign and return (prior to the date of your personal interview) a completed interview Agreement Package that includes a Background Questionnaire Form and authorization to obtain background information from third parties, among other agreements.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

FEAR FACTOR Invading 22 Cities

Next season, NBC´s FEAR FACTOR is leaving Los Angeles to spread out across the U.S. and invade cities and towns in order to challenge fans to face their fears in an actual FEAR FACTOR stunt on the fans´ home turf their house. "Capital One´s FEAR FACTOR Home Invasion," part of a number of exciting innovations the series will add for the next season, includes a battle plan to visit 22 cities nationwide.

Fans who sit in their living room watching FEAR FACTOR and yelling "I could do that" now will have the chance to appear on the series and attempt a stunt without even leaving their house. Each week, one household will participate in an actual FEAR FACTOR stunt during the series weekly telecast. "Home Invasion" winners who prove that "fear is not a factor," will win a $5,000 Capital One credit card.

"Home Invasion" is just one of several changes in a massive re-launch of NBC´s perennial hit during the 2005-2006 season. After 125 episodes, broadcast syndication in 98% of America and 100 different countries around the globe - from Africa to Argentina to the United Arab Emeritus the FEAR FACTOR recipe will have an all new taste and look when fresh episodes return in the 2005-2006 season.

The iconic FEAR FACTOR will now pit two-person teams against each other, in exotic locations an aircraft carrier, a South American country, The PSYCHO house from Universal´s backlot - against a variety of extreme challenges in the hope of taking home cash prizes of at least $50,000. A new stunt team with credits such as THE MATRIX REVOLUTION, KILL BILL VOL. 2, MINORITY REPORT and OCEAN´S 11 will provide new and even more outrageous stunts to date. Many of these will be featured in new multi-episode/multi-week competitions. The show also will continue its reputation for unpredictable fantasy prizes such as invitations to Hollywood premieres, trips around the world, a garage stocked with new cars, and the chance to fly a fighter jet over Russia.

In addition, the upcoming opening of FEAR FACTOR LIVE at the Universal theme parks in Universal City, CA, and Orlando, FL, marks the first time a reality television program has been turned into a theme park attraction.

Casting directors for "Fear Factor" currently are searching the following markets for the most energetic and fearless households (families, friends, or roommates) to convert from FEAR FACTOR watchers to FEAR FACTOR participants.

Portland, Maine
Boston, Massachusetts
Province, Rhode Island
Hartford, Connecticut
New York City
Northern New Jersey
Wilmington, Delaware
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Hagerstown, Maryland
Martinsburg, West Virginia
Alexandria, Virginia
Toledo, Ohio
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Chicago, Illinois
Kenosha Wisconsin
Dubuque, Iowa
Rochester, Minnesota
Fargo, North Dakota
Huntsville, Alabama
Oxford, Mississippi
Memphis, Tennessee
Evansville, Indiana
Jonesboro, Arkansas
Owensboro, Kentucky
Los Angeles, California

To apply, households are asked to send a recent picture of themselves, the other members of their household, and pictures of the inside and outside of their home to homeinvasion@FearFactor.com. In addition, applicants are to include a description of who lives in the house, what their relation is, all contact information, and why they feel their household is the single place in that city that should get FEAR FACTOR to come pay them a visit. If selected, FEAR FACTOR will invade your home and turn the place where fans WATCH the show into the place where the show takes place!

All households that think they have what it takes to roll out the welcome mat for FEAR FACTOR into their house can get additional instructions and complete details by emailing homeinvasion@fearfactor.com or by visiting www.fearfactor.com and clicking on "Apply" at the top of the page.


Bravo´s summer debut of BATTLE OF THE NETWORK REALITY STARS will take some of today´s biggest stars - 32 leading men and women from 16 reality TV shows - and pit them against each other as they test their athletic limits in honor of the hit series from the 70´s. The six episode one-hour series originating from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California will premiere on Wednesday, August 17 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

"Bravo continues to bring talent to television in an unexpected way with this summer´s signature series that will bring to viewers the ´real´ TV stars of today," said Lauren Zalaznick, President, Bravo. "Reality stars have taken the place of the sitcom stars of yesteryear and have made an impact on pop culture by providing laughter, tears and drama through their real life TV antics. Bravo´s BATTLE OF THE NETWORK REALITY STARS will unite the stars of the most recognized reality shows to infuse some good old-fashioned fun in this modern revival of a classic program from TV pop culture history."

Sideline reporters include Omarosa Manigault Stallworth from THE APPRENTICE Bob Guiney from THE BACHELOR and Trishelle Cannatella from THE REAL WORLD, who will join the program´s play-by-play host Mike Adamle, former host of NBC Sports and AMERICAN GLADIATORS.

The reality TV stars battling it out for cash and prizes include Chip & Kim and Charla & Myrna from the THE AMAZING RACE, Nikki McKibbin and Ryan Starr from AMERICAN IDOL, Brittany Brower from AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL, Heidi Bressler and Bradford Cohen from the THE APPRENTICE, Adam Mesh from AVERAGE JOE, Tina "Fabulous" Panas from THE BACHELOR, Will Kirby (winner) and Mike "Boogie" Malin from BIG BROTHER, Evan Marriott from JOE MILLIONAIRE, Matt Kennedy Gould from THE JOE SCHMO SHOW, Wendy Pepper from PROJECT RUNWAY, Coral Smith and Mike "The Miz" Mizanin from THE REAL WORLD, Theo Gantt from ROAD RULES, Duncan Nutter from SHOWBIZ MOMS & DADS, Richard Hatch (winner) and Susan Hawk from SURVIVOR, Rachel Love Frasier (winner) from THE SWAN, and Valerie Penso from TEMPTATION ISLAND, among others.

Cameos by original "Battle" participants who will play the role of referees include Loretta Swit from M*A*S*H, Lou Ferrigno from THE INCREDIBLE HULK, and Jimmie "JJ" Walker from GOOD TIMES.

Nearly 30 years after its 1976 debut, Bravo will resurrect the wildly popular concept behind the original BATTLE OF THE NETWORK STARS, which was hosted by sports broadcasting legend Howard Cosell and featured notable competitors such as Billy Crystal, Farrah Fawcett, David Letterman, and Heather Locklear. Just as Katherine Bach of Daisy Duke fame got dunked repeatedly in the original battle, you´ll see Richard Hatch and Susan Hawk of SURVIVOR get dunked in the new series.

The updated format of the much-loved series is complete with teams of sweat suit and Speedo-clad reality stars that will partake in physical and aggressively competitive challenges reminiscent of the original program. TV´s most cherished and loathed reality stars will compete in a joust, navigate a kayak race, and battle it out in the famed tug-of-war, among other challenges. In a nod to today´s reality shows, twists and turns along the way force team members to vote each other off, create alliances, and generate unending drama and tears.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

ABC Announces New Reality Show - MY KIND OF TOWN

ABC announces late summer alternative series, MY KIND OF TOWN, a weekly celebration of one small american town with hilarious games and big prizes

In keeping with its tradition of upbeat, wish fulfillment-based reality television, the ABC Television Network is announcing a late-summer series, MY KIND OF TOWN. This one-hour variety/comedy hybrid show celebrates small-town America each week in a completely original and hilarious way. The initial order is six episodes, with production beginning in mid-July.

MY KIND OF TOWN is a relentlessly energetic primetime studio show in which real American people in all of their imperfect and awkward glory have the chance to become the stars of their own show for one memorable night. Each week, 200 people from one small town come to our New York City studio, where a lucky handful will participate in individualized comedic games and gags for prizes tailored to their own lives, interests and needs. One person from the group of 200 is chosen to play the big end game, where they will shoulder the burden of either winning or losing a huge prize for the other 199 audience members - all of whom they will see every day for the rest of their lives. No pressure!

This variety/comedy hybrid promises big atmosphere and energy, emotional wish fulfillment, unexpected twists, laugh-out-loud comedy and the occasional B celebrity.

"It's a show that´s full of comedic surprises" said Andrea Wong, executive vice president, Alternative Programming, Specials and Late-Night, ABC Entertainment, "and is just so entertaining, full of heart, that it´s a natural fit with - and demonstrates the evolution of -- our brand of reality programming."

"MY KIND OF TOWN is unlike anything else on television," said Davies. "Although it represents an extremely modern and alternative take on the big prize game show, it also combines a throwback to the classic studio variety show of the 1950s with unique comedic elements that involve the entire audience and an entire small town."

Truly born to host the hilarity and mayhem is British broadcasting sensation Johnny Vaughan, who is currently the host of the BREAKFAST SHOW on London station Capital FM, the highest-rated morning show in the most competitive daypart and market in the UK. Prior to Capital FM, Vaughan hosted Channel 4´s THE BIG BREAKFAST where he was described by The Independent as being "one of the golden treats of British television." He was poached by the BBC to host his own late-night show, and in 2003 went on to launch their new channel, BBC Three. "I´m so excited at the prospect of being in primetime on ABC. It´s a bit like going from pitching in the minor leagues to getting the nod from the Yankees," said Vaughan.

Casting teams are currently traveling around America researching and casting small towns from Wisconsin to Alabama and everywhere in between.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

HOOKING UP - The Online Dating Reality Series Debuts July 14 on ABC

HOOKING UP, a new documentary reality series from ABC News, goes inside the unpredictable world of online dating in a five-part series that premieres Thursday, July 14 at 9:00 p.m., ET.

The internet continues to transform both our lives and our notions of community in ways most of us never anticipated. Some Americans spend more time interacting with online strangers than they do with friends or family, often keeping their cyber life a secret. But for those who date online, turning someone who exists only as text and a jpeg file into real flesh-and-blood is a mission that holds both potential risk and reward. When romantic relationships do form and sometimes go bad, the end can come abruptly as a "Dear John" line of text, reinforcing the cold calculus of a system in which people literally shop online for a mate.

Once stigmatized as the last resort of desperate souls and lonely hearts, today internet dating services are a billion-dollar industry used by an estimated 40 million Americans. HOOKING UP a new five-part documentary reality series from the producers of the award-winning ABC News series HOPKINS 24/7, BOSTON 24/7 and NYPD 24/7, takes an intimate look at the sometimes bewildering, often hilarious, and occasionally frightening world of online dating. Like the 24/7 series, HOOKING UP puts a particular aspect of our culture under a microscope, focusing in this case on the yearnings, trials and tribulations of 12 Manhattan women. Their experiences - the connections, the rejections, the dating disasters - are a reminder that, for better or worse, every date is an adventure into uncharted territory.

The charismatic women in HOOKING UP - ranging in age from 25 to 38 - explode the myth that online dating is for losers. Included in their ranks are a gynecologist, a hair stylist, a yoga instructor, a realtor and an opera-singer. Most speak anxiously about their biological clocks and the difficulty of finding Mr. Right in a city where beautiful women abound. They all say they believe the deck is stacked in favor of men. So they surf the internet hoping to meet a stranger who will turn out to be the most important date of their lives. Yet their dating strategies couldn´t be more different. Lisa, the doctor, initially conceals her name and occupation from potential suitors, because, she says, "if they know you´re a doctor... they´ll bring the engagement ring to the first date." Amy, the real estate broker, doesn´t hesitate to tell dates that she´s looking for a husband and the eventual father of her children. Reisha, a technology consultant, is determined that the next man she kisses will be the one she weds.

In theory the chance to screen a prospective date for compatibility, income and even basic literacy before meeting him allows reason to trump instant physical attraction. But if online suitors conceal their true motives and provide phony personal information, the fallout can be severe. After a sumptuous dinner, Sonja, owner of a health food store, discovers that her charming date refuses to keep his hands to himself once they reach his lavishly appointed penthouse. Most ill-fated encounters are more benign. When Cynthia, the hair stylist, realizes her date has misled her about his appearance, she bails out on dinner before the main course arrives. Another man literally finds his dinner finger-licking good, much to the chagrin of his date.

For every dud, there are also plenty of knights in shining armor. Yet chivalry doesn´t guarantee success, and it may be mystifying to observers why certain men don´t make the cut.

From the first online "wink" to meeting prospective in-laws, HOOKING UP offers an unvarnished look at the rewards and pitfalls of 21st Century romance. If an infinite supply of bachelors is the upside to internet dating, sorting through them requires a decidedly unromantic, mercenary approach. But for those who persevere, the hope that they´ll meet their soul-mate makes it all worthwhile.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Over 50 Reality TV Stars Will Dish Out Dirt on BRAVO´S ALL-STAR REALITY REUNION

Bravo has inked a deal with the international sports marketing company IMG/TWI to bring viewers BRAVO´S ALL-STAR REALITY REUNION. Today´s biggest stars of reality television will dish the stories that everyone wants to hear in a tell-all studio-based reunion. This one-hour special will air in the fourth quarter of 2005.

"Bravo is thrilled to partner with IMG/TWI to provide viewers with a window into the biggest, most ´meta´ reunion of America´s most talked-about reality TV stars," said Lauren Zalaznick, President, Bravo. "Bravo´s commitment to showcasing personalities who have made a mark in entertainment and pop culture is the driving force behind this new reality reunion program."

"We are excited to join with Bravo to bring together the largest gathering of reality stars on one stage," said Executive Producer, Robert Horowitz. "The opportunity to unite cast members with other stars from different show cycles will provide entertaining and emotional exchanges. There clearly are unsettled storylines which we hope to raise, while hopefully getting answers to unresolved issues."


Monday, June 13, 2005

Open Casting Call Announced For WIFE SWAP

ABC´s Hit Reality Series WIFE SWAP has announced a one day open casting call.

Is your family ready for primetime?

The open casting call will be located at the Television City at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino 3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109 on Saturday, June 18, 2005 between the hours of 10:00am - 7:00pm.

You need to be a two parent family with at least one child above the age of five living at home.

For more information go to http://www.realitytvwebsite.com/news061305.html

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Reality Show WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD To Premiere July 10 On ABC

The stakes are high, the families are real and the neighborhood will never be the same, as neighbors decide which family will move into a dream home, on the series premiere of ABC´s WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

When the neighbors living in a quiet, picturesque suburban community get to choose the family who´ll move in next door to them, their belief systems gets rocked as they try to get past their own pre-conceived notions and prejudices, and the idea that a neighbor should look and think just like them. Their choice doesn´t get any easier when they meet the seven very diverse families, including a family covered in tattoos, a homosexual couple with an adopted child and a family who practice Wiccan, a pagan religion. Will the resident neighbors be able to see past their own ideals and accept all of the families as people instead of stereotypes? Eventually some eyes and hearts open up, opinions change and a community is transformed, in the six original, unscripted one-hour episodes of WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD, premiering SUNDAY, JULY 10 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

At the same time that the neighbors are trying to adjust, the competing families also begin an emotional journey that puts their physical and psychological limits to the test, as they all vie for a beautiful dream home on the perfect suburban cul-de-sac. But to determine who will win the luxuriously furnished and opulently appointed house, they first have to win over the very people who will be most affected by that ultimate decision -- the next-door neighbors.

In the premiere, the seven families arrive at the dream home - a 3300-square-foot house with four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms located on a prime piece of real estate in the recent development of Circle C Ranch, near Austin, Texas. The competing families, each in its own unique way, enthusiastically meet and greet the three opinionated resident families who have a vested interest in who´ll move into the house.

Each week, the competing families participate in a challenge made up by the judging neighbors that will show just how well they might fit into the close-knit community. In the first challenge, the families must build their own Circle C Ranch booth - complete with a theme, prizes and a lot of creativity - for a carnival that will be attended by the whole neighborhood. The winning family will be determined by whose booth earns the most money. That family will receive an all-important "free pass," thereby escaping - for that episode - being sent packing. By episode´s end, one of the remaining families will be eliminated by the ever-watchful neighbors.

The seven house-hungry families who will be trying to impress their potential neighbors are:

* The Crenshaws -- A religious, African American family
* The Eckharts - A Caucasian, pagan family that worships several gods
* The Gonzalezes - A loud, boisterous Hispanic family
* The Lees -- An Asian family that runs a sushi restaurant
* The Morgans -- A Caucasian family that looks picture-perfect, except Mrs. Morgan has a little secret
* The Sheets - Defying all stereotypes, this Caucasian family is covered in tattoos and are staunch Republicans
* The Wrights - A Caucasian homosexual couple who have adopted an African American boy

The three families who have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to choose their new neighbors are:

* The Stewarts - The super-opinionated Mr. Stewart, who is considered the "governor" of the cul-de-sac, is very protective of his community and will be looking at the competing families through a microscope
* The Bellamys - Mr. Bellamy is a staunch Republican and would challenge any potential neighbors with politically different views. But the three Bellamy kids would welcome new neighbors who are different
* The Daniels - A devoted Christian family, they would like their new neighbors to have a similar focus and direction in their lives

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

THE AMAZING RACE Repeats To Be Seen on GSN

Continuing to provide the best game-related series possible, GSN, the network for games, has acquired the off-network rights to episodes of the Emmy Award-winning adventure reality series, THE AMAZING RACE. The acquisition, from King World Productions, Inc., of the popular CBS series hosted by Phil Keoghan, marks the first time THE AMAZING RACE episodes will have been seen since their original airings. The announcement was made today by Ian Valentine, Senior Vice President, Programming, GSN.

Executive Producer Jerry Bruckheimer said, "We are pleased that the one-of-a-kind adventures offered by THE AMAZING RACE have found a second home on GSN. We have received an outpouring of responses from our viewers that they would love to see the series again and we have many fans who came to the series after its beginning. THE AMAZING RACE on GSN will satisfy both groups and hopefully bring in new fans."

"THE AMAZING RACE is perfect for our network," remarked Valentine on the acquisition. "It offers everything that our network stands for - competition, adventure, terrific production values, good storylines and great characters. We couldn´t be more thrilled to be the year-round home of this award-winning series."

Executive Producer/Co-Creator Bertram van Munster added, "I am thrilled and very excited that we have made a deal with GSN. ´THE AMAZING RACE´ is the most unpredictable of all game shows ... each episode is self-contained from different world wide locations fueled by dramatic characters and a powerful, original story and ending."

The series´ first season begins on GSN Monday, July 11 at 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT and will air in this regular time period Monday through Sunday. The series will have an encore showing at midnight every night except Fridays during GSN´s Casino Night. GSN´s deal includes the rights to the first eight editions and more than 100 hours of the series, as well as the option for the next two installments. The network will telecast each season consecutively and will program special marathons at various times throughout the year.

THE AMAZING RACE premiered on CBS on September 5, 2001. The series has delivered consistent ratings growth over the last four years and had its best season to date in season seven. "More and more people discover and love the show every season it´s aired. That growing enthusiasm really cemented the value of the program for GSN," said Valentine.

The series format follows 11 pairs of contestants as they race around the globe, completing challenges in hopes of capturing the $1 million grand prize. The series has toured South Africa, Paris, the Sahara Desert, Beijing, Alaska, and scores of other exotic locations. In addition to the arduous traveling and grueling breakneck speed of the competition of the game, contestants along the way have had wallets stolen; sprained ankles; danced and begged for money; bungee jumped; skydived; rappelled down treacherous slopes; sold escargot; traveled in crowded hot and muggy trains and fought airport security. And if these globe-trotting obstacles were not enough, contestants also have had to overcome serious spats with their partners and other teams. Accusations of cheating, arguments over driving, anger and fear are some of the issues and emotions that have added to the excitement of this one-of-a-kind series, which was recognized with consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Reality- Competition Program in 2003 and 2004.

THE AMAZING RACE is now prepping for its eighth season which will feature families of four, adding a new twist to the series.

Monday, June 06, 2005

SURVIVOR PALAU Final Votes Finally Revealed

During the final episode of SURVIVOR PALAU, the final votes were never revealed, causing some speculation on what the final tally actually was.

In a very round about way, CBS has finally revealed the final tally from the official SURVIVOR Website, which provided some interesting water cooler gossip. In particular, the final vote that Ian provided.

The finally tally end with six votes for Tom and one vote for Katie.

Surprisingly the one vote for Katie was from fellow SURVIVOR Coby. Ian actually voted for Tom, which has now lead many to believe that something really did happen at the end of the show between Katie and Ian and their trusted friendship.

The finally tally vote ended like this:

Ian voted for Tom
Jennifer voted for Tom
Caryn voted for Tom
Gregg voted for Tom
Stephenie voted for Tom
Janu voted for Tom
Coby voted for Katie


TLC is conducting a nationwide search for aspiring fashion stylists, hairstylists, and make up artists for their new fall special, WHAT NOT TO WEAR: WANNABE.

WHAT: Do you wannabe Stacy London, Clinton Kelly, Nick Arrojo or Carmindy? Do you think you are talented enough to do what they do? Think you have what it takes to impart your knowledge and style to the down-and-out and dowdy? WHAT NOT TO WEAR: WANNABE is a new 2-hour special that´s going to give you the chance to prove it!

Professional or not, they are looking for people who think they´ve got what it takes to make the world a better-looking place. Twelve finalists will be flown to New York City to compete in a three-day style-driven challenge judged by their hosts.

WHERE: All over the United States! Anyone in the continental United States is eligible.

WHEN: Deadline for applications & videos is Friday, June 24, 2005.

WHAT NOT TO WEAR: WANNABES will air Friday, October 21, 9-11 PM (ET/PT) on TLC.

HOW: For more information go to http://www.realitytvwebsite.com/news060605b.html

Teams are also encouraged to apply!

Friday, June 03, 2005

I WANT TO BE A HILTON Cast Announced

Who wants to be a Hilton? They do. Kathy Hilton, matriarch of one of the most ubiquitous families in the world welcomes 14 eager contestants from all over the United States, as they join together in the heart of New York City to compete on NBC´s unscripted series I WANT TO BE A HILTON premiering Tuesday, June 21, 9-10 p.m. ET. The eclectic young cast ranges from a singing beauty queen, septic tank installer and Las Vegas showgirl, to a ranch hand and a synchronized swimmer, all competing for an extravagant prize package including a $200,000 trust fund, new apartment, wardrobe and the opportunity to live the high life, ala a Hilton for a year.

Everyone´s heard of the Hiltons, especially daughter´s Paris and Nicky, but what would it take to actually live like them? Hilton hosts this engaging and humorous series that follows 14 eccentric young contestants as they vie for the opportunity to live the glamorous lifestyle of high society. Hilton guides the contestants through a variety of weekly challenges set in glamorous Manhattan ranging from art and culture to beauty and fashion. Each week Hilton eliminates those who "didn't make the list" in her distinct version of "the board room."

"This is an amazing and diverse group of individuals," said Hilton. "I am so lucky to have spent time with each and every one of them. Every contestant has something to offer and I think America is going to fall in love with them." Residing at the historic Melrose Hotel in the heart of New York City, the contestants are divided into two teams: "Park" and "Madison." Immersing them in the New York society scene, Hilton educates the contestants in the do´s and don´ts of haute couture, etiquette and even how to handle unforgiving press. Tasks include dog grooming, a fashion show and organizing a charity event, to name a few.


Yvette (Las Vegas, Nev.) Las Vegas Dancer
Yvette, 26, born in England, has traveled extensively with her professional showgirl-dancing career. She moved to Las Vegas two years ago and has no desire to leave. She formerly wrote a column titled "Making Vegas," about her life in ´Sin City.´ Yvette yearns to be swinging high on the Vegas social scene.

Jules (Port Station, N.Y.) Receptionist
Jules, 26, a Long Island native who currently is working as an apparel store manager, wants to be an event planner but dreams of having her own talk show called, "Tell it to Jules." Jules graduated from St. Joseph´s College in Long Island and frequents the club scene in New York City.

Latricia (Inglewood, Calif.) Motor Vehicles Clerk
A military brat born in Germany, Latricia, 31, moved to the United States at a young age. This Los Angeles DMV worker is a single mom devoted to raising her five-year-old son. Latricia will do anything to insure her son has the finer things in life. Despite having a routine life, she wants to dip her feet into the lifestyle of the rich and famous.

JW (Byram, Miss.) Construction Worker
JW, 24, lives in Byram, Mississippi, where he knows everyone in town. JW works for his father´s construction business where his mom brings him and his dad lunch every day. He went to Southern Missippi College on a football scholarship, but feels like not one of his dreams has ever panned out. Currently JW is playing Arena Football for The Lubbock Gun Slingers in Lubbock, Texas.

John (Queens, N.Y.) Plumber
John, 24, a plumber by day and a ´speaker dancer´ by night, splits his time between New York and Boca Raton, Florida. John attended St. John´s University but is currently pursuing a pharmaceutical degree at Florida Atlantic University. He once worked as a stockbroker and is an avid writer. John, the youngest in his family, has a brother and sister 18 and 19 years his senior, respectively. In his spare time, John frequents the beaches of Florida.

Ann (Plant City, Fla.) Former Miss Tampa
Ann, 28, has the uncanny ability to break out in song at a moments notice. The former Miss Tampa USA attends the University of South Florida as a graduate student, pursuing a Communications degree. Throughout her life she has volunteered for various organizations and most recently participated in an event to benefit the Tsunami relief. Ann is currently working on new projects for the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

Jaret (Rendon, Texas) Telephone Salesman
Jaret, 26, a Texan who refers to himself as a sophisticated redneck, teaches kindergarten and spends most of his time with his family including his twin sister. At one time, Jaret ranked No. 1 in the state of Texas in the 800-meter. He continued to run track through college and graduated from Texas Tech. Additionally, he enjoys fishing and playing sports.

Jabe (Joshua, Texas) Ranch Hand
A charming construction worker who installs septic tanks, Jabe, 26, has an assortment of pets including goats, turtles and a donkey named Hank. A true southern gentleman, this hunky bachelor is quite the ladies man. As the owner of a construction company he rarely gets a moment to himself, yet he finds time to call his mother every morning before his day begins. He also enjoys fishing and hunting.

Vanessa (Las Vegas, Nev.) Bartender
Vanessa, 30, tends bar at the La Bete bar at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas, but studies at the Fashion Design School. She also is an abstract artist who works with acrylics and oils. Vanessa grew up in East Los Angeles in a rough neighborhood but moved to the Valley as a teenager.

Jackaay (Justice, Ill.) Landscape Supply Clerk
Jackaay, 25, lives in a trailer park with her mother, and boasts the nickname "trailer park Barbie." A self-proclaimed workaholic, Jackaay takes pride in her job working at a landscape supply company. Almost every weekend she takes in a different concert supporting her friends who play in local bands. She spends much of her time reading autobiographies- her most recent favorite is Marilyn Manson´s autobiography.

Alan (Los Angeles, Calif.) Perfume Salesman
Alan, 34, hails from Romania. He currently works at Bloomingdale´s as a fragrance manager and one day hopes to open his own cosmetic shop. Alan remains close to his family as they all reside in the same apartment building. He travels to Las Vegas often because of the shopping, shows and gambling. If not in Las Vegas, Alan can be found running on the beaches in LA or at the gym.

Niki (Riverside, Calif.) Fashion Student
Niki, 23, graduated in fashion design from California Baptist University. For the past 19 years she has been a synchronized swimmer. Currently, Niki works as an interior designer, specializing in residential and commercial design, and is best friends with her twin sister.

Rashad (Hollywood, Calif.) Waiter
Rashad, 26, born in Oakland, graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara where he earned his B.A. in fine arts. Like many young people in Hollywood Rashad can be found waiting tables where he practices the fine art of networking. He earns money on the side by investing in currency and commodities. In his spare time he loves listening to hip-hop music.

Brenden (Denver, Colo.) Golf Caddy
One class separates Brenden, 31, from his degree in broadcasting from the Metropolitan State College of Denver. Brenden´s main occupation takes place during the summer, where he caddie´s for the elite members of the prestigious Castle Pines Golf Club, in Castle Rock Colorado. The youngest of three, he is the quintessential outdoorsman, and enjoys golfing, sking, rock climbing and backpacking.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

A Network Announces New Reality Series - MADE IN THE USA

USA Network and Home Shopping Network (HSN) have joined forces on a new, groundbreaking reality show: MADE IN THE USA, in which America´s undiscovered inventors and entrepreneurs will compete for an unparalleled chance of a lifetime to sell their invention on HSN.

"As we accelerate our efforts in the alternative arena, MADE IN THE USA is the perfect show for us," said USA´s Jeff Wachtel, Executive Vice President Series and Long Form. "It´s fun, it´s aspirational and it speaks to the intelligence and inventiveness of our audience. Teaming with HSN, the electronic retailing powerhouse, really opens the door to making a unique, attention-getting piece of reality entertainment."

"This unique project taps into the entrepreneurial side of all of us," said Marty Nealon, President of HSN U.S. "Coming up with a great product idea is just the beginning. This show will take viewers on a journey with inventor hopefuls as they and their products are put to the test in the real day-to-day activities at our HSN headquarters and soundstages in St. Petersburg, Florida."

MADE IN THE USA is hosted by Todd Newton, perhaps best-known to audiences as the former "Voice of E!" on E! Entertainment Television. Newton has hosted COMING ATTRACTIONS - E!´s weekly half-hour showcase of current film previews, TALK SOUP, E! NEWSLIVE and many of E!´s live events, such as red carpet arrivals at the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Golden Globes and star-studded movie premieres. Newton is joined by a cast of eclectic characters who will preside over the competition and judge what invention the public will ultimately choose for the opportunity to sell on HSN.

Nolan Bushnell, otherwise known as the "Father of the Video Game Industry" and is best known for inventing "Pong," Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theater, will fill one of the judges´ seats. Joy Mangano, multimillionaire inventor of "The Miracle Mop" and industrial designer and cultural shaper Karim Rashid will join Bushnell as the judging troika of MADE IN THE USA.

MADE IN THE USA also will feature guest experts Lonnie Johnson, Robert Verdi, Rachel McCallister and Patti LaBelle. Johnson is a rocket scientist who has made millions with his invention of the popular toy - Supersoaker - and will lend insight into what it takes to launch a successful product. Verdi is the flamboyant and opinionated host of E! television´s Fashion Police and will offer his style critiques to contestants and explain the role it plays in creating a lasting first impression. McCallister is considered a PR guru and teaches the importance of "image making" in pushing a brand. Finally, the internationally-known LaBelle is not only a music icon but a successful celebrity pitch person who knows how to infuse personality into the selling equation.

"Everyone at one point in their life has had an idea or invention that they thought could be the next big thing," said USA´s Libby Hansen, Vice President, Alternative Series and Specials. "This show will give innovators across the country a chance to prove themselves, and their ideas."

Contestants will participate in competitions, facing real-life challenges that inventors deal with in getting their product out to the public. Contestants, and viewers alike, will also get an exclusive behind the scenes look at the HSN empire and the creative and talented HSN employees that facilitate this dream. Each week, products and inventors will be eliminated until the ultimate payoff when one lucky inventor team wins a once-in-a-lifetime contract with HSN.

OLN Lands Exclusive Syndication Rights to SURVIVOR

In the network's biggest acquisition to date, OLN(R) today announced that it has acquired exclusive syndication rights to air seasons I through X of Mark Burnett´s and CBS´ signature, blockbuster, reality series SURVIVOR. This will be the first time most of these episodes have been seen on television since their original airing. The network plans to debut the first season on July 24, after Lance Armstrong's final ride in the 2005 Tour de France.

"OLN´s mission is to captivate viewers with content that feeds their need for thrills, challenges and the drama of competition, adventure and achievement in the outdoors," said Gavin Harvey, President of OLN. "SURVIVOR covers all of those areas. What better show to bring to OLN, than one that is all about surviving and competing in the great outdoors?"

"SURVIVOR is in good company on OLN, especially with the premiere following the epic conclusion of Lance Armstrong´s final Tour de France," said Mark Burnett, Executive Producer of SURVIVOR. "I´m excited SURVIVOR fans are going to be able to revisit their favorite moments from past seasons. It´s a fantastic growth opportunity for OLN and a great partnership for us."

The deal, secured through King World, includes the rights to 10 seasons and more than 160 episodes of the series, as well as options for the next two seasons. Viewers will be able to relive all of the scheming and the physical challenges, the tension-filled Tribal Councils, and the most exciting moments from SURVIVOR history. Who could forget Susan Hawk´s tirade and the bare-all Richard Hatch in Season I? John Dalton lying about his grandmother´s death and Rupert Boneham stealing from the opposing team in SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS? Jenna Morasca and Heidi Strobel stripping for chocolate and peanut butter in SURVIVOR AMAZON? And, of course, Rob Mariano proposing to Amber Brkich on the live reunion show of SURVIVOR ALL-STARS?

OLN will not only present each season in its entirety, but also package the programs according to various themes like ´Most Villainous Characters´ and ´Biggest Twists.´ The network will also use SURVIVOR as a platform to introduce OLN´s new generation of original series.

"This show presents a huge opportunity for our network," said Marc Fein, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production. "Since 2000 each season of Survivor has ranked among the top five shows of that season and averaged more than 20 million viewers. Research speaks to the show´s continuing strength and the compatibility between our audience and that of SURVIVOR. The built-in fan base will bring new viewers to OLN, exposing them to all of the other great programming we have to offer."

"SURVIVOR is the reality series that spawned a whole new television genre," said Harvey. "It is a prized acquisition and a perfect fit for OLN."