Sunday, October 30, 2005

DANCING WITH THE STARS To Return In January - Replaces ALIAS

The summer hit DANCING WITH THE STARS will return with an eight-week run, beginning Thursday, January 5 (8:00 p.m., ET), it was announced by Andrea Wong, executive vice president, Alternative Programming, Specials and Late-Night, ABC Entertainment. This summer´s only true hit series, DANCING will replace the action drama ALIAS, which will take a broadcast hiatus due to Jennifer Garner´s maternity leave and which is scheduled to return to the lineup with original episodes in the spring.

"We are so grateful viewers embraced this show," said Ms. Wong. "With a new cast of stars and the addition of the results show, we will be delivering to them a season that has even more drama, more dancing and more glitter!"

This second season of DANCING WITH THE STARS will feature a new lineup of celebrities, who will be announced at a later date. A weekly results show will air in the days following the Thursday broadcast. The day and time of that broadcast will also be announced at a later date.

With an average audience of 16.8 million viewers, DANCING WITH THE STARS concluded its six-week summer run as the most-watched summer series on any network in the last five years - since the inaugural season of CBS´ SURVIVOR during Summer 2000. The ABC unscripted show ranked a dominant No. 1 in its time slot among Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, qualifying as the top TV show of the evening on each of its telecasts on both Nielsen measures. DANCING WITH THE STARS greatly improved its time period, boosting ABC´s performance in the hour by 12.2 million viewers (16.8 million vs. 4.6 million) and by 168% in Adults 18-49 (5.1/15 vs. 1.9/6) over the same weeks the previous summer.

DANCING WITH THE STARS is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, STRICTLY COME DANCING.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Rivals Networks Make Personal Bet On Rating Success For AMAZING RACE AND SURVIVOR Repeats

Reality Showdown: GSN and OLN put AMAZING RACE and SURVIVOR To The Test In A Bet

OLN President Will Eat A Cricket To Make Good On A Bet With GSN President & CEO

While head-to-head network competition has been a part of television since its earliest beginnings, the Presidents of GSN and OLN took it to a personal level, when they placed a side bet against the month-long performances of their respective adventure reality acquisitions THE AMAZING RACE on GSN and SURVIVOR on OLN.

GSN President and CEO Rich Cronin bet OLN President Gavin Harvey that his network´s THE AMAZING RACE would outperform OLN´s SURVIVOR in total viewers for the first month. Cronin told Harvey that if THE AMAZING RACE lost the bet that he would "race" to-and-from work, walking four miles each way for one week. Harvey countered saying that if OLN´s SURVIVOR did not beat THE AMAZING RACE´s viewership that he would "survive" by eating a cricket.

The results are in and GSN´s THE AMAZING RACE averaged 355,000 total viewers each night in prime time, peaking with 495,000 on July 14. This measurement was based on the one-month period from July 11 to August 10 (M-Su 9 PM). OLN´s SURVIVOR averaged 200,000 total viewers each night in prime time, peaking with 362,000 viewers on August 3, putting GSN ahead of OLN in total viewers. OLN´s measurement was based on the time period of July 24 through August 23 (Sun 7p; M-Th 10p).

True to his word, Harvey will honor the bet and eat a cricket with Cronin as a witness the next time the two are together in either New York or Los Angeles. Surprisingly, both cities have a few good restaurants that serve this fine "delicacy."

Said Cronin: "Hats off to Gavin and OLN for doing a great job packaging and promoting SURVIVOR. I´m glad that I don´t have to walk to work four miles, but despite Gavin having to eat a cricket, I think both OLN and GSN are winners with SURVIVOR and THE AMAZING RACE. THE AMAZING RACE just won its third consecutive Emmy and the early seasons of the series have attracted many new viewers to GSN."

Commented Harvey: "This bet was made in the spirit of competition, which is what OLN is all about. SURVIVOR has been a huge boon for the network, increasing the ratings for its time periods by 200%. The show regularly doubles its lead-in programming, and we´re pleased to see ratings growth in each of the seasons we´ve presented so far. Both THE AMAZING RACE and SURVIVOR prove the viability of reality television in syndication. I applaud GSN for the way they´ve been able to capitalize on THE AMAZING RACE and I look forward to resolving the bet later this month."

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

ABC Casting For New Reality TV Show EX-WIVES CLUB

ABC has announced that they are Seeking Recently Separated or Divorced Men and Women for new Reality TV Show

Are you having a difficult time coping with your transition? Many separated women and men are lonely, scared and unable to trust. The network that brings you EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION and SUPERNANNY have developed the next big uplifting and inspirational show that can help!

The EX-WIVES CLUB will EMPOWER all women and men. The team of experts will help you surface again and overcome your anxieties and fears. If selected for the show, you will be spoiled, pampered and showered with gifts worth thousands of dollars! Learn how to let go, re-build self esteem, and discover the NEW YOU!

Email with the following info:

City & State in the subject line
Contact Phone Numbers
Dates of Separation and/or Final Divorce

And tell them:

What would you say happened to the relationship?
What would your ex-spouse say happened to the relationship?

Participants must be at least 21 years of age and willing to share their story.

ABC Announces Casting For AMERICAN INVENTOR Reality TV Show

ABC has announced that they are casting for a new Reality TV Show called AMERICAN INVENTOR

Have you ever seen a product in a store and said to yourself: "Why didn´t I think of that?" or "That was my idea!" or "My idea is better!" Well, here´s your chance to prove it.

To submit your contact information as a potential cast member go to:

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Brewing Company Offers Auction For Reality TV Appearance

Stampede Brewing Co. to Conduct First-Ever Charity Auction of a Reality TV Show Appearance.

New Beer Company Creates Reality TV Show With Puck From MTV´s The Real World(R) to Build Awareness for Celiac Disease While Launching Its Brand

Starting Tuesday, October 25th, people from all walks of life can bid for a once in a lifetime chance to be a guest star on a new reality show called Six Pack(TM). Six Pack is being produced by National Lampoon´s Reality Bar Crawl Channel to coincide with the launch of Stampede Brewing Co.´s new beer, Stampede Light. The host of Six Pack will be the infamous Puck, from MTV´s The Real World. The winning bidder will get to hang with Puck and Stampede Brewing Co.´s founder for a weekend of fun, sports, and debauchery. Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has also donated tickets to a Mavs game as part of the winning bid.

All expenses will be paid and all mayhem will be taped, however, you must be 21 to bid. The charity auction, listed on eBay(R) and managed by Kompolt, can be found at .

A portion of the winning bid will be donated to The Celiac Disease Foundation. Affecting one out of every 133 Americans, Celiac Disease is a genetic disorder that makes it impossible for people with the disease to eat foods that contain gluten, which is found in wheat and other grains. "People with Celiac Disease can´t even enjoy a cold beer when they watch a ball game," said Lawrence Schwartz, founder of Stampede Brewing Co. "It´s not fair, and we want to help fund a cure."

"People like to watch people doing real things... not commercials," said Puck from MTV´s The Real World San Francisco. "So I decided to help Stampede tell their story through a reality TV show instead of letting them waste money on stupid commercials that nobody watches. And besides, beer packed with Flintstones is a really cool idea," Puck said.

BUT CAN THEY SING Premieres October 30th On VH1

VH1 Gives America the Chance to Decide who Stays and who Goes Home in the New Original Series BUT CAN THEY SING Premiering Sunday, October 30.

Exclusive Content and Performances to Air on VH1´s Broadband Network Vspot Before and After Each Episode.

Morgan Fairchild, Kim Alexis, Antonio Sabato, Jr., Larry Holmes, Joe Pantoliano, Bai Ling, Carmine Gotti Agnello, Michael Copon And Myrka Dellanos Will Hit the Stage in This Six-Week Competition

They can act, model and even box, but can they sing? VH1 will give viewers the chance to decide through multiple platforms who should stick to their day jobs and who gets to tough it out over six weeks to become a pop star in the new original series BUT CAN THEY SING? premiering on October 30 at 10:00 PM EST.

Actors Morgan Fairchild (FALCON CREST), Joe Pantoliano (SOPRANOS), Bai Ling (NIXON), Antonio Sabato, Jr., (THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL), Michael Copon (ONE TREE HILL), model Kim Alexis, Carmine Gotti Agnello (GROWING UP GOTTI), former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and Latin entertainer/journalist Myrka Dellanos will undergo grueling and intensive training with two prominent vocal coaches and one movement/dance instructor to prepare for their performance in front of a live studio audience each week during the six week competition.

VH1 will then turn the voting over to America at 11:00 PM EST where viewers will have the opportunity to cast their ballots one of three ways:

* Online (
* Text messaging, by sending their contestant´s number ("01","02", "03", etc.) to 91757. Text message voting is sponsored by Sprint but is open to all carriers/networks.
* Via toll-free phone

VH1 will also offer viewers a sneak peek of two full performances each Sunday morning prior to the 10:00 PM EST premiere of BUT CAN THEY SING? on

Additional exclusive Vspot programming includes interviews with contestants immediately following their performances, post-show discussions with studio audience members, and post-show predictions from the show´s voice/dance coaches.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Nationwide Search Announced For The Next Reality TV Design Star for HGTV

Anyone who is bursting with decor and design ideas and has a burning desire to be on TV will finally have the chance to make the passion for paint and romance with rooms pay off. HGTV, the premier home and lifestyle network with shows featuring popular hosts/designers such as Kenneth Brown (reDesign), Karen McAloon (Design Remix) and Candice Olson (Divine Design), has launched a nationwide search for the next great design star. Beginning Monday, October 24 through Saturday, December 3, HGTV will accept applications from professional, novice and wannabe designers who think they have the ideas, instincts and individuality to host their own show on HGTV. The application can be found on

As a second pillar of the Design Star search, homeowners who have dreamed of enhancing a room in their home will have a chance to get in on the action. Beginning Monday, December 5th through Friday, January 14th 2006, HGTV will accept applications from homeowners who have a room that is in dire need of a redo.

During February and March 2006, HGTV viewers will vote on the profiles of 10 designer finalists and 10 room finalists on, narrowing the pool of candidates for each group to five. At that point, viewers will vote again to "match up" each the five designer finalists with the five homeowner finalists based on who they think is the best designer for a particular room´s challenge. In August 2006, viewers can then sit back and watch the fun when HGTV airs Design Star, a special five-part series showcasing the selected designers as they makeover the rooms of the lucky homeowners. After a final viewer vote, one designer will be selected to host their very own 13-part series on HGTV to premiere January 2007.

"The Design Star concept has been in development for quite some time because we wanted to be sure it was an idea that would really engage all our viewers and inspire them to participate," said Michael Dingley, senior vice president, programming and content strategy, HGTV. "This is an ideal concept for HGTV because any viewer can get involved, whether as a potential designer or as a potential candidate for a makeover in their own home. Design Star is reflective of the spirit of the network and our goal to offer a variety of entertaining programming that inspires viewers with great ideas for their homes."

Viewers can get more information about the Design Star search by visiting

Thursday, October 20, 2005

MTV Retracts Report That New ROCK STAR Will Star Van Halen

In an about face, has posted a retraction on their website the rock group Van Halen would band looking for a new lead singer for next season of ROCK STAR.

In a statement "MTV News erroneously reported Wednesday that a source close to the program claimed that if ROCK STAR does return for a second season, that the core Van Halen trio - Michael Anthony and brothers Alex and Eddie Van Halen - would be the band auditioning potential singers. The band flatly denies any involvement in the show."

Top Jocks Sign-up For New Reality TV Sports Series - PROS VS. JOES

]Jerry Rice, Karl Malone, Bo Jackson, Tony Dorsett, Clyde Drexler, Herschel Walker, Jennie Finch, Jim McMahon, Dominique Wilkins, Brandi Chastain Among Those to Star in Spike TV´s and Clear Channel Entertainment TV´s PROS VS JOES.

Armchair quarterbacks unite! For every sports fan that has yelled "My grandmother could have made that catch!!!" or "I could make that throw in my sleep!!!," Spike TV brings sports competition to a new dimension as regular guys will get the opportunity to compete against their sports heroes in PROS VS. JOES. The series premieres in April 2006 and will consist of ten one-hour weekly episodes.

The Pros featured in the Spike TV series include Jerry Rice (future NFL Hall of Famer who holds most receiving records), Herschel Walker (1982 Heisman Trophy winner), Karl Malone (future NBA Hall of Famer and legendary Utah Jazz forward), Bo Jackson (Heisman Trophy winner, 2-sport All Star), Tony Dorsett (four-time Pro Bowl Dallas Cowboys running back), Clyde Drexler (NBA Hall of Famer), Jennie Finch (Olympic softball star), Jim McMahon (former Chicago Bears quarterback), Brandi Chastain (former U.S. National Soccer Team star), Dominique Wilkins (former NBA All Star known as "The Human Highlight Film"), Alexi Lalas (former U.S. National team soccer star), Muggsy Bogues (former NBA point guard), Xavier McDaniel (former NBA All Star forward), Bill Goldberg (former wrestling superstar and NFL linebacker), Dan O´Brien (Olympic decathlete), Gary Hall Jr. (eight-time Olympic medalist swimmer), Misty May (U.S. Olympic gold medalist volleyball player), and Dave Stewart (4-time 20- game winner and MVP of 1989 World Series for the Oakland Athletics). More participating athletes to be announced.

"This series will answer the age-old question every guy is thinking -- if I got the chance -- could I prove I´m a better athlete than an NFL Hall of Famer like Jerry Rice, and NBA Hall of Famer like ´The Mailman,´ or even one of the world´s best female soccer players," noted Sharon Levy, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming, Spike TV.

Joe Townley, President of Clear Channel Entertainment Television adds, "We are making dreams come true for a few lucky sports fans and providing entertaining programming at the same time. I don´t believe there are any avid sports fans out there who haven´t dreamt of an opportunity like this or wouldn´t want to see the drama and thrill of it as it happens to an average "Joe" much like them."


* PROS VS. JOES will feature regular guys who will compete against each other for a shot at winning season tickets to their favorite team. The only thing standing in their way is a team of superstar athletes from different athletic backgrounds.

* Each week, three Joes will go up against a super star team of five Pros. The Joes and Pros will be put through different challenges that will test their athletic skills, physical stamina and brute strength. Pros will be challenged not only in their own sports, but will compete in sports in which they have limited experience.

* Viewers will be given an exclusive, inside look at the conversations and antics that happen in the Pro locker room as they plot the demise of the Joes. The finale will culminate with the best performing Pros pitted against the favorite Joes who will compete for the ultimate sports fantasy prize package.

Casting for "Pros vs. Joes" is in progress. Interested "Joes" can contact or 310-566-6271 for more details.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Report Indicates That New ROCK STAR Will Be Van Halen Looking For New Lead Singer? is reporting today that if CBS renews a second sesaon of ROCK STAR, the rock group Van Halen would be thre front runner to look for a new lead singer.

According to, "The success of the first season aside, it remains to be seen whether ROCK STAR will return for a second season. But if the series is added to next summer´s CBS lineup, expect to see Van Halen tapping into America´s rock and roll pipeline for a new singer."

They further went on to say that "While a spokesperson for Van Halen said the band has no comment regarding pending projects, a source close to the show claimed that the core Van Halen trio - brothers Alex and Eddie Van Halen and bassist Michael Anthony - will be auditioning potential frontmen and women for the show´s still-hypothetical second season."

Reality TV Racing Show Signs NASCAR Legend Bobby Allison

New Reality Racing TV Show Roars Into the Fast Lane With the Signing of NASCAR Legend Bobby Allison

BOCReality Racing, Inc. announced the signing of NASCAR and stockcar superstar Bobby Allison to REALITY RACING - THE ROOKIE CHALLENGE, the new reality TV show that gives total amateurs a shot at a racing contract with a sanctioned NASCAR racing team.

Mr. Allison will act as a spokesperson and guest commentator and will be involved in various marketing and promotional activities for the new reality TV show REALITY RACING - THE ROOKIE CHALLENGE. Mr. Allison said, "My whole life has revolved around the passionate pursuit of racing, so I certainly appreciate what it means to have a dream and what it´s like to have the opportunity to go for it... at top speeds. I´m glad to have the opportunity to help someone else fulfill their dreams of reaching the winner´s circle."

REALITY RACING - THE ROOKIE CHALLENGE is a totally unique, nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat, action-packed 13-week hit TV show scheduled to air in early 2006. In addition to a highly coveted contract with a sanctioned NASCAR racing team, the REALITY RACING - THE ROOKIE CHALLENGE Champion will receive national exposure, a sizable cash award, a diamond-encrusted gold championship ring, plus other valuable prizes and surprises.

Patrick Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of Reality Racing Inc., stated, "Mr. Allison´s stellar racing career makes him the perfect addition to the Reality Racing Team. He´s one of stockcar and NASCAR racing´s superheroes, and he certainly has the track record to prove it." Mr. Allison has raced his way to the Winner´s Circle on the short track more than 600 times, including 85 NASCAR wins -- which ties him for third place in the all-time win list. Also to his credit, Mr. Allison has been named one of NASCAR´s Top 50 Greatest Drivers, is a six-time winner of NASCAR´s Most Popular Driver Award, is the recipient of the NASCAR Award of Excellence and has been inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame. Mr. Allison´s track titles include the Winston Cup Series Champion 1983; three- time winner of Daytona in 1978, 1982, 1988; Iroc Series Champion 1980; three- time runner-up Daytona 500 in 1970, 1972, 1981; and five-time Winston Cup Series Runner-up.

REALITY RACING - THE ROOKIE CHALLENGE´s talent search will begin with national open casting calls at various locations around the country -- dates and locations to be announced soon. The national field of hopefuls will then be narrowed down to 15 lucky Reality Racing drivers who will compete weekly for the ultimate prize and title. Each driver will be assigned a custom-built racecar, plus a custom-fitted fire protection suit and equipment to use for the duration of the show, the necessary driving instructions, professional pit crew support, media handling and deportment lessons to groom them for the life, career, fame and activities of a NASCAR driver.

To be eligible for the national tryouts and to appear on REALITY RACING - THE ROOKIE CHALLENGE, male and female drivers must be complete amateurs with no prior oval track racing experience of any kind. They must be over 18 and have a valid U.S. driver´s license with no serious traffic offense convictions. Additional restrictions apply. The selected participants will be judged on a point system by existing NASCAR drivers as well as other established and well-known pit crew personnel, etc. Areas of judging will include, but will not be limited to: raw talent, on-camera appearance and personality, overall racing desire and on-track racing abilities. Tests, trials and actual races will be held weekly to earn contestants points that will determine such things as rewards and pole position.

Reality Racing Inc.´s new TV show REALITY RACING - THE ROOKIE CHALLENGE will continue its promotional launch in Nashville, Tennessee on November 5 and 6, 2005, as a rookie driver competes for the first time in a major ASA series race.

According to Schaefer, "Our show gives people who believe they have what it takes to be a professional race car driver the chance to live their dream by not only competing against other drivers of similar experience, but knowing that the winner of REALITY RACING - THE ROOKIE CHALLENGE will be given the opportunity to actually drive professionally as a member of an established NASCAR sanctioned series race team." Information can be obtained by viewing the Reality Racing website at

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Casting Underway For Christmas Reality Show

USA Networks and the Producers of LAGUNA BEACH want to show the world that the spirit of Christmas is alive and well... but they need your help!

What does Christmas mean to you? How do you celebrate it?

From bright lights in big cities to quiet celebrations in the country, from the craze of shopping for presents to the peace of a midnight mass, NBC wants to explore the contemporary spirit of Christmas in all its diversity, meaning, and wonder.

Are you:

-The family whose Christmas lights are the envy of all the neighbors?

-Meeting your in-laws or bringing your significant other home to your family for the first time?

-Spending your first holiday away from your family?

-Worried that this might be the year your kids decide they don't believe in Santa Claus?

-A self-proclaimed "Grinch" who hates Christmas OR sick of the "Scrooge" in your family who needs to learn to love the holiday?

-Starting a new holiday tradition with your friends?

-Someone who has a specific wish for the holiday season?

-Building or moving into a new home where you will host a holiday gathering for the first time?

-Expecting this Christmas to be different from all the rest, for some major reason?

They want to hear from you. NBC will follow a selection of families and individuals whose Christmas stories will create a portrait of the many ways Americans celebrate the holiday season - and overcome any obstacles that might be in the way.

If you have a story to tell, please contact them now!

To be considered, you should:

-Download and complete the application at:

-Make a brief 3 to 5 minute videotape telling us a little bit about yourself and your plans for the holiday- VHS only, please!

-Include a few photos of yourself and your family/friends, as pertinent (please, no family heirloo... we cannot guarantee photos will be returned)

Mail ASAP (but to arrive no later than November 1) to:

Great American Christmas
c/o LPA Productions
11965 Venice Blvd
Ste 404
Los Angeles CA 90066

If you have questions, or would like to tell us about a friend or member of your community whose story you think we should tell, please email!

CBS Casting For New Reality Show That Turns Back The Clock


Ever wonder what happened to that old flame?

First love?

War buddy?

Your biological parents?

A mentor?

A crush from the office?

A new CBS reality show is turning back the clock, and allowing you to see what WOULD HAVE happened had you stayed with or in touch with this special person in your life.

How would things be different?

Will it match your imagination?

Please send your story to

or visit:

Monday, October 17, 2005

CBS Announces Web Blogs For Hit TV Reality Series

Stars, Producers and Writers to Write Blogs for Hit CBS Primetime Reality Series is bringing blogging to primetime with the help of stars, writers and producers of some of the biggest hits on CBS.

These Reality TV series blogs will give web surfers the inside track on their favorite shows. is now featuring blogs from SURVIVOR: GUATEMALA. In addition, in the coming weeks will unveil blog for THE AMAZING RACE: FAMILY EDITION.

"The public´s appetite for personal blogs continues to grow by leaps and bounds, and so it only makes sense to offer the stars and creative talent of America´s most watched network to this growing audience," commented Larry Kramer, President, CBS Digital Media. "Additionally, we´re confident these blogs will help drive traffic to our sites, while also increasing the visibility of these series on a whole new platform and build an even stronger relationship with the viewers."

"Blogs are a great way to bring the millions of viewers who enjoy our programming into the creative process," said Nancy Tellem, President, CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group. "Each week, fans of our shows will be able to go online and read about what it´s like to work on the show, what went into a particular episode or what´s on the mind of one of our actors," "It´s a great bonus for our viewers, and a unique way to give them an exclusive look behind the scenes of their favorite shows."

The following is the details for the SURVIVOR: GUATEMALA blog now available on

Survivors Strike Back
Favorite Survivors Rob Cesternino, Jenna Morasca, Coby Archa, Scout Cloud Lee, Ethan Zohn, Ian Rosenberger, James Miller, Kathy O´Brien, Katie Gallagher and Jonny Fairplay all contribute to this lively blog, analyzing all the action in Guatemala and debating the finer points of the game.

And coming soon:

Return of the Racers
The series most memorable racers write commentary about each leg of the race, weighing in on each week´s action.

Casting Call Announced For YO MOMMA In LA




Can you throw the best smack in your crew? Do you want bragging rights and a cash prize in a battle of words? They are looking for the best hard-core, street baggers out there!

Are you an expert at YO MOMMA jokes, amazing at quick comebacks and do you "appear" to be between the ages of 18-22? Do you have creative, clean, unique and innovative material that¹ll blow everyone away?

If you THINK you can do this, stay home! If you KNOW you them what you´ve got!


All participants must be 18 years of age in order to be selected for the show

CONTACT : Rachel - 818.557.1138 or

Thursday, October 13, 2005


MTV: Music Television announced the greenlight for a third season of the hit series LAGUNA BEACH: THE REAL ORANGE COUNTY, returning in 2006. The network also greenlit new reality drama series 8TH AND OCEAN, set to premiere in Q1 2006.

From the team behind MTV´s genre-bending series LAGUNA BEACH, 8TH AND OCEAN will capture the real lives of the cast but will have the look and feel of a scripted drama. Telling the story of 10 young male and female models living together in a beachfront apartment complex while enduring the cut-throat world of fashion, this reality drama is shot in the style of a narrative film, but with an "indie edge." There are no interviews or confessionals the stories are told purely through probing camerawork, eclectic music and unscripted dialogue.

Every year thousands of potential models converge on the sun-drenched, bikini-clad town of South Beach, Miami with the hopes of making it big. Drama unfolds when competitive and interpersonal relationships heat up as these aspiring models hustle off to casting calls, sexy photo shoots and client go-sees while enjoying the seductive South Beach scene. Their agency, Irene Marie, a pioneer in the modeling industry in South Beach, and its booking agents work to guide these naïve and often self-doubting models in the hopes of turning them into successful pros. Underneath their flawless looks lies a bed of insecurity, uncertainty and apprehension about succeeding in this new world, but ultimately only the strong will survive.

All living in agency-owned apartments, the models work to make their dreams come true while dealing with the highs and lows of this demanding business. And with six girls in one apartment and four guys in another, competition and emotions are sure to boil over in these tight quarters.

"LAGUNA BEACH´S winning blend of fly-on-the-wall teen drama and artfully shot entertainment has truly connected with our audience," said Brian Graden, President, Entertainment MTV Music Group and President, Logo. "8TH AND OCEAN will build upon this distinctive method of storytelling with a compelling cast of models striving to succeed on the sands of South Beach."

"Our goal with 8TH AND OCEAN is to pull back the curtains on this seemingly glamorous business and present the real life drama of this dynamic group of young models," said Tony DiSanto, Executive Producer for LAGUNA BEACH and 8TH AND OCEAN. "Like LAGUNA BEACH we are approaching the storytelling of 8TH AND OCEAN without the standard visual and structural conventions of reality television. We are going for a unique cinematic style with a narrative which will allow the viewers to feel as though they are there, eavesdropping on the lives of these up-and-coming models."

Heralded by numerous critics, LAGUNA BEACH has proven to be not just a ratings winner, but also a franchise success for the network. Through 11 weeks, the second season of LAGUNA BEACH has reached over 73 million viewers and is the most watched program in its time period (Mon 10-10:30pm) among P12-24 across all of television, even out-delivering broadcast. In addition, the first season DVD is one of the top selling TV on DVD´s this year, selling more than 300,000 units to-date. Since the second season premiere,´s site-wide traffic for LAGUNA BEACH content has generated more than 90 million page views to-date, while LAGUNA BEACH: THE AFTER SHOW served nearly 6.3 million streams on the broadband video channel MTV Overdrive.

The season finale of LAGUNA BEACH: THE REAL ORANGE COUNTY is scheduled for Monday, November 14 at 10:00PM (ET/PT).

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

QUEER EYE To Premiere December 6 With Special Wedding

Grooms and their brides rejoice as Bravo´s QUEER EYE launches an all-new season with a block of wedding episodes that will feature everything from the perfect proposal to a fabulous ceremony. QUEER EYE kicks off on Tuesday, December 6 at 10:00 PM ET/PT with a premiere proposal episode.

The ultimate kings of style will help create the perfect wedding experience for each couple as they tackle touchy topics such as priest vs. rabbi and lasagna vs. chopped liver. The Fab Five are truly "best men" as they weigh in on everything from asking for the parents´ permission to popping the question to planning an affair to remember.

"For the very first time, the Fab Five rush in to help straight guys with the most important decision and event of their lives - marriage," said Andrew Cohen, Vice President of Production and Programming. "Tying the knot has never been this much fun!"

A surprise proposal will kick-off Bravo´s new season of QUEER EYE as straight guy Joe Uva proves to his longtime girlfriend Laura, as well as her family and friends, that he deserves her hand in marriage after ten years of courtship. After meeting Laura at jury duty at the White Plains Courthouse, the two quickly started dating. And dating. And dating. Laura was patient, and trusted Joe when he said he´d marry her soon, but soon never came. When Joe bought himself a Harley instead of buying Laura a ring, she ended the relationship. Friends and family always said these two were meant to be, but since Joe did not understand how to make a relationship work, he was seriously in the doghouse when the Fab Five stepped in to help him out. In a fairytale proposal, Joe finally proves to the world that Laura comes first.

The Fab Five´s next mission is to plan a magnificent wedding for their favorite couple, Joe and Laura, whose story is the ultimate QUEER EYE fairy tale. Girl met boy. Girl and boy fell in love. Girl dated boy. And dated him... And dated him... Ten years later, they were still dating without boy proposing to girl. Laura forced herself to try to move on and Joe realized he could not live without her, so he summoned the Fab Five for help in winning her back. The Fab Five succeed, and now that Joe proposed and Laura said "yes," they are back to help this duo plan their dream wedding. The Fab Five pool their resources and recruit the best that New York has to offer - the best wedding planner, caterer, church, and reception hall for the beautiful bride Laura and her handsome groom Joe. Their elaborate QUEER EYE wedding is beyond comparison and will premiere on Tuesday, December 13 at 10:00 PM.

In the third wedding-installment, QUEER EYE will feature New Yorker Maria and Texan David, who met almost four years ago and fell madly in love while students at medical school. They are now both residents with distance between them as Maria lives in New York and David lives in Boston. Despite their long distance relationship, they are ready to get married. There is a catch. Maria comes from a family of practicing Italian Catholics from Queens, New York, and David´s parents are liberal Jews from Dallas, Texas. With such severe differences in traditions and beliefs, Maria and David are terrified to plan their actual wedding. They want the wedding to be focused on them, not on the sensitive issues surrounding their very different backgrounds. They have recruited the Fab Five to help them plan a spectacular wedding so they can start their new life together without allowing their respective families to dictate the details. QUEER EYE´s Fab Five will plan an over-the-top rehearsal dinner with a surprise twist that will premiere on Tuesday, December 20 at 10:00 PM.

The official website for QUEER EYE is located at

ROCK STAR Runner-up Marty Casey To Open For INXS

Marty Casey the runner-up on the TV show ROCK STAR: INXS -- has been tapped with his band, the Lovehammers, to open INXS´ highly anticipated "Switched On" tour, which kicks off in January 2006.

"Being the opening act is really the best possible scenario for me," Casey says. "I´ve been with my band for 15 years and now I get the best of both worlds."

The 32 year old Chicago singer describes his band´s performances as a "high energy, fast-paced, big-time rock and roll show." He knows it will have to be that and more in order to set the stage for INXS. "I want to get out there and get people excited," he says. "We have to work 15 times harder to get to the level that INXS bring on every night."

It´s the least he can do for the multi-platinum Aussie rockers, who not only gave Casey advice and encouragement on the TV show, but have offered to continue their counsel as the tour progresses. "It´s the ultimate gift," says Casey.

"Marty is a fresh edgy performer who is captivating," says Tim Farriss of INXS. "He´s compelling to watch and listen to."

Casey would like to have won the competition, but is happy about this latest turn of events, too. "I respect their decision," he says. "And I have more admiration for INXS by giving Marty Casey & the Lovehammers a chance. People are going to be blown away." The public is already responding. Caseys song TREES is the number one download on MSN this week.

For INXS, the success of ROCK STAR has also meant sales. Recently, THE BEST OF INXS (Atlantic) reached number one on Billboard´s catalogue chart, and INXS´ new single PRETTY VEGAS, (Epic Records) hit number four with over 20,000 downloads via iTunes. The band recently shot a video for the song with director Scott Duncan.

Tickets for INXS SWITCHED ON tour, which is produced nationally by Metropolitan Talent Presents, go on sale the weekend of October 15. Up-to-date tour information is posted at

The tour begins on January 18, 2006 in Vancouver and will extend to more than 20 U.S. cities and two stops in Canada. INXS is Andrew Farriss (keyboards/guitar), Tim Farriss (guitar), Jon Farriss (drums), Kirk Pengilly (guitar/saxophone), Garry Beers (bass) and new lead singer J.D. Fortune.


Jan 18 - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Jan 19 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
Jan 20-21 - Lincoln City, OR - Chinook Winds Casino
Jan 23 - Oakland, CA - Paramount Theatre
Jan 25 - Pala, CA - Pala Events Center
Jan 26 - Highland, CA - San Manuel Casino
Jan 27 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
Jan 28 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Events Center
Jan 30 - Denver, CO - Convention Center
Feb 1 - St. Charles, MO - Family Arena
Feb 2 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theatre
Feb 3 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre
Feb 4 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
Feb 7 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
Feb 8 - Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple Theatre
Feb 10 - Boston, MA - Wang Center
Feb 11 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Feb 12 - New York, NY - Avery Fisher Hall
Feb 15 - Reading, PA - Sovereign PAC
Feb 16 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
Feb 17 - Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theatre
Feb 18 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre

BUT CAN THEY SING? Premieres October 30 on VH1

They can act, model and even box, BUT CAN THEY SING?

That´s the question VH1 will ask and answer this fall when nine celebrities vie for the chance to prove to America whether they should stick to their day job or tough it out over six weeks to become a pop star.

Actors Morgan Fairchild, Joe Pantaliano, Bai Ling, Antonio Sabato, Jr, Michael Copon, model Kim Alexis, Carmine Gotti Agnello, heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and Latin entertainer/journalist Myrka Dellanos have been chosen to compete against one another in this new original series.

VH1 will then turn the decision over to America and the winner of the competition will receive a cash donation to their favorite charity.

Hosted by Ahmet Zappa, BUT CAN THEY SING? premieres Sunday, October 30 at 10PM EST.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Could you be the KING OF VEGAS - New Reality TV Gambling Series

Want to compete against gamblers from across the country on Spike TV´s new television series, THE KING OF VEGAS?

We´re putting one million dollars on the line in a cutthroat competition to find the player who has mastered the art of gambling.

$1 Million Prize on the Line in First-Ever ´Decathlon of Gambling´ Competition

Qualifying Rounds to be Held in Atlantic City, Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles

It´s one thing to be a poker champion, but it´s another to be Spike TV´s KING OF VEGAS, where players must not only master poker but a full spectrum of casino games including blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, among others.

Each weekly hour will feature gamblers going head-to-head on our primetime set. Players will compete across multiple games in each episode. Every episode engages the players´ skill, strategy and sometimes sheer luck throughout the arc of the competition. It will be an epic tournament spanning 10 episodes. The series will culminate in a final showdown during which one person will prove that he or she is the master... the million dollar KING OF VEGAS.

This fall, Spike TV's KING OF VEGAS will hold qualifying rounds in Chicago, IL on Oct. 23; Las Vegas, NV on Oct. 29, Atlantic City, NJ on Nov. 6 and Los Angeles, CA on Nov. 9 .

Those interested in applying to participate on KING OF VEGAS should logon to for more detailed information and to fill out an online application.

Certain applicants will be selected by producers to participate in one of the qualifying rounds mentioned above. At the qualifying round, applicants will take a written gambling test and/or play several different games to evaluate their skill level. All applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have valid government-issued photo identification (driver´s license, passport), and meet the other eligibility requirements set forth on the application.


Could you use a vacation?

CBS and THE AMAZING RACE are offering you a trip of a lifetime.

Sign up to play THE AMAZING RACE FANTASY CHALLENGE and you could win a Pacific Northwest Adventure Tree House Resort Vacation for two.

Each week, select a Team that you think will NOT be eliminated in the next new episode. If your Team finishes last, then YOU will be eliminated from the FANTASY CHALLENGE. If your Team is not eliminated from the race, you´re still in the game and need to pick a Team for next week, but there is a catch: You can only pick the same Team a MAXIMUM OF FOUR TIMES.

If, at the end of the final episode of THE AMAZING RACE, your selected Team wins the race, you´ll be entered in a drawing to win the Grand Prize.

Monday, October 10, 2005

USA Network Announces Casting Call For NASHVILLE STAR 4

NASHVILLE STAR, USA Network´s original grassroots talent search to find America´s next great country music star and the nation´s top-rated country music program, will give another talented and deserving artist their big break when the show returns for its fourth season, it was announced by Jeff Wachtel, USA´s executive vice president of original programming.

"NASHVILLE STAR works because it showcases the best untapped musical talent on television," explains Wachtel. "One thing we´ve learned over the past three seasons is that there´s an incredible pool of talented performers whose voices have yet to be heard."

"I had been in Nashville for a decade writing songs," says first season winner Buddy Jewell. "NASHVILLE STAR landed me a record deal and gave me the opportunity to perform my own songs on the show in front of millions of Americans each week with fan reactions via email and through my website. It would have taken me years to get that sort of dedicated fan base without the support of those people who followed the show," says Jewell.

NASHVILLE STAR will launch a national casting tour beginning at the Saddle Ranch Chop House in Universal City, Los Angeles, on October 21 from 12:00-6:00pm and continuing on to 16 cities across America including Chicago, Dallas, DC, Portland, Atlanta and Las Vegas.

October 21 Los Angeles, CA
October 29 Chicago, IL
October 29 Morgantown, WV
October 29 Phoenix, AZ
October 29 Oklahoma City, OK
November 5 Dallas, TX
November 5 Lincoln, NE
November 5 Raleigh, NC
November 5 Tampa, FL
November 12 Portland, OR
November 12 Washington, DC
November 12 Pittsburgh, PA
November 12 Atlanta, GA
November 18 Nashville, TN
November 21 Indianapolis, IN
November 30 Houston, TX
December 8 Las Vegas, NV

How it works:
1. Those auditioning will have one minute to perform a song off an approved song list.
2. A select few of the most talented will be invited back the next day for a chance to sing either two (2) cover songs from the approved song list or one (1) song off the list and one (1) original song.
3. The top contestants then proceed to one of two regional competitions to again audition for a chance to appear on the show.

The auditions are open to women and men, ages 18 and over (as of January 1, 2006), who think they have what it takes to become the next NASHVILLE STAR. Updated information on auditions including cities, locations and times, song lists and applications can be found on

As in the past, the winner of this season´s NASHVILLE STAR will receive a major music recording contract with a top-level record label. But even runners-up come away with something most country music artists work years to achieve. "NASHVILLE STAR was like a ten-week audition in front of every record label VIP in Nashville and country music fans across the country," says season one runner-up Miranda Lambert.

The first three seasons of the series have launched the careers of promising artists including Jewell, Lambert and 2005´s Erika Jo. Jewell debuted his self-titled CD at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and was eventually certified gold by the RIAA. Runner-up Miranda Lambert became a household name when her "Kerosene" became the highest-selling debut album of 2005. She is currently a front-runner for CMA´s Horizon Award honoring new talent. Erika Jo, the most recent NASHVILLE STAR, landed at No. 5 on the same chart with her self-titled debut CD and at No. 27 on the Hot 200 Album Chart (all genres), outselling Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, Tim McGraw and Shania Twain, among others.

Friday, October 07, 2005

AMAZING RACE HOST Phil Keoghan Name His Most Memorable RACE Moments

In an interview with the CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Phil Keoghan, host of THE AMAZING RACE, was asked what have been the most memorable moments for him from the past seven seasons.

* Charla and Mirna carrying meat in Season 5: "I´m sorry, it just doesn´t get much better than that."

* Emily and Nancy trying to find a clue in an Indian marketplace in Season 1: "It was just such an amazing example of culture shock, which to me, the audience connects with, because they understand, - If I were there, I would be so out of my element."

* The head shaving with Uchenna and Joyce in Season 7: "It´s extremely touching. Part of what makes that so powerful is that when Brandon and Nicole were faced with the same fast-forward, they decided not to do it, and they didn´t win THE AMAZING RACE. I asked Brandon and Nicole, "What would you do for a million dollars?" They looked at me, and I said, "Would you shave off your hair for a million dollars?" They realized what I was asking them, and I said, "Well, clearly you wouldn´t, because you don´t know if you just gave up a million dollars." Speaking Uchenna and Joyce, Phil said, "I don´t think we´ve ever had more popular winners. Same with Chip and Kim."

* The challenge in New Zealand, when racers rolled down a hill in a giant ball called a Zorb:"That´s a friend of mine, that´s my friend¹s farm. I drove about 500 miles to find that location; they´d never taken the Zorb off-site before, so I tested it with my friend, down this hill. I just remember screaming, "We´ve got to get that in the show!"

* In Season 5, when the Bowling Moms were doing the rock-climbing challenge, Phil wished that Christie had done that challenge instead of Colin: "That´s when I wished there had been the rule about (teammates having to do an even number of) roadblocks. Colin was doing most of the roadblocks, and I would have loved to have seen Christie go head to head with Karen (of the Bowling Moms)."

* John of the team John Vito and Jill eating the cheese in Season 3: "It was just funny."

* Uchenna and Joyce at the orphanage in South Africa.

* In Season 6, Gus and Hera at the Goure Island in Africa, where slaves were shipped to the New World: "To me it¹s one of the greatest moments, where the show really slowed down and was breathing. The whole show slowed down. It was extraordinary."

The full article can be seen at: CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Applications Now Being Accepted For ROCK STAR 2

Do you have what it takes to be a ROCK STAR?

Do you have what it takes to hold a stage, to front a world-class band, to headline a world tour?

Do you think you are a Rock Star?

Mark Burnett Productions is considering a second season of ROCK STAR.

If you think you are good enough, send them a video and/or audio clip of your stuff. Please include all of your contact information.

No materials can be returned, and all materials are kept in the strictest of confidence.

Mail your submission to:

Rockstar Entertainment, Inc
Attn: Season 2 Casting
640 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Thursday, October 06, 2005

DANCING WITH STARS Winner Kelly Monaco Back Nude Again In PLAYBOY

Kelly Monaco sans her costume again and is reappearing in the November Issue of PLAYBOY Magazine.

Kelly also starred as Samantha McCall in ABC´s GENERAL HOSPITAL.

A sneak peak of Kelly bearing it all is available at

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Casting Call For Wedding Postponed Due to Hurricane Katrina

Do you know someone whose wedding was postponed due to Hurricane Katrina?

Brave St. Productions is currently looking for two couples whose wedding plans were interrupted by Hurricane Katrina for a one-hour television special. Each couple will be given a surprise wedding and a family reunion to reunite relatives who were separated after the storm. The surprise wedding will be held around the first week of November in the Southern US.

If you have family or friends who because of the disaster surrounding the hurricanes need a little extra help making their dream day come true, please email us with the following information:

* Names, ages and current location of the couple looking to wed.
* Your contact information, email and phone number.
* The couple’s contact information, email and phone numbers.
* A brief bit of information about the couple and their original wedding plans.
* Current status of the couples and wedding plans.
* The current location and status of the couple’s friends and family.
* Photos of the couple and their family and friends.

or contact Brave Street Productions at 212-545-7170 x14

Court TV Announces PARCO PI Columbus Day Marathon

This Monday, October 10, Court TV will offer a Columbus Day Marathon of PARCO PI.

When the drama of investigation meets the reality of family life, the result is PARCO PI, a new hybrid reality/docu-drama series from Court TV that follows the Parcos, a family of New York City private eyes, as they crack cases and expose secrets at their family-run private investigation firm. From cheating spouses to corrupt business partners, the series combines the most compelling elements of verite documentaries and scripted drama.

More information can be found on the official PARCO PI website at

THE SURREAL LIFE Finale This Sunday

THE SURREAL LIFE - the worlds of seven pop culture originals collide as they learn to live too close for comfort in a plush Hollywood mansion will have it´s Season Finale this Sunday.

The final morning begins with an unexpected apology in the bathroom from Omarosa to Janice and the two women hug. Unaware, the rest of the gang still worry about the Omarosa/Janice rivalry; Caprice thinks Janice is spreading too much "negativity" around the house, while Pepa feels Omarosa should not have accused Janice of being a poor mother.

And when Janice asks for an apology at the last cast dinner, Omarosa flat out refuses. Saying she stands behind what she said about Janice´s wild antics and her questionable skills as a mother, stating, "You need help, Janice...I can´t lie." And the battle of the century begins its crescendo.

By the end of the night someone will climb out through a window, run down the driveway in tears leaving the house in a complete shambles - literally and emotionally!

THE SURREAL LIFE finale is on VH1 this Sunday (October 9th) at 10:00 pm EST / 9:00 pm CST

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

PROJECT RUNWAY To Premiere December 7 - Announces Partnerships

Bravo, Miramax Television, The Weinstein Company and ELLE are pleased to announce that L´Oreal Paris, Saturn, TRESemme, Banana Republic and Orbitz have signed on as the official sponsors of the second season of Bravo´s Emmy-nominated runaway hit series PROJECT RUNWAY, which premieres Wednesday, December 7 at 10 p.m., ET/PT.

The partnerships with Saturn, L´Oreal Paris and TRESemme are integrated deals that will provide significant exposure in all mediums including in-show, on-air and print. Orbitz is an official on-air sponsor for Bravo and Banana Republic has formed a deal with Miramax and The Weinstein Company to provide in-show integration.

"The creative world of fashion design truly struck a cord with our advertiser base as so many brands came forward to be part of the second season of PROJECT RUNWAY," said Lauren Zalaznick, President of Bravo. "The organic integration in, and on-air association with, this series is a great way for these sponsors to create a strong buzz among key consumers."

"We are looking forward to another successful season of PROJECT RUNWAY and are excited about being in business with Bravo and all of our partners," said Harvey Weinstein.

"PROJECT RUNWAY is a brand´s dream," said Lori Sale, Executive Vice President Worldwide Promotions for Miramax Films. "There are so many organic integration opportunities within the show and outside the show through our partnership with Bravo and ELLE Magazine. We have been literally able to create one-stop shopping for brands who seek a relationship with fashion and style."

Supermodel Heidi Klum will return as host of the Emmy-nominated series, which gives aspiring designers a chance to break into the notoriously difficult-to-crack fashion world. Along with the critical praise the series received, the first season garnered record ratings for Bravo. With 500% growth over its total-viewer and key demographic premiere numbers in December, the series finale on February 23 of cable´s hottest show, and the only cable show nominated for an Emmy in the Competitive Reality category, delivered the highest numbers for any Bravo telecast for the 2004-05 season to date.

The second season of the premier reality series set in the glamorous and rigorous world of the fashion industry will pit sixteen aspiring designers against each other facing off on design challenges. Saturn will provide the winner with $100,000 in seed money to help them launch their own line and a 2007 Saturn Sky Roadster. The winner´s designs will be photographed for ELLE by the magazine´s world-renowned Publication Director, Gilles Bensimon, and they will also receive a mentorship from the Banana Republic Design Team.

CONTENDER 2 Announces Casting Call For Professional Male Boxers

Mark Burnett Productions & ESPN have teamed up to find Professional Male Boxers for Season 2 of THE CONTENDER!

Open call interviews in the following cities from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm:

Los Angeles - October 14th
Las Vegas - October 17th
Dallas - October 19th
Miami - October 21st
Chicago - October 23rd
New York City - October 25th

For more information you can visit
email -

Monday, October 03, 2005


Entertainment Calendars has announced the release of the 2006 SEXIEST WOMEN OF REALITY TV WALL CALENDAR.

The 2006 Calendar features such Reality TV Stars as Ryan Starr, AMERICAN IDOL, Jenna Lewis, SURVIVOR ALL STARS, Trishelle Cannatella, THE REAL WORLD, Tonya Cooley, THE REAL WORLD, Sarah Kozer, JOE MILLIONAIRE, plus many others in almost revealing photos

2006 Sexiest Women of Reality TV Wall Calendar
2006 Sexiest Women of Reality TV Wall Calendar


In the first rounds of dismal ratings for THE APPRENTICE: MARTHA STEWART, NBC has decided to switch times on Wednesday nights so to not compete with AMERICA´S NEXT TOP MODEL 5.

In a head to head battle, AMERICA´S NEXT TOP MODEL 5 seems to be pulling no fluke punches as it has beaten Martha Stewart in the all important ratings race which has prompted this surprisingly move.

Effective immediately, THE APPRENTICE: MARTHA STEWART will now be seen at 9:00 pm EST, instead of the customary 8:00 pm time slot.