Saturday, September 30, 2006


AMERICA′S MOST WANTED: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK Making A Difference Like Never Before Saturday, September 30, On FOX

Unprecedented Response by AMW Viewers to Help Crime Victim

Last week, AMERICA′S MOST WANTED: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK featured the story of Jacqueline - an elderly woman who lives on the street and was brutally raped and beaten by an unknown assailant in New York City. She courageously fought back and yanked a thick gold necklace from her attacker; DNA evidence on the chain linked the unidentified man to three other assaults on older women in Miami Beach.

While AMW is predicated on generating viewers′ support to help authorities investigate crimes, the show′s viewers went above and beyond this past week. After Jacqueline′s story aired, the AMW Hotline was overwhelmed - not just with tips to help police investigate the case, but with hundreds of offers to help Jacqueline.

"The outpouring of love and support from AMERICA'S MOST WANTED viewers is unlike anything we′ve ever seen," said AMW producer Jon Leiberman. "Every week, we call on people to do the right thing and help us take down fugitives. This time, the viewers went a step further, not only by changing one woman′s life - but by changing her entire outlook on the world."

In an effort to turn this heartfelt concern into action, AMW approached Care for the Homeless, a well-known and highly-regarded social services agency in New York, which will assist Jacqueline in rebuilding her life. The support of AMW viewers will help Care for the Homeless to make sure that Jacqueline - and other homeless women - receive the medical care, housing and support services they need to regain stability and safety in their lives.

An update on Jacqueline′s story will air on tomorrow night′s episode of AMERICA′S MOST WANTED (Saturday, Sept. 30, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Information about how to help Jacqueline can be found at the Care For The Homeless website, Details on the hunt for the rapist who attacked Jacqueline can be found at

THE AMAZING RACE Renewed For 11th Season On CBS

CBS Picks Up THE AMAZING RACE For Its 11th Sprint Around The World

The Current 10th Edition of The Four-Time Emmy-Winning Reality Show Averaging More Than 10 Million Viewers in Its New Sunday Time Period

CBS has picked up the four-time Emmy-winning reality series THE AMAZING RACE for its 11th edition to be broadcast this spring.

THE AMAZING RACE 10, hosted by Phil Keoghan, premiered on Sunday, Sept. 17 delivering 10.13 million viewers, 4.6/10 in adults 25-54, 3.9/09 in adults 18-49 and 3.1/09 in adults 18-34. This was the best delivery for any AMAZING RACE broadcast in viewers since Feb. 28, 2006, in adults 25-54 since March 21, 2006, in adults 18-49 since March 28, 2006 and in adults 18-34 since March 14, 2006.

THE AMAZING RACE 10, part of CBS′s new Sunday lineup which includes COLD CASE and WITHOUT A TRACE, has helped boost the night in viewers and key demographics.

THE AMAZING RACE 10 features 12 Teams of two on a trek around the world for approximately 30 days. At every destination, each Team competes in a series of challenges -- some mental and some physical -- and only when the tasks have been completed will they learn their next destination. Teams who are farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first Team to arrive at the final destination winning $1 million.

Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman and Hayma Screech Washington are the executive producers for Bruckheimer Television and Earthview Inc., in association with Touchstone Television and Amazing Race Productions. THE AMAZING RACE was created by Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Exclusive Interview With Megan Morris - Second Model Voted Off On AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL

On Wednesday night, Megan Morris, a bartender from San Francisco, CA, was the second girl eliminated during hit reality TV series, AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL. During judging, Nigel commented that Megan had a great body and bone structure, but that she didn′t bring that to her photograph, as it was the weakest of the bunch.

Our own Elaine James caught up with Megan in this exclusive one-on-one interview.

Elaine James: During the makeovers, what did you think when Tyra revealed that you would be going Pixie Blond during your makeover?

Megan Morris: I wasn′t really surprised, but on the same note, I was really excited because I really loved the icy blond hair. I thought that they really did a great job stepping it up.

Elaine James: Have you kept your new look?

Megan Morris: I′ve kept it exactly the same except for the white eyebrows. I went back to brown because I liked that better.

Elaine James: So, as a short-haired girl, did you feel as if Jaeda was over-reacting when she was told that she would get all of her hair chopped off?

Megan Morris: I think that probably anybody from the outside that was watching the show would say that she was over-reacting. But your hair is a representation of your personality and it was a part of her. Having your hair all chopped off could be a little nerve racking, especially when she has no choice in the matter, unless she wants to get kicked off right them, which she got pretty close.

Elaine James: So tell me about how crazy the elevator challenge was.

Megan Morris: Oh! That was so much fun! It was crazy and I was so nervous. Before we started, I was like, how am I going to do this? Starting out, I don′t even hardly wear makeup and I was trying to throw makeup on in 12 seconds and run to the elevator. I was laughing the whole time and some of the other girls were very, very serious about it. They were pushing and shoving. It was hard, but it was really fun.

Elaine James: You said that you were laughing the whole time. Throughout the whole show, that is what we liked about you is that you always seemed to have a smile on your face.

Megan Morris: I don′t like to be completely serious all the time. Depending on the situation, it can be really damaging too. So I try to have a good time; what ever happens, happens. I′m kind of a risk taker and I think that goes along with taking things lightheartedly.

Elaine James: So tell me what it was like to meet Queen Latifa.

Megan Morris: I loved her! It was such a pleasant surprise. Her personality just shines so much. There are not a lot of celebrities that I look up to. She is one of those few people that are just so warm, friendly and intelligent and funny, all wrapped up into one person. I felt very fortunate that I got to meet her.

Elaine James: After the elevator challenge, everyone went back to the house and we watched as the drama unfolded as Monique spent 3.5 hours on the phone. Was she a continuous source of drama or was the show just edited to appear that way?

Megan Morris: There were other girls that were involved in drama. I thought Eugenia was somewhat of an instigator of drama. Monique was in the situation that she really didn′t want to talk with anyone in the house, but maybe Eugenia or Jaeda. She really isolated herself. Melrose kind of caused some of the drama, but still less as much as Monique. They really showed everything that she did. I was surprised that she started causing this drama, because before we got into the house, we were actually getting along pretty well and talking about being room mates once we got in and then once we were in the house, everything changed and she just had this everybody is my enemy mentality and I′m gonna make hell. It was really disappointing to see her character go down like that.

Elaine James: Tell me about what happened at the final shoot. How distracting was it to work with your spinning Princess Leiya buns in your hair?

Megan Morris: I was so upset at the shoot. I wasn′t sad at all, I was mad and I was disappointed. I knew what I was doing and I was taking too much direction from the photographer to the point to where I couldn′t give off the model quality that I knew was necessary. I felt constrained that when I would try to do what I wanted to do, she would point me in the opposite direction. I think that is why everyone was disappointed. I learned that I have to have a good balance. That is what I learned the most is to listen to my instincts. The time that I was on the show, I learned so much and it was an excellent learning experience.

Elaine James: When it came down to you a Jaeda in the bottom two, who did you think would be going home?

Megan Morris: I was surprised that it was Jaeda standing next to me. I thought it was going to be Monique. I wasn′t surprised that I was one of the two after hearing what the judges had to say about my photo, I was surprised that I was the one sent home. I know that I have so much more potential. I was disappointed though because you only have that one shot and that is what you are judged on and I struck out. That goes to show you that you just have to hit it every time.

Elaine James: So what is next for you?

Megan Morris: I′m definitely on my way to pursuing more modeling. I′ve had some calls from people that are interested in me. On top of that, I′ve also started a medical animation production company called Love and Splendor. So besides running my business, I′ll also be modeling on the side. Those are the 2 things that I love in life.

Elaine James: Who will you be rooting for to win?

Megan Morris: I′ll be rooting for Michelle. She was my buddy on the show and I see so much potential in her. She photographs so well and on top of that she has a killer personality. She′s got it all in my eyes.

DOG WHISPER Returns For A Third Season On October 23 For National Geographic Channel

Problem Pooches Beware! National Geographic Channel′s DOG WHISPERER Returns For A Third Season

Series Moves to New Night and Time: Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

From a Devil Dalmatian Fire Dog to a High-Maintenance Pink Maltese to a Pickup-Chasing Blue Heeler, Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan Lends Calm-Assertive Guidance

National Geographic Channel′s Emmy-nominated series DOG WHISPERER with Cesar Millan is returning for a third season and moving to Monday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Monday, October 23. This year the episodes are even more quirky, remarkable, touching ... and, of course, jam-packed with Cesar′s signature "Tsssts!"

From a devil Dalmatian that heats up a firehouse to a French bulldog kicked out of doggy day care to a tire-eating blue heeler, the third season features some of Cesar′s toughest cases yet. Celebrities, including Oscar nominee Virginia Madsen, recording artist legend Patti LaBelle, actress Jada Pinkett Smith and the best-selling author of "Marley & Me," also seek Cesar′s help with their canine dilemmas. And, for the first time, the series travels across the country to aid problem dogs and their desperate owners. In addition to Cesar′s home base of Southern California, episodes for the new season include problem pooches in New York, N.Y.; Atlanta, Ga.; Chicago, Ill.; Dallas, Texas; Omaha, Neb.; Philadelphia, Pa.; and Cleveland, Ohio.

With more than 20 years of experience working with canines, Millan has been called "Dr. Phil for dogs," and for good reason. He has a unique gift of rehabilitating dogs and training their owners. A favorite of "Oprah Winfrey," Cesar was also parodied on a recent episode of "South Park," and his book "Cesar′s Way" (Harmony Books, 2006) has been a fixture on the New York Times best seller list for the past five months. The second season of DOG WHISPERER received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy award. Millan was recently made an honorary member of the International Association of Canine Professionals.

World premiere episodes for season three include the following:

Dog Whisperer: Kobe, Banjo and Kisses
Monday, October 23, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
Five years ago, just after the Hoffman family brought home Australian shepherd puppy Kobe, he got into a tragic accident and lost his eye. Since then, Kobe has been biting people and lunging at strangers. The family is practically living in isolation. Will Cesar be able to restore the balance to this household and teach Kobe how to play well with others? Then travel to Nebraska to meet 6-year-old Banjo, a black and tan coonhound rescued from an animal-testing lab. Unfortunately, he′s still deathly afraid of people, even his owner Beverly who′s had him for four years. One vet told her to put Banjo down, but can Cesar help this traumatized pet recover? Next, meet Kisses, a Maltese dyed cotton-candy pink by her owner, Kitten. Adorable as she is, Kisses is also high-maintenance. She exhibits aggressive behavior, nips her owner′s heels and relieves herself on the carpet whenever Kitten′s old roommate stops by. Can Cesar bring harmony to this pink world?

Dog Whisperer: Buster, Holli and Spike & Belle
Monday, October 30, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
On a farm in rural Nebraska, Buster, an 8-year-old blue heeler/Australian shepherd mix, is supposed to play the role of alarm dog for Justin and Aimee Burch - but he does his job a little too well. Buster started attacking the mailman, and then progressed to attacking any delivery or service person. Even the family′s closest friend is attacked whenever he visits. Will Cesar be able to change this overprotective charger? Next, meet Holli, an American Staffordshire terrier severely injured when she was run over by a school bus. To avoid amputation of a limb, her owners Craig and Renee chose to have an experimental surgery done. However, Holli is still not fully recovered. Cesar offers Craig and Renee a special kind of rehabilitation for their beloved canine. Then Cesar helps actress Virginia Madsen and her 11-year-old son Jack find a new dog for their home. Virginia had sought Cesar′s help before, with a shepherd mix named Dixie. Unfortunately, Dixie became very sick, and Virginia had to face the tough decision of putting her down. After many tears, Virginia and Jack decided that was the best decision, but now even their 10-year-old French bulldog Spike is missing her company. Cesar comes in to visit his old friends and help find the dog with the perfect energy for both energetic Jack and the still peppy, but aging, Spike.

Dog Whisperer: Molly, Jane and Genoa
Monday, November 6, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
Molly, a 1 1/2-year-old blue heeler in Nebraska, had been chasing her owner Mark Eggers′ pickup truck to the point where, one day, she caught the tire, her teeth stuck, and she flipped over. Since then, Molly has lost an eye and had her lower jaw pushed up through her upper. Cesar makes his way to the rural farmlands of Nebraska to help apply the brakes on Molly′s tire terror. Then meet Jane, an American Eskimo/border collie mix in Chicago that just won′t walk. When her owners Carolyn Gordon and Giuseppe Scurato take her outside, it seems that anything can frighten her and she won′t budge. Can Cesar help Jane overcome her fears of the outside world? Next meet Genoa, a golden retriever that, at times, belies her breed′s gentle nature. When her owner Dan comes home after work, she whines and pants and then rampages throughout the house, trying to find a place to hide. Can Cesar help Genoa waken from her nightmare?

Dog Whisperer: Wilshire and Butch
Monday, November 13, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
Firehouse 29 on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles is a city landmark and home to a team of professional firefighters. However, in June 2006, these heroes faced a challenge even L.A.′s finest had no idea how to overcome: a 3-month-old Dalmatian puppy they named Wilshire The Firehouse 29 members had good intentions when they took in the spotted pup, rescued from near-death at a pound, but it wasn′t long before the hyperactive Dalmatian was running the firehouse: bolting out the door into six-lane traffic whenever there′s a call; running over the lunchroom tables looking for scraps of food from the firemen′s meals; and jumping on children who came to visit. If the men can′t teach Wilshire to behave like a proper firehouse dog, it′s certain the city attorney will have him taken away. Can Cesar clear Wilshire′s spotty past and make him a role model for fire dogs everywhere? Next, Cesar travels to the Lone Star State, where he meets Butch, an overly aggressive English bulldog. Butch was attacked by two dogs when he was a puppy, and after his owners nursed him back to health, he became aggressive to the point of biting them. Can Cesar rein in Butch′s out-of-control behavior?

Thursday, September 28, 2006

PROJECT RUNWAY Down to Final Four As Designers Advance to Finals

Two-Part Season Finale Kicks Off On Wednesday, October 11 And Concludes On Wednesday, October 18

Winner Of Project Runway "Fan Favorite Award Competition" To Be Announced During Reunion Special

PROJECT RUNWAY fans are marking their calendars for the highly-anticipated reunion special and two-part season finale. On Wednesday, October 4, Bravo will premiere the one-hour reunion special from 10-11 PM ET/PT, and the two-part season finale will air over two weeks, beginning on Wednesday, October 11, 10-11 PM ET/PT and concluding with the winner being announced on Wednesday, October 18, 10-11 PM ET/PT. The announcement was made today by Frances Berwick, Executive Vice President, Programming and Production, Bravo.

"For the first time, we gave our loyal PROJECT RUNWAY fans a summer season and the response has been astounding, resulting in the highest ratings for any Bravo broadcast ever. This show has truly connected with Bravo viewers like no other," said Berwick. "The reunion special and finale promise to be exciting, dramatic and as always unpredictable."

On Wednesday, October 4, 10-11 PM ET/PT, the designers will join host Heidi Klum and mentor Tim Gunn to reunite, reminisce and rehash the good, the bad and the unexpected from season three. The reunion special will feature never-before-seen interviews with the cast reacting to their experiences during the course of the challenges, as well as their personal reactions as they watch the series on television. Designers will share their thoughts on how the series has impacted their careers and lives and reveal their picks for the winner. Viewers will also see exclusive clips that didn′t make the final cut. In addition, the winner of Bravo′s first-ever "Fan Favorite Award Competition" will be announced during the reunion special. For the first time, PROJECT RUNWAY fans have been given the opportunity to pick their favorite designer. The "Fan Favorite Award Competition", launched on August 30th and ended on September 12, will award the designer with the most votes $10,000 and the honor of being the PROJECT RUNWAY Season 3 "Fan Favorite."

In part one of the season finale, on Wednesday, October 11, 10-11 PM ET/PT, viewers will watch as the final designers return home to begin work on their lines, which they will unveil at Olympus Fashion Week in New York. As in seasons past, guru Tim Gunn hits the road to visit with each finalist at home, meeting their families and getting insight into their personal lives. Tim also offers guidance on "making it work," as each designer shows the progress made on their collections and describes the inspiration behind the lines.

Part two of the season finale on Wednesday, October 18, 10-11 PM ET/PT, will have all finalists face-off in a runway show before the world′s fashion elite at NYC′s Olympus Fashion Week, presenting their lines before the judges, the media, and an audience of industry luminaries. Immediately after the show, the finalists will return to Parsons to hear what the judges have to say and who Heidi says is ultimately "in." At the end, the winner of PROJECT RUNWAY will be named, and become the newest member of the elite class of talented designers who has risen to the top of the ranks of this national design competition. The winning designer will walk away with $100,000 in seed money from TRESemmé to help launch his or her own line, a spread in ELLE magazine, a 2007 Saturn Sky Roadster and a mentorship with Macy′s I.N.C. International Concepts.

MOMS ON THE ROAD: AFRICA Premieres Tonight On Travel Channel

Eight Moms Venture From Their Everyday Lives In America To A Life-Changing Experience For MOMS ON THE ROAD: AFRICA

Travel Channel is sending eight moms away from the comfort of their homes in the United States on a life-changing journey in MOMS ON THE ROAD: AFRICA. Premiering tonight (Thursday), September 28 at 9:00 PM (ET/PT) and Thursdays thereafter at 10:00 PM (ET/PT), the women set out across four countries in southern Africa - from Cape Town to Victoria Falls - for six weeks.

Despite the commonality of motherhood, the wide range of ages, ethnicities and personalities spark both friendship and tension through their experiences abroad and their lives back home; including race, poverty, their relationships with their spouses and for one, her sexuality. The eight women who embarked on this journey include:

* Tammy Wellnizt, Chadron, NE, a rancher who must leave the safety of her Nebraska farm to welcome the challenge of this trip.

* Pat Gay, Los Angeles, CA, a retired psychologist who spent many years counseling AIDS patients and has a strong interest in learning more about the impact of the epidemic in Africa.

* Adrienne Brawley, Vienna, VA, a housewife longing for her own adventure.

* Mary Beth Leland, Richmond, CA, a special ed teacher and violence prevention coordinator who believes the trip is an opportunity for enlightenment that she can bring back to her community in the United States.

* Camisha Williams, Chicago, IL, a part-time student and cook will use this trip as a catalyst for a monumental life decision.

* Jackie Nova, Tarzana, CA, an actress who will experience a different culture for the first time.

* Amy Wimberger, Fort Collins, CO, a housewife and student who has embarked upon a courageous path of self-discovery. Amy O′Sullivan, South Haven, MI, a realtor ready to explore Africa and get away from the cold Michigan winter.

Traveling by overland truck, the women must learn how to cope with the complexities of modern Africa: from five-star luxury hotels to township hostels, nights under the stars among the wildlife to visiting AIDS orphanages and taking bush walks with the Masai. During this trip of self-discovery, each traveler takes the opportunity to re-evaluate her everyday life and return home with fresh perspectives on what really matters the most.

Jewel To Host Season Five of NASHVILLE STAR On USA Network

Season Four′s Cowboy Troy returns as Co-Host; Show Premieres on its New Night, Thursday, January 11 at 10pm/9pm Central

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 return on its new night, Thursday, January 11 from 10-11pm ET/9-10pm CT with Grammy-nominated host Jewel. Joining Jewel for the record-breaking fifth season will be season four co-host RAYBAW/Warner Bros. Record′s Cowboy Troy. The announcement was made by Jeff Wachtel, executive vice president, original programming, USA Network.

Jewel succeeds five-time Grammy Award-winning superstar Wynonna Judd, who co-hosted season four with Cowboy Troy, as host for season five.

"Jewel brings a new and exciting dynamic to NASHVILLE STAR for its fifth season," said Wachtel. "Her success and her understanding of the craft as both a singer and songwriter will be invaluable to the aspiring singers and insightful to the viewers. With her fresh perspective and Cowboy Troy′s return, the two should make a phenomenal hosting team!"

"I grew up on a ranch in Alaska, and my favorite memories are of sitting around a camp fire with my father and listening to the songs he wrote and sang. It was pure country music, and it has made me a sincere fan of country music ever since," said Jewel. "I am so excited to be part of this show, and for the chance to watch the contestants compete in this uniquely American artform."

"Jewel is one of the most extraordinary artists in the music industry, and we are thrilled that she will participate as the host of NASHVILLE STAR for its fifth season," said H.T. Owens, executive vice president, creative affairs, Reveille, which produces the nation′s top-rated country music program. "As an acclaimed singer, songwriter, poet and actress, Jewel will help us find another talented and deserving artist to bring to the country music scene."

From the remote tundra of her Alaskan youth to the triumph of international stardom, Jewel has traveled a singular road as an acclaimed singer, songwriter, poet, actress and painter. The three-time Grammy nominee, hailed by The Times of London as "the most sparkling female singer-songwriter since Joni Mitchel," continues to explore new musical avenues from the simplicity of acoustic-driven folk to the embrace of rock, pop, country, blues, jazz and classical influences. To date, Jewel has sold over 27 million albums worldwide, enjoying career longevity rare among her generation of artists. Jewel′s personal odyssey, partly chronicled on her twelve-times RIAA platinum debut album Pieces of You comes to full flower with her most recent Atlantic Records CD, Goodbye Alice in Wonderland.

The Hick-Hop originator, Cowboy Troy′s release Loco Motive debuted at #2 on Billboard′s Top Country Albums chart and at #15 on Billboard′s Hot 200 chart. Billed as the world′s only six-foot-five black rapping cowboy, Cowboy Troy, burst onto the country music fan′s consciousness with the multi-lingual breakdown in the middle of "Rollin′ (The Ballad of Big & Rich)", the opening track to platinum-selling labelmates Big & Rich′s 2004 release Horse of A Different Color. The University of Texas grad continues to electrify crowds on the road as he tours with Big & Rich.

For its fifth season premiere in January 2007, NASHVILLE STAR will become the longest-running competition series on cable television. Its national casting tour began on August 31 in Atlanta and continued to twelve other cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York, Dallas, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, Tampa Bay, Albuquerque, Charlotte and of course, Nashville.

The auditions are open to women and men, ages 18 and over (as of January 1, 2007), who think they have what it takes to become the next NASHVILLE STAR. Updated information on auditions including cities, locations and times, song lists, applications, as well as how to audition if you can′t make it to an open call, 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.

In its previous four seasons, the careers of promising artists including Miranda Lambert, Buddy Jewel, Erika Jo and Season Four winner Chris Young have been launched. Jewel debuted his self-titled CD at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and was eventually certified gold by the RIAA. Runner-up Lambert became a household name when her Kerosene became the highest-selling debut album of 2005. Young, the most recent winner, will release his first CD on October 3; his self-written first single "Drinkin′ Me Lonely," which he performed on NASHVILLE STAR, recently debuted at country radio.

NASHVILLE STAR will continue to be broadcast live from the BellSouth Acuff Theatre in Nashville.

FOX Reality Launches Fall Season Of Fantasy Reality Challenge

FOX Reality Launches Fall Season Of Fantasy Reality Challenge

Fox Reality Launches Fall 2006 Edition of Online "Fantasy Reality Challenge" Game Featuring "Survivor: Cook Islands," "Amazing Race," "America′s Next Top Model," "So You Think You Can Dance" and "The Biggest Loser"

"Fantasy Reality Challenge" Ready For Signups at "Games" Section

Fox Reality, the only all reality, all the time channel, gears up for season 3 of the first comprehensive online fantasy game dedicated to reality television, Fox Reality′s "Fantasy Reality Challenge." Ready for play at, the game brings the exploding worlds of online fantasy to enthusiastic fans of reality television, through a real-time challenge that lets participants earn points based on the performance of their selected players from some of America′s most popular reality series including "Survivor: Cook Islands," "Amazing Race," "America′s Next Top Model," "So You Think You Can Dance" and "The Biggest Loser." With registration beginning immediately, the game will advance as all five highlighted series have aired their season debut.

To add further excitement to the game, reality fans can play along with reality stars and compare their picks and standings. Returning participating stars include TV personalities such as "Reality Remix" host Kennedy and correspondent Mark Long, as well as Jenna Morasca of "Survivor," among others.

Fantasy sports in America is a $50 million business with more than 15 million people playing every year. The vast majority of 18-34 year-olds who play spend two to three times the amount of time online than their non-fantasy-playing counterparts. Fox Reality′s "Fantasy Reality Challenge" brings the thrill of online gaming to the fans of reality television.

Fox Reality′s "Fantasy Reality Challenge" is LIVE and accessible for signups through the "Games" section on the home page of Users become active participants with the programming by selecting up to six actual reality television contestants and then earn points based on the performance of those same people within their television competitions.

Each week, as contestants from the TV shows are eliminated, Fantasy Reality players accumulate points based upon who remains on their rosters. If a Fantasy Reality user opts to alter his or her roster, they can do so, but any points earned by someone who′s dropped are lost forever. The longer a contestant lasts, the more points earned. Users can invite their friends into private groups where they can play against each other and chat or the game can be played against the entire Fox Reality community.

NBC To Premiere "1 VS 100" October 13th - Hosted By Bob Saget

One contestant will battle "the mob" of 100 others in an attempt to win $1 million in NBC′s newest international game show import "1 vs 100," from Endemol USA, premiering its five-week run on Friday, October 13 (9-10 p.m.) following an original episode of "Deal or No Deal" (8-9 p.m. ET).

Following the series premiere, "1 vs 100" will air in its regular time slot on Fridays at 8 p.m. beginning October 20, leading into the return of "Las Vegas" (9-10 p.m. ET). As a result, "Crossing Jordan" will rejoin the NBC schedule at a date to be announced later.

The announcement was made by Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment.

"This entertaining game is a proven winner from Europe that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats as the pressure builds with every question and the financial stakes grow higher," said Reilly. "Bob Saget is the perfect host to keep things percolating without letting the excitement of so many people spin out of control."

Reilly continued: "The introduction of this new show also allows us the luxury of saving such a proven and versatile series as ′Crossing Jordan′ for use later in the season."

From Endemol USA, the producers of NBC′s "Deal or No Deal," the hotly anticipated new game show is hosted by popular comedian Bob Saget ("Full House," "America′s Funniest Home Videos"). The essence of the game requires that one player must outlast "the mob" of 100 people in a tense battle of brains and guts for a chance to win up to $1 million. To stay in the game, the player must answer trivia questions and get every one right -- wrong answers from the mob eliminates them from the game, driving up the cash prize for the player. If the player can eliminate all 100 members of the mob, they′ll go home with the $1 million top prize. However, if the player gets one answer wrong, the game is over and "the mob" will split the player′s winnings up to that point.

"1 vs 100" is an international hit in Sweden, Belgium, Holland (where it originated), Germany, Argentina and Portugal and was recently sold to BBC in the United Kingdom to air in primetime.

PROJECT RUNWAY And Other Reality Shows Break Ratings Record For Bravo

Bravo Shows Biggest Growth Among All Fully Distributed Cable Networks

Third Quarter 2006 Is Bravo′s #1 Youngest Quarter Ever

Bravo has broken multiple network records this quarter, kicking off with setting the record for being the #1 most-watched quarter in network history in primetime, and achieving double digit growth across key demos over third quarter last year. The success of the network is attributed to the increasing viewership and multiple hit series that premiered this quarter, from "Work Out" and "Million Dollar Listing" to the stellar "Project Runway", capping a year-to-date in which more shows have delivered over one million viewers than any other year in Bravo history. The announcement was made by Lauren Zalaznick, President, Bravo

This quarter also broke numerous other Bravo records, including the most growth in total viewers and key demos than any other fully distributed cable network, compared to third quarter 2005. In addition, this quarter brought in more younger viewers than ever before, making it Bravo′s youngest quarter ever, charting viewer median age at 42.5. And, although Bravo is getting younger, it continues to remain on course as the #1 cable entertainment network for delivering advertisers a high concentration of affluent (HH $100K+) viewers in the adults 18-49 and 25-54 demos, year to date. In addition, Bravo is pacing as the #1 most educated cable entertainment network among adults 18-49 and 25-54, year to date.

"More than ever, Bravo has truly become a watercooler network," said Zalaznick. "Our programming is resonating with viewers in a way that keeps people talking about it with their friends, chatting online, text messaging and hosting viewing parties."

Below are details of Bravo's history-making highlights:


Third quarter 2006 finished as Bravo′s most-watched quarter ever in the history of the network, with a primetime (Mon-Sun 8-11 PM) average HH coverage rating of .6, 627,000 total viewers, 179,000 P18-34, 355,000 P18-49 and 351,000 P25-54. Each of these is a network record for any quarter.

In third quarter, Bravo posted more year-to-year viewership growth across total viewers and key demos than any other fully distributed cable net (80 million HHs, including 39 ad supported nets). Bravo was up 40% in HH coverage rating, up 44 % in total viewers, up 58% in P18-34, up 38% in P18-49, and up 30% in P25-54.


Season three of Bravo′s Emmy-nominated hit series broke network records and is now the #1 most watched show in Bravo history

"Project Runway" has set network program records for all key demos. "Project Runway" on Wednesday, September 6 at 10:00 PM broken through Bravo′s prior records among total viewers (4.1 million), P18-49 (2.7 million), and P 25-54 (2.6 million). The following Wednesday at 10:00 PM, Runway broke the network record for HH coverage rating (3.7).

"Project Runway" has posted tremendous growth over its very successful second season. Over the course of ten weeks, the show′s third season has grown over 117% among total viewers, and is up 96% among P18-49, and up112% among P25-54 versus the first ten weeks of the show′s second season.


Bravo also launched another hit series in 3Q06 with "Work Out". The season finale of "Work Out" on Tuesday, August 22 averaged over one million total viewers, 711,000 P18-49, and 644,000 P25-54. Versus its premiere in its regular Tuesday 9:00 PM time slot on July 25, the "Work Out" finale was up +169% among total viewers, +142% among P18-49 and +112% among P25-54. The show posted growth during each week of its run on Bravo in its Tuesday 9:00 PM time slot.


Traffic to remained strong with another record breaking quarter across all metrics, pulling in 5.3 million unique visitors and 106.1 million page views, representing increases of 315% and 580%, respectively, versus the same quarter a year ago. This marks the best performing quarter ever for

Source: Nielsen Media Research, NHI Most current data (average of Live+7 through 9/10/06; Live+Same 9/11/06-9/24/06). All data before 2006 is Pre-DVR. Affluent and Education claims based on Nielsen Marketbreaks VPVH for $100K+ Households and 4+years college education for the Mon-Sun 8P-11P time period 2006 through August.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


Winning Submission To Air On CMT; Winner To Travel To Dallas Cowboys Game And Meet The Cheerleaders

Contest At CMT.Com

Want to spend some quality time with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders? Here′s your chance, as CMT launches a new, online viral game that allows fans to create their own commercial for the upcoming, eight-episode series, DALLAS COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS: MAKING THE TEAM, premiering Friday, September 29 at 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT.

CMT has partnered with HypeCouncil to develop the game, which invites fans to create their own commercial utilizing audio and footage from the series. Players compete for a chance to see their finished commercial on CMT, as well as an all-expenses paid trip to see the Dallas Cowboys play at Texas Stadium. The game, entitled "Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Commercial," is available today at

"This game was created to engage viewers in a unique way by inviting them into the creative process, and ultimately be a mouthpiece for the new series," said Andy Holeman, vice president, consumer marketing, CMT. "The viral element lets viewers share and compare their commercial with their friends, ups the ante on the competition and heightens overall series awareness, and CMT′s creative team could use a night off."

"Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Commercial" allows users to incorporate some of the most dramatic video and audio elements from the CMT series to customize their commercial. Completed works will live on a CMT site where users can upload, view and share their entries with their family and friends. The ten most-streamed commercials will enter a final round of competition, and CMT will choose the best montage encompassing all of the drama of the new series to be aired on CMT later this fall.

DALLAS COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS: MAKING THE TEAM captures the entire selection process as cheerleading hopefuls struggle with rigorous fitness standards, intricate dance routines and the signature "kick-line" to become one of the 36 chosen. As part of CMT′s multi-platform approach, DALLAS COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS: MAKING THE TEAM is now available on Loaded at, a full week before the show′s network premiere. The network′s new broadband channel also contains exclusive footage, outtakes and more of the prestigious cheerleading squad. The series will be available later this fall on CMT Mobile and VOD.

BET Award and Grammy-Winning Rapper Ludacris Tells All On BET Special Tonight

BET Lays The Foundation For A Ludacris Blueprint

BET Award and Grammy-Winning Rapper Tells All On BET Special and Performs Songs From New Album "Release Therapy"

Recent headlines, fatherhood, future movie deals, a new haircut, and a new album . . . boy do we have a lot to discuss with Def Jam recording artist Ludacris during his first-ever BLUEPRINT special. Hosted by Big Tigger, Ludacris reveals the truth behind his alleged beef with Oprah Winfrey and rapper Chingy, talks about his change in appearance, performs songs from his new album Release Therapy, and more.

Tune in on tonight (September 27th) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT to get to know, Chris Bridges, the man behind the star and find out details like who Luda has a soft spot for.

Exploring celebrity life, and experiences BET′s BLUEPRINT gets up close and personal with the best in hip-hop and R&B as they walk viewers through the master plan of their most recent album. With concert style performances and in-depth interviews, learn all you ever wanted to know about your favorite artists in these 60 minute exclusive specials. Past artists featured on BLUEPRINT include Jay Z, New Edition, Alicia Keys, Usher, Mariah Carey and many more.

Underdog Grady Brewer Wins THE CONTENDER Season Finale With A Split Decision Over Steve Forbes

Last night the underdog won as Grady "Bad Boy" Brewer beat Steve "2 Pound" Forbes in a 10 round boxing finale in the season finale at The Staples Center last evening.

Born and raised in Lawton, Oklahoma, Grady won in a split decision match against Las Vegas native Forbes.

Judges David Mendoza and Jose Cobian had Brewer winning with scores of 97-93 and 96-94. Max DeLuca gave the fight to Forbes, 96-94.

Grady won $500,000, a new Toyota Tundra Truck and THE CONTENDER Title Belt, while Forbes earned $75,000 for finishing second.

In the third-place bout Cornelius "K-9" Bundrage manhandled Norberto "El Gallito" Bravo in the bronze-medal matchup, scoring a seventh-round stoppage.

Other undercard CONTENDER season two fights also took place where Walter "2 Guns" Wright of Seattle, WA scored a TKO against Vinroy "Slick" Barrett (from Negril, Jamaica) after Barrett′s corner stopped the bout at the end of the fourth round.

And Phildelphia′s Aaron Torres lost to New Jersey boxer Freddy "Furious Freddy" Curiel

Open Casting Calls Announced For Season Two Of AMERICAS GOT TALENT

Open Casting Calls to Take Place in Branson, Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, and Chicago

Season Two Features More Audition Episodes; Introduces New "Boot Camp" Phase of Popular Talent Competition Series

NBC hit AMERICA′S GOT TALENT is gearing up for an exciting second season, as creator and executive producer Simon Cowell ("American Idol") announced yesterday the multiple-city casting search for the most talented act in America, and provided a first look at some surprising twists for the second installment of the series, which will return at midseason.

The audition dates and locations follow:

Las Vegas Convention Center - October 3rd
3150 Paradise Rd.
Las Vegas, 89109

San Francisco Bill Graham Civic Center - October 7th
99 Grove Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

New York Javits Center - October 11th
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

Atlanta America′s Mart - October 16th
Building #1
240 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30303

Boston Convention Center - October 20th
415 Summer Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02210

Los Angeles Convention Center - October 24th
1201 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Chicago Navy Pier - October 29th
600 East Grand Ave.
Chicago, Il 60611

Season two of AMERICA′S GOT TALENT will include expanded audition episodes with more personal stories on the contestants vying for the coveted prize. Additionally, a new "boot camp" phase of the competition will also be implemented. Contestants who make it past the televised audition phase of the series will be sent to the boot camp where some of the most prominent experts in their respective fields of entertainment will help the contestants hone and perfect their skills. Also new for season two, during the semi-final phase of the competition the top 10 acts will battle it out and face eliminations each week, culminating in an exciting finale episode where the winner will be revealed.

Hosted by television legend Regis Philbin, "America′s Got Talent" showcases the hottest performers from across the country, all vying for a $1 million grand prize, with the winner being chosen by the television viewing audience. Each week, the show features a colorful array of hopeful future stars -- singers, dancers, comedic performers and unique acts of all ages who have a chance to strut and perform in front of a panel of celebrity judges including actor, singer and executive producer David Hasselhoff ("Baywatch"), Grammy award-winning singer and actress Brandy ("Moesha") and U.K. television/media personality Piers Morgan.

Philadelphia native Bianca Ryan was crowned the winner of season one in an exciting finale on August 17. She recently signed a recording deal with Columbia Records/SYCO, and her first CD is due out on November 14th.

Prospects under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian and must have parental permission. In addition, all possible contestants must have: a photo identification; be a legal United States citizen, legal permanent resident or possess a current employment visa; and arrive at the audition in costume. Potential contestants who are unable to make the open calls can apply online at Click on the "For Fans" tab, and then on "casting."

National Geographic Channel Explores METH - THE WORLD′S MOST DANGEROUS DRUG


EXPLORER Episode Reveals the Factors Behind a Growing Epidemic Spreading from America′s Small Towns to Big Cities

Methamphetamine - or "meth"; for short - is considered one of the hardest addictions to quit. Across the United States, its abuse is ravaging rural communities and cities alike and spreading its tentacles to major metropolitan areas and around the globe. What makes this drug so powerful, addictive and destructive? National Geographic Channel correspondent Lisa Ling examines this epidemic to expose why many are calling meth the World′s Most Dangerous Drug.

Premiering Wednesday, October 18, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, EXPLORER: WORLD′S MOST DANGEROUS DRUG tracks the grimy and graphic world of meth from the Pacific Northwest to the Midwest and overseas to Thailand. Explorer tackles the story from the inside, riding along with specialized law enforcement agents and exposing the gritty world of traffickers and addicts. See the faces of real meth users, where before-and-after pictures alone tell a stunning story of the drug′s punishing physical effects. The program also follows the drug′s powerful impact on the human brain to reveal the science behind meth′s intense addictive powers and destructive physiological effects.

Meth can easily be manufactured in hidden labs using store-bought materials. Ling and the crew from Explorer expose the devastating impact of these labs dotting neighborhoods and shed light on the science behind the drug and why its addictive hold is so insidious. "It was eye-opening to see the damage first-hand that meth has caused to real people in so many different areas," commented Lisa Ling. "This drug is more powerful and cheaper than cocaine, which is why I wanted to raise awareness of this growing epidemic."

Reporting from the elusive inner circles of meth users, Lisa Ling goes behind bars for candid interviews with addicts and shows the devastating physical and emotional side effects of the drug. As many as 92 percent of users relapse, so many of these meth addicts are in and out of jail numerous times. Correspondent Lisa Ling and the Explorer cameras also accompany undercover police detectives for drug busts on the streets of Portland, OR.

EXPLORER: WORLD′S MOST DANGEROUS DRUG also showcases several "faces of meth," including a young couple from Nebraska who died from exposure to prolonged below-freezing temperatures during a winter storm while high on meth. Tragically, they were found in an easily reachable location, and the recordings of their 911 call reveal that it was their meth-induced paranoia and disorientation that resulted in four agonizing hours filled with fatal missteps. Also profiled is a former addict from Oregon who shares his story of a 20-year downward spiral caused by meth and provides a guided tour of his hometown meth labs and locations where he abused the drug.

EXPLORER: WORLD′S MOST DANGEROUS DRUG traces the evolution of the drug, beginning with its World War II origins; it is said to have been used by Japanese kamikaze pilots on suicide missions. The show explains how its popularity grew in America with the aid of the biker group Hell′s Angels, who gave it the nickname "crank" because they smuggled it inside the crankcases of their motorcycles.

The drug′s recent, and perhaps most alarming, evolution exploded onto the scene when new cold and allergy medications such as Sudafed hit the market, providing the base ingredients for a homemade version of meth. Now more accessible and less expensive than ever before, meth has metastasized through a web of rural communities and small towns where it can easily be manufactured. And in areas where law enforcement has been able to crack down on homemade production, a new source for the deadly drug has emerged: Mexico. Mexican meth suppliers have stepped up production, smuggling the drug into the United States via the same routes established by the cocaine cartel.

The meth crisis is also becoming a worldwide problem that is spreading its poison across international borders. Explorer travels to the back alleys of Bangkok, Thailand, where a pill form laced with caffeine called "ya-ba" has become a way of life for workers juggling multiple jobs and excruciating hours to survive in Thailand′s go-go economy.

It′s a drug that has circled the globe, leaving devastating marks on communities across America and nations around the world. Governments have admitted that it is a crisisÑone that is now becoming a critical problem in eastern cities like Miami, Baltimore and New York. It is a burgeoning epidemic that is hidden in our midst, truly living up to its reputation as the World′s Most Dangerous Drug.

EXPLORER: WORLD′S MOST DANGEROUS DRUG is produced for the National Geographic Channel (NGC) by National Geographic Television & Film (NGT&F). For World′s Most Dangerous Drug, producer is David Murdock and editor is Andrea Barrick. For NGC, executive producer is Kathleen Cromley; senior vice president of special programming is Michael Cascio and executive-in-charge of production is John Ford.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The 25 American Women Of THE BACHELOR: ROME Announced With Two Italian Beauties

Prince Lorenzo Borghese Takes The Opportunity Of A Lifetime To Discover If Love Is Waiting For Him In The Enchanting City Of Rome With 27 Beautiful Women, As THE BACHELOR: ROME Premieres Monday, October 2 On ABC

Two Gorgeous Italian Cinderellas Crash Prince Borghese′s Cocktail Party With the 25 American Women

Prince Lorenzo Borghese will begin his fairytale adventure searching for love on the ninth edition of the ABC′s popular romance reality series, THE BACHELOR: ROME, when it premieres with a two-hour special, Monday, October 2 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Lorenzo, a handsome 34-year-old cosmetics entrepreneur whose storied family background reaches back to the 1600s in Rome, will kick off his challenge to find the woman of his dreams in a setting that is both spectacular and familiar to him, including impressive Roman sites such as the historic Forum, Colosseum and Pantheon, the romantic Trevi Fountain and the lush Villa Borghese, the largest park in Rome, which bears his family′s name.

In the premiere episode, in a princely castle among frescos and centuries-old oil paintings in the grand ballroom, the Prince′s cocktail party is interrupted when two stunning Italian women crash the party and quickly plot to steal Lorenzo′s heart and attention. The 25 jealous and already competitive American ladies step up their game to pull Lorenzo back into their fold, but the Italian beauties don′t give up. The tug-of-war over Prince Borghese continues through the evening. With the sun rising, the stakes have never been higher, as Lorenzo must eliminate 15 of the 27 women (the 25 original women plus the two Italian newcomers), leaving 12 eligible to become Princess Borghese. It′s "arrivederci Roma" for over half the ladies.

The 25 American women are:

April, 23, model, who currently resides in Chicago, IL
Andrea, 28, hotel concierge, who currently resides in Cincinnati, OH
Brit, 28, beer chemist, who currently resides in Columbus, OH
Carissa, 25, attorney, who currently resides in Morristown, NJ
Claudia, 22, restaurateur, who currently resides in Boca Raton, FL
Desiree, 22, realtor, who currently resides in Salt Lake City, UT
Ellen, 30, realtor, who currently resides in New Haven, CT
Elyse, 27, physician, who currently resides in New York, NY
Erica, 23, socialite, who currently resides in Houston, TX
Gina, 28, ultrasound technician, who currently resides in Chicago, IL
Heather, 34, registered nurse, who currently resides in Aliquippa, PA
Jami, 27, event planner, who currently resides in Galveston, TX
Jeanette, 23, teacher, who currently resides in Bloomingdale, IL
Jennifer, 24, teacher, who currently resides in Pembroke Pines, FL
Jessica, 25, assistant buyer, who currently resides in Charlotte, NC
Kim, 27, interior designer, who currently resides in Long Beach, CA
Laura, 29, dolphin trainer, who currently resides in San Diego, CA
Lisa, 25, marketing manager, who currently resides in Portland, OR
Meri, 27, attorney, who currently resides in Biloxi, MS
Renee, 30, broadcast marketer, who currently resides in Baltimore, MD
Rita, 29, policy advisor, who currently resides in Richmond, VA
Rosella, 27, make-up artist, who currently resides in Chicago, IL
Sadie, 23, publicist, who currently resides in Carlsbad, CA
Sarah, 30, journalist, who currently resides in Nelson, British Columbia
Tara, 24, realtor, who currently resides in St. Augustine, FL

The identity of the two Italian beauties will remain a mystery to be uncovered on the premiere episode.

THE CONTENDER Season Two Finale Concludes Tonight - Forbes VS Brewer

THE CONTENDER Season Two concludes this evening with a live finale from Staples Center in Los Angeles where Steve "2 Pound" Forbes VS. Grady "Bad Boy" Brewer will fight for THE CONTENDER title.

THE CONTENDER is the critically-acclaimed, unscripted drama about the lives, fears and hopes of sixteen professional boxers as they competed for the chance to change their lives and the lives of the people they love forever. Boxing legend and five-time world champion Sugar Ray Leonard served as host and mentor, guiding the boxers through the most intense training of their careers and the most challenging experience of their lives. says "Hands Down - THE CONTENDER 2 Is The Best Show On TV This Year".

Fighting for Third Place this evening will be Cornelius "K-9" Bundrage VS. Norberto "El Gallito" Bravo.

And there will also be two undercard fights that include Season two boxers. They include:

Walter "2 Guns" Wright VS. Vinroy "Slick" Barrett

Aaron Torres VS. Freddy "Furious Freddy" Curiel

THE CONTENDER finale beings at 8:00 pm EST on ESPN, with the championship fight to begin at approximately 10:00 pm EST.



A&E Greenlights Two New Original Real-Life Series

THE COREYS: RETURN OF THE LOST BOYS (Working Title) Explores The Lives Of Best Friends And Co-Stars Corey Haim And Corey Feldman

PARANORMAL U (Working Title) Chronicles The Exploits Of Penn State Universities Student Run Paranormal Research Society

After a record breaking summer, A&E Network has greenlit two new original series in the Real-Life franchise THE COREYS: RETURN OF THE LOST BOYS (working title) and PARANORMAL U (working title), it was announced today by Bob DeBitetto, Executive Vice President and General Manager, A&E Network.

"THE COREYS and PARANORMAL U are perfect complements to A&E′s successful Real-Life series, looking at compelling characters and delving into their lives with unwavering candor and great storytelling," said DeBitetto.

THE COREYS: RETURN OF THE LOST BOYS will be an eight episode, half-hour Real-Life series charting the ups and downs of this extraordinary friendship of child stars and best friends, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman.

Corey Haim and Corey Feldman have one of the most unique friendships in Hollywood history. They grew up together both on and off screen, starring in a string of hit films including "The Lost Boys," "Dream a Little Dream," "Blown Away" and "License to Drive." Between them, they have seen the world, dated scores of starlets, and each have made and lost tremendous fortunes. They have each seen the very highest of highs and the very lowest of lows.

Now, it′s 20 years later. After years of living the life of a crazy bachelor, Corey Feldman has got his life on track, married the love of his life, Susie, and settled down. They lead a peaceful zen-like existence in a picture perfect white picket fence community. This suburban domesticity is shattered when due to extenuating circumstances, Corey Haim moves in with them. It doesn′t take long for Susie and Corey to learn that two is company and three is definitely a crowd.

THE COREYS: RETURN OF THE LOST BOYS is produced by RDF USA ("Wife Swap") for A&E. Greg Goldman, Scott Carlson, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman will serve as executive producers. Nancy Dubuc and Robert Sharenow are the executive producers for A&E.

PARANORMAL U will be a thirteen episode, half-hour series chronicling the extraordinary life of Penn State University college student Ryan Buell and other members of one of the first university sanctioned Paranormal Research Societies (PRS) as they seek to find the truth behind terrifying real life mysteries. In some ways, the members of PRS are your basic college kids - dealing with the problems of school, dating, and finding their way in the world. The difference is that these students are drawn to examining "other" worlds as well -- working on cases that include poltergeists, hauntings and the darkest areas of the unknown. Each week, they are contacted for help by outside parties ranging from The Catholic Church to ordinary families who are terrified by unusual events in their homes.

PARANORMAL U is produced for A&E Network by Go Go Luckey Productions and Four Seasons Productions Intl. The executive producers are Betsy Schechter ("Try My Life"), Julie Auerbach and Gary Auerbach ("Laguna Beach"). David Miller is co-executive producer. Nancy Dubuc, Robert Sharenow and Elaine Frontain Bryant are the A&E executive producers.

Upcoming On DANCING WITH THE STARS - The Scissor Sisters Get Their Groove On

The Scissor Sisters Get Their Groove On;

The Third Couple is Eliminated;

Tysonia Sichinga, of Carson, CA Featured in Slim-Fast(r) Dance Challenge.

The Scissor Sisters light up the DANCING WITH THE STARS stage, Wednesday, September 27 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET) on DANCING WITH THE STARS THE RESULTS SHOW. Singing "I Don't Feel Like Dancin′" from their latest album, "Ta-Dah," and "Take Your Mama" from their self-titled album, the rising American glam-rock band are set to deliver a performance that will have viewers groovin′ to the beat.

In addition, the professional dancers will showcase a stunning group Paso Doble accompanied by up-and-coming Italian Tenor Vittorio Grigolo, who will be backed by a choir. The judges will also select one standout couple from Tuesday night to perform an encore of their routine, and Tysonia Sichinga will be featured once again in the "Slim-Fast(r) Dance Challenge" segment of the show. This week we′ll see how Tysonia′s dancing skills and fitness have progressed as she tackles the Waltz.

By evening′s end the couple with the lowest score, as determined by a combination of the judges′ scores and viewers′ votes, will be eliminated. Who among the following nine teams will be dismissed from the competition?

Monique Coleman (star of Disney Channel′s "High School Musical") and partner Louis van Amstel

Sara Evans (country music star) and partner Tony Dovolani

Willa Ford (pop star) and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Vivica A. Fox (movie star) and partner Nick Kosovich

Harry Hamlin (film and TV star) and partner Ashly DelGrosso

Joey Lawrence (actor and TV star) and partner Edyta Sliwinska

Mario Lopez (actor and TV host) and partner Karina Smirnoff

Emmitt Smith (NFL legend) and partner Cheryl Burke.

Jerry Springer (talk show icon) and partner Kym Johnson

CNN PRESENTS RUMSFELD - MAN OF WAR - Reveals "Real Rumsfeld" Amid Iraqi War Criticism

CNN Presents Documentary Reveals "Real Rumsfeld" Amid Iraqi War Criticism

Rumsfeld - Man of War, Reported by Frank Sesno, to Premiere on Saturday, September 30

A revealing new documentary, CNN PRESENTS RUMSFELD - MAN OF WAR, takes an unprecedented, up-close look at U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. CNN special correspondent Frank Sesno was given rare access to the defense secretary, his allies and critics of his stewardship of the war in Iraq. During an exclusive interview and tour of his Pentagon offices, a candid Rumsfeld admits that he did not anticipate the strength of the Iraqi insurgency - but he also challenges those who have questioned his war planning.

Man of War premieres on Saturday, September 30, at 8 p.m. EST and re-airs on Sunday, October 1, at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Sesno reports that Rumsfeld, who achieved extraordinary success in turning around two corporations as a CEO in the 1980s and 1990s, brought a business executive′s cost-cutting sensibility to the Pentagon. While supporters say he listens to ideas and is eager to hear opposing views, his critics say that once he has staked out a position, it is nearly impossible to change his mind.

Both Rumsfeld′s allies and his detractors talk plainly about his management style, his decision-making and the chronology leading up to the current state of affairs in violence-plagued Iraq. In Man of War, Rumsfeld and his war planners accept a share of responsibility for the failure to adequately plan for the insurgency in Iraq.

Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says, "It′s not that the questions weren′t asked, it′s that the belief was there would not be a strong insurgency, in fact the Iraqi peopleÉwould in fact do what Western minds tell us folks would do, which is grab hold of this freedom, nurture it and not devolve into internal bickering. So, it′s not that it wasn′t a possibility, it′s that we did not foresee it. I certainly did not foresee it."

Retired Army Lt. Gen. John Keane, former vice chief of staff for the U.S. Army, says blame for those miscalculations should be shared by both military and civilian leadership.

"When it comes to the insurgency itself, none of the senior military leaders anticipated the insurgency, and I believe that′s more our business than it is Rumsfeld′s business," Keane says in the documentary. "We should′ve seen that coming, particularly the ground guys like myself and others who know a little bit more about this." Critics of Rumsfeld - several of whom have called for his resignation - say planning failures for Iraq resulted in a breakdown of law and order, a lack of confidence in the American presence, and, ultimately, a longer and more dangerous war.

Retired Gen. John Batiste says his direct requests for more troops were not fulfilled. With more troops, Batiste says, he would have secured Iraq′s border with Iran and the oil infrastructure and established better relationships with the Iraqi people. Batiste tells Sesno that there is "no question" that his inadequate force levels hurt his efforts to stop the insurgency during his command. These sentiments are echoed by L. Paul Bremer, the former Coalition Provisional Authority administrator for Iraq.

Although Rumsfeld oversees the most technical and logistical transformation in the history of the American military, most agree that the defense secretary′s place in history will be determined by his management of U.S. forces in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

"Associates tell us that he can be brutally combative but also fair and generous," said Mark Nelson, vice president and senior executive producer of CNN Productions. "No matter what your view of the man might be, there is no doubt that his iron-fisted leadership of the Pentagon is defining the war on terrorism and will determine the shape of our military for years, even decades, to come."

Monday, September 25, 2006

PROJECT RUNWAY Jeffery Cheating? NEW YORK Magazine Says It Is Possible

NEW YORK Magazine is reporting that contestant Jeffery Sebelia has been accuse of cheating by another contestant Laura Bennett.

The report indicates that Tim Gunn, Parsons fashion design chair and the show′s mentor visited Sebelia at his home prior to accusations. Gunn did however indicated that "We took the accusation very seriously, and we did a very intense and thorough investigation,". However, Bravo, the television network which PROJECT RUNWAY is on, would not allow him to reveal the resolution.

To read the full NEW YORK Magazine story, you can to

Cheech And Jai Are Eliminated On CELEBRITY DUETS - Finals This Week

Cheech Marin And Jai Rodriguez Are Eliminated On CELEBRITY DUETS

Lucy Lawless, Alfonso Ribeiro And Hal Sparks Remain In The Competition And Will Perform Again On The Season Finale, Part 1 Thursday, September 28, On FOX

Winner to be Announced on the Season Finale, Part 2 Friday, September 29, on FOX

Cheech Marin and former fan-favorite Jai Rodriguez were eliminated Friday evening from CELEBRITY DUETS on FOX. Marin and Rodriguez′s experience in the celebrity singing competition came to an end when host Wayne Brady announced that they had received the fewest viewer votes after Thursday′s performance show.

Actress Lucy Lawless ("Xena: Warrior Princess," "Battlestar Galactica"), actor/director Alfonso Ribeiro ("The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "All of Us") and actor/comedian Hal Sparks ("Queer as Folk") remain in the competition and will perform on part 1 of the season finale Thursday, Sept. 28 (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

After the live performance episode, viewers will vote for their favorite celebrity singers, with the CELEBRITY DUETS champion announced live on the one-hour season finale, part 2, Friday, Sept. 29 (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. The winning celebrity will emerge from the competition in perfect harmony, and a $100,000 cash prize will be donated to the charity of his or her choice.

A New Book About THE AMAZING RACE Is Released - MY OX IS BROKEN!

The excitement of THE AMAZING RACE, one of the best reality television programs around, is now the subject of one amazing book.

MY OX IS BROKEN!: Detours, Roadblocks, Fast Forwards and Other Great Moments from TV′s THE AMAZING RACE

THE AMAZING RACE is a reality show like no other, and arguably, it has the best set around.

Best-selling novelist, Adam-Troy Castro dissects this television phenomenon - good reality TV - in MY OX IS BROKEN! one of the first books ever published about THE AMAZING RACE.

From Thailand to Greenland, this show has consistently gone where no other show has gone before and Castro continues the adventure of the Race in a book that is funny, entertaining and unique - just like the show itself.

With synopses covering each Race through Race 9 and one-on-one interviews with some of the most popular participants in THE AMAZING RACE history, MY OX IS BROKEN! is the best reading companion for any fan of this hit show or for any fan of reality television at its best.

Chapters include...

* "The Single Best Racer in the Show′s History," and here′s a hint: it′s NOT Boston Rob!

* Brennan Swain, part of the first team to ever cross the finish line and win a million dollars in The Amazing Race, "makes his case" in an entertaining interview found within

* "The Most Jaw-Dropping Errors Ever Made by Racers." And, you′ll cringe in reliving a few of these!

* During Race 6, it was the shove felt ′round the world. Jonathan Baker finally explains

* Race 9! The latest season of The Amazing Race is explored! This makes MY OX IS BROKEN! the most complete and concise book possible

MY OX IS BROKEN! is available now at bookstores for a suggested retail price of $17.95

Frank Fontana Named New Host For Reality Series DESIGN ON A DIME - Now Casting!

Frank Fontana Named New Host and Lead Designer For HGTV′s Popular Makeover Show, DESIGN ON A DIME

Los Angeles designer and lifestyle expert, Frank Fontana has signed a major deal to become the new host and lead designer for the Chicago based version of HGTV′s popular show, DESIGN ON A DIME.

Los Angeles designer Frank Fontana has signed a deal to become the new host and lead designer for the Chicago based version of HGTV′s popular show, DESIGN ON A DIME. Fontana recently relocated to the Chicago area and has just begun taping new episodes with Chicago based home owners that will air this fall on HGTV nationwide.

DESIGN ON A DIME makes over a space for design-conscious home dwellers who want lots of style but may not have lots of money for the project. With a budget of just $1,000, a design team tackles a problem area such as a boring bedroom, lackluster living room, cluttered dining room or outdated office space. Together the team transforms the ordinary into the remarkable. The show is taped in Los Angeles and Chicago but airs nationally on the HGTV Network.

Fontana is one of the few host/designers simultaneously appearing in two HGTV shows at once. In addition to DESIGN ON A DIME, he is also appearing in the new series TAKEOVER MY MAKEOVER, which is currently moving to a new primetime spot on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. beginning September 28 on the network.

Audiences may also recognize Fontana as the real Italian Stallion, and underdog winner of ABCs 2004 Martha Stewart-themed reality competition The Great Domestic Showdown, where he won the competition and launched his television career. Following THE GREAT DOMESTIC SHOWDOWN, Fontana quickly moved to TLC where he landed a featured role on the one-hour documentary-style unscripted program FAKING IT. With cameras rolling, he spent a month mentoring a woman from Texas on how to become a domestic goddess. With Fontana′s help, the woman won the competition. Since then, Fontana has also had regular appearances on SOAP TALK with Lisa Renna, and Leeza Gibbons Live.

Fontana′s love for interior design began as a child when he worked as an assistant for his dad renovating various portions of his home. "As a young teen I always studied design books and magazines, looking for way to express my creativity" Fontana remembers. "As a teenager I worked several years for a decorative home painter learning the skills of fine faux finishing and unique decorative paint techniques. I also worked as an apprentice with an interior decorator learning the basics of room layout and color cohesion." Fontana prides himself in being self-taught but has taken numerous courses in design, painting, drawing and others.

In his mid 20′s, Fontana started his own event design company where he designed theme parties and nightclub decor in South Florida for about 7 years. Fontana produced major events for celebrities including Halle Berry, Dennis Quaid, Jeff Goldblum, and many more.

Casting for the Chicago based DESIGN ON A DIME is currently underway. More information is available at

Season 17 Of AMERICA′S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS To Premiere October 1st

AMERICA′S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS Kicks Off Its 17th Season Premiere With All-New Animal Antics, Practical Jokes And Tom′s Home Movies

AMERICA′S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS kicks off its 17th season with all-new animal antics, practical jokes and hilarious footage of what happens when adults, children and even inanimate objects are at their spontaneous best. The season premiere will also mark the beginning of a year-long promotion, the "AFV Dream Vacation Sweepstakes," with magical Disney vacations awarded throughout the year, and a final Grand Prize dream vacation to three Disney destinations awarded in the season finale. AFV, hosted by Tom Bergeron, makes its season premiere Sunday, October 1st (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television.

Videos included in the season premiere: One really smart dog figures out how to open his own can of food; Cats - the musical (montage), with felines at their funniest set to music; a sky-diving man who freaks out before he makes the big leap, and Tom′s Home Movies. AMERICA′S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS will also debut a stunning new look with the season premiere. The new set will include an LCD floor (all the better to see those great videos) and a plasma wall.

Three times a year, AFV awards $100,000 cash grand prizes for the best video submission. For each of the shows awarding $100,000 cash prizes to video contestants, viewers at home can enter the "AFV Dream Vacation Sweepstakes" for a chance to win a magical Disney vacation. One trip will be awarded during each of these three $100,000 episodes. This season′s vacation trips will be a Disney Cruise Line(r) Mediterranean Cruise Vacation for four; a Disney Cruise Line(r) 7-Night Land and Sea Vacation for four; and a magical vacation to Walt Disney World(r) Resort in Florida and Disneyland(r) Resort in California for four, where Disney is celebrating The Year of a Million Dreams.

Walt Disney World (r) Resort and the Disneyland (r) Resort are celebrating Disney vacation dreams and the magical way Disney cast members, through their renowned heritage of personal guest service, can make them come true.

When AFV has its season finale in 2007, the three $100,000 video prize winners will return to the show to compete for the ultimate Disney dream vacation Grand Prize for four. The Grand Prize vacation begins at the Disneyland(r) Resort with a stay in the new Mickey Mouse Penthouse at the Disneyland Hotel. Next, the lucky winner will sail away aboard a Disney Cruise Line(r) ship to the Bahamas and Disney′s Castaway Cay. Final destination will be a trip to the Walt Disney World(r) Resort, where the winner will spend a night in the newly-created Cinderella Castle Suite inside the Magic Kingdom(r) Park. In addition to the video prize winner, one lucky viewer entrant will also be selected to win this vacation of a lifetime.

Beginning October 15, viewers can enter the "AFV Dream Vacation Sweepstakes" on Viewers can enter each of the four AFV sweepstakes throughout the year. No purchase necessary. Entrants must be 13 or older. Void where prohibited. Go to for official rules, including prize and eligibility restrictions.

In its 17 seasons to date, AMERICA′S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS has given away over $9 million in prize money and evaluated more than half a million videotapes from home viewers. Viewers wishing to submit home videos to AMERICA′S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS should visit for details.

Season 17 Of AMERICA′S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS To Premiere October 1st

AMERICA′S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS Kicks Off Its 17th Season Premiere With All-New Animal Antics, Practical Jokes And Tom′s Home Movies

AMERICA′S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS kicks off its 17th season with all-new animal antics, practical jokes and hilarious footage of what happens when adults, children and even inanimate objects are at their spontaneous best. The season premiere will also mark the beginning of a year-long promotion, the "AFV Dream Vacation Sweepstakes," with magical Disney vacations awarded throughout the year, and a final Grand Prize dream vacation to three Disney destinations awarded in the season finale. AFV, hosted by Tom Bergeron, makes its season premiere Sunday, October 1st (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television.

Videos included in the season premiere: One really smart dog figures out how to open his own can of food; Cats - the musical (montage), with felines at their funniest set to music; a sky-diving man who freaks out before he makes the big leap, and Tom′s Home Movies. AMERICA′S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS will also debut a stunning new look with the season premiere. The new set will include an LCD floor (all the better to see those great videos) and a plasma wall.

Three times a year, AFV awards $100,000 cash grand prizes for the best video submission. For each of the shows awarding $100,000 cash prizes to video contestants, viewers at home can enter the "AFV Dream Vacation Sweepstakes" for a chance to win a magical Disney vacation. One trip will be awarded during each of these three $100,000 episodes. This season′s vacation trips will be a Disney Cruise Line(r) Mediterranean Cruise Vacation for four; a Disney Cruise Line(r) 7-Night Land and Sea Vacation for four; and a magical vacation to Walt Disney World(r) Resort in Florida and Disneyland(r) Resort in California for four, where Disney is celebrating The Year of a Million Dreams.

Walt Disney World (r) Resort and the Disneyland (r) Resort are celebrating Disney vacation dreams and the magical way Disney cast members, through their renowned heritage of personal guest service, can make them come true.

When AFV has its season finale in 2007, the three $100,000 video prize winners will return to the show to compete for the ultimate Disney dream vacation Grand Prize for four. The Grand Prize vacation begins at the Disneyland(r) Resort with a stay in the new Mickey Mouse Penthouse at the Disneyland Hotel. Next, the lucky winner will sail away aboard a Disney Cruise Line(r) ship to the Bahamas and Disney′s Castaway Cay. Final destination will be a trip to the Walt Disney World(r) Resort, where the winner will spend a night in the newly-created Cinderella Castle Suite inside the Magic Kingdom(r) Park. In addition to the video prize winner, one lucky viewer entrant will also be selected to win this vacation of a lifetime.

Beginning October 15, viewers can enter the "AFV Dream Vacation Sweepstakes" on Viewers can enter each of the four AFV sweepstakes throughout the year. No purchase necessary. Entrants must be 13 or older. Void where prohibited. Go to for official rules, including prize and eligibility restrictions.

In its 17 seasons to date, AMERICA′S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS has given away over $9 million in prize money and evaluated more than half a million videotapes from home viewers. Viewers wishing to submit home videos to AMERICA′S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS should visit for details.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Exclusive Interview With Christian Evans - The First AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL Eliminated

In the premiere episode of AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL Wednesday night, Christian Evans, a bank teller from Columbia, SC, was the first girl eliminated from the hit reality TV series. Christian had an especially difficult time with her photo shoot as she attempted to portray a "Model turned Actress" and the judges felt that Christian needed to be the first to go.

Our own Elaine James caught up with Christian in this exclusive one-on-one interview.

Elaine James: During the interviews, we picked you as a judges favorite based on the perfected Tyra poses and thought that you would be a frontrunner in the competition to make it far. How did you feel when it was ultimately those Tyra poses that got you sent home?

Christian Evans: It was very contradicting to me, because first off, I am not a Tyra wannabee. When I came into the interview, they asked me what models I looked up to. Of course, one of my answers was Tyra, so they asked if I could do Tyra′s poses. I did not come in trying to be Tyra Banks; I was only doing what they asked me to do. They told us to be studying other models in the industry and follow what they do. I did a lot of research ahead of time and thought that this would give me a competitive advantage and I wanted them to know how hard I have worked for it and how much I wanted it. For then to then say that I need to get my own individuality and not try to be someone else, it was completely misunderstood.

Elaine James: You said that you had hoped that they would give you a second chance because you thought that you could make it far. Do you think that you′ll try out again for the next cycle?

Christian Evans: If given the chance I most definitely would come back. It only gives me more opportunity to improve myself and gives me more of a leg up. I believe I showed what I could do, but at the same time, I think they cut me short. We come here trying to become super models; we are not already professional models. It was kind of hard to have the experience cut off so early; we come here to learn and to grow. This whole experience is to learn how to make better pictures and learn about clothing. But everything happens for a reason. To me it can only get better from here.

Elaine James: What was the most important thing that you learned from the experience?

Christian Evans: To stay true to myself. When I walked into the judging I was very nervous.

When I go to casting calls, I usually where my hair pulled back and jeans and a nice tank top, but for this judging, I went opposite of what I usually do. I got really nervous thinking that what I usually do wasn′t go enough, but then that ended up not being what they wanted. That showed me that regardless of where you are going or what you are doing, you always need to be true to yourself because that is what got you that far.

Elaine James: We all saw the conflict between Monique and Eugena over the beds in the house. Did the rest of the girls get along or was there always tension in the house?

Christian Evans: I think Monique was wrong in doing what she did. Everyone was getting along fine before we got in the house, but that is when it got real and people started to get nervous. I never had any problems with anyone while I was there. I think that girls just start to fight for the spotlight.

Elaine James: So who will you be rooting for to win?

Christian Evans: Anchel is one of the girls in the house that I was really close with and I think she is very beautiful. She just needs have more self confidence. I think that they are looking for a high fashion model, which might work against here because she doesn′t exactly have the high fashion body. I′m still rooting for here though. I also like Brooke who is the All-American, blond hair, blue eyes, apple pie kind of girl next door. I′m not sure that the industry is looking for that right now, but she is a very beautiful girl. The twins are also interesting because even though they seem kind of bland at times, but they have they high fashion, editorial look that is hot right now. So I would be happy if it was one of those four.

Elaine James: So what will be next for you?

Christian Evans: I′m just going to try to work my butt off to save some money to move to L.A. or New York. I′m diving totally into modeling and want everyone to be looking out for me on the runway as I make a name for myself.

Friday, September 22, 2006

14 Finalists Remain From Wednesday′s Premiere Of THE BIGGEST LOSER

Season three of NBC′s hit reality show THE BIGGEST LOSER narrowed down the competion from 50 to 14 contestants on the season premiere episode on September 20 (8-10 p.m. ET).

Thirty-six contestants left the ranch to compete at home after going through an initial fitness and nutrition boot camp, leaving 14 to continue on with the competition at the Biggest Loser Ranch. One man and one woman from the 36 state contestants who lose the largest percentage of weight will then rejoin the game at the ranch in a later episode for the chance to win the grand prize of $250,000. Each of the 36 contestants will have access to, a 24-Hour Fitness gym, "The Biggest Loser:" The Workout DVD and book while making their lifestyle change at home. The show′s medical team will also monitor the contestants on a regular basis.

The 14 finalists are:

Melinda Suttle, 32, Huntsville, Alabama
Kai Hibbard, 27, Eagle River, Alaska
Brian Starkey, 33, Valley Village, California
Mark "Wylie" Wylie, 40 Miami Beach Florida
Pam Smith, 25, Martinsville, Indiana
Amy Hildreth, 27, Baltimore, Maryland
Nelson "Nellie Potter, 35, Lawrence, Massachusetts
Jennifer Eisenbarth, 32, Shakopee Minnesota
Marty Wolff, 25, Kansas City, Missouri
Erik Chopin, 36, West Islip, New York
Bobby Moore, 31, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Tiffany Hernandez, 27, Kingsville, Texas
Heather Hansen, 36, West Bountiful, Utah
Ken Coleman, 43, Tacoma, Washington

Viewers can get more information and follow the progress of the state contestants each week on

AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL Delivers Impressive Ratings For The CW

The CW Debuts As The Number One Network In Adults 18-34 And Women 18-34

AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL Scores Best Premiere EVER in Target Demos

CW Stations Win the Night in 8 of Top 10 Markets in Women 18-34, and 7 of the Top 10 Markets in Adults 18-34

The CW made its official debut as Wednesday′s number one network in its target demos, winning the night in adults 18-34 (3.3/10) and women 18-34 (4.9/14), with the premiere of AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL.

AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL delivered the series′ best premiere ever in adults 18-34, adults 18-49 (2.6/7) and total viewers (5.324 million), and matched its best premiere performance in women 18-34 and women 18-49 (3.8.10).

Making this debut even more impressive is the fact that in more than two-thirds of the U.S. AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL moved to a new local station, meaning viewers clearly sought out The CW and TOP MODEL.

According to Nielsen data in local peoplemeter markets, TOP MODEL gave The CW′s local stations in the top 10 markets a dramatic competitive edge.

In 8 of the Top 10 markets, The CW was the top-rated network in women 18-34, including New York (7.6/25, beating all network competition combined from 8-10:00 PM), Los Angeles (6.3/18), Chicago (5.7/19), Philadelphia (9.9/24), San Francisco (4.2/14), Dallas (4.7/17), Atlanta (8.0/20) and Detroit (5.5/14).

In 7 of the Top 10 markets, The CW was the number one network in adults 18-34, including New York (4.5/16), Los Angeles (4.4/13), Chicago (3.7/12), Philadelphia (6.7/19), San Francisco (2.3/8), Atlanta (4.8/14) and Detroit (4.0/11).

TOP MODEL steadily grew in each half hour in every key demo and viewers. By the 9:30 final half hour, the hit series had improved by 25% in adults 18-34, 34% in women 18-34, 27% in adults 18-49, 23% in women 18-49 and 30% in viewers.

TOP MODEL improved across the board over last fall′s Cycle 5 premiere by 10% in adults 18-34, 4% in women 18-34, 13% in adults 18-49 and 9% in women 18-49.

The debut of TOP MODEL on The CW delivered double-digit increases over the Wednesdays premieres on the WB last fall (10/5/05) by 74% in adults 18-34, 89% in women 18-34, 73% in adults 18-49 and 81% in women 18-49.

Sponsors Announced For Upcoming Season Of TOP CHEF - Includes Sears, Toyota, And Glad

Sears, Toyota, And Glad Serve Up Advertising Sponsorships For The New Season Of The Culinary Arts Series Premiering Wednesday, October 18 Bravo Renews Its Overall Series Partnership With Food & Wine Magazine For The Second Season Of TOP CHEF

Bravo announced yesterday that it has inked partnerships with Sears, Toyota, and Glad for full advertising sponsors for the second season of Bravo′s hit one-hour reality competition series TOP CHEF, which returns Wednesday, October 18 at 11:00 p.m. TOP CHEF moves to its regular 10:00 p.m. weekly timeslot on Wednesday, October 25.

Bravo also continues its overall series partnership with Food & Wine magazine to include the expertise of the publication′s Gail Simmons as a regular on-air judge, and prizing for the winner of TOP CHEF to be featured in an upcoming issue of Food & Wine and appear at the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

"We continue to develop exciting multi-platform opportunities for our promotional partners to bring consumer awareness and exposure to their brands, while also further delivering ways for viewers to engage and interact with TOP CHEF, said Shari Post, Vice President, Ad Sales, Bravo.

Integrated product sponsorships for the new season also include TGI Friday's, Nestle, Kraft, Bailey's, Korbel, Calphalon, and Pepsi. The partnerships with Sears, Toyota, and Glad include prizing and significant in-show integration, providing both valuable exposure for the brands and effective creative content and products for TOP CHEF.

Sears and Glad will also sponsor the TOP CHEF Foodie Flyaway sweepstakes, which will award one winner with a trip to the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen next June 2007. The winner will also be awarded a Kenmore Pro kitchen and a generous supply of Glad products. Viewers can go to between December 18, 2006 and January 15, 2007 to enter.

Bravo′s newest hit reality competition series TOP CHEF offers a fascinating window into the competitive, pressure-filled environment of world-class cookery and the restaurant business at the highest level. The series features fifteen aspiring chefs who compete for their shot at culinary stardom and the chance to earn the prestigious title of TOP CHEF. Each episode holds two challenges for the chefs. The first is a quickfire test of their basic abilities and the second is a more involved elimination challenge designed to test the versatility and invention of the chefs as they take on unique culinary trials such as working with unusual and exotic foods or catering for a range of demanding clients. The competing chefs live and breathe the high-pressure lifestyle that comes with being a master chef, and each week someone is asked to "pack up their knives" and go home.

Best-selling author Padma Lakshmi will host the new season. Tom Colicchio, one of the culinary world′s most celebrated figures and co-founder of New York City′s Gramercy Tavern and Craft Restaurants, serves as lead judge and head chef to the competing chefs. Food expert Gail Simmons of Food & Wine magazine is as a judge for the series.

Elements of the advertiser sponsorships surrounding TOP CHEF include:


The winner of TOP CHEF will be awarded with a state-of-the-art Kenmore PRO Kitchen provided by Sears.

TOP CHEF will feature the Kenmore Kitchen, a top-of-the-line main kitchen set outfitted with Kenmore appliances including Kenmore PRO cooktops, warming drawers, double wall ovens, twin refrigerators and Kenmore Elite microwaves. Built for the set located in downtown Los Angeles, the Kenmore Kitchen serves as the anchor location for the second season.

Sears will feature TOP CHEF tune-in in their national circular.

Sears will feature TOP CHEF in a direct mail piece distributed to their customer mailing list. will feature an exclusive TOP CHEF photo gallery and link back to

Will create TOP CHEF themed commercials to air exclusively during "Top Chef."

Official co-sponsors of the TOP CHEF Foodie Flyaway sweepstakes.

Sears Kenmore will sponsor various TOP CHEF features on


Five Toyota RAV 4 vehicles served as the primary means of transportation on TOP CHEF, with the competing chefs using the vehicles to make their way around Southern California for challenges and shopping.


Glad will sponsor the $100,000 cash prize for the TOP CHEF winner to use to help seed their culinary career.

Glad products were used by the competing chefs throughout the series, including GladWare containers, Glad Force-Flex trash bags and Glad Press ′n Seal Wrap.

Official co-sponsors of the TOP CHEF Foodie Flyaway sweepstakes.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Bank Teller Christian Is Eliminated From The Debut Of AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL

Christian Eliminated From The Debut Of AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL On The CW

Christian, a bank teller from Columbia, S.C., was the first girl eliminated during the seventh cycle premiere of The CW′s dramality series AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL, reducing the pool from 13 girls to 12.

After the field was narrowed down to 13 finalists, the girls were sent to their first challenge, a runway competition using the clothes from the designers of Elmer Ave. Testing both their runway walks and ability to style themselves, the girls had to choose their clothes off the backs of 13 male models, then feminized the outfit and wear it down the runway. Heading into the challenge, Christian was all confidence. "Runway has always been my forte. I rule the runway," Christian said. At the end of the runway challenge though, the Elmer Ave designers selected Melrose as the winner, allowing her the chance to be Diva for the Day on the set of their next photo shoot.

At the next day′s fashion shoot, the girls were greeted by "Tyra the Diva," who exemplified all of the stereotypes society often associates with the modeling world. In possibly the most controversial shoot in the history of AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL, each girl was given a different modeling stereotype to portray. While many struggled to represent their stereotype, Christian had an especially difficult time as she attempted to portray a "Model turned Actress." "I wasn′t sure if I was grasping the concept," Christian later told the judges. Jay was frustrated that she continued to give the same pose over and over again. "She needs to find her own image," Jay said.

Although several of the girls did not exhibit model behavior, the judges felt that Christian had the least amount of potential to become AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL. "The judges looked at your photo and there′s something that′s just not popping through," Tyra said to Christian just before eliminating her from the competition.

This cycle, Tyra Banks once again leads the panel of judges that will narrow the field of girls each week, as they take them into a high-pressure, high-stakes series of competitions that will determine the series winner. Legendary supermodel Twiggy, renowned photographer Nigel Barker and acclaimed runway expert J. Alexander also serve as judges.

In addition to a $100,000 contract with cosmetics giant CoverGirl, this year′s prize package for the winner of The CW′s AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL will include a contract with Elite Model Management and a cover and six-page fashion spread in Seventeen magazine.

Making its debut on The CW, the seventh installment of the dramality series AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL follows 13 young women as they attempt to prove they have what it takes to make it in the high-stress, high-stakes world of modeling. Banks, who created the show, also serves as executive producer along with Ken Mok ("Making the Band") and Anthony Dominici ("The Amazing Race").

AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL airs Wednesdays, (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on The CW.

Settlement Reached Over Lawsuit With ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA Name

Battle over Supernova name settled: Tommy Lee′s Group Changes Name

After injunction, band formed on CBS reality show agrees to be called "Rock Star Supernova"

An Orange County, California rock and roll band has settled its trademark dispute with reality television magnate Mark Burnett over the use of the "Supernova" trademark. Under the terms of the settlement, the Orange County rockers will continue to retain the rights to the name "Supernova." Burnett′s band, which is anchored by drummer Tommy Lee and the recently named reality show contestant Lukas Rossi as lead singer, may use the name "Rock Star Supernova" Ð the name of the CBS TV reality show which gave birth to the new band. The remaining settlement terms are confidential.

"Our client, the original Supernova band, is glad this matter has been resolved," said John A. Mizhir, Jr. of the law firm of Fish & Richardson P.C. "The guys are looking forward to once again concentrating on their music. This case has been a perfect example of how the legal system can and should work. Under the law, everyone has equal rights, no matter how big or small."

In June of this year, Supernova filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit against CBS Broadcasting, Mark Burnett Productions, Lee, and others after settlement negotiations broke down. The suit alleged trademark infringement arising from the defendants′ use of the "Supernova" trademark in connection with a rock and roll band. On September 12, shortly before the finale of the TV show, U.S. District Court Judge John A. Houston granted plaintiff′s motion for preliminary injunction barring Burnett from using the "Supernova" mark.

Founded in 1989 in Costa Mesa, California, plaintiff Supernova is made up of Jodey Lawrence, Arthur Mitchell, and David Collins. The band has released three full-length albums and has toured the United States extensively, participating in the Vans Warped Tour in 1995 and again in 1999.

"Rock Star: Supernova" was a network TV show in which 15 relatively unknown singers competed for the position of lead vocalist in a new band made up of Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, and one-time Guns n′ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke. Their original plan was to call the new band "Supernova," prompting the suit by the earlier Supernova rock band.

Casting Call For DEAL OR NO DEAL In Chicago And Everett, WA

Ever wonder what YOU would do with one million dollars?

Are you a risk taker?

Do you feel lucky?

Now's your big chance to try to find out.

DEAL OR NO DEAL is holding open calls in the following cities.

Saturday, September 23th
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Everett Mall
1402 SE Everett Mall Way
Everett, WA 98208

Saturday September 30th
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Navy Pier
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

mtvU, MTV′s 24-hour college network Announces Fall Programs

Lebron James, Diddy, Annie Leibovitz And Jhumpa Lahiri Set To Surprise College Campuses As "Stand In" Professors

mtvU, MTV′s 24-hour college network, today unveiled its on-air, online, on the handset and on campus programming for Fall 2006. With new music and student-produced content at its core, the semester′s lineup will give college students more opportunities to make mtvU their own - from the channel′s music to programming to on-campus events. mtvU opens this semester with its widest reach ever, as the recent addition of marquee schools such as the University of Texas at Austin, Columbia University, Texas A&M and Purdue expand the channel′s reach to over 750 college campuses with combined enrollment exceeding 7 million students.

mtvU programs and events debuting this fall include:

STAND IN - A stellar lineup of global icons will appear on Emmy-nominated "Stand In" this fall, as Lebron James, Diddy, Annie Leibovitz, revered author Jhumpa Lahiri and other major cultural figures surprise college classrooms across the US - offering real life wisdom from those making history today. With mtvU cameras following, each will appear unannounced at an mtvU affiliate school to serve as a "Stand In" professor for a day. MTV premiered the first ever "Best of mtvU Stand In" last semester, and given the ratings success of the special, the network will debut a new year-end feature, showcasing stand out moments from the acclaimed series′ 2006 academic year. Past Stand Ins have included Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Madonna, Senator John McCain, Sting, Marilyn Manson, Larry David and Kanye West.

SUCKS LESS, WITH KEVIN SMITH - mtvU is teaming up with UCLA′s renowned School of Theater, Film and Television, and iconoclastic director Kevin Smith, to free college students from the bane of weekend boredom. Smith will co-teach the first ever mobisode production class at UCLA, where the students write, shoot and produce the new mtvU series, "Sucks Less, with Kevin Smith." The entire creative process will be documented via short form programming on mtvU′s on-air, online and mobile platforms. Hosted by Smith from his comic book shop in LA, the series will clue students in on the coolest #%@* happening over the upcoming weekend, including movies, video games, music and must-attend events around the country. The mobisodes will simultaneously premiere on Amp′d Mobile phones, mtvU and Smith will executive produce and serve as mentor; students will be involved in every part of pre-production, production and post-production.

mtvU FRESHMEN FIVE - College students are the prophets of new music and it′s their support which has helped many up-and-coming acts break through to mainstream success. Every semester, the "mtvU Freshman Five" names the five emerging artists poised to jump from college favorites to household names. For the next several months, mtvU will profile these acts on-air, online and on the handset, showcasing their videos, unreleased albums, behind-the-scenes interviews, exclusive live performances and more. On September 25th, the five artists will be profiled on a special episode of "The Freshmen," mtvU′s weekly rundown of new music videos from artists bubbling up on the college scene, hosted by Kim Stolz. Additionally, free downloads from all five of the artists will be available the week of September 25th on URGE, MTV Networks′ digital music service. The Fall 2006 class of the "mtvU Freshman Five" is:

* Tapes n′Tapes - Four-piece indie rock set from Minneapolis whose energetic melodies are sweeping campuses from coast to coast.

* Forward, Russia! - Leeds, UK-based band blending post-punk sounds and angsty vocals into a unique, danceable mix.

* Silversun Pickups - Moody, Los Angeles quartet building steam on the college scene off recently-released standout LP, "Carnavas."

* Mayday! - Miami-reared hardcore/hip hop duo Plex and MC Bernbiz receiving strong support from the college audience.

* Shiny Toy Guns - Emerging electro-pop act from Los Angeles poised to ride catchy, synth-driven sound to superstardom.

2006 mtvU WOODIE AWARDS - This year, the "Woodies" are taking over mtvU,, mtvU Mobile and even MTV and MTV2. The "mtvU Woodie Awards" are the only awards honoring the music voted best by the college audience and have helped launch the careers of top acts including The Killers, Fall Out Boy and Matisyahu. The third annual awards will enable college students to experience the "Woodies" everywhere they live their lives - on-air, online, on the handset and on campus - including:

The entire show premieres on mtvU and November 2nd at 8pm ET, with also offering every moment of the 2006 "Woodies" on-demand and in whatever order viewers wish

A special half-hour version of the "Woodies" debuts on MTV November 4th at 10pm ET, with an encore performance on MTV2 November 5th at 11pm ET

On Tuesday, September 26th, "Breaking Woodie" nominee Chamillionaire hosts a special episode of "Dean¡¯s List," counting down his top ten favorite "Woodie"-nominated videos

The week of October 16th, mtvU will begin showcasing student-produced TV and radio programs with college students debating who should win at this year′s "Woodies" The 2006 "Woodies Tour" will hit twenty college campuses across the country, with "Woodies" voting, cool giveaways and chances to win a trip to this year′s live concert event in New York City

mtvU Mobile will offer a retrospective of stand out moments from the last year′s "Woodies"

mtvU series′ "The Freshmen," "My Shot With¡¦" and "Backstage Pass" will also be overtaken by "Woodies" nominees, presenters and performers in the run up to this year′s show

Voting for the 2006 mtvU Woodie Awards is open to college students nationwide through October 20th on and mtvU Mobile; winners will be announced at a live music concert and event October 25th at Roseland Ballroom in New York City.

BREAKING THE VIDEO: CARTEL - Building on a semester which saw college students from Columbia University and Brooklyn College produce and direct music videos for emerging acts O.A.R. and Damone, "Breaking the Video" returns in Fall 06 - this time with students from Emory University shooting a video for red hot Epic recording artists Cartel. The Atlanta-based quintet was a recent MTV "Discover and Download" artist, is nominated in the "Road Woodie" (Best Tour) category for this year′s mtvU "Woodies," and will now offer a group of lucky college students the chance to make the video for the band′s next single, "Say Anything (Else)."

MIDDLE EAST CO-EXISTENCE HOUSE - On September 3rd, a social and academic experiment unlike any in the country kicked off at Rutgers University when thirteen women - six Muslim, four Jewish, one Arab-Christian, one Catholic-Christian and one agnostic - moved into a single dorm with the goal of encouraging further understanding between the groups, as well as promoting women′s involvement in international conflict resolution and negotiation. mtvU cameras were there to capture the excitement and tension of the girls′ move in day for a piece that premieres on-air and online today. In addition, throughout the semester, the young women will share their thoughts, frustrations and experiences with the world via blogs hosted exclusively on

DEAN′S LIST - The definitive top ten college music countdown, "Dean′s List" returns with a brand new format this semester, each week offering a different college student the chance to serve as "VJ for a day." Students upload their audition via, and every Tuesday morning, mtvU and feature a new guest-host running down their top ten music video picks for mtvU′s national college audience. Submissions are pouring in from colleges and universities across the US, and students from Michigan State, Penn State and Hunter College have already been selected to appear on mtvU and hosting the show. "Dean′s List" will also continue to highlight the top ten videos in heavy rotation on campuses around the country - the most streamed each week on

WIN A TRIP WITH NICHOLAS KRISTOF AFRICAN VIDEO DIARIES - Last spring, Casey Parks of the University of Missouri won a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to accompany New York Times′ Op-Ed columnist Nicholas D. Kristof on a reporting trip to Africa, and this semester, her video diaries - beamed back weekly from the continent - will premiere on The vlog will capture her emotions and reactions as she interviews world leaders, witnesses the devastating effects malaria and AIDS are having on the African people, and interviews refugees displaced by the genocide raging in Darfur. Additionally, on October 16th, mtvU will premiere an exclusive post-trip interview with Casey and Nick Kristof on-air and online.

mtvU TAILGATE AND GAME0RZ BALL TOURS - mtvU will hit campuses nationwide this fall, popping up at some of the biggest college football games, offering an exclusive sneak peek of the most anticipated video game releases and profiling local college scenes on-air and online. Starting October 7th, the fully loaded mtvU tailgate bus will begin appearing in tailgate lots, pep rallies and homecoming parades - with a videogame lounge, free eats and awesome giveaways. Additionally, on October 26th, the mtvU game0RZ ball Tour makes its debut, offering a preview of hot, un-released titles and a chance for the best gamer on campus to win a free Microsoft XBOX 360. Every stop on both tours will offer college students the chance to have their school featured on mtvU, from hosting video hours, to serving up their best game day recipes to having their best self-shot tailgating experiences featured on the network. For more information, dates and locations on both tours, visit

MEET OR DELETE - Developed in collaboration with HP, "Meet or Delete" is the only show on the planet which gives college students the chance to size each other up and decide if they′d like to meet, based solely on the contents of their hard drives. The show returns this fall with five new episodes, all of which will debut on mtvU and, then roll out internationally across nearly every MTV asset, including, MTV wireless, the massive MTV 44 ¨ö high definition TV in Times Square and local MTV channels in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. The new episodes this fall include a jazzy Filipino funk band looking for a new drummer, an FIT student making a crucial roommate decision and an indie rock group from the University of South Carolina looking to add a new member - perhaps a ukuleleist? - to their mix.

Other student favorites back with new episodes for Fall 06 include "Does This Look Infected," where VJ Jam Jamma Josh takes a hilarious and unreliable look at the health issues facing the college student body; "Fresh Produce," which every Wednesday profiles handpicked batches of student-produced programming uploaded to from campuses across the country; plus "Student Shorts," an every Friday look at the best student-produced live-action and animated short films submitted to mtvU.