Sunday, December 21, 2008

Midseason 2009 Reality TV Premieres

A new year means new Reality TV show premieres. Don't know when your favorite shows start this winter and spring? Here's your handy guide for all the new and returning Reality shows. Bookmark this list and check back often for up to date info!

January 4th "Superstars of Dance" Mondays 8pm NBC

January 5th "The Bachelor 13" Mondays 8pm ABC

January 5th "True Beauty" Mondays 10pm ABC

January 6th "The Biggest Loser: Couples" Tuesdays 8pm NBC

January 7th "13: Fear is Real" Wednesdays 8pm CW

January 13th "American Idol 8" Tuesdays & Wednesdays 8pm FOX

January 17th "Solitary 3.0" Saturdays 9pm FOX Reality

January 26th "I Love Money 2" Mondays 9pm VH1

January 29th "Hell's Kitchen 5" Thursdays 9pm FOX

February 12th "Survivor 18: Tocantins - The Brazilian Highlands" Thursdays 8pm CBS

February 15th "The Amazing Race 14" Sundays 8pm CBS

March 1st "Celebrity Apprentice 2" Sundays 9pm NBC

March 4th "America's Next Top Model 12" Wednesdays 8pm CW

March 4th "Make Me A Supermodel 2" Wednesdays 10pm Bravo

March 9th "Dancing with the Stars 8" Mondays 8pm & Tuesdays 9pm ABC

March 11th "The Chopping Block" Wednesdays 8pm NBC

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Bob Crowley Wins "Survivor: Gabon"

On Sunday night's season finale of "Survivor: Gabon" 57 year old Physics Teacher Bob Crowley became the oldest person to win the $1 million. The finale started with the second to last Immunity Challenge, which had the final five racing through a maze containing 25 huts, three of which had a bag of puzzle pieces. Once each contestant had all three bags they would bring them to the finish line and construct a replica of a Gabonese hut. While Sugar started out strong Bob eventually overtook her at building the hut and he won his third immunity in a row. With Bob safe Sugar, Susie and Matty stuck together and voted off Kenny. The next day the final four paid tribute to the fourteen castaways that were voted out before taking part in the final Immunity Challenge. The task was to build a house of cards using 200 wooden tiles. The first person to reach ten feet, or the tallest after thirty minutes, would win a spot in the finals. After many crashes Susie reached eight feet, stopped building and held her lead after a half an hour. With Susie now safe Sugar was torn over voting out Bob or voting for Matty and forcing a tie. At tribal council Sugar made what may be the dumbest move this season and voted for Matty forcing a fire making tie-breaker. Bob's earlier practicing paid off as he easily beat Matty and joined Sugar and Susie in the final three. On their last day in Gabon the final three burned down their camp before proceeding to tribal council where the jury of seven grilled them about why they should win the game. After everyone got to speak the jury cast their votes and we joined Jeff live in Los Angeles. It was then revealed that by a vote of 4-3 Bob beat Susie and officially won "Survivor: Gabon". Charlie, Marcus, Corinne and Randy voted for Bob. Crystal, Kenny and Matty voted for Susie. Sugar received no votes.

During the live reunion show Bob was also awarded $100,000 for being voted "Player of the Game" by the fans. Jeff also revealed that the upcoming eighteenth season will take place in Brazil and be called "Survivor: Tocantins - The Brazilian Highlands". It will debut February 12th and when more info about next season is announced you'll be sure to find it right here!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Danny Gagnon Eliminated from "Top Chef 5"

On the latest episode of "Top Chef: New York" Danny Gagnon became the show's sixth casualty. The episode began with a challenge called "Identify that Ingredient". All the chefs faced off against each other and had to name ingredients to different dishes. After numerous rounds Hosea was declared the winner and received immunity. Next up was the Elimination Challenge,which was preparing a bridal shower for judge Gail Simmons. The chefs were divided into four teams of three and each team had a theme - Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue. After preparing and cooking the food they presented it to Gail and all her friends. At the elimination Ariane of Team Borrowed was crowned the winner while Carla, Danny and Eugene of Team New were the bottom three. While Tom thought all three should be eliminated, the judges decided it was Danny's time to go. With only eleven contestants left, who will be eliminated next?

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Crystal Cox Voted Off "Survivor: Gabon"

After 36 days in Gabon Crystal Cox, the 29-year old Olympian became the thirteenth person voted off the show. The episode began with the castaways returning to camp from tribal council and Kenny approaching Bob about lying about the hidden idol. Bob, feeling bad about tricking Kenny, promised that if he won immunity he would give it to Kenny. The next day the survivors took part in the Reward Challenge, which essentially was an obstacle course and shooting hoops. Bob was the first person to sink three baskets, giving him the win. His reward was a trip to a gorilla sanctuary along with a meal, a shower and a bed to sleep on. He also got to pick two people to go with him, so he chose Kenny and Crystal. Additionally he also sent someone to Exile and he chose Susie. After the fun of the reward, Matty and Crystal got into an argument and as Sugar overheard it she started to change her opinion about Crystal and Kenny. Feeling like they were becoming bullies Sugar warned Bob not to give up his immunity if he won it. At that Immunity Challenge the survivors were blindfolded and had to traverse an obstacle course and recreate a Gabonese mask using only their hands. Bob spent extra time studying the original mask, a tactic that paid off as he won his fourth challenge in a row. At camp Sugar reassured Bob she was not voting for him and they should stick together and vote out Crystal. At tribal council Bob took Sugars' advice and didn't give Kenny his immunity even though Kenny asked for it. After the votes were cast Sugar gave her idol to Matty to ensure he would be safe. It didn't matter though because Bob, Matty and Susie all turned on Crystal and she was voted off. Is Kenny now dead man walking? Can Bob win his way to the finals? We'll find out all that as well as who wins the $1 million on Sunday's 3 hour season finale!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

New "Bachelor" Jason Mesnick is Engaged

The new season of "The Bachelor" doesn't begin until January 5th, but the new star Jason Mesnick told People magazine "I'm engaged! I found exactly what I was hoping for, what I was looking for. I’m completely in love." Jason's proposal was rejected on the last season of "The Bachelorette" when DeAnna Pappas chose Jesse instead. Those two announced their breakup last month. "I was shocked. I thought they were going to make it" Jason said. The support of fans and his family convinced the 32-year old to try again at finding love. "I don’t want to be by myself. I’m ready for a relationship and a family. I was not looking for a mom. I was looking for a partner for me and a mentor and a friend to Ty. I just really believed this can happen to me. I cannot believe it’s this great!"

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

"Bachelorette" Trista and Ryan Having a Girl

Trista and Ryan Sutter, who met on the first season of "The Bachelorette", have revealed they've learned that their new baby will be a girl. "We found out a few weeks ago," Trista told In Touch. "It was such a fun surprise. We went to our last ultrasound appointment with Ryan's parents, my parents and [our 16-month-old son] Max and we were all in the room together when the doctor said, 'It's a girl'. Everyone got so teary-eyed and emotional." Trista and Ryan have already picked out a name for the new baby, but they plan to keep it secret until she's born in April.

Nick & Starr Spangler Win "Amazing Race 13"

On the season finale of "The Amazing Race 13" brother and sister Nick and Starr Spangler were crowned the winners of the race. The finale began with the final three teams flying from Moscow, Russia to their final destination Portland, Oregon. Once there they were instructed to Tilikum Children's camp where a Detour awaited. The choice was between climbing a 30 foot tree, walking across a beam and jumping off it or walking across 850 feet of floating logs. All three teams chose the tree climbing. When the task was complete each team had to travel to the Bridge of the Gods and take a zip line to their next task. Next up the teams had to solve a memory puzzle by finding a picture in one of 150 clue boxes that corresponded to an activity on each leg of the race. Ken & Tina and Nick & Starr were neck and neck but Nick & Starr finished first and took the lead. Their next clue instructed them to find a green dinosaur in a building across the street from the Portland Building. Once they found it they were told to go to a Russian food cart where a new clue consisted only of the phase: "the magic is in the hole". After asking locals the teams figured out they had to go to Voodoo Doughnuts where they received instructions to the finish line. After 23 days and almost 43,000 miles Nick and Starr crossed the finish line and won $1 million. Ken and Tina arrived second, while Andrew and Dan came in third.

In post-finale interviews Nick & Starr revealed that Ken & Tina were only about 11 minutes behind them, while Andrew and Dan were an hour and a half. Starr also confirmed she has been dating Dallas long distance since the show ended, about six months. In other good news, ratings were up a tad from last season with 10.5 million viewers tuning in compared to 9.7 million for last season's finale. And you don't have to wait long for season 14. It premieres February 15th!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Who Will Win "The Amazing Race 13"? Find Out in Tonight's Season Finale!

After ten legs "The Amazing Race 13" teams race for the finish line tonight at 8pm. Who will win the $1 million? Nick and Starr, the team with the most first place finishes? Ken and Tina, the team who made it back after almost being eliminated a few weeks ago? Or Andrew and Dan, the always bumbling frat guys who've had more lucky breaks than any other team? My money's on Nick and Starr. They've been consistently good and don't stress out too much. But what do I know? What do you think? Could Dandrew make the biggest comeback in "Amazing Race" history? Leave a comment and share your predictions!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

"Celebrity Apprentice 2" Premieres March 1st with Two Hour Episodes

NBC has announced that "Celebrity Apprentice 2" will premiere Sunday March 1st 2009 at 9pm and will air 2 hour episodes all season long. This season will feature 16 new celebs competing against one another and raising money for charity. NBC has officially announced the cast and I wrote about it here! This will be the first season the show has aired two hour episodes and it seems to have worked for "The Biggest Loser" so maybe it will work here too.

Friday, December 5, 2008

"Dancing with the Stars 8" Debuts March 9th

ABC has announced that the eighth season of "Dancing with the Stars" will premiere Monday March 9th 2009 at 8pm with a two hour episode. Once again each star will be given two shots at impressing the judges and the viewers. After the premiere the next episode will be the following Monday where each star will dance again. Then on Tuesday March 17th during the first results show, somebody will be eliminated. The full cast will be revealed in a couple months.

Corinne Kaplan Voted Off "Survivor: Gabon"

Tonight on "Survivor: Gabon" Corinne Kaplan became the twelfth castaway voted out of the game. The episode began with the Reward Challenge, which had the castaways split into two teams of three leaving Corinne sitting out. The teams then raced through a swamp retrieving seven sprocket puzzle pieces. Then they arranged the pieces so they would turn, raising a flag. The team of Bob, Sugar and Crystal won and those three faced off in part two, a slide puzzle which Bob easily won. He was awarded brownies, pizza, beer and a video message from home. While viewing his video Bob was shocked when his wife showed up in person. After their meal Bob and his wife went back to camp where Bob surprised all the castaways with their loved ones too. During the visit with the loved ones Matty proposed to his girlfriend and she accepted. Once the loved ones left the strategizing began. Bob made another fake idol and told Corinne that if he won immunity she should try and convince the others that she had the idol that was supposedly thrown in the ocean during the feast. At the Immunity Challenge the castaways had to answer questions about Gabon. For every correct answer you would get a ball, which would be used to throw down a hill toward a giant target. Bob's ball landed closest to the center so he won immunity. Now safe Bob put his plan into effect and approached Kenny and Crystal about getting rid of Matty since Corinne has an idol. Kenny liked the idea but told Crystal not to do it, so Corinne would still leave if she was lying. Corinne, of course, was lying and she went home by a vote of 4-3. What will the tribe think of Kenny's switch? Will they target him next? Tune in next Thursday to find out!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Alex Eusebio Eliminated from "Top Chef 5"

Tonight on "Top Chef: New York" 33-year old Alex Eusebio was the fifth chef eliminated. The show started with the chefs given thirty minutes to create a breakfast amuse-bouche, which is a bite sized hors d'oeuvre. Padma and guest judge Rocco DiSpirito evaluated all the dishes and awarded Leah the win and immunity. Next was the elimination challenge, which was preparing a dish that could be showcased in a live 2 and a half minute TV segment. The top three were Ariane, Fabio and Jeff. Those three were awoken the next day at 2am and taken to The Today Show where the hosts tasted all three dishes live and deemed Ariane the winner. Alex, Jamie and Melissa were not so lucky because they were the bottom three. The judge's didn't like that Alex chose creme brulee because it was impossible to make so quickly and he was eliminated. Twelve chefs remain, who will go home next?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

"Amazing Race 14" Premieres February 15th

CBS has also announced that the fourteenth edition of "The Amazing Race" will debut Sunday February 15th 2009 at 8pm. This marks a return to airing two editions per season, like "Survivor" does. Being on after football and "60 Minutes" is helping the show so hopefully CBS keeps it there for a long time. When more info is revealed I'll post it as soon as possible!

"Survivor 18" Premieres February 12th

CBS has announced that the eighteenth season of "Survivor" will premiere Thursday, February 12th 2009 at 8pm. More information will be revealed, such as the location and cast members, once this season "Survivor: Gabon" ends on December 14th. During casting for next season producers lowered the minimum age from 21 to 18. As soon as more info is available Reality TV will have it!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Will Paula Abdul do "Dancing with the Stars"?

Rumors are swirling that "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul will be competing on this spring's eighth season of "Dancing with the Stars". "Paula is very excited to be on board" a source close to Abdul told Radar magazine. However, the news seems pretty unlikely considering both shows air live episodes on Tuesdays. Radar also reports that Abdul's future on "Idol" is "uncertain". As to whether she will be on "Dancing", we'll find out for sure when ABC releases the full cast in a couple months.

Monday, December 1, 2008

"Mother & Son" Toni and Dallas Eliminated from "The Amazing Race 13"

On tonight's penultimate episode of "The Amazing Race 13" Toni and Dallas Imbimbo were the eighth team eliminated from the race. The show began with the four remaining teams leaving the Pit Stop in Moscow and traveling to a nuclear submarine where an actor from The Hunt for Red October would give them a clue. That clue instructed them to Fallen Monument Park and a Roadblock. The task was for one teammate to count the number of Stalin and Lenin statues and then go to a bookstore and tell the owner that number. If they were correct the owner would give them a book containing their next destination. Nick sped ahead, while Dallas made a huge mistake and left his passport and all their money in a cab. Once the task was done the teams had to travel to Sokol'niky Park where a woman awaited with a Shetland pony and a Detour. The choice was between traveling the Moscow trolleybus or navigating the Moscow metro system. But before Dan and Andrew could go further they had to perform their Speed Bump, which was performing a traditional Russian dance. Without money Toni and Dallas had to beg locals and continued to fall more and more behind. Nick and Starr completed the Detour and were told to go to the Pit Stop, VDNKh Park where they arrived first and won a trip for two to Anguilla. Dan and Andrew arrived second and after some trouble finding the clue Ken and Tina eventually came in third. Phil then went to Toni and Dallas, who were still performing their task, and informed them they were eliminated. Next week the final three race to the finish line! Who will win? Nick and Starr? Ken and Tina? Andrew and Dan? Find out Sunday on the season finale!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Richard Sweeney Eliminated from "Top Chef"

On yesterday's Thanksgiving themed episode of "Top Chef: New York" 27-year old Richard Sweeney was eliminated from the competition. The episode began with the fourteen chefs preparing a recipe from the "Top Chef Cookbook". Ten minutes into the challenge, however a twist was added and the contestants were told to turn their ingredients into soup. Leah won the challenge with her white asparagus soup and was awarded immunity. She also was able to pick six people to be on her team for the elimination challenge. Those two teams were then told their challenge was to cook Thanksgiving dinner for the band The Foo Fighters. The teams traveled to the arena were the Foo Fighters were playing and saw there were no freezers, fridges or stoves. They had to prepare the whole meal in three hours using only microwaves and toaster ovens. When they were done the judges and the Foo Fighters tasted all the food and decided Leah's team was the best. The bottom three on the losing team ended up being Danny, Richard and Jeff. The judges didn't like Richard's banana s'mores and he was eliminated. Who will be eliminated next week?

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Brooke Burke Wins "Dancing with the Stars 7"

Last night Brooke Burke beat Lance Bass and Warren Sapp to become the winner of "Dancing with the Stars" season seven. The 2 hour season finale saw the return of all thirteen stars from this season as well as performances by Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keyes. During the show the final three performed one last time, each dancing their favorite routine of the whole season. Brooke got a perfect 30 for her Viennese Waltz, Lance got a 28 for his jitterbug and Warren received a 27 for his hustle. When those scores were combined with the viewer votes, Brooke Burke was unsurprisingly crowned the winner. Warren came in second, and Lance in third. This season may have just ended but don't worry, a new season with a whole batch of new stars is only months away because season eight starts in March!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Who Will Win "Dancing With the Stars 7"? Find out in Tonight's Finale!

After ten weeks and countless dance numbers tonight we will find out who wins the seventh season of "Dancing with the Stars"! Will it be Brooke Burke, the celebrity who placed at the top of the judges leader board week after week? Warren Sapp, a fan favorite who would be the fifth athlete in a row to take home the trophy? Or Lance Bass the star who had the biggest improvement since the beginning? We'll find out tonight at 9pm during the live 2-hour season finale!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Andrew and Dan Arrive Last on the Second Non-Elimination Leg of "Amazing Race 13"

On last night's "Amazing Race 13" Fraternity Brothers Andrew and Dan arrived in last place. However, they were spared elimination thanks to the second - and final - non-elimination leg of the season. The episode began with the four remaining teams flying from Almaty, Kazakhstan to Moscow, Russia. Once there they were instructed to go to a monastery and light a candle to receive their next clue. That clue told the teams to travel to Kolosok Camp, a military base where a Detour awaited them. Nick and Starr got stuck with a bad cab driver, causing them to drop from first to last place. Toni and Dallas arrived first and had to choose between learning a military parade march or serving borscht to 75 Russian soldiers. After failing at the march Andrew and Dan switched to the borscht while all the other teams completed the march relatively quickly. When the task was done the teams traveled to a bakery where they found a Roadblock. To complete it, one person had to transport fifty 55-pound bags of flour from a delivery truck to the bakery. Then the teams could go to the Pit Stop, Neskuchny Sad Park. Toni and Dallas arrived first and won a trip for two to the Dominican Republic. Andrew and Dan came in last and will have to perform a Speed Bump in the next leg in order to avoid elimination.

If you missed one of the shows, CBS has full episodes here!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Randy Bailey Voted Off "Survivor: Gabon"

On last night's new "Survivor: Gabon" Randy Bailey found out a fake immunity idol couldn't save him and he was voted off. The show began with the traditional "Survivor Auction" where each castaway was given $500 and the opportunity to bid on luxury items. Randy won beer & peanuts, Sugar won peanut butter & chocolate, Susie won a bath & clean clothes, Kenny won the ability to send someone to Exile and Corrine spent her entire $500 on an advantage in the immunity challenge. Kenny decided to send Bob back to Exile knowing he wouldn't find the idol. At the immunity challenge Corrine learned her advantage was that she could sit out part one of the challenge and go straight to part two. The rest of the tribe competed in part one, a race across balance beams, and Matty & Kenny won. Those two then faced Corrine in part two, where each contestant had to arrange domino-like pieces while avoiding trip wires. The first person to successfully have their pieces fall like dominoes would win immunity. It was a close game, but ultimately Kenny won. Back at camp Sugar approached Bob about giving his fake idol to Randy so he would use it and make a fool of himself. Hoping it would prolong his stay in the game Bob agreed and gave Randy the fake idol. At tribal council Randy and Corrine were shocked when Jeff tossed the idol into the fire, revealing it was fake. The votes were then tallied and Randy was voted out. Can anything break up the powerful alliance of Kenny, Crystal, Sugar, Matty and Susie? Keep watching to find out!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Jill Snyder Eliminated from "Top Chef 5"

On yesterday's "Top Chef: New York" 28 year old Jill Snyder was the third chef eliminated from the show. The episode began with the 15 chefs creating their version of a classic New York hot dog. Radhika's was deemed the best and she won immunity. Then, in the elimination challenge the chefs were told to create a three course New American lunch menu at judge Tom Colicchio's restaurant. The diners were 50 New York chefs who auditioned for this season but didn't make it. Fabio was declared the winner of the challenge, while Hosea, Jill and Ariane were the bottom three. The judges couldn't get over Jill's ostrich egg quiche and she was eliminated. Next week the contestants will be cooking for special guests the Foo Fighters. Who will leave next week? Tune in Wednesday at 10pm and find out!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Pro Dancer Julianne Hough Not Returning for "Dancing with the Stars 8"

Having just been eliminated alongside Cody Linley on "Dancing with the Stars", pro dancer Julianne Hough has revealed she will not be returning for season eight in March. "I won't be on Dancing with the Stars this spring season," Hough wrote on her blog. "I don't know about the fall. Maybe, maybe not. We'll see." She plans on spending time concentrating on her music career. As to who she hopes wins Julianne said "I want everyone who voted for Cody and me - first, thank you very much - but start voting for Brooke and Derek!"

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cody Linley Voted Off "Dancing"

Despite the return of his partner Julianne Hough, Cody Linley became the tenth celebrity voted off "Dancing with the Stars". On Monday the final four couples danced twice in the semi-finals. Lance Bass took the top spot on the judge's leader board with a 57 out of 60. Brooke Burke and Warren Sapp tied with 49 out of 60, and Cody came in last with 46. Next week the final three will dance two final dances and a winner will be crowned. Who will it be? Lance, Brooke or Warren? We'll find out next week!
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Monday, November 17, 2008

Terrence and Sarah Eliminated from "Amazing Race 13"

On tonight's all new "Amazing Race 13" newly dating couple Terrence and Sarah were eliminated from the game. The show began with the remaining five teams traveling from Old Delhi, India to Almaty, Kazakhstan. While the teams took different flights to Almaty they all regrouped at the Al Agro Chicken Factory and had to wait til it opened at 7:30. Once inside the teams faced a Roadblock. One person had to search among 30,000 chickens for a golden egg. There was also the choice of a Fast Forward. Nick and Starr & Terrence and Sarah both raced for it and when they arrived they were told to eat a Kazakh delicacy, fat from the rear end of a sheep. Nick and Starr ate faster so Terrence and Sarah gave up, a move that ultimately cost them the game. After completing the Roadblock the teams traveled to Kok Tobe arch and found a Detour. The teams chose between playing a folk song for locals, earning $1.50 in tips or traveling around in a two person cow costume. All of the teams chose the cow costume. Arriving first at the Pit Stop, Old Square, were Nick and Starr and they were awarded two wave runners. Even though Andrew and Dan broke the rules and had to redo part of the task, Terrence and Sarah still couldn't catch up and they arrived last, eliminating them from the game.

CBS finally decided to post full episodes online, so if you missed tonight's episode or any previous episode you can watch them here!
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Saturday, November 15, 2008

"Bachelor" Couple Charlie O'Connell and Sarah Brice Back Together

While DeAnna and Jesse may have just broken up, another "Bachelor" couple has gotten back together. Charlie O'Connell and Sarah Brice from season seven are together again and planning to wed. "There must be something special between us, because we keep coming back to one another. I'm very happy" Brice told In Touch. Sarah, 28 and Charlie, 33 were spotted walking their dogs in an LA park on November 5th. “I don’t want to jinx it,” Charlie said "But it’s going great. We are taking it slow and not taking each other for granted this time. The future looks good!”
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Friday, November 14, 2008

Charlie Herschel Voted Off "Survivor: Gabon"

On yesterday's "Survivor: Gabon" Charlie Herschel was the latest victim of a blindside. The episode started with the castaways competing in a reward challenge, a simple game of golf with a twist. The two tribes used slingshots instead of golf clubs and competed in a best of three game. While Fang had some communication problems they still pulled out a win, earning them a trip to a Gabon tribal festival. They also sent Bob to Exile where he searched in vain for the idol. When the tribes met up for the immunity challenge they were surprised to learn it was time for a merge. The castaways then competed for individual immunity in a fire making challenge. Susie crushed the competition and won, making her safe. When the merged tribe returned to camp they made a new tribe flag and named themselves Nobag which is Gabon backwards. It soon became obvious that with four members in each alliance Sugar would be the swing vote. Ultimately she chose Kenny, Crystal, Matty and Susie & voted out Charlie, making him the second member of the jury. With only eight people left who will go home next?
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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Lauren & Patrick Eliminated from "Top Chef"

On last night's season premiere of "Top Chef: New York" two chefs were eliminated from the competition. The season started with the 17 competing chefs arriving in New York and immediately starting their first challenge. They had to peel, dice and create dishes using apples. While some started off strong, Lauren had the worst dish and was eliminated right away. The second challenge had the remaining 16 contestants pair up in teams of two and compete against their partner creating a dish on a particular ethnic cuisine. The judges then dwindled the losers down to two, Patrick and Ariane. After deliberating the judges eliminated Patrick, the youngest and most inexperienced chef.

If you missed the premiere Bravo has full episodes here!
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

"Top Chef: New York" Premieres Tonight

The new season of "Top Chef" premieres tonight at 10pm on Bravo. Host Padma Lakshmi is excited the show is filming in New York this season "Obviously shooting in New York lent itself to a lot of just amazing things that New York has to offer - you know, a lot of different ethnic cuisines. That sort of worked itself into the challenges at a lot of different locations." The new season will feature Padma as well as judges Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons of Food & Wine magazine and new judge Toby Young. The cast this season will consist of 17 contestants ranging in age from 21-44 and will have a wide variety of culinary credentials. Padma said "They're an interesting bunch. I thought they really held their own. I think the one thing I noted this season is that it was really interesting to watch the evolution of more than a few of them. I think they really were very quick learners. And so some of the contestants over the course of the challenges and weeks really surprised us."

Here's a sneak peek at the new season...

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Maurice Greene Voted Off "Dancing"

On tonight's live "Dancing with the Stars" results show Maurice Greene became the eighth celebrity voted off. On Monday the remaining five stars performed two dances, one of which had a 15 second solo portion. Brooke Burke and Warren Sapp remained the front runners, landing at the top of the judges leader board. Cody Linley and Maurice Greene tied for last place. But Cody will get to dance with Julianne next week because the viewers voted off Maurice Greene. Next week are the semi-finals, which celebrity will be voted off one week shy of the finals? Tune in and find out!
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Former "Bachelor" Travis Stork Dating "American Idol" Carrie Underwood

Two Reality TV stars are reportedly a couple. Carrie Underwood, winner of "American Idol" season four and Dr.Travis Stork, star of "The Bachelor: Paris" are indeed an item. Us Magazine is reporting that the two have been dating since August. Travis, 36 has been visiting Carrie, 25 during her current concert tour on a regular basis. They were also seen "canoodling" in Manhattan during the unveiling of Carrie's wax figure at Madame Tussauds. "Bachelor" host Chris Harrison said "They seem to share the same values. They make a great couple. And not a bad-looking one, either".
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"Divorcees" Kelly and Christy Eliminated from "The Amazing Race 13"

On yesterday's all new "Amazing Race 13" Kelly and Christy became the sixth team eliminated from the race. The episode began with all the couples being instructed to make their way to Deshbandhu Apartments where a Roadblock awaited them. The task had one member of the team search for a marked envelope while celebrators of the Holi Festival pelted them with powdered dye and water. Kelly had a lot of trouble with the challenge, causing them to drop from second to last place. When a teammate completed the task they were told to go to Charity Birds Hospital and search through the cages to find their next clue. That said clue was the Detour, a choice between following a series of power lines and keeping track of numbered markings along the way or transporting 40 pound bags of chili peppers a quarter mile and then grinding them into chili powder. The only team to choose the chili peppers was Terrence and Sarah. Before Ken and Tina could do the Detour however they had to perform a Speed Bump because they came in last on the non-elimination leg. Their task was to serve holy water to patrons of a temple. When the Detour was completed the teams traveled to the Pit Stop, Humayun's Tomb. Nick and Starr again arrived first and were awarded a trip to Kauai Hawaii. Kelly and Christy couldn't overcome their bad start and came in last, eliminating them from the game. With only five teams left who will win "The Amazing Race"?
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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Joan Rivers Accidentally Reveals Huge "Celebrity Apprentice 2" Spoiler

Joan Rivers was on "The Howard Stern Show" and accidentally revealed one of the cast members of "Celebrity Apprentice 2" that makes it to the final. During the interview Howard asked Joan about the upcoming season, as it has already finished filming. Joan refused to comment at first but then mistakenly revealed one celebrity who made it to the end. Because this spoiler may ruin the show for many people I'm not going to post the name right here. If you want to know the celebrity Joan said Reality Blurred has the name here! Click at your own risk!
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Friday, November 7, 2008

Marcus Lehman Voted Off "Survivor: Gabon"

On yesterday's all new "Survivor: Gabon" Marcus Lehman became the ninth castaway voted off. The show started with the two tribes anticipating a merge when they were told to meet at a beach for a feast. When the contestants arrived they not only found lots of food, but a clue to an immunity idol hidden close by. Randy dug up the idol but convinced the others to toss it in the sea so no one could have it. When the feast was over the castaways opened a box and were shocked to learn that instead of a merge they would reshuffle the two tribes yet again. Randomly it was decided the new Kota would be Marcus, Susie, Bob, Kenny and Crystal while the new Fang would be Sugar, Matty, Corrine, Charlie and Randy. The new tribes then competed in the immunity challenge, which had them balancing poles between the tops of their hands and a board above them. All the players dropped pretty quickly leaving only Matty from Fang and Bob from Kota. In an upset, Matty won forcing Kota to go to tribal council. Susie turned out to be the swing vote either staying with Bob and Marcus or switching to Crystal and Kenny. In the end she betrayed her original alliance and voted out Marcus, making him the first member of the jury. Only nine remain, who will be voted out next?

"American Idol 8" Premieres January 13th

The new season of "American Idol" is going to kick off January 13th, 2009. The show will stick with the schedule it had last year and air Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8pm. The first two episodes will be two hours each, then it will switch to one hour episodes. It's rumored than when the auditions are over, the results shows will only be a half hour which would be a welcome change from last season. The contestants better be ready, as Simon may be extra cranky because of his breakup.

"Hell's Kitchen 5" Premieres January 29th

Gordon Ramsey will serve up a new season of "Hell's Kitchen" on January 29th, 2009. The upcoming fifth season will air Thursday's at 9pm and will be the first season to debut in midseason. FOX must have faith in the show, as it will be airing opposite "The Office", "Grey's Anatomy" and "CSI". Hopefully this season will be better than last season's rather lame edition.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Nathan Thomas Wins "Top Design 2"

Last night on the season finale of "Top Design 2" Nathan Thomas won and was awarded $100,000 and a spread in Elle Decor. Preston and Ondine were the runner-ups. The final challenge had the three finalists finishing decorating the condominiums they started in last week's episode. The designers also received help from former contestants Eddie, Natalie and Andrea. When the work was finished the judges viewed all three houses before deliberating on a winner. While they liked all three they eventually chose Nathan's as the best.

I have to say, this show turned into quite a surprise for me. I was entertained week after week. Bravo did a good job with the editing and pace of the show and they cast likable, talented contestants. I'm also glad Nathan won, as I thought he was consistently good throughout the season. Hopefully Bravo realizes they have a quality show on their hands and bring it back soon.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Susan Lucci Voted Off "Dancing"

Tonight, "Dancing with the Stars" sent it's eighth celebrity home and this week it was Susan Lucci. On Monday night's episode the couples danced individual dances and for the first time ever team dances. Brooke Burke landed at the top yet again, receiving the first perfect score of the season. She also danced a team dance with Maurice Greene and Warren Sapp that the judges loved. Susan Lucci, Lance Bass and Cody Linley's team did not fare as well. On tonight's results show Susan Lucci was revealed to have the lowest amount of votes and was eliminated. Only five stars remain and next week they will dance solo for the first time. Who will go home next?

"The Bachelor" Will Premiere January 5th

Right off the heels of the story about DeAnna and Jesse's breakup ABC has announced that the thirteenth season of "The Bachelor" will debut January 5th, 2009 with a special two hour episode. Ironically, DeAnna's first rejected bachelor Jason Mesnick will star in the show and search for a potential love interest. This is the first time a "Bachelor" will be a dad, as Jason has a three year old son named Ty from a previous marriage. It's also the first season to air at 8pm. After the first week, the show will air 90 minute episodes for the remainder of the season.

Jesse must be jealous, huh?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

"Bachelorette" DeAnna Breaks Up with Jesse

"Bachelorette" DeAnna Pappas has broken up with Jesse Csincsak, the man she picked on the finale of her show. The couple had gotten engaged and were set to marry in May. Host Chris Harrison said “DeAnna went to Breckenridge last week and broke up with Jesse. He was stunned. I’ve talked to Jesse several times today, and he did not see it coming. He really truly loved DeAnna." Jesse wanted to wait and reveal the news with DeAnna, but she announced it in advance. Jesse even posted a video to his fans, one that his buddies will no doubt tease him about for many years to come.

Here's Jesse's message...

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Ken & Tina Arrive Last in the First Non-Elimination Leg of "Amazing Race 13"

On the newest episode of "The Amazing Race 13" Separated Couple Ken and Tina arrived last on the first non-elimination leg and will have to perform a Speed Bump next week to avoid elimination. The show started with all six teams flying from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Delhi, India. Once in India the teams made their way via cab to Moonlight Motors where a Roadblock awaited them. This episode's Roadblock had one team member repaint a tuk tuk green to show they now use natural gas. On the way there Ken & Tina had trouble with their taxi, which caused them to fall behind. When the job was done the teams were instructed to the Ambassador Hotel where they would find a Detour. The choice of tasks was between making an Indian wedding necklace by stapling ten rupee notes that added up to 780 and delivering it to a banquet hall or using a charcoal iron to press 20 pieces of clothing. Ken & Tina and Terrence & Sarah were the only teams to choose the necklace making. Nick and Starr arrived at the Pit Stop, Baha'i House, first and each received an electric car. After encountering another bad taxi Ken and Tina arrived last but were not eliminated. Can they overcome their hurdles and not be eliminated next week? Tune in and see!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

"American Idol" Judge Simon Cowell and Girlfriend Terri Seymour Break Up

Simon Cowell and his girlfriend Terri Seymour have broken up after dating for six years. Cowell, 48 and Seymour, 34 had been dating since 2002 after she interviewed him for a TV show. Simon's publicist told People magazine "Terri phoned Simon and finished it in September, about six weeks ago. They are going to remain close friends. Simon thinks the world of Terri and that isn't going to change. He also understands her reason for ending it. In the past, Terri has said that she wants kids, but that just isn't Simon."

Friday, October 31, 2008

Ace and Dan Voted Off "Survivor: Gabon"

On tonight's "Survivor: Gabon" two castaways were voted off, Ace Gordon and Dan Kay. The episode began with the Reward challenge, a pretty lame game of tossing a ball between three players while a member of the opposing tribe tried to knock it to the ground. Unsurprisingly Kota won 3-0 and got a helicopter ride, a picnic and letters from home. Also unsurprisingly they sent Sugar to Exile for the fifth straight time. At the Immunity challenge the castaways were surprised to learn that both tribes would be going to tribal council and voting someone off. Thus, the challenge would be for individual immunity. In pairs of two the contestants had a logrolling competition that Marcus from Kota eventually won. After the challenge he was told to give immunity to any one member of the Fang tribe. He chose Sugar, because no one on the Kota tribe apparently knows anyone else's name on Fang. Back at camp, Ace asked Sugar to give him her hidden idol, which made her suspicious of his intentions. At Fang's tribal council Sugar decided to go with Kenny and Crystal and blindside Ace, voting him out. At Kota's tribal council Dan was seen as a bigger threat than Susie, so the tribe voted him out 4-3. The preview for next week showed that the two tribes are merging into one. Will Kota continue to stick together and pick off the
remaining Fang members?
Tune in next Thursday and watch!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Cloris Leachman Voted Off "Dancing"

After six weeks, Cloris Leachman was finally voted off "Dancing with the Stars" tonight. Yesterday the remaining seven celebrities each danced their individual routines and a hip-hop group number. Lance Bass overtook Brooke Burke and landed on the top of the judges leader board with a 27. Cloris Leachman tied her worst ever score and got a 15. Micheal Flatley subbed in for Len Goodman as head judge and performed on tonight's results show. Also on tonight's show it was revealed that Edyta Sliwinska will return and fill in for Julianne Hough, who had her appendix removed today and won't be able to dance with Cody Linley. She wrote a blog saying "They say it's three or four days of recovery. I'm thinking more like a week. Then I'll be able to work with Cody. But I won't be dancing for two weeks." Now that Cloris is gone, only six stars remain. Who do you want to win?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

"Long Distance Couple" Aja and Ty Eliminated from "Amazing Race 13"

Aja and Ty became the fifth couple eliminated from "The Amazing Race 13" on Sunday's episode. The show started with the seven remaining teams leaving Auckland, New Zealand and flying 5,600 miles to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Once there the teams had to use a hand pump to fill a truck with 25 liters of fuel. When the task was completed they were instructed to ride on the back of the trucks to Siem Reap Harbor. Located there was Kho Andeth, a floating restaurant and the site of the Detour. The choice was between picking up three items in a floating village or searching through waist deep water for two traps of fish and transferring them to baskets. The next instructions were to Angkor Wat, an ancient temple where the Roadblock was located. The task was to search the grounds for the "Chamber of Echoes" room and thump their chest to receive their final clue. Nick and Starr finished first and arrived at Bayon Temple, the Pit Stop, awarding them a trip to St. John in the Virgin Islands. Arriving in last place was Aja and Ty and Phil informed them they were eliminated. He also said that Terrence and Sarah will have a 30 minute time penalty at the start of the next leg for a speeding ticket they got earlier. We'll see if that affects the race next week, when "The Amazing Race" continues.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Kelly Czarnecki Voted Off "Survivor: Gabon"

On Thursday's "Survivor" Kelly Czarnecki became the sixth person voted off. The episode began with a new alliance forming on the Fang tribe. Ace approached Matty about starting an alliance including Sugar and Ken and he agreed. The reward challenge followed and consisted of the tribes being tethered to a 20-foot long, 200 pound plastic snake and trying to catch the opposing tribe. Kota won and received breakfast treats and coffee. They also sent Sugar to Exile for the fourth straight time. Then the tribes met again for the immunity challenge, an obstacle course where the castaways gathered flagpole pieces and then had to construct it. Fang had a lead toward the end but Kota caught up, winning yet again. Fang had to go to tribal council and they unanimously voted off Kelly. Next week, both tribes will vote someone off. Tune in on Thursday to see who gets the boot.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Toni Braxton Voted Off "Dancing"

Tonight on the "Dancing with the Stars" live results show Cloris Leachman lived to dance another day and Toni Braxton was kicked off. Yesterday the remaining eight celebrities danced one of four brand new dances never before seen on the show. Warren Sapp and Susan Lucci danced the hustle, Lance Bass and Toni Braxton did the West Coast Swing, Cloris Leachman and Maurice Greene did the salsa and Cody Linley and Brooke Burke did the jitterbug. The judges gave Cloris and Lance a 21 tying them for last place, while Brooke Burke got the first 29 of the season. Once the viewers had voted though, Cloris not only survived but wasn't even in the bottom two. That honor went to Susan Lucci and Toni Braxton, the latter of which got the least amount of votes and was eliminated. Now only seven remain, who will leave next?

Monday, October 20, 2008

"Southern Belles" Marisa and Brooke Eliminated from "The Amazing Race 13"

Tonight on "Amazing Race 13" best friends Marisa and Brooke were the fourth team eliminated from the game. The show started with the eight remaining teams leaving La Paz, Bolivia and flying to Auckland, New Zealand. Once they landed they made their way to Gulf Harbor and had to untie a large knot to receive their next clue. Also in the knot were instructions for the first Fast Forward of the race, which required a team to climb the mast of the Sky Tower. Ken & Tina beat Andrew & Dan to it and completed the scary climb which let them board a helicopter straight to the Pit Stop. The rest of the teams were instructed to Mount Eden where they had a Roadblock awaiting them. One member had to correctly match a tattoo on a Maori warrior's face with one on their clue. They then made their way to City Life Hotel where they had to use binoculars to spot one of eight gnomes hidden around the city. On each gnome were directions to Kiwi 360, a landmark of a giant kiwi. The final challenge was the Detour, a choice between crushing 12 quarts worth of kiwi juice using your feet or riding a Blokart three laps around a track. Multiple teams chose the kiwi stomping but switched because it was too hard. During the Blokart racing, Starr fell off and hurt her arm but managed to make it to the Pit Stop. Marisa and Brooke were not so lucky as they came in last and were eliminated. Only seven teams remain, who will be eliminated next?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

GC Voted Off "Survivor: Gabon"

On Thursday's "Survivor" Danny "GC" Brown became the fifth castaway voted off. The episode began with Sugar joining the Fang tribe after they had voted out Jacque last week. Next up was the reward challenge which consisted of tossing fruit through frames while members of the opposing tribe used sticks to try to knock it out of the air. The tribe with the most fruit would be declared the winner and receive an herb garden as well as all the tossed fruit. After weighing both piles, Kota beat Fang 18 lbs. to 16 lbs. They then decided to send Sugar to Exile for the third straight time. At the immunity challenge the tribes had to roll a giant wicker ball down a hill while a blindfolded castaway tried to stop it by listening to instructions. Ace and Dan were blindfolded and the game was close, but in the end Kota won yet again sending Fang to their fourth tribal council. At camp GC told the others he was ready to go home, but when some of the tribe found Sugar's hidden immunity idol they considered blindsiding her. Once at tribal council though, they respected GC's wishes and unanimously voted him out. Now only 13 people remain, who will be voted out next?
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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Natalie Williams Eliminated from "Top Design 2"

Its getting down to the wire on "Top Design 2" and the final five have been chosen. On Wednesday's episode 24 year old Natalie Williams was eliminated leaving only Preston, Nathan, Eddie, Ondine and Andrea remaining in the competition. The challenge for the episode was to design a futuristic room. Preston's hotel inspired room was declared the winner, while Natalie's was the least liked. With only five designers left, who do you think will win?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Rocco DiSpirito Booted from "Dancing"

Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito became the fifth star voted off "Dancing with the Stars". Last week it was revealed that Rocco would have been going home if not for Misty May Treanor's exit due to an injury. This week all nine pairs danced again and Brooke Burke kept her first place standing with Lance Bass coming in second. Rocco tied with Cloris Leachman for last place, but once the viewers voted Rocco was sent home. Next week the remaining eight celebrities will dance one of four brand new dances. Will Cloris finally be sent packing? We'll find out next week.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

"Bachelorette" Couple Trista and Ryan Expecting Second Child

"The Bachelorette" couple Trista and Ryan Sutter have announced that they are expecting their second child. Their first child, Max was born in July 2007. Trista told Life & Style magazine "I was in total shock! I took a few tests, and they all came back negative. But a few weeks after Max's 1st birthday, all of a sudden I thought to myself, I don't think I've had my period in a while. So I took another test -- the line was extremely faint, but it was there!" When asked if she wanted a boy or a girl Trista said "I just want a really happy and healthy baby. I know that sounds cliché, but it’s the God’s honest truth. I would love to have a little girl, but I also love having a boy. Ryan has a brother, and they’re about the same age difference as Max will be with his new sibling. So it would be fun to have two boys, too".
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Monday, October 13, 2008

"Geeks" Mark and Bill Eliminated from "Amazing Race 13"

Tonight on a new episode of "The Amazing Race 13" geeks and best friends Mark and Bill became the third team eliminated from the race. The show began with the nine remaining teams leaving Fortaleza, Brazil and heading to La Paz, Bolivia. In Bolivia the slower teams caught up to the faster teams when they all had to spend the night by a statue of Simon Bolivar awaiting newspapers to be delivered the next morning. When the papers were dropped off the teams searched through the classifieds for their next clue, which instructed them to go to a hat shop. Waiting there was a Detour, which was a choice of leading a marching band through the city or riding a wooden bike down a cobblestone road. Mark and Bill chose the bikes but took a taxi there, when the clue specifically said to travel on foot. When the task was completed each team had the choice of using a U-Turn on another team, but no one took advantage of it. Next up was the Roadblock which had one member of each team learning six wrestling moves they had to use against a female wrestler. Ken and Tina finished first and arrived at the pit stop before anyone else earning them a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Mark and Bill arrived in eighth place but were given a thirty minute penalty for breaking the rules. During those thirty minutes Kelly and Christy arrived thinking they were in last place. Mark and Bill were then checked in and told that they were eliminated. Only eight teams remain, who will be eliminated next?

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Jacque Voted Off "Survivor 17: Gabon"

On Thursday another castaway was voted off "Survivor: Gabon" and this week it was 25 year old medical sales rep Jacque Berg. The episode began with the tribes being ordered to rank their tribe mates in order of importance. The top vote-getters, Marcus on Kota and Matty on Fang, were told to pick a member of the opposite tribe, thus signaling a reshuffle. Once all the contestants were picked only Sugar remained, and she was forced to go to Exile and then join whichever group voted someone off. Since she already had the immunity idol she chose comfort instead of a clue. The new tribes then competed in the immunity challenge, which was a lacrosse like game played in the water. Each castaway had a raft and a paddle and had to score three goals to win. The new Kota tribe dominated beating Fang 3-0. At tribal council the original Fang members (Matty, Crystal, GC and Ken) decided to keep Kelly, a weaker player and instead voted off Jacque, who they thought was more of a threat.

If you missed the episode, you can watch it here!