For every long-running reality show (Survivor, The Amazing Race, etc.), there also exists one that lasted for just a brief, shining moment in time. There are a multitude of reasons why a show doesn’t take off. Sometimes it’s really terrible, sometimes it’s great but doesn’t connect with a wide audience, and sometimes the show premise is such that anything more than a season or two would be redundant, and would dilute the greatness of the show. I consider these to be the boutique reality shows; small, special, and not widely available. Today, I’ll talk about one of my favorites of these, The Carolla Project.
We all know you can’t get a practical financial picture from scripted television. In real life, there’s no way an unemployed chef and a waitress could afford an apartment the size of Monica and Rachel’s on Friends, I don’t care how rent-controlled it is. So I’ve turned to reality TV for a better idea of how to earn and manage money. In this economy, everyone’s looking for new, creative ways to make money. In fact, there are several unscripted shows focusing on these alternatively employed gurus I like to call Reality TV Financial Role Models. Today, we’ll explore the financial savvy of the cast of A&E’s Storage Wars.
Horror movies of the found-footage variety have risen and fallen in popularity in the dozen years since The Blair Witch Project took the world by storm. In the wake of recent buzzy movies in this genre (including The Devil Inside and Chronicle) it should be no surprise that the trend is finally making the jump to television.
ABC’s The River (co-created by Oren Pelli, creator of the found-footage juggernaut Paranormal Activity franchise) follows a family as they search for their missing husband and father. He happens to be a famed Steve Irwin-esque explorer who traveled the world looking for amazing creatures. This enables the show’s conceit; they are funding the search through a documentary with an accompanying crew filming their search. Think The Office, but with missing people, and ghosts.
There are several branches of the Real Housewives franchise, ranging from the sublime (Beverly Hills) to the ridiculous (D.C.) to the stultifying (Miami). But tonight we welcome back the one that started it all. That’s right. The OGs of the OC are back in business at 9pm tonight!
For weeks, some of us have breathlessly anticipated the kickoff of the major competition that aired last night. Wait, football who? No, I’m not talking about the Super Bowl. After that. That’s right. The Voice is back!
I’m not going to lie; I used to watch American Idol. I love music, and I’m a sucker for any kind of competition. But I always skipped the mean-spirited auditions, and by the time I started watching, I didn’t have a clue who anyone was, so I couldn’t get invested.
My dad’s birthday is coming up next week, and he’s the best dad a girl could ask for her. In his honor, I’d like to shine a spotlight on some of the most awesome dads in TV history. No one’s as cool as he is, but these guys give him a run for his money.
This week saw the triumphant return of some of my favorite sketch comedians, Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele, in their brand-new show on Comedy Central. I’m excited that their show has some great potential, even to non-fans. It also got me wondering: where have some of the other excellent alumni of MADtv ended up?
In the few weeks since Paula Deen revealed she has been living with a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes for the past few years, it seems everyone has an opinion. Some people have been supportive; other people (I’m looking at you, Anthony Bourdain) not so much. But regardless of how you feel about the situation, it’s evident that the Deen family brand will certainly be evolving. Paula herself has moved beyond selling cake mix with her likeness, and is now endorsing diabetes medication. And now the latest cooking show in the family’s repertoire involves one of Paula’s sons presenting lighter versions of some of her classic meals.
The charming and debonair George Clooney will be the subject of tonight’s Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton. Most people think of him as a dashing international movie star, but some of us still think of him as our TV Boyfriend. Below are some of his dreamiest television roles:
After the unprecedented success of Survivor at the turn of the millennium, it seems like every network jumped onto the reality TV bandwagon. Many of them blurred together, but one standout was NBC’s Fear Factor. While the majority of the new reality glut seemed to focus on romance (The Bachelor, married by America, Joe Millionaire, Temptation Island), Fear Factor was the anti-sexy new show in town. Unless watching people eating bugs was your idea of a hot date, that is.