Reality TV Rush
Dose of Reality TV.
This week was filled with news of brand new Reality TV shows coming down the pike. Of course, our favorite standbys made news as well.
The Amazing Race:
The travel/adventure/scavenger hunt reality show once again won the Primetime Emmy for Best Reality Competition Program. The tally is now at nine Emmys in all for the CBS show. “The Amazing Race” will start campaigning for next year’s Emmy awards show when it premieres its 21st season on September 30. Before that happens though, take a look at the show’s producers talking to the press backstage after their win.
Dancing with the Stars:
The All-Star season kicked off this week and though professional Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his celebrity partner Kirstie Alley were deemed safe for another week (the same couldn't be said for Pamela Anderson), he has announced he is quitting the show. But not so fast. "DWTS" host Tom Bergeron told reporters after winning a Primetime Emmy for Reality TV Show host, that Chmerkovskiy's comments were taken out of context and that he will be back for the two seasons he has left on his contract.
While it remains to be seen what will happen with one of the most divisive professional dancers, his partner, Kirstie Alley, is reportedly headed to the TV Land sitcom "Giant Baby." The show is about a Broadway star who meets the now adult son she gave up for adoption years ago.
As for the first All-Star to go home this week, Pamela Anderson didn't seem too surprised by the results as she tweeted:
Good Luck -everyone at DWS... The fish out of water has left the building. Sad- but deserved it. I didn't come through last night.
— Pamela Anderson (@PamelaDAnderson) September 26, 2012
Dog the Bounty Hunter is returning to the airwaves courtesy of CMT. The show, slated for a 2013 early summer premiere, will follow Dog and his wife helping mom-and-pop bail bond agencies facing hard times.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo:
Stretching out their 15 minutes of fame, Honey Boo Boo and her family will continue to be seen on air. TLC has ordered more episodes of the show, plus three holiday specials for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The pickup seems to be a no-brainer considering the show is the network's third highest-rated series this year.
The Houstons: On Our Own:
Keeping the memory of Whitney Houston alive, Lifetime will premiere "The Houstons: On Our Own" on October 24. The series will follow Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina, as she tries to move on from her mother's death with her grandmother Cissy Houston, uncle Gary Houston, aunt Pat Houston, cousin Rayah Houston and family friend Nick Gordon.
Ice Loves Coco:
Ice-T's lady Coco is heading to the stage. Now that Holly Madison is pregnant, she's bowing out of her Vegas "Peepshow" act and Coco is taking over. Fans can catch all the backstage preparation and nerves when "Ice Loves Coco" premieres on October 28 on E!
Now that she's a mom, Snooki has to set a good example for her child. It might not have been her idea, but her name is already trying to make positive change. New Jersey legislator Ronald Dancer has introduced the Snookiville Law that would allow towns to have more say over reality shows shooting in their areas. Specifically, the bill would force TV producers to help cover public safety costs.
From producers of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and "Survivor" comes "The Job." The new CBS show will feature contestants around the country competing for positions in some of America's top companies. Open casting calls will be held in L.A. and New York on October 6 & 7. For more information, or to apply online, go to The Job.
The Travel Channel series "Making Monsters" is returning with a second season on September 30. As Halloween approaches, the series will air back-to-back episodes featuring the holiday. The first will highlight the Houston Halloween Show, while the second episode will show footage from the Halloween Express chain in Florence Kentucky. Viewers will watch as the show follows the concept, design and installation of a custom Halloween prop that can only be seen at select stores across the U.S.
It's musical chairs meets "Wipeout," as 12 contestants race through physically demanding, obstacle course style eliminations while battling opponents for one of the coveted chairs. And it's set to live music. Sound like fun? Want to be a contestant? Go to Oh Sit Casting for details and watch the video below of some of the best sits to take place on the show.
As if the Reality TV landscape didn't have enough singing competition shows, ABC is adding another one. "Troupe Stars" will feature current and former soldiers doing battle with a microphone. No premiere date is set yet, but there will reportedly be eight episodes.
Last week, it was revealed that Usher and Shakira would be replacing Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. This week, it's been announced the singing competition show with swiveling chairs has been extended for two more seasons, to be seen in the spring and fall 2013. If Usher and Shakira are hits, will they have to compete against Christina and Cee Lo to see who returns as coaches?
The X Factor:
With stiff competition like "The Voice," "The X Factor" is hoping airing repeat episodes will keep them relevant in the ratings. For three consecutive weeks starting September 28, the talent competition will air encore presentations on Friday nights.
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- Lori Wilson