Reality TV Rush
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Nerds, divers and adventurous do-gooders are coming your way. The world of reality TV never stops changing. Keep up!
The Anna Nicole Show:
Lifetime is producing a movie about the late Playboy Playmate turned reality TV star. “The Anna Nicole Story” will star Agnes Bruckner (“Private Practice”) as E!’s first reality star Smith and Martin Landau (“Frankenweenie”) as her late husband J. Howard Marshall. It will be directed by Mary Harron (“American Psycho”) and start production in the next few weeks.
The most recent “Bachelor” to find “love” on TV has now found heartbreak. After nine months, Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson have called it off. Is nothing sacred anymore? Hopefully the new “Bachelor” Sean Lowe will fare better and last at least 10 months with the love of his TV life.
While Ben and Courtney didn’t last offscreen, season 13’s Jason and Molly seem to be making a go of it. You might remember that Courtney wasn’t Jason’s first choice though. Current “DWTS” contestant Melissa Rycroft was, but Jason backed out of that engagement on TV and turned to his runner-up. Anyway, it all worked out for Ben and Courtney as they married in 2010 and are now expecting their first baby.
The next season of “Celebrity Apprentice” will be an All-Star edition. Those confirmed to return to Donald Trump’s boardroom will include past winners Piers Morgan, Joan Rivers, John Rich and Arsenio Hall. Not as contestants though, but as advisors. Word is, fellow winner Brett Michaels will also be back, but not as an advisor. So, that just leaves him returning as a contestant. Right? Tune in to find out.
First there was “Dancing with the Stars,” then “Skating with the Stars” and now there’s “Celebrity Splash.” Based on the Netherlands series, ABC will feature stars performing difficult dives after receiving weeks of training courtesy of professional diving instructors. No word yet on who will take the challenge, but who would you like to see on the high dive?
Instead of drunken sexcapades or cutthroat competitions, “The Changers” will highlight the conflicts and successes of those trying to help strangers in desperate times. Not only do they help change someone else’s life, but more often than not, their own as well. The world premiere will air on GMC TV on October 17 and will feature Scott, who is opposed to marriage, receiving the surprise task of helping plan a wedding for Jessica, who has breast cancer. Meet Scott in the video below.
Good or bad, the Lifetime series will be back for a third season. Expect more hard-to-watch, but can't-look-away antics as Abby Lee Miller trains her dance students, while dealing with their overbearing mothers.
Dancing with the Stars:
Last week, two celebrities went home during the double elimination episode. While next week will be down one Drew Lachey and one Helio Castroneves, the show will be up a judge. "DWTS" host Tom Bergeron announced that Paula Abdul will guest judge on October 15. Bruno might get a run for his money on whose comments are the wackiest.
The sixth and final season of the notorious reality show premiered on October 5. Snooki's pregnant, The Situation is sober and everyone is in a relationship. Have they moved to house in an alternate universe?
Keeping up with the Kardashians:
Do you want to see Kris Jenner on your TV every afternoon? Whether you do or not, it might just happen, as she is in talks to host her very own Daytime chatfest. Discussions are reportedly underway for a test run on FOX TV Stations to air next summer.
King of the Nerds:
TBS will premiere "King of the Nerds" on January 17. Hosted by Robert Carradine and Cutis Armstrong, both of "Revenge of the Nerds," the reality show will hand out $100,000 to the nerdiest of them all after putting contestants through gaming, dance and life sized chess challenges. Watch the promo below.
Jack Osbourne is the proud father of Pearl, 5 months, and now he's married to her mother. Osbourne and Lisa Stelly got hitched on the Kona-Kohala coast of Hawaii. Of course his family was in attendance with his sister Kelly as a bridesmaid.
Russell Swan was medically evacuated during the 2009 Survivor: Samoa due to dehydration and scary heart rate drop. This season, he was simply voted off the island this past week to become the first returning player to get the boot. For a recap of recent "Survivor" events check out the "Survivor Live After Show" below.
Toddlers & Tiaras:
A TLC reality star is going from the small screen to the big screen. Little Eden Wood is set to star as Darla in a remake of "The Little Rascals." Shooting starts this week on the movie, which will also star Doris Roberts ("Everybody Loves Raymond") and Greg Germann ("Ally McBeal"). Wood also had her own spin-off reality show on LOGO called "Eden's World," which followed her as she attempted to break into show business. Wonder how it turned out.
The X Factor:
As the performers were whittled down to 24, the judges were assigned categories for mentoring and a superstar to join them during the Judges' Homes round. Simon Cowell was given Groups and Marc Anthony. Demi Lovato was assigned Young Adults and Nick Jonas. L.A. Reid was handed Over 25s and Justin Bieber. Britney Spears was given Teens and will.i.am. Final category selections will be chosen on October 17.
Read about the blowout fight Lindsay Lohan had with her mother Dina in Soaps.com's Celebrity News. A new round of revenge is heating up. Find out what's to come in Soap Opera Fan's Revenge spoiler video.
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- Lori Wilson