Reality TV Roundup: 'The Amazing Race' gets fuzzy, 'Survivor' reveals marriage woes and 'The X Factor' reveals a brat
Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...
SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! One more time: SPOILER ALERT. If you watch "The X Factor," "Survivor," "Dancing with the Stars," "Top Chef," "Project Accessory," "Work of Art," "The Biggest Loser" or "America's Next Top Model," the latest elimination for each show is revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me if you find out something you didn't want to know. You've been warned. Also note: lots of non-competition reality info lurks below, too.
COMPETITION REALITY SHOWS
Can't get enough "Survivor"? Good, because it's going to be on until at least 2013.
Ozzy is unsinkable, and Whitney gets the boot. Read all about it in this recap.
Jim talks about why he lied about being a medical marijuana dealer, while Keith evades a question about Whitney. Oh, they are so dating!
And, according to her secret (not possibly ex? Estranged?) husband, oh yeah they're dating.
A camera operator on the show spills the beans about what happens behind the scenes -- and a particularly gross moment for an unnamed competitor. You've been warned.
THE AMAZING RACE
So, Laurence and Zak get stuck in traffic and are eliminated. But most importantly, this episode had BUNNIES! Read all about it in this recap.
THE X FACTOR
Astro acts like a brat, but it's class act Stacy Francis who gets sent home. Read all about it in this recap.
Guess what? Stacy thought Astro was an ass, too. And yes, she regrets that Meatloaf song, too.
DANCING WITH THE STARS
Poor posture finally catches up to Hope Solo, who gets sent home with hot partner Maks. Read all about it in this recap.
Derek Hough feels no pressure to win because the final three couples are just so darn good. And he thinks Bruno's nasty comments aren't so bad. Aw, Derek's just too nice!
Ricki Lake is returning to talk TV in 2012. She she has her own show again AND she can dance, too!
The stars think the finals are too close to call. Where's their competitive spirit, anyway?
Keith had a great backstory (he served time!) but it's not enough to save him when he buys cooked, frozen shrimp. Read all about it in this recap.
Keith didn't mean to buy frozen shrimp, he says. He was just trying to be efficient by getting cooked stuff, he swears! But he hopes his story inspired people, and it did.
THE BIGGEST LOSER
Retired payroll supervisor Bonnie gets the boot from the ranch.
Anna Kournikova won't be back. Someone go beg Jillian Michaels to return!
Shoe designer James blows it big time by not designing a second item. Read all about it in this recap.
AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL
Dominique can't pronounce the word "javelin," hold one or stay in the competition. Read all about it in this recap.
NON-COMPETITION REALITY TV SHOWS
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS
Taylor can't believe it when the other wives point out that, um, she's a victim of domestic abuse. Oh, the nerve! Read all about it in this recap.
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA
Kim is getting her own docu-series revolving around her tacky wedding. Yay.
Phaedra is moving forward with her funeral business idea, while NeNe's distaste for Atlanta (and Sheree and Kim) lingers on. Read all about it in this recap.
DR. DREW'S LIFECHANGERS
Dr. Drew defends his new, crap TV show, and explains the point of "Celebrity Rehab," in case you missed it.
MTV is going to air "Buck Wild," a show about teens in a rural Appalachian town. Yes, everyone in America is not only getting their fifteen minutes, but a TV show, too.
Dr. Oz celebrates his 400th show with "The Dr. Oz Show" babies. Which are somehow his responsibility. Um, not because he knocked anybody up, but because he gave advice that helped women lose weight. Or something. This is a pretty tenuous connection, but if you like babies, click for video.
The Sucklord talks about being beaten down by the competition on "Work of Art." The show turned him into a big softy. With a name like The Sucklord, that can't be good.
Southwest Airlines is doing a reality show. Um, why?
The new women Ben Flajnik will be treated to on "The Bachelor." And don't worry -- the old lady is actually one of the bachelorette's grandmas.
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
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