I hope everyone has recovered from last week's wholly uncomfortable Taylor trainwreck last week. I was thinking we might kick off this week with a limo drive through the gates of a mental institution or maybe a shelter for battered women, but no such luck. Instead, we will start the way all deep emotional healing in Beverly Hills begins -- at lunch.
It's time for more hysterical crying - and not from Taylor
The reality classic returns tonight, but will audiences respond?
In the world of television, everything old really is new again (and again and again). Five years after "Fear Factor" and its gross-out stunts fell off prime-time's radar, the show is back and, NBC promises, bigger and badder (and, we can assume, grosser) than ever. Even original host Joe Rogan returns, albeit with a little less hair. The question is whether audiences will have the same appetite for bug eating, endurance tests and innards-swallowing they've had in the past. I mean, audiences other than 10-year-old boys, of course.
Kim has a kid, Sheree commits to court and NeNe has an Italian admirer
Reality TV Roundup: 'Survivor' tribe fractures, a 'Real' housewife goes nuts and 'X Factor' dissolves in tears
It's been a busy week, so get all your reality news here, now
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," "Top Chef," "Project Accessory" 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
Edna is sent to Redemption Island, and it's the end of Upolu tribe unity.
Cochran tells HitFix he wasn't bullied. Condescended to, yes, but not bullied.
Jeff Probst marries a Russell. No, not that Russell.
THE AMAZING RACE
The snowboarders' luck runs out, and they are eliminated.
Part of the first parent-child team on the show has died. She would have celebrated her 35th wedding anniversary next month, too.
Andy and Tommy put a happy face on being ousted during this HitFix interview.
THE X FACTOR
Another hellish elimination, and Rachel is sent home, sobbing.
A look at the top five performances -- and who should have been sent home (not Rachel).
Rachel doesn't blame Nicole for her elimination, but everyone else does.
Steve Jones is only a weird/bad announcer because of his earpiece. No, really.
We get the list of lovely ladies who will attempt to hook up with Ben.
The show's producers sue Reality Steve for leaking information. Those damn bloggers!
How hard is it to cook a steak? Pretty hard, and Whitney is told to pack her knives and go.
Kenneth Cole foolishly agrees to sell the winner's design as part of his Holiday 2011 collection, while Aidan's ugly clutch, ring and cuff get him sent packing.
AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL
There's a mystery surrounding Angeala, and Lisa walks away with the title of America's Next Top Model.
Lisa says she's gotten therapy, and talks about winning. She's happy about it, FYI.
The mystery surrounding Angeala may be that she won -- and was then disqualified for yakking about it.
NON-COMPETITION REALITY TV SHOWS
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS
Taylor goes bat crap crazy and Camille's wacko friend Dedra doesn't help matters at poor Brandi's pathetic Malibu beach party.
Is anyone going to read Taylor's sad sack memoir? There seems to be a consensus among commenters...
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA
NeNe may or may not have cheated on her husband with Charles. Her behavior at Cynthia and Peter's wine bar does nothing to dispel suspicion.
Well, it looks like they won't have to change the title of "19 Kids and Counting" after all. Michelle Duggar suffered a miscarriage.
Have you been watching "La La's Full Court Life"? Someone has, because VH1 renewed it.
The "Mythbusters" fired a cannonball through a house. The stars feel really bad about it.
Lowe's pulls advertising from "All-American Muslim" because the Florida Family Association whined about something.
Another sign the end of the world is nigh: E! has four more Kardashians-centric TV shows planned.
Conservative Republicans like reality TV more than liberals do.
The designers must make clutches for Kenneth Cole, but will he want to sell any of them?
The final six should be thrilled to be, well, the final six, but the mood at the communal department is, to say the least, subdued. Adrian feels discouraged from his poor showing last week. How can he be Adrian and make the judges happy? Diego suggests he shouldn't be so Adrian. Ouch.
The hit series has tried with models and accessories, but why do these shows fall short?
Tonight we'll be treated to another episode of "Project Accessory," which is likely being met by a tepid sigh of not-quite-anticipation by those who bother to tune in. Admittedly, Lifetime has done its level best to copy every element of "Project Runway" to ensure the spin-off's success. The judges, the challenges and even the hostess are eerily similar to the original hit. So why doesn't it work better than it does?
Her memoir of abuse is already getting mixed reactions
When Taylor Armstrong gave a teary-eyed plug for her new book on "Watch What Happens: Live" after this Monday's episode of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," I didn't give it much thought. Reality stars pump out fluffy, catty, ghost-written tomes at the same rate Michelle Duggar pops out babies, and this seemed to be just another unimpressive addition to the genre.
The chefs have to cook for a meaty fundraiser -- but play it safe
We're down to thirteen chefs, and the boys are noticing they're being picked off a little faster than the girls (okay, we've only had guys getting the boot for a while) and suddenly it's the boys vs. the girls. Of course, Heather thinks this is a great opportunity to gloat. Sigh. It's an individual challenge, people. Stop being ten years old for a minute and just cook. I had been feeling that this group of chefs was a little more mature and sophisticated than some we've gotten in past seasons, but I may have to reassess if they keep acting like they're in a fourth grade kickball tournament.
Oprah just wants to help, so why is it so annoying?
OWN has announced that it will be launching a new series, 'America's Money Class with Suze Orman' on Jan. 9. (9:00 p.m. ET). In the six-episode "class," Orman will be answering financial questions and giving viewers tools and tips on how to survive this sluggish economy. To sweeten the deal, viewers will also get a chance to win up to $50,000 when they take her final exam during the last episode.
Study group members are recruited to sing and dance during the holiday episode
"Community" may be suffering in the ratings, but that doesn't mean Troy and Abed (and the rest of the study group) don't have plenty of holiday cheer. In this Thursday's holiday episode of the show (8:00 p.m. on NBC), each of our stars will be singing and dancing their way into the school's annual Christmas pageant. Watch Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed (Danny Pudi)'s rap below.