This week Melinda and I had the great pleasure of having reality TV producer Troy DeVolld ("Hollywood Game Night," "Basketball Wives") as our guest on the show. I think it's safe to say that both Melinda and I learned a lot about how our favorite (and least favorite) shows work. We also talked about the Kardashians. A lot. It's tremendously reassuring to learn that an expert in the field thinks that their fifteen minutes might someday tick out, too.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck "voluntarily left" (read: was kicked off of) "The View" this week, and though I think it was her time to go, it's a little sad. Whether or not you agreed with her politics, she was able to do something you wouldn't expect from someone whose only real credential coming into the job was not dying on "Survivor."
On Monday yet another bachelor was sent packing on "The Bachelorette," and this time the unlucky-in-love competitor for Desiree's heart was Michael Garofola, a federal prosecutor based in Miami. While Des gushed that he always looked on the bright side of life (and, to their credit, neither one of them launched into a Monty Python song), he lacked Brooks' smoldering hotness, Chris' bad poetry-writing skills and, more importantly, his relationship with Des wasn't quite as advanced as some of the others on the show. Michael G. talked to reporters in a conference call about being on the show, getting cut, and going after Ben and James.
Did you ever watch "Blue Lagoon" and think, wow, I'd love to be stranded on an island! It's so romantic! Well, "Naked & Afraid" (Sun. at 10:00 p.m. on Discovery) will disabuse you of that notion in a hurry. Not only is foraging for food and water not in the least romantic, neither are sharks, tiny biting bugs or snakes. I don't remember Brooke Shields having to deal with any of those, do you?
In the clips below, watch the latest couple bicker, try (and fail) to make fire and, in one case, have an anxiety attack in the water (hint: it's not the woman). Then, if you really want to, watch "Blue Lagoon" if you want to think of being stranded on an island as a good thing.
Lately Bravo seems to have decided that the crappy, amateurish stuff we used to expect from public access programming has been overlooked too long. Who doesn't love talking heads nattering about nothing? Gosh, where have all the badly lit sets gone? The public wants an 80 year old woman dancing to Paul Anka songs in a bikini, dammit! Okay, Bravo hasn't snapped up that last one, but it's only a matter of time.
There are a lot of perks to being famous. Free stuff, big money, annoying paparazzi following you around and taunting you... okay, it's not all fun. But super chef/writer/personality Anthony Bourdain has just created yet another win for stars with "The Getaway," the reality TV travel show he's producing for the Esquire Network. Premiering Sept. 25 at 9:00 p.m., the show follows stars like Joel McHale, Aisha Tyler, Aziz Ansari, Eve, and more as they wander around the exotic locale of their choice, drinking in the scenery and living like a local, probably all expenses paid.
So, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" returns for a second season Wed. July 17 at 9:00 p.m. on TLC, and fans can rest assured that Mama June and the kids are keeping it classy. In this clip, the family introduces us to the concept of "cup-a-fart" and how it might some day be the weapon of choice for professional wrestling. Bag on Honey Boo Boo and her kin all you want, but don't say they're not innovative. Or at least don't say they're not stinky. Let's hope this particular scent isn't included in the episode's scratch-'n'-sniff cards (available in People magazine this week).
Hey, America! If you were furious with "So You Think You Can Dance" for stuffing the eliminations into the top of the show, rejoice! As Cat Deeley informs us, the producers have heard your complaints and changed the show accordingly. As of this week, we're back to the old format -- the bottom six are announced at the top of the show, but the cuts aren't made until the end. So, let's move on. Great opening number from Sonya Tayeh and Christopher Scott!
Being a repo professional is stressful, but being an airplane repo professional has to be far worse. Once a plane has been taken into possession, getting it back on the ground in one piece is by no means a given. Add to that the usual problems faced by repo pros (gun-toting owners and cops) and this is not a job for the weak. Watch these two clips from "Airplane Repo" (debuting Thurs. July 11 at 10:00 p.m.). In the first, one unlucky repo guy discovers the plane he's just climbed into is possibly more trouble than it's worth. In the second, repo pros talk about the troubles they've faced -- and arrests are by no means the worst.
It isn't often that I watch "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and think, hmm, that's a conundrum. Most of the time, it's pretty clear what the right decision would be for these women as they just do the exact opposite. Heard an ugly rumor? Blast it from the rooftops! Wish you hadn't invited someone to your party? Uninvite them or embarrass them publicly! Having an argument? Throw wine at the other person! Your kid doesn't want you to date the jerk you've been seeing? Do it anyway and whine about how much you sacrifice! Part of the fun, when and if there is fun, is watching these women run higgleldy-piggledy into the car wreck.