The Insider’s Marc Malkin is reporting that Janet Jackson is seeking to launch a reality tv career. Marc reports that Janet is in talks with MTV about the possible project. (If Janet’s negotiations with MTV fall through, and she really wants to get on reality TV, then we suggest that she put on fake glasses, style her hair differently, change her name to Janet Noll, and try out for American Idol. If she wears fake glasses, then there is absolutely no way the American Idol producers and judges will recognize that it is her.)
Fox has released a February 2005 sweeps schedule and we’ve edited it to highlight Fox’s reality TV programming which includes The Simple Life 3, Cops, and America’s Most Wanted, and three nights of American Idol 4.
Yahoo News is reporting that Fox’s entertainment president Gail Berman said that the network relied to heavily on reality TV this season. Berman also said the five unaired episodes of "Who’s Your Daddy?" will not be aired. (Even though a recent press release from Fox had touted that the 4th place show in its time slot still outperformed results from the previous year.) In addition, Berman lowered expectations for American Idol 4 saying she expected ratings to decline in its fourth season. This news is certain to inspire even more reality TV is dying articles like this one. However, we predict that reality TV will rebound next year when all the networks launch dozens of "Lost" and "Desparate Housewives" copycat shows.
Remember a kinder, gentler time on reality TV. Back when "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?" was considered controversial. In today’s reality TV world, a show about marrying a millionaire probably wouldn’t raise an eyebrow. Today’s reality TV has an adoptee trying to identify her father and Mini-Me peeing in a corner. The question everyone is asking is can it get even more controversial. The answer is yes. In the works are some new shows bound to get protest groups across the world hopping. Two examples are a reality show that encourages married couples to be unfaithful and a reality show to donate sperm to impregnate a woman.
Final Unaired Episodes Of My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss and Playing It Straight Will Be Made Available on Fox.comJanuary 15, 2005 12:17:03 by Joe Blackmon
Viewers can get the closure they’ve been waiting for, when the final five unaired episodes of MY BIG FAT OBNOXIOUS BOSS and all eight episodes of PLAYING IT STRAIGHT are made available online at www.FOX.com/bigfat/ and www.FOX.com/playingitstraight. PLAYING IT STRAIGHT will be offered as a pay-per-view with all the episodes accessible for viewers beginning Monday, Jan. 17. The boardroom shenanigans and deal-breaking joke from MY BIG FAT OBNOXIOUS BOSS will be freely available and will follow shortly after.
The Toronto Star is reporting that Sacremento Kings player Doug Christie and his wife are in negotiations to star in their own reality TV series. While some basketball players have made headlines recently because of extramariial affairs, the focus of this proposed reality TV series is reported to be about the committed relationship between Doug and Jackie Christie.
Reality TV has been taking a beating from entertainment critics lately, so we were very excited when we heard a reality TV producer was about to go ten rounds with one of his critics. Entertainment Weekly writer Dalton Ross recently named Producer Scott Zakarin’s Reality Unleashed as the Worst DVD of 2004.
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