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I think we can pretty much credit MTV with the birth of reality television thanks to the explosion of The Real World, but it didn't stop there. Think about all of the families we watch on a weekly basis, from the Robertsons to the Kardashians to everyone in between. Where did the madness begin? Some may say with a ride on the crazy train courtesy of The Osbournes.  Don't act like you didn't watch!

We saw Jack and Kelly Osbourne grow up on camera (although eldest daughter Amy didn't participate) with the always hilarious chirping busybody of a "mum" Sharon and bumbling, mumbling former death metal star Ozzy.  And, of course, don't forget their tiny pooches! Now Kelly is a fashion consultant for E! and Jack is family man–how precious is his wife? (pictured with him and his parents above)–currently competing on Dancing with the Stars…but do they ever think about going back to the days of reality television's first family?

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Can you sing the alphabet?  You needn't go far…"A-B-C-D"  Okay stop.  You have reached the letter that encapsulates this entire blog post.  D.  As in D-List…if I'm being generous.  VH1's Couples Therapy is awesome at bringing the most irrelevant and desperate reality couples together for one last ditch attempt at that fifteenth minute.

This season is no different.  Producers have reached deep into their vault and resurrected some folks who are going to make for hilariously awful television.  We've got some MTV clingers, a clock wearing rapper (I do love him), and a purveyor of topless ladies…just to name a few.  It should be a very interesting mix, that's for sure!

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This is the true story…of seven strangers…picked to live in a house/casino/fire station/fish market…and have their lives taped…as they concoct fabulous new culinary delights.  Wait, what?

MTV is getting back to its roots…no, the network isn't going back to actually playing music, but it will be revamping the Real World genre with a culinary take–and it's casting now.  Are you ready to apply?

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Country music singer and former Celebrity Rehab patient Mindy McCready died on Sunday of an apparent suicide.  The thirty-seven-year-old mother had a long history of mental health problems and substance abuse.  Her boyfriend killed himself less than a month ago.  

Mindy is the fifth Celebrity Rehab participant to die since appearing on the reality show, and she is the third from her season.  Despite the turmoil endured by several of his patients, Dr. Drew Pinsky still believes that the show can be successful if the participants maintain treatment.  

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mindy's family and friends.

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MTV’s ridiculous competition show is back for an umpteenth season!  A new Real World Challenge, aptly titled “The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons,” will feature twenty-eight of the original reality show’s has-beens stars competing for a $250,000 cash prize in Bodrum, Turkey.  The competition always boasts ridiculous and heart-pounding challenges, but people tend to tune in more for the house drama, hook-ups, and fighting.

This season premieres on September 19th , and it will pit newbie housemates against players who try to make a living off of their Real World fame and winning these crazy competitions.  For example, veteran Wes Bergmann can’t wait to face-off against his former Austin roommates Lacey Buehler and the now divorced Danny Jamieson and Melinda Stolp.

In the preview trailer, Wes reveals, “These people really are as dumb as they look.”  Ahh, yes, Wes.  Yes, they are.  San Diego’s Ashley Kelsey agrees, stating, “I feel like I’m living in an insane asylum!”

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For those of you who still watch, the Real World is back for its 2 millionth season (ok actually, only 26th) with its newest installment Real World: San Diego.

Featuring the tried and true premise that has worked for over two decades, six roommates live in a house and see how much they can get on each other’s nerves, hook up, party, and supposedly undergo life changes, oh and get real. Sadly, I still remember when this show was only in its 4th and 5th seasons!

To prepare you for the excitement and the drama, MTV has released the trailer for the new season. The new cast members are Ashley Kelsey, Alexandra Govere, Frank Sweeney, Nate Stodghill, Priscilla Mendez, Samantha McGinn, and Zach Nichols. MTV has yet to release the cast photos.

Also, to prepare you for the drama, the contract MTV requires all castmates to sign has been released and it includes some very interesting (re: gruesome) provisions, which include allowing MTV to have blanket rights to their entire lives even if their story and the events are misrepresented. Included in the 30-page document are some of the following stipulations:

  • All castmates are made aware they may be subjected to: “non-consensual physical contact which could result in which could result in my contracting of any type of sexually transmitted disease, including without limitation, HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), Chlamydia, scabies (crabs), hepatitis, genital warts, and other communicable and sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy, which MTV is not responsible for. “ So MTV is condoning … rape?
  • You may die, lose limbs, and suffer nervous breakdowns. (Stipulation 1)
  • You may be humiliated and explicitly portrayed “in a false light.” (Stipulation 12)
  • Producers are under no obligation to conduct background checks on your fellow cast members. (Stipulation 7) I find this particularly interesting.
  • You agree that you are not pregnant and if you do become pregnant, you’ll tell the Producer immediately–and pregnancy is grounds for dismissal. (Stipulation 38)
  • You can’t change your physical appearance during filming, without the Producer’s express permission. (Stipulation 26)
  • Your email may be monitored during participation. (Section 20b)
  • Normally (i.e. the real real wold) these practices would be considered a “serious” invasion of privacy, but since contestants agree to participate in the show this is all completely legal.
  • Contestants promise not to hide from MTV cameras in establishments where they can’t film. The production crew can show up at your personal house at any time to film and/or to take anything they want, as long as they return the objects once production has ended. (Section 20a)

Additionally, MTV’s contract also demands that cast members be at their beck and call for up to five-years following the conclusion of filming:

- For one year after the show’s final episode airs, cast members are required to participate in all producer-determined press and forbidden from engaging in any media (radio, television, chat rooms, blogs) without the Producer’s written permission. (9)

- The Producer holds the authorship and copyright to every photograph, email, website, sound or video recording, documented performance created in relation to the program, on every medium imaginable. (8)

- You’re obligated to participate in a Reunion Special for up to five years after the show ends, you’ll be paid $2500 for your involvement, and the Producer only has to give you 14 days notice. (50c)

- You’re required to participate in book or home video projects for two years after the show ends, and you’ll be paid $750.00 for each one. (50f)

You can view the full contract here. Personal aside: I’ve spoken to reality TV producers that work for other networks and have worked for MTV, they informed me this is a fairly standard contract for reality television participants. It makes you wonder if having your 15-minutes of fame is worth it…

The trailer for the new season can be seen below! Real World: San Diego premieres Wednesday, Sept. 28 on MTV

 

 

 

 

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Will you be watching Real World: San Diego or are you over Real World? Would you participate in a reality show knowing all the details? Can you believe any of this is even legal?

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Here is your daily dose on Jon Gosselin and his 22- year-old girlfriend Hailey Glassman. Several sources have reported that Hailey who is now dating the Jon & Kate Plus Eight star is desperately seeking fame.

According to the sources, Hailey has tried out for some reality shows including MTV’s Real World and Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club.

Hailey already changed her facebook status to “In a relationship.” Pictures have been floating all over the web showing the love birds holding hands

“I think after realizing she had a connection to Jon through her father and that Jon and Kate’s marriage was rocky, she saw an opportunity to get famous,” one of Glassman’s pals tells Us.

Tell us: Do you think this relationship is going to last and is Hailey dating Jon for her 5 minutes of fame?

Bringing you the top rated cable reality tv shows for the week ending March 29, 2009:

Rank

Shows

NET

DAY

Time

Viewers

In Millions (000)

1

JON & KATE PLUS 8

TLC

Mon

09:30P-10:00P

4,603

2

FOR THE LOVE OF RAY J

VH1

Mon

10:00P-11:00P

2,346

3

LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG WORLD

TLC

Mon

08:30P-09:00P

2,074

4

DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER

A&E

Wed

10:00P-10:30P

1,795

5

REAL WORLD XXI

MTV

Wed

09:00P-10:00P

1,410

Courtesy of TVbyTheNumbers

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