SVEDKA Vodka really knows how to throw a party. After covering the red carpet at Logo’s NewNowNext Awards, Alex and I jetted over to SVEDKA’s “Night of a Billion Reality Stars” to join in on the fun. Thankfully, Lexington Social House was literally across the street, so we didn’t have to worry about getting stuck in LA traffic. Being a huge reality television fan, I jumped at the chance to be in a room full of reality TV’s most familiar faces. While there wasn’t a billion, if certainly felt like it. Every time I turned around, I was bumping into a reality star I loved. I’m talking to you Kyle Richards and Lo Bosworth.
The celebration marked SVEDKA Vodka’s partnership with FunnyOrDie.com on three comedic shorts which spoof the outrageous and inevitable future of reality TV and star Joan Rivers, Brian Austin Green, talking dogs and Jeff Probst, among others. The first video in the series, which will roll out over a period of three consecutive weeks, premiered today, April 8, 2011. Here it is below:
“The Planet’s Most Extreme Model, Designer, Chef, Lover, Dancer, Drag Queen, Alien, Fish Wrangler From Outer Space,” a future competition show mash up, starring E!’s Gastineau Girls Brittny and Lisa Gastineau, The Bachelor’s Vienna Girardi and Real World Las Vegas roommate Trishelle Cannatella, hosted by Survivor’s Jeff Probst.
Joan Rivers kicked off the evening by premiering the off-color comedies to a room full of unscripted superstars. They all watched and laughed as they accepted the inevitable: in the future, everyone will be famous! After the films rolled, DJ Solange Knowles took to the turntables to spin for the gorgeous gala-goers. Who knew Beyonce’s sister was such a great DJ? I didn’t. At one point, I even went up to her and gave her a thumbs up for playing Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody“. Naturally, she laughed.
The entire venue was decorated with dozens of life-sized cutouts of reality stars. Every where you looked it was a reality television explosion. The restrooms were labeled Smush Rooms, books by reality stars riddled all the seating areas and there was even a confessional booth to take a picture. Check out Alex and my pic here. Special shout outs go to the delicious SVEDKA Vodka cocktails (Future Famous and Joan In a Jar were my favorite). Maybe I’m getting old, but the vodka sno-cone was toats strong. I couldn’t believe I had to nurse it. The duck confit was also quite tasty.
VH1 is introducing a new show beginning March 14th titled Wedding Wars. What’s it all about? Think Bridalplasty meets Survivor meets The Real World. Here is the full show’s synopsis from the official VH1 site.
Some people want their wedding to be so perfect they’re willing to fight for it. Literally. On VH1’s new series Wedding Wars, 12 engaged couples will battle each other for the destination wedding of a lifetime. Wedding Wars is a competition-elimination show hosted by Michele Merkin, where each week teams of soon-to-be brides and grooms will fight tooth and nail for a shot at their dream wedding and amazing prizes. But the couples are in for a shock when they learn they won’t be competing at a five star resort. Instead, they’ll be exiled on a remote island location with little food or water and they’ll face hardships that will strain their relationships to the limit. To win their dream wedding, couples must face the elements and survive in the wilderness and compete in challenges that offer some extravagant wedding prizes.
Is it me or did Fall 2010’s reality shows feature more annoying contestants than ever before? I don’t even think I’m exaggerating in the least. Cumulatively, the networks cast the most polarizing and irritating reality stars in recent memory if not ever. There were moments during this Fall TV season, when my jaw literally fell to the ground after witnessing some of their behavior. It was baffling to see how some of these people consistently remained on their respective shows, despite their shenanigans.
While I do recognize I could choose to stop watching the offending shows, I didn’t for the sake of my dear loyal reality TV fanatics. Papa’s gotta do his research you know. Hands up, if you believe that line of BS. Truth be told, I just didn’t have enough strength to stop staring at the trainwrecks. Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and help me bequeath “The Most Annoying Reality Star” title to one of these hookers.
TLC has come out with yet another “I can’t help but watch” type show. This time, a reality/documentary style show that profiles shopaholics that use coupons to save thousands of dollars on the stockpiles of goods they buy. These people are not just your regular coupon clippers. They literally spend hours a day on the internet looking for deals. This is Extreme Couponing, and no, it’s not a sport.
Four Extreme Couponers were profiled on the series premiere, each with their own bag of tricks and system that they follow for finding deals. One woman brought more than $600 in merchandise to the till and paid only $2.64 after coupons. Another shopper creates an order at the till so large it has to be broken up because the register can only scan 500 items at a time. Items purchased include: 60 bottles of hand soap, 40 bottles of water and 1100 boxes of cereal. The value is almost $6000, and he purchases it for $241.
These people are good at what they do, but they take it to the extreme. One family hasn’t bought toilet paper in three years because they have so much of it. It’s kind of like hoarders, but in a more positive way since we’re not dealing with garbage and fecal matter.
If you watched the season finales of “The Amazing Race” or “Survivor“, you probably caught a couple of glimpses of Paula Abdul’s return to network television. CBS definitely took advantage of the eyeballs watching those shows to pimp “Live to Dance” to the max. With the show closing in on its January 4th premiere date, CBS just released its first full length trailer. Based on first impressions, I’m thinking Paula… better luck next time.
If you ever wondered what “So You Think You Can Dance” and “America’s Got Talent” would look like if they combined their formats, this is what the result would be. Which brings me to this point? Do we really need another dancing competition show? Personally, I say no. Out of all the projects Paula Abdul was considering as her first permanent post-Idol gig, this wouldn’t have been my first choice. My vote goes to the flash mob dance show NBC was considering. Instead she chose “Live To Dance” which is based on the hit British dance show “Got To Dance“. Just because it’s a hit across the pond, doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll translate over here. You needn’t look any further than ABC’s winter bomb “Skating with the Stars” as exhibit A.
The best thing going for “Live To Dance” is that vintage cray cray Paula is back. In the two-minute long trailer, Abdul is exhibiting moments of what made American Idol must-see television in its hey day. She slurs out one-liners like “I want amazing people to live in their unique ability” or “You are exactly what makes people live to dance”. God, I missed her nonsensical commentaries.
You may hate to love them, but the reality is, people love Reality TV and the stars are getting rich. Reality TV first took off with Survivor over a decade ago, but in the passed few years, it has evolved into so much…less than that. Forget the elaborate challenges and exotic locations, simply following around spoiled brats or watching people make fools of themselves whilst pissed drunk is now making some people richer than you can imagine. I’m sure this has kids some kids saying, “Forget being a doctor or fireman, mommy, I wanna be a reality star when I grow up!”
Some reality stars are better than others at making the most of what has been handed to them and seizing the many money-making opportunities around them. A lot of the top earning reality stars came from money anyway, while others are just getting started. From book deals, to appearance fees, to Dancing & Skating With The Stars, to product endorsements…Reality TV has opened many doors for many people. The Daily Beast has compiled the list of the Top 10 highest paid reality stars this past year. Who do you think is number one? Check out the list below.
Kara DioGuardi moves from judging the singing competition that is American Idol, to judging the singing competition that will be Going Platinum (the working title). The Bravo show will feature DioGuardi as a judge, and will have singer Jewel as the show’s host and mentor to the contestants. Looks like her Funny or Die karaoke prank paid off and has brought her back into the limelight! The show’s concept differs from idol in that it is restricted to singer/songwriters (LOVE THAT!), off limits to public voting (I wouldn’t vote anyway), and puts the twelve competing singers under one roof living together (ANTM with singing – AMAZING!). The contestants will be competing for a record deal with RCA/Jive and a publishing deal with Sony, BMI Songwriters The Writing Camp, and $100,000 dollars
It’ll be interesting to see how the American Idol spinoffs do, with this and Paula Abdul judging Got To Dance. Randy Jackson, as you know, remains on the Idol panel along with diva extraordinaire, Jennifer Lopez, and rock legend, Steven Tyler.
I think “Intuition,” by Jewel would be a good theme song for the show…if it was sped up a bit. If you don’t remember the song, check it out below.
Looking for interesting, attractive, colorful Asian-Americans to cast in a reality show similar to ‘Jersey Shore’…We need attractive Asian-Americans with lively, strong and unique personalities between the ages of 18 to 30 with equally interesting life stories and perspectives to share, especially individuals who know about and/or experienced the Koreatown life. If you are not Asian but are obsessed with Asian culture or people in some way, email us and please explain.
That’s what the casting folks posted on Craiglist in hopes of finding the Asian Snooki and Situation. R&B singer Tyrese along with his production company HQ Pictures is producing a reality show that features attractive and colorful Asian Americans similar to that of Jersey Shore, The Hills and The Real World, but set in the backdrop of LA’s Koreatown.
The cast of K-Town were seen at several spots (BCD, Bohemians, and BoBo’s) in Los Angeles’ famed Korean district. The cast and crew were there filming the pilot episode. From left to right in the picture above are Young Lee, Jennifer Field, Joe Cha, Scarlet Chan, Violet Kim, Peter Le, Steve Kim, and Jasmine Chang.
Peter Le is already the one being singled out due to his muscular physique. While the real “Situation” was an exotic dancer, the Korean version ups Mike one notch, since he’s apparently a pornstar and exhibitionist. You can see his junk and his trunk on his personal website.