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Vulture is holding the ultimate Reality Rumble to determine the greatest season of the greatest reality-tv shows, from The Real World on. Each day, a different writer will be charged with determining the winner of a round of the bracket, until Vulture's Margaret Lyons judges the finals on March 25. As round one continues, Anne Helen Petersen pits So You Think You Can Dance's third season (featuring Danny and Sabra) against the Patient Zero of celebreality, the first season of The Osbournes.The reality-tv epoch has been marked by a handful of truly original concepts followed by countless variations on the form. Usually these copies, with their minor tweaks on their predecessors’ formulas, feel stale and uninspired. But on those rare occasions they discover something new in the format, and emerge as something fresh and exciting. Today’s combatants both could have been forgettable cash-ins — So You Think You Can Dance »
- Anne Helen Petersen
In today's Reality Rumble face-off, VH1's Flavor of Love lost to The Bachelor. Sorry, Flav! But before there was Flavor of Love, there was Strange Love, and before Strange Love, there was The Surreal Life. What started out in 2003 as a washed-up celeb version of The Real World wound up being the cornerstone of VH1's reality lineup — and not the "celebreality" shows like Breaking Bonaduce or Hogan Knows Best. Instead, Surreal spawned a whole family of its own. Rock of Love, I Love New York, even the currently running Couples Therapy: These all come from Surreal. Click on the picture to the left to see the show's insane lineage. »
- Margaret Lyons,Linsey Fields
Vulture is holding the ultimate Reality Rumble to determine the greatest season of the greatest reality-tv shows, from The Real World on. Each day, a different writer will be charged with determining the winner of a round of the bracket, until Vulture's Margaret Lyons judges the finals on March 25. As round 1 continues, Lisa Gabriele pits The Bachelor's 13th season, featuring the whoops-changed-my-mind Jason Mesnick, against the gloriously filthy, loogie-filled first season of Flavor of Love. Re-watching reality shows that you heartily devoured in their original run is a little like popping old gum back into your mouth. Usually no amount of muscular chewing of the desiccated confection will release anything fresh or new, its original pleasures long diluted. Not so with season one of Flavor of Love and season 13 of The Bachelor. These shows are still so surprisingly yummy, I did not mind their powerfully funky aftertaste, or the »
- Lisa Gabriele
Vulture is holding the ultimate Reality Rumble to determine the greatest season of the greatest reality-tv shows, from The Real World on. Each day, a different writer will be charged with determining the winner of a round of the bracket, until Vulture's Margaret Lyons judges the finals on March 25. To kick off the bracket, Sarah Bunting pits The Real World's iconic third, San Francisco season, with Puck and Pedro, against the second season of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's indie-filmmaking docu-series, Project Greenlight, which followed the making of The Battle of Shaker Heights, starring a young Shia Labeouf. At first, comparing The Real World to Project Greenlight seemed like an easy, lopsided call. Real World, now in season 29, is still on after 22 years, propelled by its simple premise: Throw a bunch of post-adolescent strangers together, give them booze and cameras to play to, and wait for the fights and sex. »
- Sarah D. Bunting
It’s March, which is when a pop-culture website’s mind turns to thoughts of brackets. Over the past two years, Vulture has held 2012’s Drama Derby, a brutal dogfight to determine the best TV drama of the past 25 years (winner: The Wire), and last year’s Sitcom Smackdown for comedies (The Simpsons rules all!). In 2014, we turn to what is arguably the most dominant and proliferative genre of TV of the current millennium: Welcome to the Reality Rumble, a battle that will reveal the greatest season of the greatest reality shows!When planning our previous brackets, we spent hours arguing what year to make the cutoff for eligible shows, as both genres had been TV staples since its earliest days. However, reality TV is a relatively recent phenomenon: Yes, The Real World (and its itinerant sibling, Road Rules) has been around since the early ‘90s, but the true reality »
- Josh Wolk
Jenny and Brian are about to get physical on "The Real World: Ex-Plosion" ... but not in the good, sexy way.
Things are about to take a turn for the violent between these two exes, and Zap2it has your first look at the dangerous encounter going down on Wednesday (March 5) night's all-new episode.
Watch the Zap2it exclusive clip below. "Real World: Ex-Plosion" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Et on MTV.
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MTV is giving cooking competition shows a new twist with the upcoming series, "House of Food."
Imagine if you combined "The Real World" with "MasterChef" -- and added in some more drama -- then you'd get this new reality show about a group of young aspiring chefs with no formal culinary training who live together and compete against one another. The one hour weekly docu-series "combines the exciting real-life competitive elements of culinary school, with the dramatic setting of a house reality show."
The students -- chosen for their passion for cooking and food culture -- will be judged by three of the country's best chefs for the chance to win an apprenticeship of a lifetime.
Watch the just-released trailer below and tune in for the premiere Monday, March 31 at 10 p.m. Et on MTV.
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Time to buy a little suit! Gabriel Macht and his wife Jacinda Barrett have welcomed a baby boy, Us Weekly can confirm. The Suits star and actress named their second child Luca, a source tells Us. Macht, 42, and the Australian star tied the knot in December 2004 and welcomed daughter Satine in August 2007. (Barrett, 41, made her first television appearance on the cast of MTV's The Real World: London in 1995. Up next, she's set to star in an untitled Netflix series.) Macht's little tyke is just [...] »
"The Real World: Ex-Plosion" cast member Jenny was feeling really proud of herself for not hooking up or dancing with any random guy when the girls and guys separated for a night out on Wednesday (Feb. 26). Her ex Brian had laid out some ground rules earlier that day: If they were going to work on their relationship, they had to stay faithful to each other.
Too bad Brian didn't stick to his own rules. While the guys were out at a bar, he ended up kissing a random girl, a mere few hours after telling Jenny not to do that exact same thing. Oops.
And that betrayal will change everything for Jenny and Brian going forward. "It was really disappointing and shocking because Brian is ... well, I can't use present tense now anymore, huh? Brian used to be a very family-oriented guy," Jenny tells Zap2it. "He was committed, genuine, »
On Wednesday (Feb. 26) night's episode of "The Real World: Ex-Plosion," Arielle discovered articles online speculating that she is a "trans" member of the cast. Since she didn't understand exactly whey people thought that about her when she isn't transgendered, she brought in a group of her Lgbtq friends to hold an educational conversation with her housemates to talk about what it means to be transgender.
"That was one of the toughest things to talk about because I don't know how to talk about it. I am not trans but I consider myself a gay woman," Arielle tells Zap2it. "I have a lot of friends that have experienced a lot of pain and a lot of hurt because they identify themselves as trans. And now that that word trans is becoming more accessible to people, they're throwing it around even if they don't truly understand what it means. There isn't »
The most recent seasons of The Real World have been remembered for the roommates’ violent behavior and wild partying. The current season, Real World: Ex-plosion, already set itself apart when it welcomed five of the roommates’ exes to live in their San Francisco home with them. And now, the show is going back to its roots to tackle some more serious issues, like it did in the earlier seasons.
On tonight’s episode, Arielle, a lesbian roommate, invites over a couple of her friends, including Kingston, who is transgender. Living as a man, Kingston transitioned from being a female and »
- Jake Perlman
Things got extremely real on "The Real World: Ex-Plosion" on Wednesday (Feb. 19) night's episode. When Lauren took a pregnancy test and got a positive, things took a hard left turn for her relationship with her ex Cory -- just when they were starting to rekindle their old flame.
Just six days after Lauren moved into the house, and after not seeing Cory for a long time, it was obvious that the baby isn't Cory's. So after talking with her cast members and fighting with Cory, Lauren will pack up her things and leave the house in next week's episode.
Cory had a tough time finding out that not only was Lauren pregnant, but also the baby wasn't his. "It was life-changing, but there was a lot of personal growth. After this episode, I really just grew up a lot," Cory tells Zap2it. "After loving somebody for so long »
The progenitor of all reality shows, “The Real World,” is having a renaissance. “The Real World Ex-Plosion,” the 29th season set in San Francisco now airing on MTV, tore down the fourth wall to reveal crew and producers on screen, jettisoned its graphics and opening titles, and broke its pure hands-off format with a producer-initiated twist that defines the season: moving five of the cast members’ exes in to the house midseason. It’s working. Ratings are up. Press interest is renewed. Also read: MTV’s ‘Real World’ Exes Twist Earns Biggest Audience in 3 Seasons At the midway point in the season, »
- Mikey Glazer
In June 2003, Simon Sherry-Wood was one of seven strangers picked to live in a house on MTV's "The Real World: Paris."The gay Ireland native appeared on the show's 13th season -- but, unlike his costars, he never went on to compete on any of the Challenges.In the 11 years since his run on the show, Sherry-Wood moved to L.A., got seriously buff and started modeling. And now, he's returning to reality TV!Now 29, Simon joins the infamous Pit Crew for the upcoming season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" -- meaning he'll be walking around a gaggle of drag queens in nothing but a pair of briefs.He's not the only former reality star on the show this year either."American Idol" alum Danny Noriega will actually be competing in Season 6 as his alter-ego Adore Delano. Noriega famously sparred with Simon Cowell during the show's seventh season back in »
- tooFab Staff
Now that the exes have moved into the house on "The Real World: Ex-Plosion," some old flames are about to reignite.
The first couple to pick things up where they left off? Cory and his ex Lauren. The minute she moves in, these two hop in the shower and roll around in the sheets. That was fast, huh? Especially considering the fact that Cory's been hooking up with Jenny the past few weeks.
Zap2it has an exclusive first look clip from Wednesday (Feb. 19) night's all-new episode of Cory and Lauren's steamy hello. But don't expect things to be smooth sailing from here on out for these two. In fact, Cory and Lauren might have the most drama-filled relationship of the season.
Watch the Zap2it exclusive clip below:
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"The Real World: Ex-Plosion" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on MTV. »
I'll admit it: I cringed when I first heard MTV was dramatically changing the format of its tried-and-true (yet flailing) reality show The Real World. Now that the show is halfway into the San Francisco-set season, the roommates' exes have arrived at the house, and I'm glad to say Real World: Ex-Plosion has become way more entertaining than the last few seasons of the MTV staple. Yes, Ex-Plosion is still a drunken mess for the most part (some things never change), but the twist has breathed new life into the formula, and even if you haven't been watching, now might be the perfect time to start. Here's where we're at: after six weeks barhopping and bonding, the six remaining roommates came home from a lovely vacation to find their exes have arrived at the house . . . and they're all staying. Never you mind everything that happened before, because there's so much coming up. »
- Maggie Pehanick
When we go to see an action movie or play certain video games, we expect the violence that usually comes with those genres of entertainment. But while watching The Real Housewives of Atlanta? It seems that reality shows today have become more violent and central to a show’s plotline, making it a part of the story.
When Vanderpump Rules’ Tom punched Jax in the face to see if he “could actually feel anything” after sleeping with his girlfriend Kristen and lying about it for months, you almost expected the blow. That’s what the story arc of the season »
- Jake Perlman
Jane Krakowski has found her next TV series, and it’s another one of those sitcoms about a fallen career woman. Krakowski has joined the pilot Dead Boss, a remake of a BBC series (the original featured Jennifer Saunders as a prison warden). The series follows an overachieving career woman who is wrongly accused of her boss’s murder. At first she’s certain the courts will uncover the truth of her innocence, but then she finds herself in prison.
EW asked producer Michael Patrick King if cult hit The Comeback could ever come back for a second season, “Lisa [Kudrow] and I actually have had a couple of lunches lately where we’ve been missing Valerie and wondering where she’d be. That’s just a creative exploration Lisa and I are doing. »
- Lyle Masaki
20) Road Signs
The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.
Home Box Office has dodged more bullets than Wyatt Earp at the Ok Corral. Going on the satellite in 1975 turned the company from a regional possibility into a national success; then came “hitting the wall” and the challenge of VCRs in the 1980s; and then there was the late 1990s course correction which turned the service into an original series king; and then there was the struggle of the Chris Albrecht years and the WGA strike.
Today, HBO has its big hits – Game of Thrones and True Blood, and its second tier, buzz-making winners like Girls, The Newsroom, Veep and Treme. Medical dramedy Getting On, and Looking – often described as a gay Sex and the City – show the service hasn’t gotten any shyer about trying to tackle provocative subject matter in risky ways. »
- Bill Mesce
Person of Interest, Season 3, Episode 14: “Provenance”
Written by Sean Hennen
Directed by Jeffrey Hunt
Airs Tuesdays at 10pm Et on CBS
There are times in life when you’re forced to do something not because you want to, but because you have no choice but to do it. Who among us hasn’t taken a crappy job for the sole reason that you won’t rent otherwise? In a perfect world we do the work we want and love with a big salary attached and life is good. The real world is far more cruel that, however, and sometimes you just suffer through that bad job. Hopefully it’s never to the point of this week’s number, Kelli Lin (Elaine Tan), who is extorted into stealing art by criminals that have her daughter.
Clearly theft of any kind is reprehensible and wrong, but when you’re caught between »
- Drew Koenig
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