First of all, let us just say: that headline was a joke. Please, like there could be another Snooki. Like we would even. As it turns out, our predictions about disgruntled flight attendant Steven Slater’s career in television weren’t very far off the mark. But instead of a Lifetime tv movie, or even a very special episode of COPS, Slater is on the verge of getting his very own reality show.
According to sources, “Stone Entertainment…is going after Slater to host a show in which various disgruntled workers quit their jobs in extravagant ways.” As much as we would love, love, love to watch this program, have people not heard of this little thing called the economy? Quitting your job at TGIFriday’s by setting fire to your flare and throwing a high chair through the front window would put something of a black mark on the ol’ resume, no? That being said, Slater himself is proof that scaring the costumers can lead to fame and fortune, or at least to eight episodes dedicated to helping Levi Johnston quit his job as mayor of Wasilla.
To aid him in turning notoriety into dollar signs, Slater has hired “crisis PR specialist” Howard Bragman, who says “I very much believe that Steven touched a nerve with the American people and am proud to be helping him tell his story at the appropriate time in the appropriate way.” We don’t know what about his client Bragman could possible describe as “appropriate”, but whatever these two come up with, it had better be good. Maybe a show where every week Slater goes insane and leaps out of a different vehicle. Cruise ship? Hovercraft? Space shuttle? The possibilities are endless. Thow in one of those Duggar kids as a side-kick, Mr. Bragman, and you and our DVR have a deal.
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Indulging the grandiose delusions of beautiful yet emotionally troubled people is what reality television is all about. And why shouldn’t one of those people be Aubrey O’Day, formerly of Making of the Band’s Danity Kane and various slutty photoshoots? No reason we can see!
Apparently the first season is going to focus on O’Day’s “work” in the Las Vegas burlesque review “Peepshow.” So while the show is currently named The Aubrey O’Day Project a more accurate title might be Aubrey O’Day Presents: O God, Please Look At Me, PLEASE. I’m Singing! Are you Still Looking, World? I SAID ARE YOU STILL LOOKING?!? That’s It, I’m Taking Off My Pants.
And it’s on Oxygen no less! “Young women have watched the ups and downs of Aubrey through the years, and they continue to cheer her on,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, Senior VP Original Programming and Development at Oxygen.” “Besides,” Introcaso-Davis added, “You just KNOW she is going to be an epic train wreck. Am I right, ladies? Who’s with me?”
Okay, so she didn’t say that exactly, but do most young women really identify with someone who can’t buy paper towels without America watching? We are willing to cut O’Day miles and miles of slack, since we all plan to walk down the aisle to “Damaged” but let’s be real here. The amount of weave-yanking and elective facial surgery on this show is going to be turned up to 11. Either way, we’ll be watching.
Reportedly, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are going to star in a reality show so that America can see just how “normal” these two are. The fact that they know that their image is NOT normal is challenging enough, what with the Scientology and the rumors that Tom “auditioned” Katie to be his wife and the fact that they do creepy dances for each other on film, so this could be fun.
A source explains that Tom got the idea for a show after filming some viral videos with Cameron Diaz to drum up excitement for his film Knight And Day. He was apparently so smitten with…what, being filmed? As if he hasn’t been filmed before? Whatever…that he wanted to shoot personal footage of his home life to show the world. Says the source “He’s been filming Kate and other aspects of their life for the past month. The original impetus was that he would select a few personal clips to show fans, but word has got out through his agents (CAA) and he is currently fielding offers from entertainment companies.”
Cruise wants absolute creative control over the show, however, so maybe the ploy isn’t to convince us that they’re normal, maybe it’s to brainwash what America believes “normal” is so we think family helicopter rides and couch-jumping on Oprah is typical. He’s Tom Cruise, he has the power to do that you know.
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We’ve got to hand it to Spencer Pratt – he knows what will get people talking. After departing The Hills, talking smack about people on Twitter, fighting cyber-crime, and threatening lives, his next venture is an insanely-titled new reality show. Fist Pumping For Love. You read that correctly.
Pratt is teaming up with Snooki‘s not-yet-famous (but soon-to-be-infamous, we guess) ex-boyfriend, Emilio Masella to create the new show- Masella will star, Spencer will produce. Masella dated Snooki for four months, and disses the pouf-queen, saying “I am tired of these fake Italian girls. I want a real guidette who can speak Italian, so we are prepared to take my search from Hollywood, California, to the streets of Howard Beach in Queens, N.Y.” And here we thought Howard Beach was just the exit for JFK airport. Turns out, Mama Celeste lives there with her hot daughters.
Spencer is also excited by the opportunity to become a producer, saying “It is the perfect partnership for me as a growing player in reality television.” Just when we thought we got rid of him, he returns with a show even more seedy, fake and STD-prone than The Hills could have hoped to be. Bravo, Spencer. Brav-O.
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As far as we’re concerned, we would be thrilled if we never reported anything about Jennifer Lopez‘s ex-husbands, ever. Hell, we’d be thrilled never to mention her current husband either. (Although we hear he plans to capture and renovate Greyskull soon.) But Ojani Noa, the one she’s suing for trying to sell private home videos and who has no others kills besides being an ex-husband, keeps trying to cash in on her name, and we keep feeling the urge to call him out on it because, dude, it’s past creepy, now it’s just gross.
Today it was reported that Noa is shopping around a new reality show called I Owe J. Lo in order to avoid bankruptcy. Bankruptcy that he got himself into after violating a confidentiality clause when he wrote a book about his life with the singer. The show would follow him around as he tries to land “menial jobs” in order to pay off his debt. Sounds thrilling! After every minor network passes on the project, we look forward to seeing what Noa does next in the name of Lopez.
Who knew that J. Lo’s second ex, Cris Judd, who was on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here for the love of God, would end up being the classy one?
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The past year was rife with creeps who were intent on scoring roles on reality shows. While Balloon Dad Richard Heene was jailed for his premeditated stunt, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the White House party crashers, are being rewarded for their ass-hattery by scoring a place on the upcoming The Real Housewives of D.C.
Access Hollywood is reporting that the pair, who went to the 2009 White House State dinner as uninvited guests and had their pictures taken with Joe Biden and Rahm Emmanuel, have filmed a dozen episodes of the new series which will air in July, and even says that Bravo cameras were filming the White House stunt. So much for being punished for bad behavior. They also have a book in the works. Their literary agent Sharlene Martin explained, “People will be surprised when the truth about the Salahis is finally told.”
What she means is that people will be surprised that these two are still trying to be famous. Someone buy these clowns a watch, their 15 minutes have got to be over by now. [Photo: SplashNewsOnline]
For better or worse, Variety reports that Sarah Palin appears ready to ink a deal with the Discovery Channel to get her own reality show. (For better: this means she’s probably giving up any thoughts of running for any type of office now. For worse: She’s going to be on TV regularly now.) Discovery is willing to shell out an unprecedented $1 million per episode for the Alaskan travel show called Sarah Palin’s Alaska. The show will be co-produced by Mark Burnett, the creator of Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?, which is also a name we would have accepted for Palin’s show.
TLC, which is owned by Discovery, is one of the networks in the running to actually air the show. Sigh. Remember when that “L” in TLC stood for “Learning”? [Photo: Getty Images]
We totally called it yesterday when we theorized that maybe Simon Cowell would find a way to reunite with Paula Abdul when he departs American Idol next year. Now Cowell has admitted that he does indeed want to work with Abdul again, saying “I’ve gone on record, I adore Paula. Whatever happens, I will be working with her in some capacity, because I miss her.” Now, we don’t know if this means she’ll definitely be hired for The X-Factor, but it sure sounds like it!
Funny, season 9 of Idol hasn’t even started yet (tonight, baby!) and already it feels like it’s unravelling – we sure hope all these departures don’t result in lost momentum and maximum suckage. We already went through that with this most recent season of Project Runway and we can’t handle another reality crap-fest.[Photo: Getty Images]
Mel B‘s been all about the glamor in recent times – we feel that we’ve seen her having fun poolside in Las Vegas, champagne glass in hand, stilettos on feet more often than we care to remember. But now the former Spice Girl is spending time in her hometown of Leeds, England, surviving on welfare handouts for a reality show to see how the other half live.
For the show called “7 Days on the Breadline”, Mel will see if she can make state payments of $200 last for a family of six for a week. Spending time in the deprived Harehills area of Leeds, she’s living as a single mom of five children for the show which will air in the UK later this year. However morally dodgy the set-up of this seems to be (essentially – “Ooh! Look at celebrities having to live like poor ordinary people!”) it’s sure to make entertaining watching. [Photo: Splash News Online]
British reality star Jade Goody was buried on Saturday in a tearjerker of a funeral that rivaled Princess Diana’s for its scale and media coverage. The 27-year-old died on March 22 after suffering from cervical cancer for less than a year. The occasion veered between moments of humor – flowers on the cortege read ‘minging’ and ‘East Angula’ (referring to Jade’s catchphrases and ignorance of British geography) -and heartbreaking poignancy, with a note from Jade’s sons that included the words, “We love you very much and speak about you every day, we know you are with us when we play on the beach, eat our dinner and even when we are coloring in pictures for you, we know we can talk to you and you’ll hear us.”
Her funeral procession started off in South London’s Bermondsey disctrict – where Jade originally hailed from – and continued for 19 miles to her home in Essex. Thousands of well-wishers lined the streets in London and screens outside St John the Baptist church relayed a montage of photos of Jade shown inside the funeral. Minute-by-minute coverage of the entire event was shown on Britain’s Sky News channel, demonstrating Jade’s incredible command of the media, even after her untimely death. [Photos: Getty Images]