Reality television gets a bad rap. Many wonder how so many nobodies with questionable talent can become some of the most famous people in the world (hey, Honey Boo Boo!). And then they wonder, “How can I do the same?” Well, we don’t have the answer to that question, but what we do have is a roundup of the best reality-TV shows hitting the tube this fall. Whether you’re a dancing fanatic, a Demi Lovatic or obsessed with JWOWW’s ample assets, there’s a little something for everyone. The Epcot Center of the tube, if you will. Check out our picks below and then tell us what you’ll be watching this fall.
Can you believe Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green and Blake Shelton have been blindly auditioning contestants in our living rooms for three seasons now? We can barely remember a time before we had to choose between Team Adam and Team Christina. Thankfully, the bickering foursome is back to in their swiveling chairs on a quest to find The Voice (duh!). And it’s not secret that NBC is hoping to deliver a ratings smackdown to Fox’s The X Factor in the process. Our opinion: We love Xtina, but our money’s on Britney. Premiering September 10, 11, 12 at 8 on NBC, airing Mondays and Tuesdays at 8.
What the Critics Say: “The Voice promises big changes this year – hopefully they live up to it in a major way because it would be a shame to see the series over-saturate the brand and not make adjustments to ensure its longevity like [American] Idol has somehow managed to do.” –– Assignment X
The X Factor
Britney. Spears. Need we say more? Clearly, we don’t, but we will anyway. It’s been years since we’ve heard Brit Brit speak more than a few sentences, let alone offer up her opinion. Simon Cowell tells People.com, “[She] is a fascinating person because you just don’t know anything about her … she’s very unpredictable … she has taken this very seriously and she’s surprisingly quite mean.” Any show where a “mean” Britney Spears joins forces with hair-chameleon Demi Lovato has us hooked. Premiering September 12, airing Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.
What the Critics Say: “Curiosity is enough to drive The X Factor to a ratings win tonight. If Britney can help the troubled show find its footing, don’t be surprised if she breaks out a rendition of ‘Oops! … I Did It Again’ and maybe even cracks a smile. –– Boston Herald
Remember the time you had an idea for a super cool product, but didn’t have enough money to make it happen? Shark Tank takes everyday people with great –– and sometimes not so great –– ideas and gives them a forum to pitch their products to a group of “sharks,” successful businessmen and women with fat wallets, who will invest in their companies. Sounds extremely nerdy and boring, but Shark Tank is anything but. It was nominated in the non-competition reality show category at this year’s Primetime Emmys and features Dallas Mavericks owner –– and noted hothead –– Mark Cuban. Cancel your Friday night plans and dive in. Premiering September 14, airing Fridays at 8 p.m. on ABC; moving to 9 p.m. on November 2.
What the Critics Say: “The tension between the Sharks is palpable. The entrepreneurs more confident. The deals less formulaic. In many ways Shark Tank has become the American Idol of the small business startup.” — Forbes
We all get by with a little help from our friends, but celebs even more so. After all, Hollywood is a tough biz, and the only way to survive the ups and downs of Tinseltown is by surrounding yourself with a few true pals who will stick by your side in good times as well as during the bumps and slumps. We’ve long loved the enduring bond Oprah Winfrey and her BFF Gayle King share, and got teary-eyed this awards season watching Busy Phillips escort her nominated pal Michelle Williams to every event in town. And who can resist dudes like Tom Sturridge and Robert Pattinson and Jay-Z and Kanye West, who are always on hand to support each other’s personal and professional triumphs?
And then there are gals like Snooki and J-Woww, who have stuck by each other from day one in the Jersey Shore house. Through booze, bitch slaps, anonymous note-leaving, Vinny sex and drunken fights on the streets of Italy, they’ve never left each other’s side. The girls have a new reality show premiering tonight on MTV chronicling — what else? — the ups and downs of their friendship. In honor of their unbreakable bond, we’ve got 35 of the Most Adorable Celebrity Besties in the gallery below. Have a fave pair? Shout ‘em out in the comments.
You would think that a bunch of stars showed up in Indianapolis to watch the Super Bowl last night, and you would be right. We spotted a fair amount of them thanks to Twitter. Jessica Simpson, Lenny Kravitz and Rosie O’Donnell all tweeted photographs of themselves at the game. Husband-and-wife duo, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton sang “America the Beautiful” right before kick-off. Seal was out with his camera. And after her pregame concert, you couldn’t miss Katy Perry either with her blue hair and crazy mismatched outfit (her shoes were different colors). And of course, Gisele Bundchen was there to console husband Tom Brady after his team lost. Check out all the photographs in our gallery below.
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While Jennifer Lopez might be getting ready to scurry out from under American Idol like a really fabulous Louboutain-wearing mouse, The Voice judges are all snuggling in for a second season. “Our fantastic coaches were integral to the tremendous success of The Voice this year and we are thrilled that they are all returning,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC Universal’s executive vice president of alternative programming. “We look forward to building season two and making The Voice an even greater experience for fans.” Somewhere Simon Cowell is stretching out all his v-necks in a white-hot rage.
On last night’s season finale, judges Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton bestowed the crown of Best Singer of The Singers Who Sang This Season to winner Javier Colon. Now it’s on to a new generation of performers who silently think all the jokes about Adam and Blake’s secret love affair are not reeeeeeeeeeally such jokes after all.
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The current king & queen of country music have gone and made it official. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert married at a ranch in Boerne, Texas this weekend, after dating since 2006. The pair have seen each other’s career skyrocket since hooking up, with Lambert winning four CMA awards last year and scoring her third #1 country album. While Shelton only took two CMA awards and only has #1 country album to his name, he is currently a judge on the hit singing competition The Voice. Can anyone say duets album?
See photos of the pair in the gallery below. If you haven’t seen Miranda Lambert’s Kentucky Derby/bachelorette party outfit, that’s worth a look too.
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Country singer Blake Shelton may be bigger than ever thanks to his role on NBC’s hit show The Voice, but his big mouth on Twitter is getting him into trouble. Last night he tweeted, “Re-writing my fav Shania Twain song.. Any man that tries Touching my behind He’s gonna be a beaten, bleedin’, heaving kind of guy…” which was interpreted as homophobic by many followers, leading GLAAD to demand an apology. Though he says he meant for the lyric to still be heard from Shania’s POV—a woman threatening a man, not Blake threatening a man—Shelton doesn’t seem willing to leave the matter at that. Here’s a few lines he’s dropped since:
- Ba! Ha! Reading all my anti-gay hate tweets…. Ha! Ha! If people only knew even a little about me, my family and friends. Dumb asses…
- Hey y’all allow me to seriously apologize for the misunderstanding with the whole re-write on the Shania song last night…
- It honestly wasn’t even meant that way… I now know that their are people out there waiting to jump at everything I say on here or anywhere.
- But when it comes to gay/lesbian rights or just feelings… I love everybody. So go look for a real villain and leave me out of it!!!
While his frustration is understandable if he’s being honest about his intent, he could have just admitted how easy it would be misinterpret the tweet, instead of lashing out at “dumbasses” and “people waiting to jump at everything.” But considering he admitted “I’m so drunk right now I just open hand slapped a ziplock bag of urine. Damn it!!! I was saving that..” right before his Weird Al moment, we shouldn’t be surprised Blake isn’t playing this smoothly.
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