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The Fairy Godmother of Dying Restaurants

The Fairy Godmother of Dying Restaurants


Attention industry folks! Is it your dream to get verbally and emotionally abused (but in a nice, well-intentioned and constructive way, of course) on national...
By Cassandra Landry  |  January 13, 2012
Unsexiest Men '11: These Reality "stars" are Really Unsexy. For Real.

Unsexiest Men '11: These Reality "stars" are Really Unsexy. For Real.


If we were to make a venn diagram of reality TV, er, personalities, they'd all fall into one of three categories: Insanely Hot and Vapid,...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  December 15, 2011
The 7 most insane clauses in MTV's Real World contract

The 7 most insane clauses in MTV's Real World contract


The Village Voice has helpfully obtained and annotated a copy of the contract that MTV's Real World contestants must sign -- it starts with signing...
By Carly Carioli  |  August 02, 2011
Talkin' Trash TV: The Real Housewives of NYC Season 4 Premiere

Talkin' Trash TV: The Real Housewives of NYC Season 4 Premiere


New Yorkers are dealing with a lot right now. It's only a matter of time until the hugliest combover in the annals of hirstute history...
By Hallie Boston  |  April 08, 2011
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Reality show pitches

Reality TV needs to shake things up.
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By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  April 08, 2011
Talkin' Trash TV: The Newest Reality Star(ving for attention)

Talkin' Trash TV: The Newest Reality Star(ving for attention)


   First of all, I would like to extend my sincerest apologies to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Adrienne Maloof. I mean, you're still...
By Hallie Boston  |  March 15, 2011


Talkin' Trash TV: Jersey Shore

Talkin' Trash TV: Jersey Shore


Remember back to the glory days of 2009? Sure, the economy was in deeper shit than the kid from Slumdog Millionaire and all that boring...
By Hallie Boston  |  January 28, 2011
Real Housewives, fake faces

Real Housewives, fake faces


Eight episodes in to the sixth installment of the Housewives franchise, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,  Bravo viewers have already been firmly introduced to...
By Hallie Boston  |  December 15, 2010
MTV's Big "Hills" Fake-Out: Reality TV Isn't Actually Real; Global Community in State of Shock

MTV's Big "Hills" Fake-Out: Reality TV Isn't Actually Real; Global Community in State of Shock


So, in case you haven't heard, MTV's long-running (far, far too long) reality show "The Hills" has taken its final curtain call. For six straight seasons, the...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  July 14, 2010

Hire us now, Ms. Gist!

Wow! Bow-wow! How do we get a job to write a speech for state education commissioner Deborah Gist for a cool $10,000?
Will tap dance for free!
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 28, 2010
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Ex–porn star blogs her way sober

This past week at the Radcliffe Union of Students (RUS), Jennie Ketcham taught her first class about something besides, er, “dick-sucking.”
Jennie Does Harvard  
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 02, 2010


The Big Hurt: Falling down the rabbit hole

Lee, Hoppus, Wentz, Avril, and 3OH!3 fall down the rabbit hole
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 22, 2010
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The resistible rise of Andrew Fenlon

By the time I get Andrew Fenlon on the phone — two days after the airing of his now-notoriously contentious American Idol audition — the world around us has already split into three factions: those who loathe him, those who love him, and those who need
Idol Threat Dept.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 22, 2010

Crossword: ''Mixed reviews''

From your anagraming film critic
From your anagraming film critic
By MATT JONES  |  October 23, 2009
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What of the Beatles?

Spouting off during downtime in an interview with jazz drummer/composer Steve Grover, I once put forward my ill-researched idea that the third song is almost universally the best song on a great album.
Jazz, pop, and circumstance
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 04, 2009
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West coasting

As I watched this season's 16 Project Runway hopefuls squinting into the setting sun during their champagne reception atop the Title Guarantee Building in Los Angeles, it was hard not to view the scene as a sad little metaphor for the state of the sho
Is Project Runway walking in circles?
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 28, 2009


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The Search for America's Biggest A-Hole

This week in Boston, Spike TV held auditions for its new sub-low-culture program, America's Biggest Asshole . You're right — all reality show tryouts are essentially auditions for America's Biggest Asshole, but this one is transparently egregious, as
Grossest casting couch in History Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 17, 2009
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Interview: Kathy Griffin

"I think Ryan Seacrest and Oprah will finally be together, and it will be like one of those great '70s cover-up movies and I'm playing the body."
D Girl
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 12, 2009
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Photos: American Idol Season 9 Auditions in Boston

Thousands of American Idol hopefuls lined up very early outside the Gillette Stadium to register and secure an audition for the show.  
June 12-14 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough
By MATT TEUTEN  |  June 12, 2009
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Dale Bozzio sentenced to jail

Two months after being convicted of animal cruelty, new-wave pop icon Dale Bozzio feels trapped in her own personal witch trial.
Feline Trouble
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  May 29, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Jacko solvent! Boyle swelling! Lupus dissed!

If you had your heart set on picking up a gently used chimp tuxedo or a suspicious child skeleton, you're outta luck
MJ's ranch, Hoppus and Wentz on Twitter, and Susan Boyle
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 01, 2009


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Review: Pedro

There's no other reason to see the film.
An inspiring life reduced to sound bites, clichés, and hugs
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 01, 2009
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Review: Every Little Step

Dancing with the Stars may be all the rage, but what of those who dance their little hearts out in obscurity?
Dancers willing to do anything for their dream
By TOM MEEK  |  May 01, 2009
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Taking the B-boys to School

You may have noticed, hip-hop dance has gone legit — or at least slightly commercial.
The Other MIT Crew
By LISA SPINELLI  |  April 24, 2009
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Video vérité

Javier Téllez's 2007 black-and-white film "Letter on the Blind, For the Use of Those Who See" starts with a catchy premise: he gathered six blind New Yorkers at an empty public pool in Brooklyn to act out the fable of the blind men and the elephant.
'Acting Out' at the ICA, plus Eileen Quinlan
By GREG COOK  |  April 03, 2009
Reality TV: A Freak-Show from the Comfort of Your Own Living Room

Reality TV: A Freak-Show from the Comfort of Your Own Living Room


 

In the wake of Fox’s new reality TV show More to Love we, as sensible viewers, must ask the question: has television finally lost all credibility? A cross between ratings giants (pun intended) The Biggest Loser and The Bachelor, this show will capitalize on all the ingredients that help turn on a normal reality-TV audience. It will still have the Jacuzzis and sensual massages, but this show will toss in the extra twist of totally eradicating any eye candy what-so-ever.


By webteam  |  April 01, 2009


10. Jason Mesnick

As though it weren't unsexy enough to be forced to turn to a reality show in one's quest for love, this dude pulled a total crap move by proposing to one woman and then quite literally turning around and proposing to another comparably useless bimbo.
As though it weren't unsexy enough to be forced to turn to a reality show in one's quest for love, this dude pulled a total crap move by proposing to one woman and then quite literally turning around and proposing to another comparably useless bimbo.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Andrew Dice Clay

Dice Man had a little lamb he kept in his backyard. But even she won't screw him anymore despite his stellar VH1 reality show.
Dice Man had a little lamb he kept in his backyard. But even she won't screw him anymore despite his stellar VH1 reality show.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Toby Young

No doubt it's easy to make this list when you sit next to the sexiest being on this green earth: Top Chef hostess Padma Lakshmi. Still, Tom Colicchio dodged us, and so did the dramatically unsexy Ted Allen. But Young is a shoo-in; besides his canned one-
No doubt it's easy to make this list when you sit next to the sexiest being on this green earth: Top Chef hostess Padma Lakshmi. Still, Tom Colicchio dodged us, and so did the dramatically unsexy Ted Allen. But Young is a shoo-in; besides his canned one-liners and nonsense observations, shithead looks like a British David Cross.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

22. Steve Wozniak

He's on Dancing with the Stars. And he dated - and most likely diddled - Kathy Griffin. This man is a cultural menace. Sell your Apple stock immediately.
He's on Dancing with the Stars. And he dated - and most likely diddled - Kathy Griffin. This man is a cultural menace. Sell your Apple stock immediately.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009