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November 2, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - It was only a matter of time before reality show producers trained their cameras on Silicon Valley. High-tech's promised land has money, power and more ambition per square foot than just about anywhere on the planet. "Start-ups: Silicon Valley" is a new series chronicling the lives of six young entrepreneurs that will debut on the Bravo network Monday. But tech insiders here are fuming that the reality show is more silicone than silicon. Unlike New Jersey, which has embraced the tequila-chugging, spray-tan zeitgeist of Snooki and the 'Jersey Shore' gang, or Southern California, where every waiter is a reality-show wannabe, Silicon Valley takes itself seriously.
March 26, 2014 | by Scott Collins
Fox's newest dating show is out to deceive contestants royally. In "I Wanna Marry 'Harry,' " 12 single American women travel to Britain to meet a young man they are led to believe is -- yes, you guessed it -- Prince Harry, the rakish 29-year-old grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and fourth in line to the British throne. Harry he is not, of course, but, rather, one Matthew Hicks, a lookalike who is not in line for anything except the starring role in a dating show that proves just how hard it is to embarrass TV programmers.
January 10, 2013 | by Greg Braxton
The day after the rejection of several players into the Baseball Hall of Fame , Pete Rose -- not surprisingly -- had plenty to say. Rose, the major league's all-time leader in hits who has been banned from baseball and the Hall of Fame for betting on games, said he was not surprised that the Baseball Writers' Assn. of America declined to select a player for baseball's highest honor. The snubs were being attributed to the game's steroid era. "I knew last week that it was going to happen," said Rose about the snubbing of several top players, including Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens . "They're all friends of mine.
March 10, 2014 | By Mary McNamara
Dear Lindsay Lohan: Just caught the first hour of your new OWN reality show “Lindsay,” and honey, this show is so not a good idea. I understand that, after 90 days clean and sober at Cliffside Malibu, you felt the need to prove you are not an irretrievable mess; that, despite recent evidence to the contrary (“Liz and Dick,” “The Canyons”), you still have much to offer as a performer. And having Oprah Winfrey promise she will call you out must make you feel somewhat safe (who wants to disappoint Oprah?
December 7, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Here's the thing about appearing on reality television: No matter how hard you try to put it behind you, it will always come back later -- especially if the show is a tragically corny MTV game show. Back in 2008 MTV apparently thought it would be a great idea to pit wannabe rappers against one another for the ridiculously titled game show, “Bustas.”  The competition, hosted by West Coast rapper Kurupt (whatever happened to him?), featured mildly offensive contests such as “Guess the Rapper By His Grill” and “Is This a Real Rolex?
January 21, 2010
Hasselhoff as stage dad As he teased earlier this month when he quit "America's Got Talent," David Hasselhoff is in fact getting his own reality show. A&E has signed the former "Baywatch" and "Knight Rider" star to an as-yet-untitled series about his life as a stage dad. Apparently when he's not turning up in the tabloids and gossip news sites, the Hoff has been helping his daughters, Taylor-Ann, 19, and Haley, 17, pursue singing careers. The series will premiere later this year, A&E said.
February 6, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
In its search for hit programming beyond the omnipresent Kardashian clan, E! network continues to poach from the music community -- this time with across-the-pond boy band "The Wanted. " "The Wanted Life" (working title) willl document the personal and professional lives of the English-Irish fivesome as they shack up in the Hollywood Hills. They're the latest music folk to get a reality series: British pop girl group The Saturdays made their stateside presence known in "Chasing The Saturdays," which premiered last month, and last year's "Married to Jonas" chronicled newlywed life for Kevin Jonas, one-third of the Jonas Brothers.
February 11, 2009 | Richard Winton
Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday approved an agreement to allow a television production company to develop a new reality show about the Sheriff's Department's use of technology. The agreement allows Wadell Media to develop an episodic show called "Tech Force USA" that will feature the department's use of high-tech gadgets in day-to-day law enforcement work. The show would appear on TruTV.
July 16, 2010
Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin are shopping a reality show. ( TMZ ) The man who attempted to blackmail David Letterman is nominated for an Emmy. ( The Envelope ) A commission will discuss the ban on raves at the L.A. Coliseum. ( Los Angeles Times ) This summer concert season is brutal. ( Los Angeles Times ) Court rules "Crude" filmmaker must turn over some -- but not all -- of his footage to Chevron. ( Los Angeles Times ) Pink falls from harness during Germany show and is rushed to a hospital.
August 21, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A transgender woman who was killed inside her Fontana apartment Tuesday once starred in a YouTube reality show about her lifestyle. Domonique Newburn, 31, was found dead inside her apartment in the 7900 block of Bennett Avenue about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after residents called police reporting a disturbance. Witnesses reported seeing a shirtless man leave Newburn's apartment before officers arrived, Fontana police said. Authorities described him as in his late 20s or early 30s, 5-feet-8 with an average build and wearing blue jeans.
February 12, 2014 | By Mary MacVean, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The executive director of the Eating Recovery Center of California, Jennifer Lombardi, says it was no surprise to her that a contestant on “The Biggest Loser” lost a shocking amount of weight - in this case, Rachel Frederickson dieting to less than half her weight. “I have been waiting anxiously for this moment to arrive,” she said a few days later. Lombardi says the NBC reality show “puts people in the bubble” of constant supervision and grueling workouts to win a prize; Frederickson won $250,000 on Feb. 5, setting off a social media firestorm.
January 24, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Kim Kardashian stopped by Jimmy Kimmel's show Thursday night to set the record straight about the comings and goings of her sizable clan, as a family member is wont to do every time a new season of the reality show "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" goes back on the air.  Wearing a pink Dior skirt and crop top ( that was once a dress ), the curvaceous reality starlet discussed her recent trip to Paris for Couture Week with her fiance, rapper Kanye West, and the wedding-planning rumors that cropped up when the pair took a tour of the befittingly baroque Palace of Versailles.
January 18, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
Yeah, this isn't going to end well for you, Juan Pablo. America may have fallen for ABC's new "Bachelor" when the long-running reality show debuted with strong ratings this month, but I have a feeling the love affair will end swiftly after viewers get wind of what JuanPabs thinks about gay people. Here's what went down. Juan Pablo Galavis attended an ABC party Friday evening and made the rounds talking to various members of the media. (He posted some pictures from the event on his Twitter account.)
January 17, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Before Dana White turned the Ultimate Fighting Championship into an international powerhouse as the company's president/promoter, he was a boxing trainer in Boston. He returns to those roots in producing “The Fighters,” which will debut on The Discovery Channel on Thursday night at 9. Eight episodes are scheduled. “If you've ever been around the boxing world, you know there's a ton of crazy characters,” White said. “To look at the inside world of boxing, it's crazy, and we started with Boston.
January 13, 2014 | Emily Alpert Reyes
A new study concludes that the MTV show "16 and Pregnant" reduced teenage births by nearly 6% in the year and a half after the show started airing, countering concerns that the popular show has glamorized teen motherhood. Teen motherhood has plummeted over the last two decades, hitting a record low last year. Advocacy groups believe sex education and the economic downturn have helped bring down the numbers, but researchers had yet to examine whether pop culture was also steering teens away from parenthood.
January 10, 2014 | By Martin Miller
Sarah Palin brought some of that polar vortex feeling to the winter TV press tour in Pasadena on Friday morning. The former vice presidential candidate blew into town carrying a simple message from the frozen hinterlands: Watch her new show, "Amazing America," which will begin airing on the small cable network Sportsman Channel in the spring. She had other messages, of course, conveyed during a sit-down breakfast with reporters who later rose from their chairs to swarm the former Alaska governor as she made her way out of the small ballroom at the Langham Hotel.
May 29, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The reality show surrounding the Lakers is always captivating. The Lakers' front office is looking to make roster changes. Kobe Bryant is wondering if he'll ever win his sixth NBA championship. Pau Gasol is worrying whether he'll remain a Laker. Andrew Bynum is noticing the angst on whether he will fully mature. Metta World Peace is thriving on acting goofy. The Lakers' reality show rarely focuses just on the basketball court. It focuses on everything off of it too. With Lamar Odom, the Lakers were eventually treated to too many doses of the Kardashian family.
July 18, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Former Major League Baseball superstar Pete Rose may be banned from the Baseball Hall of Fame, but there's one community that's all too happy to have him: the hallowed halls of reality TV. Rose and his fiancee, model Kiana Kim, are set to have the run-up to their impending wedding broadcast on TLC. The network announced the series on Wednesday and said it had begun production on five episodes set to air later this air, although it still doesn't have...
December 23, 2013 | By Karin Klein
Yet another commentary about “Duck Dynasty,” and it's hard for me to believe I'm the one writing it. But the brouhaha over the racist and anti-gay comments made by someone I assume is kind of the star of the reality show (because I've never seen it and this hasn't aroused my interest enough to do so) has to, at some point, lead to these questions: Who cares? Why should the comments of a man with no real clout cause such an uproar? Take it a step further: The Internet, for all its blessings, also has this uncanny ability to whip people into sharing, posting, tweeting, blogging, commenting and otherwise hyping one another into a frenzy even over something as low level as a solitary man with an opinion or two, as though we're not all people with opinions.
December 20, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Ronda Rousey clearly prefers being a movie star to a reality star, but at least she'll be able to write her own ending. Rousey, the Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight champion from Venice, will defend her belt against rival Miesha Tate on Dec. 28 at UFC 168 in Las Vegas. Before Rousey, 26, went off to star in the coming installments of “The Expendables” alongside Sylvester Stallone in Bulgaria, and “The Fast and the Furious,” she endured filming the UFC's “The Ultimate Fighter” reality television series with Tate (13-4)
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