September 9, 2013 |
Even the Internal Revenue Service likes to splurge sometimes. The agency, which has come under fire for its spending practices and targeting of certain groups, recently released a parody video styled after "The Apprentice," the reality television show starring business mogul and hair icon Donald Trump. Price tag for making the video: $10,000 The four minute, 10 second video was filmed and produced for a 2011 conference of the Small Business/Self Employed Division of the IRS and includes an actor in the role of Trump, complete with puffy wig. Most dangerous jobs: 10 professions with the highest fatalities in America Various leaders of the IRS division are depicted in a darkly lit boardroom pitching ideas, ironically, for cutting the division's travel budget.
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August 22, 2013 |
Fontana police Thursday night identified a suspect in the slaying of a transgender woman, a former YouTube reality show star, who was apparently beaten to death in her apartment. Domonique Newburn, 31, was found dead in her apartment Tuesday afternoon after residents called police reporting a disturbance, police said. Police were searching for Dantjier Powell, 18, a San Bernardino resident who may be trying to leave the state on a bus, Fontana Police Sgt. Doug Imhof said.
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August 21, 2013 |
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.
August 15, 2013 |
"Owner's Manual," a new reality series debuting Thursday on AMC, takes a familiar dichotomy of human nature - the way some people will read instructions when assembling some bit of flat-packed furniture or installing a new piece of home electronics, versus the way some people don't - and bumps it up in scale and riskiness, as two men operate powerful and potentially dangerous vehicles (trains, planes, race cars, a sailing ship) with which they were previously unfamiliar. Marcus Hunt (HGTV's "Hammer Heads")
July 10, 2013 |
Does CBS have a double standard when it comes to potentially offensive jokes and comments about minorities? It appears so, judging from the network's recent stance in the brewing controversy over racist barbs made by contestants on its reality show "Big Brother. " The network moved quickly to criticize the "Big Brother" remarks and distance themselves from the contestants, saying the remarks "reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone. " PHOTOS: Cable versus broadcast ratings However, CBS' scripted shows apparently are a different reality. Key characters in popular CBS' shows, including “2 Broke Girls” and “Mike and Molly,” have regularly made jokes about minorities that some critics and advocacy groups argued were offensive.
June 27, 2013 |
"Siberia" -- It may not have the built-in fan base of "Under the Dome," but NBC's "Siberia" could be just as much fun. Sixteen contestants are dropped in the middle of a Siberian forest with a camera crew and not much else. The goal: to survive long enough to claim the $500,000 prize. The pilot sets up a convincing, if a tad unregulated (there are no rules save do you what you must to survive), reality show, except that's not what's happening here. Created by newcomer Matthew Arnold, "Siberia" is a horror-drama, with creepy-woods top notes of "Blair Witch Project" and the production value of the short-lived monster mess, "The River.
June 22, 2013 |
Stand-up comedian Judy Gold stars in her second one-woman show, "The Judy Show: My Life as a Sitcom," which opens Wednesday at the Geffen Playhouse. In your show, you talk about pitching a sitcom or a reality show based on your life. No, it's always a sitcom. At one point, someone shoots video for a reality show and pitches it, but the show really is about me pitching my life as a sitcom - the second half of the show. The first half is my addiction to sitcoms and how that's always been my dream.
May 10, 2013 |
While Usher's foot gets comfy in CeeLo Green's revolving red chair over on "The Voice" comes news the bald virtuoso is set to appear on another reality show: his own. TBS has ordered six episodes of "The CeeLo Life" (working title), which will follow the music star as he handles a full schedule of producing, recording, performing, and finding bawdy outfits to wear. The series will also follow his journey with longtime partners -- Big Gipp, Khujo and T-Mo -- as they work to bring their hip-hop group Goodie Mob back on the scene with a new album.
April 26, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before figuring out where the heck April went. The Skinny: Sorry to start the day with a sales pitch but if you are interested in getting an email alerting you when the Morning Fix is available, send me a note . If enough people sign up, we'll try to get this going. Now back to business. Friday's headlines include the weekend box office preview and plans for a reality show that won't air on TV. Daily Dose: Al Jazeera was recently mentioned as a potential suitor for the Tennis Channel.
April 24, 2013 |
Got a million seconds to spare for NBC? No, the network isn't giving "The Voice" more airtime. But it would like to find another ratings hit, so it has ordered a new reality/quiz show: "The Million Second Quiz. " With "Ready for Love," the Eva Longoria-produced dating show, pretty much dead on arrival, the peacock network has moved its sights on its next competition series. "The Million Second Quiz" is a 24/7 live competition series spanning 12 days in which contestants are quizzed on trivia -- it's meant to test their endurance as much as their knowledge.