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    Countdown

    Countdown

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    Channel 4
    Countdown is a game show adapted from the French format "Des Chiffres Et Des Lettres". The show was originally broadcast on British regional TV channel Yorkshire Television, at 6.30pm following the local news programme "Calendar" (1968), and was originally called "Calendar Countdown". The show works on a winner-stays-on basis, with contestants retiring after eight wins. The top eight players return at the end of the series to compete in a knockout phase with the top prize being the complete (20 volume) Oxford English Dictionary, worth around 6000 UKP. Champion-of-Champions competitions are also held about once every two years, seeing who is the best of the best.

    Richard Whiteley had been a presenter on "Calendar" from 1968 until 1995. "Countdown" shortly thereafter moved to Channel 4 upon that channel's launch. Originally, Carol Vorderman only presented the numbers rounds of the game - the letters rounds were presented in the early series by other hostesse's (Kathy Hytner, Beverley Isherwood and Linda Barratt have all had this role, Hytner the longest, due to budget-cutting, the other 2 were axed in 1983) After Kathy Hytner Left in 1987, Karen Loughlin took over until the end of 1988. Throughout 1989 before Carol became the sole hostess, Lucy Summers took the role of presenting the Letter Rounds. The show has had many on-screen adjudicators, of whom the longest-serving and best-known is Susie Dent (January 1992 to present).

    Sadly Richard Whiteley passed away after contracting pneumonia in October 2005, their was rumours that the next series (series 54) would be presented by a different guest presenter every week, although a good idea auditions for a new host were held (Richard Digance,Noel Edmonds and Paul Merton all have being rumoured to have auditioned), Sport-Presenter Des Lynam won the role, and presented from October 2005, until the travelling distance got too much for him. He has being quoted on saying, that he is a natural Sports presenter, and even though Carol kept him sane, he would rather go back into the area he is more familiar with.

    The Newest series to broadcast, is to be hosted by All-Round Entertainer, Des O'Connor who will be joined by Carol Vorderman and Susie Dent.moreless
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    Dating in the Dark

    Dating in the Dark

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    ABC
    In this unique reality show, three men and three women are picked to live in a house shrouded in total darkness and tasked with undergoing various dating activities. Cameras catch all the action using night-vision technology. At the end of each episode contestants get a chance to see each other in the light of day, and decide whether or not to pursue their relationship.moreless
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    Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County

    Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2006)
    Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County is the MTV reality series that follows the lives of teenagers living in the seaside community of Laguna Beach. The pristine enclave of Orange County is known for beaches and multimillion dollar homes, and MTV took us inside the lives of the young people living in this glamorous and drama-filled town. The show began focusing on Lauren Conrad, aka LC, and her friends Lo, Christina, Kristin, Morgan, Trey, Talan, and Stephen, joining them as they take on high school and teenage life. We see friendships and relationships blossom and fall apart, with plenty of drama along the way, as these teens grow up together. In three seasons we follow LC as she graduates high school, leaving for college and making way for the new cast focusing on Tessa Keller in season 3. The series lead to spin-off series like The Hills, which followed Lauren as she took on Los Angeles, college, and her career. See the stories of the teenagers of this glamorous beachfront town in MTV's Laguna Beach.moreless
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    Shaq Vs.

    Shaq Vs.

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    ABC
    Shaquille O'Neal is one of the most dominant centers to ever grace the NBA court, but now he will challenge some of the best athletes in their own sports. The first season of Shaq Vs. saw Shaquille O'Neal take on Ben Roethlisberger, Misty May and Keri Walsh, Albert Pujols, Oscar de la Hoya and Michael Phelps. Season 2 will air this summer.moreless
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    Porno Valley

    Porno Valley

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    Sky1 (ended 2004)
    This 13 part series fallows the Vivid girls for 6 months. They present their work, their dreams and the daily life. They face the trouble in their relationships resulting out of their work, as well as the glamorous moments in their careers.

    Everyone that has a name in the industry makes its appearance in this series along with some of the most popular girls at the time of production.

    This show is also know under the title Vivid Valley in the UK, where it aired on Sky Television. In the US the series aired on Playboy TV and the Independent Film Channel (IFC).

    ATTENTION: This series contains adult content!moreless
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    Teen Cribs

    Teen Cribs

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    MTV - Music Television
    Teen Cribs is the spin-off of MTV's popular show Cribs. This time, instead of focusing on houses belonging to big-time movie stars, musicians and athletes, regular teenagers are profiled alongside their one-of-a-kind dwellings. These aren't your ordinary McMansions, either. We are talking about prime real estate here! What makes the houses unique, besides how incredibly extravagant they are, is the fact that they are put together by the parents to keep their children safe, happy, and at home. These are places with indoor nightclubs, indoor basketball courts, golf courses, movie theaters, plus secret passageways and hidden rooms! Basically everything and anything that kids daydream about for their own dream houses is featured on the show. On Teen Cribs you'll meet the lucky teens who call these places home, as well as their best friends who find it difficult to return to their own houses. Teen Cribs began in January of 2009 and has had two seasons. Details for upcoming seasons have not been released.moreless
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    Toddlers & Tiaras

    Toddlers & Tiaras

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    TLC
    Take a look behind the curtain and the controversial world of child beauty pageants in this TLC docu-series.
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    Manhattan Matchmaker

    Manhattan Matchmaker

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    FOX Reality Channel
    Manhattan Matchmaker is a runaway reality series starring Lisa Ronis, the owner of a prestigious dating agency in New York City. The cameras are rolling as Ronis and her assistant Michael Eckford bend over backwards to help each client overhaul their image and woo a mate. The duo often personally search for potential matches by hitting the pavement and spending time in local haunts. They also coach each client on conversational skills, etiquette, personal hygiene, and other important issues that can have a large impact on potential dating partners. Occasionally, Ronis even travels around the country on behalf of her charges. In one notable episode, she grabs a plane to California after a phone call from a depressed client who was having a difficult time attracting partners on the west coast. Ronis and Eckford are smart, savvy, and seem to truly want their clients to find love. Even married viewers will enjoy this charmingly candid look into the workings of one of Manhattan's most exclusive matchmaking agencies.moreless
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    Flip That House

    Flip That House

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    TLC
    Flip That House is the new reality series from TLC that lifts the lid on one of the biggest trends in real estate today: house flipping. Every episode focuses on a different house, beginning right after purchase as an expert "flipper" takes on the task of transforming and renovating the property to turn it into prime real estate. Along the way, they show various quick-fire methods of improving the value of the property in double-quick time, showing some astonishing results where ugly-duckling houses become beautiful swans. Each episode forms a step-by-step guide to the rights and wrongs of dealing in the property market, revealing common mistakes of amateur flippers, and showcasing the approach of the pros. At the end of each episode comes the moment of truth for the "flipper", as the new sale price is revealed, and we see just how successful the transformation has been in raising the market value of the house.moreless
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    Deal or No Deal

    Deal or No Deal

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    NBC (ended 2009)
    NBC brings the high stakes international hit game show Deal or No Deal to American audiences. Actor-comedian Howie Mandel hosts the exciting game of odds and chance.
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    BBQ Pitmasters

    BBQ Pitmasters

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    TLC
    This show features the world behind nationwide BBQ competitions.
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    Yo Momma

    Yo Momma

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    MTV - Music Television
    Host Wilmer Valderrama searches Los Angeles,New York,and Atlanta looking for the best trash-talkers. This unscripted comedy competition series pits trash-talkers up against each other in a battle for $1,000 cash and a chance to advance to the final tournament for the chance at another $1,000 in cash and some extra prizes. Yo Momma airs daily.moreless
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    The Shift

    The Shift

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    Investigation Discovery
    Like any big city police department, The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has its share of brutal crime to solve. This I.D. series studies a stellar squad of homicide detectives at work.moreless
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    Ace of Cakes

    Ace of Cakes

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    Food Network (ended 2011)
    Ace of Cakes is a reality series that follows a group of eclectic cake decorators in Baltimore, led by Food Network Challenge star Duff Goldman. With an attitude and personality more suited for rock stardom than running a specialty cakes business, Duff shuns the traditional approach to cake making and decorating. Using power tools and with the help of his artistic staff, Duff creates some of the most amazing cakes ever seen. From abstract wedding cakes to a cake shaped as a Jeep so detailed it looks like it could actually run, these cakes are more than delicious – they're works of art.moreless
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    Gone Country

    Gone Country

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    CMT - Country Music Television
    Seven established music performers are led through every aspect of the country music industry in an attempt to break out as the next big thing. John Rich of the hit country duo Big & Rich hosts this Nashville-based production.moreless
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    Lingo

    Lingo

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    GSN - Game Show Network
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    Canada: (Varies by episode from G to 14+)
    USA: (Varies by episode from TV-G to TV-14) Lingo is the word game that's taken the Game Show Network by storm. Hosted by Chuck Woolery (Greed/Love Connection/Scrabble), with assistance by 2004 Miss America, Shandi Finnessey, who directs the play and acts as word judge. The team in control has up to 5 chances to guess the mystery word. The first letter is provided to start. Each guess must be spelt out, and must begin with the given letter. It doesn't really matter what word is said, as long as they spell a five-letter word. The board will then indicate whether each letter is in the word and if it is in the right place. The team that gets the word will then draw two Lingo balls that correspond to their own board. To get a Lingo you need 5 across, up and down, or diagonally. The team will lose control if they fail to spell a five letter word, if they run out of time, if they draw a red ball, or if they haven't correctly answered after five attempts. The point values are 25 for a word and 50 for a LINGO. In round 2 the points are doubled and 3 "?" balls are added, which act as wild cards. This means that they can be used anywhere on the Lingo board. Bonus Lingo: The team that wins then goes on to play bonus Lingo. They get two minutes to try to guess as many words as they possibly can - this time instead of 1 letter they get 2 letters to start each word, with an option to enter bonus letters which help them. They get 1 bonus letter for winning the game and 1 for every Lingo they get during the game. In this round, the team gets $100 and one LINGO ball for each word they get right. A new board is presented with 12 spaces already filled. They then draw those balls for the chance to win $5,000. If a team gets a LINGO on the first pull, prizes are as follows: Season 2: Trip to Jamaica and the $5000. Season 3: Trip to Lake Tahoe and the $5,000. Season 4: $10,000 cash. Season 5 forward: Progressive, starting at $10,000 and rising by $1,000 each game until won. Lingo became GSN's top rated original series of all time upon its debut, almost singlehandedly rescuing the network from ratings failure, and has retained that title through season 6. At the start of season 5, a new interactive Lingo tournament was added for viewers, who can compete for cash prizes, and a chance to play on future episodes. Some of the best contests have been between teams of online winners and former champions. There have been some celebrity and 'themed' episodes where the prizes were higher, and a tournament of champions at the end of season 3.moreless
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    Who Wants to Be a Superhero?

    Who Wants to Be a Superhero?

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    Syfy (ended 2007)
    The SCI FI Channel and legendary comic-book creator Stan Lee present a one-hour weekly reality series that challenged contestants to create their very own superhero. Potential contestants were asked to audition with their idea for a superhero, including a self-made costume. Stan Lee was involved in the choice of candidates to star in the series. The chosen ones were asked to leave their former lives behind and move into a "secret lair" and begin their transformation into their superhero identity. Every week, under the watchful eye of Stan Lee, the superheroes were asked to test their skills, discover their true nature and prove themself as a superhero. Each week Stan decided over who will stay in the lair and who would go home. The grand prize for the winning superhero is to have his or her character star in a Dark Horse Comics comic book written by Lee and appear in an original movie to be aired on Sci Fi Channel. The winner also received a trip for two to Universal Studios Florida to participate in the park's Parade of Superheroes.moreless
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    Solitary

    Solitary

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    FOX Reality Channel
    This new reality competition by FOX pits nine people against each other in the ultimate battle of endurance. Nine contestants are isolated from the rest of the world -- and also from each other. The players then become subjects in a series of strange and taxing experiments. They must endure challenges involving hunger, pain, sleep deprivation, mind control, and more! All for the coveted $50,000 prize. Though there are nine players in this game, the real battle lies between each contestant and his or her own self.moreless
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    Top Design

    Top Design

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    Bravo (ended 2008)
    Bravo's latest reality competition pits 12 aspiring interior designers against each other in a quest to create the next Top Design. The contestants will live together in a plush Los Angeles loft while enduring a series of design challenges meant to separate the wheat from the chaff and leave us with one incredibly talented winner! The second season is set to air on September 3rd. This time the 13 new designers go head to head to see who truly has the "Top Design". This time India Hicks takes the role as Host and Todd Oldham returns for round two as a mentor.moreless
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    Gay, Straight or Taken?

    Gay, Straight or Taken?

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    Lifetime
    Gay, Straight, or Taken? puts a new spin on the traditional dating game show. One woman goes on a series of dates with three men and must rely on her intuition to figure out who is gay, straight, or already taken. She must correctly choose the straight man to win the grand prize, a dream trip for two. If she guesses incorrectly, the prize goes to the lucky man she chose and his partner.moreless
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