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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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    The Antonio Treatment

    The Antonio Treatment

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    HGTV
    Antonio and his team turn homes, stores, and restaurants into functional places to be.
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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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    Rock of Love with Bret Michaels

    Rock of Love with Bret Michaels

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    VH1
    Fans of the '80s pop metal band Poison won't want to miss this Flavor of Love-style VH1 reality show as the frontman Bret Michaels sets off on a determined search for a mate. Michaels needs a woman who can handle his rockstar lifestyle--someone who won't get jealous of his main mistress: music. Bret will design challenges to test each girls' ability to handle every aspect of his life. The women that rock his world will be given VIP passes and will be allowed to stay in his house. The others will be sent home until in the end when one lucky lady will be a true Rock Star Girlfriend.moreless
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    Ego Trip's Miss Rap Supreme

    Ego Trip's Miss Rap Supreme

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    VH1
    The world of hip-hop is mostly male-dominated and it is difficult for female rappers to break out. Even with the emergence of rap superstars like Missy Elliot, Lil' Kim, Da Brat and a host of others, the female rap game is in jeopardy. Will these young artists have what it takes to become Miss Rap Supreme?moreless
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    Trading Spaces

    Trading Spaces

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    TLC (ended 2008)
    The first and best home decorating show, and certainly the most copied show of it's kind, ended its run in December 2008 after 8 years. Host Paige Davis, 2 talented professional designers and 1 or 2 skilled carpenters were given just 2 days and a thousand dollars each week to help 1 person and their friend or relative improve a room belonging to another person, usually a neighbor, while that same other person and their friend or relative had a go at improving the first persons room in return. The journey was much of the fun as both the viewer and the homeowners learned new ways to remake their rooms in innovative ways, while wondering if the homeowners would love or hate their new rooms! Ever sit in a friend or relative's home and wish you could strip or paint the walls, take up the floor, sew and replace fabric on the couch or chairs? Well this show was for you... Trading Spaces was a design show based on the British series Changing Rooms. For the first 4 seasons, the show took two sets of neighbors, and they switched one room in each other's home. They were given a $1,000 budget and they only had two days to completely redesign their neighbor's room. They were assigned a designer and shared a carpenter. Starting with season 5, the neighbors and the designer got to choose the room and if they get the right room Paige picked, they would get extra money (usually twice the normal $1000) for the room. But they still only had two days to completely redesign their neighbor's room after the prep day. They still were not allowed back in to their own rooms until the two days are up. At the end of each episode, the host would sit down to talk with the designers about the room they just finished. Then, the host took the owners into their rooms, with their eyes closed, and revealed the room to them. Will they like the design? Will they hate them? Will they get rid of the design... The answer could be surprising during the reveal. During season 5 and continuing through season 7, Paige Davis was dropped from the show and a host-less format took over, with the designers and carpenters serving most of the functions Paige had done so well. The show continued, but seemed to loose focus, as the producers tried a number of changes to the format. They added a 2nd carpenter to each show in several seasons, added several of the designers and carpenters from the sister show While You Were Out to the roster, but ratings continued to stay low. So in season 8 the producers replaced everyone except Laura Day and Frank Bialec and one carpenter with a handful of new designers & 2 new male carpenters. The ratings must have nosedived because after less than half a season was shown, the new network bosses at TLC fired the production company and convinced Paige Davis and a 1/2 dozen of the most popular designers and carpenters to return to the show and see if going back to basics could restore the popularity the show had lost when Ms. Davis was let go. With the best talent on the show again, could the magic happen again! Apparently not, as the show was canceled after two more short seasons were shown. Some of the last season episodes were moved to a morning time-slot which probably lost the viewers that still remained. It was apparently a case of fixing the mistakes made to make the show without Paige Davis a little too late to recapture the audience that had moved on to other decorating shows during her absence. Trading Spaces Product sVHS/DVD Releases: The Best of Trading Spaces Trading Spaces - They Hated It! Trading Spaces: Season 1 Viewer's Choice Trading Spaces: Season 2 Viewer's Choice Book Releases: Behind the Scenes Book Make It Yours! Color! Paige by Paige: A Year of Trading Spaces Trading Spaces Ultimate Episode Guide Trading Spaces Trivia: Seasons 1-3 Ty's Tricks $100 to $1000 Makeovers 48-Hour Makeovers Rooms for Living Instant Impact Game Releases: Trading Spaces Design Companion (computer game) Trading Spaces Game (board game) Most of these can be purchased through TLC.com. Just go to the Trading Spaces site at TLC.com and click on 'Buy TS Stuff' -- some items can be found at other sites such as Amazon.com. Awards & Nominations 2002 - Daytime Emmy - Nominated - Outstanding Special Class Series 2002 - Daytime Emmy - Nominated - Single Camera Editing 2002 - Emmy - Nominated - Outstanding Special Class Program 2003 - Emmy - Nominated - Outstanding Nonfiction Program 2005 - People's Choice - Nominated- Favorite Reality Makeover Show Spinoffs! Trading Spaces: Family Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls Cast Hosts Paige Davis (seasons 2-5, 9-10) Alex Mcleod (season 1) Designers Frank Bielec Laura Day Genevieve Gorder Christi Proctor Rick Rifle (season 4) Dez Ryan (season 1) Laurie Smith Kia Steve-Dickerson Hildi Santo-Tomas Edward Walker Cat Wei (Trading Spaces: Family season 1) Douglas Wilson Barry Wood Vern Yip (seasons 2-4) Jon Laymon Carpenters Faber Dewar Carter Oosterhouse Amy Wynn Pastor Ty Pennington (seasons 1-4)moreless
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    MTV Exposed

    MTV Exposed

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    MTV - Music Television
    Have you ever fibbed in an effort to make yourself seem more desirable to someone you wanted to go out with? After watching MTV Exposed, you may think again about lying. In this show, one single interviews two potential daters and asks them probing, personal questions. What the daters don't know is that every answer they provide is being filtered through lie detection software. Watch what happens when they find out they've been exposed.moreless
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    Homeland Security USA

    Homeland Security USA

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    ABC (ended 2009)
    Shot in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, this ABC reality series documents the functions of United States border agencies and their efforts to stop illegal immigration and smuggling. Based on the 2004 Australian series Border Security: Australia's Front Line, the U.S. version will spotlight a number of U.S. border locations in this post-9/11 antiterrorism era.moreless
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    Big Spender

    Big Spender

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    A&E
    Host Larry Winget is a perfect example of the fabled rags-to-riches success story. He built a fortune, lost it all, then managed to climb back up to the top--and now he's ready to help others in need of financial advice. In each episode of this new reality series, Larry will help a couple or family begin the transformation from hopeless debt to financial independence. They'll need to be ready, however, for Larry's "tough-love" approach is sure to cause some serious strife.moreless
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    Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County

    Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2008)
    Located in Orange County, just south of Los Angeles on the Pacific Coast, one of the wealthiest communities within the US, even the world, is located: It's name: LAGUNA BEACH! After three seasons and some legal trouble, MTV moves the show to another town for a fourth season. The show moves to the bigger and richer NEWPORT BEACH. MTV now gains unlimited access to the rich kids of Laguna Beach and follows them around all day and all night long. What do rich kids do all day long? They hang out on the beach, fall in love and do everything they can to enjoy their privileged life. But is everyone so happy in this little paradise on Earth? Is everything as shiny as it looks like? In this smarter than it looks series, MTV proves that money might not be everything. The series focuses on a small group of high-school kids, who are filmed four days and nights a week over almost 6 months, a period of time that makes up one season. Every season has its main figure, who also works as narrator. In the first season this is Lauren "L.C." Conrad. In the second season it is L.C.'s big enemy, Kristen who takes over. After these two seasons everyone of the original cast left Laguna Beach for college, but MTV followed L.C. with the spin-off show THE HILLS. The fresh start in season three, with an entire new cast, features Tessa as new center/speaker of the show - and the show starts all over back in high-school, senior year. The group of friends is characterized by constant fights, intrigues and other mean behavior. The ratings were so bad that MTV decided not to go on with this cast, but due the legal trouble with the commune of Laguna, the local high school forced MTV to move out of town. The fourth season of the show moves to Newport Beach and welcomes an entire new cast. The season will feature high school senior Chrissy. Different than in the previous seasons, the show features just a couple of seniors while the others are juniors. Compared to previous seasons, the Newport Harbor cast is much less focused on sex and intrigues. Nonetheless, the high school drama continues. Parents feature much more prominently in this season; parents who actually try to protect their children. The narrator is Chrissy. She's a high-school senior desperately in love with Clay, a high school junior. Even though he returns her affections, both need help to get close to each other. Clay gets his relationship advice from his best friend Grant while Chrissy gets hers from her best friend and neighbor Sasha. The group is completed by Chase, his on and off girlfriend Taylor, and his crush Allie. Since ratings of the third season were bad and the show moved out of town, MTV only ordered 8 episodes for the fourth season. The ratings weren't bad, but also not outstanding. There was a fifth, and last, season, also known as a four-episodes special set called "Home For The Holidays".moreless
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    Deal or No Deal (Australia)

    Deal or No Deal (Australia)

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    Seven Network
    Deal or No Deal originally started off as a one hour series on a Sunday night at 7.30pm, but this year was changed to make it simpler and converted to a half hour series. Has done well at 5.30pm. Knocked rival show Price is Right back to 5.00pm and gotten rid of new half hour Millionaire as well (completely changed Channel Nine's afternoon game show times). Deal or No Deal is a game of luck and is hard to follow, try and see if you will understand it by the following instructions: There are 6 Blocks of Areas for Audience/Contestants to be seated in and at random, a singular block of audience/contestants are able to win up to $200,000. Once a block of 25 people are chosen, again at random, another person from the other 5 Blocks is chosen at random to join the other 25 contestants at winning the money. Now, there are 26 people, and they are asked 3 questions by Host Andrew O'Keefe. The person who answered them all correctly and in the fastest time, gets the chance to win the $200,000. This lucky contestant has to chose which briefcase (either number 1-26) they would like to play with. The remaining 25 briefcases are distributed to the remaining 25 unlucky contestants to hold. Host Andrew O'Keefe gives to contestant amounts of money ranging from $0.50 - $200,000 on the board. They must chose which briefcases have not got the $200,000, (as said above, hoping the cases they have chosen to hold on to is the $200,000)eliminating the smaller amounts. First, the contestant has 6 goes at eliminating amounts off the board and once finished, gets offered an amount of money from the bank. Then question is asked: Deal or No Deal. They may chose to play on and second have to eliminate 5 off the board, the question is asked after the contestant is offered an amount of money from the bank. If declined and play, they must eliminate 4 amounts off the board, still hoping not to get rid of large amounts. The 3 amounts must be taken off the board, then 2, then finally one at a time. Whatever the contestant is left with at the end of the game (even if the $200,000 did go off) then they are left with the amount in their briefcase or deal from the bank.moreless
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    Rollergirls

    Rollergirls

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    A&E
    Meet the fearless females of Rollergirls. Lux, Sister Mary Jane, Punky Bruiser, Miss Conduct, Venis Envy, Cha Cha, and the rest of the gang play tough in their quest for victory. Traveling at high speeds around the banked track, these girls don’t let anything get in the way of a win for their team. Out of the rink, these rough girls lead very different lives. Their jobs range from maternity nurse to special education teacher. The allure of the sport for them is in the excitement and the thrill of adventure.moreless
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    American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior

    American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior

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    TLC (ended 2012)
    American Chopper Senior vs. Junior picks up where the cancelled American Chopper series ended, with the lawsuit, the family, and the build. This series follows the chopper building Teutul family (Senior, Junior, and Mikey), as they navigate the world of family relationship strained by a family business and a simple thing called R-E-S-P-E-C-T. In this series, bike building sometimes takes a back seat to the family issues, and yet, there are fewer actual fights and blow ups than in the original American Chopper. In the end, though, it will come down to one things . . . the build.moreless
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    Lockdown

    Lockdown

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    National Geographic
    The series gives an inside look into the lives that people lead while in prison.
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    Baggage

    Baggage

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    GSN - Game Show Network
    Jerry Springer hosts this singles-related game show about dating.
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    Real Chance of Love

    Real Chance of Love

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    VH1 (ended 2009)
    I Love New York spin-off Real Chance of Love is the latest VH-1 offering about difficulties of dating.
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    One Man Army

    One Man Army

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    Discovery Channel
    Four ruthless people who have experience in multiple military divisions to experts in extreme sports and law enforcement must compete in three challenges that work with strength, speed and intelligence. Only one will win the $10,000 prize and the title of One Many Army.moreless
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