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    Nashville Star

    Nashville Star

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    NBC (ended 2008)
    In this series, NBC (formerly the USA Network) will team up with RCA Record Label to conduct a nationwide talent search for the next great country-music artist. The contest will be televised as part of the new series. The ten lucky finalists will travel to Nashville to compete against each other for a recording contract from one of the 3 RCA country labels. The contestants' personal lives will be chronicled as they perform original material and cover songs and try to avoid elimination from each round.moreless
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    Chain Reaction

    Chain Reaction

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    GSN - Game Show Network
    Chain Reaction has just come back to television from it's 1980s' airing. The show airs on GSN, and put two teams against each other for a word chain battle. A team of three women face off against a team of three men. Each team is then showed a chain, which features the first and a last word. The teams then take turns saying if they would rather get a letter below the top word, or above the bottom word. Those words then develop into a chain, and which ever team guessed the last word, gets a speed chain, which gives them seven seconds to come up with two good answers to a smaller chain of only four words in length. The point value increases with each round, and the final round allows you to bet up to five hundred dollars at one given time to guess words in the last chain. The team that then ends with the most money goes on to the final, where one team member is covered with a blindfold, and the other two members take turns saying one word at a time that describe the secret word, and the solo player must try to guess that word. The team has a chance to double and even triple their winnings, and go home with even more money.moreless
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    Love in the Wild

    Love in the Wild

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    NBC
    Prospective couples are placed in exotic locations and put to the test with multiple challenges in order to see if a romance can bloom.
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    Kid Nation

    Kid Nation

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    CBS (ended 2007)
    Forty over-achieving kids are given free reign to create their own society in this new reality-based offering from CBS. Forty kids are given forty days free of adult supervision in an abandoned New Mexico town to build a new world. At the end of every episode, the kids have a town meeting. At the meeting the kids award one child a gold star worth $20,000. The finale will end with the biggest test, the biggest awards, and a special surprise.moreless
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    The X-Effect

    The X-Effect

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    MTV - Music Television
    The X-Effect is a MTV reality-dating show that follows two ex-lovers as they reunite for a weekend to see if there are still sparks, all the while not knowing the current boyfriend and girlfriend is watching everything they do. MTV separately invites the ex-lovers along with their current significant others under the guise of a romantic weekend. Once the weekend begins, things change quickly as the current partners are â��sent homeâ�� and the exes are reunited. Deception abounds again as the new significant others come back to the hotel to watch everything their partners do with their ex. They must watch as past feelings are rekindled and their partnersâ�� fidelity is pushed to the breaking point. The exes get one more chance together to share how they really feel with passions enflamed for the weekend. At the end of the weekend, the exes learn that their current partners know everything that went down and they must face up to their actions and make a choice: to move on with their romantic lives with their current partner, or to resurrect the relationships of their past!moreless
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    The Surreal Life

    The Surreal Life

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    VH1
    Once, they were superstars. Now, they are shoved back in the spotlight as they share a home and a series of outrageous and life-changing events for ten days and nights that can only be described as surreal. Providing a Hollywood twist to today's version of the "reality tv-show,"The Surreal Life follows six very different pop-culture figures as they move into a house and room and work together in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. The lives of these notorious pop culture icons and their random foils and follies are taped over a rather eventful two week period. The recipe for The Surreal Life is a simple one: take six bigger-than-life celebrities from every genre of the entertainment industry-rap music, heavy metal, feature films, sitcom, drama, and even reality television itself-and throw them together under pressure, stirring as needed. Trapped without transportation, cell phones or personal assistants, they must interact with each other, share bedrooms and bathrooms, do household chores, go grocery shopping and prepare meals together. The cameras never stop rolling, so the power struggles and personality clashes are all captured on film-along with the very real new friendships. The familiar faces for the show's fourth installment include: Adrianne Curry (winner of the first America's Next Top Model competition), Christopher Knight (of the ever-popular sitcom, The Brady Bunch), Go-Go's guitarist Jane Wiedlin, rap artist Da Brat, supermodel Marcus Schenkenberg, wrestling star Chyna Doll, and Verne Troyer, best known for his role as "Mini-Me" (Austin Powers). The Surreal Life is produced by Brass Ring Productions, Mindless Entertainment and Renegade Productions. Note #1- The house in which the celebrities reside while filming is the old Glen Campbell estate in the Hollywood Hills on Mullholland Drive. (Currenly on sale for $7.5 million) Note #2- The first 2 seasons the series aired on the WB and then moved to VH1 after low ratings and creative differences between WB network executives and show producers.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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    DEA

    DEA

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    Spike TV (ended 2009)
    The men and women of the DEA are profiled in this exclusive access show. Diving deep into the drug world, you see how the drug rings are infiltrated by DEA agents deep undercover. Agents risk their lives to take millions of dollars in cash, drugs and weapons off the streets. From the minor street pushing to the international kingpins, the agents are the last people drug dealers want to meet up with.moreless
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    Shear Genius

    Shear Genius

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    Bravo
    Bravo takes a different look into the creative field of hair style and design. "Shear Genius" goes behind the scenes to chronicle the events leading up to a fashion show or big event, from taking over a salon and managing an entire team of stylists to working with celebrities.moreless
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    America's Most Smartest Model

    America's Most Smartest Model

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    VH1
    Finally the concept of brains enters into a beauty competition in this Ben Stein-hosted VH1 reality show. The winner will be awarded $100,000 for an eye-pleasing appearance and intelligence.
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    Speeders

    Speeders

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    truTV
    Get in the front seat next to police officers as they go in pursuit of law-breakers on the road. This Court TV series turns the camera on manic motorists as they engage in high-speed chases and devise wild excuses for their reckless driving.moreless
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    Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School

    Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School

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    VH1
    Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School Is a reality competition show on VH1 starring the contestants of Flavor of Love who were too rude and crude for Flavor Flav. Hosted by Mo'nique, the girls target their personal flaws and weaknesses and attempt to reform their ways as they focus on one commandment per lesson and then apply it in a challenging test. The least improved contestant is eliminated after each challenge, but their manners aren't the only thing on the line- the winner will go home with $50,000 to fulfill her life's dream. As Flavor of Love proved, these girls can fight dirty when there's a prize on the line, but the hair pulling and yelling won't fly at Charm School. The only way to win is for these ladies to absorb lessons in manners, poise, etiquette and grace, and manage to display these qualities even in the most heated of situations. Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School was followed by Rock of Love: Charm School and Charm School with Ricki Lake.moreless
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    Worst Cooks in America

    Worst Cooks in America

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    Food Network
    This show will feature "challenged" cooks that will be taught to improve their cooking capabilities. The two remaining contestants will take home $25,000.
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    True Beauty

    True Beauty

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    ABC
    In ABC's True Beauty a group of hopeful men and women compete in a contest to see who is the most beautiful person. While the contestants think they're only being judged on looks, what they don't know is that they're also being judged on their personalities. The winner of the contest receives a cash prize and a spot in People magazine's "100 Most Beautiful People" issue. Vanessa Minnillo, Cheryl Tiegs, and Nole Marin are the three judges in this beauty contest with a twist. For Season 2, judges Vanessa Minnillo (who guides fellow judges from behind the scenes), Beth Ostrosky, and Carson Kressley try to find the "Face of Vegas" while secretly testing competitors with moral dilemmas, looking for their beauty within. Executive producers include Tyra Banks and Aston Kutcher.moreless
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    Secret Lives of Women

    Secret Lives of Women

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    WE - Women's Entertainment
    "Never judge a woman by her cover." Remember the old saying, "Never judge a book by its cover?" That woman you pass on the street may not be exactly who she appears to be. Everyone has their secrets, and the various women featured on this program are no different. In fact, they are sharing what their lives are like. Go behind closed doors with women of varying lifestyles and backgrounds. This WE program takes a look at everything from the secrets of suburban mothers to the various fetishes women have to the different relationships women are in. All types of "out-of-the-norm" members of society and the dirty little secrets they keep are revealed in this hour-long program.moreless
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    The Gong Show

    The Gong Show

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    NBC (ended 1980)
    And now, let us introduce, for your viewing pleasure: • A bearded, demented-looking dentist taunts his hapless patient as he drills her teeth, flipping the drill's switch to the tune of "Stars and Stripes Forever." • A petite homecoming queen, obviously nervous, is duped into singing the National Anthem after she and fellow members of the choir have been introduced as collectively performing "The Star Spangled Banner." • A grossly overweight man tap-dances to music from "Swan Lake"; later his equally obese wife squeezes into a tiny tutu and, after fitting her head in a teacup, spins around while playing "Old Folks at Home" on the mandolin. • An Elvis impersonator sings "Hound Dog," but his voice is a monotone. Who didn't live for acts such as those on The Gong Show, the classic parody of ameteur talent contests? Chuck Barris was the straight man (yeah, right) to a panel of three celebrity judges – usually singer Jaye P. Morgan, comedian Arte Johnson (of Rowan and Martin's Laugh In) and Jamie Farr (of M*A*S*H*); plus one or more guests – each assigned the task of enduring and judging the ameteur acts that performed, either solo or in groups. Yes, some of the acts that performed had legitimate talent and did very well, although all of good acts were ameteurs because of Barris' strict rule against allowing professionals as contestants. However, the real fun came in watching those hilariously awful acts. Just a short list of acts might include: • The mustached-magician trying to get his "talented" pigeons to dance. • The teen-aged girls in pastel-colored prom dresses singing "People Who Need People" while dancing in a conga line. • The young comic who did impressions of modern-day actors performing Shakespeare. • An older woman whose dog had the knack for imitating other barnyard animals. • A man who broke eggs over his head while making faces in a sheet of Plexiglas. • "Professor Flamo" – a man who sang out in pain while lowering various body parts onto burning candles. Joey D'Auria was "Professor Flamo" and would later become Bozo the Clown on WGN (1984-2001). • An entire episode dedicated to contestants singing their rendition of "Feelings." ... and countless other acts that were wild and outrageous. Do those acts sound bad? Of course they did, and any one of the celebrity judges had the right to terminate the act by striking his/her mallet against an oversized "gong" (often, two or all three did, and several times, they fought to get to the gong first). The act had to immeidately cease and were out of the running for the grand prize. Early in the run, some acts were "gonged" just seconds into the act, prompting Barris to implement a mandatory 45-second wait (though judging by the frequent reactions of the celebs, that was often way too long). Acts that did reach their conclusion (the longest performances were usually two-and-a-half minutes) were scored by the panelists on a scale of 0 to 10, with a high score of 30 possible. The highest-scoring act of the day won the grand prize – $516.32 on the daytime show, $712.05 (later $1,000) on the syndicated version; however, a grand-prize winner was not necessarily guaranteed, particularly if all of the acts were gonged. The 1976 syndicated version, which debuted months after the NBC version began, was identical to the daytime version, except that Gary Owens hosted (until 1978, when Barris took over that job). Acts on The Gong Show became more and more risqué during the final months of the daytime version. The final straw came during a 1978 daytime telecast, when many viewers declared a certain act obscene (The Popsicle Twins) (that act would fit in quite nicely with Game Show Network's overtly sex-littered 1998 revival, called Extreme Gong); NBC apparently agreed and – whether on its own accord or bowing to pressure from viewers and advertisers – cancelled The Gong Show. Not to worry for original Gong Show fans; the fun continued unabated in syndication until 1980. Running gags featuring the show's regular cast were also popular. Some included: • An inept musician (Larry Spencer) who announces his intention to "play" a certain musical instrument "right now" (with the instrument failing on cue) • Barris reading a children's story with alternate endings (and enacted by the show's cast). • Brief skits from the "Unknown Comic" (comedian Murray Langston) and "Gene Gene the Dancing Machine" (Gene Patton). There was also Scarlett & Rhett where every joke was a dirty one that constantly required the "OOPS!" sign to flash! Also, guest performers – former winning contestants with legit talent and real celebrities, including Alice Cooper – were invited to perform in non-scoring, non-gongable segments. John Barbour (later of Real People) was supposed to be the host, but his straight-man style didn't work out and Barris let him go before the first aired episode taped. Barris took over the job himself and the rest was history. The Gong Show quickly became a part of American popular culture, with local versions staged as fundraisers by college, high school and civic groups. There were two unsuccessful attempts to revive The Gong Show. A 1988 revival, hosted by Don Bleu didn't catch on with viewers and was cancelled after less than 26 weeks. Critics panned the aforementioned Extreme Gong (a revival to play off the popularity of reruns of the original series), thanks in large part to the risqué content; hosted by comedian George Gray, the celebrity panel was replaced by a 1-900 number for viewers to judge the acts.moreless
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    I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!

    I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!

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    NBC
    ABC took 10 former Hollywood "big shots" and put them in the Australian Rain forest. Together, with host John Lehr, these celebrities have to battle it out in competition to be the King/Queen of the Jungle, celebrity style, of course. An updated version is currently on NBC taking 11 celebrities and placing them into the Costa Rica jungle. The celebrities compete for their charities and one will be crowned king/queen of the jungle.moreless
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    Switched!

    Switched!

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    ABC Family (ended 2004)
    Switched! brings the saying "A mile in someone else's shoes" to a new level. Each episode features two participants from different parts of the United States. Complete strangers who trade personal spaces and familiar faces to inhabit each other's daily routine. The show begins with the pair receiving text messages to reveal the life and location of their switch. During the adventure, each participant will receive a dare or challenge issued by their Switched! counterpart. Over the course of the next four days, camera crews will follow them as they adjust to each other's "new" life and lifestyle. Attending school, participating in after-school activities or part-time jobs, hanging out with friends – even living with the other's family. Switched! captures their adventures as well as the reactions of their "new" families and friends.moreless
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    Triple Rush

    Triple Rush

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    Travel Channel
    Quik-Trak, Mess Kollective and Breakaway are all courier companies in New York. Each must fight to survive in a competitive industry.
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    The Ashlee Simpson Show

    The Ashlee Simpson Show

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2005)
    In season one Ashlee records her CD and writes her songs for the CD. It also deals with Ashlee's breakup with her boyfriend and when Ashlee's CD goes platinum. In season two, we watched Ashlee Simpson rise from being Jessica's cool younger sister to a multi-platinum selling artist and this new season will capture the journey and everything that comes with mega-stardom. MTV captures it all, from her infamous SNL appearance to product endorsement and movie deals, to preparing for her biggest musical challenge--her first nationwide tour. Throughout it all, Ashlee is challenged with reproving herself as a serious artist, while keeping her integrity and identity in tact. This season gives an intimate look into the crazy new world that only success can bring and culminates with Ashlee's first ever tour.moreless
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