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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Full Metal Jousting

    Full Metal Jousting

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    The History Channel
    A group of fighters recreate full-contact jousting. They replace the medieval armor with the best gear available.
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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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    High School Reunion

    High School Reunion

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    The WB
    Back stabbing! Boyfriend swapping! Brawls! TV Land brings it on with the return of High School Reunion. Watch as 14 alums are reunited after 20 years on the island of Maui. The ante is upped daily as vengeful new arrivals from rival cliques, classes and a nearby public school, do everything they can to crash the party and seek redemption.

    WB Broadcast History

    Season 1 High School: Oak Park River Forest of 1992 Season Aired: Jan.-Feb. 2003

    Season 2 High School: Round Rock of 1993 Season Aired: Mar.-May 2004

    Season 3 High School: Cardinal Gibbons of 1994 Season Aired: Dec. 2004-Jan. 2005

    T.V. Land Broadcast History

    Season 4 High School: J.J. Pearce High School Class of 1987 Season Aired: Mar.-Apr. 2008moreless
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    Work Out

    Work Out

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    Bravo
    Work Out is one of Bravo's top "docu-drama's" which follows Jackie Warner throughout her professional and personal life, as well as the happenings and drama of her trainers. Jackie Warner is personal trainer to the stars and owner of Sky Sport & Spa and Skylab in Beverly Hills. Jackie's facilities and programs boast state-of-the-art equipment as well as the most effective training available to cater to everyone seeking health and well being to Hollywood's high society.moreless
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    Momma's Boys

    Momma's Boys

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    NBC
    Ryan Seacrest produces this NBC reality project featuring mothers in search of mates for their eligible bachelor sons.
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    Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels

    Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels

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    Food Network
    Rachael Ray is back on the road, scouring the country for the best travel eats! Rachael Ray’s Tasty Travels is full of insider tips and travel secrets from where to get the best burger to great dining options at all hours of the day. Join Rachael to turn your next vacation into a tasty trip!moreless
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    Rock Star

    Rock Star

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    CBS
    Season 2 airs Tuesday at 9pm.(Performance Show), and Wednesday at 8pm (Elimination Show). and the reality show is on rockstar.msn.com/
    Rock guitarist Dave Navarro and sizzling television personality Brooke Burke host “Rock Star”, a musical reality show produced by “Survivor’s” Mark Burnett. The show combines the world of rock and roll with the elements of an unscripted reality series. The 15 performers, who will live together in a Hollywood Hills home, face tough competitions and a weekly elimination. The grand prize for the last singer standing will be the coveted lead singer spot of a popular rock band. The winner will set off on a world tour with the band and take part in the group’s new album. “Rock Star” will air three times each week. Monday’s episodes will focus on the contestants at the house and going to their rock n’ roll clinics. On Tuesdays the focus is strictly on performing. The contestants will perform on a brand new CBS sound-stage/ultra-cool rock n’ roll club in front of a live audience, as well as INXS, and millions of viewers watching around the world. Every Tuesday after the concert, it is up to audiences around the globe to vote by logging on to rockstar.msn.com or by Verizon text messaging. Wednesday, after the voting results have been tabulated, the contestants deemed eligible for elimination must battle it out by performing an INXS song on stage before a live audience and the band itself. The final elimination decision each week is decided by INXS. Airing Schedule : Special one hour premiere, Monday, July 11 at 9PM E/P In the week following the premiere the show will air regularly on Mondays at 9:30PM E/P, Tuesdays at 10:00PM E/P, and Wednesdays at 9:30PM E/T.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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    Stylista

    Stylista

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    The CW (ended 2008)
    From the creators of Project Runway and America's Next Top Model comes the fashion world's newest reality television creation -Stylista. In the series, eleven aspiring fashionistas face weekly scrutinous challenges under the leadership of Elle's Fashion News Director, Anne Slowey. A tough person to please, Slowey will inspect the contestants' performances after each challenge and with the help of her team ultimately choose a winner. Although the work throughout the competition is quite difficult, the winner will be rewarded for their hard work with a paid editorial position at Elle, a paid lease on a New York City apartment, and an allowance at H&M for one year - an overall package with a value of $100,000. Stylista is produced by 10x10 Entertainment, Bankable Productions, Magic Molehill Productions, and Warner Horizon Television. The series has been given an 8 episode order for its first season.moreless
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    The Academy

    The Academy

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    FOX Reality Channel
    This new reality series follows a group of Los Angeles police recruits through the grueling training regimen they all must endure before earning their badges as full-fledged members of the police force.moreless
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    Bet On Your Baby

    Bet On Your Baby

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    ABC
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    Student Bodies

    Student Bodies

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    (ended 2000)
    Student Bodies followed a group of students at Thomas A. Edison High School, who created their own student newspaper entitledStudent Bodies. Each episode blends the real-life happenings at school with cartoons of how Cody, who illustrates Student Bodies, humorously sees the events.

    BROADCASTING Student Bodies aired on YTV in Canada and on various networks in the US.

    The pilot episode aired on January 10, 1997.moreless