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    The Bachelorette

    The Bachelorette

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    ABC
    A spin-off series from ABC's hit reality show, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette follows one woman in the search for her own Mr. Right from a pool of 25 eligible young men. After several weeks of meeting different men, going on amazing dates, and learning about their home lives, The Bachelorette will have the opportunity to continue dating one bachelor in the real world by presenting them with a single, red rose. Before this can happen, The Bachelorette must follow a gradual process of elimination, as her initial 25 bachelors are narrowed down week by week. At any point along the way, should a man decide that he is no longer interested in The Bachelorette, he may reject her invitation to continue dating. This unique dating process will give both the bachelors and bachelorette an unforgettable experience and an opportunity to make new friendships and quite possibly find true love, but after all of this, will the man she chooses accept her rose, and if he does will he pop the question? The 5th season began May 2012 as 25 would-be suitors vie for the Bachelorette's hand.moreless
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    The Bachelor

    The Bachelor

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    The Bachelor is an original one hour prime-time reality television series that gives one man and 25 women the unique opportunity to find true love in a most exciting and adventurous way. The Bachelor will get to know the 25 women in a series of fun, exciting and exotic dates that will elicit real and raw emotions. Along the way he must follow a gradual process of elimination, as his initial 25 bachelorettes are narrowed down week by week by presenting them with a single, red rose. In the end, he will ultimately decide on the one woman who captures his heart. However, at any point along the way, should a woman decide that she is no longer interested in The Bachelor, she may reject his invitation to continue dating. If the women decide to stay, some lucky women will meet his family, and he will visit their hometowns for a slice of their life in an effort to determine the woman with whom he is most compatible. The Bachelor provides an in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of each participant involved in this unique dating process. At the end of the journey, this gentleman will have had an unforgettable experience, made new friendships and quite possibly found true love. But the big question is: After all of this, if he pops the question, will she accept?moreless
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    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

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    ABC (ended 2002)
    From the four corners of the continent, people with dreams of instant riches are flown to New York City, to seize the day when they, with courage and wisdom, gain the opportunity to change the course of their lives in one short day. This is the world's greatest game show..... Who Wants to Be a Millionaire!!! Based upon the British program of the same title, this show offers a maximum prize of $1,000,000 for correctly answering a series of multiple choice questions. Originally, as in the UK edition, contestants were required to correctly answer 15 questions of increasing difficulty, but in 2010, the format was modified so that the contestants are now faced with 14 questions of random difficulty. This show has endured as one of the longest-running and most popular variants in the global Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? franchise. The original hour-long prime-time version of the show was broadcast on ABC from August 16, 1999 to June 27, 2002, and was hosted by Regis Philbin, a famed media personality, actor, and singer with a career going back to the 1960s, who is most widely known for hosting a "live" morning talk show. ABC's overexposure of the program led audiences to tire of it, and grilled the show to cancellation. However, not all hope was lost for the property: the production team reincarnated the show as a half-hour syndicated series, which premiered on September 16, 2002. The syndicated Millionaire's original host was Meredith Vieira, a news anchor and journalist who, at the time of the show's debut, was chiefly known as the moderator of ABC's daytime talk show The View, then later co-hosted NBC's Today Show from 2006 through 2011, and is now set to become the host of a syndicated talk show that will premiere in the coming year. Vieira remained Millionaire's host through eleven seasons, hosting over 1,800 episodes and giving away over $70,000,000 to a vast multitude of contestants, before deciding to abandon her then-current career and pursue new opportunities. Subsequently, Cedric Kyles, an actor, director and (as his stage name implies) an entertainer, signed on to become the show's new host, and his run is set to begin in September 2013. The game play of the Millionaire show has been changed substantially since the program's introduction to American airwaves. Originally contestants were required to call the phone number 800-433-8321 and play a telephone game wherein they had to answer three questions correctly, then get selected into a random drawing, then compete for ten spots on the show and subsequently play a preliminary "Fastest Finger" round before finally advancing to the Hot Seat to begin their journeys for $1,000,000. Now potential contestants take a written test, participate in an interview, and advance to the syndicated program, where they are simply called onstage after the preceding contestant's game ends. The show originally adhered to the same format as the British version, but in 2008 the formula began to deviate substantially from the original, with the addition of a clock that would time contestants' questions, and the use of experts who would contact the contestant for answers via a face-to-face Skype connection. The format was given its biggest overhaul yet in Fall 2010, with the introduction of question randomization and the retirement of all the lifelines (with the exception of "Ask the Audience") in favor of "jumps" that would allow contestants to skip the question and move on to the next level automatically. ABC has occasionally brought back the prime-time version for special editions. In 2004, the production team created Who Wants to Be a Super Millionaire, which was aired on a more limited basis, and which featured a top prize of $10,000,000, more money than anyone else has ever won in television history to date. Then 2009 saw a special 10th Anniversary Celebration which celebrated the milestone of the program's debut with a number of special celebrity guests, including a "Mystery Guest" revealed to be Vieira, who would turn the tables on Philbin himself - and invite the remaining "Fastest Finger" contestants to compete on the syndicated show. There were also a number of special events and gameplay twists on the mainstream program's run. A progressive jackpot was briefly used on the primetime show, increasing by $10,000 for each episode wherein the top prize was not won, and celebrity editions have also been conducted, with notable individuals from various fields playing for charitable organizations of their choice. The U.S. version of Millionaire has been credited with single-handedly reviving - and even breaking new ground for - the game show genre. It revolutionized the look and feel of game shows with its unique lighting system, dramatic music cues, and futuristic set, and became one of the highest-rated shows in the history of American television. It paved the way for the genre of reality programming, and made catchphrases out of such lines as "Is that your final answer?"moreless
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    Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

    Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

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    ABC (ended 2012)
    In a race against time on a project that would ordinarily take months to achieve, a team of designers, hundreds of workmen and even the neighbours, have just seven days to completely renovate an entire house - every single room, plus the exterior and landscaping for a deserving family nominated by friends and family.moreless
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    Extreme Makeover

    Extreme Makeover

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    ABC (ended 2007)
    Extreme Makeover follows the stories of the lucky individuals who are chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be given a truly "Cinderella-like" experience: a real life fairy tale in which their wishes come true, not just by changing their looks, but their lives and destinies. This magic is conjured through the skills of an "Extreme Team," including the nation's top plastic surgeons, eye surgeons and cosmetic dentists, along with a talented team of hair and makeup artists, stylists, and personal trainers, led by an on-camera Extreme Makeover expert. This season will feature more "news you can use" tips about fashion, hair and makeup for the home viewers also, so they, too, can experience a little bit of the show's magic. Each self-contained episode features two people, seen first in their "before" phase, then as they undergo their various procedures, and finally, in a climactic unveiling - the "after" -when the candidates reveal their new selves to their families and friends.moreless
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    Wipeout

    Wipeout

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    ABC
    Jill Wagner, John Henson, and John Anderson host Wipeout, a show in which 24 contestants compete against each other and the clock in hopes of winning the $50,000 prize. In the Qualifier Round, all 24 contestants must complete a course consisting of four obstacles. The twelve contestants with the fastest times advance to the second round. In this round, the top 12 face the Sweeper. The six who last the longest on the Sweeper, move to the third round and the last person standing receives a $1000 bonus. In the third round, the remaining six contestants face an obstacle, such as the Dreadmill or Dizzy Dummy. Two contestants are eliminated during this round and the remaining four contestants advance to the final round - The Wipeout Zone. The final four must complete four obstacles in the Zone. The contestant with the fastest time wins the $50,000 prize.moreless
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    The Mole

    The Mole

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    ABC (ended 2008)
    Fifth Season: The Mole 3.0 The Mole, the "smartest reality show ever," returned to ABC on June 2, 2008. This is the fifth run of the program and the first time the program has produced new content in over four years. The program returned with its third batch of regular, non-celebrity contestants who are trying to win up to $500,000 by avoiding the machinations of a saboteur in their midst. The show has a new host -- Jon Kelley (ex-anchor of Extra) and features new challenges, locations and an exciting new interactive element on the official website. Stone & Company (formerly Stone Stanley) continues to produce the series. The new season has been picked up for ten episodes, with twelve contestants. The return of the program was generally greeted warmly by both fans and critics. Unfortunately, the show fared extremely poorly in the ratings and will not be returning again. Past Seasons: Celebrity Mole: Yucatan Yucatan, Mexico was the home of the second celebrity edition of ABC's reality series, The Mole. Eight celebrities: six new and two returning from the previous celebrity edition are competing for a pot of $250,000, which can be earned by successfully completing challenges. One of the celebrities, however, is the mole, a double agent hired by the program to secretly sabotage the games. At the end of each episode, the celebrities take The Quiz - ten questions regarding the mole. This knowledge is important because the celebrity that scores the lowest on the quiz is executed and sent back to their previous show business existence immediately. The celebrity left standing at the end of the game that isn't the mole and scores the highest on the final quiz takes home all of the money in the pot. Can you figure out which celebrity is the mole? Celebrity Mole Yucatan won an Emmy in 2004 for Outstanding Achievement for Enhanced Television. "Celebrity Mole: Yucatan" came to an end and ABC declined to renew the series for a fifth season -- until 2008 (see above!) Check the guide to learn all about past seasons. Celebrity Mole: Hawaii - The first celebrity edition of the series. Anderson Cooper has left to pursue television news, so Ahmad Rashad, known for his work as the host of RealTV, takes over hosting duties. Seven celebrities come to Hawaii, where they face challenges designed to test their mettle and maybe even disprove traditional notions about celebrities. One of them, however, is the mole, a secret agent hired by ABC to try to secretly sabotage the games. Celebrity Mole: Hawaii ran in January and February 2003. Season Two: The Next Betrayal - A group of strangers, working together to earn up to $1 million, that in the end only one of them will win. One of these players is the mole, a double agent we hired, working for us against the other 13. At the end of each episode, the players take the quiz, ten questions about the mole. The quiz determines who stays and who goes because the player who scores the lowest on the quiz is executed and sent home immediately. Up to $1 million hinges on discovering who is the mole. - Anderson Cooper's introduction. The Next Betrayal began in September 2001, but after airing only three episodes, it was placed on "hiatus" by ABC. Its original broadcast run finally ended in August of 2002. Season One: A Saboteur - The first season of the program introduced viewers to this brilliant program, which was hailed by MENSA as the "smartest show on television." There were only ten players in this series, but as always, one winner and one mole. This edition ran in January and February 2001. On March 16th, 2004, cable/satellite's GSN (formerly Game Show Network) began showing repeats of The Mole. The fun began with "Celebrity Mole: Hawaii" and continued with the first season, "A Saboteur." Unfortunately, GSN did not continue airing the program. Instead, you may now catch repeats at various times (watch listings for special marathons and other airings) on FOX Reality.moreless
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    Supermarket Sweep

    Supermarket Sweep

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    ABC (ended 2003)
    "Hey, the next time you're at the checkout counter and you hear the beep, think of all the fun you can have on, Supermarket Sweep! Following many years of waiting in the check out lines at local supermarkets Al Howard, with his wife, Alice, wondered what it would be like if just once the manager came to him and asked, "How would you like to run wild through the market and grab everything you can get your hands on and it won't cost you a cent!?" The idea of Supermarket Sweep was born. But, Al realized that he needed more than just 'running through a market' to make a successful game show, so he came up with other features, all relating to products we typically find in a market. Than he took his new show to ABC-TV and soon the show was viewed all across America, five days-a-week at 11 a.m. Eventually, Sweep went off ABC-TV but over the years, the TV audience never forgot the show that looked entirely different from any other game show. After all, what other show allows you to grab a supermarket shopping cart and act out your fantasy! Lifetime TV put the show back on in 1990. This time, Al created an exciting new element: the "Bonus Round." $5000 in cash was hidden somewhere in the market and a contestant team was given 60 seconds to find it. They had to solve 3 clues in that amount of time and if they did, their reward was the $5000 in cash! Have contestants been successful in finding the big money? Well, the record shows that up to this point in time, Supermarket Sweep has given away close to two million dollars in cash! (Yes, that's $2,000,000.00) The program used to be seen on PAX TV, but the show is no longer seen as of right now. But since PAX is famous for being America's "Family Network," the show is a perfect fit for them. After all, going to the supermarket is a family experience!moreless
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    High School Musical: Get in the Picture

    High School Musical: Get in the Picture

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    ABC (ended 2008)
    Previously called High School Musical: Summer Session, this reality series take contestants to head back to school this summer, for a casting call to mine the nation for the new players of High School Musical. Watch all the action on ABC as crowds of young people ages 16-22 show off their singing and dancing skills for a chance to participate in a summer music program that will make them even better on stage. After eliminations one winner will stand to win an undisclosed prize of monumental proportions. The show will run on Sundays and Mondays at 8 P.M. ET until mid-September.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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    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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    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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    What Would You Do?

    What Would You Do?

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    ABC
    What Would You Do? is a reality hidden-camera show broadcast on ABC as part of the "Primetime" series. Hosted by John Quinones, the show sets up everday scenarios to gauge the reaction of or test the character of witnesses and passerby's, which are caught using hidden cameras. Some of the situations set up by the show include: a woman who says she has been drinking asking strangers to blow into a breathalyzer to help start her car, an out-of-control soccer coach verbally abusing a child, and a man trying to lure a visibly drunken woman out of a restaurant and back to his house. Many people ignore the situation and mind their own business. Others survey the situation and step in when they feel things have gone too far. Some even step in immediately to make their voices heard. The main question is: when faced with an ethical dilemma, would you do the right thing?moreless
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    Oprah's Big Give

    Oprah's Big Give

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    ABC (ended 2008)
    Millions of dollars will be spent as the contestants thrive to find the best way to give back to people while facing twists each week to test their will power and wits. The stakes will raise as the show goes on until finally one person is crowned "The Biggest Giver," in this new heartwarming reality series from Oprah's Harpo Productions.moreless
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    Secret Millionaire

    Secret Millionaire

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    ABC
    When it comes to being a millionaire money isn't everything. Imported from Britain, from the same company that gave usWife Swap, Secret Millionaire a reality show that gives money a twist. Each week a wealthy family must go undercover in impoverished neighborhoods to see what life is like for the financially destitute for ten days. Though at the end of each ten day period they reveal themselves and must give a portion of their fortune to at least one person in the community.moreless
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    True Beauty

    True Beauty

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    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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    Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race

    Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race

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    ABC (ended 2007)
    What happens when you take the biggest stars from the entertainment and sports world and combine them with the biggest names in NASCAR? You get one great reality tv show!

    Watch as NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback John Elway, Boston Legal Star William Shatner, Pro Skateboarder Tony Hawk, Singer Jewel and other stars put the pedal to the metal as they race to the finish line with the help of the Gillette Young Guns: Jimmy Johnson, Kurt Bush, Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray and Ryan Newman.moreless
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    The Superstars

    The Superstars

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    ABC
    Based on the ABC classic series Wide World of Sports, this new offering pits athletes from a number of different sports against each others in order to determine the world's best athelete.moreless
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    Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann

    Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann

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    ABC (ended 2008)
    Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba step out from behind the judges' table and onto the dance floor in this exciting dance competition show. They are on the hunt to find the perfect group made up of people can sing AND dance. Each will serve as coach and choreographer as they lead their respective teams --- Team Bruno and Team Carrie Ann through new routines based in numerous dance styles. Viewers will get a chance to interact with this show through voting. The losing coach will then be forced to eliminate one member of his or her dance troupe. Drew Lachey hosts this new show.moreless
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    American Inventor

    American Inventor

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    ABC (ended 2007)
    American Inventor is a show about the biggest search ever for America's best new invention. The show sets out to uncover the hottest new product each season and make one struggling inventor's dream come true. With one million dollars at stake, American Inventor celebrates the best in homespun American ingenuity.

    National casting calls were held in six major cities across the country. Thousands of inventors, tinkerers and entrepreneurs of all ages were drawn to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Houston, and Tampa for a shot at turning their dreams into realities. Inventors of all ages presented their most prized inventions, featuring everything from the wacky to the heart warming.

    A panel of expert judges narrows down the initial entries to a group of finalists, who are given $50,000 each to develop their product, refine it and take it to the next level. This is a show that makes the American dream come true for one person -- taking his/her idea, vision and creativity and helping to turn it into a mass produced product that will be in every American home -- but in the end it is up to America to call in and vote on which invention is worthy of the one million dollar prize.

    American Inventor is produced by FremantleMedia North America, Simon Cowell's Syco Television and Peter Jones TV Ltd. Simon Cowell, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Siobhan Greene, Peter Jones and Clay Newbill are executive producers. Dug James and Tabitha Hansen are co-executive producers.moreless
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