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    This is Your Life (UK)

    This is Your Life (UK)

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    BBC (ended 2003)
    Each week, a celebrity guest of honour is surprised and presented with a 'Red Book' by the show host. The host conducts a biography of the guest with the help of family members, friends, and acquaintances.moreless
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    Win Ben Stein's Money

    Win Ben Stein's Money

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    Comedy Central (ended 2003)
    Win Ben Stein's Money guide is an offbeat game show hosted by the actor and former Nixon speechwriter Ben Stein. It aired for six years on Comedy Central, winning four Day Time Emmy's (more info below) Reruns of the show air three times daily on Canada's Comedy Channel. Reruns also air on GSN everyday at 6PM and 6:30PM, and weekdays at 11:30PM (excluding Fridays). Win Ben Stein's Money won 6 Day Time Emmy awards and was nominated for 12. In 2004 it won "Outstanding Special Class Writing". In 2002 the show won "Outstanding Directing in a Game/Audience Participation Show". In 2000 the show won the Day Time Emmy again for "Outstanding Special Class Writing". Finally in 1999 the show won 3 awards, "Outstanding Audience Participation Show/Game Show", "Outstanding Game Show Host", and "Outstanding Writing - Special Class"moreless
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    Beyond Chance

    Beyond Chance

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    Lifetime (ended 2002)
    Beyond Chance is hosted by Melissa Etheridge. It explores miracles from women, but it sometimes includes men. The show is now cancelled and is off TV.
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    Big Brother (UK)

    Big Brother (UK)

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    Channel Five
    Emma Willis Hosts the show on channel 5 with Marcus Bentley as the narrator of the daily highlights show. Since the original series of Big Brother in 1999 in the Netherlands, over 40 different countries have adapted the series with varying rules, all over the globe. The concept of the British series is similiar to the original series, as a group of people who've never met before are locked into a house, sealed off from the outside world and are recorded by dozens of cameras all day long. These Housemates are controlled by "Big Brother", an all-seeing entity whom we never see but frequently hear. Each week, after the other housemates have nominated the people they want out of the house and after the public decide who they want out, a nominee is evicted. After approximately three months, the public then vote for the winner, who wins a cash prize.

    The show is represented in the media by a eye, which has changed for each series, trying to incorporate a theme for the individual series. They are often released before the show actually began and are also used in the opening titles of the show. The theme tune by Paul Oakenfold and Andy Gray is released under 'Big Brother Theme' by Element Four - tweaks are made to the theme used throughout each series. Davina McCall presented the series since it's beginning in 2000 and until it's end on Channel 4 in 2010. BB2 and Ultimate Big Brother winner Brian Dowling took over when the show moved to five. Marcus Bentley has been present in the presenting team since 2000, narrating the daily show which showcases highlights from the previous day in a daily hour long show. However it should be noted that the show has only aired for seven nights a week throughout certain series, in series 8 for example the highlights of Friday and Saturday were shown on Sunday. The airtimes of shows often differ from series to series as well, for example during the ninth series the shows aired on Monday & Tuesday at 10pm, whilst Wednesday-Sunday highlights aired at 9pm (sometimes a little later on the weekend).

    Before each series of the show began on Channel 4, a teaser show aired, Dermot O'Leary hosted the majority of the shows, before his departure to ITV1 in January 2008. The Big Brother house is located in Elstree Studios, Elstree, Borehamwood. The house links directly to a staircase (adapted for each series), which leads down into a walkway, which is barriered off to hold the audience. The walkway leads into a tv studio, which from series one to nine consisted of a seat for Davina, a seat for the interviewee and screens behind them. In series 10 the format of this show was changed, Davina sat behind a desk, on her left hand side two celebrity guests or psychologists sat and on her right the evicted housemate, all three interviewed the housemate. The screen, introduced in the ninth series, was used when Davina talked to the house. Previously, she would of stood on the walkway and of talked to the house. Eviction shows aired in two parts on Friday nights, incoporating Thursday's highlights within the first hour long show. These shows were broadcast as live, however their was always a slight 5-10 minute delay as the following Saturday night highlights would show housemates leaving 5-10 minutes before we saw the housemate leave on the eviction show. The announcement of the evicted housemate was made at the end of the first show and then in the second show we would see highlights of the previous half an hour. Davina would then meet the housemate at the bottom of the stairs and lead them through the audience into the studio, she would then interview them about their time in the house. The Finale show went on for up to three hours previously and is broadcast as live, it never featured highlights of the final day in the house, but often featured the return of the previous housemates, seated in a area away from the rest of the audience. In series 2-8, Dermot O'Leary and from series 9 to 11, George Lamb (who co-hosted with Zezi Ifore, Michael Barrymore and Emma Willis) had hosted Big Brother's Little Brother, the show what brought viewers up to date with the latest from the house, featured housemates friends and family and revealed exclusive upcoming twists. After the nightly shows had broadcast, E4 broadcast Big Brother's Big Mouth, Russell Brand hosted the show when it began at the start of series 5 and left at the end of series 7, since then the series had contineud with one week stints of guest presenters. This format changed from series 10, as Davina took the helm and hosted one show a week on Friday nights for a hour. Throughout series two, on Saturday nights viewers could watch Big Brother Reveals More..., which showed a round-up of the weeks action from the house. This format returned in series 7 in the E4 only show Diary Room Uncut, which showed extended highlights from the week, mostly from the Diary Room's point of view, this show was axed after series 9. Beforehand in series 4-6, on Fridays in place of Big Brother's Little Brother at 7.30pm, that weeks nominations would air in full in Nominations Uncut. Throughout series 3 to halfway through series 5, the normal highlights show on a Saturday was replaced by Saturday Night Live, were we saw the housemates compete in live tasks to gain access to rewards for their time in the house. The show quickly became unpopular and stopped airing on the 26th June 2004. In series 7, Dermot O'Leary hosted Big Brother's Big Brain, which featured psychologists analysis of the housemates and events that had taken place in the house during the previous week, resembling the Sunday night highlight shows in earlier series. This was replaced by Davina hosting Big Brother: On The Couch in series 8, in a new timeslot. The show was heavily edited for daytime repeats to air on Channel 4 Breakfast in the morning and early afternoon on E4. The shows were also in later series shown on the HD output of the stations and the +1 channels. On a weekend the shows from the night before were also broadcast on teen strand T4. T4 was often first to air the follow up episodes, after the series has finished, which normally aired under the title What Happened Next, which took on many forms since it first aired, following the housemates from the past series around to see what impact the show had, had on their life. The show spouted many spin-offs, the most famous of which Celebrity Big Brother, was the most successful and although making two breaks due to other spin-offs Big Brother Panto and Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack, aired from 2001 onwards. A official announcement was made on August 26th 2009 regarding a renewal of the shows contract which was due to end in September 2010. It was announced that the show would be axed after airing it's last series in 2010 due to a large decline in viewing figures.moreless
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    Crime & Punishment

    Crime & Punishment

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    NBC (ended 2004)
    "Crime & Punishment" has been described as a cross between a drama and a documentary or "drama-mentary". The series follows a real-life case from the San Diego County District Attorney's office from preparation through trial, presenting the case in a fashion similar to co-creator and executive producer Dick Wolf's "Law & Order" franchisemoreless
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    Ricki Lake

    Ricki Lake

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    (ended 2004)
    Hosted by the television personality of the same name, Ricki Lake was tabloid television, specializing in tawdry and sensationalistic topics that drew viewers in like moths to a flame. Several memorable topics included male strippers, teen pregnancy, gang warfare, and many, many makeover episodes The show enjoyed an 11 season run, premiering in 1993 and saying goodbye in 2004.moreless
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    The Tom Green Show

    The Tom Green Show

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2001)
    Tom Green is a comedian who likes to go around and pull pranks on everybody. Among his most famous are putting a cow head in his parents' bed, suckling a cow's udder, and throwing plastic babies onto cars... just to name a few. The show is half talk show and half documentary.moreless
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    Scariest Places On Earth

    Scariest Places On Earth

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    ABC Family (ended 2006)
    Join host Linda Blair for a trip to some of the most haunted locations on the planet. Early episodes feature tours of several places, while later episodes focus on a family exploring one major location. This show last aired on ABC Family as part of the 2006 version of "The 13 Nights of Halloween" (originally Fox Family's "13 Days of Halloween"), and reruns occasionally air on YTV in Canada and Horizons in the UK.moreless
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    C.O.P.S.

    C.O.P.S.

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    (ended 1989)
    "C.O.P.S. - Central Organization of Police Specialists. Fighting crime in a future time,... protecting Empire City from Big Boss, and his gang of crooks. C.O.P.S.!"

    "It's crime fighting time!"

    In 1993, CBS picked up the syndication of this show, it was renamed "Cyber C.O.P.S."moreless
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    Boot Camp

    Boot Camp

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    FOX (ended 2001)
    "Save the drama for your mamma and push"... Boot Camp was a reality TV show that aired on Fox. Boot Camp invited 16 civilian contestants to surrender every aspect of their lives and to participate in real-life military training. The game, as other reality TV shows, was based on participation and elimination. The real life Drill Instructors (DI's) set the pace of the recruits 24 hours a day. The recruits were put through a multitude of obstacle courses and other specialized training activities, aimed at building confidence and facing their fears. During the 8 episodes, the contestants took part in a mission that tested their training and ultimately revealed the weakest link in the squad. Throughout each episode the contestants faced and evaluation by their peers. The results of the evaluation determined who stays and goes. Ultimately the contestants competed for a $500,000 cash prize!moreless
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    House of Style

    House of Style

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1996)
    House of Style was MTV's groundbreaking catch-all infotainment series on fashion, designers, models, shopping, personal style and the arts. Hosted by world famous model-personality Cindy Crawford, there were no closed doors in regards to fashion shows, movie sets, and access to celebrities, designers and artists. While the show was shot in a casual, hand-held style and edited in a breath-taking manner of cuts, the show approached models, fashion and fashion with level-headed seriousness. Information was presented in a matter-of-fact style; guests were treated with reverence and models, designers and everyone featured were presented and treated as leading artists of our society. Each show was unique from the each other - there were no set studio or stock opening. There was a brief introduction of the episode - taking place indoors or out - from the mundane to the spectacular. The show's content/segments were also random and varied in length and breadth from episode to episode. They covered the full gamut of all fashion - from personal style how-to to the history of Vogue magazine to a designer runway show to every topic in between. When Cindy Crawford was host, there were also many episodes and segments devoted to her life and business ventures from the making of her workout video to her cover photo shoots. Todd Oldham was a frequent how-to contributor when Cindy was the host - his segments usually involved re-purposing an old item (furniture, clothes, etc) into something new & different. There was also a regular feature on shopping with a celebrity. The series started out as a quarterly covering the seasonal fashion changes then increasing in frequency to almost monthly basis until Cindy Crawford left. The series was not as successful with the other hosts and decreased in frequency. The series has not been officially canceled and presumably will return again. There are also many "recap" episodes with segments re-purposed/ edited or re-edited from other episodes - sometimes with new introductions, sometimes without - so it's difficult to keep track of every episode with any accuracy.moreless
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    Singled Out

    Singled Out

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1998)
    Singled Out was a dating game show on MTV where contestants chose a date from a group of 50 potential matches without seeing them. Eliminating, or singling out, a winner from the group based on their personal preferences in a number of categories, the contestant whittled down the group in categories such as hair color, then choosing to eliminate either blonds or brunettes. Categories ranged from physical attributes, to personality, to bedroom behavior, etc. A second round of assorted physical activities followed, and the remaining contestants then participated in a race of sorts, advancing one step closer by giving the same answer to a question as the contestant. The first one to the contestant won.moreless
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    America's Funniest Home Videos

    America's Funniest Home Videos

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    ABC
    America's Funniest Home Videos is ABC's longest-running comedy series. The show began with original host Bob Saget (Full House)The series was an instant sensation on Sunday nights and ran for seven successful seasons. The show was re-launched with new hosts John Fugelsang (a stand up comedian with a one man show called Junk Male) & Daisy Fuentes (Loving), with a new hour long format, and moved to Monday nights where it would once again become a ratings success and then aired on Saturday. Then, after several years of being shown as an occasional special hosted by D.L. Hughley (The Hughleys) and Richard Kind (Spin City), ABC brought the series back on Friday nights with new host Tom Bergeron (Hollywood Squares). In September 2003, it was moved back to Sunday nights. Once again, the series has become a success. On This Show First Price is 10,000 and second is 5,000 and 3,000 for third also there is a 100,000 grand price show every so often where the 10,000 winners compete for 100,000.moreless
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    Big Brother (Australia)

    Big Brother (Australia)

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    Channel Nine
    Gretel Killeen hosted the first seven series of Australia's version of Big Brother between 2001 and 2007, for series eight in 2008, radio hosts Jackie O and Kyle Sandilands took over hosting duties. When broadcast in New Zealand on channel TV 2 and Prime for the first series and the special episodes broadcast in series 2, Mark Ferguson hosted links between Gretel and the house. The Australian house is located in the Dreamworld theme park in Queensland. Although never credited the role of Big Brother is normally held by one member of the production team (sometimes others fill in). Throughout Series 1-3, Peter Abbott had the job. Through Series 4-7, Kris Noble and in the shows final series, series 8, Up Late Editor, Leon Murray took on the role. Since the original series of Big Brother in 1999 in the Netherlands, over 40 different countries have adapted the series with varying rules, all over the globe. The concept of the Australian series is similiar to the original series, as a group of people who've never met before are locked into a house, sealed off from the outside world and are recorded by dozens of cameras all day long. These Housemates are controlled by "Big Brother", an all-seeing entity whom we never see but frequently hear. Each week, after the other housemates nominate the people they want out of the house and the public decide who they want out, a nominee is evicted. In series eight the nomination system was tampered with for the first five weeks, were the public decided who the other housemates have to evict, with the three housemates who got the highest percentage of callers then having to be nominated to leave by their fellow housemates. After approximately three months, the public then vote for the winner, who wins a cash prize. In the first three years of the show, the winner of Big Brother pocketed $250,000. However in 2004, those winnings were increased to $1 million! Not only that, but this fact was hidden from the Housemates until halfway through the series. A further twist was added in 2005, with breaches of the rules resulting in fines that were deducted from the prize money. Although Housemate's were given a couple of chances to reclaim their losses, co-winners (and twins) Greg and David "only" went home with $836,000. In 2006 the fines were a little more harsh and in the end winner Jamie was handed a cheque for $426,000. In 2007 their was no prize money originally and the housemates would gather the money by completing tasks, meaning winner Aleisha went home with $450,000. In 2008, the prize money amount wasn't revealed until late in the series, each remaining housemate was given $25,000 and upon eviction had to choose a remaining housemate to give it to, meaning that the winner Terri went away with $250,000.Other evictees along the way win smaller prizes, through the shows sponsors. The daily show which was present from the first series showcases highlights from the previous day in a half hour show. Mike Goldman narrated for the whole eight series. Although the title of Daily Show was only carried in the credits sequence throughout the last series. The show has never broadcast on a Saturday night, so the Sunday editions cover the highlights from the previous Friday and Saturday. In Series 8, the Daily show on Mondays aired for an additional half an hour, and eventually when the nomination system went back to normal led into the nominations show, which had been present in the 7.30-8.30 slot on Monday nights in the previous seven series. Eviction shows have aired on Sunday nights since the show began, straight after the Daily Show, in a auditorium within the Dreamworld complex, the shows were broadcast as live, although they actually weren't because the delay between the housemate leaving the house to getting to the studio would be too long in a live show. The show often was visited by housemates friends and family, or in the event of a upcoming twist special guests may have also make an appearance. Once the announcement was made to the house, the housemate had to leave immediately and was then questioned on the main stage about their time in the house. The Finale show has gone on for up to four hours previously and was broadcast live, it featured highlights of the last day and the ex-evictees from that series. Episodes were broadcast throughout the first series for seven consecutive days, on Saturdays Gretel would be joined by Sami Lukis for a show entitled Big Brother Saturday, which featured updates on the housemates time since leaving the house. For Series four of the show, we also saw the introduction of the Games Arena, in which Housemates would compete against each other every Friday night for several prizes, including the chance to spend the weekend in a luxurious "Rewards Room" up until series 7, which changed to the "Strategy Room" in seires 8. This extra show which broadcast directly after the daily show was known as Friday Night Live and was hosted by narrator Mike Goldman for two hours. Throughout series 5-8, two series four housemates Bree Amer and Ryan Fitzgerald co-hosted. FNL powers given to housemates often effected the nominations for the following week. The show had a theme each week, with uncredited, 'Ninjas' (wearing black suits, so we can't see any of their features) setting up the props and helping the housemates out in their tasks. This part of the show ended after 54 episodes on 18th July 2008. The show Big Brother Uncut broadcast for the first six series of the show, originally on Thursday nights, but switching later onto a Monday night slot, the show hosted by Gretel Killeen featured footage for more mature viewers. After been renamed Big Brother: Adults Only in 2006, politicians statements about the show, meant it ending prematurely and not returning since. The new hosts and many other concept changes, with the series tagline of I Don't Think So promised to reinvigorate a concept which was quickly becoming boring with the viewing public. However on 13th July 2008, a official site announcement was made confirming that the show won't be returning at least to Channel 10 in 2009. Since then rumours have been rife that a possible move to Channel Seven or Nine may occur. The show in Australia did make it to eight series and a celebrity series, before it's cancellation and even had three spin-off shows, although not always successful as Big Brother: The Insider proved in 2003 and UK spin-off, spin-off Big Brother's Big Mouth proved in 2008. However Big Brother - Up Late ran successfully for four years, before entering hiatus in the 2008 series, due to cricket coverage. Throughout it's run the Australian Big Brother has had some notable achievements - in 2002, it became the first BB to have a double-eviction. In 2003, it was the first BB series to have two separate houses (which were later combined into one large house) and, in 2005, it was the first to be won by twins.moreless
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    Making the Band

    Making the Band

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    ABC (ended 2002)
    Making the Band -- the start of O-Town -- the brainchild of teen-pop Svengali Lou Pearlman, the former manager of the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync. Equal parts the Monkees and MTV's The Real World, the show offered viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a boy band, from their first audition to the signing of their first record deal. The show was a modest hit for ABC. More importantly for Pearlman, the show created legions of fans for O-Town before they even released their first album. ABC Broadcast History March 24, 2000----July 13, 2001 MTV Broadcast History January 19, 2002----March 30, 2002moreless
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    Popstars

    Popstars

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    The WB (ended 2002)
    Season 1 Backed by some of the recording industry's heaviest hit makers, five unknown women are chosen from the thousands who auditioned and shepherded through the making of their debut album. The show chronicles the behind-the-scenes process. Season 2 The new incarnation of "Popstars," the show which spawned Eden's Crush, will introduce a new music group of both women and men this time. As before, the series will chronicle the fledgling band from the audition process to their finale concert. Broadcast History Season 1: Friday @ 8:30 pm Season 2: Thursday @ 8:00 pm Awards Teen Choice Awards 2001: Nominated for TV - Choice Reality Showmoreless
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    Stump the Stars

    Stump the Stars

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    CreateSpace (ended 1963)
    Welcome to the Stump the Stars guide at TV.com. another title for Pantomime Quiz BROADCAST HISTORY 9/17/62 - 9/16/63: Mondays at 10:30p on CBS 2/24/64 - 9/4/64: weeknights in syndication 9/8/69 - 9/25/70: weeknights in syndicationmoreless
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    Fear Factor

    Fear Factor

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    MTV - Music Television (Returning May 30, 2017)
    "Imagine a world where your greatest fears become reality." In each pulse-racing "Fear Factor" episode, contestants recruited across the country battle in extreme stunts. These stunts are designed to challenge the contestants both physically and mentally. If a player is too afraid to complete or fails a stunt, the player is eliminated. If they succeed, they are one step closer to the grand prize: $50,000.moreless
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    The Crocodile Hunter

    The Crocodile Hunter

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    Discovery Channel
    Steve the star was born after a chance encounter with his friend, a television producer who was filming in the Park for TV. In true Steve style they took a punt and the first documentary, "The Crocodile Hunter" was produced in 1992. The tremendous success of this one program quickly encouraged the making of more and so over the next 3 years, 10 one hour episodes were made and on television screens all over the world. Steve has now filmed 50 episodes of "Crocodile Hunter", 52 episodes of "Croc Files", and his next project will be an animated series. WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE CROCODILE HUNTER SERIES? Steve: "Our aim is to continue producing more wildlife programmes to entertain and enlighten. We'll take the audience to some of the wildest and remotest territories in the world. The time has come when all of us must be accountable. We don't own the planet Earth, we belong to it. And we must share it with our wildlife. It's obvious that every man, woman and child can contribute to the well being of our native wildlife and the planet through simple day-to-day stuff such as recycling, chemical and pollution awareness, and not wasting water. Terri and I eat, sleep and live for wildlife. Our love, passion, and devotion is to educate and share with the world our magnificent - often threatened or sometimes threatening - wildlife. Our job in this world is to bring misunderstood and feared animals (as well as the cute and cuddlies) right into your house, so that we can share and learn about the world's wildlife.

    Terri: "Steve and I are very lucky to live and work with what we love best. Zoo life definitely has its ups and downs but there is nothing else we'd rather be doing. It's our goal and our passion to open everyone's hearts to love and care for wildlife for generations to come."

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    WWE Tough Enough

    WWE Tough Enough

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    USA
    WWE Tough Enough is a reality television show produced by World Wrestling Entertainment where a selection of hopeful men and women compete for a contract with the WWE. There were two winners per series for the first three seasons, but only a single winner for the fourth season. The first three seasons were broadcast on MTV, while the fourth season was integrated into the UPN-program WWE SmackDown!. The 5th season currently airs on USA.moreless
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