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Celebrating the Drama with the Cast of ‘Vanderpump Rules’

October 20th, 2016 by Jessica Tardif

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Top TV Reality Moments of 2010

December 21st, 2010 by Martin Moakler Social Community Manager

Reality TV has come a long way. In the past 10 years, it’s gone from just being a cheaper alternative to scripted shows to a powerhouse phenomenon that has infiltrated all facets of media and politics, and is also a cheaper alternative to scripted shows. Even if you never watch the shows … well, you’re a liar, but you know who Speidi, The Situation and the Kardashians are, although you might not be able to explain why they’re famous. This year, the influence of the genre was felt far and wide … even in the White House! Let’s take a look back at the top moments of what may be the wildest year of reality TV to date. — Martin Moakler for Hulu

President Obama Enjoys ‘The View’
In July, President Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to appear on a daytime talk show, and the ladies of The View grilled him on everything from war and the economy to what is on his iPod. The Commander in Chief even got tested on his pop culture IQ, wherein he confessed that he had no idea who Snooki was, despite using her as a punch line for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in May. Perhaps he was just flustered trying to get a word in edgewise with the notoriously fast-talking quintet.

Mr. Colbert Goes to Washington
With the President’s visits to The View and The Daily Show, Washington certainly went to the talk shows, but the talk shows also went to Washington when Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report testified before Congress on behalf of migrant farm workers. After slipping into his on-air persona during his testimony — despite having submitted a report that he would address the lawmakers as himself — he received fewer laughs than he was used to and was even asked to leave … by a Democrat!

Oprah OWNs Up
Media mega-titan Oprah Winfrey announced that she would be shutting the doors on her successful, eponymous talk show in 2011 after 25 years to focus her attention on her new television network, The Oprah Winfrey Network (or “OWN,” for short). Even though OWN will be open for business on New Year’s Day, Oprah made sure her last season will be her most notable, with huge publicity stunts including flying her audience to Australia in a plane piloted by John Travolta, expanding her popular “Favorite Things” episode to two days, and, most recently, nearly gouging out Hugh Jackman’s eye by accident.

‘Dancing’ with the Tea Party
The midterm elections spilled over to reality shows when Bristol Palin outlasted Brandy on Dancing With the Stars, stirring up quite the scandal. Despite consistently being on the bottom of the leader board throughout the season, teen activist Palin made it all the way to third place. Conspiracy theorists postulated that Tea Party activists rigged the voting after message boards instructing Tea Partiers to vote for the daughter of the former Vice Presidential candidate multiple times were discovered. Host Tom Bergeron shot down the scandal, noting that those complaining probably didn’t even vote at all, but a nation learned that politics can rear its ugly head onto the most unlikely of dance floors.

A Rose for Any Other Name
The bitter breakup between Bachelor Jake Pavelka and his fiancé Vienna Girardi played out in the tabloids mere months after he gave her a rose and ring on the popular ABC show in March. More shocking than the end of a Bachelor relationship, however, was when Chris Harrison interviewed the former couple on a special episode in July. The cold, calculated Pavelka accused Girardi of cheating, while the frazzled Girardi accused Pavelka of only playing out their romance when the cameras were rolling. The truth may one day come to light in another reality show, but legions of stay-at-home romantics were forced to grapple with the possibility that people go on reality shows for their own personal gains instead of love.

Weave Got the Beat
The kids from Jersey Shore went to Miami this year, but there was still plenty of drama to be had in the Garden State. The Jersey girls of The Real Housewives of New Jersey made last year’s table-flipping incident seem subdued when what started as a civil (by Real Housewives standards, anyway) conversation between Teresa and Danielle erupted into the North Jersey equivalent of the last two minutes of The Blair Witch Project. And after Danielle’s hair extensions were ripped out, she made young Ashley out to be the most feared Jersey resident since Tony Soprano.

‘Idol’ Hands
The popular karaoke contest received more attention for its judges this year than its contestants. In January, Simon Cowell announced it was his last season. Ellen DeGeneres followed suit, citing that the show was not a “right fit.” Kara DioGuardi left because the other judges didn’t know she was even on the show. Jennifer Lopez signed on as a new judge, as did Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. Randy Jackson is staying right where he is, dawg, and Paula Abdul is still off the show but remains forever our girl. (Her new show, Live to Dance, premieres on CBS January 4.) Oh, and some kids sang some songs.

Housewife in the White House
With all of the energy exerted to keep terrorists out of the United States, Homeland Security let under their radar a more imminent threat: reality stars. Last year, DC socialites Michaele and Tareq Salahi crashed a State dinner at the White House, where they mingled with various Heads of State, including President Obama. When it was revealed that they were participants in another edition of Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise, The Real Housewives of DC, and the events leading up to the dinner had been filmed as a plot line, a nation wondered to what ends hopeful reality subjects would go to get attention.

XXI Olympic Winter Games
One could say that The Olympics is the original reality show: the heightened drama, the fierce competition, and athletes who go there to win, not to make friends, and the Vancouver Winter Games lived up to that tradition. The International Olympic Committee praised the Canadian city for having a “great atmosphere for these games,” a fact with which the Americans can no doubt disagree, as we brought home the most medals. In fact, the general consensus throughout the world was that the Olympiad was a success, although there were a few negative reactions to the cold.

Aisle Be Seeing You
Scores of reality shows over the years have well documented the stunts and sociopathic behavior in which people are willing to engage in order to win a reality competition, but this year marked a new level of outrageousness with the premiere of Bridalplasty. On the E! show, brides not only competed to get a dream wedding, but also their dream plastic surgeries before their big day. Of course, this isn’t the first reality show to offer plastic surgery as a prize; The Swan did it six years ago. But, whereas The Swan at least made the pretense of rewarding hard work and inspiring behavior, Bridalplasty unleashed twelve bridezillas on a wild free -for-all chase of Who Wants a New Nose!

The Death of Fox Reality Channel
This year, the Fox Reality Channel went off the air. At first glance, one might assume it was taken down because America ran out of reality subjects to film, but many wondered if it marked the beginning of the end for the genre. Probably not, but it could well be an indication that the viewing public reached a saturation point for reality shows about former reality stars who compete to get another reality show (yeah, that’s a thing).

America’s Got Talent: Week 10 Recap

August 27th, 2009 by Rebecca Harper Editor

This week, America’s Got Talent announced the last five contestants to make the Top 20, who will move on to the semifinals starting next week. It was a week of stellar performances, including opera singer Barbara Padilla and drummers Recycled Percussion, but that doesn’t mean we missed out on any duds — namely Coney Island Chris, who found himself buzzed off the stage by all three judges during his fiery comedy act. (More on that below.) In the end, America didn’t disappoint, sending the best acts of the week on for another shot at headlining in Vegas. — Rebecca Harper (), Editor

EriAm Sisters vs. Drew Stevyns
Elimination night kicks off with a nail-biter when Nick Cannon calls two sets of singers on stage: the young EriAm Sisters and the hard-working Drew Stevyns, who was one of this week’s wild card acts. The EriAm Sisters harmonized some “Crazy in Love,” proving once again that all three of the girls — ages 16, 14 and 12 — can belt out a tune. Though The Hoff thought that their Beyonce-inspired dance moves took away from their vocals, Piers Morgan didn’t mind their “cheeky style of dancing.” Meanwhile, Stevyns sat down to give us an emotional rendition of The Fray’s “How to Save a Life.” Though Stevyns may not make it to the finals, even Morgan had to admit that it was the best possible performance Stevyns could offer, and he admired his desire. In the end, Nick Cannon did his best “fooled ya,” convincing the sister act they’d be going home. Surprise! Both acts proceed to the semifinals.

African High Flyers vs. Pam Martin’s Top Dogs vs. Coney Island Chris
Cannon pulls another fast one on the contestants in the second round of eliminations: all three of the contestants didn’t make it to the Top 20. That means America sided with Morgan on the subject of the African High Flyers, whom he buzzed of the stage during their blazing limbo act. Meanwhile, voters didn’t roll over for Pam Martin’s Top Dog, despite a nearly flawless performance by a grandstanding Jack Russell terrier. And no surprise here, Coney Island Chris, whose weak “class clown” act included setting his butt on fire. We’re not sure what else he had in store — thankfully all three judges, even The Hoff, buzzed him off the stage.

Recycled Percussion vs. Ishaara vs. Matt & Anthony

Next on the docket: another three way consisting of the rockin’ drum act Recycled Percussion, Bollywood dancers Ishaara, and the tap dancing/guitar-playing roommates Matt and Anthony. Though the Bhangra-style dance — in particular the lithe blonde who stole the spotlight — caught Morgan’s eye, the group didn’t muster enough votes to advance. And though we love eccentricity, Matt and Anthony’s cover of “Freedom” wasn’t good enough for Vegas, either — though the tap dancing was truly excellent. Which leaves us with the round’s winning act: Recycled Percussion. Though they didn’t get a lot of screen time in auditions, we suspect we’ll be seeing more of these guys as they beat out songs like tonight’s “Ballroom Blitz” on buckets and oil drums.

Barbara Padilla vs. Lollipop Girls
The moment opera singer Barbara Padilla came on stage Tuesday night, we knew she was a shoo-in for the Top 20 — and we really hope to see her in the finals, as well. Padilla swept us away in a gorgeous blue gown and diamonds, but it was her voice that took everyone’s breath away. The cancer survivor’s rendition of Andrea Bocelli’s “Time to Say Goodbye” proved that classy can work on this show (and maybe even in Vegas). “Tonight you came out looking like this, singing like that, living the dream,” Morgan said. “You raised the bar so high, I don’t see anybody else winning tonight.” But up on stage during the eliminations, we weren’t so sure. Would America opt for the burlesque Lollipop Girls instead? After all, David Hasselhoff fell in love with these luscious ladies in auditions, and Morgan claimed he could watch them all night. In the end, voters went first class all the way, sending Padilla on to the semis.

Erik & Rickie vs. Mia Boostrom

On to the final group of eliminations, where the judges choose who gets to advance. This week, it was second-chance teen singer Mia Boostrom against a pint-sized ballroom dancing duo, Erik and Rickie. And though Boostrom did her best, having transformed herself into a chanteuse — much to the delight of Hasselhoff and Sharon Osbourne — Morgan broke a judges’ tie in the elimination round, sending the young paso doble dancers on to the semifinals.

Now that the Top 20 have been chosen, who are your favorites going into the semifinals?

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America’s Got Talent: Week 9 Recap

August 20th, 2009 by Rebecca Harper Editor

This week, America’s Got Talent pitted some of the top performers of season against one another, sending things “Hoff the charts!” as judge David Hasselhoff exclaimed. Though we were treated to a couple of goofballs (Dave Johnson and Jay Mattioli, anyone?) on Tuesday, we saw a number of terrific acts. This being quarterfinals, though, we had to say goodbye to some of our favorite wannabe headliners. Below, the Hulu team recaps this week’s results, with clips of the winning performances. — Rebecca Harper (rebecca.harper@hulu.com), Editor, for the Yahoo! TV Blog

Jeffrey Ou vs. Bri
The first acts on the line: teen singer/pianist Bri, who first won us over in auditions, and piano man Jeffrey Ou. Bri took a risk transforming “Pokerface” into her own song, and while Sharon Osbourne thought she “owned it,” we weren’t quite so convinced — she seemed a little off Tuesday night. But our rising starlet wasn’t the only one who experienced a fumble: Texan Ou’s set was hit with a technical difficulty that cut out the audio during his set: As he transformed from classical pianist to a rock star, a staged groupie accidently kicked out his mic, so the judges and audience were unable to hear his contribution to the rock ‘n roll set. (This is also apparent in the clip below.) In the end, though, America had a forgiving heart, voting to give Ou another chance in the semifinals.

Lawrence Beaman vs. Jay Mattioli vs. Dave Johnson
Although comedic crooner Dave Johnson did his best with an ironic tribute to “The Golden Girls,” voters sided with the judges this week (all three X’d him off the stage) and sent him packing. That left soulful singer Lawrence Beaman up against wildcard act Jay Mattioli, a magician who has a way with scarves. The judges, of course, ate up Beaman’s “You Are So Beautiful,” while they weren’t so fond of Mattioli’s tired magic act, even if he did make use of a puppy. No surprise, Beaman goes on to the semis.

Mario and Jenny vs. Marcus Terrell and the Serenades
The next matchup was one of the most challenging of the week, simply for the fact that their areas of expertise are so different: in one corner, Mario and Jenny perform their edgy juggling act, while Marcus sticks to good old-fashioned singing. Terrell, of course, was at a slight disadvantage: in the Vegas elimination round, the judges had him ditch his backup singers in order to advance to this week’s quarterfinals — and one of the girls didn’t arrive until two days before their live performance. In the end, America was dazzled by Mario and Jenny’s blazing hot performance.

Hairo Torres vs. U4RIA vs. G-Force
Although tween band G-Force did their best to channel their inner Katie Perry, they didn’t master the vocals enough to impress the judges or America — although we expect to see the 8-year-old on drums sometime in the future. Also on the chopping block this week: the dance troupe U4RIA, who really wowed us and the judges with a tight, sexy number that called on an insane asylum. Though The Hoff called them “Hoff-nuts” they didn’t garner enough of a vote to stick around. And besides, contortionist break dancer Hario Torres proved he had serious moves as he treated us to a goofy nerd routine to “Gonna Make You Sweat.”

FootworKINGz vs. Pixie Mystere
Which brings us to the judges’ decision. Though both acts proved they had talent during Tuesday night’s performances, in the end Pixies’ dancing acrobat routine was simply too young for the judges. And besides, the FootworKINGz demonstrated a lot of energy and creativity in their wildcard performance.

Which acts do you think showed the most talent this week?

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Catch Up on “More to Love”

August 19th, 2009 by Rebecca Harper Editor

A real estate developer who loves grilling and a nice slice of apple pie, 26-year-old Luke Conley is living the dream: he has a house of beautiful women vying for his attention, all in hopes of scoring romance and possibly even marriage. But given that Luke is part of a Fox reality show, More to Love, you know there’s a twist. This dating series update (from The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss) features curvy contestants — and that’s what 300-plus-pound Luke is looking for. The first episode shows us these women have more substance than your typical reality show bimbo, but as the series progresses, the tears fall, the claws come out, and the lips lock. In case you’re just hooking up with “More,” which just narrowed the field to 10 contestants, Hulu’s put together a recap of the first four weeks. — Rebecca Harper (rebecca.harper@hulu.com), Editor, for the Yahoo! TV Blog

Week 1
In classic Bachelor fashion, 20 ladies exit limos in glamorous gowns, ready to make a good first impression. We see blondes and brunettes, tall and petite women, retail clerks and rocket scientists, and even a farm girl from Iowa, who uses her 30 second introduction to promise to teach Luke how to milk a cow. And though Luke’s come-ons are often a bit corny — but they work: he scores kisses with two of the girls on the first night — he comes off as a sensitive guy who’s willing to get to know each of the contestants. But the night’s prize moment isn’t a kiss: it’s seeing Danielle, who professes she’s never had a second date, take the plunge: she jumps into the pool, fully dressed, in an effort to grab Luke’s attention. Finally, the claws come out, courtesy of Portland, Oregon, resident Bonnie (who tells the camera the best way to a man’s heart is “through his stomach. And his pants, but you go for the stomach first, because that’s what classy women do”). In the ring ceremony — Luke distributes promise rings instead of roses on this series — Anna and Malissa, the first two to kiss Luke, are the first women called. Insecure, never-been-on-a-date Mel B. is the last to get a ring, and we say goodbye to five romantic hopefuls, including the rocket scientist and the Iowa farm girl.

Week 2
The second week of More to Love opens with the girls complaining about a contestant who’s rubbing the house the wrong way: Christina, a pretty brunette who’s retail clerk from Michigan. That, of course, sets up the week’s group dates. The first girls to get rings during the previous elimination round are asked to pick teams, treating all us at home to a very important lesson on what it feels like to grow up big and not be picked first. (Thanks, Fox!) Anna and Malissa A. pick their teams, only to realize that there’s an odd man out, Christina. In an ironic twist, she gets the one-on-one date with Luke simply because she wasn’t liked enough to get on a team. First up, though: team Malissa, who are asked to dress to impress and to meet Luke out front at dusk. Their date? An evening on a boat. Sounds romantic until Heather gets seasick, and we see a catty side of Malissa.

Week 3
It’s time for prom! The producers apparently realized that many of their contestants don’t have happy prom memories, so the girls are treated to poufy gowns and sent to get their hair and makeup done for a “second-chance prom.” This week, Danielle — last seen jumping into the pool on night one — steals the spotlight when Luke’s buddies from college suss out the ladies before they choose a prom queen. The winner, Danielle, is treated to a one-on-one date with Luke that gets horribly awkward as the night progresses. When Danielle isn’t given a ring during the night’s ceremony, we see that perhaps old college buddies don’t know what’s best for our star.

Week 4
In an effort to get the contestants to turn on each other, the producers get the girls to play “Good Wife/Bad Wife,” where they vote on who they think is the best and worst matches for Luke. Seasick Heather gets the ladies’ vote for best wife thanks to her fun-loving nature, while the often weepy Mel B. gets a thumbs down for being too young and too insecure for their guy. The winner and loser are both treated to solo dates. First up: Mel B., who’s taken to a Moroccan restaurant. Things are going well between the two when suddenly they’re treated to some belly dancing lessons, causing the 21-year-old nanny to retreat a bit. She confesses she’s never danced before, but by the end of the session, she’s loosened up enough to shimmy her hips just a bit. Meanwhile, Heather is given her choice of ball gowns for a fairy tale dinner at a castle. The dinner goes off without a hitch until the subject of kids comes up, and Heather admits she’d rather be a working mom than a stay-at-home mom. We sense that this will become an issue later on in the series, but for now, Luke chooses to cut the tension with a bit of humor, telling his date he already has three kids. (Once Heather composes herself from this bombshell, Luke tells her it’s all a joke.) When all’s said and done this week, Luke keeps Heather in the game but sends a devastated Mel B. home, but we hope this experience gives her some confidence to put herself out there and try more things.

Who’s your top pick for “More to Love’s” heavyset hunk?

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