Entries in Reality TV (7)


New Jersey Legislature Considers ‘Snookiville Law’

MTV Networks(NEW YORK) -- Filming drunken stars on the streets has become a staple of reality TV. Now a law proposed in New Jersey could give towns more authority when it comes to regulating the messier effects of those scenes.

The Snookiville Law, bill A-3273, was introduced earlier this month and named for Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, star of MTV’s Jersey Shore.

The legislation would permit towns to regulate production and impose fees on crews for additional police surveillance during filming.

“New Jersey has a tradition of being a desirable location for reality TV shows such as Jersey Shore, The Real Housewives of New Jersey and Cake Boss,” New Jersey assemblyman Ronald Dancer (R), who introduced the bill, said. “These shows can attract crowds, which can benefit local businesses and challenge a community’s resources.”

Dancer says the bill, “will permit local officials to make sure taxpayers don’t get ‘Snook’-ered or public safety is compromised.”

“It’s designed to provide towns with an option. It’s not a mandate, but an option,” Dancer said. “For a local municipal to license filming as a special event, we can better manage and plan to prevent poor situations, such as crowds, traffic congestion and drunkenness.”

Towns that choose to adopt the ruling could require crews to pay for additional security, specifically if stars are stumbling down the streets, engaging in disorderly conduct.

“Reality TV can be an asset to a host community, as long as we remember that these shows may cost taxpayers money by requiring additional services when cameras are rolling in town,” Dancer said.

Dancer says he hopes the law will take effect by the end of this year.

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Whitney Houston’s Family to Star in Reality Show

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Coming soon to a small screen near you: Whitney Houston’s family.

Lifetime announced Friday that The Houston Family Chronicles, a “docu-series” that will follow the late singer’s relatives, has been picked up.

Pat Houston, Whitney’s sister-in-law and manager, will lead the show. Her husband Gary and Whitney’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, will also be featured. All three sat down with Oprah Winfrey in March for their first interview following Whitney’s Feb. 11 death. Whitney’s mother, Cissy, will appear on the show as well.

A press release put out by the network said the series “will follow Pat and her husband, Gary, Whitney Houston’s brother, as they take on their greatest challenge, supporting and guiding Bobbi Kristina as she faces the world alone, without the one person she relied on the most, her mother.”

The show is set to premiere later this year.

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Another Sarah Palin Reality Show? Maybe Not

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(NEW YORK) -- Sarah Palin effectively chose her media career over politics when she announced in October that she would not run for president. But it appears the media may no longer be interested.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the former Alaska governor and current Fox News contributor is shopping a new reality show. Like her first venture, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, which aired on TLC in 2010, Palin is reportedly collaborating with genre guru Mark Burnett. One major difference: This series will focus on Palin’s husband Todd and his career as a championship snowmobile racer instead of the Mama Grizzly herself.

THR claims both TLC and A&E Networks passed on the project. A representative for TLC declined ABC News’ request for comment, while a rep for A&E was unaware of any new pitch from Palin and Burnett. When asked if the network would be interested in a new Palin show, the rep said, “We wouldn’t comment on something like that.”

Part of the problem could be the price per episode. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sarah Palin’s Alaska sold for more than $1 million an episode, and Burnett and Palin are seeking similar compensation for their new show.

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Jon Gosselin to Ex-Wife: 'Reality TV Is Not a Career'

Amy Sussman/WireImage for Discovery Communications(NEW YORK) -- Kate Gosselin may be "freaking out" because her TLC series was cancelled, but her ex-husband has little sympathy for her. Speaking with, Jon Gosselin encourages his former Jon & Kate Plus 8 co-star to find a new line of work. He says, "Reality TV is not a career. Get back to a normal life -- a simple life. Provide for your family." Gosselin, who's now a computer support engineer, believes that "things will work out the way they should work out. Obviously there are families out there that have several kids -- people work normal jobs and things work out."

In the latest edition of People magazine, Kate Gosselin says she's "freaking out" over her uncertain future. Her current series with her eight children, Kate Plus 8, ends Monday on TLC.

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Broke Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt Lament Reality TV Regrets 

Chris Weeks/WireImage(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) -- Not long ago, Heidi Montag flaunted her plastic surgery-enhanced figure, confident that her new body would take her to heights of fame as yet unrealized by reality TV stars.

So much for that.

The former cast member of MTV's "The Hills," 24, is now broke and living with her equally spotlight-hungry husband, Spencer Pratt, in his parents' Santa Barbara, Calif. home. In an interview with the Daily Beast published this week, the couple lamented their ploy to turn reality TV stardom into a legitimate career.

"This isn't a business," Pratt told the Daily Beast. "That was the big thing I didn't get: Reality TV is not a career. Anyone who says, 'Oh, you can have a career in reality' -- that is a lie."

They also admitted that despite multiple tabloid reports about their break-ups and make-ups, they never actually ended their relationship.

"Not for one minute," Pratt said. Montag added, "We've never even been apart."

Montag spent millions of dollars on a failed attempt at a music career and more than a dozen plastic surgeries (among them -- a chin reduction, a brow lift, buttock augmentation, two nose jobs, two breast enhancements). Pratt blew his bucks on a "million-dollar wardrobe" and "props" like a "a big blue monster truck" that he drove on one episode of "The Hills."

"I should have known growing up and not having any money ever that I should have kept every dollar that I had," Montag said. "I thought I was investing in myself and my brand. Like Kim [Kardashian.]"

Now Pratt, 27, will do pretty much anything for money.

"If they called me right now and said, 'We want you to be on 'Jersey Shore' and be a bully, and we'll bring your paycheck back,' I'd say, 'Get me on a plane to Italy,'" he said, referring to his former MTV bosses.

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Paris Hilton: Reality TV Has-Been or Comeback Queen?

Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Once the darling of the reality TV realm, it seems Paris Hilton is now passé.

As the sub-par ratings for the socialite/celebutante/heiress' new show, The World According to Paris, came out last week, she reeled from an interview on ABC's The View in which Barbara Walters asked why Hilton focuses on being frivolous.

"You have served time in prison," Walters said to Hilton during her View appearance. Hilton memorably called Walters from jail in 2007, where she was serving a DUI sentence, and vowed to clean up her act, "make a difference," and stop being "that superficial girl."

"It was very painful," Walters went on. "You were going to spend a lot of time helping fellow prisoners, especially women. Why haven't you done more of that and less of this?" "This" meaning playing with her pet chihuahua, juggling her current and ex-boyfriends and complaining about doing community service to atone for her latest run-in with the law, all part of the first World According to Paris.

Hilton's response: "I'll make silly little jokes. It doesn't mean I'm serious."

No one was joking after the interview. The New York Post reported that backstage, Hilton and her father, Rick Hilton, screamed at a View producer, enraged at the tone of the interview. A spokesperson for the show confirmed the incident to ABC News. Hilton's representative didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Hilton may have good reason to be upset. The World According to Paris, premiered to a paltry 400,000 viewers on the Oxygen cable network last Wednesday. By comparison, her first reality show, The Simple Life, drew 13 million viewers when it premiered on Fox in 2003.

Oxygen shows with lesser-known stars have premiered to wider audiences than Hilton's. The March debut of pop singer Aubrey O'Day's show scored 724,000 viewers, while 1.7 million people tuned in for the premiere of the latest season of The Bad Girls Club.

In a world ruled by the Kardashians and a seemingly innumerable number of Real Housewives, it's hard to imagine Hilton, 30, reigning supreme again. But a source close to Oxygen told ABC News that the network remains "super committed" to the show and Hilton, despite the initial poor ratings.

"Subsequent episodes have exciting storylines," the source said, citing Wednesday's upcoming installment that features Brooke Mueller, Hilton's pal and Charlie Sheen's latest ex-wife, dealing with her substance abuse issues.

Hilton, for her part, seems unconcerned. Her Twitter page boasts a bright pink World According to Paris theme and bubbly messages to match, including a tweet she posted Monday after returning from a trip to Spain to support her motorcycle racing team: "Just landed back in LA. Can't wait to get home to all my pets! Missed my babies so much!"

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Ryan Seacrest Tops 'The Hollywood Reporter's' 'Reality Power List'

Jason LaVeris/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Ryan Seacrest is the most powerful person on reality TV -- more powerful than his former colleague and frequent sparring partner on American Idol, Simon Cowell. Seacrest tops the 2011 edition of The Hollywood Reporter's "Reality Power List," which ranks television personalities, producers and executives according to factors such as their reputation and their impact on pop culture. Aside from his hosting duties on Idol, Seacrest is the producer of a number of reality series, most notably the Kardashian sisters' programs on the E! cable network.

Cowell, who was ranked first by The Hollywood Reporter the previous two years, fell to sixth place. No doubt his star will rise again this fall, when Fox premieres the U.S. incarnation of his singing competition The X Factor.

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