Teresa Giudice Tweets About Pope from Prison

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice may still have several months left on her 15-month prison sentence for fraud, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t enjoying some of the finer things in life, like joining in on our pope revelry … and at least limited access to TV.

The reality diva—and devout Catholic—tweeted from Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, last night her excitement for Pope Francis’s visit:

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Fox Show Knock Knock Live Filmed in Fairmount Last Night

Photo by HughE Dillon

Photo by HughE Dillon

Fox’s new show Knock Knock Live filmed in Philly’s Fairmount neighborhood last night.

The premise of the show is this: Celebrities knock on the doors of “unsuspecting” civilians and award them a cash prize to help them achieve their goals and dreams. Justin Bieber was knocking on doors on the West Coast, while former Cheetah Girl and current The Real co-host Adrienne Bailon and Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey knocked on doors in Philly.

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MTV Holding Real World Auditions at Paddy Whacks Saturday

Calling all extroverts. MTV is hosting an open casting call at Paddy Whacks this Saturday to seek out Philly’s most diverse and dynamic wild cards to join the next season of Real World.

If you have a knack for getting under other people’s skin or are just an all-around drama queen/king, you may be the perfect candidate. “We look for characters from real life; people with strong personalities who are unafraid to speak their minds,” says Jonathan Murray, executive producer of Real World.  The show has been a leading MTV series for over twenty years, casting only the most eccentric characters to live under one roof for months at a time. This season’s host city has yet to be announced.

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Philly Boy Band Auditioning on America’s Got Talent Tonight

3 Shades of Blue

The Philly area has had no shortage of hopefuls vying for prizes on any number of TV reality/talent shows—from UArts grad Matt McAndrew on The Voice to Collingswood’s Meg Maley, who’s currently fighting to stay in the Big Brother house. After tonight we may have another group of locals to root for, when Philly-founded Christian rock band 3 Shades of Blue (3SB) audition for the judges on America’s Got Talent.

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Collingswood Waitress, Scranton Dentist on New Season of Big Brother

CBS has announced the 14 cast members who will spend weeks locked in a house with other crazy people strangers on Big Brother 17.  The lineup includes John McGuire, a 27-year-old dentist from Scranton, and a 25-year-old waitress from Collingswood named Meg Maley. More info about each of them from CBS’s Big Brother site.


John McGuire | Photo from CBS

McGuire “says he’s unlike any other dentist as he’s loud, obnoxious and never runs out of energy.” He says he’s going into the game looking for a showmance and his goal is to win Big Brother “so he can save his parents’ lake house and pay off his student loans.”

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Hank Baskett: From Training Camp to Marriage Boot Camp?

I knew Hank Baskett as a role-playing wide receiver who had decent-enough size to be considered a red-zone weapon for the Philadelphia Eagles. It turned out he had very little impact in his time in the NFL. But I also didn’t expect him to turn out to be a sad, pathetic reality TV show chump.

Baskett is back on TV starting tonight in a show called Marriage Boot Camp on the WE network with his estranged wife, Kendra Wilkinson. This on the heels of him co-starring in Kendra on Top, where the big scandal was that Baskett actually cheated on Kendra with a transsexual model. The model’s name is Ava Sabrina London and she was known to post sultry videos of herself online. The affair allegedly occurred like this: Baskett saw the videos, was smitten, contacted London, then showed up at her house — where he first introduced himself as “Steve” — and then the two had sex. Read more »

Why Everyone Hates Kate Gosselin, The Duggars, and All Those Other TLC “Stars”

From TLC's "Toddlers and Tiaras."

From TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras.”

On Monday, I reported that one lucky TLC viewer won a national contest to bring a huge block party to Philadelphia featuring the celebrities (cough, cough) of the popular cable network. Everyone from the Duggars to the stars of Say Yes To The Dress to the Cake Boss himself are slated to attend the festivities at Penn’s Landing. Read more »

Philly’s 5 Worst Reality TV Moments

Kate Gosselin | Shutterstock.com; Parking Wars | aetv.com; Real World Philadelphia cast | mtv.com

Kate Gosselin | Shutterstock.com; Parking Wars | aetv.com; Real World Philadelphia cast | mtv.com

What exactly did Philadelphia do to deserve TLC’s “Summer Block Party”?

The short answer is that Northeast Philly resident Lisa Miller “won” a contest to host the event, which will bring a slew of the network’s reality stars — including the expansive Duggar family from 19 Kids and Counting, Kate Gosselin of Kate Plus Eight and a grown man who refers to himself as The Cake Boss — to Penn’s Landing on May 20th.

(We should resist blaming Ms. Miller, who seems to be a lovely woman trying to do something nice for her community. Sometimes good citizens mistakenly wish catastrophic events upon their hometowns.)

The longer explanation is that Philly’s karma debt runs deep, and the universe took a quick break from indifference to hand-tailor an 11th plague, just for us. It seems you can’t put shows like Parking Wars out there and expect to dodge the consequences.

Here are the city’s worst moments in reality TV — until, of course, TLC films a special of next month’s unholy gathering. Read more »

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