After the suits at Bravo TV determined that the Main Line didn’t deserve the Real Housewives treatment, it appeared that we had been spared.
But according to the folks over at Savvy Main Line, a Conestoga High School grad who works as a “reality star coach” has stepped in to provide the trashy reality television programming centered on that most posh of suburban Philadelphia enclaves that nobody asked for – except, of course, those conceited Main Liners themselves.
Get Real Main Line follows Berwyn’s Toni Filippone – a life coach who has worked with “stars” (we’re using that extremely loosely) from the New York and Orange County editions of Real Housewives – and her hand-picked team of local advisers with expertise in nutrition, fitness and spirituality. Read more »
The Stars of Saturday Morning Fever, a new reality TV show based on Dancin’ on Air. It premieres tonight on Fuse at 11.
Dance shows have been a staple of Philadelphia television pretty much since television started. American Banstand got its start in West Philly. In the 1980s, Dancin’ On Air was big on Channel 17. Much like Bandstand, a national show was launched on its back: Dance Party USA. (Fun fact: The first host of Dancin’ on Air was Dave Raymond — the original Phillie Phanatic.)
After a few episodes of the old Dancin’ on Air were aired on WPHL in 2011, the station relaunched the show the following year. The show moved to PhillyCAM on Saturdays at 10 in 2013. Much like its predecessors, the show has inspired a national show. Only instead of another dance show, this time it’s a reality show: Saturday Morning Fever debuts tonight at 11 on Fuse. Read more »
Just when you thought the name “Snooki” was erased from our collective memories, the reality television star is returning to the small screen to host a new show with her husband titled Nicole & Jionni’s Shore Flip (Yes, Nicole is Snooki’s real name). Read more »
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’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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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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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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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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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 »
These girls don’t look so bad. | Courtesy of Bunim/Murray Productions.
Scrappy reality series Bad Girls Club is coming to Paddy Whacks this month in search of a few new contestants for its upcoming season.
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