February 19, 2013 |
The mind reels. Kendra Wilkinson, the former Playboy poser married to an ex-Eagle, agreed to trade places with Kate Gosselin and care for a brood of eight kids? That's right, according to ABC. Those are the two moms pulling the season-debut switcheroo on Celebrity Wife Swap at 8 p.m. Feb. 26. The Philly-born Gosselin, a single mom, would sure seem to be getting the better of the deal, since Wilkinson has just one 3-year-old boy, and a husband around the house as well - former Philadelphia Eagles receiver Hank Baskett.
February 2, 2006 |
David Hardin didn't know what hit him. Bedecked, bandanna'd and bejeweled, Melissa Kraut, Bucks County sex-toy saleswoman, blew into David's quiet Tennessee home. "I look like that every day," the irrepressible star of Monday's edition of Wife Swap said this week in an interview. "Every day's an event for me. " David eventually caught his breath and stood firm against Melissa's declaration that his eight home-schooled children should get out and get their freak on. "Eight kids!"
August 20, 2010
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3 p.m., NBC10) - Actor Martin Short; author Jerry Weintraub; Gretchen Wilson performs. The Oprah Winfrey Show (4 p.m., 6ABC) - Guests share their stories of addiction and how they were saved by interventions. Entertainment Tonight (7 p.m., CBS3) - Behind the scenes of CSI . Wife Swap (8 p.m., 6ABC) - New Jersey stay-at-home mom Ro Drago, a woman with three pampered children and an extensive doll collection she calls her "reborn babies," trades places with Teresa Cameron, an Alabama wife and mother who believes in the value of discipline and hard work and is married to a man who believes that "friends are overrated.
October 20, 2009
The hoax about a boy carried off in a weather balloon shows what happens to some parents when the fame and cash of "reality" TV beckon. Much of the nation's attention was riveted last week by news coverage of the flying-saucer-shaped balloon soaring high above the Colorado landscape. The family of Falcon Heene, 6, told authorities the boy might be aboard the wayward aircraft. National Guard rescue helicopters were scrambled at a cost of thousands of dollars. Denver International Airport was closed briefly.
February 5, 2008 |
This Dr. Phil is a bunch of hooey. He seems to be always on the scene with his TV pop psychology sell. He showed up at Britney Spears' hospital bed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles last month after the pop vixen imploded - again, and after he had pitched a show to Spears' parents under the guise of helping their daughter. (He didn't do much for Alycia Lane four years ago, except make her teary, when he dedicated a show to helping the recently fired CBS3 anchor handle her divorce.
September 12, 2004 |
The television world has turned upside down. In a fall season of about 35 new broadcast series (with Fox cranking 'em out and holding 'em back erratically, it's impossible to be precise), four rise far above the crowd. Two of them are on UPN. Perennially the tail of the TV dog, with only a 10-hour weekly prime-time schedule of wrestling, dim dramas, and predictable African American sitcoms, UPN is no longer the Ultra-Pathetic Network. Warmhearted and tinged with humor, Veronica Mars and Kevin Hill demonstrate conclusively that you can craft entertaining drama from even the dumbest-sounding premise.
March 29, 2006
I don't get it. What's so great about reality television? I must be one of the few people alive who have yet to watch Survivor. Then again, after lining up outside Wal-Mart on Black Friday, I fail to see the difficulty in running an island obstacle course. You haven't lived until you've elbowed your way through crowded pharmacy aisles filled with senior citizens with walkers. Nope, those islands sound like paradise. Someone told me I should catch The Amazing Race, but when I pointed out that I have to travel Route 130 at rush hour after an inch of rain, that person thought better of it. As for the problem of language barriers, try walking around the Berlin Mart on any Saturday.
December 9, 2009 |
Michaele and Tareq Salahi's incursion into a state dinner at the White House is the latest example of a disturbing micro-trend: the aggressive courting of publicity to catch the attention of reality-television producers. The most heinous recent perpetrators, of course, were the Heenes, the family that gave us "Balloon Boy. " Their manipulation of a small child to attract a global audience and a television gig - and the resulting expense, inconvenience, and danger of a massive search-and-rescue effort - were reprehensible, and it is likely the Heenes will pay the price.
June 24, 2005 |
ON ONE side of the scale a set of corpulent has-beens and wannabes led by Kim Coles weighs in against a band of fat frauds led by Daniel Baldwin. Between raps by huge hip-hopper Biz Markie and quips from former "Sopranos" mobster Joe Gannascoli, a cast of fallen stars, each about about the size and consistency of a Macy's Parade balloon, grouses with a mean-spirited former Marine gunnery sergeant who tries to cajole and shame them into dropping a few suit sizes. They call this stuffed turkey Celebrity Fit Club and it managed to last for several weeks on VH1. Between them, the stuffed stars lost about half a ton and probably whatever remained of their show-biz careers.
June 13, 1996 |
Now here's an example of how Prince Charles and Princess Diana should do it. Despite having the ugliest breakup in recent rock 'n' roll history, Bob Geldof and Paula Yates have - along with INXS's Michael Hutchence, the third wheel - settled their divorce in a terribly, terribly civilized fashion. To recap: Bob, onetime Boomtown Rat and organizer of the Live Aid extravaganza, divorced Paula, his wife of 10 years, last month after learning she was pregnant with Mike's baby.