Carolla, a comedian best known to reality fans as a contestant on Dancing With the Stars (Season Six) and Celebrity Apprentice (Season 5), apparently also spent a decade working in construction and became a master carpenter who has built hundreds of homes including his own.
Catch a Contractor starts out like HGTV's Rescue My Renovation, meeting with frustrated homeowners and reviewing the shoddy workmanship and outright fraud that has left their homes in dangerous or even uninhabitable condition. But while HGTV's contractor John DeSilvia fixes the damage, Catch a Contractor takes a different approach.
After Carolla and the show's expert contractor, Skip Bedell, assess the property and identify all the problems with the work; Bedell's private investigator wife, Alison, hunts down the unscrupulous contractors (not an easy task considering that most have changed their contact information to avoid being found).
The shady contractor is then lured to a 'sting house' where he is confronted by Carolla, Bedell and the angry homeowners. The contractor is called out on every job that was done poorly (or not at all) and given the opportunity to avoid looking like douche on national TV by repairing the mess they'd previously left behind. Carolla and Bedell oversee any repairs that are done, to verify the job is done properly this time.
Catch a Contractor premieres with two back-to-back episodes, Sunday, March 9 at 10PM Eastern/Pacific on Spike TV.
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O'Connor was a wild card contestant, having made it into the live performance rounds not by viewer choice but by Idol judges. But their support couldn't keep the twenty-four-year-old nurse from being eliminated when she received the lowest number of votes this week.
What's next for the remaining twelve Season 13 contestants? Next Wednesday, March 5, they will perform again for viewer's votes, and Thursday they will meet their destiny, while viewers are treated with the latest single by Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips.
American Idol airs Wednesday and Thursday nights starting at 8PM Eastern on Fox.
Photo of Kristen O'Connor © Fox.
The daisy chain of heartbreak known as ABC's dating shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette continues with tomorrow's Bachelor episode in which one of Season Eighteen's final six bachelorettes suddenly drops out of the competition, reportedly devastating current star Juan Pablo.
Juan Pablo, of course, got the Bachelor gig after being dumped by Bachelorette Season Nine star Desiree Hartsock who was later stunned when one of her final three bachelors suddenly quit. Desiree had previously been dumped by Bachelor Season Seventeen star Sean Lowe, who had had his own heart broken by Bachelorette star Emily Maynard.
Ironically, the current chain stretches back to Brad Womak's first appearance (in Bachelor Season 11)--he returned to star a second time in Season 15, when his winning bachelorette was Emily Maynard.
As every fan knows, the truth is, the entire franchise is built on recycling bachelor and bachelorette contestants, beginning with the very first seasons; when Bachelor star Alex Michel dumped Trista Rhen, who went on to become the first star of The Bachelorette.
With that in mind, many pundits are wagering that the bachelorette who drops out of Bachelor Season 18 will just happen to star as Bachelorette number ten.
With all that the network has riding on recruiting a bachelorette who is both familiar to viewers and likeable enough to carry her own season, does anyone think they might encourage a strong contender to drop out of the competition? Or do they keep their pants on and only begin planning for the following season of The Bachelorette once the previous season of The Bachelor wraps and vice versa?
Who do you hope leaves the current season of The Bachelor? Which contestant do you want Juan Pablo to end up with? Which bachelorette would you most like to see get their own show?
If you don't mind the potential for spoilers, check out this look at the upcoming episode. If you do, watch the show Monday, February 17th on ABC and then come back and see if the prediction was accurate.
Photo © ABC.
The Sochi Winter Olympics may have begun, but many reality fans are more interested in a little competition called American Idol. Of course there are parallels between the two, like they both revolve around stories of triumph and loss.
And, as broadcasting the Olympics has become more and more about entertaining viewers, the manufactured drama around the competition has only increased, sometimes to the point that it seems to almost overshadow the competition itself.
Similarly, following American Idol Season 13's launch of the group rounds, several media outlets posted headlines about judge Harry Connick Jr. reportedly leaving the show. For example, USA Today's online version led with, "'American Idol' Group Night: Harry quits!" When, in reality, Connick was just joking, acting like he was quitting in response to the self-initiated departure of Idol contestant Tiquila Wilson.
But I guess, "Harry Jokes as Singer Quits" isn't the kind of headline that draws readers. And it may be hard for any of us--whether we're producing the show, starring on it or just watching to focus exclusively on the quality of a contestant's singing. (Which is why some of us love The Voice).
If you're a cynic and think TV producers manipulate reality competitions to produce the most drama, you might be surprised to learn one of those contestants sent home on the latest episode had previously garnered international attention when judges couldn't get past his song choice.
When London began singing, "If I Were a Boy," without altering the lyrics, judge Jennifer Lopez turned to Harry Connick Jr. and muttered, "He's singing if I were a boy. Do you hear that?" Connick nodded, " "It's bizarre."
The gender dissonance apparently bothered the judges so much they couldn't concentrate on his voice and asked him to choose another song. London picked Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's "Same Love," and later tweeted "Wait, did I just basically come out on National TV?"
Asked why he'd picked the Beyoncé song, London told the judges: "I had a really good reason for singing that song. I think it's a general message for everyone not to judge anybody else, because nobody knows where you started from."
London's song choice, and the judges' reactions has drawn international coverage. While many pundits interpreted London's song choices and comments as indication he is gay, others suggested that London could be transgender or at least sympathetic to the trans experience. (For example check out this opinion piece.)
If the judges had understood London's decision would it have altered their opinion of his talent? Who knows. But it certainly demonstrates the kind of knee-jerk reaction people can have when they sense something isn't gender normative.
What do you think about London's song choice? Did you think he should have been kept in the competition? Who should have been sent home but wasn't? And which are you watching? Olympics or Idol? Or Both?
The Idol competition continues this Wednesday, 8/7 Central. If you missed the group performances, catch a recap here.
Photo © Fox.
Blood, Sweat and Heels, the new hit show from Bravo features a group of New York women who are rising stars in their fields of real estate, fashion, marketing and media.
One of the new reality shows on Bravo Blood, Sweat and Heels became the network's highest-rated premiere ever when it launched earlier this month. That's great news for viewers and the all women of color cast; which includes music video star Melyssa Ford, fashion model Mica Hughes, author of Never Pay Retail Again Daisy Lewellyn, and "the black Carrie Bradshaw") Demetria Lucas,.
Although these women are so successful in their careers, so far the show has focused more on their social lives and has hyped up the supposed rift between Daisy and Demetria (Play along by joining Twitter's #TeamDaisy or #TeamDemetria).
Of course we love Bravo's ability to foster conflict and keep their shows interesting but still hope the network doesn't get too formulaic; particularly by showing us the "cost of success" on their personal lives (aka, the tears implied in the title). That kind of tired and all-too-frequently-used trope seems to be one that TV shows use to make viewers feel better about their own lives; but it also suggests women can't have it all--and therefore maybe shouldn't even try.
Blood, Sweat and Heels airs Sundays on Bravo, 9/8 Central.
Photo © Bravo.
January 2014 sees the return of some of my favorite reality series on TV--and the introduction to a slew of new ones
To get the scoop on the new and returning shows, check out my schedule of reality TV premieres in January 2014.
Which new or returning show are you most looking forward to?
Photo of 100 Days of Summer cast © Bravo.
The Bachelor Season Eighteen gives Juan Pablo a second chance at love.
This is kind of circular, so bear with me. The Bachelorette's Emily Maynard broke Sean Lowe's heart during Season Eight. Then Sean got a second chance at love by starring as The Bachelor in Season 17, where he dumped fan-favorite Desiree Hartsock after their awkward hometown date. Desiree got her own 2nd chance as star of The Bachelorette Season Nine, where she discarded another fan-favorite, Juan Pablo, after their date in Barcelona. (Desiree was then dumped by Brooks Forester, one of her three final bachelors).
Now Juan stars as the eighteenth Bachelor where he has the opportunity to turn the tables and says he's confident he'll find a lasting, loving relationship on The Bachelor. (Or at least one that fulfills his contractual obligations.)
The Bachelor's 2-night premiere begins January 6th at 8/7pm Central. Before it does, check out this bio of Juan Pablo.
Photo © ABC.
MTV's hyper popular reality series Teen Mom 2 returns Tuesday, January, 21st, for its long-awaited fifth season. Once again, Teen Mom 2--not to be confused with first Teen Mom, (now no longer airing) or Teen Mom 3--will follow four former 16 and Pregnant cast members: Jenelle, Chelsea, Leah, and Kailyn as they balance parenthood with the trials and tribulations of young adulthood.
Before the Teen Mom 2 Season Five premiere, remind yourself about the cast of Teen Mom 2, refresh the debate about whether these shows lead to more (or fewer) teen pregnancies, check out this sneak preview of what to expect in Season Five and catch the Teen Mom 2 Season Five trailer here.
Teen Mom 2 will air Tuesdays on MTV at 10:00 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.
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With their new reality series, Rich Kids of Beverly Hills E! may be hoping to reach a new demographic, with what is essentially a Real Housewives show staring real children of Housewives' peers. If the show takes off, don't be surprised if Rich Kids of New York and other spin-offs premiere next year.
Reportedly inspired by a popular Tumblr page, "Rich Kids of Instagram" (#richkidsofinstagram), where casting directors--and the rest of us--first encountered Dorothy Wang and were introduced to the lavish lives of Wang and other spoiled rich kids.
Now E! has created a reality show around Wang, her best friend Morgan Stewart, Stewart's boyfriend Brendan Fitzpatrick, and several other pals. Along with the five regular cast members, other Rich Kids, including Magic Johnson's son E.J., will reportedly make appearances during the eight-episode season.
Rich Kids of Beverly Hills premieres on E!, Sunday, January 19th at 10PM.
Meet the cast of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills here.
Photo © E!
It's holiday season and nearly every show is on hiatus--or so it seems. But never fear, there are reality TV marathons to help break up the endless loop of A Christmas Story. There are Kardashians, Real Housewives, The Shahs of Sunset, preachers and tattoo artists. Get the list of Christmas reality marathons here.
Also don't miss these other two shows on Bravo, December 24th:
- On this Top Chef episode (which originally aired in 2008) Martha Stewart guest judges the quick fire challenge while the late Natasha Richardson shows up to raise money for amfAR, a foundation for HIV/AIDS research, that Richardson was actively involved with since her father, director Tony Richardson, died of AIDS-related causes. (7:00 AM)
- 100 Days of Summer Preview Special--Get a sneak peek at the cast of Bravo's new reality series 100 Days of Summer, which features a group of young Chicagoans navigating the ups and downs of their personal, professional, and social lives in the Windy City over one intense summer.
Photo of Real Housewives of Atlanta © Bravo.