Another one bites the dust.
Reality announcements, cast reunions and overdone pilot ideas are today's big stories.
There have been a handful of highlights so far in this all-star season of The Amazing Race -- one truly difficult challenge (just like old times!), Mallory's adorableness, the fairly early and utterly humiliating Philimination of Margie and Luke -- but the show is still exhibiting plenty of big problems in its 18th cycle. Some are unique to this season, while others are issues it's had for a while. With the series getting an unsurprising renewal by CBS, there's still time to return it to its past glory. Here's what's been bugging us this spring:
Ain't nobody gonna come between Rachel, her man or her obsession with reality fame.
Au revoir, Trouty Mouth.
Brenchel continues their quest to dominate reality TV, one CBS show at a time.
And now we know who the real losers on The Biggest Loser are.
I know we all have Royal Wedding fever today -- or if you're me, Royal Wedding hats fever -- but it is still Friday, which means it's time to take a break from The Most Important Wedding of All Time to turn our attention to royals of a different kind: the royal douchebags of this week's reality TV. Here are my five nominees, plus this week's winner. Don't worry, I'll try to make it brief so you don't feel like you're cheating on Catherine (I try to honor the Queen and abstain from calling her Kate) and William too much.
As you may have heard, the hottest litigious Ivy Leaguers of 2010, The Winklevoss twins, are back in court trying to undo their original $64 million settlement with Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg, in an attempt to yield an even greater one in light of the value of the site appreciating over the years. That's all boring legal crap, but just in case the Winklevosses are unsuccessful in this attempt, we have some ideas for television shows they could guest on to earn some extra cash, if that's what would really make them feel better. Plus, some of these shows they could sue afterwards! This just works out great for them.
Back in January, we included reality TV warhorses Survivor and The Amazing Race on our list of reality franchises that needed to be benched. At the time, both shows deserved to make that list as they were each coming off career-worst seasons filled with boring characters (Brandon Hantz anybody?), unimaginative challenges (setting up beach umbrellas... really?!) and a general lack of tension. Rather than watch these once-great shows continue to stumble downhill, we felt it best for all concerned that they take a prolonged break and return when they had some fresh ideas up their sleeves. But surprise, surprise: ever since Survivor: One World and the 20th Amazing Race premiered in February, both shows have been back on their game. In fact, we actually find ourselves anticipating -- rather than dreading -- each new episode (for now, at least -- there's still plenty of time life for these seasons to go south, after all). Here are the notable changes we think have improved both shows: