Reality Shows

  • Film

    November 13, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    5 Best Reality-Show Inspired Cookbooks

    Reality television. You don't love it. You don't hate it. You either love to hate it or hate to love it. And, sometimes, it makes you want to cook. Many reality TV personalities have created their own signature food and beverages and some show even have entire theme cookbooks. (I know, hard to beli ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 26, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Polygamists Rejoice: Federal Court Hands Win to "Sister Wives"

    Sister Wives is a reality television show on TLC which depicts (totally unscripted, I'm sure) the joys, trial and tribulations of plural families, i.e., polygamists. While I have never watched the show, nor do I have much of a desire to, what is of interest, beyond the cloistered world of polygamist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Welcome To My World: 10 Musicians Who Deserve Their Own Reality Show

    Ever since The Real World hit the MTV airwaves in the early '90s, reality television has been all the rage. However, since The Osbournes debuted in 2002, some of that reality programming has catered to music fans. Even such music artists as country artist Tanya Tucker, rapper/minister Reverend Run ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 19, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Reality Bites: The Bad Girls Club - Las Vegas

    There are a million reality shows on the naked television. We're going to watch all of them, one at a time. There comes a point in reviewing shows showcasing the embarrassing antics of tattooed subhumans (Jersey Shore) or the plasticine über-rich (Real Housewives of X) where you start realizing th ... More >>

  • News

    December 8, 2011

    Joel Osteen's Reality Show

    Some suggestions from us.

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Dallas Makes a Damn Fool of Itself on Top Chef: Texas

    ​Thoughts: Is it really a "Healthy Choice" when so many of your frozen dinners are laden with preservatives and other chemicals? With that, we're hitting the road to Dallas, better known these days as a "dining nowhereville." Great choice, Bravo! Enjoy that! "When I think of Dallas, I think of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Joel Osteen's Reality Show

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Joel Osteen's Reality Show: How It Will Be If Based on Any of Six Current Shows

    From the producer of Survivor.​TMZ has reported that Lakewood Church's Joel and Victoria Osteen will be the stars of a new reality show by the producer of Survivor. "The premise of the show is that ordinary people will give up several days or longer to go on a mission with Joel Osteen, one o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    Chiles and Chili: The Most Obvious Episode of Top Chef: Texas Yet

    Above is is how I imagine the initial planning meetings for Top Chef: Texas went. I'm also imagining future episodes where the contestants will be forced to shoot their own horses and grill them over a fire of cactus paddles. Let's go, Top Chef: Texas! DO THIS SHIT RIGHT. Until then, we'll have to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Top Chef: Texas - Let the Games Begin

    ​I have absolutely no tolerance for reality shows of any kind, and I watch little food television programming aside from Chopped, Alton Brown and the PBS Saturday morning line-up. I do not understand the modern paradigm of chef as rock star. I don't know why food blogging has become so entrenc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, A Salute To TV Season Premieres

    DWTS = this week's Philly-Giants game?​Television fascinates me. It seems like a new station pops up onto my channel grid every day to the point where I'm actually a little disappointed I haven't been approached by anyone to televise the Sean Network. I mean, doesn't everyone have their own ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    The X Factor: Simon Cowell's Softer Side

    Fox​Wednesday night, Fox's highly-anticipated The X Factor debuted, and though as of this writing I was unable to find any ratings numbers I have to imagine they were stellar. Not too good - Ed. Simon Cowell has massive appeal, and even if numbers continue to decline throughout the season, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Chaz Bono Is Far from the Worst DWTS Contestant

    Worse than her? Really?​As someone who doesn't watch Dancing with the Stars (note to self: watch DWTS for upcoming "Sight Unseen" blog), I'm not sure if I'm supposed to care about the announcement that Chaz Bono was added to the cast: Transgender activist Chaz Bono is speaking out for the fir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Chefing Shows Come to Texas

    Guess who's not coming to town!​The big food TV news from over the weekend came from San Antonio (of all places), where it was revealed that Top Chef is currently filming. The news broke when a local blogger spotted Gail Simmons and Tom Colicchio in a San Antonio bar, then promptly got into a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 23, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Food Fight: Jersey Breakfast Sandwich

    BRC.​As a Jersey native, I consider the breakfast sandwich to be a sacred item. With magical hangover-healing powers, the traditional Jersey breakfast sandwich consists of pork roll -- Taylor Ham is the most well-known brand of the crispy, salty, delicious, life-altering pork roll -- fried egg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Last Night: Clay Aiken At Jones Hall

    Photos by Groovehouse​Clay Aiken Jones Hall February 14, 2011 While most people celebrated Valentine's Day last night, we headed to Jones Hall to see former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken. While it wasn't necessarily our ideal way to spend the most romantic of all holidays, we'd by lying ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    The Situation is Making Us Fat

    He may be a tool, but, unlike most of us, he ain't fat.​Americans are voyeurs. We like to watch. Since the invention of the television, it has been the choice for peering into the world outside our living room and, despite the popularity of streaming video and the Internet in general, TV is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Troy Aikman Doing Dancing With The Stars

    Following Tom DeLay and Michael Irvin​Rejoice, Cowboy fans -- the last quarterback to lead you to a Super Bowl is going on Dancing with the Stars.Troy Aikman has confirmed to TMZ -- who ambushed him outside a restaurant to get the answer to this pressing questions -- that he will follow in the sli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Tera Trevino: She's Happy With How Tonight's Wife Swap Episode Turned Out

    The place to go for subtlety and nuance​Tonight's the big night for Friendswood's Tera Trevino, if you're the type to describe "big night" as "putting my family out there on a pretty bad reality-TV show."She and her family will be appearing on Wife Swap, the ABC show where moms from two diametrica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Riddle Me This

    ​This is a tough one ya'll...What has: Ego overload; Awkward, obvious dubbed-over video (at times); Shameless product placements of Toyotas, Whole Foods and now bands like The Bravery; Ridiculous food challenges: using gas station ingredients to cook a gourmet meal; An annoying yet addic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Dancing With the Stars: Suck It, Maxim Model!

    Kelly Osbourne gives her best "suck it, you model bitch" pose.​This is it. The ninth week of Dancing With the Stars has now come and gone. Only now do I understand the bittersweet joy of watching a baby grow up. This week's pointless encore command performance was Mya's salsa, which had earn ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 22, 2009

    3rd Annual Galveston Pride Fest

    Get three pop princesses for the price of one

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Taylor Hicks And Dominic Fortuna: Two Blue-Collar Stiffs Working Their Butts Off

    Photo courtesy TUTS​Turns out Dominic Fortuna, who deftly plays the WAXX DJ Vince Fontaine in the national road company of Grease now at the Hobby Center, was a former contestant on the reality show Grease: You're the One that I Want! -- the reality series that searched the United States for buddi ... More >>

  • Music

    May 7, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    I Have a Problem With The Hills. Like a Drug Problem.

    Photo courtesy of VlastulaSeriously.  Why do I torture myself?  Why do I find myself creating an appointment television relationship with MTV's reality show, The Hills?  And by reality I mean as real as Heidi Montag's tits.  Frankly, I think it's pretty much basically sick to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Final 36, Group 1 Results

    When contestants on romantic/superficial reality shows are sent packing - when Flav withholds a clock, Tila Tequila declares that you've lost your shot at "love," or whatever - it's tough to empathize with the teary-eyed rejects, because by now the audience recognizes their exile as temporary, a ste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    Tonight: Cornbreadd's Season Finale Watch Party at Boondocks

    Houston MC Cornbreadd, frontman for vicious rap-rockers Tha Fucking Transmissions, is one of those people you call with a couple of simple questions and wind up on the phone with for 20 minutes. That's hardly a bad thing; he's as congenial a person as you'll ever want to meet, but he always tells it ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 18, 2008
  • Calendar

    July 31, 2008

    18th Annual Houston International Jazz Festival

    Ruben Studdard, Hiroshima and the “Sax Pack” head up Bubba Thomas’s yearly ode to all things jazz

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2008

    Scott Baio is 46…and Annoying as Hell

    The Scott Baio show is working my fucking nerves. Now why you got to go and be so mean, MPR? Truth be told, I don’t have any real problems with Senor Charles in Charge. In theory he’s probably an all right guy just struggling to get work and pay the bills on time. But the show “Scott B ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 21, 2008

    Last Comic Standing Auditions and Showcase

    NBC’s comedy reality show hunts Houston for humor

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2008

    Miss Pop Rocks Hearts Project Rungay

    Pardon Miss Pop Rocks for getting all meta on you for a moment, but do you think it’s possible to write about a pop culture blog within a pop culture blog? Because I’m going to try. I’m talking, of course, about Project Rungay: "Project Runway" from a VERY Gay Perspective. It’s perhaps the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2008

    Houstonian Kady Malloy = Early American Idol Front-runner

    Dallas may have hosted the American Idol auditions’ most recent Texas stop back in August, but it looks like a Houstonian stole the show. On last night’s episode, notoriously curt Idol judge Simon Cowell practically flipped his wig over effervescent Katy Taylor alum and Jessica Alba lookalike Ka ... More >>

  • Music

    November 22, 2007
  • Blogs

    November 2, 2007
  • Blogs

    March 1, 2007

    Idol Chatter

    Dedications week has come to an end and so has "the journey" for four more American Idol contestants. (When did everybody start calling participation in a reality show a "journey"? It's pretentious and really fucking annoying.) Who will hear Daniel Powter's death song this week? Hometown hero Su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2007

    Idol Chatter

    Dedications week has come to an end and so has "the journey" for four more American Idol contestants. (When did everybody start calling participation in a reality show a "journey"? It's pretentious and really fucking annoying.) Who will hear Daniel Powter's death song this week? Hometown hero Sund ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2006

    Be The Bachelor(ette)

    Copyright 00A9 2006 ABC, Inc. / Bob D'Amico You can audition for The Bachelor and maybe have Erica talk down to you? Score! We had fun watching the two local ladies on ABC's The Bachelor: Rome . Jami and Erica are off the show, but if you're an Erica fan, or, if you think you've got the stuff to ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 6, 2006
  • Music

    July 14, 2005

    Whitney's Dookie Bubble

    Being Bobby Brown is not all fun and games

  • Calendar

    February 17, 2005

    Shooting the Stars

    Snarky comedian Kathy Griffin stops by Houston to dish on Hollywood's elite

  • Calendar

    December 4, 2003

    There's a Doctor in Your House

    Put down those Doritos -- the cameras are rolling

  • Calendar

    October 23, 2003
  • Culture

    March 6, 2003

    That '60s Show

    Oliver Beene goes against fake millionaires and phony idols

  • Calendar

    February 20, 2003

    Suchu Goes to Hell

    A dance troupe forsakes the happy ending for something more sinister

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