'Boys' contestant is Penthouse Pet

NEW YORK, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- One of the contestants trying to win over the mothers, as well as the sons, on the U.S. dating show "Momma's Boys" is Penthouse Pet of the Year Erica Ellyson.

Darnell signs new deal with Fox

LOS ANGELES , Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Hollywood reality TV mastermind Mike Darnell has decided to stay on at Fox, instead of accepting one of several other job offers, Variety.com reported Monday.

Reality TV scribes sue over work condition

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Reality TV show writers filed suit in Los Angeles Wednesday charging Fox and Rocket Science Productions violated California labor laws.

Fox set to launch reality channel

SAN FRANCISCO, April 4 (UPI) -- News Corps. will give cable operators meeting in San Francisco a preview of its new 24-hour reality-based cable channel, Daily Variety said Monday.

Analysis: Watershed year for Oscars show?

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Producers of Sunday's Academy Awards telecast expect the show will offer something of a break from the past with risk-taking comedian Chris Rock as host and an array of state-of-the art graphics embedded in the set design, but the main attraction of the O
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Analysis: Games networks play

LOS ANGELES, July 20 (UPI) -- It might not be as compelling as "Survivor" or as titillating as "Temptation Island," but TV networks are engaged in a reality-TV competition of their own -- so
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Calling families in need for reality show

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The producers of a new U.S. television reality show are seeking families in need of makeovers from psychological to landscaping, Zap2it.com reported Friday.

'Sesame Street' turns 35

NEW YORK, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The folks at "Sesame Street" will celebrate the children's program's 35th season with a PBS primetime special this spring.

The recall as Reality TV

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- With 135 candidates on the ballot, California's recall is expected to cost the state, already $38 billion in the red, another $67 million.
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Analysis: Facing up to reality (TV)

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Reality TV, which has enjoyed something of a heyday ever since the breakthrough success of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and "Survivor" led to dramatic change
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Reality production house on launch pad

HOLLYWOOD, July 10 (UPI) -- The Fox network has signed a rich seven-figure deal with Rocket Science Laboratories, Daily Variety reported Thursday.

Feature: Networks rethink 'reality' TV

LOS ANGELES, April 21 (UPI) -- Reality TV has been hailed as a new prime-time profit center, but the Los Angeles Times reports the genre has also posed unanticipated challenges for networks.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

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U.S. newspaper editorial comment on issues of international interest.

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Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

Actor and accused wife-killer Robert Blake finally got what he wanted Monday when he gave a jailhouse interview to ABC's Barbara Walters.
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Joe Millionaire
SLP2003051803- CLAYTON, Mo., May 18 (UPI) -- Evan Marriott, a.k.a. Joe Millionaire, joins Fox Broadcaster Joe Buck at J. Bucks resturant for a pre-golf tournament party in Clayton, Mo., on May 18, 2003. Buck is sponsoring a charity golf tournament to benefit St. Louis Children's Hospital. rlw/bg/Bill Greenblatt UPI

Joe Millionaire is an American reality television show broadcast on FOX beginning in January 2003. It was broadcast in the UK that same year. A sequel, The Next Joe Millionaire, followed in October 2003.

The show was wildly successful and became a pop culture phenomenon, with over 40 million viewers in the US tuning in to the season one finale making it the most-watched episode of any reality show since the season finale of the first season and premiere episode of the second season of Survivor.

The basic premise is that bachelor Evan Marriott has inherited millions of dollars and is searching for a potential bride. He takes a group of hopeful women on several dates to exotic and luxurious locations, eliminating women at the end of each episode until only one woman remains. The main gimmick of the show is that the entire "millionaire" premise is actually an elaborate ruse. The women are not aware that this bachelor is in fact a working class construction worker. (The Smoking Gun later discovered that Marriott had also been an underwear model for California Muscle.) After all other contestants have been eliminated, the secret is revealed to the last remaining woman. If she decides to stay with Marriott anyway, the couple is surprised with a real check for a million dollars.

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