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Kelsey Grammer to produce reality show about Christina Milian

The last time Christina Milian made headlines, it was for competing on Dancing With the Stars in 2013. Meaning? She’s the perfect candidate for an E! reality series.

E! announced Tuesday that Frasier star Kelsey Grammer is on board to executive produce a show following Milian’s life. “We simply adore Christina,” Jeff Olde, E! programming and development executive vice president, said in a statement. “She’s young, vibrant and a highly accomplished artist who has a hectic life balancing the glitz and glamour of celebrity, and the rough and tumble world of hip-hop, with the more relatable moments of being a mom, newly back on the dating scene, and trying to make things better for her family.”
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'Survivor' host Jeff Probst on the pair that dropped out and a possible final two

There were supposed to be 10 pairs of loved ones competing on this season’s Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water (which debuts Sept. 24 on CBS). But then, just days before filming began in Nicaragua, one of the couples was forced to bow out after a last minute-medical check turned up something that gave the Survivor medics pause. The same thing actually happened during the last Blood vs. Water season when RC Saint-Amour and her father had to drop out while on location due to medical reasons involving the dad. In that instance, Candice and John Cody were flown in at the last minute to replace them. (They arrived in the Philippines less than 24 hours before filming began.) READ FULL STORY

ABC orders second season of 'Bachelor in Paradise'

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Viewers enjoyed their summer romance with ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise so much that the network is renewing the reality TV spin-off for another season, which will premiere in summer 2015. The show, which follows former Bachelor and Bachelorette cast-offs as they look for “love” in a tropical setting, premiered August 4 and currently ranks as the No. 1 new summer series in the adults 18-49 demo. Bachelor in Paradise replaced Bachelor Pad, which ran for three debaucherous seasons on ABC before getting canceled. The BiP season 1 finale airs tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Robert and Sarah enjoy an overnight date on 'Bachelor in Paradise'

On Bachelor in Paradise, love can change in an instant. But now that Sarah and Robert have officially survived her brief flirtation with the idea of Brooks, the couple is stronger than ever.

In an exclusive look at tonight’s episode, Robert and Sarah get to take their relationship to that “next step” that always stands for an overnight date. As Sarah puts it, “Tonight is his perfect opportunity to get to know me in every way possible that he can get to know me off-camera.” Hey, remember when these two were too nervous to even kiss? Good times.

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Watch a sneak peek of the 'Big Brother' Jeff and Jordan engagement

The ultimate Big Brother alliance was formed on Friday when former players Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd got engaged in the Big Brother backyard and then celebrated with this season’s current crop of contestants. (Sadly, neither the Zingbot nor Otev made an appearance. Nor was Mr. PEC-tacular around for this particular bit of Big Brother history. Still stuck in Pandora’s Box perhaps?)

The ultimate BB reality showmance moment — with apologies to Mike Boogie’s season finale proposal to Krista back in season 2 —will air on tonight’s episode (and will include country star Brett Eldredge performing for the happy couple. Take that, Sheryl Crow!) But you can get an exclusive sneak peek right here and right now. Watch Jeff trick Jordan into thinking she’s taking part in a competition. Watch Jeff tell Jordan, “Five years ago we met here, so I wanted to come full circle.” And then watch Jeff drop to one knee. READ FULL STORY

'The Chair' premieres as Starz' first original unscripted series

Whether it’s a small indie flick or a summer blockbuster, making a movie isn’t easy. First you need an idea, then a script, money, and lots and lots of people to fill all the roles—both on camera and off. In its first original unscripted series, Starz gives viewers a front-row seat to this complicated world in The Chair.

The premise is simple enough: Two aspiring filmmakers are given the chance to make their first feature film with the help of executive producer Chris Moore, who you might remember also produced the late Project Greenlight. What makes The Chair different is that both films have to be made from the same original screenplay (written by Dan Schoffer) and filmed entirely in and around Pittsburgh. Throughout the 10-part docuseries, the audience will watch the creation, marketing, and theatrical release of both films before voting on which director deserves the $250,000 prize at the end.

And it is a competition—although that competitive aspect is rarely talked about by the pair of directors—recent NYU film grad Anna Martemucci and YouTube sensation Shane Dawson. The two directors fall on different ends of the cinematic spectrum, which makes their personal interpretations of Schoffer’s coming-of-age dramedy much more distinct and interesting to watch. Dawson could probably find another way to make a movie if he really wanted to; his current videos are already seen by 10 million subscribers and have more than 1 billion views. Martemucci, on the other hand, is a writer trying her hand behind the camera, which of course means she has some trouble accepting that she can only adapt, not write, the screenplay that will eventually become her first film.

Of course, there are a lot more problems that occur in just the premiere than a little bruise of the ego. Most notably, Martemucci struggles with the decision to bring her husband along to Pennsylvania (or not) while Shane can’t determine how extreme (i.e. dumb) he wants his comedy to go just yet. The best part for the audience (though probably the worst part for the directors) is the gripping meta world created as the filmmakers are suddenly the ones being filmed. Both directors constantly break the fourth wall when they’re not supposed to and are open to talking about the challenges of not only creating your first movie, but having to do it with the added pressure of having each decision and step watched and critiqued before the actual work is even done.

In addition to Moore, Pittsburgh native Zachary Quinto serves as a mentor to both directors. First he must give full disclosure that he knew Martemucci prior through her husband and other work she had done—which basically resulted in this opportunity. Considering her competitor has a billion people watching him on YouTube, that small advantage still seems fair. And Quinto’s involvement isn’t just for added marquee value; through late night phone calls and emotional freak outs, Quinto is there for personal (and financial) support every step of the way. The premiere gives a preview at some of the other players likely to get involved in the unique chaos, including Dawson’s much more down-to-earth producer and the female director of photography Martemucci is desperate to have on her team.

Win or lose, both films will still air on Starz and be released in theaters in the fall. The Chair is the perfect show for any cinephile with a guilty pleasure for reality TV. Lights, camera… drama!

Christine of 'Big Brother' says 'me and my husband have a very secure relationship'

Christine Brecht, a 23-year-old Barista from Tucson, Ariz. was the victim of Big Brother‘s second double elimination of the season last night. And to make matters worse, she was then on the receiving end of boos from the studio audience after being evicted. Was that because of the cuddling, stroking, and hand-holding we saw married Christine taking part in with Cody? Was it because she repeatedly backstabbed friend Nicole? Big Brother host Julie Chen already weighed in on that, but we were able to also get Christine’s take on her time in the house and how she thinks her husband may be reacting to what he saw on the show. READ FULL STORY

Oprah-approved 'Specials' stars intellectually disabled 20-somethings

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Game of Thrones co-creator D.B. Weiss is known for the elaborate, fantastical world of the HBO series, but one of his latest projects doesn’t involve dragons or direwolves: It’s a reality show called The Specials, originally a U.K. series of webisodes following a group of intellectually disabled 20-somethings living in a house together.

“I found myself rooting for them, hoping for them, yelling at the screen when it felt like they were heading in the wrong direction,” Weiss, who executive produces the series, said of the first time he saw the webisodes. “It felt like a tremendous shame that more people weren’t aware of this singular piece of work.” Oprah Winfrey watched the webisodes, created by Katy Lock and Daniel May, and agreed. Sunday, the series is airing as a marathon on Winfrey’s network, OWN. READ FULL STORY

Nicole of 'Big Brother' says 'I feel like they are all babies'

Nicole Franzel, 21-year-old nursing school graduate, was evicted from the Big Brother house not once, but twice! After winning the right to reenter the game from the jury house, Nicole was right back out the door just two votes later. What does she think about her second go-round, the people that refuse to make a move, and her future with Hayden? We slipped some questions to Nicole on her way back to the jury house and here’s what she had to say.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Which was harder: being voted out the first time or the second?
NICOLE: The second, I don’t know why.

You mentioned to Julie that you never felt totally into the game once you got back in. Why is that?
I think because I knew I was already voted out once. I had no allies in the house. And everyone seemed much closer and more unified than it was before.  READ FULL STORY

Julie Chen on 'Big Brother' boos: 'No one likes to see a woman making a fool of her husband'

Each week after every eviction, host Julie Chen will answer a few of EW’s burning questions about the latest episode of Big Brother.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Okay, Julie, that BB Rewind explanation was pretty quick last night. Give us a refresher on exactly how this will work and your thoughts on what it could do to the game.
JULIE CHEN: Basically if the rewind button gets pushed, the two nominees next week come off the block and we immediately rewind the game one week. That means all house guests play for HOH all over again…. So there could likely be a new HOH, two new nominees, a new POV winner and then who knows who gets bounced from the house next.  [UPDATE: Julie sent the following update for clarification on this point: "To clarify: All the Houseguests, who competed last night, will play for HOH all over again.  Sorry for any confusion. Chenbot malfunction.  What the bleep #%€?¥!?”] READ FULL STORY

New 'Survivor' player John Rocker discusses his controversial 'Sports Illustrated' article

The new season of Survivor: San Juan del Sur will feature all new players, but among the cast are a few familiar faces. And the most familiar — and controversial — is former Major League Baseball pitcher John Rocker (who will be competing with his girlfriend Julie McGee). Rocker pitched for the Atlanta Braves in the 1999 World Series in a losing effort against the New York Yankees, but the closer made even bigger headlines in a Sports Illustrated article that came out later that year. READ FULL STORY

Watch Deion Sanders rappel down a cliff on 'Running Wild with Bear Grylls'

Mother Nature does not discriminate. As Bear Grylls knows, she’s equally scary whether you’re a soldier, an actor, or even an ex-Dallas Cowboy. Bottom line: Deion Sanders might be in the pro football Hall of Fame, but he still has to learn how to survive in the wild.

We’ve got an exclusive clip of Sanders on Running Wild with Bear Grylls, in which the former athlete gets a taste of what it feels like to rappel down a cliff all by his lonesome. Well, to be fair, Grylls was waiting for him at the bottom.

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MTV orders comedic family docu-series starring rapper Ja Rule

MTV has ordered Follow the Rules, a half-hour docu-series starring Ja Rule, EW has learned.

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