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Leah Remini gets her own TLC reality series

Leah Remini is getting her own reality show.

TLC announced Wednesday that the former King of Queens star will be the subject of an upcoming 12-episode reality series that will chronicle Remini’s home life.

“Leah is a no-nonsense, hard-working, relatable mom, wife, daughter, and sister. Her sharp humor and unfiltered family are a perfect match for the network,” said Nancy Daniels, the network’s general manager. “This series continues our focus on creating compelling series about remarkable families, using heart and humor to anchor it to the TLC brand.”

Remini, who appeared on Dancing With the Stars last season, made headlines last year when she very publicly broke her ties with the Church of Scientology.

The half-hour show is set to debut in summer. No stranger to inviting cameras into her personal life, Remini previously co-produced and starred in two VH1 specials about her wedding and having a baby.

'Party Down South' no longer welcome in Pensacola

We can all remember the moment when New Jersey dwellers began speaking out against Jersey Shore. And now, the kids of Party Down South have given southern partiers a bad name.

The cast and crew of CMT’s debauched reality series has packed up and left Pensacola, Fla., where they were set to film season 2, USA Today reports. A social media campaign — called Locals Against Party Down South — was launched Feb. 26 specifically to get the show relocated, citing its cast’s promiscuity and drunken nights as an embarrassment to the Pensacola community. As of Wednesday, it’s drawn over 11,000 “likes.”

Jersey Shore and Party Down South are like the tv producers big inside joke of stereotyping us,” Pensacola residents Amber Kelley and Bri Snellgrove wrote in a Facebook post Feb. 27. “PDS makes a mockery of our Southern pride by showing adults who claim to have manners and then cut immediately to some of the worst behavior seen outside of a frat house.

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'Survivor: Cagayan': Jeff Probst weighs in on that crazy premiere


Each week, host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the latest episode of ‘Survivor: Cagayan.’

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Jeff, you know how much I love it when people have to make decisions on the spot, decisions that could dramatically impact their standing in the game and the way others view them. You had a bunch of those decisions you threw at them right out of the gate. Tell me about that.
JEFF PROBST: The creative for this season began many months ago. Originally it was more detailed and had a few more steps involved, as we got closer we began to whittle it down to the essential beats, and by the time day one hit we were ready to go. The idea was to force decisions because with decisions come consequences. There is nowhere to hide when you are forced to pick a leader. Someone is going to be the chosen one. It’s easy to say,”Just never be a leader, it’s never a good idea,” but playing Survivor from a place of fear is a far worse idea. Plus, the truth is that “leaders” tend to do very well on the show — much better than followers.  The second twist came when the leader was then forced to pick the weakest. Again, decision and consequence. There isn’t anything particularly original about our strategy of forcing decisions, it’s the execution of the twist that matters. And then the third twist, a secret to the rest of the tribe, is that the person deemed “least valuable” now has a chance to redeem or potentially save themselves, and if they are savvy enough, they might even accomplish both. That’s a good opening set of twists! READ FULL STORY

'Real World Ex-plosion' roommates open up with serious LGBT talk -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The most recent seasons of The Real World have been remembered for the roommates’ violent behavior and wild partying. The current season, Real World: Ex-plosion, already set itself apart when it welcomed five of the roommates’ exes to live in their San Francisco home with them. And now, the show is going back to its roots to tackle some more serious issues, like it did in the earlier seasons.

On tonight’s episode, Arielle, a lesbian roommate, invites over a couple of her friends, including Kingston, who is transgender. Living as a man, Kingston transitioned from being a female and shares some great insight about what it’s like to be trans. Some of the roommates are very open about their ignorance to the issue as a whole. Watch the exclusive clip of the honest discussion of sexuality and identity: READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Cagayan': Jeff Probst reveals the players to watch

Survivor: Cagayan kicks off tonight with 18 new players divided into three tribes of Brains, Beauty, and Brawn. Who are the contestants to keep an eye on? Jeff Probst already gave us his take on former NBA All-Star Cliff Robinson. Here are the host’s thoughts on some of the other million dollar winner wannabees that will be making a mark — in either a good or a bad way. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Cagayan': See the premiere's first 4 minutes here!

The question has hovered over every single Survivor conversation this off-season leading into Wednesday night’s premiere of Survivor: Cagayan — how would the contestants arrive? Would it be by land, by sea, or by air? Well, it turns out the answer is…all three! And you can witness the arrivals for yourself right here and right now as we present the first four minutes of the season premiere.

With the arriving players engaging in some sort of contest to sound like the cockiest contestant ever, we see the Brains tribe (by helicopter), Beauty tribe (by boat) and Brawn tribe (by truck) converging on a field in the Philippines. Jeff Probst also appears to be stranded on some island peak somewhere as he delivers his famous “1 Survivor” line. How did he get up there? And how does he get down? Questions to be pondered as you watch the clip in the video player below. It’s also our first real footage of the contestants in action. Whom do you already love and loathe? Check out the clip and then weigh in on the message boards with your thoughts. Then check out the full two-hour premiere Wednesday night and our recap right after. And for more Survivor scoop all season long, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss. Take it away, super confident contestants! READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Cagayan': Jeff Probst explains why former NBA All-Star Cliff Robinson was the 'enemy'

Survivor has a history of having formerly famous people from other areas of life appear as contestants on the show. Facts of Life star Lisa Whelchel made it all the way to the finals of Survivor: Philippines. But most of the familiar faces have come from the sports world, including Super Bowl winning coach Jimmy Johnson (Nicaragua), Dallas Cowboys quarterback Gary Hogeboom (Guatemala) and National League MVP Jeff Kent (Philippines). Add another name to that list when Survivor: Cagayan debuts on Feb. 26 as former NBA All-Star Cliff Robinson takes part as a member of the Brawn tribe. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Rachel and Brendon compare 'Big Brother' and 'Amazing Race'

I don’t know if there will be any life vests on this season of The Amazing Race, but if so, floaters better grab them. That’s because reality royalty returns tonight when husband-and-wife team Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reilly take their second tour on The Amazing Race when season 24 of the reality show premieres on CBS. But how does racing around the world at breakneck speed compare with backstabbing house guests in the backyard on the show that first made Brenchel famous, Big Brother? We asked the couple when they called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105). READ FULL STORY

'Survivor': Jeff Probst says the show is on a hot streak when it comes to winners

Survivor has had some great seasons and some not so great seasons. Sometimes the casting and creative decisions all work, and sometimes you get Survivor: Fiji. But the show has been on a recent hot streak. I have the past three editions all ranked in my top 10 seasons ever, and after 27 installments, that is not too shabby. So what gives? Why the sudden — and consistent — resurgence? Host Jeff Probst thinks he has the answer. Probst says that big players are making big moves, and it’s paying off for them in the end. And when deserving players win, viewers win as well. READ FULL STORY

Lindsay Lohan strikes a pose for reality show -- PHOTO

Ready for the confessions of an adult drama queen?

Lindsay Lohan’s reality show is almost here, and the first promo photo for the project has arrived. The pretty pic, above, shows Lohan striking a modeling pose — super candid this is not. The good news? She’s got red-ish hair in the shot; we all know things are better when she’s a redhead.

The eight-part OWN reality show, Lindsay, will follow the 27-year-old as she focuses on her recovery after her sixth stint in rehab this past summer. It premieres March 9.

'American Idol' live shows start tonight: Producers unveil new set, talk format changes for 'lucky' season 13

When American Idol‘s rush week begins Tuesday night, fans of the long-running singing competition will notice a couple of changes to the show. For one, what is Rush Week?

The new stage of the competition marks the beginning of the live shows for the 13th season, which welcomed back judges Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez, as well as introducing fan favorite Harry Connick Jr. to the panel. The live shows will also feature a brand-new set created to tap into the energy of live music, which executive producer Evan Prager says is the core of the show. The complete 360-degree environment features two performance stages with the judges on a center platform. With fans seated up to the ceiling, set designer Baz Halpin said the intimate feeling will allow for multiple staging options and for the performers to move around more. Director Louis J. Horvitz says that the new set will also help get away from the repetition of the 13 weeks of live competition. Using cinematic framing, Horvitz is looking to draw the audience in not just as a rock concert though, but as a true narrative following the contestants, showing more reaction shots and time rehearsing and with their families. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor': Jeff Probst says 'I'm baffled by people who want to strangle me because I like Redemption Island'

Jeff Probst knew that the introduction of the Redemption Island twist would be controversial when it was unveiled in season 22 (also not so coincidentally called Redemption Island) of the longtime CBS reality hit. Many fans were upset with another similar twist during the Pearl Islands season called “the Outcasts” that allowed players that were voted out a chance to reenter the game. Even Probst himself was not a fan of that twist.

But Redemption Island was different. For one thing, everyone would be told up front it was happening. For another, voted out players would have to stay out in the elements as they attempted to fight their way back onto a tribe (unlike the Outcasts, who were well-fed with a roof over their heads). And finally, the sooner you were voted out, the harder it would be to get back in. By fixing these flaws from the Outcasts, Probst and producers thought they had come up with an exciting new wrinkle. Many viewers agreed. Many others did not. READ FULL STORY

'Top Chef Estrellas': Why is the Spanish-language spinoff so different?

Bravo’s Top Chef may have just wrapped up its eleventh season, but the popular reality cooking competition is about to get a Latino-themed makeover when Top Chef Estrellas premieres on Telemundo Feb. 16. And there’s more to the show than the lilt of Spanish to distinguish it from its English-language counterpart. The trailer for this incarnation of Top Chef promises “spicy new ingredients,” like a a blonde who seductively tears off her chef coat, a hunky guy who appears shirtless, and a handful of fully-made up Spanish TV stars who prance around in the kitchen in high heels.

If all this sounds more like what you’d see on a telenovela than an episode of Top Chef, that’s not by accident. In fact, several surprising — and potentially polarizing — changes have been made to the show’s format so as to appeal to Latin audiences.

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