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Mark Wahlberg set to produce reality pilot about MIT grads

Bazinga! A&E has greenlit a Boston-set reality pilot called The Big Brew Theory, which follows four MIT grad students who team up with an MIT undergrad to create the micro-brewery of their dreams.

Mark Wahlberg is signed on to executive produce, along with Stephen Levinson, Stephanie Drachkovitch, and Bill Thompson. Wahlberg most recently appeared in (and executive produced) Wahlburgersan A&E reality show about his family’s burger business.

Chris Harrison: The death of 'Bachelorette' contestant Eric Hill will be handled with respect

The cast and crew of The Bachelorette season 10 have been mourning the loss of contestant Eric Hill, who died of injuries sustained during a paragliding accident last month. As the May 19 premiere approaches, host Chris Harrison says producers are now trying to figure out the best, most respectful way to deal with the tragedy on the show.

“It’s a horrible, horrible thing. He was taken away too young,” Harrison tells People. “It’s something we’ve never dealt with on the show. It didn’t only affect our cast, but also our crew who worked closely with him.”

Harrison says Hill was “a big part of the show.” The 31 year-old had already shot his scenes for Bachelorette Andi Dorfman’s season when a parachute failure led to his death. “We all took a moment to step back and reflect and respect Eric and his family,” Harrison says. “We wanted to really take it all in and let ourselves mourn a little bit.” READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Jefra from 'Survivor' talks about being betrayed by Tony...twice!

She should have known not to trust him after he blindsided her biggest ally right out of the game. And the truth is, she did know. But that didn’t stop Jefra Bland from being blindsided by Tony last night on Survivor: Cagayan. She called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) to talk all about the big betrayal, and you can hear the entire conversation right here on the InsideTV Podcast. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Cagayan': Jeff Probst talks about the super idol and new auction twist

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

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Since I was away and wasn’t able to ask you last week about this, let’s start with this super-powered idol Tony found last episode that allows him to use it after the votes are read. This is actually the same power the idol had back for the Panama and Cook Islands seasons, but then you all decided it had too much power so switched it to having to be played after the votes were cast and before they were read. What made you guys decide to bring it back 15 seasons later, and was there concern that it would once again give too much power to one person so late in the game?  
JEFF PROBST: Our process for adding a twist to the show is surprisingly thorough. We have the idea and we all talk through it. Everybody runs scenarios in their head looking for problems and then solutions. Then we make the decision — are we doing it? In this case, since we had done a similar version in earlier seasons it was really a case of speculating “How will it play” as a one off? So many times the success or failure of an idol comes down to who finds it. If you’re a Tony fan, you love it! If you despise Tony, you hate it! It does come with a lot of power and it can definitely influence the game. Big rewards go to people who hustle. Tony hustles.

I think it will probably go down the same way Redemption Island did. Some people love it, some people hate it! The only way you find new exciting twists (switches, idols, Exile, Fans v Favorites, Redemption, BvW, BvBvB, etc) is by trying things. I’m just delighted with how much fans are enjoying this season, and giving them something to argue about (with us and with each other) is always a good thing! READ FULL STORY

See duped gals in Fox's 'I Wanna Marry Harry'

Did the promotional model, preschool teacher and Miss Los Angeles knew what hit them?

Fox is about to launch its (pretty freakin’ awesome) answer to the Bachelor franchise — a show in which a bunch of babes are dropped off at an English castle and promised the chance to date a prince. Guess who he looks like?

This, we understand, was one of the last reality shows developed by reality show guru Mike Darnell before he left Fox — and all we can say is that it makes us miss that crazy little bastard even more.

Get a load of this show, which debuts May 27 on Fox:  READ FULL STORY

'Top Chef' heading to Boston for season 12

Cheftestants, brush up on your chowder recipes — season 12 of Top Chef is shipping up to Boston.

Bravo announced today that the reality series will makes its New England debut next season, with host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, and judge Gail Simmons returning to oversee the culinary competition.

“Boston has always been at the top of our wish list as a location for Top Chef, not only because of its rich historical significance, but also because of its robust and ever-growing culinary scene,” said Shari Levine, SVP of Current Production for Bravo in a statement. “Top Chef will showcase the many facets of the city which in turn will bring its fresh, unique flavor to season 12.” READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Cagayan': Jeff Probst on keeping sneaky moves secret

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

'Idol' Exit Interview: Dexter Roberts is happy to get some sleep -- VIDEO

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With the competition getting down to the wire, every American Idol performance counts. Unfortunately for the three finalists from Alabama who joined together for a trio performance, their “Compass” pointed Dexter Roberts and Jessica Meuse to the bottom — with Dexter not getting America’s vote. EW talked to the “lucky man” after his elimination. Plus, check out our video interview with Dexter to find out what he was planning to sing next week. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: LJ from 'Survivor' says 'I cannot explain anything that Tony does'

A crazy season of Survivor got even crazier when terrible Tony decided to blow up his alliance and oust LJ instead — even though that kept the bigger threat of Spencer around and may have turned future jury members against the Jersey City cop…excuse me, “construction worker.” Poor LJ was the victim of a guy who simply can’t sit still. How does he feel about his ouster? We found out when LJ called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) to discuss his big blindside. READ FULL STORY

'I Wanna Marry 'Harry" promo: 'Prince Harry, Harry Potter, I don't care!' -- VIDEO

American women will do just about anything for a fairytale royal wedding. Also, they don’t seem to keep up with the news much. At least, that’s what Fox’s new reality show, I Wanna Marry “Harry”, is counting on.

I Wanna Marry “Harry”, brought to us by the folks who dreamed up Joe Millionaire, follows 12 American women as they compete to win the heart of a guy who sort of looks like Prince Harry — but whom they wholeheartedly believe to be Prince Harry. (Apparently they didn’t know about the quotation marks in the show’s title.)

Of course, by the time the show wraps, the women will find out the truth– and likely make viewers bemoan the state of society. Regardless, it will definitely be an interesting ride.

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'Survivor: Cagayan': Jeff Probst weighs in on the latest blindside

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

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: One of the things that has amazed me most about this season is how some people seem to be playing with little to no regard for how their actions may hurt them later with a possible jury vote. Tony was so worried about LJ that he blew up his alliance to get rid of him, but when this went down — not knowing then how it would play out later — did you think at the time this was a bad move because he (like Kass before him) now may have a jury filled with people angry at his betrayal should he make it that far?
JEFF PROBST: I think Tony is similar to Russell in many ways, one of which is I don’t really think he thinks too long about any of his moves. Not taking away from his game play, so far it’s working very well. He appears to be going off gut instinct, probably the same thing that he follows as a cop. I also think he has a pretty good read of people. But if he took a bit more time to evaluate some of his moves he might not make them. Is that a good thing? Hard to know at this point. The other factor is you have to get to the end in order to have a shot at winning. So playing “polite” and worrying about the jury too much can be a real hazard to your game. Before you know it you are on the jury. The goal is to 1) Get to the end 2) Get to the end with people you believe you can beat. So offending the jury is only relevant in regards to where you stack alongside the other finalist/s. But I think we can all agree that several of these players are playing to win. READ FULL STORY

WEtv orders Charlie Sheen couples quiz show pilot

WEtv has announced its 2014/2015 slate, featuring returning series, along with an array of new projects. Among them is a pilot for a quiz show with none other than Charlie Sheen. More specifically, Charlie Sheen’s Bad Influence, which will test how well engaged couples know each other before they walk down the aisle.

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InsideTV Podcast: Morgan from 'Survivor' says 'I really am not that horrible a person'

Last night’s episode of Survivor was filled with some very candid comments from Morgan McLeod. Among the gems was this: “I am used to things being easier for me and not having to work that hard to get things.” And this: “She is a bitter, ugly, old lady. And I think she hates me because I’m cuter than her and have always been cuter than her.” And this: “If any person in the world can decide to be ugly or cute, most would pick cute.” And — after she was voted out — this: “They can say whatever they want at Tribal, that I was spiteful or that I was lazy, but I could care less what they said. I mean, Kass is a child and if she was upset with me — whatever. Grow up. You’re 40. Get over it.” READ FULL STORY

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