In just four episodes, Colton Cumbie has made a strong case for being the most hated Survivor contestant of all time. Whether it is the borderline racist comments, the bullying of a little person, or just overall disdain for anyone and anything he comes into contact with, Colton may as well just attach his picture next to the word “unlikable” in the dictionary. But is he the most despicable character in the history of the show? Jessica Shaw and I debate that very point in the newest installment of the InsideTV Podcast. And we call in an expert witness in the recently ousted Bill Posley to ask the stand-up comic point blank: Is Colton a racist? Bill answers that as well as explaining his reasoning for agreeing to go to Tribal Council even after his tribe won the immunity challenge. (Turns out he thought Colton was going home!) READ FULL STORY
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'The Bachelor' sneak peek: The 'ladies' rip into Courtney on 'The Women Tell All' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Say it with me, rose-lovers: It’s going to be the most dramatic Women Tell All episode… ever! And EW.com has your first look at the reunion special, in which Ben’s rejected “ladies” gather to share memories, reveal teary-eyed regrets about their failure to find “love” with Ben, and most importantly, to tear into Courtney like a pack of starving hyenas decimating a felled zebra corpse. And the best part? Courtney’s listening in the whole time! Watch the delicious awkwardness after the jump. READ FULL STORY
Tonight is the episode fans of The Bachelor have been waiting for: Courtney invites Ben to go skinny-dipping in Puerto Rico as things continue to go south between her and the other contestants, particularly Emily. If Courtney’s man- and rose-stealing antics weren’t already the focus of watercooler (and ladies’ room) conversations, this should do it. When Bachelor host Chris Harrison visited us last week, he admitted he’d just gotten in a debate with one of our building’s female security guards about Courtney’s aggressive style of play. In the video below, Harrison shares why he thinks Courtney is such a divisive figure and how he first learned about her controversial swim with Ben. He also answers some burning Bachelor questions about what he’s actually doing during those long cocktail parties (sitting in a control room where he can dial up any conversation he wants to eavesdrop on) and who actually decides what order the names are called in during a rose ceremony. (“After 10 years, we’ve been found out.”) READ FULL STORY
It’s week 2 of The Bachelor, and we’re in for a treat: Instead of the remaining women settling into the Bachelor Mansion in L.A., winemaker Ben Flajnik takes them to Sonoma. “That was an idea of mine. I talked to a lot of the producers saying, ‘I like Los Angeles, but Los Angeles isn’t home,’” he says. “For the women to get a really good sense of me and a sense of place, I thought going up to Northern California would be a really cool idea.”
In the video interview below, Ben talks more about the kind of women he told producers he was looking for, why he gave Jenna a rose that first night, why he felt comfortable skinny-dipping with Courtney (as seen in the promo for what’s coming up this season), and how we haven’t heard the last of him playing David Gray’s “This Year’s Love.” For the record, he assures us he has no desire for a recording career. READ FULL STORY
There has been a fierce debate raging in the hallways of Entertainment Weekly of late and that debate is this: Is Bachelor Ben a hottie or a nottie? So to settle this EW civil war once and for all, I posed that exact question to our two resident Bachelor experts — Kristen Baldwin and Jessica Shaw — on the latest edition of the InsideTV Podcast. Listen as they weigh in on that as well as other crucial issues of the new Bachelor season such as: How long will producers force Ben to keep kooky blogger Jenna around? Is contestant rapping ever a good idea? And who’s hungry for some cow balls? READ FULL STORY
What better way to ring in the New Year than with a sitcom about two dudes dressing up as women to get jobs? Oh, wait, I just thought of about 18 zillion better ways to ring in the New Year! Yet somehow ABC either didn’t realize how awful their new cross-dressing comedy (and I use that word lightly) Work It was, or the network simply didn’t care. Now, it’s up to Kristen Baldwin, Jessica Shaw, and me to get to work on breaking down Work It for the first 2012 edition of the InsideTV Podcast. Just how awful was it? Has it now earned the title of Worst Show Ever? And, if not, what is worse? Plus, how could ABC leave Cougar Town off the air for this?! READ FULL STORY
Glad you’re back, original programming! And what a return: A (finally) funny episode of How I Met Your Mother highlighted a strong night for CBS, which won the first Monday of 2012 with a 3.7 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 11.9 million viewers, according to early results.
All the CBS comedies won their time slots, beginning with HIMYM (3.9/9, 10.2 million), 2 Broke Girls (4.3/10, 12 million), Two and a Half Men (4.4/10, 13.7 million), and Mike & Molly (3.8/9, 11.9 million). Hawaii 5-0 also won its time slot in the key demo (2.9/7) and viewers 11.7 million.
ABC was second for the night in the demo and viewers (2.4/6, 7.2 million), having rolled out another edition of The Bachelor. The two-hour crapfest averaged around 7.6 million viewers in its first hour and roughly 7.8 million in its second hour. It was No. 1 from 8-9 p.m. among women 18-34.
NBC was third for the night, and was helped by an original episode of Fear Factor, which earned a 2.4/5 and 5.9 million viewers. That’s a 60 percent improvement to the time slot versus earlier than season. Give that Joe Rogan a bonus!
Fox ran repeats of House while the CW aired oldies of Secret Circle.
The season premiere of The Bachelor is a little over two weeks away (Jan. 2, 8 p.m. on ABC), but we’ve got an exclusive look at five “ladies” to watch, as chosen by host (and EW.com blogger) Chris Harrison. Click through for an early look at Amber, Courtney, Jenna, Kacie, and Lindzi (yes, Lindzi), as well as my thoughts on Chris’ picks. READ FULL STORY
UPDATED: The Bachelor to a pesky spoiler website: It’s war!
The producer of the long-running dating franchise on ABC has sued Stephen Carbone, aka Reality Steve, who runs a website that routinely runs spoilers (some correct, some not) about the show. Claiming $75,000 in damages, NZK Productions and Alternative Television, Inc. take issue with Carbone’s tactics of “soliciting information from participants, cast, crew and/or other employees” by “inducing them to breach their confidentiality obligations.”
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