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November 17, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
If you're a celebrity flying Southwest Airlines out of Baltimore or Denver this weekend, get ready for your close-up - and be on your best behavior. The airline famous for kicking celebs off its flights is teaming with TLC and ITV Studios for a reality series that begins filming this weekend in those two hubs. The 13-episode series promises to take viewers “behind the scenes of the modern air travel experience, sharing the large-scale operations and personal customer stories at Southwest Airlines,” according to a TLC statement.
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May 20, 2014 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
Prince Harry actually agreeing to be on reality TV. Totally bonkers, right? Well, not to the contestants on Fox's “I Wanna Marry 'Harry,' “ which premieres at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The show finds 13 American women moving into a castle under the pretense of possibly meeting their Prince Charming. What they don't know is that said royal is actually Matthew Hicks, a 24-year-old British environmental consultant who just happens to look quite a bit like the U.K.'s cheekiest redhead. So just how convincing is this non-royal charmer?
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July 18, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
It was someone's idea of a practical joke, county prosecutors said. A suburban woman was arrested Wednesday evening on the Clark/Lake CTA station platform for slapping a police officer in the face. Katherine Doyle, 42, of Melrose, IL, said she was an employee of the TruTV show the Impractical Jokers, according to the police report. "You look like a nice person," Doyle allegedly told the police officer, who was among a trio of officers working on a robbery mission around 6 p.m. Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Any Chicagoans fed up with the way they're living these days, or how society works in general, have a chance to create a brave new world - if they make it through auditions for Fox's "Utopia" reality series. Casting producers for "Utopia" will be in Chicago April 25-27 at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo as part of their search for motivated and adventurous people who possess the passion and determination to create and build a whole new society. Based on a Dutch series, the reality show follows 15 pioneers for a year as they make laws, build a civilization and learn how to coexist on their own. You...
NEWS
December 4, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
A whole 291 days after becoming a father, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton has found his way onto a reality show about fatherhood. Hilton is developing and slated to star in “Gay Dads of New York,” a new reality show from the producers of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “Project Runway.” Vulture.com reports that the Bunim/Murray-produced series will be a “docu-style reality show,” and does not have a network assignment at...
SPORTS
June 5, 2012 | RedEye
Billy Corgan's love of wrestling led him to create Resistance Pro Wrestling, which has been holding events in Chicago since November. Now, he wants a reality television show to document Resistance Pro Wrestling. "We just signed a deal with a big reality show producer," Corgan told MLW Radio Network. "A guy with an incredible track record. We're in good hands. ... We believe that wrestling is fascinating on many, many levels - socially, politically, even economically. The struggles independent wrestlers go through to try...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
For most of people, filming yourself in underwear and posting the finished product on YouTube is never a good idea. But for Chicago-based actor Scott Anderson, who'd set aside his performance career for a "real" job, it landed him a starring role on "Reality Show," a new Showtime dark comedy created by and co-starring Chicago native Adam Rifkin. Anderson plays Dennis Warwick, a strait-laced dad whose life unravels when his family is filmed without their knowledge for a "real" reality show.
NEWS
December 31, 2012 | Stephen Markley
2013 begins on a divisive note today as talks between Republicans and the Obama administration led to a partial deal following a marathon session of neg - Oh, shit, wait, hold on. Kim Kardashian is pregnant! Oh my God, I can't believe this is happening. Wow. And it's not just some mediocre basketball player's sad spurt of sperm either. It's Kanye's! Shit, OK, anyway, um, the main focus of the talks demonstrates Barack Obama's sharp learning curve over the first four years of his presidency, in which he continuously attempted to reach common,...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2013 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
***1/2 (out of four) There aren't many second acts for former stars of non-competition reality TV series. For Dawn Richard, formerly of “Making the Band” group Danity Kane and Bad Boy R&B experiment Diddy-Dirty Money, the story is just getting interesting. Richard's solo debut, “Goldenheart,” is a fiercely distinct, self-contained hour of freewheeling, genre-bending music. It opens with an interpretation of Phil Collins' “In The Air Tonight,” then plays with sounds that could pass for an Enya/Sade collaboration and dips into the occasional burst of house...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Any Chicagoans fed up with the way they're living these days, or how society works in general, have a chance to create a brave new world - if they make it through auditions for Fox's "Utopia" reality series. Casting producers for "Utopia" will be in Chicago April 25-27 at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo as part of their search for motivated and adventurous people who possess the passion and determination to create and build a whole new society. Based on a Dutch series, the reality show follows 15 pioneers for a year as they make laws, build a civilization and...
SPORTS
April 2, 2014 | By Ted Gruber and For RedEye
"Whatcha gonna do, brother?!" Yes, after a lengthy absence, the legendary Hulk Hogan will be a fixture at Wrestlemania again - hosting the 30 t h edition Sunday in New Orleans, in fact. But before pro wrestling's biggest night kicks off, RedEye spoke to the Hall of Famer about Andre The Giant, reality shows and his moment with Oprah Winfrey. At Wrestlemania III, you pulled off an amazing move, body-slamming Andre The Giant. Fast-forward to today: Can you still body-slam a 500-pound man?
NEWS
December 4, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
A whole 291 days after becoming a father, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton has found his way onto a reality show about fatherhood. Hilton is developing and slated to star in “Gay Dads of New York,” a new reality show from the producers of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “Project Runway.” Vulture.com reports that the Bunim/Murray-produced series will be a “docu-style reality show,” and does not have a network assignment at...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Doron Ofir Casting is looking for possible cast members of two upcoming reality TV shows. Here are the details. "Under One Roof" The series "Under One Roof" is looking for people older than 25 who still live with parents or grandparents - either in basements, attics, guest houses or their childhood rooms. No, this isn't a "Too Close for Comfort" sequel, but it's being touted as a reality show sitcom. "We live in a day and age where there isn't a set time to leave the nest," the casting sheet reads.
NEWS
July 18, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
It was someone's idea of a practical joke, county prosecutors said. A suburban woman was arrested Wednesday evening on the Clark/Lake CTA station platform for slapping a police officer in the face. Katherine Doyle, 42, of Melrose, IL, said she was an employee of the TruTV show the Impractical Jokers, according to the police report. "You look like a nice person," Doyle allegedly told the police officer, who was among a trio of officers working on a robbery mission around 6 p.m. Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2013 | By Zara Husaini @zarhus and RedEye
Cynthia Kaye McWilliams may have moved around a lot as a child, but she left her heart - or at least her appetite - in Chicago.  The self-proclaimed army brat and DePaul grad, who co-stars in the BET comedy "Real Husbands of Hollywood," knows exactly what she misses most about her old stomping grounds: the food. "In Chicago bad food is everywhere but it's so delicious. There are five-star, world-class places too, but I miss the Italian beef dipped with cheese, hot peppers and sweet peppers; deep-dish pizza;...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2013 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
***1/2 (out of four) There aren't many second acts for former stars of non-competition reality TV series. For Dawn Richard, formerly of “Making the Band” group Danity Kane and Bad Boy R&B experiment Diddy-Dirty Money, the story is just getting interesting. Richard's solo debut, “Goldenheart,” is a fiercely distinct, self-contained hour of freewheeling, genre-bending music. It opens with an interpretation of Phil Collins' “In The Air Tonight,” then plays with sounds that could pass for an Enya/Sade collaboration and dips into the...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
I kind of hoped 6-year-old Alana Johnson's 15 minutes of fame were up after she became a sensation for her appearances on "Toddlers & Tiaras," TLC's reality show about the train wreck known as child beauty pageants. My hopes, however, have been dashed. Why? Because "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" ( 9 p.m. Wednesday, TLC; 1 star ). That's right, TLC has given the "go-go" juice-swilling camera hog a six-part series of her own, and while watching the premiere I sat, slack-jawed and scratching my head, wondering why TLC wants so badly to hold this little girl and her family up for ridicule.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2013 | By Zara Husaini @zarhus and RedEye
Cynthia Kaye McWilliams may have moved around a lot as a child, but she left her heart - or at least her appetite - in Chicago.  The self-proclaimed army brat and DePaul grad, who co-stars in the BET comedy "Real Husbands of Hollywood," knows exactly what she misses most about her old stomping grounds: the food. "In Chicago bad food is everywhere but it's so delicious. There are five-star, world-class places too, but I miss the Italian beef dipped with cheese, hot peppers and sweet peppers; deep-dish pizza; Chicago-style hot dogs with a whole...
NEWS
December 31, 2012 | Stephen Markley
2013 begins on a divisive note today as talks between Republicans and the Obama administration led to a partial deal following a marathon session of neg - Oh, shit, wait, hold on. Kim Kardashian is pregnant! Oh my God, I can't believe this is happening. Wow. And it's not just some mediocre basketball player's sad spurt of sperm either. It's Kanye's! Shit, OK, anyway, um, the main focus of the talks demonstrates Barack Obama's sharp learning curve over the first four years of his presidency, in which he continuously attempted to reach common, bi-partisan ground only to be...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
Hannibal Buress has had a busy year - and shows no signs of slowing down. The Chicago native, who has been hyped by Chris Rock and Aziz Ansari, currently co-stars on "The Eric Andre Show" on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. In May, he debuted a Comedy Central special, "Hannibal Buress: Animal Furnace," and he's just signed a deal with ABC to write and co-star in a comedy pilot. And he hosts a weekly stand-up show at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. This weekend Buress returns to the Chicago area for six shows - three on New Year's Eve at Zanies...
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