TV Guide's Zoe Alexander doing her best Big Brother headshot pose
What happens when eight journalists are picked to live in a house for 12 hours with no cell phones, Blackberries or contact with their news desks? Well, let me give you a hint — it wasn't pretty!
I'm not what you would consider a homebody. However, I spend my life at my computer banging out copy for editorial deadlines. So when I have free time, I'm not fond of spending it in close quarters with random people.
So why in the world I offered to spend twelve hours locked in a house with eight strangers for 12 hours on the set of CBS's reality game show Big Brother where contestants from all walks of life go head to head through psychologically grueling and sometimes physically demanding challenges to battle for the title of "Head of Household" is beyond me. Especially since I, unlike the real contestants, wasn't competing for the $500,000 prize. I must have been having a frivol
Ali and Dina Lohan, Living Lohan
Dina Lohan is America's most controversial stage mom. Now she's got her own reality show, Living Lohan (Mondays at 10:30 pm/ET, E!) But just how real is it?
Lindsay Lohan's been in and out of rehab. Dina's divorce was only settled last summer. Why do a new E! reality show now?
"I did this to defuse the rumors about myfamily," Donata "Dina" Lohan says. "The media has just been so horrific to us over the past two years."
Will Lindsay appear on the show?
No. Mom says she simply won't allow it. "I told Lindsay I don't want her on the show right now," Dina says. "Doing reality TV would almost be taking a step backward as far as her career goes." As opposed to I Know Who Killed Me?
If there's no Lindsay, what will Living Lohan be about?
Mostly Dina and
Tila Tequila, A Shot at Love
Dressed in a formfitting tee and a thigh's-the-limit miniskirt, Internet wild child Tila Tequila throws open the doors and welcomes TV Guide into the red, glitter-painted mansion that serves as her home for A Shot at Love 2 (Tuesdays at 10 pm/ET, MTV). In the hit matchmaking reality show, 15 women and 15 men compete for the affections of the bisexual cyber-pinup. "Welcome to my crib," Tequila says, as she bops across the bright, multicolored entrance hall. "Let me give you a tour."
In case you've never heard of Tequila (and there are a few adults who haven't), here's a quick introduction: Born Tila Nguyen in Singapore to Vietnamese parents, Tila Tequila is the 26-year-old Texas runaway turned lad-mag-cover model who rose to fame by racking up more than a million friends on MySpace. Kind and understatedly cool, she's the nice bad
Whitney Port, Lauren Conrad, Audrina Patridge and Heidi Montag, The Hills
Rosie O'Donnell versus Donald Trump. The Celebrity Apprentice's Omarosa versus Piers Morgan. TV is known for its famous feuds, and as the 4.7 million fans who tuned in to the midseason premiere of MTV's reality hit The Hills (Mondays at 10 pm/ET, MTV) can attest, the trouble between Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag is shaping up to be the best prime-time battle yet. Things have been icy between the former roommates since last year (when Heidi and her boyfriend Spencer Pratt reportedly leaked to the press that Lauren had made a sex tape). And in the next two weeks, it gets worse. The bad blood begins again as Heidi reaches out to Lauren's roommate Audrina Patridge. Meanwhile, Lauren befriends Stephanie Pratt, Spencer's sister and Heidi's pal. Heidi doesn't think that's a coincidence: "That is a war move. I don't think she randomly likes Stephanie." For her part, Lauren is miffed about Audrina hanging
Jack Black, Kids' Choice Awards
Self-proclaimed "big kid" Jack Black returns to risk the slime on the Kids' Choice Awards (March 29 at 8 pm/ET), the annual Nickelodeon event honoring the year's biggest movies, musicians, sports figures, television shows, videos and books, as voted by the kids. He previously hosted the show in 2006, and apparently hasn't learned his lesson.
TVGuide.com: Why do you think Nick asked you back?
Jack Black: When they ask you back, that means you hit it out of the park the first time. They want some more of that Jack Black flavor. I figured they tried with other people, and they said, "No, no, no. Jack Black's where the flavor is. Enough with the Timberlake ridiculousness. [Laughs] Jack's the real rock 'n' roll. It's the 'Black Attack.'"
TVGuide.com: You got slimed pretty hard last time. Any plans to protect yourself
Mark Walberg, Moment of Truth
With 23 million viewers, The Moment of Truth (Wednesdays, 9 pm/ET, Fox) garnered the highest-rated series debut in over a year — and the numbers don't lie. Here are some more cold, hard facts about the new Fox hit that asks lie-detector-tested contestants to put their reputations on the line by answering increasingly more personal (and more embarrassing) questions, for a chance at $500,000.
FACT: To come up with each player's 21 questions, producers dig deep. Contestants' friends and family are interrogated thoroughly. "They research your whole life," says Christie Youssef, 22, who admitted she's a virgin in the second episode. "I didn't have any idea of the scope until afterward."
FACT: No player has been fired because of something they revealed on the show. At least not yet. That could change after emergency medical technician Aaron Du