The most illuminating part of HBO's original movie Cinema Verite (airing Saturday at 9/8c) comes at its very end. We get to see a clip of the real Loud family, whose participation on the first modern reality show, 1973's An American Family, is central to the film. Verite transitions from the fictional portrayal of the Louds to footage from their actual appearance on The Dick Cavett Show, which was part of their self-orchestrated, damage-control tour following the mass criticism they received from viewers as a result of the show. During the segment, they voice their disdain for having their lives edited and their personalities categorized to suit plotlines. In response, Cavett snorts, "Anybody who's in show business would have to call you naïve to think that you could think that you could appear on television and not have it selected, edited..."
If anyone had a right to complain about editing, surely it was this family of guinea pigs. What's amazing about this is that some 38 years later, we're still having this conversation as a culture...
She's the real-life inspiration for CBS' Medium, but not even psychic Allison DuBois could have predicted how badly things would go when she appeared on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on December 16. What was supposed to be a peace-making meal put on by pal Camille Grammer (they met via Camille's ex Kelsey, who's an executive producer on Medium) turned in to a nightmare, with predictions that Kyle Richards' marriage would end and everybody screaming at each other. DuBois dishes on the dinner table dust-up.
Camille Grammer no longer wants to be a Beverly Hills Housewife.
The 47-year-old will not be returning to the Bravo series if it's picked up for a second season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
So far, Allison DuBois' life as a medium has been well done. Not only is she the inspiration for the hit NBC series Medium, featuring Patricia Arquette as a barely fictionalized version of her, but she's also an accomplished author. With her third book, Secrets of the Monarch: What the Dead Can Teach Us About Living a Better Life, hitting stores this week, TVGuide.com talked to DuBois about living life as a medium and what everyone should be doing to feel more fulfilled.
TVGuide.com: Secrets of the Monarch is your third book. What is it about?Allison DuBois: My first book was more about my childhood and how losing my father impacted me. My second book was more about people who lost a loved one and how I gave them a voice. It was ad