Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi
It was only a matter of time: A magazine is going to focus on reality TV and its stars.
Reality Weekly will debut the first week of January, according to The New York Times, and will include features such as "Biggest Fights of the Week," "Hottest Shots of the Week," and "Where Are They Now?" Growing Up Gotti's Victoria Gotti will also write a weekly column.
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Victoria Gotti faces foreclosure on the Long Island mansion featured on her 2004 reality series Growing Up Gotti after failing to pay her mortgage for two years, The New York Post reports.
A Brooklyn appellate court approved for a lender to foreclose the five-bedroom, 5½-bath home last week. The decision reverses a 2007 ruling by a lower court that ...
Question: Does A&E have any plans to show new seasons of MI-5, or is the network just so darn happy with its family of dysfunctional reality shows? (At least they dumped Growing Up Gotti.) If A&E doesn't have plans, maybe BBC America can add it. It's their show after all.
Answer: Last I heard, a new season of MI-5 is finally scheduled to return to A&E's schedule on September 15. It is so far outside the realm of what A&E is all about these days, I'm frankly surprised it ever resurfaced. You're right that it would be a better fit on BBC America. But millions more people have access to A&E, so I'm glad it will get the widest exposure possible. For now. ...
Question: A&E and Bravo have abandoned the highbrow entertainment they were created to showcase for the more lucrative waters of lowest-common-denominator reality shows, but they are just some of the latest examples of this phenomenon. Niche cable nets start out aimed at a targeted audience, often providing the only example of certain types of programming, but after a few years they start moving inexorably to the mainstream. MTV goes from videos to endless Real World-type shows. VH1 goes from videos to repackaged nostalgia shows. The Nashville Network turns into the National Network then morphs all the way into Spike. The Game Show Network becomes GSN, the Outdoor Life Network (which I hadn't heard of until it made its move) becomes the new ESPN. Even outfits that don't totally change their "mission statement" start adding their own versions of Survivor or American Idol. Is the money in niche programming so lousy that these networks have to make the change, or is it a case of their ...
Question: Can you tell me what A&E is turning into? Rollergirls? I just don't get it. I have enough problems trying to understand the programming on Spike. By the way, it would be nice if some of these cable networks would show some older movies. The constant repeats of the few movies they do show is getting old and tiresome, and these networks ought to have enough movies in their film libraries without having to air repeats so often. Also, welcome back.
Answer: It's good to be back, even if that means confronting depressing topics like the decline of A&E. The network will crow about the younger demographics it now attracts since it has shifted focus from a broad-based arts-and-entertainment network to a bottom-feeding swill factory that perpetrated one of the worst shows of the decade in Growing Up Gotti (which, thankfully, is history). If it weren't for the fact that MI-5 is still in the wings, waiting to return in summer (last I heard), plus the occasional Biography special or
A&E has renewed three of its highest-rated reality series — Dog the Bounty Hunter (Season 3 will start in February), Inked (returning in the spring) and Criss Angel Mindfreak (which premieres its second season in the summer) — but has sent Growing Up Gotti (as well as Airline) to sleep with the fishes, so to speak. Keep an eye on your horses, everyone.