Kirstie Allsopp The Location, Location, Location presenter was recently accused of not complying with social distancing guidelines. Her Channel 4 programme, Keep Crafting and Carry On, was filmed over a two-week period during the lockdown, which reportedly upset locals. Kirstie was quick to defend herself and assured that the production team were all adhering to the guidelines. Taking to Twitter, the 48-year-old wrote: "THANK YOU SO MUCH whatever the Sun prints tomorrow, I now know for certain that many of you felt filming at home as we did, within strict protocols, was the right thing to do. #Craftmatters, Entertaining TV matters, and I’m proud of what we did. @RTRPGlasgow." … [Read more...] about TV stars breaking social distancing rules: Holly Willoughby, Alex Jones, Ruth Langsford and more
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Gossip Girl (6 seasons, 2007–2012)Connor Paolo (Eric van der Woodsen), Jessica Szohr (Vanessa Abrams), Taylor Momsen (Jenny Humphry)For Momsen: Season 4, episode 10, “Gaslit”; for Paolo and Szohr: Season 4, episode 22, “The Wrong Goodbye” (though all three would return for cameos in the series finale, “New York, I Love You XOXO”)What “happened”: By its fourth season, Gossip Girl had become less a TV show and more a Versace-clad ouroboros willing to shill Vitamin water, ignore plot mechanics, and consume itself in a never-ending cycle of character pairings, each more ridiculous than the ideas you’d find in the average slashfic forum. And in the midst of that chaos, more than a few characters jumped ship.In the season finale, boho-chic troublemaker Vanessa has Dan Humphrey’s novel about the Upper East Side published in secret before decamping to Spain. Somewhere between seasons four and five, perpetually overlooked Eric … [Read more...] about What Happens When Actors Leave High-School-TV Shows?
For our bracket, we selected the 16 greatest, most influential shows since The Real World. (Yes, PBS’s 1971 An American Family was important, but a different animal from modern reality.) But to stage a more brutal fight, we did not pit the shows as an entity against each other: We picked each series’ greatest season. So many of these shows thrive on their consistency (read: repetition), with Survivor’s 28 seasons of alliances and blindsides, The Bachelor’s 18 journeys (and Bachelorette’s nine), and Top Chef’s restaurant wars. These reliable beats are part of these shows’ appeal, but when mercilessly judging them as a whole, it is easy to apply debits for this predictability. So instead we made our contest about the best seasons of these greatest shows: The Osbournes’ first, hilarious introduction to stars-are-just-like-us celebreality. American Idol’s second-season showdown between Clay and Ruben. Season one of The Hills, before … [Read more...] about The Reality Rumble: What’s the Greatest Reality-TV Season Ever?
The other important part of these shows is the judging, and the more obscure the skill set, the more direct and fascinating the judging seems to be. Ink Master and Face Off are probably the best in that arena: The judges are incredibly hard on contestants, pointing out tiny details and making constructive suggestions. That tattoo should face towards his chest, not towards his armpit, they say. Mustache hair does not grow like that; you’ll have to apply that fake wizard beard all over again. For all the professional experiences of the panel on American Idol, they have never given any musical advice that isn’t something novices at home wouldn’t notice themselves. (You were not singing the right notes, for example.) But on these other, better shows, the judging is largely guidance-based, and not just for the contestants. Thanks to Top Design, I turn my nose up at rooms that are under-accessorized. (Get a plant in there for a pop of green, sheesh.) After Shear Genius, I … [Read more...] about Skill-Based Contests Are the Best Kind of Reality TV
“I stopped watching Once Upon a Time when no one seemed creeped out by the fact that hot Pinocchio, who had been asking Emma out on dates last season, was suddenly de-aged into a little boy to be Emma’s son’s playmate. Gah. And when some random character killed Pinocchio with a taser, and apparently no one at ABC — not even the interns — stopped to say before airing the episode, ‘Hey, does electricity work on wood?’” —Commenter Aravis … [Read more...] about Vulture Readers on What TV Shows They Divorced