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‘America’s Got Talent’ Producer Sued After Tyra Banks “Physically Manipulated” Young Girl

Here is the latest reminder that those who want to be on a reality competition show need to know what they’re getting into. A woman referred to as Jane Doe is suing the production company behind America’s Got Talent, claiming that her young daughter was traumatized when host Tyra Banks “physically manipulated and verbally abused” the girl. According to the 18-page suit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), it seems that the adult plaintiff and her… Read

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‘Boy Band’: Rita Ora To Host ABC Singing Competition; Backstreet Boy & Spice Girl Also Aboard

British singer-actress Rita Ora is set to host ABC’s summer singing competition series Boy Band, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said at the network’s upfront today in Manhattan. Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter and Spice Girls veteran Emma Bunton will serve on the show as “architects” — experts who will guide contestants throughout their journey to potential stardom. In the series, undiscovered young talent from around the country battle it out for a spot in… Read

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‘Life Of Kylie’ Teaser: First Look At ‘Kardashians’ Spinoff With Kylie Jenner

We’re getting the first look at Kylie Jenner's Life Of Kylie, the latest spinoff series from the Keeping Up With The Kardashians franchise. The clip premiered today during NBC’s upfront presentation in New York. The eight-episode half-hour show will follow Jenner as she navigates her life as entrepreneur, fashion designer, author, social media star and CEO/founder of Kylie Cosmetics. The show also will document her personal life, including spending time with her close… Read

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A&E Orders Docuseries That Embeds Young Adults In High School

A&E Network said today it has ordered a docuseries that will examine the inner workings of life in public high school in a different way: by sending seven young adults back to school. The network plans 12 episodes of the docuseries from Lucky 8 TV arm Learning Tree Productions. The seven young adults, who went through an extensive screening process, were sent by school officials for a semester at Highland Park High in Topeka, KS, to immerse themselves and ultimately help… Read

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NBC: Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson ‘Voice’ Recruit Not Reaction To ABC ‘Idol’ Order

Talks to bring two of American Idol’s biggest stars to NBC’s singing competition series The Voice began well in advance of ABC’s talks to return Idol to the air,  NBC reality-TV chief Paul Telegdy insisted Sunday. “We had been talking to those two [stars] for a long time about joining The Voice,” he said on a phone call with reporters, adding he was confident both artists would confirm that. Officially unveiling its schedule for next season Sunday, in advance of its… Read

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Simon Cowell Returning To ‘American Idol’? “The Answer Is No”

Cross one original American Idol judge off the list for ABC’s reboot of the singing competition. Simon Cowell told Extra tonight that he “was asked to do it, and the answer is no." The once-polarizing Cowell left Idol in 2010 and these days is making and shattering dreams as a judge for America’s Got Talent on NBC, where he is under a deal. He’s also on Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor in the UK.  "I have no interest [in Idol],” he told Extra. “My memories are when… Read

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‘Shark Tank’, ‘Dancing With the Stars’ & ‘The Bachelor’ Renewed For Next Season

Lost in the flurry of ABC scripted series renewals and cancellations were pickups for the network’s venerable reality franchises for next season. Dancing with the Stars has been renewed for Cycles 25 and 26, The Bachelor has been picked up for Season 22, and Shark Tank will return for a ninth season. All three series continue to perform well, with Dancing, from BBC Worldwide Prods. ranking as ABC’s most watched series, averaging 12.4 million viewers in Live+7. The Bachelor… Read

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Kelly Clarkson Joins ‘The Voice’ As Coach For Season 14

NBC has made it official. Kelly Clarkson is joining hit singing competition show The Voice for its 14th season. The three-time Grammy winner and inaugural American Idol winner will join fellow coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine on the Emmy-winning series. A fourth coach will be named at a later date. It was announced yesterday that Jennifer Hudson was named as a coach for the 13th season of The Voice, which will air in the fall. She will be joined by Miley Cyrus, Blake… Read

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‘Life With Kylie’: ‘Kardashians’ Spinoff With Kylie Jenner Set For July On E! – Update

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UPDATED with premiere date: E! will premiere Kylie Jenner’s Life of Kylie, the latest spinoff series from the Keeping Up With the Kardashians franchise, with back-to-back episodes starting at 10 PM Thursday, July 6. The eight-episode half-hour show will follow Jenner as she navigates her life as entrepreneur, fashion designer, author, social media star and CEO/Founder of Kylie Cosmetics. The show also will document her personal life, including spending time with her close… Read

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‘American Beauty Star’ Competition Series Hosted By Adriana Lima Set At Lifetime

A+E Networks and Herrick Entertainment are teaming on new competition series, American Beauty Star, hosted by international supermodel Adriana Lima, to air on Lifetime. Production begins in Los Angeles this June on 10 hourlong episodes. The series brings together 12 celebrity stylists and salon professionals to compete in a series of challenges, from creating high-end editorial looks to the most current glam creations for red carpets and runway shows. At the end of the… Read

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Oxygen Orders ‘Criminal Confessions’ Reality Series From Dick Wolf & Shed Media

Dick Wolf is expanding his relationship with soon-to-be-rebranded Oxygen, which has given a series green light to Criminal Confessions, a reality series from the Law & Order and Chicago boss and Warner Bros’ Shed media. The series delves into the psychological showdown that takes place inside actual police interrogation rooms and dissects what happens to yield a confession. The show is co-produced by Wolf’s Wolf Reality and Shed Media, with Wolf, Tom Thayer, Pam Healey… Read

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Venus Williams To Topline Female-Focused Business Series Produced by 3 Ball

Venus Williams is teaming with Bar Rescue producer 3 Ball Entertainment on a new unscripted female-focused business series Deals in Heels (working title). The tennis icon, entrepreneur and Olympic gold medalist will appear in and executive produce the series, alongside 3 Ball executive producers Todd A. Nelson, Ross Weintraub and DJ Nurre. In each episode, five up-and-coming entrepreneurs "pitch" the panel on their start-up idea. The two women whose businesses show the… Read