Thursday May 23, 2013

I watched the premiere of Bad Girls All Star Battle last night.  Let me repeat that.  I watched the premiere of Bad Girls All Star Battle last night.  It's a dumbed down version of The Road Rules/Real World Challenge aka The Gauntlet aka The Inferno.  Picture the same idea of competitions (in fact the first challenge was a rip off of Survivor amongst many other shows) with a cast that is all female, all have horrible hair, most of whom are overweight and all of whom think their "hard" or "tough" or something of the sort and are ready to snap at the drop of a hat.  By the way, the host, Ray J, is no TJ Lavin, that's for damn certain.

Splash alum Katherine Webb claims to only eat 1,120 calories a day?

Remember Bachelorette Meredith Phillips?  

Meredith has revealed that she was wasted while shooting the ABC reality show in 2004. 'I was drunk every night,' the recovering alcoholic tells the new issue of People magazine.

Now 150 days sober, the former reality star is divulging of the extent of her addiction, which at its peak had her drinking 20 bottles of wine a week and blacking out daily. 'For years I'd wake up every day feeling like I was hit by a truck,' she said.  The depth of her depravity finally hit her when, 'I realized I was going to kill myself,' Phillips says.  'There wasn't another path for me other than to stop... I am finally starting to live my life again.'

Drinking seven days a week and up to four bottles a night, alcoholism became Meredith's 'full-time job,' she told People. 'I'd change grocery stores; I drank red wine when white became too sweet, and I couldn't drink enough of it.

'Then I went to boxed wine. Crushing one box saved the space of all those bottles.' With days a blur of tremors and pounding headaches, she often switched to hard alcohol like vodka.

Fortunately, she still had family looking out for her, and brother Matt finally confronted Meredith and paid for a stay in rehab.

According to DeadlineNick Carter of the Backstreet Boys is set to topline and executive produce a reality series that will chronicle his life as he tries to make amends with his past and prepare for his upcoming nuptials. I hear unscripted production company Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment (Hardcore Pawn: Chicago) is shopping the half-hour docu-series starring Carter and his fiancée, Lauren Kitt, which already has received interest from cable networks. The series, also exec produced by Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey, coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Backstreet Boys who will release a new album In A World Like This on July 30 and will set out on a world-tour.

More from Deadline

Newly retired tennis pro Andy Roddick will co-host Fox Sports Live, the network’s flagship news and highlights show, when Fox Sports 1 launches August 17. He joins Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole, the Canadian duo previously announced as the primary highlight team for the show, which will be the News Corp-owned network’s equivalent and rival to ESPN’s SportsCenter. Roddick is no stranger to the spotlight, having been the U.S.’ top male tennis player for years before being slowed down by injuries and age — he won a slew of titles but only one major, the 2003 U.S. Open, before he retired after the U.S. Open last August at age 30. 

A little birdie told me that Gary Payton and Donovan McNabb may very well be joining Roddick to make up a 3-man panel . . . .

For the record, I can't get enough Million Dollar Listing New York.  I know the 3 guys are far from likable but I find them very entertaining.

This looks interesting: 

Presented by Sundance Channel and Entertainment Weekly, The Writers' Room is set to premiere on Monday, July 29 and will be hosted by Academy Award-winning screenwriter (The Descendants), comedian and actor Jim Rash (Community). The six episode half-hour series will spotlight an array of scripted television shows from today's pioneering cable dramas, including Breaking Bad, Dexter, Game of Thrones and American Horror Story to the most critically acclaimed and popular network sitcoms, including Parks and Recreation and New Girl. The roundtable talk show will delve into the world of TV's creative masterminds, divulging inside details about their smartest choices, toughest decisions and biggest mistakes. 

Lastly, what was up with the sloppy producing on The Real World last night?  The fight between Bird and her boyfriend was a mess, Jordan wasn't in the episode for more than 30 seconds and more scenes were set up on this one than in any episode in recent memory.  Long live Hurricane Nia!