Let's face it: Paris Hilton is no stranger to prying cameras. As one of the creators, producers and the star of Oxygen's "The World According to Paris" premiering in June, she has a vested interest in making it a hit and convincing us that it's something we haven't seen from her before.'This show is the most authentic I've ever been," she says Friday (April 15) at NBCU's Summer Press Day. "On 'The Simple Life,' I was being a character and I was, you know, a fish out of water, living in places, so it wasn't my world.""Now, people will get to see my real world," she adds. "My friends, my relationships, my business, and everything that goes on."Of course, when someone who has been on multiple reality shows says that they're being real now, they fall into the category of crying wolf one too many times (See Audrina Patridge)."This is an all-access pass to Paris'... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/04/the-world-according-to-paris-paris-hilton-on-doing-the-show-what-else-could-happen.html
I think I've made it perfectly clear by now that when it comes to reality shows, there isn't much I won't watch. From the slightly respectable competition shows like American Idol and Top Chef all the way down to those trashtastic "celebrity" dating shows like A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila and Rock of Love (and even their more shameful spin-offs like Charm School and I Love Money ), I eat it all up like a family-size sack of pretzel m&ms (true story -- just ask the rest of the editorial team). But un like ingesting copious amounts of junk food, I actually feel better after indulging in crap TV. Smarter. Classier. More purposeful in life. I guess that's why I'll never quit -- because no matter how devastating this downward spiral in TV trends becomes, I'll almost always feel like a better, more useful human being in comparison. However, despite the many TV gems that exist nowadays, my fondest reality memories date back to days long past (you know, the early 2000s) when networks were still experimenting with this whole "realty" fad and coming up with some shows that were ridiculously indulgent, embarrassing, and downright appalling , even by today's standards. So without further ado, allow me to lead you down a short trip down memory lane to reminisce over some old favorite reality shows that sadly no longer grace our screens (except via SideReel)! I'll bet you haven't even heard of some of these! 1. Joe Millionaire The premise was simple: a gaggle of girls think they're on a "Bachelor"-type show in which they're vying for the affections of a millionaire, but the dude is secretly a working-class construction worker. At the end, the secret is revealed to the "winning" lady, and if she chooses to stay with him anyway despite his meager paycheck, the couple is surprised with a million-dollar prize. Sure, it wasn't exactly the best recipe for a long-term romance, but who doesn't love watching a bunch of chicks getting fooled and looking like total gold diggers on national TV? 2. Temptation Island Important lesson: if you suspect that your girlfriend might be a cheatin', triflin' ho, you probably shouldn't bring her on a show that uses muscly, oiled-up dudes to bait her into cheating on you some more. Because she probably will. And if she doesn't, your paranoid a** will be convinced that she is anyway, & you'll end up cheating on her instead. Just sayin'. 3. The Simple Life This show thrived in a time when celebrities were still fairly "new" to the reality scene, Paris Hilton wasn't yet "old news," and Nicole Ritchie was about three times the size she is now (which was still alarmingly thin). It was the perfect mix of intriguing (a couple Hollywood brats forced to work at SONIC?) and sadistic (they had to clean up cow dung! HA!), and surprisingly (at the time), Paris & Nicole were quite the comedic trouble-making duo. 4. Popstars Forget Making the Band . Back in the day, it was all about the WB's hit, Popstars, which followed the search for the next hottest girl band and their subsequent climb to fame (or their sad attempt at it). While unfortunately not much came out of girl group Eden's Crush except for the Pussycat Doll's Nicole Scherzinger (yes, that was her!), and I'm pretty sure one of the other girls appeared on a Vagisil commercial -- no joke -- it was entertaining while it lasted! 5. Paradise Hotel Similar to Temptation Island but even more exploitative with the added drama of a studio audience voting in new hotel guests to stir up some smack-talking, this show never failed to deliver the sex, scandal, betrayal, and tears. Of course, I'm pretty sure the producers just made the rules up as they went along -- seriously -- but its spontaneity definitely lent itself to plenty of surprises! 6. I Want a Famous Face Think of Extreme Makeover -- as in the controversial people edition, not Home -- except with borderline crazy people who want to be cut and spliced (and nipped and tucked) into replicas of their favorite celebrity. Then consider MTV , who will actually jump right in before these crazy people can be convinced that it probably isn't a good idea to make yourself look like a psychotic version of your favorite star, and exploit them on one of the most disturbing series in the network's history. And that's saying a lot! 7. Farmer Wants a Wife The title is pretty self-explanatory. There's a farmer. He's hot, of course. & he wants a wife. Conveniently, for the sake of entertainment, his potential suitor-wives are very "unfarmerlike," so of course they'll have to be fish out of water while they attempt to "wow" said farmer with their aforementioned lack of barn-savvy. I'm pretty sure I didn't watch long enough to find out what happened, but let's face it -- they just don't come up with ideas like they used to. 8. elimiDATE Yes, before there was Dismissed and Next on MTV -- and even before The Bachelor -- there was elimiDATE , the juiciest and most awkward of all group dating shows. This was back when the premise of multiple people fighting for the same dude or dudette on one date (cue cat-fighting) was a novel idea, so I would actually stay up way past my bedtime to catch marathons of the one that started it all. Of course, it was only entertaining if the people were especially skanky, which was pretty much every episode, so it definitely goes down as one of the winners in my book! 9. My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance There was a short-lived yet prominent phase in reality TV where almost every show involved people spontaneously marrying each other for fame or profit. This particular show definitely took the cake when it came to craziness. A woman was given the task of convincing her family that she was marrying a big, fat, obnoxious guy (who was secretly an actor), and if her entire family attended the wedding -- with no objections -- they would win a hefty cash prize. This feat ended up being way more trying and traumatizing then anyone could have imagined, but um... hopefully her shrink has helped her get over it by now. 10. Celebrity Mole I never watched the regular seasons of The Mole, but I'm going to go ahead and assume that without contestants like Stephen Baldwin, Dennis Rodman, or Kathy Griffin, the show wasn't nearly as interesting. There was something so addicting and intriguing about being able to "play" along with them when it came to guessing who the secret mole was, and while the current season of Big Brother attempted to do something similar with their new Saboteur (that was a total Fail), it's just not nearly as awesome as Celebrity Mole was! Got any other "old" favorites I left out? 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I may be an unashamed fan of nearly all reality TV, but at least I know it's dumb, and I still know how to keep it real. Aside from the more "quality" competition show programming like American Idol , So You Think You Can Dance and the like, most reality shows thrive by providing entertainment in three simple forms: drama, scandal, and appalling displays of stupidity . But despite the general dumbness quotient that is required of your average reality show "cast," some TV stars are much stupider than their on-air buddies. Either that, or their brain-to-mouth filters are just far less functional. Or the show's editors just have it out for them. Whatever the root cause, there's no reason to let such hilarity go uncelebrated, so without further ado, here are the 10 dumbest reality TV quotes of all time, in no particular order: 1. "We're brother and sister. At the end of the day, I can't change, I can't make you un-my sister. Trust me, if I could in the past, I would've." -Spencer Pratt, The Hills I totally feel you, bro. If I had a dollar for ever time I wish I could go back in time and make people un-my family members... I'd still be broke. 2. "Everybody loves me: babies, dogs... ya know, hot girls, cougars. I just have unbelievable mass appeal." -Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Jersey Shore ...I think that quote speaks for itself. 3. "I know I'm super attractive. You don't feel a connection with me? Who do you think you are, GOD?!" -Natalie Getz, The Bachelor You're right, Jason Mesnick must be asexual. I mean, after he asked you what you like to do besides shop (in a desperate attempt to find sense in that spray-tanned head of yours), that compelling story you tried to tell about how you "like bears" should have made any normal hot-blooded man bow at your feet! 4. "Some people... they're not very cleansy. Cleansiness. Uh..." -Teresa Giudice, The Real Housewives of New Jersey Seriously, girl. With all those prostitution whores out there, you never know who might be uncleansy. Friggin' uncleansiness. Nasty. 5. "Is this chicken what I have, or is this fish? I know it's tuna, but it says 'Chicken of the Sea.'" -Jessica Simpson, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica It's okay, Jessica. I know. Canned food can be super misleading. Kind of like how "Cougar Town" isn't even about cougars anymore, and your show was still called "Newlyweds" even after 3 years. 6. "What is Hawaii? A state? A continent? Heh. Continent." -Jessica Serfaty, America's Next Top Model Cycle 14 Oh shoot, you didn't know that? I mean, duh, it's right under that other continent, Alaska. Obvi! 7. "What's Walmart? Do they, like, make walls there?" -Paris Hilton, The Simple Life Yup, just like how Kmart makes Ks. What's even dumber than this quote itself is the fact that she pretended to not know what Walmart is. 8. "I definitely want to look good for Ronnie's parents, because it's the first time they're meeting me. Like, I want them to think like wow, that's her, she's really pretty, and whatever." -Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola, Jersey Shore Whatever indeed. Yes, Jersey Shore gets two quotes on this list. Because they're that dumb. Are you surprised? 9. "I got this ring when I was 12 years old from my parents, to stay a virgin until I was married, and I stayed a virgin the longest out of all my friends, I tried my hardest, and then it just happened, BOOM, it was gone." -Trisha Cummings, Real World: Sydney Oh crap, you lost your virginity in a bomb explosion too? 10. "I just want to live a normal life." -Whitney Port, The City First of all, FALSE. Secondly, it's a little too late for that, isn't it, Honeybunches? So many dumb reality shows, so little room for bulls*** in my brain. I know I'm forgetting some good ones, so share your favorite dumb reality TV quotes below!
Paris Hilton was spotted dancing with her boyfriend Doug Reinhardt, looking and acting every bit of the skank that she is at Queen Latifah's 29th birthday party in Vegas on March 28. Paris could be seen making... See the pics at Putu.Us
Paris looked classy for a change (although I'm not sure about the headband) at the Haven Evening of Fashion event in Beverly Hills, Feb. 20th. Continue to source... Although her outfit looked a fit old-fashioned (especially the part below the waist), it was still elegant and appropriate for a public event, an amazing feat coming from Paris (recall her Grammy outfit). Paris turned 28 a few days ago, celebrating her big day with none less than Mickey Rourke. Maybe the years are making her wiser?
The Hilton sisters had finally showed up at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York yesterday (February 16). Continue Reading... I wonder what took them so long. We haven't been seeing these two together a lot lately. Both of them wore low-cit dresses, Paris in red and Nicky in white. The pair hung out at the backstage VIP lounge, and were happy to pose for photographers on their way in.
Paris Hilton showed up on the red carpet for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Feb. 8th. We all know how much Paris loves being photographed, and she definitely got her wish with the very short (some might even say slutty) dress she wore that leaves very little to the imagination. I donât know about you, but for me thereâs a very fine line between looking sexy and looking trashy. That distinction seems lost on Paris, as her colorful cutout mini-dress could at best pass for a negligee. I think its time for Paris to leave the skanky clothes for the younger generation, although Iâm sure nobody would wear that in public. Continue Reading...
A sort of mannish-looking Paris Hilton was photographed out and about in Beverly Hills, Feb. 3rd. Her weight loss has now reached a point where she's starting to look a bit creepy. Somebody should seriously tell Paris to eat more than a grape a day. Her broadening shoulders and muscle definition on her arms are not good sights either. Continue Reading..........
Keeping one another company, Nicole Richie and Benji Madden ventured out for a shopping trip in Los Angeles on Thursday (December 11). The former " The Simple Life " starlet and her Good Charlotte rocker babydaddy's now-single brother dropped by the Red Organic food store to pick up a few items before continuing along on their way. read more
They've been spotted out in Los Angeles together a few times as of late, and last night Paris Hilton and Avril Lavigne were once again partying at the same club. " The Simple Life " hottie was joined by her new BFF Brittany Flickinger as she hit up Bar Deluxe where Avril and her husband Deryck Whibley were also enjoying some LA nightlife, along with Paris' ex-boyfriend Benji Madden. read more