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It has been a rough week for Black folks in reality TV. Then again, since Black people are usually cast as angry, crazy, or singers, (or all flippin’ three!) maybe every week is a bad week.Or maybe I’m being hyper sensitive. All possibilities. I’m not ruling anything out.

Thar’ be spoilers ahead, so if you’re not caught up on your sub-par TV, it’s best to skip this post.

  • The Amazing Race: It was a good attempt, Ron and Tony, my strong, orange-clad brothas. I don’t see how this happened. They were in first place. They were wearing mesh shirts, they had advanced degrees, one of them even carried a compass. Everything was going smoothly. Then they fell apart, falling from first to last place. So long only Black people on the show. Interesting trend alert: How many times have Black partners been eliminated first on Amazing Race? I can think of 3 offhand. I’d argue that maybe we’ve just had bad luck in this game, but we’ve won, and come close (stupid piss break!) Hmm. Someone sleuth this!
  • Survivor: Let’s talk about NaOnka (see the pic above). First, I hope your name means something pretty because it sounds like the noise a cell phone makes when you drop it in the toilet. Second, I can’t believe you are a teacher, let alone a PE teacher where building self-esteem and offering encouragement is absolutely vital. You are constantly hating on the girl with one leg. Not only is she just as fast and strong as you, but she’s managing to complain a lot less…and I’m willing to bet she has sand wedged between her leg and the prosthetic. Third: Stop with the anger! We don’t know your backstory, we don’t know why you’re so upset and touchy. All America sees is that you are a loose cannon with a loud mouth. And CBS is just eating this up, with videos on their site to prove it (see:,  “NaOnka is Crazy,” and “NaOnka Is Out of Control,” both quotes from her castmates. ) Survivor is one of the few reality shows where, “I’m not here to make friends,” doesn’t really work. At the end of the game, people have to like or at least respect you enough to give you a million bucks. If acting a fool, stealing socks and cat-fighting over an idol clue is her game plan, it’s not exactly a good one. She makes for “good” television and controversy, but she’s shooting herself in the foot while setting us (Black people) back a few years.
  • The Apprentice: I don’t blame Liza for wanting to call out her team for throwing her under the bus. I also don’t blame her for calling her teammate a bitch. I just think it sucks that the rest of her team now has a vendetta against her for it. They can’t come up with strong reasons for her to go, but they all want her gone. I’d almost respect them more if they just said, “Ya know what? That lady with the fierce braids intimidates me and challenges my long-held assumptions about Black people and I want her gone.” A little honesty would help everyone sleep at night. Meanwhile, at least Gene was out of the fray this week. Good old Gene, he looks like my Dad and stays out of the way. Keep your head down Gene and I’ll see you in the finals…or at least a few more episodes.

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Personal sidenote: The last project I need to do to earn my Masters is due on Friday. I should probably put the HDU off for a week. Luckily (or not so luckily) due to swine flu, the media is a little less concerned with TV news this week.

  • Interesting Award update: The Office took home a PRISM Award for which recognizes shows for accurately depicting addiction, drug and alcohol use in film and television. Wow, did not know that existed.
  • Mr. T got called for jury duty. Can you imagine if he was on your jury? Or better yet (and more likely) if you were on jury duty with him? That would be awesome.
  • Heidi & Spencer got married. Gross. Even worse, they’re honeymooning in Mexico (masks and all). Plus Heidi said she wants to do Playboy now. I know posing for men’s magazines is the first thing I’ll do once I get hitched.
  • E! Hostess Guiliana Rancic and her husband, Apprentice Season 1 Winner Bill Rancic, are getting their own reality show. It should be called, “Seriously, Who’s Watching This?”
  • Two of my favorite actors, Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) and Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) are in a movie together and it looks just interesting enough to make me go back to the movie theater. Or I might just sit around think about what would happen with Rory met Matt Saracen.
  • And finally, my favorite non-TV related link of the week: A funny blog, Texts From Last Night. It’s exactly what it sounds like.

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The good folks at Slate took in some of the coursework offered by the New York Reality TV School. Apparently this place teaches you how to let your freak flag fly just right to attract the attention of all the right people.

You can sign -up for an intensive one-time workshop or a five week course. The intensive course is three hours of improvisational training, practicing for reality show challenges/games, strategies for dealing with wacky personalities, etc. You can also sign up for a Q&A session with a casting director.

For $300 bucks you can sign-up for the five week course and really find yourself. Figure out the best ways to make a submission tape, tell your life stories, resolve (or instigate) conflict and more.

The program does most some legit credentials. Apparently they’ve helped folks get on shows like Top Chef,The Bachelor, and The Apprentice. But seriously? At what point do you hit rock bottom and decide a piece of your next pay-check is going towards reality show school?

Though I suppose there are worse ways to spend your stimulus check.

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The list of Z-List celebrities Donald Trump gathered to appear on his umpteenth installment of the The Apprentice is out! For the full list click here.

My favorite selections are:

  • Stephan Baldwin: Loved him on Celebrity Mole! Stars without scruples are the best kind. He’d pick a fight for a roast beef sandwich.
  • Gene Simmons: The only person on the show with actual street cred. His ego is bigger than Trump’s so it should be a nice clash of the titans…and the bad haircuts.
  • Omarosa: She’s famous for appearing on the first season of The Apprentice. Not only was she a huge bitch but she acted like she almost died when a piece of drywall fell on her head. I can’t wait to see her lose her shit when she drops a very important file folder.

Is anyone actually going to watch this? Is the novelty great enough to give it a chance? If nothing else it will be nice to see Trump again. He kind of needs this season to be a hit. Otherwise, he can always go back to his true calling at Donald Trump’s House of Wings.

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