September 25th, 2008

Site News – Back in Business

Well hurrah, it seems that the site issues of the last week are finally behind me. Now that I know you guys can view the site again it’s time to get caught up! I will take this opportunity to address several things in 1.

* The Subscribe to categories feature is currently disabled. That means if you are subscribed to receive email notifications when new posts are added you currently will not be getting them — because when I moved hosts I had to import all the posts over, the script thinks they are new and wants to send out an email about every one. That’s over 2000 posts it wants to notify 400+ people about, eep, obviously I can’t let this happen, so until I find a solution the script is simply turned off…and apologies if you did get several in a row a few days ago, this was when I discovered the problem.

* Humberto mentioned in the comments that the RSS feed was not working, I believe I have now solved this but let me know if you are still experiencing problems.

Other than that I think every thing is back to how it should be now, if there’s anything you’ve discovered though please do let me know as I am not aware of it.

Next up some questions I have been getting about shows:

* Where is The Amazing Race Asia 3 episode 2?
Unfortunately the user who uploaded the first episode has not done the second one, I don’t know if they plan to or not. I have searched high and low for another source but so far have only managed to find one who has the episode uploaded and they have embedding disabled so I cannot post it here. I will keep looking for a source and if you know of one please do let me know, in the meantime you can watch episode 2 directly on this youtube channel.

* Why can’t I view some of your Big Brother UK videos any more?
Over the last week I have been receiving more and more emails each day from youtube letting me know that channel 4 have made a copyright claim and have limited access to the videos. They have blocked any one from the following countries from viewing the videos:

Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, United Kingdom

Unfortunately this causes me a big problem, as I am from the UK — I can now no longer view my own videos. I don’t know why they suddenly have a problem with it being on youtube, I have been uploading it for years without issues and it doesn’t make sense that they’d decide now, after the show is over, to make their claims. It brings into question whether or not I will be able to post future series of Big Brother UK.

and finally…

* Can you post The Biggest Loser USA 6?
I would love to, but unfortunately cannot. I tried to do The Biggest Loser USA 5 and it was removed from youtube in a matter of hours, I tried to post it to dailymotion instead and it was removed from there. I tried to upload the first season a few months ago, but again that was removed within a few days. Some companies just don’t want their shows online and NBC is one of them — as it says in the FAQs I have no interest in playing cat and mouse with them, I post shows that I know (or hope at least) will remain online for many months to come, I don’t post shows that I know will be removed.

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April 4th, 2008

The Biggest Loser Aus 3 – Adro meets American contestants

Last week, the winner of The Biggest Loser Australia 1, Adro Sarneli, appeared on the current American season of the show to offer advice and inspiration to the remaining 5 contestants on their trip to Sydney. It’s great to see Adro is still doing well, there’s a man who has really changed his life forever – and it’s great to see that he is using his experience to try and help and inspire others, you go Adro. Enjoy.

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March 29th, 2008

Biggest Loser USA and Australia cross over?

Well, as we know from watching episode # 47 of The Biggest Loser Aus – it’s time for Bob and Jillian to come back to the White House to catch up with their two remaining black team contestants, Michelle and Bryce. But who knew the remaining 5 American contestants would be coming with them? At the end of the last US episode we saw a preview for the next, that informs us the final 5 are going to Australia – in the previews we see them weighing in at the White House, we see them in the White House gyms and we even see them stood by some of the pictures of past contestants in the trophy room. Take a look for yourself:

And here is a screen shot so you can better see (click for full screen view):

American contestants at the Australian White House.

The only question that remains, is will this be a real crossover? Will we see the two countries contestants interact? Will we see the Australians on next weeks American show? Will we see the Americans during next weeks Australian shows? Will they compete against each other in challenges? Only time will tell.

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December 21st, 2007

Upcoming Reality shows in 2008

Big Brother 9 (premieres Tuesday, February 12 at 9PM ET/PT on CBS)
Thanks to the writers strike, this long-running CBS reality series will — for the first time ever — air a non-summer edition. The show will once again air thrice weekly, and since it’s making Big Brother history by being broadcast in the spring, the show’s producers are promising it will be different and stand-out from any previous installment. Also expect a heated swimming pool and any contrived scenario that might maximize bikini use during the “chilly” Los Angeles winter.

Survivor 16 (premieres Thursday, February 7 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS)
Although CBS still isn’t confirming that Survivor’s next edition will feature another group of returning “all-stars” castaways, it sure does seem to be shaping up that way — especially when you consider the lame Survivor 16 title CBS has initially given the show.

Paradise Hotel 2 (premieres Monday, February 4 at 9PM ET/PT on MyNetworkTV, and with a TV-MA version at 1AM ET on Fox Reality Channel)
This sleazy Big Brother-like reality series is back after more than four years off the air, featuring a mix of 11 male and female singles living, playing and hooking-up with one another in a secluded resort for the chance to win a cash prize. Whether or not the participants’ experiences can be considered “paradise” remains to be seen, however home viewers following their exploits should find it entertaining.

American Idol (premieres on Tuesday, January 15 and Wednesday, January 16, with both two-hour broadcasts beginning at 8PM ET/PT on Fox)
Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson have gushed that the seventh-season of this Fox mega-hit will include some of the best talent ever to grace the Idol stage — and no, that doesn’t mean Fox has decided to replace Ryan Seacrest — although if the strike doesn’t end by the time the show’s semifinals begin, viewers will presumably get to see how charming and funny he really is without the aid of writers. (For the record, Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron seemed to handle it just fine.)

The Biggest Loser 5 (premieres Tuesday, January 1 at 8PM ET/PT on NBC)
So much for building anticipation, as NBC will debut the fifth season of this weight-loss reality series exactly two weeks following its fourth-season finale. Contestants trying to shed the pounds will be competing while paired in teams with somebody they have a pre-existing relationship with — and they’ll have to do so without former Red Team trainer Kim Lyons — who replaced Jillian Michaels prior to the third season only to be replaced by Michaels prior to the fifth season.