Tuesday Morning Update

American Idol: Katie “Jordan” Price, who I can’t quite figure out what she is famous for, to guest judge on the show. Simon Cowell make $43 million a year.

Survivor contestant and Olympian Crystal Cox

Survivor contestant and Olympian Crystal Cox

Survivor – Gabon: Gillian said she knew all along Crystal was an Olympic runner, but didn’t understand why she was so slow. An inside look into the production of Survivor.

The Amazing Race: Anita and Arthur Jones, also known as the “old hippies,” were eliminated first from the show.

Top Chef: Former cheftestant Richard Blais is pitching more reality TV ideas to Bravo.

The Hills: Heidi’s mom tells Spencer he’s controlling and manipulative.

Dancing With the Stars: Brooke Burke says her kids love watching her get dressed up for the show.

Project Runway: The Wall Street Journal’s law blog explains some of the behind-the-scenes legal wrangling between NBC and Lifetime.

Jon and Kate Plus 8: Kate to appear on “Say Yes to the Dress” for her wedding vow ceremony.

America’s Next Top Model: Recent Top Model reject Isis says she “has a lot of personality,” but that it was edited out of the show. A video game version of Top Model will come out in November.

Monday Morning Update

Survivor: Interview with kicked-off castaway Michelle reveals she “cuddled” with fellow survivor Dan, but the producers chose to edit that out.

Jen Schefft/Getty Images

Jen Schefft/Getty Images

The Bachelor: Former Bachelor contestant Jen Schefft and former Bachelorette (yes, the one who rejected both men) is engaged.

The Amazing Race: A recap of last night’s season premiere episode.

The Biggest Loser: The team sent home first is shocked.

The Hills: OMG, are Heidi and Lauren going to reconcile? Check out pics of Audrina’s new million-dollar Hollywood Hills pad.

The Bachelorette: DeAnna and Jesse take a break from moving in together to make out.

Project Runway: I’m so confused. So it looks like Runway might not be moving to Lifetime just yet. 

Top Chef: Spike Mendelsohn’s new restaurant is cited by the Washington, D.C. Health Department.

Jennifer Hudson/John Spellman

Jennifer Hudson/John Spellman

American Idol: Simon Cowell says no to plastic surgery, yes to Botox. Jennifer Hudson’s new album includes her famous “Dreamgirls” song. Life after Idol: Former contestant Nikki McKibbin still singing…she hosts a weekly karaoke bash in Arlington, Texas.

America’s Next Top Model: The transgendered contestant, Isis, talks about how she got onto the show and why she got eliminated. The show moves to the Oxygen network. An episode summary from last week. What Alaska native Hannah had to say about her elimination.

Random bits: American Idol producers looking for a few good rocker dudes. Even reality shows are reflecting the reality of the sinking real estate market.

My new obsession: The Rachel Zoe Project

I finally caught “The Rachel Zoe Project” over the weekend and I became so entranced with the show that I nearly missed my Sunday afternoon gym class, the one I always show up 15 minutes early to.

It was that good.

If you don’t know, Rachel Zoe is a celebrity stylist with high-profile clients like Debra Messing and Jennifer Garner. She was also picked apart in the tabloids for her thin figure, even being accused of making the celebrities she styles thin, like former client Nicole Richie.

Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe

I had my suspicions at first. Oh, great, another show about fashion. But it wasn’t Rachel Zoe that sucked me in, but her assistants, Taylor and Brad. Taylor, who dresses like a total hipster, is pretty much a total bitch. But you can tell she’s really good at her job. She makes sure Rachel stays organized and on task, constantly foreseeing problems and taking care of them for her. She definitely isn’t one for small talk, preferring to just get ‘er done.

Brad is adorable. He’s the new assistant who desperately needs some training on how to do is job, only Taylor won’t do that for him. She asks him to make calls to designers, then does it herself. She screams when the studio isn’t neat, but never tells Brad how to organize it. In time the duo learn how to work with each other, after Taylor gets a stern talking-to from Rachel.

Oh, yeah, Rachel. The show’s namesake. At first I was intrigued and admired her business sense. She seems to have carved out a niche for herself in an almost entirely new industry. She has a really cute relationship with her husband, Rodger Berman, an investment banker who now puts on awards shows. 

But after watching three episodes, she’s starting to wear on me. First of all, she is too skinny. I do agree that some people are naturally thin. Not her. You can see her ribs poking out of her chest. You never see her eat, only sipping on venti Starbucks cups. You can tell she’s a smoker, which suppresses the appetite. She definitely knows a lot about fashion and has a cute personality, but I can’t help but wonder what sort of role model she is.

So of course I Google stalked her and found this incredible New York Times Magazine profile of Rachel Zoe that explains a lot. First of all, she orders vegetables but gets mad at the waiter when a small dollop of sauce appears on her plate? Ridiculous. And sounds like someone with food issues. She also seems to gossip about her clients a little too readily.

One of the more endearing moments on the show, however, is when she gets upset about Internet gossip written about her. It’s nice to know how celebrities are impacted by tabloid-ish rumors and sweet to watch her husband comfort her.

Read the article for yourself and make your own judgements. I’ll keep watching, if only to see what happens with poor Brad, who seems on the brink of getting fired every episode.

Wednesday Morning Update

American Idol: Former Idol contestant Clay Aiken reveals what we all already knew: he’s gay. Listen to Idol winner David Cook’s latest single. Chris Daughtry to guest star on CSI:NY.

Whitney Port/Getty Images

Whitney Port/Getty Images

Dancing with the Stars: Jeffrey Ross is devastated about getting booted from the show.

The Hills: Looks like Whitney Port has gotten back together with an old flame.

America’s Next Top Model: Predictions for tonight’s episode. What it’s like to audition for the show.

Project Runway: A good guess at who might be going home tonight.

The Bachelor: Former Bachelor Andrew Firestone and wife Ivana are going to have a baby.

The Amazing Race: A producer details the upcoming season.

The Real World: America’s Next Top Model isn’t the only show to have a transgendered person.

The Bachelorette: DeAnna and Jesse say they are scaling back plans for a big wedding.

Exiled: Read Marissa’s diary about her experiences in India.

Random bits: Bravo is casting for several new shows. TruTV will start reality show on skiing.

Monday Morning Update

America’s Next Top Model: Recently ousted Brittany Rubalcaba reflects on her Top Model experience. She also has some regrets for things she said on the show.

Project Runway: Lindsay Lohan to guest judge on next season’s premiere episode.

Dan Gheesling/CBS

Dan Gheesling/CBS

American Idol: David Cook has a release date for his album.

Big Brother: Dan Gheesling discusses his $500,000 win

Meet the Barkers: Travis Barker seriously injured in jet crash along with his friend DJ AM.

Kathy Griffin My Life on the D-List: The show might leave Bravo.

The Hills: It’s true, Audrina did move out.

The Biggest Loser: The first couple booted off says they are still losing weight.

Random bits: Find out which reality shows scored an Emmy last night.

Thursday Morning Update

America’s Next Top Model: Check out this recap of last night’s makeover show.

Project Runway: Check out this recap of last night’s episode. We all know now that Joe was auf’d last night on Runway, but he talks about how great the experience was and the thrill of being able to show at Bryant Park.

The Hills: A preview of next week’s epsiode…with the infamous Stephanie-Doug date. Brody says he and Stephanie are friends now.

Wednesday Morning Update

Top Chef: A blogger’s take on Tom Colicchio’s new restaurant.

American Idol: Kara, the fourth judge, says she is getting used to the spotlight.

Kara DioGuardi

Kara DioGuardi

Project Runway: Meet Terri Stevens, the designer who got kicked off the show last week.

Top Design: Designers from Project Runway will judge this week’s episode.

Tyra Banks/Americas Next Top Model

Tyra Banks/America's Next Top Model

 

America’s Next Top Model: Clips of tonight’s makeover show. One former Top Model winner has a stalker who likes to send her expensive shoes. Can I have a stalker, please? Viewers seem to be accepting Isis for who she is, even if some of her housemates aren’t.

Real World/Road Rules: MTV getting blasted for not being environmentally friendly during taping.

Exiled: This blogger is rightly skeptical about whether the supposed transformation these young girls and boys go through.

The Bachelorette: By all accounts, DeAnna and Jesse are still going strong.

Big Brother: Dan Gheesling wins the final $500,000 prize.

The Hills: A few details leaked about the Whitney-inspired Hills spin-off called The City. And Us Weekly did a recap of Monday night’s episode.

Random bits: Gawker previews some of the upcoming reality shows.