“Reality” programming. Design a fish-out-of-water scenario. Find folks willing to have every moment of their life’s experiences video taped and displayed for what is sure to result in some public ridicule. Then turn on the cameras and get ready to roll – somewhere there will be a market share willing to watch. Considering the lower costs to produce shows like Survivor and the Amazing Race and the high advertising revenues those programs can generate, and it’s no wonder that more and more production companies are trying their hand at the “reality” television market.
Not long after the reality travel shows started to hit the air, a second trend of hometown reality programming began appearing with shows like Super Nanny and It’s Me or The Dog popping up. In these situation dromedies, dysfunctional family life was placed front and center with outtakes, personal video diaries and complete blog-o-sphere communities dedicated to dissecting each and every episode.
Enter the latest in the reality genre – The World’s Strictest Parents. For parents who are “proud of your firm parenting skills” this is a chance to host a teen who is “tired of your parents’ rules.” This import from British television is meant to shine a light on family relations and if it follows the path of the British original, that path will be short and rather one direction. Unlike other trade-em-up programming such as Wife Swap where the mis-matched mom and family’s both trade out for two weeks or more, The World’s Strictest Parents is a one way flip that lasts on average only 8 days. Unruly teens who are frustrated by the structure and stricture of their home life are sent to live with parents who are all about structure and stricture.
If you’re interested in trying out, fill out the online form and head for casting in Las Vegas. At least 8 episodes of the U.S. version are planned and have been picked up by CMT for an April pairing with Nanny 911.
The Cerda family in Las Vegas woke up the morning of March 10 to a call from Ty Pennington and the crew from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and on March 19, they went to sleep in a completely rebuilt, environmentally friendly home designed around the special needs of their children.
While Wright Custom Home/Wright Engineers and more than 500 volunteers were demolishing and then framing out a new house in northwest Las Vegas, the Cerda’s were relaxing in Maui and trying to adjust to the change in their future. Occasional video showed them limited progress on the building and they had no idea what the final structure would look like.
After exiting the limo that whisked them home from McCarran International Airport, Chuck Cerda kissed the Extreme Makeover bus. Surrounded by family, friends and well wishers, the Cerda family shouted “Move that bus!” and for the first time, saw their new two story home in Las Vegas.
The Cerda’s children, Molly and Maggie, both suffer from Combined Immune Deficiency Disease (CIDD) which makes them more susceptible to lung and upper respiratory infections. Because of their condition, the girls have limited contact outside the home that makes it even more important that the house be in pristine condition. The HVAC system will filter the air better than a standard home heating/cooling system. An advantage that was noticeable soon after entering the residence when Terri Cerda realized her daughter Molly wasn’t having breathing difficulties and didn’t require a nebulizer treatment.
In addition to the valley volunteers that helped to build the new house, many local businesses contributed build related or maintenance assistance. Walker Furniture donated furniture for the main rooms; Alarmco donated security services; Freedom Exterminators gave pest control treatments; and The Soroptimist International of Metropolitan Las Vegas provided a musical touch, donating oboes, a flute and $2,000 worth of music lessons for the girls. The four Las Vegas Raising Cane’s restaurants encouraged customers to donate a dollar to every ticket and gave the funds directly to the family to assist with ongoing expenses.
However it wasn’t just the Cerda family who benefited during the home build. The United Blood Services bloodmobile parked at the spectator site and visitors and volunteers took the opportunity to donate to the Vegas valley blood bank. And the Three Square food distribution center in Las Vegas was the recipient of a non-perishable food collection also conducted at the spectator site.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition currently plans to air the Cerda family episode on May 10. The television series airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on Las Vegas ABC affiliate KTNV channel 13.
Now magazine reports that the TV personality is keeping her options open. Myleene Klass and fiancé Graham Quinn intend to become man and wife one day – just not yet.
“I know that Gray is The One and the feeling that we are partners for life is so strong,” says Myleene, adding, “But I’m less and less enthusiastic about a big white wedding because I already go to plenty of sit-down dinners and wear so many white dresses for work. I have a feeling that ours may be in Las Vegas. Or a party in the garden with fairy lights in the trees and a fish-and-chip supper for the reception.”
10 Years Younger TV host Myleene, 30, met Graham when he was Hear Say’s bodyguard and they’re now parents to 18-month-old daughter Ava. “We’ve been together for 6 years now and everyone keeps nagging us to get married,’ she tells Hello! “But it’ll happen in time. There are other things to do first.”
Valerie Miller, writer for the Las Vegas Business Press, reports that Miami-based Spanish Broadcasting System has signed a significant affiliation deal with the Las Vegas/Laughlin-based Cranston Acquisition to carry MEGA TV on KMCC-DT, Channel 32 and analog KBNX-TV, Channel 31.
The channels are planned to show such programs as “Paparazzi TV,” “Maria Elvira Live,” “Este Noche Tu Night,” “Bayly,” and more.