Basketball LA

Those of you who suffered through the first 2 seasons of Basketball Wives LA can rest easy: there won’t be a 3rd season.

The series, which premiered on August 29, 2011, has reportedly been canceled by VH1 due to poor ratings. BBWLA was plagued by the same problems that affected other urban reality shows, such as the anemic Love and Hip Hop NY. Producers are having a hard time finding new ways to to keep the public interested in fake, scripted reality shows.

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JeVale McGee and Pamela McGee

Oprah Winfrey is a woman on a mission to keep her struggling OWN Network from going under. In addition to her acclaimed series, Behind The Scenes, Oprah has movie projects in the works and a TV production deal with Tyler Perry.

Oprah’s latest offering is a reality TV show featuring Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee and his colorful mom, former WNBA player Pamela McGee.

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CBS Cancels Judge Joe Brown

CBS has canned Judge Joe Brown, the longest-running courtroom TV series featuring a black judge.

The popular series helmed by outspoken real-life judge Joe Brown was cancelled after salary negotiations broke down, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“We would like to thank Joe for 15 great years, as well as executive producer John Terenzio and the entire staff for all their hard work and dedication to the show,” CBS Television Distribution said in a statement on Tuesday.

Brown reportedly earned $20 million a year, but CTD wanted to cut his salary due to declining ratings of the show.

‘Judge Joe Brown’ was down 17 percent in the February sweeps, THR reports.

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Porsha Stewart

Supposedly, Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Porsha Williams Stewart wasn’t aware that her former NFL husband filed for divorce until she read it on the blogs.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Consitution, Koprdell Stewart filed the divorce papers in Fulton County Court on Marc 22 (just in time to be featured in an upcoming episode of the show).

He cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce. And he made sure to mention that Porsha was a cast member on Real Housewives of Atlanta.

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Cast of Married to Medicine

Nearly 2 million viewers tuned in to watch the premiere of Bravo Network’s new reality series, Married to Medicine on Sunday night.

The series, based in Atlanta, explores the lives of pampered doctors’ wives and 2 black female doctors who run their own thriving medical practices. The show veers away from the usual mundane scripted farce that other reality shows offer.

Unlike the original cast members of Real Housewives of Atlanta who ended up losing their homes, the well-to-do couples in M2M own their fabulous homes outright. And, unlike other reality shows, the doctors have real patients and they practice real procedures.

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Porsha and Kordell Stewart

It’s hard to tell what’s real when it comes to fake reality shows these days.

With so many tiresome and boring reality shows crowding the television landscape, producers struggle to come up with unique ways to keep viewers tuned in. It is not unusual for reality show stars to involve the courts — and even the police — who unwittingly provide drama to boost TV ratings.

Lawsuits are often filed, but after the season ends, the lawsuits are quietly withdrawn; or the legal paperwork is filed incorrectly so the case is tossed out on technicalities.

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Nicki Minaj arrives late

Yes, this story is important to some people.

Revamped rapper Nicki Minaj arrived exactly 13 minutes late to the live taping of American Idol Wednesday, saying she was stuck in traffic. That’s understandable in Los Angeles where the traffic ranks as the worst in the nation.

But it is not understandable if you’re a celebrity who gets paid millions to judge a music competition.

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Kim Kardashian vampire blood facial

Shameless attention-seeker Kim Kardashian gives herself something called a “vampire filler blood facial” during an upcoming episode of her reality TV show. Kim’s reality show is tanking in the ratings thanks to other reality shows with much better content.

So, with cameras trailing her, Kardashian visits a clinic which specializes in the so-called vampire blood facial procedure.

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