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November 7th, 2014

My Cat From Hell

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TV show My Cat From Hell with JacksonMy Cat From Hell is a reality TV show that started in May 2011 when it was broadcast on Animal Planet.  It stars Jackson Galaxy who is a cat behaviourist, as well as a musician, and sees him visiting the homes of cat owners.  His mission is to solve the conflicts or behavioral issues that the cats are exhibiting or to solve problems between owners and their cats.  The series returned to the screens on 26th April 2014 for a 16 episode 5th season.

What to expect

Jackson Galaxy works on the theory that he can help any ‘problem cat’ as long as its humans follow the instructions he gives them.  He also thinks that most behavioural problems are a result of either a trigger in the environment or the mishandling of the cat by its owners.

Some of the main areas that he teaches cat owners are that cats are territorial and need their own space within the home.  He also learns about cats sending out signals when they no longer want to be petted, which he refers to as overstimulation.  Cats can lash out when overstimulated and when cornered.  To help with the latter, he often recommends the use of above floor walkways that have no dead ends to allow the cat to escape.

Amongst areas covered are things such as the correct way of picking up a cat as picking up incorrectly can lead to injury to the cat and to the human when they try to escape.  Other areas covered are cats that have excessive amounts of energy and what can be done to release this.  If not done in a positive way, this can lead to damage around the house.

Jackson also helps people deal with having more than one animal in the house by showing how to give them their own separate areas.  He introduces the animals to each other in positive situations such as at feeding time.

Behavioral problems in cats

The show highlights a growing area recognized by cat charities across the country where cats are being abandoned due to behavioral problems that, with the right advice, can often be solved.  Third on the list of reasons for abandonment is cat litter tray avoidance after allergies and moving somewhere that the cat can’t be taken.  Similarly, issues with destruction of property around the house is another issue.  This show works to help educate people on these issues to allow them better understand of their pet. You can go to to find more reviews on cat products and meet your cat related needs.


There have been five series thus far of the show: Series 1 had just three episodes, Series 2 had six, Series 3 had ten, Series 4 had seventeen and Series 5 has sixteen.  So far, Series 4, Episode 3 entitled ‘Penny Hates Puck’ has the highest viewer numbers with 1.2 million people watching the show.  It involved two cats who were violently fighting every time they saw each other while another cat had become oddly obsessed with a stuffed animal in the household.

The show has also received positive reception from the written media with Brad Wete of Entertainment Weekly commented that ‘Galaxy offers useful tips, even if your animal’s not nuts’.

August 18th, 2014

Bravo’s Battling Chefs Are Back

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If you can’t get enough of cooking competition shows, then you’re in luck because yet another incarnation of Top Chef is on the way. Top Chef Duels (TCD) is set to debut on August 6 on the Bravo Network.

Top Chef Cooking Demo @ JCT

Recipe for Success

Just like you have to heat up pans before frying or apply the best makeup primer before getting ready for a night out at the clubs or gather the necessary tools before assembling a piece of furniture, you need to learn the facts about this new show before getting caught up in the competition.  Click here to see some examples and deals for the best makeup primer.

Fact No. 1: The cast is a bunch of familiar faces. You’ll recognize the chef-testants from previous seasons, dating all the way back to season 1. There are also a few celebrity chefs from Top Chef Masters thrown in for good measure.

Fact No. 2: Don’t expect the traditional quickfire and elimination challenges. What’s unique about TCD is that each episode is a head-to-head cooking battle between two competitors. According to the network press release, the challenges are “designed to test their passion and imagination in the kitchen.”

Specifically, each episode will feature three rounds of cooking. The first two rounds allow each chef to pick a challenge. This is intended to include strategy as a key ingredient. The chef can choose the challenge to be an advantage to him- or herself, or he/she could choose it to be a disadvantage to the opposing chef. It will be interesting to see how the choices pan out.

The third round rules are dictated by the show’s creators; however, it’s a critical round because only the winner of round three moves into the finals.

Fact No. 3: No one is really out of a Top Chef competition until they lose in the online second-chance kitchen. This time, it’s called “The Knockout,” hosted by the original celebrity chef himself, Wolfgang Puck. As usual, the eliminated chefs compete against each other, but there’s a twist: Anyone who wins at least one Knockout round will qualify to compete in the very last Knockout battle. So even if a Knockout winner gets displaced one week, he/she has a last-ditch opportunity. The Knockout finale winner is the only chef who will return for the TCD finale.

When it’s all said and done, the TCD winner will be handed a check for $100,000 and a “culinary adventure” to be documented in Food and Wine Magazine.

Meet the Cast

Here’s a line up of each episodic battle:
Richard Blais vs. Marcel Vigneron
Shirley Chung vs. Brooke Williamson
Mike Isabella vs. Antonia Lofaso
CJ Jacobson vs. Stefan Richter
David Burke vs. Takashi Yagihashi
Tiffani Faison vs. Dale Talde
Nyesha Arrington vs. Jen Carroll
Stephanie Izard vs. Kristen Kish
Kevin Gillespie vs. Art Smith

And of course, it wouldn’t be Top Chef without celebrity guest judges tasting along side permanent judges Curtis Stone and Gail Simmons. Tune in to see:
Shailene Woodley
Rob Zombie
The cast of Brooklyn Nine Nine

July 26th, 2014

5 Easy Ways to Watch Reality TV on your Laptop

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There are times that watching TV on a laptop (especially for engineering students!) are just more convenient than watching your shows on your actual television set. However, since we live in the advanced technological world that we do, we no longer have to fear missing our favorite reality TV shows when we are on the go or unable to reach the TV. Watching on your laptop is much easier than one may think.

Here are 5 easy ways to watch reality TV on your laptop:

Live Streaming From Cable Providers

Some TV cable providers offer live streaming of what is going on your TV, right to your laptop or even mobile device. This way you can watch the latest episode of your favorite reality show, the exact time it airs. Not a couple hours later or even the next day. You must be connected to the same Wi-Fi that your other device is connected to. Contact your cable provider to see if they offer this service and start streaming!

Digital TV Tuner Accessory

If you live within range of the broadcast signals from local television stations, a digital TV tuner accessory could help you catch up and endulge in your reality shows. The small tv tuner card connects to the USB of your laptop. On your laptop, you will generally need to install some software or program that will run the program. These TV tuner cost usually $50 for USB based ones.

Computer Monitor TV Tuners

This type of TV tuner connects to your computer monitor directly, and does not require that your computer be powered up in order to enjoy television. The device connects between your computer and monitor, and with a press of a button or click of a remote control you can switch between your computer display and your favorite TV show. You don’t have to rely on the computer at all, you only need a monitor. This way, you do not have to worry about any computer noise stopping your reality shows, and there is no software to install!

Watching TV Online

Internet speeds come in high speeds now a days, and it’s not hard to find an online site that offers TV shows available for streaming, for a fee of course. Sites like Hulu offer the latest shows, in seasons, available for you at your fingertips, you just need internet connection and a working subscription to the account.


The SlingBox helps you connect your laptop to your television cable and other video sources, as well as your wired local area network. The SlingBox is then able to share cable TV over your network, and when properly formatted, over the Internet. The device is controlled from any computer with the software installed and proper login. You can even share your home TV with any computer on your local area network or anywhere in the world with a broadband and internet connection.

June 11th, 2014

Sons of Anarchy – Motorcycle TV

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Motorcycle helmets may not be the most desirable accessories for you, but they are very relevant. They will help keep you fit should you be involved in an accident. Besides, the checking out the best motorcycle helmets from will ensure that you get to enjoy being part of the cool motorcycle culture that has become even more popular due to the highly popular show: Sons of Anarchy. You may want to watch a number of episodes or go through the Sons of Anarchy synopsis so that you can appreciate that culture even more, just makes sure that you do not borrow the negative aspects of it!

Sons Of Anarchy Synopsis

The show Sons of Anarchy is a TV American drama series. The show is based in the fictional town of Charming, which is located in Central Valley, California. This show is centered on the lives of members of a motorcycle club operating on the fringes of the law, who are very close to one another.

The protagonist of the show is nicknamed Jax, short for Jack Teller (Charlie Hunnam), and was previously the vice president of the club. However, as time goes by, he starts questioning himself and the club to which he belongs.

The show deals with the dark side of the society, although it also deals with some of the good things. The motorcycle club, which was founded by his father, strives to protect their town against all manner of nasty people including drug dealers and huge property developers.

The negative aspects of life are shown in terms of the side and illegal deals that the motorcycle club is involved in. The club deals with arms and makes all sorts of deals with rival gangs and local political leaders to keep on going. The business thrives despite the challenges.

However, despite the fact that Jax loves the motorcycle brotherhood, he has to deal with the increasing lawlessness of the club, which begins to trouble him greatly. The protagonist has to contend with his mother and his stepfather, the current head of the club, who both want to take it more into the darker side.

The Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original (SAMCRO) dealings affect all aspects of Jax’s life. His mother, threatens his wife Wendy, who took drugs when she was pregnant. That same club cost Jax his high school sweetheart, Tara Knowles, who left the small town of Charming to get away from the drama. However, she comes back as a neo-natal care resident, and while taking care of Jax, helps mend his child’s health and his own heart.

The Sons of Anarchy club also has to contend with overzealous law enforcers who are out for blood, in addition to envious rival gangs who want to destroy their thriving arms businesses. The club also has to deal with complications brought about by their association with white separatists, accidental murders by some of their own members and betrayal from within. Some of the SAMCRO members end up in the penitentiary, which makes things even worse for JAX who almost loses Tara.

Bottom Line

Generally, the Sons of Anarchy show will have you so immersed in biker life that you’ll be watching it wearing your RF1200. is one that will help you appreciate the deep relationships that most people in the motorcycling culture form, but which may at times complicate their lives. It is worth watching for sure.

May 30th, 2014

Married to Medicine

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best baby carrier

Courtesy Alex Martinex, Bravo

As a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, Jacqueline Walters, MD, knows what it’s like to deliver babies. She doesn’t, however, know first-hand what it’s like to be pregnant or raise a baby since battling breast cancer has made conceiving difficult. This season on “Married to Medicine,” Dr. Jackie, as she’s referred to, shares her struggle with the decision to pursue surrogacy or adoption, or whether she even has room in her busy life for a baby.


Fellow ob/gyn and mother of two, Dr. Simone isn’t convinced Dr. Jackie is up for the challenge of child-rearing. In an episode, Dr. Simone challenges her friend to care for a simulated newborn doll, nicknamed “Jackson.” As a reality TV star, you might expect Dr. Jackie to go out and buy all the cute baby paraphernalia, like the best baby carrier, but not this seemingly down-to-earth doctor. Instead, she’s shown soothing the crying child in her office.


baby carriers and baby doctors

Courtesy Alex Martinex, Bravo




But as her costar suspected, Dr. Jackie gets wrapped up in her life and accidentally leaves Jackson in his car seat while she put in a very long day at the hospital. Dr. Jackie admits it was a bad move and concedes she’d have to make some significant changes to her lifestyle if she and her husband were to become parents to a newborn.



Meet & Greet

“Married to Medicine” didn’t have to make too many changes to its format as season 2 began airing this spring on Bravo. The show delivers a slightly varied approach to the network’s other female-focused programs in that the cast consists of both physicians and women married to physicians.


Dr. Jackie is joined by six other women with strong personalities.


Mariah Huq

TV viewers see Mariah as wife to an emergency room doctor, but she’s co-creator and co-producer of “Married to Medicine.” She pitched the idea to several media moguls before the Bravo network picked it up. Mariah also runs a children’s clothing and décor company with her sister, who makes an occasional appearance on the show.


Simone Whitmore, MD

Dr. Simone is a solo practitioner, and this year, she’s dealing with financial issues in her business that have made ripples at home.


Quad Webb-Lunceford

In the first season, Quad was the newlywed, both to marriage and the doctor’s wife lifestyle. She and Mariah had been friends for years, and the other ladies didn’t quite understand their unique language (i.e., messy boots). This season, her friendship with Mariah is suffering, and time will tell if its prognosis is terminal.


Toya Bush-Harris

Proud to be a stay-at-home mother, Toya sometimes has to defend her choices to the other women.


Heavenly Kimes, DDS

A doctor of dentistry and a physician’s wife, Dr. Heavenly is not shy about promoting herself, her various business endeavors, or her beliefs in traditional household roles, which raise a few eyebrows among the other ladies.


Lisa Nicole Cloud


Another doctor’s wife, Lisa Nicole is an established clothing designer in the Atlanta area and motivational coach. Her Women’s Empowerment Network conference was the backdrop for drama.


April 11th, 2014

Top Chef

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Top Chef and gas grill reviewsTop Chef is a reality cooking show which came to the screen on Bravo channel in 2006.  The idea is that chefs compete in challenges against each other and are judged by other professional chefs as well as big names from the food industry.  One or more contestant is eliminated in each episode and is created by the same people who created Project Runway.

Since season 2, it has been presented by Padma Lakshmi and the format of the programme has seen nine spin-offs in other countries.  There have also been two spin-off shows in the US; Top Chef; Masters, which featured only award winning chefs and Top Chef; Just Desserts which only had pastry chefs on the show.

The 11th season was set in Louisiana, in New Orleans and was premiered on October 2nd, 2013 with a 12th show scheduled to premiere later in 2014. This shows that the show is still getting everyone to go running out to to get a new grill and hold their own challenge.


Every episode sees a Quickfire round and an Elimination round.  The winner of the Quickfire gets immunity from the Elimination ground while the loser of the Elimination round is out of the show.

In the Quickfire round, the chef is given a list of requirements which they must cook a dish from, like a specific ingredient or a particular type of meal.  They have an hour or so to complete the test, and a guest judge selects one or more.

The Elimination Challenge is a longer exercise where one or more dishes are required.  The chefs may have to work together, or several courses may be needed.  Teams are drawn at random, and they are given from hours to a few days to get the challenge completed.  They have access to the Top Chef pantry as well as a budget and shopping period to visit the grocery store.  Other stipulations include limiting the number of ingredients which can be used, or what type while other challenges might make contestants seek out unusual means to source ingredients such as asking people or even fishing.  The end of the challenge sees the chefs cook for the judges, usually including one guest judge and a group of guests.

After the challenge finishes, the chefs visit the Judges Table where they are given a critique on what they have produced, as well as guests comments.  They will then announce who was the least popular contestant and who has been eliminated.

Prize money for the winners has been increasing across the seasons; 1-5 saw $100,000 for the winner, $125,000 in Season 6-7 and season 8 was $200,000.


Each season has a special event in the middle of the year either named Restaurant Wars or similar.  The contestants are split into two groups, and they have to make an empty space into a restaurant in a special time and budget constraint.  They have to make a name, a theme and décor and decide on the menu.

The final part of the special challenge sees the two or three remaining chefs make a number of courses with additional help.  The help can be previously eliminated contestants or even celebrity chefs, one example was Rocco DiSpirito.  To win, there are various components; food quality, leadership over assistants and general show performance.


Top Chef won the award for Outstanding Editing in a Reality Series in the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards and in the 62nd awards won the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.  It had defeated The Amazing Race, which had won the award every year since 2003.

December 3rd, 2013

The Voice

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By Betsey Miller

The camera zooms in on the five guest stars of the Voice, all classically dressed in Hollywood style. Some have the hot hip-hop look, others glamorous. All are intensely professional and tuned in their craft, music. This show is a popular music venue. People strive to become a part of the show offering a chance at fame and fortune but also for some, disappointment, and an opportunity to be tutored by the music industry’s top performers. This show stars CeeLo Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

A popular talent reality show deciding the fate of many future artists ready to display their talent, hosted by Carson Daly, an entertainment legend in his own space. Featured judges on this show are CeeLo Green, five-time Grammy winner, and a major television star; he is noted for his expertise in music and fashion. Next, you have Adam Levine, his guitar playing, and his song writing style is world famous. His band Maroon 5 is one of his platforms for his artistry. He also is recognized as the sexiest man alive. Next up is Christina Aguilera, she is a young artist who has made Stone’s list of 100 greatest artists, and she has five Grammys to her credit. Another judge is Blake Shelton; this man has coached four of the winners. He is one of country music’s greatest stars with 14 number one hits to his credit.

The program is one of the most popular shows on television. Some of the world’s newest talent is seen on The Voice. People who may never receive coaching from experienced artists familiar with the physical and mental necessities of the business become their mentors. During the show’s history, the legendary Usher and the beautiful Shakira were coaches for one season. The show also has the legendary Cher as an adviser, who has too many honors in music, television and other entertainment venues to mention. Ryan Tedder, a record producer, Miguel, and Edd Sheeran are also advisers. This is the additional talent that makes The Voice such a great TV show.

The VoiceAudiences sit week after week waiting to see the outcome of new talent. They watch the judges train, coach and encourage while the contestants live out their dream on national television. The audience has a front row seat to listen and judge for themselves the great listing of talent that flows week after week. This television show offers contestants a prize at $100,000 and the chance at a record deal with one of the country’s iconic record labels, Universal Republic Records. If you really like competition shows, you might also like Top Gear BBC.

Audiences watch the contestants practice every week. They watch their mistakes, and their victories. The contestants shape their craft before millions of eyes. Deciding upon the best is sometimes a hard task, but the judges are skilled professionals. With a 115 episodes to its credit, the program is still going strong with five seasons. A great thing about the show is that no one ever really knows what will happen; it is a real live experience, the judges, the contestants, and singing, all a real life moment.

Whether a contestant wins or loses, they get the opportunity to work with some of the world’s best entertainers. They get exposure to a world of musical talent and have the opportunity to perform on the world’s stage. Some of the talent may want to go on and be involved in music as a Disc Jockey too.  Click here to find the VPI Turntable which is what the pros use and the equipment that is the best.

December 3rd, 2013


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By Betsey Miller

MythBusters is a Discovery Channel reality TV series that does realistic scientific experiments to find out if certain myths are true or not. The show first aired on January 23rd, 2003 so it has lasted more than most series and has now been on air for more than 10 years! In this article you will find everything you need to know about this amazing TV series.

You can watch new episodes of MythBusters on the Discovery Channel on Wednesdays at 10/9c. They also have re-runs that play many times through-out the week. The show is hosted by Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage along with co-hosts Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara. The hosts are pretty much geeks but they actually can be cool and funny at times. Also many of the episodes are about some really cool and interesting topics.MythBusters

Here is a little background on the main hosts. Jamie Hyneman is from the Indiana farm country side and he’s been a wilderness survival expert, diver, boat captain, linguist, animal wrangler, machinist and cook. Adam Savage has spent his whole life gathering different skills so that he can take what’s in his head and bring it to real life. He has built so many things like futuristic weapons, spaceships, fine art sculptures, animated chocolate and more. Adam has been making his own toys since he was a child.

This show is called “the best science show on television!” There are so many reasons to back that up too. Have you ever wanted to find out if a certain myth was true or not, but don’t know how to go about figuring it out? Well you don’t have to because you can watch so many of the most popular myths get figured out by these guys on the show! If they haven’t done a show on your myth yet then you can even submit it on their website and maybe they’ll actually do a show on it if it’s interesting enough. On the show they will show you step by step how they did the experiment to bust the myth and they do it in a very exciting way that makes you feel like you are doing the projects with them.

The real reason why this show is so popular is because it is exciting and funny! A lot of their myth busts include blowing things up and who doesn’t like to watch that? Also when things go wrong sometimes in the experiment, it can be funny. This show is a must see! You can learn a lot from watching this show and be able to tell people what myths are true which ones aren’t. Some of the episodes include: “cell phone destroys gas station?”, “Is it possible to beat a lie detector test?”, “Can Christmas tree lights really cause house fires?”, and “Can combining Diet Coke and Mentos make your stomach explode?”. You must be really interested by now. These are just a few of the many episodes that they have had in the past 10 years and they are some of the most popular myths that some people really are curious about.

MythBusters also has many episodes based on water like season 5 episode 10 called “walking on water”. In this episode they experiment to see if the ninja myth of walking on water is true or not. Another episode is on whether a water heater in a house could explode and go through the roof or not! In one episode they even see if Chinese water torture is effective. There are really a ton of episodes on all kinds of topics that will really blow your mind. If you discover your own water heater leaking, try this site for help.

Go here to go to Discovery Channel to see Adam and Jamie talk about painting and explosives with funny videos. If you already love MythBusters, give Top Gear a try.

December 3rd, 2013

Project Runway

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By Betsey Miller

Project Runway is a reality show that airs on Thursday nights on Lifetime. It is a show that demonstrates the ability of various fashion designers that are trying to compete for one final spot. The show starts out with over 12 contestants, and one is eliminated each week. There are three judges – sometimes there are four judges that determine the fate of the contestants during the competition. The judges change from time to time, and they are all experts in the field of fashion.

The show was created by Eli Holzman, and Heidi Klum hosts it. Heidi Klum is a model that knows a lot about fashion, and wants to see great new looks that people can wear. If she really likes something a contestant has made, she will wear it herself. Since the contestants are given certain criteria that they must follow each week, and they are given a time limit, it can become very difficult for them to make the fashions that are required. They all work in the same workroom, so there are times when tempers can flare, and emotions can get out of hand. You can also have fun watching celebrities from the music industry on The Voice.

The show is loved by many people in the fashion and art fields. They enjoy seeing the creativity that goes into creating the looks. Sometimes projects include making fashions out of scrap pieces of material, animal prints and more. There is always a different angle to what the show wants the contestants to do, and the judging is very harsh at times. In many of the seasons, the contestants have to create a look for the red carpet, and these are elaborate gowns that are striking and unique.

Project RunwayProject Runway picks the best designer at the end of the season, and allows them to get to make their own line of fashions to show. They also win a computer system, and many other things if they win the competition. The winners clothing becomes available in stores around the world where people can buy them, and this propels them into the world of fashion like nothing else can.

Since the competition is extremely fierce, the weeks preceding the finals gets more and more stressful for the contestants. During the weeks before someone wins the ultimate prizes, there are various challenges that are presented to the contestants. The loser of that round is sent home, and the winner receives immunity from having to be rated down the next week. Some people remain safe because the judges pick six people to discuss their fashions. The top three performers, and the lowest three performers are asked to tell why they made what they did, and how they did it. When a model is paired with the winners, they also win.

Project Runway is a favorite show for many people. They love to see the new designs, and they can take part in picking their favorite ones on the Lifetime website. Since many people like to pick their favorites, it is a great way for people to get involved. They can also check out the different winners from all 12 seasons of the show. There are all kinds of trivia on the website, and quizzes that they can take to see if they remember which contestant is making what. This show is an hour and a half long, and presents a variety of designs, interesting people, drama and fierce judging. It is exciting to watch, and it has developed a large following all over the country. Having a show like this also gives the designers something to shoot for when they are starting out in their field.

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December 2nd, 2013

Top Gear BBC

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By Betsey Miller

TopGear is a long running and much loved television show following charismatic hosts who discuss and drive a variety of cars. TopGear first aired in April of 1977 and ran for many years before its cancellation in 2001. Presenter Jeremy Clarkson and a producer pitched a new format to BBC. The new format of the show launched in 2002 and is still running today. The show is so popular that it has broken several BBC viewership records and has produced sister shows in Russia, Korea, Australia, and the United States.

Top Gear has been called an entertainment program as much as an information program. It is well known for its creative segments and commentary. Stars with reasonably priced cars challenge celebrity figures to drive a reasonably priced car around the Top Gear Track. Cars featured in this segment include the Suzukia Liana, the Kia Cee’d, and the Vauxhall Astra. These challenges have accumulated a large pool of celebrity competitors, including Patrick Stewart, Gordon Ramsey, and Slash.

TopGearTopGear has been known to go to extreme lengths to bring an entertaining and informative product to BBC, its home channel. Did you know that a Toyota Hilux will still drive after you light it on fire, drop a caravan on it, run it into a tree, hit it with a wrecking ball, and drag it into the ocean behind a boat? Top Gear answers this question and many others questions you didn’t know you had.

In addition, the show often puts both driver and machine to the test in segments challenging, unique, or arduous. These segments might involve the hosts playing chauffeur to couples going to their wedding, or they might involve driving across an entire continent in a car bought second hand for less than 1,500 pounds. The formula of the show is quite hard to nail down — one show might involve testing a new hydrogen powered vehicle while the other will involve the hosts choosing two cars each and chopping them together to form a new franken-car. This formula, or lack thereof, has proven successful as the show airs in 170 countries and receives 350 million views weekly.

Top Gear’s charming hosts are an undeniable attribute of the show’s unforgettable appeal and popularity. The three are filled with information, witty banter, and stories that tie together the show and separate it from other programs which may come across as dry or boring. Hardly is there ever a dry moment on Top Gear, thanks in part to the relationship of the three hosts. Jeremy Clarkson hosted the original series and was credited with helping the show achieve it speak popularity in the 90’s. He departed briefly and was replaced by James May. Clarkson and May ended up hosting the “new” Top Gear in addition to Richard Hammond. The presenters each have an unmistakable charisma about them, but the interactions between them cement the charm and add something great to the show. Another important character on the show is the Stig, a The Stig Top Gearmasked racer who drives cars on their Lotus-designed test track. The Stig has actually been played by multiple people, whose identities are never revealed before they eventually retire the position for a new driver. The Stig, in his (sometimes her) silent strength, has become an icon of the show, adorning T-shirts and posters alike.

For the auto enthusiast, Top Gear offers what no other show dares to. The mix of education, humor, and downright wild segments offer a look into the world of automobiles that you won’t get anywhere else. The charming talk-show style hosting and frequent antics ensure that even the casual viewer will love Top Gear.

Find out more about the U.S. version of the show on the History Channel

December 2nd, 2013

Keeping Up With the Kardashians

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By Betsey Miller

When it comes to the Kardashians, you either love them or hate them. However, there is no denying that they have certainly made a name for themselves. Keeping Up With the Kardashians is one of the most popular shows on TV. Who are some of the stars on the show? There are actually a couple different stars on the show. The main story line is focused around both Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney and Kim. However, there are other stars who are on the show. This includes their brother Rob Kardashian, their stepfather Bruce Jenner and mother Kris Jenner.Kardashians

Three Million Views Per Episode

This is a show that has received a lot of views, and it is popular for these reasons. The show originally began airing on October 14, 2007, and it originated under Ryan Seacrest. In August of 2013, Keeping Up With the Kardashians had reached over 100 episodes, which goes to show that the show has popularity. What is interesting is that this show is still going strong, and there are no signs of it slowing down anytime soon. This is the type of show that you either love to watch, or you hate the fact that it is on TV. You can decide for yourself by going to the E! channel and checking it out.

Why Is This Show Popular?

This show is popular for a wide variety of different reasons. One reason is because they are rich and famous, and they are living the lifestyle of those who are rich and famous. People like to see the lavish parties that the rich and famous are able to have. Also, it shows them items that they would like to have. People like to see celebrities behaving badly because it is interesting to them, and if you watch this show, you will see a lot with celebrities behaving badly. The show can get extremely wild at points, which is one of the reasons that people love to watch. They like to see other people doing things that they would not dare to do.

Another reason that some people would love to watch this show is because they love to hate them. They like having someone that they feel does not act the smartest and feeling superior to them. Reality TV has oftentimes been a form of escape for people, and this is what people will find with shows like this. Some people get addicted to the drama. When people can’t find enough drama in their own lives, they will seek it elsewhere like in reality TV shows. If you want the extreme opposite in family reality, try Duck Dynasty.

Kardashians EstateHow Many Homes Do The Kardashians Have?

Kim Kardashian has a five million dollar home in Beverly Hills. This place is surrounded by gates and security guards. The home is also energy efficient. There is another home that they have in Bel Air. It cost the star around 11 million dollars. It is 14,000 square feet, and they plan to remodel it to an Italian villa. These are the two main homes where you will see them filming, and you will be able to see all of their wild antics and parties. You can discover Dayton luxury homes  and how people live in  other luxury areas here.

What is great about Keeping Up With the Kardashians is that it is a show that you will never forget once you have watched it. People who are looking for a glimpse into the lifestyles of the rich and famous will love watching this show.

December 2nd, 2013

Duck Dynasty

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By Betsey Miller

Duck Dynasty shows the lives of the Robertson family, who made their wealth from a family-owned business, Duck Commander, that specially sells duck calling items and products for duck hunters. The show has broken several A&E and cable television records since it has been on the air. Duck Dynasty, which started airing in March 2012, currently airs on the A&E network and is on its fourth season with 51 episodes to date.

Duck DynastyThe cast of the show consists of members from the Robertson family, including; Phillip Alexander Robertson, who created the Duck Commander duck call in 1972. Kay Robertson, who is Phil’s wife and the mother of Alan, Jase, Willie, and Jep. Silas Robertson, who is Willie’s uncle and Phil’s brother. Si is also a Vietnam War veteran and is currently married to Christine Robertson. Willie Robertson, who is Phil and Kay’s third son, also the CEO of Duck Commander. Willie is the one responsible for taking the Duck Commander family business and making it into a multi-million dollar empire. Willie’s married to Korie Robertson and they have four children together. Korie Robertson is Willie’s wife and business partner, being the office manager at Duck Commander.

Willie and Korie have four children named John Luke, Sadie, and two adopted children named Will and Bella. John Luke Robertson, is the oldest son of Korie and Willie, and twin brother to Sadie. John is currently in a relationship with Emily. Sadie Robertson, is the oldest daughter of Korie and Willie. Jason Silas Robertson, is Phil and Kay’s second son, and he manufactures aspects of Duck Commander. Missy Robertson, who is Jase’s wife, has three children with her husband; Reed, Cole, and Mia. Cole Robertson also stars on the show. Jules Jeptha Robertson, who goes by just Jep on the show, is Phil and Kay’s youngest son. Jep is married to Jessica and they have four children together. They have four children; Lily, Priscilla, Merritt, and River. Alan Robertson, is Phil and Kay’s oldest son. Alan had left the family business to become a preacher but has since rejoined, wanting to spread the word of God on the show. Alan is married to Lisa.

Occasional cast members of the show that make recurring appearances are; Emily, who is John Luke’s girlfriend. Jimmy Gibson, who’s usually referred to as ‘Red’ on the show, is an old friend of Phil, Kay, and Silas. Justin Martin, who is a Duck Commander employee. John Godwin, who is  also an employee at Duck Commander. And lastly, Tim Guraedy, who is also known as ‘Mountain Man’ on the show, is a neighbor of the Robertson’s who owns his own air-conditioning repair business and co-hosts a local radio talk show.

In the Quack O’Lantern episode, the Duck Commander crew went to work transforming the  warehouse into a scarehouse for Halloween; The episode featured Si waving around a real chainsaw. Which isn’t the first the men of the Robertson family have been shown to play around with such equipment, Phil had also used a chainsaw to make an extra window into a playhouse for the little girls which can be seen on a previous episode. Phil and Si may have visited a site on chain saw reviews to buy their saws.

Duck Dynasty became a popular cable television show because the show is well-produced reality show centered around family, with a cast that can make millions of people laugh and smile every episode which keeps viewers turning back in every time a new episode airs. There’s numerous reasons why the A&E show has become the success it has, but the main reason it continues to grow in popularity is because it makes people happy. Go from one family extreme to another when you watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians and find out how having money from business can affect people in drastically different ways.