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Judge Slaps 'Big Brother' Champ Mike 'Boogie' with a $10.5 Million Judgment

Mike Boogie Malin loses in court againBig Brother All-Star champ Mike "Boogie" Malin, 43, just got socked with a $10.5 Million judgment for 8 years back rent on his Atlanta GA restaurant, Geisha House and the ajoining bowling alley ("Ten Pin Alley).  

For some reason the landlord waited for the tab to go sky high.  The boom was lowered with the $10.5 million judgment.

Mika and his best friend Lonnie Moore opened their first L.A. bar in 2001 and formed The Dolce Group in 2003. They were featured on VH1's Famous Food and their show bio says they have a slate of celebrity investors, including Ashton Kutcher, Chris and Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon, Dule Hill, Wilmer Valderrama, and fellow Big Brother alum, Dr. Will Kirby. 

Mike is a three-time Big Brother player — first on Big Brother 2, where he took eighth place, then on Big Brother All-Stars, which he won; and again on Big Brother 14, where he was a coach to four new players.

Malin is familar with losing law suits. In 2011, business partner Shereene Arazm claimed Malin and his business partner, Lonnie Moore "illegally siphoned away " from the Geisha House, LLC restaurant group for years in order to "support their lavish party-boy lifestyles."

In her suit, Arazm claims, "They gambled away hundreds of thousands of dollars that never belonged to them, they used some of the stolen monies to pay for sex, and they traveled the world at Arazm's and the restaurant group's expense."

Arazm also alleges in the docs, Malin used company resources "to have multiple sexual encounters with various older men during which Malin would live out fetish role play fantasies."

Malin countered Arazm's suit with a claim of extortion, and lost in court.

Posted on 23 Mar 2014 by morty
Big Brother 16 Starts on June 25 on CBS

Big Brother, hosted by Julie Chen, will debut early for the second straight summer, beginning Wednesday, June 25 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) with the first of its three weekly broadcasts. The Thursday edition, featuring the live eviction show, premieres June 26 (9:00-10:00 PM) with the first eviction the following week (July 3). The Sunday broadcast premieres June 29 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT).

 

Posted on 11 Mar 2014 by morty
Will Big Brother 16 Have a New Vibe?
Who's Who at CBS   
 
Les Moonves
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation
 
 
Julie Chen
Host and wife of Les Moonves
 
 
Nina Tassler
CBS President of Entertainment
 
 
Chris Castallo
CBS President of Alternative Programming
 
 
Allison Grodner
Big Brother Executive Producer for Fly on the Wall Productions
 
 
Robyn Kass
Casting director Big Brother and various other programs.
 

Will Big Brother 16 Have a New Vibe? After all the controversy over the outrageous and offensive behavior of of the BB15 cast, will CBS try to give the show a more family friendly vibe? Who are the CBS executives calling the shots?

Last season's Big Brother opened with 6.5 million viewers, down from season 14's 7.18 million debut. After Aaryn Gries made racial remarks during a squabble with Candice Stewart and other HGs started behaving badly, the ratings started to climb, eventually reaching a high of 7.26 million viewers. It looks like controversy equals ratings, so would CBS want a group of nice warm friendly housemates, or a bunch of combative, racist, homophobic, loud-mouths?

Casting director Robyn Kass and executive producer Allison Grodner, have said that Aaryn Gries was cast as the cute blonde, innocent, girl next-door, and that there were no signs that Gries would turn out to be the center of a racial controversy that would put Big Brother 15 into international headlines.

Who is really making the decisions at Big Brother? Fans and critics of BB give the credit and the blame to EP Allison Grodner, who, with former EP Arnold Shapiro, re-vamped the show's format after the first season. However, Julie Chen is not only the host of Big Brother, but a huge fan of the show, and the wife of Les Moonves, who is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation.

I always thought Grodner and Kass made the final decision as to who becomes a houseguest on Big Brother, until BB14. The cast was selected by the Kass and the producers, and then we heard "CBS" looked at the cast felt the group wasn't strong enough to deliver an audience. At the last minute CBS asked for some former "stars" to be added to the cast. To accommodate the demands of the un-named super powers at CBS, four former houseguests from past seasons of Big Brother returned to coach the new houseguests.

At the time Jennifer Bresnan was the President of Alternative Programming (non-scripted and reality TV shows). Last August during Big Brother's big brouhaha, Bresnan announced that she was stepping down. Fans wrote that CBS was letting her go because of Big Brother, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Jennifer Bresnan's departure was planned before the summer because Bresnan wanted to relocate to New York, where Bresnan's husband, CBS COO Joe Ianniello, and family live. Bresnan's production company, has just sold a new talent competition series to CBS called, In the Spotlight. She remains a consultant to CBS.

Bresnan's replacement at CBS is Chris Castallo. Castallo leads the network's development of new alternative shows, whether they are game shows, reality or non-scripted, as well as overseeing the network's current slate of veteran fare, including Survivor, The Amazing Race and Big Brother. Castallo reports to entertainment president Nina Tassler. Castallo was Executive Senior Vice President of the division under Jennifer Bresnan since 2007.

CBS is the second broadcast networks to be changing alternative heads in what are challenging times for broadcast unscripted programming. The genre has largely struggled to produce a new hit the past couple of years (since Undercover Boss and NBC’s The Voice), while cable networks have had success with mega hits like Jersey Shore and Duck Dynasty.

Mitch Graham is just under Castallo, with the title: "VP of Alternative Programming, CBS Entertainment." Graham is also involved in the development of new alternative programming. Most recently, Graham spearheaded the Network publicity campaign on behalf of the summer hit Under the Dome and was the publicist on the nine-time Emmy Award-winning The Amazing Race since its seventh season.

During the Big Brother season 15 excitement, TMZ interviewed Moonves and Chen as they were leaving a restaurant, Moonves appeared to be annoyed when asked for a comment about the Big Brother situation. It's impossible to know the cause of Moonves' sour look; maybe he had a bad meal, maybe he just doesn't like being ambushed by reporters. It has been long rumored that Moonves feels that Julie Chen's association with the show is beneath her stature as a journalist and the wife of the CEO of CBS.

If Moonves is unhappy with Big Brother's reputation, he definitely has the power to change it. But Moonves answers to the Board of Directors, stock holders, and Sumner Redstone (Redstone and his family are majority owners of CBS Corporation and Viacom). What's more important, ratings or reputation?

Should CBS try to screen out the bigots, homophobes and people that are otherwise not PC? IMHO, No. I have always felt that one of the purposes of Big Brother is to show real people from different backgrounds being real, not a homogenized Brady Bunch family. Although I don't feel they should be casting strictly to create conflicts, when people with differing values and beliefs get together, there will be conflicts. It may seem disturbing to watch, but that can happen if you examine at real life so closely. For parents, this gives them an opportunity to talk to their kids about bullying, conflict resolution and their values.

Posted on 20 Feb 2014 by morty
Fox Cancels “The X Factor”

x-Factor LogoFox has announced the cancellation of The X Factor singing competition show created by Simon Cowell. Since its debut in the Fall of 2011, The X Factor was not the hit many expected and has experience a slow decline in the ratings.  A rotation of different judges in the three seasons (Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio most recently) did not help the ratings.  

The X Factor franchise originated in the United Kingdom, where it was devised as a replacement for Pop Idol. It is now held in various countries. The contestants are aspiring pop singers drawn from public competitive auditions. The programs are produced by executive producer Simon Cowell and his company SYCOtv. The "X Factor" of the title refers to the undefinable "something" that makes for star quality.

The similarities between The X Factor and Idol prompted Idol creator Simon Fuller, along with 19 Entertainment, to file a lawsuit against Cowell, SYCOtv, and FremantleMedia in 2004. An out-of-court settlement was reached in 2005 allowing Fuller to gain a 10% share in The X Factor format, and preventing an American version until 2010. Fuller later filed another lawsuit in 2011, claiming that he had also been promised that he would be credited as an executive producer of The X Factor USA, but that SYCO, FremantleMedia, and Fox Broadcasting Company had failed to fulfill that promise; that lawsuit is pending.

Cowell will continue as a judge on “The X Factor UK” and will focus on the other international formats.

Posted on 10 Feb 2014 by morty

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