"Temptation 3," Anna and More Reality
Thu Feb 6, 5:10 PM ET
By Lia Haberman
Pull up a beach chair and slather on the sunscreen, another scorching season of Temptation Island is on its way to your TV screen.
Fox announced the third season of Temptation today as casting for masochistic couples and virile young singles got under way in Los Angeles. The rest of the country will have a chance to try out for a titillating tropical vacation when casting agents go national later this month.
You know the drill, producers are looking for unmarried couples (unencumbered by the pitter patter of little feet) looking to put their relationship to the ultimate test--being tempted by 15 scantily clad singles, who are all competing to increase their air time.
The network is keeping mum on the location for now but viewers can expect tropical heat, which encourages minimal clothing. Previous locations include Belize and Costa Rica.
While the show was more of a campy favorite than a critical hit--the first season averaged 17 million viewers--Fox is riding high on reality series American Idol and Joe Millionaire this season, so what better time to bring back a scandalous sequel? No air date has been announced and it's not known if smarmy host Mark Walberg would return. In other skewered-reality news:
She's famous for being infamous. E!'s own Anna Nicole returns to the airwaves for a second season kicking off with a special live episode March 2 at 10 p.m., Sugar Pie and all. This season the eccentric blonde takes acting lessons, goes under hypnosis to understand herself better (is that advisable?) and continues her search for true love. (Maybe Anna should canvass some of Bachelorette Trista Rehn's perfectly acceptable rejects?)
Also hoping to make his mark on E!, teenager Michael Essany launches his own "reality talk show" (think Wayne's World meets Larry Sanders, but real) on the heels of the Anna Nicole Show on March 2 at 10:30 p.m. (E! Online is a wholly owned subsidiary of E! Networks.)
Attention, Anna: After squabbling in Sedona, Rehn said so long to Russ and handed out roses to Charlie and Ryan on Wednesday night. The popular favorite at this point is Charlie, who told the Associated Press Radio this week that he's ready to settle down with someone just like Rehn, saying, "I've always been attracted to petite blondes. Obviously, Trista fits that mold very well. She's a very beautiful woman--even more beautiful in person."
Next week, ABC will air a special payback episode of the Bachelorette, in which the men who didn't make the final cut get to air their feelings about Trista and offer predictions about who the physical therapist might pick as her Mr. Right.
Just call ABC's I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! a liberal Six Degrees of Associaton. The newest cast member to sign on for the Down Under adventure is J.Lo's previously unknown ex, Cris Judd. The backup dancer, whose lucrative divorce was recently finalized, will hoof it with other hangers-on including Howard Stern's whipping boy Stuttering John, E!'s fashion cop Melissa Rivers and Rod Stewart's ex Alana Stewart as they compete for luxuries "celebrities" usually take for granted.
Other Hollywood newcomers a few steps closer to fame (or at least a 15 minute blip) include the first two American Idol contestants chosen to advance to the second season's finals. Getting the national thumbs up by phone poll last night were Julia DeMato and Charles Grigsby (who--gasp--managed to impress even Simon). The musical machinations continue next Tuesday as the next round of semifinalists are led to the slaughter.
With the Bachelorette and Joe Millionaire ready to announce their soul mates during sweeps, can reality fans hope for a double wedding? Probably not, but average Joe Evan Marriott will continue to date and deceive his two favorite ladies until one unlucky damsel is chosen to hear his $50 million confession.
Two-faced Marriott narrowed down the race this week to kinky Sarah, exposed as a bondage and fetish film star, and good girl Zora, who seems to be taking this boob-tube search for love way too seriously. The series two-hour finale airs February 17 followed by a one-hour fallout special February 24.