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    Gilligan's Island casting, needed better screeners

    I never saw the Real Gilligan's Island I, so I can't compare, but I have to admit, the casting of this show really scares me.

    Cabaña boy Gilligan= had the emotional maturity of a 12 year old boy.

    And Interior Designer Mary Ann, seemed to develop a "Jr high crush" with amazing and scary speed.

    Lets not even talk about Dr. Love, whom made it to an island with out the ability to swim because "Jesus" would guide him.

    Sadly it seems like one of the sanest people on the Island is Skippy "Crazy" guy.

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    I think the cast this year is actually more entertaining than last years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jckatz

    Sadly it seems like one of the sanest people on the Island is Skippy "Crazy" guy.
    I'm beginning to think the same thing.

    I'm on the fence with this season. I'm still confused as to why TBS is showing two hours at a time each week. My brain can only absorb so much cheese before it turns into a Limberger fondue.

    Had Angie Everheart and Gilligan Zac stuck around it definitely would've been better.
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    Limberger fondue Hilarious! And I really know what you mean on that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by speedbump
    I'm on the fence with this season. I'm still confused as to why TBS is showing two hours at a time each week. My brain can only absorb so much cheese before it turns into a Limberger fondue.

    Had Angie Everheart and Gilligan Zac stuck around it definitely would've been better.
    A big Speedy. I enjoy the show but two hours is a tad long to hold my attention. Fortunately I have your recaps to look forward to. I can't figure out why TBS is in such a hurry to get the show over with; it seems like they'd have higher ratings if they weren't cramming it down our throat.

    My favorite was Gilligan Zac. With him gone I'm rooting for Crazy Charlie myself.

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    This show needs better screeners is the truth ...

    Just sit right back and you'll hear ... the truth

    'Real Gilligan' star is a phony psychologist
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Published on: 06/22/05

    Reality TV star Tiy-E Muhammad's résumé has more holes than the S.S. Minnow after the weather started getting rough and the tiny ship was tossed.

    The former Clark Atlanta University associate professor turned castaway on TBS' "The Real Gilligan's Island" has called himself a psychologist on his Web site and book jacket covers, yet he is not licensed to practice psychology in Georgia or anywhere else.

    Kara Sinkule, a spokeswoman for the Georgia secretary of state's office, said Muhammad, known as "The Love Doctor" on a local radio station, could face misdemeanor criminal charges.

    Claiming you are a psychologist without a license is illegal, she said.

    Muhammad, 35, says he's a doctor, but he didn't earn a Ph.D. in psychology at the school from which he has said he graduated, school records show. In fact, he attended Southern Illinois University for just one semester as an unspecified graduate student, said SIU spokesman Tom Woolf.

    Muhammad said he left Clark Atlanta, where he was an associate professor in the psychology department for four years, because he wasn't paid enough and he "no longer felt that spark" from teaching. School officials said he left after they discovered his credentials were bogus.

    A nonprofit that wasn't

    Muhammad said that in 1999 he founded a nonprofit organization called "Man II Man Inc.," which his Web site states is "dedicated to uplifting, motivating and educating inner city youth." Actually, the organization is a for-profit company, said Cara Hodgson of the secretary of state's office.

    Muhammad said he had not "filed the paperwork" to make the corporation nonprofit. "I'm still forming the board of directors," he said. On Tuesday, the Web site was changed to describe the organization as "community-based," rather than nonprofit.

    Muhammad has said he was a psychologist in Illinois, where he was originally from, but a search on the state's Financial and Professional Regulation Department Web site and a check with the department's spokesperson revealed no evidence to support that claim.

    On Saturday, a nattily dressed Muhammad was signing two of his self-published books, "The Secrets Men Keep," and "My Mind, My Body, My Spirit," at a Barnes & Noble in East Point and dishing dirt on his stint on "The Real Gilligan's Island."

    Advice about love

    The "Survivor"-style show, which airs Wednesdays on TBS, pits two teams of castaways against each other for a top prize of $250,000. Muhammad fills one of the two "professor" roles. The heavily promoted show debuted June 8 and will run through June 29. It was taped in 2004 and has an average weekly viewership of 1.7 million people, studio officials said.

    Wearing crisp white pants, an embroidered denim blue shirt and black leather Gucci sandals, Muhammad signed two of his books on relationships — published under his own Man II Man Inc. imprint — and autographed black-and-white headshots of himself labeled "Dr. Tiy-E Psychologist/Author" in large letters.

    "If you go to bed at night not feeling comfortable with who you are, I feel sorry for you," he told the group of about 20 women, flashing a dimpled smile. "Everyone should love themselves."

    In an interview with a reporter Saturday, Muhammad said he decided to leave Clark Atlanta in the summer of 2004 to pursue a career in modeling and acting.

    "The job became a chore. It was a stale routine. It wasn't a challenge anymore," he said.

    Asked Monday if he left the university because officials there questioned his credentials, he hesitated, then said, "I don't have a problem with that."

    When pressed about the discrepancies, he said, "That is not anybody's business."

    'Ricki Lake' regular

    Charismatic and handsome, Muhammad first attracted national attention as a regular on the syndicated "Ricki Lake Show" as a "resident relationship expert" in 2002. He made numerous appearances on the talk show over the next two years while teaching at Clark Atlanta. School administrators would not comment on how Muhammad got his job with a faked résumé or why he was allowed to teach for so long.

    Both Jet and Ebony magazines quoted Muhammad as a psychologist and relationship expert in articles dating back to 2001. In 2003, Ebony named him one of 26 "Best Bachelors of the Year." Ebony officials declined to comment this week, saying they had not had an opportunity to check into the matter.

    Turner Broadcasting officials released a brief statement: "Tiy-E Muhammad met the professor criteria for the production company to cast him as a contestant on 'The Real Gilligan's Island.' They felt he was a good reality character."

    Laura Mandel, a spokeswoman for Telepictures Productions, the show's producer, said, "We do not discuss the casting process."

    Deception is unethical

    Marietta psychologist Mark Roland, a board member of the Georgia Psychological Association's independent practice division, called Muhammad's use of the term psychologist "the worst kind of betrayal of the public's trust."

    "This is the first time I've heard of someone taking it to this level," Roland said. "It raises legal and ethical issues."

    Muhammad, who received a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Eastern Illinois University, said Monday he was unaware that claiming to be a psychologist without a license was illegal.

    "I checked it out when I moved here. It's not against the law," he said.

    But when a reporter read Muhammad the Georgia Law Code that relates to psychologists (Sec. 43-39-7), he said, "I'm a life coach, I say I'm a life coach. It makes things simpler."

    On Tuesday, he changed his Web site, dropping the description of himself as a psychologist. He later acknowledged he had not graduated from Southern Illinois but said he had a doctorate from an unaccredited online university. He did not provide immediate documentation.

    His own radio show

    In the last five years, Muhammad has spoken on dozens of college campuses around the country, from Georgia Tech to Notre Dame. He said he gets 50 to 75 e-mails a day through his Web site, www.onelovepoet.com, asking for relationship advice.

    He's turned "Secrets Men Keep" into a play that is scheduled for Sept. 6-11 at the Bois-feuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, backed by local theater promoter Preston Elliott. Muhammad ran his own casting call in May and will play the lead. A promotional flier says the play is a "Man II Man Development" production.

    Muhammad co-hosts with Ramona Debreaux on HOT 107.9 a Wednesday morning radio show on relationships.

    General Manager Wayne Brown said the station does not refer to Muhammad as a psychologist or Ph.D. They call him "The Love Doctor."

    "I don't think you need to be a doctor to have a male opinion," Brown said.

    Former Clark Atlanta University student Ivory Jones, who graduated with a minor in psychology in 2000, said students often questioned Muhammad's teaching methods.

    "It seemed more like he wanted to come across as a ladies' man and not as a legit professor," Jones said. "He's really attractive and well-spoken. I guess that's why he was able to carry it off for so long."

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    The Secrets Men Keep,"
    How perfect is the title of that book!

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    The former Clark Atlanta University associate professor
    The question was raised in another thread about whether or not he was a professor and if not he shouldn't be on the show.
    Whatever else he may have lied about it does appear that he is a professor so from that point of view he is at least qualified to play one on a reality tv show, so that should put that argument to rest.

    Sounds like a very unethical person.
    He wouldn't have any credibility in the field he falsly claims to be involved in after this show anyway, but hopefully this news will become public knowledge so no more people will be duped by this liar.

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