Thursday, June 09, 2005

From ''Temptation Island'' to ''Antiques Roadshow''

If you're looking for proof that reality TV is one big tent, take a gander at this announcement:

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW producer WGBH Boston announced today that Mark L. Walberg will make his PBS debut when he becomes host of public broadcasting's top-rated series this summer. Walberg is well known to audiences for his roles as host and talent on some of America's most talked about game and reality shows. He replaces current ROADSHOW host Lara Spencer when the series begins production of its tenth anniversary season with an appraisal event June 18 in Providence, Rhode Island. Episodes featuring Walberg will be broadcast on PBS beginning January 2006.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW and ANTIQUES ROADSHOW FYI host Lara Spencer will continue to appear on episodes broadcast in 2005. Spencer is stepping down as host of both series, citing the increased demands of her responsibilities on Paramount's The Insider.
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Walberg has hosted and been featured in an array of popular talk, reality competition, and game shows, including home improvement competitions The Mansion and House Rules and knowledge quiz shows Test the Nation and Russian Roulette ... He also hosted the relationship challenge Temptation Island.

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