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July 12th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile 5 Reality Stars from the Early 2000s Returning to TV This Summer

Our reality TV schedule is looking a bit familiar this summer! Celebrity popularity ebbs and flows, and reality stars—or those who are “famous for being famous”—are typically forgotten after their 15 minutes of fame expire. But just as fashion trends are cyclical, so can be the career of a once famous reality TV star, as evidenced by the line-up of reality shows premiering this year. Take a look at the celebrities who paved the way for reality TV in the early 2000s that we’ll be seeing in new shows this summer and fall.


Ashlee Simpson

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First appearing on sister Jessica’s reality show Newlyweds (of which I own all the seasons on DVD, and which occasionally makes me pine for a Nick and Jessica reunion), Ashlee stepped out of Jessica’s shadow as a rebellious pop star with her own reality show. In the early 2000s, she often made headlines more for her love life and stage fumbles (we’ll never forget that SNL lip syncing scandal!) than for her music career. Quiet for almost a decade, Ashlee is back in the studio and on screen this fall in Ashlee+Evan with her husband Evan Ross.

Ashlee+Evan premieres Sunday, September 9th on E! See the trailer here:


Kristin Cavallari

The villain of MTV’s Laguna Beach and The Hills, Kristin’s life has taken a complete 180 for the better. She is now married to football star Jay Cutler, has three young children, lives in Nashville, and runs a fashion and lifestyle brand called Uncommon James. Kristin is returning to reality TV in Very Cavallari to take back control of her image. Not to worry… her Uncommon James employees don’t hold back on the drama! And the unexpected star of the show? Cavallari’s husband Jay and his deadpan, surprisingly blithe attitude.

Very Cavallari is airing now, Sundays on E! See the trailer here:


The Osbournes

Pioneers of the celebrity reality show genre, the Osbournes spent four seasons on MTV before their self-titled reality show was cancelled. Even so, they left a lasting impression on what reality TV looks like. Would we be watching The Kardashians today if there had been no The Osbournes? Unlikely. Two years ago, Ozzy and son Jack returned to reality TV in Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour, a show about their visits to iconic landmarks on their bucket list. This season, daughter Kelly joins the tour.

You can watch Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour now, Wednesdays on A&E, and see the trailer here:


The Cast of Jersey Shore

Jersey Shore was like the louder, crazier, tanner cousin of The Real World. The show first premiered in 2009 and became such a phenomenon that it spawned four spin-off shows, launched a surprisingly successful DJ career, and gifted us with many, many slang references and iconic dance moves. Jersey Shore: Family Vacation reunites the castmates.  They’re older, some are now married and parents, and others have been able to forge successful careers outside of their reality personas, but the drama, drinking, and dancing are still there!

The first season of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation aired this spring on MTV. You can catch up on full episodes here while you wait for season 2.


Paris Hilton

The original queen of reality TV (remember, Kim Kardashian started out organizing Paris’s closet!), and the original exemplar of the “famous for being famous” celebrity, Paris Hilton is returning to reality TV this summer in Hollywood Love Story, this time as television host. The show focuses on aspiring social media stars and their attempt to climb to the top. This isn’t to say that Paris is opposed to returning to her reality TV roots as the star… She has recently hinted that many networks are interested in filming a reality show centered around the planning of her wedding to fiancé Chris Zylka. Her response so far?


Hollywood Love Story premieres Wednesday, July 11th on Viceland. See a sneak peak here:



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