OnMedia: There's a bit less "reality" around town
You may have sensed it in the streets, but Milwaukee has lost one of its "reality" TV stars.
Molly Malaney, who lost Jason Mesnick to former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Melissa Rycroft, and then, almost inexplicably, won him back on ABC's "The Bachelor," has packed her bags and moved to Seattle.
It was an odd ending to last season's edition of the "reality" romance show, and the 25-year-old Malaney has been adamant that it wasn't scripted.
But she also hadn't been in any hurry to move to the Northwest.
"We're just taking it at our own pace, we're not rushing anything, we're not getting engaged, we're just, you know, dating," she told me back in March after the show concluded.
Malaney popped up this week in a Q & A in the online Seattle Post-Intelligencer, reporting that, yes, indeed, she and Mesnick are engaged and living there together, along with Mesnick's son.
No date has been set for a wedding that's likely to get coverage on tabloid TV, since nuptials coming from the ABC dating show are a rarity. Malaney tells the Seattle news site, "it will definitely be in the next year."
Malaney has left her job as a buyer with Kohl's Department Stores, where she worked for the past several years. She's a native of Grand Rapids, Mich.
She's started a new job with Seattle-based OnlineShoes.com, where she's planning to write a blog. Malaney's officially a "co-op marketing specialist," whose job is to create partnerships with major shoe brands.
On TV: Channel 4 debuted new "road warrior" morning traffic reporter Caitlin Morrall on Wednesday morning. The 26-year-old Burlington native has done some on-air work for sports/talk WAUK-AM (540). She may be best known for competing for the Miss USA crown in 2007 as Miss Wisconsin. She replaces Lisa Manna, who left to spend more time at home.
- Model Joanna Krupa and partner Derek Hough have been cut from ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," leaving Kelly Osbourne, Donny Osmond and singer Mya competing in next week's season finale. Krupa gets the cover of the December issue of Playboy as a consolation prize.
- Wendy Williams' daytime talk show has been renewed through 2012. "The Wendy Williams Show" airs at 9 a.m. weekdays on Channel 6.
- Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello confirms that Amy Poehler's hubby, Will Arnett, will appear in her "Parks and Recreation" in January.
- Broadcasting and Cable says Oprah Winfrey's favorite interior designer, Nate Berkus, will get his own daytime show in fall 2010, joining a growing list of Oprah proteges with their own shows.
MTV gets Michael Jackson's flick: MTV Networks has picked up the U.S. rights to "Michael Jackson's "This Is It," the post-mortem concert film that's still playing in area theaters.
It won't hit MTV's various channels until 2011, but the trailer for the film follows below if you need a little Jacko, right this very minute.
anecarp, i agree, but you've also described most local tv news
The "road warrior" is pointless fluff. Way to go on adding a pretty face to read off a cue card.
Caitlin needs to do something about her hair. It looks way too harsh on tv. Not good at all.
Wow. That's too bad. I was hoping Molly and I could go out sometime. Damn. And who in God's name is Wendy Williams and why does she have a talk show??
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