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Fox Reality’s ROB & AMBUH??

I am – Hercules!! Rob and Ambuh - stars of two editions of “Survivor,” two editions of “The Amazing Race” (one upcoming) and “Rob and Ambuh Get Married” – have landed yet another reality series: “Rob and Ambuh: Against The Odds.” I gather it’s about Rob using Ambuh’s “Survivor” winnings to launch a career as a high-stakes poker player. He’ll probably do well; the one thing the boorish and much-loathed Rob has is luck. Variety says:
… The truly telling moment in "Survivor" newlyweds Rob and Amber Mariano's latest TV sojourn comes near the outset of this half-hour series, when he mumbles, "I can't go back to a 9-to-5 job after what I've been through." … these two apparently are destined to live out their days on TV, even if that means fabricating a career for Rob that weds him to another marketable trend: Poker. Die-hard fans might welcome the reunion, but rest assured, there's little "reality" here. … As for Boston Rob, who never met a consonant he couldn't mangle (and doubles as one of the producers), there's something almost poetic about his plight: Having become famous appearing on one of TV's big guns, to stay in the spotlight he has taken refuge on the less-widely-seen Fox Reality -- currently available in roughly a quarter of U.S. homes -- seemingly dragging the missus along for the ride. …
Entertainment Weekly gives it a “D” and says:
… idiotic. Everything about this cheapo series is contrived and badly staged, and while Rob was a formidable reality-show villain, he's utterly unconvincing as a real person.
The Boston Herald says:
… The show starts with the couple waking in their Pensacola, Fla., home and Rob “springing” the idea [of becoming a pro poker player] on Amber as he brushes his teeth. The cameras just happened to be in the neighborhood. (For the record, Mariano serves as one of the show’s executive producers, and two writers are listed in the closing credits.) … “It’s on, baby, and it’s gonna be one helluva ride,” Rob says. Actually, the ride ended a while ago. Someone needs to tell these kids to get off.
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  • Jan. 11, 2007, 7:05 a.m. CST

    What happened on "OWW My Balls"?

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Only reality show worth watching.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Waste time on this crap and no DIRT tb?

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Jesus, DIRT is far more entertaining than this paid for marketing.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Shameless much more interesting than this.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Two episodes of Shameless so far this series.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Rob wasn't bad as "The Skeptic" on Sci Fi Investigates

    by darquelyte

    But this sounds worse than flames on Optimus.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 7:30 a.m. CST

    OWW MY BALLS! is not a reality show

    by Professor Falcon

    Extremely entertaining, yes, but not a reality show.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 7:47 a.m. CST

    So it's not "wicked awesome" ??

    by durhay

    bummer. Maybe he can pretend he's still on The Amazing Race. "Excuse me sir, I'm on the Amazing Race and I need to find someone to give me $20 so I can buy a ticket to Zimbabwe."

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 8:49 a.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    What the world needs now is another show with some new angle that can capture the essence of the exciting world of Poker! I hoped this whole celebrity teevee Poker fad was, uh, "played out." The only thing that can rival the pure excitement of playing cards on television is the pure excitement of listening to Rob pronounce polysyllabic words. Note to self: don't bother.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 9:17 a.m. CST


    by Tin Snoman

    Nothing's more reality than OWW MY BALLS!

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 9:58 a.m. CST

    aren't these turds

    by INWOsuxRED

    set for the amazing race all stars? Will these shows be on at the same time? It should be a federal law that people can't be on two reality shows at the same time. Hopefully now that the Democrats have come to power they can make that law a reality.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Never hated Rob & Ambuh, but I've had enough

    by Acappellaman

    They've had their 15 minutes and then some. Rob was amusing and Amber's hot, but come on - they're really not very interesting people. Really. Let your careers die, save the money you've made, and move on to something else.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 10:51 a.m. CST


    by DOGSOUP

    Those long distance calls to Rob Shaye will pay off in teaching him how to "produce".

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Instead of this, how about a show called

    by jim

    "Rob & Amber: Amends" - they have to make amends to all the people they screwed over in order to be where they are today. Kind of like My Name is Earl for the Reality genre. Of course, if shows like this are what's keeping any kind of Kevin Federline show off the air, I'm all for it.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 12:17 p.m. CST

    I thought they were fun, but actually...

    by DanielKurland

    spelling Amber as "Ambuh" in the TITLE of the show is just so, so stupid.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 12:26 p.m. CST

    "Ambuh, I luv youse! Youse completes me!"

    by SpyGuy

    I think I'll pass on this one and wait for the ROB & AMBUH GET HIT BY A CAHHH series on Fox.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Well it is a fox reality show

    by emeraldboy

    So it should be called Dumb and dumbah. Fox is the studio responsible for Mischa barton, one of the worst tv actresses ever. Goodbye OC, I will miss you... not.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 1:35 p.m. CST


    by emeraldboy

    That is the way talk in Navan, Co. Meath. that is one of the reasons I left Navan. Now living in Dublin.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 1:42 p.m. CST

    The key to another 15 minutes is

    by Lando Griffin

    a sex tape. I never loather either or them but I would download any potential vid of Ambuh getting a wicked pounding

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Oh... Ambuh

    by Darth Melkor

    She is still the hottest reality starlet ever. So beautifull... so hot... Sigh.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Surprised they haven't tried out for American Idol yet.

    by Flim Springfield

    I'd vote for Amber, whether she can sing or not.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Rob gotta eat...

    by Bob_Loblaw_Jr

    ...Ambuh taint.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 4:52 p.m. CST

    *checks watch*

    by Venkie007

    Jeez, havent these two hit the snooze on their fifteen minutes three times already? Man alive, they need to go away. Well- Rob does, I wanna see Amber more and more....maybe a nice scintillating pictorial with fellow Survivor-hotties such as...uhm...okay, there werent any.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 5:04 p.m. CST

    The Next "Rob & Ambuh" Project

    by Itchy

    Having blown through Ambuh's $1 million in a ill-contrived bid to dominate the world of high stakes poker, Rob convinces Ambuh that the only sure fire way to extend their 15 minutes of fame is a new reality show on Cinemax wherein Rob tries to become a big time Chatsworth porn producer, and Ambuh the hot new starlet in his line of All-Anal Gangbang flicks. Ambuh - never the smart one - instantly agrees, and within 48 hours of touching down in the valley, is cock-deep in a shower of feces and man-spunk. Damn me, but I'm pretty sure this idea might actually work.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 5:05 p.m. CST

    No Survivor Hotties ?

    by Itchy

    You either (a) never watched the show or (b) are gay. One thing the show hasn't lacked is hot chicks. Mmmm.... Colleen and Amber sandwich. Mmmmm.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 9:22 p.m. CST

    I'm waiting for Rob to talk the Mrs. into a porn film!

    by Bob Cryptonight

    Otherwise, those two are a snooze-fest.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 10:32 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    herc, come on buddy. we used to get office and scrubs scoops! reality TV is horrible, even though I know many people on here love it, it ain't cool in my book. expect more from the glowing box!

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Herc should have had an Office TB

    by jim

    He really schruted that one big time!