At No. 30 on the list of "TV's 50 Biggest Bombs and Blunders" in the Jan. 29 issue of Entertainment Weekly is "Casting Ryan Jenkins on Megan Wants a Millionaire (VH1, 2009)":
The hiring of the 32-year-old contestant--who hanged himself soon after police named him as the prime suspect in his wife's murder--highlighted reality TV's reliance on quickie background checks.
Jenkins was suspected of strangling his swimsuit model wife Jasmine Fiore, stuffing her nude and mutilated body into a small suitcase and tossing the luggage into a Buena Park apartment complex dumpster in August of last year.
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Originally from Canada, Jenkins was immediately named as a suspect, and after an international manhunt he was found hanging from a belt looped over the closet bar in a British Columbia motel room on Aug. 23.
He had been taped for broadcast as a contestant on Megan Wants a Millionaire, but VH1 canceled the reality show amid the crime investigation. Jenkins was also set to appear on a second VH1 program called I Love Money.
Among EW's bigger bombs and blunders are: No. 9 "Felicity Cuts Her Hair" (The WB, 1999); No. 14 "The Brady Bunch's Cousin Oliver" (ABC, 1974); and, No. 20 "Coy and Vance Replace Bo and Luke Duke [of The Dukes of Hazzard] (CBS, 1982).
Taking the top spot: "Putting Jay Leno at 10 p.m. (NBC).