reality TV stars are everywhere.

reality TV stars are everywhere.
Turn on the TV this summer and you’re likely to see a reality TV alum–even if you’re not watching a reality TV show. Kelly from The Real World New Orleans popped up on Bands on the Run last Sunday, and Temptation Island‘s Mandy Lauderdale has (and may continue to) help co-host MTV’s TRL from the Keys. Also on MTV, The Real World Hawaii‘s Teck is hosting Say What? Karaoke. This August, Susan Hawk and Jeff Varner will appear on USA’s Cannonball Run, joined midway through the race by Temptation Island‘s Kaya; the New York Daily News reports that the show’s producer asks, “Who better to put in it than people who’ve already been through a reality-show competition?”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.