Monica’s cousin is still missing.

Monica’s cousin is still missing.
Monica’s cousin is apparently one of the thousands of people still missing after Tuesday’s catastrophic events. Big Brother 2 producer Arnold Shapiro called it a “family emergency” and said that’s why the house guests were informed, although according to live feed transcripts, they’re still not aware of the extent or effects of the terrorism. It’s still unclear what will happen with episode tonight and the rest of the season (Arnold Shapiro Productions, 818.325.6900; Endemol Entertainment USA, 310.860.9914; CBS Television City, 323.575.2345; CBS feedback form). Elsewhere, NBC and other networks are already delaying shows and pushing back the premieres and episodes of new fall shows for at least one week.
+ also, a plea: journalists, please stop irresponsibly comparing Tuesday to “reality TV.” what happened has no connection at all to soap opera-style entertainment that features real people.
+ plus: donate money to the Red Cross.

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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.