AI2 auditioner gets sent home for not wanting to “indulge” his story.

AI2 auditioner gets sent home for not wanting to “indulge” his story.
Although he “couldn’t understand who would put themselves through the humiliation of auditioning,” “Steptacular” decides to audition for American Idol 2 in Nashville and reports on his experience for Television Without Pity, chronicling the experience from midnight-arrival to dismissal. After waiting for hours, he finally gets in front of the producers, only to say, “You guys are assholes. You’re the crushers of dreams–do you know what you do to people? You make people cry just for your own sadistic pleasure and that’s just not right.” He asks to leave but they won’t let him, so he sings–and gets called back. At the call-back a man who he identifies as “Nigel Fuller”–maybe producer Nigel Lythgoe? or Simon Fuller?–tells him after he sings “how he wants to make a hit TV show, not find the next American Idol. … [T]hen he asks me if I’d be willing to “indulge” my story. I tell him no–I do have some standards, which I doubt anyone believes because I’m here to begin with. He looks away from me and tells me that if I won’t, then he’s sorry but he won’t ask me to come back.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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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.