behind-the-scenes gossip: Kimberly Caldwell “had to wave for” the others to come over.

behind-the-scenes gossip: Kimberly Caldwell “had to wave for” the others.
A friend of American Idol 2 finalist Clay Aiken’s best friend traveled with her to Hollywood and reports from behind the scenes of a taping. She says Kimberly Caldwell “had to wave for the contestants to come over and ‘rally’ around her” after she was kicked off, and reveals what’s in the judges’ Coke cups (water for Randy, Perrier for Simon and Paula). Meanwhile, an Orlando Weekly reporter talked to the American Idol cast members whose mall tour stopped in Central Florida last Saturday. The reporter talked to Charles Grigsby, who says he has “mad offers” and business cards from celebrities. He also had a conversation with Ejay Day, who complimented the reporter’s shirt, prompting him to write, “He’s gay, obviously. And his makeup is fermenting.”
+ also: AT&T Wireless has only made $100,000 on American Idol text messaging so far.

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.

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.