Paradise Hotel accepting applications.

Paradise Hotel accepting applications.
Want to join the cast of Paradise Hotel? An application and rules on FOX’s site allow viewers to apply to be part of the action. Host Amanda Byram says, “The beauty of [the selection process] is the person who gets voted on will actually know more about … the backbiting and the bitchy gossip than the guests themselves, which is very, ha-ha, evil.” The rules: you have to be 21, single, childless, and a US resident–and, of course, be willing to be skanky on national TV. Speaking of, astute viewers of the premiere may have recognized Toni, who appeared earlier on FOX’s Love Cruise. Also, those living in Canada can now watch the show, which will be simulcast on Global; in a press release [PDF] about the simulcast, the production company calls it “the largest reality show ever produced in America.”
+ also: “the first time a reality show is asking for viewers to enter the game while it is already in play.”

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Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

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Shark Tank

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Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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.