DVDs you may have missed: PBS Houses, Playboy’s Girls of Reality TV.

DVDs you may have missed: PBS Houses, Playboy’s Girls of Reality TV.
Networks have been busy churning out DVDs of their reality TV series as fast as they churn out, well, reality TV series. While we’re waiting patiently for CBS to get off its ass and issue DVDs of the first four The Amazing Race seasons, the network unbelievably produced a nine-disc set of all 32 episodes of Big Brother 3, so you can give up your life and learn to hate Amy, Chiara, Danielle, Eric, Gerry, Josh, Jason, Lisa, Lori, Marcelas, Roddy, and Tonya all over again. Speaking of nonsense, the entire first season of incoherent babbling known as The Anna Nicole Show is on DVD thanks to E!. If naked women besides Anna Nicole are your thing, Playboy offers the Girls of Reality TV DVD, which features Survivor Marquesas‘ Sarah Jones, Big Brother‘s Shannon Michelle and Tonya Paoni, and The Real World Las Vegas‘ Trishelle Cannatella and Arissa Hill. In case seeing Trishelle naked isn’t enough of The Real World Las Vegas for you, there’s also the entire season of that show. And, although the full season isn’t yet on DVD, there’s The Real World You Never Saw – Paris and a bonus DVD of hook-ups we never saw from The Real World Paris. Because “the cast members’ juicy escapades and romantic roller coasters” is exactly what we’ve been missing. For a bit more class and depth, some of PBS’ House shows are on DVD, including Manor House, Frontier House, 1900 House, and 1940s House. Of course, depending upon your reality TV preferences, the best may not yet be released: The Simple Life‘s full season is on DVD January 20.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

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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.