gay reality TV roles discussed; Boy Meets Boy 2 couldn’t find advertisers.

gay reality TV roles discussed; Boy Meets Boy 2 couldn’t find advertisers.
The Hollywood Reporter talks to a group of openly gay producers, including The Real World‘s co-creator Jonathan Murray. He says that the show’s format of diverse housemates “forced us to have gay people. What’s great about MTV … is that there’s no double standard: The way we treat gay and lesbian storylines is the same way we treat straight storylines. The nice thing about reality programming is that it takes you places you can’t imagine you would go: Pedro and Sean (1994’s “The Real World: San Francisco”) decided they wanted to have a commitment ceremony, so it went there.” Also off interest, film producer Craig Zadan says that Bravo “attempted to get Boy Meets Boy 2 off the ground, and they didn’t because no one wants to advertise on it.” Meanwhile, despite the proliferation of gay people on reality TV, Slate’s Dana Stevens says in an essay that “[t]he one thing that gay men still can’t be found doing on reality television is the very thing that defines them as ‘gay’ in the first place: loving other men.” She argues that “gay men on reality television exist to impart some intangible quality of sophistication or savoir-faire to the otherwise drab lives of their heterosexual brothers.”

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

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

Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

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.