Bravo’s Blow Out debuts tonight.

Bravo’s Blow Out debuts tonight.
In an effort to make its Tuesday night lineup as gay as possible, Bravo is debuting a new lead-in for Queer Eye. Blow Out, airing at 9 p.m. ET, follows the opening of stylist Jonathan Antin’s new Beverly Hills salon. Bravo says that in creating the show, “producers have once again partnered to create gripping television financed by exclusive advertising sponsorship packages modeled after those created and used in The Restaurant.” However, instead of Mark Burnett teaming up with Ben Silverman to create the show, the other executive producers are Big Brother nimrods Allison Grodner and Arnold Shapiro. Reviews are mixed: Newsday says that the show “is shrewdly cast indeed” and Antin is “bright, cagey, articulate and confident, bordering on cocky,” the Arizona Republic argues that “[w]hile some of the personalities in Blow Out are interesting to watch, it’s the main one that’s the problem.”
+ also: salon owner Antin is actually straight.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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.