new show stars: thoroughbred horses, Ewan McGregor, reunited families, sperm.

new show stars: thoroughbred horses, Ewan McGregor, reunited families, sperm.
New reality series are being born so quickly, it’s tough to keep up. Here are some newly announced and/or casting series. Oddly, most of them focus on races or journeys of some kind:

  • The racetrack most famously known for its connection to Seabiscuit will take center stage in the Game Show Network’s pick-up of a Stone-Stanley series called American Dream Derby, which “follows 12 owners, the Thoroughbreds they recently purchased, and their relationship between each other, the owners, and jockeys.” Thoroughbred Times reports that it “premieres in January 2005 with the live American Dream Derby race set for February 21 at Santa Anita.”
  • In October, Bravo will air a six-episode series that follows Ewan McGregor’s “four-month transcontinental motorcycle journey with his friend and fellow actor Charley Boorman,” reports. There will be drama on Long Way Round: Ewan fell into a river in Mongolia while on the trip.
  • Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will produce an Apprentice-like series for Spike TV called American Start-Up, The New York Post reports. The show “will give eight wannabe entrepreneurial businesses–some with several staffers–a shot at making their dream businesses come to life.” Affleck and Damon won’t appear in the series.
  • Moving toward the more shocking concepts, Reality Access is searching “for young men and women over 18 and who have been separated from their biological parent(s) at infancy, and men and women who have been separated from their biological children, to participate in a television program about reuniting.” Interested? Then “email your name, age, where you live and contact number along with a recent photo of yourself to: or call 818.563.4131.”
  • Last and definitely least, Endemol, those evil
    bastards responsible for Big Brother, “are devising a concept called Make Me A Mum that would feature men competing to father a child and take part in a ‘sperm race’.” That’s according to, which reports that “1000 male contestants would be whittled down to a final pair by using two criteria. … New German technology would film the ‘sperm race finale’, giving viewers a chance to see which of the finalists’ sperm reaches the female’s egg first.”

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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.