models Brandon, Kevin surface at Target.

models Brandon, Kevin surface at Target.
Holy crap: We may have discovered the hellmouth of the reality TV universe, and it is–hold your breath–Target. The vastly superior discount chain, with its bright white aisles, attractively branded store products, and general lack of poor people, has been the location of two, and maybe even three, reality TV has-been sightings in the last few days. It’s as if the reality TV world belched them up and they ended up there. The Amazing Race 5 loser Brandon is already a model, we knew, but he’s really made it big-time now, posing for this week’s Target circular. He’s wearing a Mossimo workwear jacket and doing that squinty-sideways look that only real models can pull off. Also this week, The Real World Miami‘s Dan Renzi was shopping at a Super Target store (see?) when he noticed, ahem, that a package of underwear had a familiar face on it, and that face belonged to none other than Manhunt‘s Kevin Peake. He is, of course, the mole/model on the Bravo series, although here he has a freakishly large head and out-of-proportion torso. Risking collapse of the universe as we know it, Dan actually bought the underwear, but writes on his blog that he did not turn into the Photoshopped version of Kevin when he put on the briefs: “I’m sorry to report that wearing this underwear did not give me 6-pack abs or shiny bronze skin. False advertising!” Keep an eye out at your local Target for reality TV sightings; we’ll uncover the full scope of this epidemic/conspiracy.

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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.