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.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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.