Top Model lesson: “Never try to take a model’s cake, or as she calls it, supper.”

Top Model lesson: “Never try to take a model’s cake, or as she calls it, supper.”
Shifting focus from the Presidential election for a moment, NPR’s Day to Day reports on the “race that may be equally important to the nation.” That contest is the one taking place on UPN called America’s Next Top Model 3, and former Daily Show reporter Brian Unger uses clips from the show to learn about the life of a model. (Link bonus: Since this is radio, there’s no reading involved.) He says, “It’s a tough job, say, being photographed on a beach. These models know that. … No, it’s not about just getting up on the coral and smiling. It’s about preparation. They have to watch what they don’t eat, they have to learn how to walk, and above all, they have to practice, practice, practice their facial expressions, sometimes for hours in a mirror–with a coach. The most important facial expression to control: the angry face.” He also learns important lessons from the show: “Never try to take a model’s cake, or as she calls it, supper.”
+ plus: Magdalena: “I just wasn’t great TV.”

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.

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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.