Discovery wants to break into your house; Telemundo’s Idol-like series casting.

Discovery wants to break into your house; Telemundo’s Idol-like series casting.
Here’s a brilliant idea: The Discovery Channel is looking for people whose houses are easy to break in to; once you sign up, they’ll break into your house and steal your stuff. It’s the next phase of reality TV: legitimizing criminal behavior. Actually, “once you realize how upsetting life would be without your prized possessions, [the show’s security experts will] give you a free upgrade and some tips to avoid similar future intrusions. For the as-yet-untitled home security makeover show, Discovery is seeking New York-area people who can answer yes to these fun questions: “Is your husband constantly forgetting to lock doors? Is your wife happy to leave the house without programming that “annoying” alarm? Are your kids able to get into the house using only a credit card when they forget their keys? Do you agree it might be a little too easy for a burglar to break into your home?”

This Saturday, the American Idol-like Nuevas Voces de América starts casting at the Apollo in Harlem. Emilio Estefan’s new Telemundo series “will have the feel of ‘American Idol’ because of the competition, but it’s with a different twist,” he tells the New York Daily News. “What you’re going to see is a reality show that will answer the question that a lot of people have: ‘How do you get an artist ready to record a song?” Contestants will be narrowed to 20 finalists, and the winner gets a recording contract.

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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, 37, 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.