actor, comedian Chris Wylde auditions on American Idol 4 under his birth name.

actor, comedian Chris Wylde auditions on American Idol 4 under his birth name.
Last night, comedian, actor, and one-time Trading Spaces “celebrity” Chris Wylde was featured auditioning for American Idol 4 in San Francisco. He delivered a lame rap and did some nice overacting when the judges rendered their verdicts. What the f? Were producers in on the joke? Or does my recognition of him have to do with the fact that I watch way too much TV? Because he was instantly recognizable, despite the fact that he auditioned under his birth name, Christopher Noll, and was “disguised” with glasses. As I argued in an MSNBC essay last night after the show, his appearance helped cement the series as a certifiable joke. Or maybe the joke’s on us and they’re all ridiculous D-list actors, just ones we don’t recognize.
+ update: College Humor has the audition video.
+ and: videos of Wylde’s appearances in commercials.

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.