report says Idol judge security increased.

report says Idol judge security increased.

In what may be the stupidest American Idol 4 story written to date, UPI reports that producers “are boosting security for judges Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul.” Why? Well, we don’t really get a transition, but the next paragraph reminds us about Simon’s reaction to Leroy Wells. And the next sentence reminds us that Leroy “watched his recorded audition from jail–after being arrested in an alleged shooting of another man.” And then? One more sentence, saying, “Said fellow judge Abdul: It is scary.” What is scary? Could we have an antecedent, please? UPI fails to actually draw any connection, instead letting the two pieces of information sit side by side so as to suggest a correlation. Hello, non sequitur. Did Leroy threaten the judges? Or did some idiot at UPI just need to file a story so he strung together some unrelated facts to create a “story”?
+ also: Wednesday Idol watched by 25 million, more than watched the State of the Union.

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.