Miss America may become reality series.

Miss America may become reality series.
The Miss America pageant and reality TV have a sordid history: it was on the show that O-Town began its spectacular crash and burn, and Trista, Ryan, and Clay Aiken appeared on the show years ago. Three and a half years ago, the pageant decided to adopt some reality TV-like features. This year, having been dumped on their ass by ABC, the network-less show is proposing a dramatic change: turning the one-night pageant into a reality TV show series. “The venerable beauty/ talent pageant has signed with the William Morris Agency and is shopping a refashioned version of the annual event, pitching the pageant as a multi-episode reality series complete with behind-the-scenes drama and gradual elimination of contestants,” TV Week reports. The organization’s president pulls out basically the same line he dished out in August of 2001, pretending that Miss America was the original reality TV show. Spinning like mad, Art McMaster says, “We consider ourselves the first reality TV. Last year we realized our once-a-year show wasn’t cutting the cake. We saw reality shows like ‘American Idol’ passing us by. We feel America has got to get to know our contestants.”

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John Rocker

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Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

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Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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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.