actor Charlie O’Connell is Bachelor 7.

actor Charlie O’Connell is Bachelor 7.
A C-list actor will be the star of The Bachelor 7, according to E! Online’s Wanda/Kristin/whoever. How is this different than any other season? Kristin reports that it’s someone with a recognizable name: Charlie O’Connell. However, although they look alike, he’s not his more famous brother Jerry, who appeared in “Stand by Me” and “Kangaroo Jack.” Charlie, who’s 29, had a part in “Dude, Where’s My Car?” and other films. Kristin says Charlie was recently being followed by cameras and admitted his new role flat-out, saying, “I’m the next Bachelor.” Wanda notes that “producers had been looking–for months–for either a doctor or a ‘celebrity or someone with a celebrity angle’ under 30 to be the next big B and landed on Charlie. ABC believes him to have just the right charisma to bring the show back to its former Trista-like ratings of yesterseason.” Hopefully, they’re not looking for someone who’s genuinely searching for love: K-dog quotes a friend of Charlie’s who says, “He’s just come out of a relationship, and I’m pretty sure he’s just doing this for the fun–and the press.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

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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.