porn star Jenna Jameson and a gambler each file reality TV show-related lawsuits.

porn star Jenna Jameson and a gambler each file reality TV show-related lawsuits.
Two reality TV show participants are going to court: porn star Jenna Jamesonand a gambler who was featured in the Discovery Channel’s American Casino. The gambler in question, Joseph Pane, wants “profits connected with the airing of his likeness as well as punitive damages” because a segment “paint[ed] (Pane) as a cheater, an undesirable, and someone who dirties up games.” He’s suing Green Valley Ranch and its owner Station Casinos, production company Pilgrim Films & Television, and Discovery Communications. Although “Pane’s features are blurred in the episode to partially hide his identity,” he “said that wasn’t enough to keep him from getting kicked out of two Las Vegas casinos and barred from blackjack tournaments since the episode aired last June,” according to the Las Vegas Sun. The paper also reports that “Anthony Curtis, publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor consumer newsletter, said local casino-based reality shows have largely been staged and that appearance waivers typically allow producers the flexibility to use the content as they see fit.”

Meanwhile, porn star Jenna “Jameson wants a federal court judge to block [her publisher Judith] Regan’s claim to a financial stake in a reality TV show that the actress says she negotiated on her own with the A&E cable network,” The New York Daily News reported. Her publisher countersued and “insists that an agreement with Jameson signed last April gave Regan Media the ‘exclusive right’ to negotiate with TV networks on any project involving the self-described ‘screen performer.'” Regan published Jameson’s How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale and the contract included some clauses about television projects, but “Jameson says her TV agreement with Regan covered the publisher’s pitch of a Jameson project to the Fox network but was unrelated to talks with A&E.”

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.