Jose Canseco received $50,000 for Surreal Life appearance

Hanging around a few other has-beens in the Surreal Life 5 house was financially lucrative for Jose Canseco. He received $50,000 for his time, roughly $5,000 a day for the 10-day shoot.

However, that money didn’t help him make good on a promise to help out a charity. When the cast worked to “fix up an L.A. battered women’s shelter, he pledged $10,000 to the shelter,” the New York Daily News’ Lloyd Grove reports. Now, “[s]even months later, the Jenesee Center for Battered Women has yet to collect on the promised donation.”

Canseco’s lawyer, Robert Saunooke, says he can’t pay because “his assets have been frozen” due to a Miami jury’s judgment against him. Grove reports that “the shelter turned down Canseco’s offer to make a fund-raising appearance instead.”

Canseco reneges on 10G promise to L.A. shelter [New York Daily News]

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.