Real World Chicago’s Chris promoting his book about alcoholism

The Real World Chicago‘s Chris Beckman has written a book about his struggle with alcoholism as a child and teenager. Save for its cover, whcih features Chris’ face, it may be the least self-serving reality TV star memoir yet.

Clean: A New Generation in Recovery Speaks Out, “is part autobiography, part addiction and recovery primer, and part wake-up call about what’s really going on in schools, cars, malls, and wherever else kids come in contact with drugs and alcohol,” according to the book’s jacket. It includes Chris’ story–he started drinking when he wsa 11–and “contributions from dozens of teens and twentysomethings in recovery.”

ABC News photoChris appeared on Good Morning America today to talk about the book, and ABCNews.com’s story about his appearance has an interesting revelation: Chris is apparently serving as our attorney general, at least according to ABC News. The site has a photograph of Alberto Gonzalez with a caption that says “Former ‘Real World — Chicago’ star Chris Beckman wrote a book detailing his struggles with alcohol.” Or perhaps our attorney general previously was a gay Real World cast member with a history of alcoholism.

Update: Someone at ABC News caught on and updated the photograph, and Chris looks much more like himself now, rather than like a member of the administration.

‘Real World’ Star Writes Book on Addiction [ABC 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.