Ashley Parker Angel “almost completely cut off [his] finger” on Celebrity Cooking Showdown

Attention C-list celebrities who want to increase your stock by appearing on a cheesy reality TV show: participation may ruin your career, and not just because of the stupid things you say to the confessional camera.

Here’s an example: While participating in NBC’s Celebrity Cooking Showdown, which was pulled for its final two nights because of dismal ratings, There and Back star Ashley Parker Angel “almost completely cut off [his] finger,” he tells Billboard’s Jaded Insider.

As a result, his finger has been injured, perhaps permanently. “I still have no feeling in it ’cause I cut so deeply, which is making me worried,” he says. However, the bigger concern at the time was the fact, he says, that “I lost six minutes off the clock, and my finger wouldn’t stop bleeding but I still finished it. They had a doctor come down to the set, so immediately when I walked off they had someone waiting to stitch it up for me.”

Where does that leave him now? He says, “apparently I severed the nerve in my finger. I’m so upset because I need my fingers to play piano and guitar. I need to get insurance for my hands.” Or just use this to your advantage for the second season of your MTV reality show, and call it There and Back: Nine Fingers to Go.

Bloody Angel Food [Billboard Jaded Insider]

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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.