Reality TV convention in Nashville draws just 300 people but nearly 100 stars

Over the weekend, Jon “Jonny Fairplay” Dalton did his best to continue his career at a reality TV convention in Nashville that was organized and sponsored by reality blurred competitor Reality TV Magazine.

Among other things, he pretended to propose to Jerri Manthey and was hospitalized after his arm got “stuck in the hotel elevator door as it was closing,” according to USA TODAY. Dalton also “wound up spitting on Real World star MJ Garrett, who, several people say, then picked him up and put him, unhurt, on the ground.”

But the best part is the, according to the paper, is that the former cast members who attended “were told that 1,500 tickets had been pre-sold,” USA TODAY reports, but “attendance was closer to 300″ people and fans. Since there were nearly 100 “stars” attending, that’s about one “star” for every three people, and thus the former cast members “spent a lot of time taking pictures with other reality stars,” which is about as close to reality TV whore incest as you can get.

Reality TV’s fun festival [USA TODAY]

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.