Heather wins Hell’s Kitchen 2

After two hours of editors doing their best to convince us that Virginia was on the verge of winning Hell’s Kitchen 2, Heather was declared the winner. She won the title of executive chef of and “financial interest in” the T-Bones Chophouse & Lounge at the Red Rock Casino and Resort, which describes the restaurant as “a meat-lover’s mecca.”

Speaking of, the two-hour finale also offered plenty of time for more footage of Heather and eliminated contestant Rachel hugging and talking about how much they missed each other; if the editors were going for lesbian subtext, they need to look up “subtext.” Then again, it’s not like they’re shy about contestants who are gay, so why the ambiguity?

Perhaps because it wasn’t a very friendly environment for women, regardless of one’s sexual orientation. Virginia picked a team that she described–to them, the moron–as the weak links, hoping she’d look good when she was able to manage them. Instead, she ended up with some good old misogyny from one of her team members, and not even the one member (Keith) who had just accused Gordon Ramsay of being horny for Virginia. The other, Tom, told us, “I can take all the shit from a man, but I don’t like being bossed around by a woman. It’s like listening to my ex-girlfriend.” (Gee, Tom, you gross, sweaty piece of shit, I wonder why that woman is your ex.) A few moments after we saw him say that, Tom cut his hand open, perhaps because God has a great sense of humor, or is an ex-girlfriend herself.

And speaking of exes, before they ran their own pseudo-restaurant for an evening, Virginia and Heather had to face the “press” at a “press conference.” I’m using scare quotes because, besides , the only “journalist” to mention his name and network was Road Rules cast member Mark Long, who was representing Fox Reality as their “correspondent.” Nice little ad for Fox Reality in prime-time there.

Anyway, Heather will undoubtedly have a happy career at the Red Rock, unless she makes a “tuff decision” and rejects the prize like last year’s winner did.

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.