Real Gilligan’s Island’s Mandy pregnant by Real World’s MJ’s seed

Yet another reality show couple is reproducing. The Real World Philadelphia‘s MJ and The Real Gilligan Island 2‘s Mandy Weaver are having a baby, according to The Real World/Road Rules Blog.

After covering these cast members’ post-show lives for years, The RW/RR Blog has developed an annoying reflex where they always use sentences ending with exclamation points to congratulate the reality star on whatever it is they’ve done, from appearing on yet another show to pooping successfully.

Here, they say, “Congrulations to the new parents!” But there’s no congratulations coming from me, not that the couple cares. First, does their completion of this task deserve praise? (Congratulations on the successful merger of your genitalia!) Second, and more importantly, I’m concerned for our future as a species if all of the little ones running around are the products of reality TV shows.

First Sean and Rachel, who have three kids, and now MJ and Mandy. That’s way too much genetic material from The Real World line. At the very least, straight reality show cast members need to follow the Lyric Angel model and mate with those outside the genre.

MJ (Philadelphia) is expecting his first child… [The Real World/Road Rules Blog]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

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.