CBS is “shocked and saddened” by Cheryl’s suicide

CBS has issued a comment about the death of Pirate Master contestant Cheryl Kosewicz, which was first reported yesterday. This afternoon, reality blurred received the following statement from the network:

“Everyone at CBS who knew her is shocked and saddened by the news of Cheryl Kosewicz’s untimely and unexpected passing. We will remember Cheryl for her extraordinary energy and compassion and we extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends.”

Meanwhile, at least one tabloid newspaper is directly linking her death to the cancellation of the series, although there’s no concrete evidence of that. Australia’s Daily Telegraph reported today that Cheryl “posted a note a MySpace website blaming the series for her death.” She did no such thing, at least not directly; the paper cites her June 28 note that she’s “floating around lost” which says “this frik’n show doesn’t help.”

Reality show love suicide [Daily Telegraph]

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.