Jennifer wins HGTV’s Design Star 3

After a viewer vote, Jennifer Bertrand defeated Matt Locke to become HGTV’s third Design Star.

Because no one at HGTV has apparently ever watched the two previous, identically bad finales that they aired. Last night’s finale was as dull as the previous two, and gave no time at all for Jennifer to do anything other than be covered in confetti.

The highlight of the long hour was when the editors gathered clips of designers saying the same thing over and over again (like Michael’s variants of “you’ve got to be kidding me”), but they did that during the first-season finale, too. Overall, the finale helped prove that the show, while compelling and engaging to watch, is still an inferior wannabe compared to its sibling network’s Next Food Network Star competition.

Mikey V. didn’t show up for the reunion and we were given no explanation at all, not even a clip of his work, nor any indication if he was absent due to his previous on-screen appearance or something entirely unrelated. However, the openly gay Hollywood, Fla., police officer “was placed on paid administrative leave” three weeks ago, Miami’s WPLG reported, following revelations that he’d done the gay bondage pornographic films.

At the time, his lawyer said, “My client has done nothing wrong. He has served the community of Hollywood with honor and distinction for over 10 years. The only reason someone would criticize my client is that he publicly has a different lifestyle.”

Design Star [HGTV]
TV Star Cop Placed On Leave After Gay Porn Video Emerges [WPLG]

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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