Duggars announce that they’re having a 19th kid, because 18 were just not enough

A year ago, appeared on The Today Show this morning to talk about it, and the show’s story says “Michelle has now been pregnant 147 months of her life, with five more to go. That’s 12-plus years and counting.” She’s 42, so she’s been pregnant for nearly 30 percent of her life.

Newsweek reported earlier that they “describe themselves as conservative Christians” but “follow a belief system that … is a pro-life-purist lifestyle known as Quiverfull, where women forgo all birth-control options, viewing contraception as a form of abortion and considering even natural family planning an attempt to control a realm–fertility–that should be entrusted to divine providence.”

As to future kid #19, People is practically orgasmic over the news TLC is celebrating this, and while I’m baffled enough by the constant squealing about celebrity pregnancies, this just seems like pure insanity. I can’t imagine there’s any rational response except to start a condom-mailing campaign to encourage TLC to greenlight a show to counterbalance this madness. Call it Two People Who Don’t Need to Keep Having Babies to Bring Meaning Into Their Lives.

Arkansas family prepares for baby No. 19 [Today Show]
Extreme Motherhood [Newsweek]

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.