If you need any additional evidence that local news is crap and nonsense that exists only to sell ads by using fear and annoyingly, absurdly sensational teasers (“Find out why you’ll probably be dead by morning–tonight at 11!”) about stories that have been on the Internet all day, look no further than Orlando Sentinel TV critic Hal Boedeker’s conversation with born-again Christian, reality TV junkie, and Big Brother 3 third-runner-up Jason Guy, who’s starting work as an anchor–an anchor!–on Orlando’s NBC affiliate WESH today, in which he said that being on the crappy CBS show in 2002 “did help move me on a career path I am on,” instead of, you know, making him into an unhireable joke (although virgin Jason also wasn’t a typical Big Brother horrible person, which is maybe why he’s so forgettable despite his alliance with Danielle, and he did work in radio and TV before going on the show), but it’s still ridiculous, as is the fact that he says working as a reality casting producer afterwards taught him “the basics for being a journalist,” although he does mitigate that absurdity by admitting that reality TV to news is “an unusual jump,” which is about the right term for someone who is now delivering allegedly critical news to Central Florida in part because he once swapped bathing suits with a woman while in a pool full of green slime.
Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on 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
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.
- A collision of two worlds in Diane von Furstenberg’s fascinating House of DVF December 21, 2014
- Colton receives a 2011 Survivor letter from Caleb December 20, 2014
- Top Chef’s literary sausage party December 19, 2014
- An exceptional end for Survivor San Juan Del Sur December 18, 2014
- Highlights from the long-awaited The Profit update December 17, 2014
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.