South Park brilliantly rips Whale Wars as talk shows parody Real Housewives, Survivor

A number of reality shows were parodied last week, starting with one of my favorite reality series, Whale Wars, which was parodied on South Park last Wednesday, which was as crude and hysterical as always. The actual parody starts about five minutes in, but it’s all worth watching. The episode rips on Paul Watson for being an indecisive media whore and for the Sea Shepherd’s general ineffectiveness, and also mocks the reality show itself (and another one that makes a cameo). And while South Park sometimes makes some specious arguments, the one that ends this episode pretty clearly identifies some major hypocrisy. The full episode is online.

Meanwhile, how do you parody reality shows that are already ridiculous and often seem like parodies themselves? Both Jimmy Fallon and Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa managed to do so recently, as the results are hilarious.

On Friday, Regis and Kelly parodied seven reality shows–and their stars–as part of their pre-Halloween show. Those shows include Survivor, Top Model, The Biggest Loser, and The Rachel Zoe Project. Regis’ Jeff Probst is awesome, especially with the two objects he picks up at the end:

And here’s Kelly doing both Rachel Zoe and Taylor from Rachel Zoe:

Here’s the first of a series of short Real Housewives parody episodes that aired on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. It’s funnier if you have ever seen Late Night, but still manages to capture the show’s tone and editing pretty well:

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.

A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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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.