Jon Gosselin ordered to stop appearances TLC calls “inconsistent with the image of our show”

On Thursday, TLC won a temporary injunction against Jon Gosselin that prevents him from making public appearances, at least until an April 19 trial. People reports that TLC’s Chief Operating Officer Edward Sabin testified that “Jon surrounded by scores of bikini-clad women is inconsistent with the image of our show” and it is “embarrassing” for the network.

While any excuse to keep Jon out of public works for me, and of course he did sign a contract, I find a TV network dictating someone’s life to be mildly disturbing, especially when those are predicated on some kind of arbitrary determination of the “image” of a series that has left eight children traumatized and became popular because of its depiction of marital dysfunction.

Judge Halts Jon Gosselin’s Media Appearances [People]

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.