Aarti’s win spoiled on Food Network’s web site in June; the same thing happened in 2008

For the second time, the Food Network’s web site has inadvertently revealed the winner of The Next Food Network Star early.

Six weeks ago, winner Aarti Sequeira’s name was included in a list of “our chefs,” Food Network Humor reported at the time. The network’s web site was quickly updated after FNH’s post to add all of the other contestants, a clear attempt at damage control. Her win may have been inevitable, but that clearly confirmed it.

Two years ago, the network did the same thing, publishing post-finale interviews with all three finalists before the actual finale, which revealed that Aaron McCargo won. That was lamely blamed on “technical difficulties” instead of just being acknowledged as a screw-up.

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.