Men will compete to become Ken, Barbie’s “ultimate boyfriend for every occasion”

An online reality series will be a competition between men who think they are the living embodiment of Ken, Barbie’s genital-less plastic boyfriend. Perhaps because she has a history with plastic men, The City‘s Whitney Port will host the series.

Genuine Ken: The Search for the Great American Boyfriend will air on Hulu starting Jan. 18. On it, “eight men between the ages of 21 and 30 will compete in a series of elimination challenges to prove that they possess Ken’s qualities in order to be ‘the ultimate boyfriend for every occasion,’ including being able to surf, design, have a sense of fashion and show a romantic side,” Variety reports.

Mattel VP Stephanie Cota told the paper that Ken is “getting a makeover to make sure he’s still as culturally and visually relevant as Barbie is.”

Here’s Ken in Toy Story 3, for which he seems to have received a pretty significant makeover already, although one he’s not yet quite become aware of:

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.