Ashley Hebert is the next Bachelorette

Third-place Bachelor contestant and26-year-old dentistry student Ashley Hebert has been selected as the star of The Bachelorette 7. ABC let Jimmy Kimmel announce that and interview her last night.

But it’s the press release that’s truly entertaining. Whoever wrote this deserves some kind of award, though I’m not sure what kind. Here’s how it describes her break-up with Brad Womack:

“It seemed the couple wanted different things out of life. Ashley was frustrated she couldn’t communicate her feelings to Brad, and he gallantly decided to let her go before the rose ceremony, knowing he would not offer her a rose. Ashley was surprised and heartbroken that her perfect fairytale came to an abrupt end. It would take her time to find the silver lining to this bad situation and move forward.”

“Gallantly”? “Her perfect fairytale?” But oh, there’s more! Her inability to say I love you to someone she met on a TV show is not an obstacle, because like Brad before her, she is reformed!

“That time has come and now Hebert, stronger and more confident than ever, is prepared to find a balance between her career and personal life and find the love of her life. She fell in love once on ‘The Bachelor,’ so she truly believes that it will happen again — and this time she will be ready and open to express her feelings to the right guy.”

And whoever he is should know that Ashley’s idea of the “most romantic date” is pretty wild and crazy: It “would consist of a night staying in with her guy, a bottle of wine, music and a roaring fireplace.” I’m sure the producers will scramble to make that one happen when production begins.

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.