J.R. Martinez beats Rob Kardashian for the world’s worst reality TV prize

Actor and injured Iraq war veteran J.R. Martinez beat Keeping Up with the Kardashians extra Rob Kardashian to win the crummy mirrorball trophy on the finale of Dancing with the Stars, even though Rob outscored him by a single point during the finale. That represents pro Karina Smirnoff’s first win; talk show host Ricki Lake came in third.

As usual, the show filled the time leading up to the reveal with performances by eliminated dancers, including Chaz Bono, who did better without the pressure of judging, and former Queer Eye star Carson Kressley, who did an awesome dance to Madonna’s “Vogue,” if you can compare the hacked-up version of the song to Madonna’s original.

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.