Reality check: Big Brother houseguest drugged, Dancing pros dating, Idols parody Beauty and the Beast

American Idol 9 semi-finalist Todrick Hall’s now-viral video Beauty and the Beat stars finalist Katie Stevens and season four’s Vonzell Solomon, and is exceptionally well-produced as it parodies the opening song from the animated Disney film. That said, I can’t decide if it’s hilarious parody and satire or outrageously offensive or both. The Stranger’s list of possible reactions sums it up perfectly. [YouTube]

Cheaters has a new host: Clark Gable, the grandson of the Clark Gable. More shocking is that THR’s story insists that it’s real and never fake, despite evidence to the contrary. [The Hollywood Reporter]

A second-season contestant on Israel’s Big Brother says he was drugged by the show’s doctor back in 2010; as a result, the fifth season may not air this fall, as authorities are awaiting the results of an investigation. [New York Post]

Roberto Martinez reportedly wants $750,000 to be the next Bachelor, according to a tabloid report. I want $500,000 to watch the next Bachelor. I’d guess neither of us will get what we want. [Us Weekly]

Oprah Winfrey agreed to be included on Keeping up with the Kardashians after interviewing Khloe. Oh, Oprah. [Us Weekly]

Animal Planet is filming an auction reality TV show that takes place in barns. [Pottstown Mercury]

VH1′s has found success drawing African-American viewers, but its crazypants reality shows might not help the network get advertisers. [Los Angeles Times]

After implausibly denying that they were a couple, Dancing With The Stars professional dancers Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd confirmed they’re dating. [Celebuzz]

Top Chef Masters winner, frequent food competition show judge, and celebrated chef Marcus Samuelsson has a new book, Yes, Chef, which he discussed on NPR yesterday. [Fresh Air]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

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.