Reality check: Breastfeeding reality show, Food Network Canada star dies, Octomom’s laments

Food Network Canada star Anthony Sedlak, 29, has died; he won Superstar Chef Challenge and went on to host and judge other shows. [CP]

The producers of Dance Moms are working on a show about mothers who breastfeed their kids much, much longer than most people, like until their kids go to college. (I exaggerate. Slightly.) [Salon]

The producer of Dangerous Waters and five others who traversed the Bering Strait on Sea-Doo watercraft for their show have been detained upon reaching Russia. A 2011 story said the show was for HDNet, but the show’s site still says it’s airing in “spring 2012.” [Sacramento Bee]

Roger Catlin reports on the now-proliferation of Southern stereotypes on reality television across all networks. [Washington Post]

Octomom Nadya Sulman says she would be getting her PhD but instead she’s doing things like masturbating in front of her video camera and selling the resulting video in order to capitalize on her celebrity to be able to afford her 14 kids. [The Daily Beast]

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.