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]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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.