Reality check: Deadliest Catch deckhand’s dead dad, drug dealer documentary

On tonight’s Deadliest Catch, deckhand Jake Anderson goes to the place where his dad’s remains were found. [Zap2it]

If you like Antiques Roadshow, the creator of Deadliest Catch has a new show, America’s Lost Treasures, debuting tomorrow, July 4, that expands on the formula, with more research and investigation into some of the items. And all the items compete to be included in a National Geographic exhibit. [National Geographic Channel]

Bonus: I was part of a panel discussion at National Geographic along with Thom Beers (moderated by TV Guide’s Damian Holbrook and also including critic Roger Catlin, and in this clip, we somehow start joking about Kennedy’s skull. [YouTube]

Oprah’s development of her not-so-awesome network OWN will be chronicled in a two-hour, behind-the-scenes special on July 8 and 15. If Oprah Builds a Network is anything like Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes, it will be thoroughly captivation television. Watch a preview: [OWN]

Watch Adam Lambert perform with Queen in the Ukraine. [YouTube via USA TODAY]

At least three new reality shows are now being filmed in Las Vegas, including one with Elvira and one about a company that restores cars and bikes. How original. [Las Vegas Review Journal]

Follow a 25-year-old New York City drug dealer who’s been dealing since he was 13 in this short documentary from Vice magazine. [How to Sell Drugs]

There’s a trailer for Craigslist Joe, an August documentary that follows director Joseph Garner’s attempt to live via Craigslist. [Documentary Blog]

Derek Hough and Stephanie Pratt were spotted making out and threatening to open up a reality TV hellmouth. [Celebuzz]

Random: Forbes used an image of The Amazing Race U-Turn clue card to illustrate a story about Twitter last year, and are now using it to link to that old story. [Forbes]

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.