Nigel Barker, host; teens vote for crap; Ramsay leads highest-paid chefs; CNBC goes reality

American teenagers (who voted in the Teen Choice Awards) have really awful taste in reality TV. The Teen Choice Awards in reality categories went to people such as Simon Cowell (!) and Jennifer Lopez, and to X Factor and Punk’d. [Teen Choice Awards]

Post-firing from Top Model, Nigel Barker is going to host Oxygen’s new Naomi Campbell-judged modeling series The Face.

Many of the highest-paid chefs are reality and/or TV stars, unsurprisingly. What is surprising is how much more money Gordon Ramsay makes ($38 million), though he has a ridiculous number of restaurants and TV shows. Number 10 is, amazingly, Guy Fieri, who makes $8 million a year–$1 million less than Bobby Flay–and got his start on Next Food Network Star. [Forbes]

Dolph Lundgren will host Reelz Channel’s first competition series, Race to the Scene, on which pairs of people race to movie locations to compete in challenges that are related to the movie. [Hollywood Reporter]

Are Soulja Boy and Diamond going to do a reality TV show? [AllHipHop]

CNBC is planning seven reality shows, including one about “an antiques detective who works the high-end world of art forgeries using crime lab technology” and “a life-changing competition that each week gives one person a chance to win his or her own franchise to a concierge service.” [CNBC press release]

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.