Meet Paul Ryan, noodler; Price is Right male model show; UK dogs Dog the Bounty Hunter; Mars reality show

Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s new running mate and current member of the House of Representatives, is a fan of noodling–catching catfish with bare hands, the subject of Hillbilly Handfishin’ and other reality TV shows, which he described to the New York Times by saying, “I know it sounds a little crazy, but it’s really exhilarating.” If you’d like a more in-depth look at the presidential race reality show’s most newest cast member, read this New Yorker profile.

No Celebrity Big Brother for Dog the Bounty Hunter, as the United Kingdom refused to grant him a visa as a result of his 1976 conviction for first-degree murder. [The Guardian]

The Price is Right will search for its first male model in a competition series that will air online; the show’s current models will judge how well the male contestants can be objectified while they show off prizes. However, the winning guy will only be on the show for a week, ensuring male models only temporarily get in the way of the show’s tradition of objectifying women. [Price is Right]

Mars One, a private enterprise, plans to send people to Mars by 2023, raising $6 billion in part by turning the 10-year process of training into a reality show that ends with the public voting on who gets to go. [The Guardian]

The director of the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Mel Stuart, died Thursday; most of his work consisted of television and film “documentaries that reflected his fascination with history and politics.” [New York Times]

The Glee Project concludes its second season tonight, and the finale will be followed by a reunion hosted by Robert Ulrich–and NeNe Leakes.

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.