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.

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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