Ryan Lochte as The Bachelor? Or DWTS with Michael Phelps? And proof Jersey Shore cast isn’t acting

If you need proof that the cast of Jersey Shore actually isn’t acting as they interact in a contrived context, watch this Funny or Die video in which they pretend to argue about politics as a way to encourage their viewers to vote. Their acting is so terrible it’s barely watchable. [Funny or Die]

Ryan Lochte–by the way, if you have not yet read this Jezebel piece on him, do it right now–has at least three reality show offers and Mike Fleiss wants him for The Bachelor. But he’s only said he wants to go on Dancing with the Stars, and he and the show’s producers would like Michael Phelps on, too. Of course he does, and of course they do. It could happen: Phelps said he won’t rule it out. [NBCNews.com]

Derek Hough was dancing at a gay club but reportedly “freaked out when a fan tried to take his picture.” [Radar]

GSN, the Game Show Network, is moving into reality TV, calling its reality shows “real-life games.” [Variety]

Two people pretended they were filming a reality show (“You Just Got Robbed”) while they robbed people. They were arrested. [KDKA Pittsburgh]

Pink told The Daily Telegraph that said no to American Idol and X Factor judging offers. “I said no because you can’t be honest. People will hate you if you’re honest,” she said. “People would just hate me more than they already do. I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings. Besides, you can sing karaoke anywhere.” [Herald Sun]

Mark Burnett’s ex-wife, Dianne, claims in her upcoming memoir that Survivor crew members have sex with each other on location. NO. WAY. WHAT. She also claims that, post-Africa, Mark went on a safari without her but with another woman. [New York Post]

Paranormal State star Ryan Buell has pancreatic cancer and is posting updates about his condition on Facebook. [After Elton]

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.