Hantavirus on TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive set, Extreme Makeover host carjacked, buy Cat Deeley art

  • Three people exposed to hantavirus in Yosemite National Park have died, and now the virus has infected a crew member working to clean a house on TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive (which has been misidentified as A&E’s Hoarders in some reports). Only one of 29 people who worked on the house has tested positive and was hospitalized for the virus so far. Houston’s NBC affiliate reports that books donated to the library could have been infected, since the virus is spread by rat feces and urine, which of course is not uncommon in hoards.
  • A man secretly taped all of his conversations for three years, basically turning his conversation partners’ lives into an audio version of The Truman Show.
  • For charity, Fox is Cat Deeley, who did not spend a lot of time on her art.
  • The host of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, Chris Powell, was carjacked, or at least his nanny and 1-year-old were. They got out of the car and police caught the carjacker.
  • Ryan Lochte probably won’t be The Bachelor. Sadface.
  • An anonymous reality editor identified “the most and least fake shows,” and though s/he cites some interesting examples (without naming shows) of practices we know exist (cutting together fake sentences from things people did say), the person totally lost credibility with me by writing, and I am not kidding here, “Big Brother’s a great show. It’s like a science experiment, like putting a bunch of rats in a glass bowl and watching what happens.” If only! For crap’s sake, manipulation aside, it’s one of the worst-edited shows, at least in the sense that what’s on TV often doesn’t reflect what happens–and what feed watchers see.
  • Review: Married at First Sight

    Marriage At First Sight

    In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

    Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.