Sean Lowe, Bachelor; Mitt Romney, Snooki fan; Kim Kardashian on her talent; Emmy categories; no Hoarding hantavirus

  • Reports that someone was infected with hantavirus on the set of TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive (which is still not Hoarders, though Consumerist doesn’t care and keeps conflating them) turned out to be false: tests on a hospitalized woman were negative, as were tests on others who worked in the house.
  • Brian Moylan proposes new categories for reality TV-related Emmys, which are a mix of serious and smart (splitting singing competitions from others) and tongue-in-cheek (“Most Tolerable Exploitation of Psychological Disorders,” “Best Celebrity Documentary, Kardashian” and “Non-Kardashian”).
  • Sean Lowe is reportedly the new Bachelor. Guess what? He’s a white guy.
  • Mitt Romeny is a fan of Jersey Shore star Snooki, saying on a pre-taped appearance for Tuesday’s Live! with Kelly and Michael, “I’m kind of a Snooki fan. Look how tiny she’s gotten. She’s lost weight. She’s energetic. Just her spark-plug personality is kind of fun.”
  • Reality TV, magazine style: a Vanity Fair writer hung out for six months with President Barack Obama.
  • The Hills stars and friends Lauren Conrad and Kristin Cavallari no longer speak. OMG.
  • I didn’t think I could loathe that awful twit Patti Stanger any more, but then she commented on the tragic split of Amy Poehler and Will Arnett, arguing that “When the woman is the primary breadwinner, it’s going against nature” and “traditional gender roles are very real and flipping the norm is difficult for even the strongest, funniest, smartest men.” Please.
  • The Guardian profiles Kim Kardashian, and she talks about her brand, her fans, Kanye West, and being a liberal Republican who doesn’t know how she’ll vote. Most fascinatingly, she explains her fame like this: “What is my talent?Well, a bear can juggle and stand on a ball and he’s talented, but he’s not famous. Do you know what I mean?”
  • 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.