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?”
  • 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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