Guess which white guy is the next Bachelor

ABC officially announced the next Bachelor star today, and is continuing with the pattern of casting a previous, white cast member as the lead. In this case, it’s Sean Lowe, who was rejected by Emily Maynard. So much for the rumors about Roberto Martinez, Ryan Lochte, and our hopes and dreams.

The network’s melodramatic press release mentions the “heavy sigh” that “went out from millions of viewers as they shared Sean Lowe’s heartbreak,” which is a tragic description, especially because it is probably at least somewhat true.

It says “Sean knows the time is right for him to make the ultimate commitment to the right woman and to start his own family” and says he is “loves to make a woman feel special and, as a life-long Texan, holds Southern values close to his heart,” and “wants to be the patriarch of a family that is centered on faith, love and laughter” so he can “be a supportive husband who will encourage his wife to chase her dreams, as well as be someone whom she can rely on to help her through good and bad times. Quite simply, he is looking for his best friend. Sean also wants a big family and would love to adopt a child, as well as have some of his own, as long as he can pass on the values he has taught his kids.”

That last part is nice but I threw up at “patriarch.”

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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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.