Bake Off to US; Fashion Star strike; TLC’s sideshow acts; reality show that makes Tim Burton cry

  • CBS will bring BBC2’s The Great British Bake Off to the US, and is calling it Bake Off right now. The series is exactly what it sounds like: a baking competition. The show was recently praised as “the best reality show on TV”, which is perhaps just a little hyperbolic.
  • Director Tim Burton said that MasterChef gets him teary: “There’s shows like MasterChef, which I cry at. I don’t know why. I find it quite emotional when they cook something, and it doesn’t work out.”
  • Production on season two of Fashion Star was shut down for four days because of a strike by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees; it ended after producers and the union agreed to a new contract.
  • Senior Prom, the reality show about dancing seniors that’s been fraught with problems for months now, has reached new levels of drama, with no Debbie Reynolds-finale and the producer, successfully sued by a past business partner, recently lying to a newspaper about previously going to federal prison for credit card fraud.
  • In Allure, Lauren Conrad said that “the story they told wasn’t a dishonest one. The way they did it sometimes was.” Her co-star, Kristin Cavallari, contradicted her almost two years ago, saying the show was mostly scripted, and confirmed that last week, admitting specifically that she and Brody were not friends with benefits, as that was a made-up story line.
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  • And here is the weirdest photo of last week: new Bachelor Sean Lowe in a bathroom, naked, wrapped only in a towel, being filmed by a camera operator, which was photographed and then tweeted by the show’s creator, Mike Fleiss.
  • 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.

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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.