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 Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

    Verlox from The Quest

    A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

    Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


    Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

    Shark Tank

    Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

    Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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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.