Diving with the Stars coming to ABC, reality TV makes us smart, Pawn Stars UK

  • SyFy has renewed Face Off, which is a pretty strong competition series now airing its third season Tuesday nights; director Bryan Singer will be among those who guest star next season.
  • People keep sending this to me, so here’s an argument in Wired that reality TV makes us smarter because of the way it helps us learn about other people. I agree, of course, but the argument seems a little underdeveloped and, to be blunt, he totally lost me in paragraph two when he write, “Reality TV may even be the next stage in the evolution of television.” May be? Uh, we’re there, and have been for the better part of 12 years.
  • History Channel’s Pawn Stars is heading to the UK–or at least, the format is, as a UK-specific version of the show will be produced. Pawn Stars UK will have eight episodes and “will be uniquely adapted for an international audience,” producers said.
  • Discovery is giving $100,000 to one lucky Gold Rush season premiere (Oct. 26) viewer.
  • ABC has ordered a series which is basically Diving with the Stars, though it’s called Celebrity Splash. I’d guess this will go the way of Skating with the Stars, but it’s all about the casting, of course. It’s based on a show of the same name from the Netherlands; a trailer/pitch reel is below, and it’s worth a watch for the spectacular belly flops.
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    John Rocker

    In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


    Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

    Dick Donato

    The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

    Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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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.