More Top Chef spin-offs; Mark Cuban challenges Donald Trump; 16 and Pregnant abortion

  • Shark Tank star Mark Cuban had a brilliant response to Donald Trump’s pointless and moronic offer: “Donald, you shave your head, $1 million to any charity you want.” In related news, a Chrysler vice president told Trump on Twitter, “you are full of shit!”
  • Top Chef judge Gail Simmons tells the Washingtonian that she doesn’t know whether or not Top Chef: Just Desserts will ever return, but promises “there will be more great, exciting shows in the Top Chef brand.” (Eater amusingly speculates about what those shows could be, such as “Top Chef: Babies” and “Top Chef: Deep Space Nine.”) She also, however, insists that blogs “were in their infancy” when the show started. In 2006. Not quite.
  • The Bachelor got a politically motivated and critical shout-out from The Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre at the end of Thursday’s episode. His vanity card directed viewers to an uncensored version online that said, in part, “What does it say about us when we think the institution of marriage is threatened by gay people who love each other, but not by idiotic game shows like The Bachelor?”
  • 16 and Pregnant star Jamie McKay revealed on Twitter (2, 3) that she had an abortion, writing, “I chose abortion. I chose it out of fear. I made a mistake and I can’t take it back.”
  • Amazing how MTV and Jersey Shore‘s response to Sandy’s aftermath was more sensitive and thoughtful than Bravo’s. In a press release, Bravo said, and this is very real: “Hurricane Sandy may have rained on our Halloween parade, but nothing can dampen Andy Cohen’s spirit as he hosts Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live…” Really? Raining on Halloween? Yeah, that’s what matters.
  • Dancing with the Stars all-star Bristol Palin is selling her Dodge Challenger on Craigslist for $27,500. Why sell it there? She wrote on her blog, “Faithful readers know I love Craigslist!!”
  • Your OWN Show winner Zach Anner talked to Lifehacker about his work space and habits, the reality show he won (Rollin’ with Zach, “a lot of fun and immediately cancelled”), and his new web series Riding Shotgun, the first episode of which is below.
  • 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.