Cheryl Burke, Bachelorette?; Brooke Burke has cancer; Anthony Bourdain rips Cadillac; shirtless CBS reality stars

  • Dancing with the Stars dancer Cheryl Burke has met with producers of The Bachelorette about starring in the dating show, though she told E! News that she also “met with ABC producers and development executives, just to develop other shows. … The Bachelorette happened to be one of them”
  • Dancing with the Stars co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet has thyroid cancer, and will have a thyroidectomy. She revealed that in a video.
  • Anthony Bourdain went off on Travel Channel staff (“Greedy venal #travelchannel ad sales motherfuckers”) and Cadillac because one of their cars was inserted into promos for his show. His Twitter responses included: “There’s a dead prostitute in the trunk of my #Cadillac” and “#Cadillac The blood and spooge wipe right off!”
  • On election day, marriage equality passed in three states and an anti-gay marriage measure was rejected in another. An L.A. Times story from before the election details how “the reality genre has developed a reputation for diversity that scripted television hasn’t been able to match, especially when it comes to the inclusion of gays and lesbians” and that “consistent and constantly growing — if not always flattering — representation across nearly all networks has helped humanize gay people for mainstream America.”
  • Teresa and Joe Giudice’s beach house was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, which moved their boat into a fence and tipped over her refrigerator.
  • History has launched PawnStars.com, a portal to the series that includes links to watch full episodes and the ability to pawn online with Pawngo.
  • Former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi is teaching a class, Hit Songwriting, at the Berklee College of Music this fall, and later this month will offer a free class, Hitmaking with Kara DioGuardi. Kara said she’s teaching because “I love working with promising talent, and I aim to share my experiences with my students so as to better prepare them creatively and emotionally for an industry fraught with change and competition.”
  • A judge awarded Mary Murphy’s former manager $205,160 plus 10 percent of future earnings from So You Think You Can Dance because she didn’t respond to his lawsuit, which claimed she was a “cocaine-fueled nymphomaniac.”
  • Kal Penn will host Discovery Channel’s competition series, The Big Brain Theory, which features teams solving engineering problems and being judged on their solutions.
  • No one showed up for a casting call for a reality series set in Fishtown, Penn., at least while Northeast Times Star’s reporter was there, potentially because of backlash over a casting call from Powderhouse Productions that asked for “a born & bred Fishtown ‘family’ that are pissed off about the new people moving into their neighborhood…what [do] you HATE about how the place has changed?”
  • A Conservative Member of Parliament was suspended by her colleagues in Britain for participating in I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here; they cited her four-week absence from her duties as the reason.
  • CBS’ viral video department created a “Shirt-Off” faux competition between the networks male stars, and Survivor and Amazing Race cast members are featured in the video:
  • 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.

    about the writer

    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.