Rosie O’Donnell may judge AGT; Bachelor producer’s drama; gun shows cancelled; Beekman Boys’ amazingness

  • Amazing Race winners Josh and Brent, aka The Fabulous Beekman Boys, may not have been thanking and praising each of their competitors using ridiculously charming gingerbread cookies. Then they responded to one of their 8,000 pieces of fan mail by having their teammates tell a letter-writer’s 12-year-old son who’s gay and being bullied that he’s amazing. As are the Beekman Boys, clearly.
  • Someone won The Voice, which totally lost my interest this season but had its highest-rated finale yet, though its season-long ratings were the lowest yet.
  • Rosie O’Donnell said she’s “very interested in doing America’s Got Talent with Howard Stern” and said she is “talking to” producers about signing on as a judgeAmerica’s Got Talent.
  • Following the shooting massacre at an elementary school Friday, reality TV shows about guns are “facing new scrutiny,” according to The New York Times, which is to say that they are getting attention for the first time, because they have otherwise gone unnoticed. Discovery’s Sons of Guns may not return, and Ted Nugent’s American Guns has been cancelled, though the network said that decision was made months ago.
  • No one cared about Ashley and J.P.’s wedding, which was the lowest-rated show during its two hours on Sunday.
  • Bachelor producer Elan Gale has been chronicling his run-ins with his neighbors on his Tumblr, which included a death threat. It’s a fascinating story, with more real-life drama than an average episode of The Bachelor. Scroll down to Dec. 11 and read up for the whole story in reverse.
  • A talent agency who represented Pawn Stars cast members sued the History Channel, claiming executives there convinced the cast members to end their relationship with the agency.
  • Apparently Britney Spears made a face during The X Factor last week that is identical to the face I make when I accidentally tune in to The X Factor for a few moments. Also, even Entertainment Weekly, our nation’s popular culture cheerleader, isn’t excited about the finale.
  • After I commented on NBC’s truly terrible short-term game show Take It All, someone replied with a link to a clip from a former UK game show, Divided, on which three contestants collaborate and then must decide, in 100 seconds, how to split their prize money–as the prize money decreases. It’s amazing, primarily because of the way it demands both selfishness and collaboration. Watch it.
  • 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.

    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.