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.
  • Review: Married at First Sight

    Marriage At First Sight

    In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

    Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

    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.