Eric Idle rejects DWTS; Top Chef renewal; Honey Boo Boo cash surprise; Anderson Cooper hates Bachelor; baby game show

  • Say what you will about Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and its cast members–I certainly have–but June Shannon and her husband are really smart about what they’ve done with their new fortune: locked it in trust funds for their kids who can’t access it until they’re 21, so they live off of Sugar Bear’s salary, just as they did pre-fame.
  • Eric Idle rejected Dancing with the Stars and mocked the show for asking him: “When they get to me have they become desperate?”
  • I Love Jenni, the reality show on mun2 featuring pop singer Jenni Rivera, will return for a third season despite her death; the show will include episodes filmed before she died and the aftermath of her death.
  • ABC has ordered eight episodes of a series called Bet On Your Baby, which is exactly as disturbing as it sounds: “a new primetime game show in which parents try to predict their child’s next move in an effort to win money for their child’s future education.”
  • Top Chef was renewed for an 11th season and it’s now casting.
  • Andersoon Cooper hates The Bachelor, saying it’s “fake” and suggesting some of the bachelors may be closeted gay men.
  • Doomsday Preppers featured a quasi-Bachelor episode with a prepper dating women to find out which one of them he wanted to store in his relationship bunker. Watch the clip in which he discusses his “underground fortress” with a date.
  • A gay porn site featuring “broke” “straight” men is going reality TV. Fleshbot reports it “is producing a mainstream television show that operates similarly to Big Brother, though judging by its name, we assume hot gay sex will be rampant if not required.” However, its trailer went online last summer, and there’s no word about what “mainstream” TV network might air such a show. You can apparently still apply even if you’re not broke, gay, or straight; you just have to be 21 to 28.
  • A new web series called The GoGo Life describes itself as “the life of the Dj, the life of the GoGo Dancer, and the life of electronic dance music.”
  • In a profile of Ryan Seacrest Productions’ CEO, Adam Sher, he threatens that we may someday get shows staring the Kardashian women’s future kids.
  • Teen birth rates are at an all-time low, and the most recent data shows that they “fell 8 percent in a single year, from 2010 to 2011.” Guess what else happened that year? Teen Mom started airing on MTV (though technically it began in December of 2009). Coincidence?
  • 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.