Myrtle Manor fake, mayor says; God helps Mark Burnett series; What Not To Wear cancelled; Anthony Bourdain dating advice

  • The mayor of Myrtle Beach calls TLC’s new series Myrtle Manor “all fictional.” Evidence surfaced earlier this year, and includes that the trailer park “was set up at the back of the trailer park” that it allegedly took over, according to the Charlotte Observer. Meanwhile, the trailer park’s sign was stolen this week.
  • Kelly Osbourne fainted or had a seizure on the set of E!’s Fashion Police and was hospitalized.
  • TLC’s shaming series What Not To Wear has been cancelled after 10 seasons.
  • Mark Burnett said that God was actively involved in the production of his History Channel series The Bible: “The hand of God was on this…. the edit came together perfectly, the actors came together perfectly, it just comes to life. … Weird things happened during filming. Everybody would look at each other like, ‘Whoa.'”
  • Newt Gingrich wants to be cast on Celebrity Apprentice. (Correction: This item briefly and incorrectly said that he wanted to be cast on a different show with dancing stars; I apologize for the error/fantasy.)
  • From the headline to the last paragraph, I literally have no idea what this story is about, other than Real Housewives of Orange County cast members vying for attention: Watergate, Real Housewives Style! Tamra Barney Denies Slamming Gretchen Rossi — But — It Was All Caught On Tape!.
  • The new Esquire network has ordered a series from Ryan Seacrest Productions. Oh no. It will be hosted by NBA player Baron Davis and profile men “whose careers, lives and lifestyles are setting a stylish new standard for today’s modern man.” Like Seacrest, no doubt.
  • Anthony Bourdain, one of the judge/mentors on ABC’s The Taste, offers dating advice in Cosmo about how it’s hot to be an adventurous eater on dates.
  • 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.