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.
  • 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.

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    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.