Bachelor Sean sex; Duck Dynasty crushes Idol; Ryan Lochte Bachelor confusion; history of MTV’s Buzzkill

  • Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici had sex during filming of The Bachelor, according to a tabloid, which says his born-again virgin thing wasn’t real.
  • A&E’s Duck Dynasty continues to be an insane hit: its season finale Wednesday was watched by 9.6 million viewers, making it “the most-watched series telecast in network history among all key demos,” according to the network, which noted that the show’s rating among 18 to 49-year-olds “was also 34% stronger than last night’s top broadcast show, American Idol.”
  • Ryan Lochte says he rejected Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor. But an ABC executive says he was never offered the show.
  • Speaking of him, What Would Ryan Lochte Do if he found out his E! reality show had a low-rated debut–even though it was surprisingly fun?
  • Project Runway ended its 11th season and has a winner.
  • Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Stewart says she learned she was getting divorced on Twitter.
  • Remember Buzzkill, the MTV show from the ’90s? The Awl has a detailed history of the show, from its creation to its cancellation to its odd disappearance.
  • Brain Games became NatGeo’s highest-rated series debut in the network’s history, probably due to the amazing mind-fucking examples, though that it has a hot host probably didn’t hurt.
  • How will American Idol deal with the extra week it has because the judges didn’t use their save? Theories include a non-elimination week and a two-week finale.
  • Sharon Osbourne revealed that Ozzy has relapsed but “We’re not getting divorced. … We’re dealing with it.”
  • A producer is casting for families who live in The Oaks, the neighborhood where Justin Bieber, Kourtney Kardashian, the Jacksons, and others live.
  • There’s now a Pawn Stars slot machine.
  • Teen Mom 2‘s Jenelle Evans was arrested for posession of heroin but says it’s not her heroin.
  • Billy the Exterminator, aka William Patrick Bretherton, pled guilty to marijuana posession after being arrested along with his wife in a hotel room, where they had synthetic marijuana; he received a 60-day suspended sentence and a year of probation, plus treatment for substance abuse.
  • If you have the same name as a contestant on a reality show, expect to get nude photos tweeted at you; that’s what happened to a Northwestern grad student Kristin Thomas, whose name on Twitter is @KrisThomas, prompting The Voice fans to confuse a white female with black male The Voice contestant Kris Thomas.
  • Here’s another behind-the-scenes look at the Top Chef cruise.
  • 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.