Jeff Probst dated Katie Couric; Idol tour dates cancelled; Ke$ha’s pee; Amy’s Baking Co. update

  • American Idol has cancelled nine dates on its tour, and even though a spokesperson called this “production scheduling changes,” the reason is pretty obvious: Few people wanted to watch these contestants on TV, so who would pay to see them?
  • Survivor host Jeff Probst once went on a date with talk show host Katie Couric. Jeff said that they “were set up by a mutual friend several years ago” and “What I remember most about the date is how nervous I was and how little I offered to the conversation. It was like I forgot how to go on a date.” He also forgot to get her number. Earlier, Katie told Howard Stern (skip ahead to 1:09), “I went out with Jeff Probst out once, too. I think he had puka shells on, though. That was kind of a weird thing.”
  • Amy’s Baking Company is reportedly considering offers for its own reality show, because they didn’t learn their lesson, apparently.
  • Ke$ha was shown drinking her own pee on MTV’s Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life, and she’s perfectly okay with that, despite criticism: “No. I know you want me to say I wish I didn’t drink my pee, but I’m happy I did,” she told MTV News. “I don’t go online because it gives me anxiety. I know everyone’s always talking about ‘How dare I fill-in-the-blank.’ [But] It’s my pee!”
  • The Real World Portland‘s fight recapped: “I have officially never seen anything like the fight.”.
  • A female version of The Ultimate Fighter, Ultimate Women Challenge, was filmed in 2010 but never aired. USA TODAY has the detailed story about how “it was plagued by disorganization and financial difficulties.”
  • Alyssa Milano, of Who’s the Boss, will host the third season of Project Runway All-Stars. (Correction: This item initially misidentified the show Alyssa Milano once starred in as “Saved by the Bell.”)
  • The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is adding Miss Puerto Rico Joyce Giraud to its cast.
  • Oh no. Here’s National Geographic’s president, Howard T. Owens at Realscreen: “I often say, this is not your dad’s National Geographic. I want to explore comedy … I would love to have [Duck Dynasty] on Nat Geo — I would steal that in a second.” Ugh. Does everyone envy this show for anything other than its ratings? Dear Mr. Owens: Please don’t trash NatGeo with scripted nonsense.
  • Also at Realscreen, the 2013 Realscreen Award winners were announced, and while some of the nominees and winners are tolerable, it’s mostly a depressing list. At least other awards aren’t alone in getting reality TV very, very wrong.
  • Trading Spaces host Paige Davis has been cast in an A&E sit-com pilot, playing the wife of David Koechner’s character who’s “a bright, conservative and frustrated guy in his 40s who is struggling to understand the changing values of a country in a world that has forever gone with the wind.”
  • A co-executive producer of Amish Mafia, Matthew Kelly, has been promoted to VP of development at Discovery.
  • The Real Housewives of Miami cast member Joanna Krupa was photographed topless at a Miami pool.
  • A crew filming an Outdoor Channel reality show filmed the capture of a record-breaking 1,323-pound mako shark, which was killed. Because why let something that incredible and spectacular live when you can senslessly kill it?
  • To put a smile on your face as you tackle Friday and prepare for the weekend, here’s an unpaid ad that’s just delightful–unless it’s being watched by horrible, frightened bigots, but they should have a bad weekend for being awful. Enjoy:
  • Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

    Eaten Alive

    Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


    Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

    winter 2015 reality TV schedule

    Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

    There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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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.