Bachelorette domestic violence; Storage Wars porn lawsuit; Survivor graphic novel; smell Honey Boo Boo

  • Bachelorette cast member Brad McKinzie discussed his arrest for domestic violence with Buzzfeed. The story cites the arrest report, which says “They were having a verbal argument and pushed [then-girlfriend Brittnee] Nelson to the ground causing Nelson’s nose to bleed. Nelson stated that this caused her pain.” She later asked for the restraining order to be dropped.
  • Storage Wars cast member Brandi Passante won a judgement of $750 against Hunter Moore, the creator of Is Anyone Up; she sued for $2.5 million, claiming he published a pornographic video and photos that purported to be of her.
  • American Idol will continue to be hosted by Ryan Seacrest.
  • Survivor Caramoan cast member Erik Reichenbach has written, illustrated, and self-published a graphic novel that’s a satirical version of his time on the show: Starving, For Attention: A Completely Legal Parody. Its described as “a comic look at what happens when human dysfunction is left to run wild, leading one to question the true nature of ‘reality’ in reality television.”
  • Amazing Race cast member and pro poker player Maria Ho will be followed, along with three other female poker pros, for a new E! reality show called Queens Are Wild; she told Poker Listings, “We’ve been working hard on it and it’s going in a really good direction but you never know until they give you the final green light.”
  • The Taste judge and celebrity chef Nigella Lawson’s husband grabbed her throat, which he describes as “a playful tiff,” adding that “Nigella’s tears were because we both hate arguing, not because she had been hurt.” She and her children have now left their home.
  • In non-horrifying The Taste news, it is casting for its impossible-to-believe second season.
  • Some people will experience the July 17 return of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo on a whole new level: nearly 10 million scratch and sniff cards will be distributed in People, Us Weekly, Time Warner Cable stores, and elsewhere so that–and I am not making this sentence up–viewers can “scratch their cards and redneckognize the aromas associated with the Boo Boo gang as they welcome the sights, sounds and smells of summer,” TLC said in a press release.
  • David and Jackie Siegel, stars of the amazing documentary Queen of Versailles, were interviewed on CNBC about what the interviewer calls the “incredible comeback for your business.” Hilariously, David Siegel, who threatened to leave the country if Barack Obama won, is bragging about the growth of his company, while Jackie’s only talks about having to do without so many nannies and housekeepers.
  • EW is running a bracket to discover the answer to this urgent question: Who is the Best-Dressed Reality TV Judge?. Voting for round two is now open, featuring face-offs such as RuPaul vs. Demi Lovato and Padma Lakshmi vs. Heidi Klum.
  • Former Million Dollar Listing cast member Chad Rogers showed off his body in a staged photo at a car wash, and tabloid coverage and says he thinks it’s “hilarious” that the media is paying attention, even though his people sent out a press release saying he “has also been hard at work on his new million dollar physique.”
  • A completely unsurprising report about how a scene is set up on The Real Housewives of New York City.
  • Teen Mom Farrah Abraham upgraded her breast implants to a D-cup.
  • Four years after bailing on reality TV, Lauren Conrad is quite successful and popular.
  • People in Norway love slow, boring TV shows, such as an 18-hour show following salmon and a 134-hour live broadcast of a ferry going along the coast.
  • To promote the newly released film This is the End, in which actors play version of themselves facing the apocalypse, MTV released a parody of The Real World that features several actors and cast members from the Portland season. It gets funnier as it goes on, and there’s a hilarious callback to the San Francisco season:
  • 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.