Biggest Loser sued for weight; Survivor to Fox News; Challenge fights; Below Deck’s reality

  • Former Biggest Loser contestant Tara Costa is being sued by, and is suing, the company behind ilovekickboxing.com; the company claims she was “in material breach” of her contract after gaining weight.
  • Survivor Australia cast member Elisabeth Hasselbeck, best known now as the politically conservative member of The View (EW has her greatest hits), is leaving the ABC daytime talk show for Fox News, where she’ll be on the morning show Fox & Friends, replacing Gretchen Carlson and joining Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade. She’ll fit in more there far more than she did at The View, and I cannot wait for the SNL parodies.
  • American Idol winner Scotty McCreery is being sued by a former manager for pay he says he’s owed; Scotty said in a statement that “I have offered to pay Todd more than once, but he wanted an unreasonable amount for only five months of work. … This is just an attempt to embarrass me and my family.”
  • Mad Men and Deadwood costume designer Janie Bryant is developing a reality competition series on which contestants would “create a garment in the style of a classic Hollywood film, or a celebrity’s signature style (think Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Warren Beatty, etc),” according to Deadline.
  • The Bravo series Below Deck chartered a boat and then cast a crew to replace the boat’s real crew, except its captain, first officer, and engineer. The Triton’s fascinating story includes an interview wtih the captain of M/Y Cuor di Leone (renamed M/Y Honor for the show), Lee Rosbach, and also its executive producer, Rebecca Taylor, who talks about adapting her real-life experience into a not-so-real reality show.
  • NatGeo’s fun–and educational!–series Brain Games comes from a former producer of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, who told Wired he was inspired to create the new show because “I started realizing that the TV shows we make are very often entertaining but for the most part are passive and not surprising and rarely inspiring.”
  • History is spinning off a character from Ax Men into a new series that debuts in August: The Legend of Shelby The Swamp Man.
  • There’s legal drama between the Kardashians and Robert Kardashian’s ex wife.
  • The top 10 fights from The Real World/Road Rules Challenge are ranked; these are also pretty much why I don’t watch the show. I have no interest in watching drunk assholes punch each other.
  • Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

    John Rocker

    In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


    Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

    Dick Donato

    The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

    Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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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.