Teresa Giudice indicted for fraud; Bachelorette in Woody Allen movie; reality TV threesomes

  • Teresa Guidice and her husband, Joe, were indicted on 39 counts of conspiracy to commit mail, wire, and bank fraud, plus other charges. Read the indictment [PDF] and Teresa’s statement. She says she will plead not guilty.
  • Former Bachelorette star Ali Fedotowsky is in Woody Allen’s new movie Blue Jasmine, playing a personal trainer. (It’s okay if you need to read that sentence a few more times to let it sink in.) She tells Buzzfeed how she got the role, even though she didn’t want to be an actor nor did she do any auditions, and also reacts–with silence–to a comment about how Drew appears to be gay.
  • USA is moving its reality series Summer Camp to Mondays at 11 p.m. behind WWE Raw to help its ratings. The show is from the producers of Big Brother and seems very similar to that show, with the exception of the confined location and its ratings.
  • Bunim/Murray Productions is partnering with Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah to produce reality TV, after partnering together for Style’s Glam Wars. They have optioned and will develop the Israeli show Whose Closet Is It Anyway? for the U.S.
  • Former The Simple Life star Nicole Richie has a new hit: Candidly Nicole, an AOL series based on her Twitter account and on which she does things such as auditioning for Toddlers & Tiaras. It has had more than 10 million views, including more than 1 million views per episode.
  • June Shannon, Honey Boo Boo’s mother, is legally blind as a result of untreated childhood cataracts. A TLC spokesperson told The Daily Mail, “She can’t have surgery because they believe it could do more harm than good. The damage is that bad.”
  • NBC will air a documentary about Olympic figure skaters Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics; as part of it, Mary Carillo will interview both of them. It’ll have been 20 years since the attack on Kerrigan.
  • A 30-year-old middle school teacher, Stefan Serie, appeared shirtless on Princesses: Long Island and now says he was forced to resign; more than 100 parents and students protested his firing before a school board meeting.
  • Here’s Complex’s list of “the most memorable threesomes ever shown on reality television.”
  • Will there ever be a reality competition for writers?
  • A truTV show, Bait Car, caught an L.A. county sheriff’s detective lying under oath. Perhaps the most shocking part of this story is that something on truTV is actually real.
  • Free climber Alex Honnold will climb up the side of an unidentified skyscraper live on National Geographic Channel this fall, the network announced last week. I’m sure this will be both riveting and terrifying television, if only because watching him climb rocks–on this 60 Minutes profile, which you must watch–was riveting and terrifying.
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    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.

    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.