More CBS work for Jeff Schroeder; Intervention history; Top Chef to Telemundo; Storage Wars lawsuit update

  • CBS is continuing to employ Jeff Schroeder, this time as a guest star on The Bold and the Beautiful. He’s the Big Brother cast member whose bigotry previously prompted the network to issue a statement about not condoning his behavior. Right. Also, without any indication of self-awareness, he told TV Guide that this year’s “houseguests know they’re on camera 24/7 and should be much more aware of what they’re saying. Now they’re going to have to pay for it once the game is over. … I don’t condone the terrible stuff that’s being said in the house, nor am I trying to protect those players but I believe educating them when they get out is the key. You can only hope they’ll learn from their mistakes and become better people.”
  • An interesting overview that tries to answer the question, What does it take to get kicked off reality TV?.
  • Storage Wars cast member Dave Hester, who accused the show of being staged, has to pay $122,692 in legal fees for A&E and Original Productions after losing part of his case, though his lawsuit is proceeding.
  • Cheryl Cole’s lawsuit over being fired from The X Factor will result in the other judges’ contracts being revealed, and her lawyers will call Simon Cowell as a witness.
  • Meanwhile, Simon Cowell had to judge an episode all by himself. If only X Factor would lose viewers as fast as it does judges, it wouldn’t be coming back for another season.
  • Top Chef: Estrellas (translation: all-stars) will air on Telemundo, with judges Lorena Garcia, Jaime Martin Del Campo, and Ramiro Arvizu. Like the Bravo version, it’ll be produced by Magical Elves.
  • History’s scripted miniseries Hatfields & McCoys is becoming a History channel reality show: Hatfields and McCoys: White Lightning, that follows fighting relatives of the two families.
  • Former Fox reality executive Mike Darnell will work at Warner Bros. as its head of unscripted and alternative TV.
  • A new musical, Nobody Loves You, satirizes reality TV and The New York Times calls it “agreeably snarky.”
  • Intervention ended on A&E this week after 243 interventions, and Buzzfeed looks back at its history, conception, and production.
  • The Sing-Off loses its star

    Ben Folds

    NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


    A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

    Anna Martemucci

    What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

    Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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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.