Duck Dynasty’s Willie for Congress? Real World SF’s Sean dies; Mountain Men’s reality; Anthony Weiner doc

  • Activist turned chef Sean Sasser, who dated and later exchanged vows with Pedro Zamora on The Real World San Francisco, died at age 44 of lung cancer. Judd Winick announced Sean’s death on Twitter; Sasser is survived by his husband, Michael.
  • Some Republicans want Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson to run for Congress.
  • The star of History’s Mountain Men said in a profile that he can’t comment “about the correctness” of the show’s story lines, but said “a lot of the life out here is not as dramatic as they want it or need it to be.”
  • Anthony Weiner, who continues to make an ass of himself (most recently by mocking a British reporter), is being filmed for a potential documentary by Josh Kriegman, who has produced and directed MTV’s Made.
  • MTV released an alternate ending to The Hills, which actually ended with a nod to the series’ fakeness. This is the ending that one of the show’s creators wanted: Brody says goodbye to Kristin, and then goes home to Lauren Conrad.
  • Justin Guarini, appearing on Oprah: Where Are They Now?, talked about the depression that he suffered after American Idol. In a clip, he says he found out he was dropped watching Tina Fey joked about it on SNL, and “that really began a process of completely going within myself and not wanting to be ridiculed, because it seemed at every turn, there was someone putting me down for something, and it led to me not being able to get out of bed in the morning.”
  • More than 100,000 people paid to apply to go to Mars in 2022 for a reality show.
  • If you missed BBC America’s premiere of the scripted series Broadchurch last Wednesday, here’s the full first episode. It’s pretty great and gets even better, especially because it develops its characters and unfolds a mystery in just eight well-crafted episodes.
  • Review: Married at First Sight

    Marriage At First Sight

    In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

    Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.