Restaurant Stakeout scripted and fake; Real World sex scandal; Queer Eye reunion

  • The owner of a New Jersey restaurant featured on Food Network’s fake series Restaurant Stakeout has detailed just how fake his episode was. Michael’s Roscommon House owner Frank Dauksis, who was identified as “Frank Douglesis” on screen, told a newspaper the entire episode was scripted, and “Even the fake was fake. I really just did it for the publicity.” That worked: “Business picked up the first month afterwards. We had new people coming from New York and pretty much a 30-mile radius, including Manhattan,” he said.
  • Which married, straight ex of Trishelle Cannatella did The Real World‘s Danny Roberts have sex with?
  • The Fab Five will reunite on Bravo in October in a special, Queer Eye Reunion: 10 Years Later, hosted by Andy Cohen (who else?).
  • Star’s pathetic “Best & Worst Beach Bodies” issue actually includes 8-year-old Honey Boo Boo. Sick.
  • Big Brother alum Britney Haynes’ baby, who was born July 13, has been diagnosed with cancer, she revealed on Facebook. Britney tweeted a photo of her child and thanks to fans “for all of the thoughts, wishes, and prayers for my precious girl.”
  • Big Brother: After Dark tripled TVGN’s usual ratings.
  • Million Second Quiz offered to fly Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings to New York to compete on the show, and then rescinded the offer. He told Parade that the show’s “round-the-clock, two-week long game show marathon is a great idea, but that core idea has been buried under a web of unnecessary rules and gimmicks. These seem like well-intended network tweaks … but all they did was make the format confusing to an audience, so viewers lost interest. When I watched, it felt like they were making up rules on the fly. Mostly because they were.” Sounds like a lot of other reality shows, too.
  • Survivor winner Rob Mariano almost won a World Series of Poker Circuit ring earlier this week; he took home $47,805.
  • Jon Gosselin works as a waiter and lives in a cabin in the woods.
  • E! has cancelled What Would Ryan Lochte Do? after one low-rated season.
  • Property Brothers do lots of charity work.
  • Tom Hanks’ production company, Playtone, producing a 10-part documentary series about the 1960s for CNN. Called The Sixties, it will begin in November on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, and continue next April.
  • The producer of PBS and WNET’s American Masters, Susan Lacy, will move to HBO, having signed what the network described as “a multi-year deal to produce and direct documentaries for HBO.” In a statement, she said, “I am now thrilled to become part of the HBO family. To work with the amazing Sheila Nevins and her team is the dream of most documentary filmmakers, and to be able to focus solely on producing and directing documentary films at a place which is creating some of the best television in history is an opportunity I couldn’t resist.”
  • Tonight, Discovery will air Inside Raising Concordia at 10 p.m., broadcasting it in more than 220 countries. The ship was raised earlier this week, as this amazing time-lapse footage shows:
  • 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.

    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.