Lindsay Lohan series; Chef Wanted cancelled; SYTYCD auditions

  • OWN just announced the debut date for its Lindsay Lohan reality series, Lindsay: March 9. The network says that the show is an “honest, no-holds-barred account” and promises “viewers will see an intimate, unflinching look into the life of one of the world’s most sought-after celebrities.” It’s from high-quality producers, filmmaker Amy Rice and Pilgrim Studios, and a preview shown to TV critics this morning made the show look really fascinating–particularly when it breaks the fourth wall to show OWN’s president talking to Oprah about problems filming Lindsay.
  • Food Network’s Chef Wanted has been cancelled, Anne Burrell confirmed on Twitter. The show and its annoying dot-matrix ticket printer actually had a pretty dismal track record: As Food Network Gossip notes, “only 14 of 32 winning chefs actually accepted the job that they won. Of those 14, two chefs actually were working for the restaurant on the show before the episode was even filmed.”
  • E!’s Tia and Tamera has been cancelled.

  • So You Think You Can Dance, which was improbably renewed, will start its five-city audition tour on Monday in Atlanta. Nigel Lythgoe confirmed at least one major change: “We have a crew-battle round.”
  • The People’s Choice Awards’ one reality TV category, best competition, was won by The Voice and accepted by the producer of The People’s Choice Awards, Mark Burnett.
  • Alana Thompson, the star of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, and her family (June, Sugar Bear, Pumpkin and Chubbs) were in a car accident; June wasn’t wearing her seat belt, but no one was seriously hurt. The other driver told E! News that Sugar Bear cut him off.
  • TMZ says a Dance Moms cast member was arrested for allegedly grabbing Abby’s hair, but no charges have been filed following the November incident.
  • On the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother, Evander Holyfield compared being gay to having a physical disability, and said it is “not normal”: “If you are born, and your leg is turned this way, you go to the doctor and get it turned right back.” Because this is the UK, he was told by producers that he was violating the rules: A producer told him, “Big Brother realizes these are the views you hold, they are not the views held by many people in society, and expressing these views will be seen as offensive to many people. … Big Brother does not tolerate the use of offensive language, and must therefore warn you to consider, very carefully, the effect expressing such views may have, and the harm and offense you may cause by repeating these views inside the house.”
  • American Idol 9 runner-up Crystal Bowersox came out as bisexual in late November, when she released a song Coming Out For Christmas; Crystal said in a recent interview that reception from people has been “Overwhelmingly positive. People are like no matter what, dreads or no dreads, whatever your orientation is, my fans are die hard and I love them for it. They take me as I am.”
  • A producer who’s worked on shows such as Wife Swap and Police Women of Broward County, Alan Blassberg, is working on a documentary about breast cancer in his family, including the fact that he carries the BRCA 2 gene and could get breast cancer himself.
  • This story about a competition between 16 potential general managers of the Buffalo Sabres, an NHL team, is satire, but the description of Buffalo’s Next Top General Manager! is pretty convincing.
  • Alaska Dispatch’s Craig Medred takes issue with David Hinckley’s reporting on Alaskan reality shows, and writes, “Reality check: Alaska is as unexplored as so-called ‘reality TV’ is real. But don’t tell Hinckley, who records the words of [Ultimate Survival Alaska cast member Marty] Raney as if gospel: ‘We all know not everything that happens on ‘reality’ shows is real. (But) in the places where we film this show, the danger is absolutely real.'”
  • Ryan Seacrest’s new company Typo, which makes a case for smartphones that adds a physical keyboard, is being sued by Blackberry for patent infringement; Typo says it will fight back.
  • Property Wars cast member John Ray and his company have been ordered “to stop doing business because they do not hold a real estate license.”
  • A profile of Jon Gosselin, who lives in the wilderness.
  • The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

    Verlox from The Quest

    A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

    Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


    Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

    Shark Tank

    Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

    Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

    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.