Bachelor Clare: no sex with Juan Pablo; Top Chef cruises; Duck Dynasty NASCAR race

  • After being shamed on national TV by Juan Pablo for the fun times she had with him, Clare talked to reporters Thursday and insisted the two didn’t have sex: “I don’t think it was made clear by anybody that that’s not what happened … that wasn’t my intention going into it [and] everyone in the situation knows that’s not what happened. I was doing something that was on my bucket list and I don’t regret it, to this second, even after this outcome…I just want the reality of it to be out there and the truth to be out there instead of the short clips people are seeing. I wanted to be able to elaborate on that.”
  • Indian authorities arrested three reality TV show crew members for having satellite phones; they were filming the French version of Peking Express, which follows backpacking couples. AFP reports that “[f]oreigners wanting to use a satellite phone in India, a frequent target for attacks from Kashmiri, Pakistani and Maoist militants, must declare them to immigration officials.”
  • The company owned by the cast of Duck Dynasty is the new, three-year sponsor of the Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup race, which will be called the Duck Commander 500.
  • Top Chef and Celebrity Cruises have partnered to offer “Top Chef: The Cruise.” Four “signature sailings” will include contestants, who will eat with people, do demonstrations, and offer private cooking classes. They’ll also have “Top Chef-inspired experiences available onboard 10 Celebrity ships.”
  • Top Chef is casting for its 12th season, which tapes next fall. Open casting calls start Feb. 18.
  • National Geographic Channel’s Ultimate Survival Alaska is now casting fans to join the next season’s expedition, though the network says “Only the toughest and most intrepid adventurers should apply.”
  • TNT’s Cold Justice added six episodes to its second season; they’ll air this summer.
  • A new AMC reality series will follow the first season of the arena football league owned by KISS’ Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons; the team is called LA KISS. It’s produced by Thinkfactory Media, which previously produced Gene Simmons Family Jewels.
  • Discovery Channel will air another live broadcast featuring a death-defying stunt: In May, Joby Ogwyn will jump off Mount Everest using a wing suit, the first time that’s been attempted.
  • Lifetime has ordered 10 episodes of a scripted series called Un-Real (clever!) that’s described like this: “the dark comedy gives a behind-the-scenes look at the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program.” Or you could just watch The Bachelor.
  • American Idol 9 finalist Didi Benami’s new single “Watching and Waiting” was featured during the Detroit audition episode, and she’s releasing her debut album herself. Asking people to pledge to buy the album, she wrote, “I am working 100% on my own: no label, no middle person. Just you and me. While that sounds exciting- more than ever, I need your support.”
  • One of the many things NBC edited out of its Winter Olympics opening ceremony coverage, such as the part when the IOC president discussed not discriminating against people, was the Russian police choir singing “Get Lucky.” Considering all the filler NBC did include, it’s baffling that this didn’t make the broadcast:
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