Party Down South kicked out; RHONJ Teresa, Joe plead guilty; To Catch a Contractor sued.

Here’s your semi-weekly recent news from the reality TV world:

  • CMT’s Jersey Shore clone Party Down South, which is produced by the same people as the MTV series, has to find a new home for its second season, as Pensacola has kicked it out. A hotelier told USA TODAY that he killed the deal to provide $1 million in hotel rooms to the production because, “It sure puts a stereotype out there, and it’s the lowest form of entertainment.”
  • JWoww is producing a horror movie, but one that’s not too distant from her MTV past: it’s called “Jersey Shore Massacre.”
  • Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe Giudice pled guilty “to conspiring for years to defraud banks and other lending institutions while seeking nearly $5 million in construction loans, home equity loans and mortgages” and “also admitted to misleading a federal bankruptcy court,” because they “failed to disclose Teresa Giudice’s true income from the ‘Real Housewives’ show and personal and magazine appearances, and they concealed business they owned and money made from rental income,” The Star-Ledger reports. They’ll be sentenced July 8; Teresa’s lawyer will ask for probation, though she could get up to 2.25 years in prison.
  • In a statement, Teresa said, in part, “Today, I took responsibility for a series of mistakes I made several years ago. I have said throughout that I respect the legal process and thus I intend to address the court directly at sentencing. I will describe the choices I made, continue to take responsibility for my decisions, and express my remorse to Judge Salas and the public. I am heartbroken that this is affecting my family–especially my four young daughters, who mean more to me than anything in the world.”

  • In a Q&E, Kim Kardashian revealed that Keeping up with the Kardashians now uses fake house exteriors. She said that her Beverly Hills home “was really my home & I would get people showing up at all hours ringing my gate & had to call the police on several occasions. … After that we realized how unsafe it is to show the exterior of our homes. So now we use different homes for the outside for security purposes. When we film inside, thats obviously our real home.
  • Brooke Burke was fired from Dancing with the Stars over the phone, while driving. However, her blog post that reveals shows that she has a pretty incredible attitude about the whole thing.
  • Juan Pablo was deemed “too risky” to be on Dancing with the Stars, E! News’ anonymous sources claim, because of the “negativity” surrounding his comments and two contestants’ decisions to leave the show. And that sounds like bullshit; it seems more likely that it’s the opposite, that he’s too boring. Then again, he just made fun of people with mental challenges and then blamed his “culture.” Of course.
  • Spike’s upcoming To Catch a Contractor has already been sued for $2.8 million in damages; a family claims that contractors the show hired to fix problems caused by another contractor left them with respiratory infections from raw sewage that spilled into the walls.
  • Meanwhile, in a contractor discussion forum, a person who says they’re a neighbor to a family featured on the show claims the show fakes/stages footage with the original contractor so that person can be humiliated on camera.

  • Trading Spaces carpenter and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition host will host a TNT cooking series, On the Menu, which features Emeril Lagasse. Mark Burnett executive produces the show which will give viewers the chance to eat contestants’ winning dishes every week. TNT describes it like this: “a group of passionate home cooks will be challenged to create a the next signature dish for that week’s selected restaurant chain, stadium concession stand, or other American food business.”
  • Chopped host Ted Allen will host Food Network’s America’s Best Cook, in which contestants divided by region of the country will be mentored by Cat Cora, Tyler Florence, Alex Guarnaschelli, and Michael Symon.
  • Former Scientologist and Dancing with the Stars contestant Leah Remini will be followed by cameras for a new TLC series.
  • This is from the news, but it’s definitely my favorite reality moment from the past week:
  • 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.

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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.