Biggest Loser Rachel gains weight; Naked and Afraid butt maggots; game jam reality show walk-out

  • Biggest Loser winner Rachel Frederickson previously defended her disturbing weight loss by only saying that her “body is going to balance and find its rhythm with maintenance and it’ll be perfect,” and Rachel now says she’s reached that perfection: “I’ve gone up about 20 pounds. I think I’m at my perfect weight!”
  • Naked and Afraid‘s March 23 was set in Madagascar, and one of its participants, Jeff Zausch, blogged “14 ‘secret’ behind the scenes facts.” Most horrifyingly, he reveals that a wound on his butt crack had unexpected consequences: “flies laid eggs in my wound and they grew into maggots!” He also reveals that the head of the lizard he bit off ended up on a spear, where it mocked a camera operator: “I named him after ‘Joe’ the cameraman, who was a jerk!”
  • The Hollywood Reporter’s editors chose 2014’s top 25 reality players; $1 is Mark Burnett, followed by Gordon Ramsay and Ryan Seacrest.
  • Animal Planet Canada cancelled its broadcast of the third season season of Call of the Wildman, following the horrifying revelations that the show’s shameful practice of staging scenes with trapped animals led to injuries and/or death, though the network insisted no animals were hurt. The Canadian network only said the show “has not been resonating with Canadian audiences.”
  • The production company behind Lindsay Lohan’s series, Lindsay, asked Toronto Mayor Rob Ford about doing his own show. The Globe and Mail reports that a Pilgrim Studios exec wrote on an e.mail, “I’m writing because I’m interested in speaking with you and Mayor Ford about the possibility of developing an unscripted television project together.”
  • Following a live jump off Everest in May, Discovery will broadcast Skyscraper Live with Nik Wallenda in the fall, during which he “will attempt to cross the Chicago skyline, untethered,” like he did over the Grand Canyon last year.
  • One of A+E Networks channels will air a show called Married at First Sight, on which six people meet each other and get married that very second. Later, they’ll decide whether or not to stay together. If that seems backwards, well, yes.
  • Relativity Television is producing a reality series that follow players in the women’s tackle football league Legends.
  • Game Jam, a Mountain Dew-sponsored show, was supposed to follow independent game developers, but instead its cast walked off the show following sexist questions from a producer. Polygon has a detailed report that includes links to blog posts by contestants about it, and a link to a report by a journalist who was on location: How The Most Expensive Game Jam In History Crashed And Burned In A Single Day.
  • New Yorkers will film themselves for an AOL series called Connected, an Israeli format.
  • The Taste judge Nigella Lawson wasn’t allow to fly from the UK to L.A. because she admitted to cocaine use during a recent trial; the United States embassy now says she can apply for a visa and that “these matters are generally handled routinely and expeditiously.” Her fellow ABC reality show judge, Anthony Bourdain, tweeted: “I am absolutely mortified with embarrassment over the cruelty and hypocrisy of US actions re: #Nigella travel. Unbelievable.”
  • Sometimes reality shows become more about advertising than actual show content–NBC’s American Dream Builders, I’m looking at you–but sometimes pure advertising is worth sharing. Honey Maid’s new graham cracker ad–which features families including a single father, an interracial family, and two fathers with a kid–received a lot of predictable reaction online, and they responded in a really interesting way. Get out your tissues:
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