More reality TV for Bachelor Juan Pablo; new RHONJ cast; I Wanna Marry Harry bombs

News from the week:

Must-read

Jeopardy! contestant Arthur Chu reveals in a Daily Beast essay that he auditioned for TBS’ King of the Nerds, and offers “a nerdy thought” that, because both winners were female, it should be retitled. More interestingly, however, in the wake of last weekend’s shooting in Southern California, he presents an argument titled Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds. It’s a compelling argument:

“But the overall problem is one of a culture where instead of seeing women as, you know, people, protagonists of their own stories just like we are of ours, men are taught that women are things to ‘earn,’ to ‘win.’ That if we try hard enough and persist long enough, we’ll get the girl in the end. Like life is a video game and women, like money and status, are just part of the reward we get for doing well.”

Something to watch

It’s not quite reality television, but this NBC News special was the most sustained and insightful look at a person who’s been in the news for a year now: Edward Snowden. Whatever you think of what he’s done (TRAITOR! PATRIOT! Ugh, NBC.), it’s fascinating to actually hear and see him, rather than letting others characterize who he is or what he’s done.

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.

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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.