Reality TV news and things from the past week or so
- Survivor‘s first winner, Richard Hatch, is now blogging: The Hatchet Job. It also has posts by “a tax blogger and tax attorney” who says the blog is about “our collaboration: how one of the first reality television stars in history thinks he got burned and the tax blogger who tried to sort it all out.”
In his first post, Hatch writes, “As a relatively skilled observer of our species’ behavior (see original Survivor series), I hope to provoke/enlighten/challenge you in ways that cause you to question everything as you seek truth while noticeably becoming more educated, happier, and more successful (which I’d argue is the synonymous with ‘happier’) — direct benefits of skepticism.”
That may be most interesting because three hours earlier, Nikki Finke reported on her new site that Keeping Up With The Kardashians‘s declining ratings (the most recent season premiere lost 17 percent of its viewers compared to the previous season premiere) may be contributing to Kolb losing her job. Finke wrote, “I hear she’s being replaced as E! President (there’s a head hunter firm working on this now) because she’s been an unmitigated disaster at the top and the results show,” and Finke cited “failed series” such as “Mrs. Eastwood And Co, What Would Ryan Lochte Do?, Chasing The Saturdays, The Wanted Life, Opening Act, Playing With Fire, Party On, and The Soup Investigates.” (By the way, if you don’t know who Finke is, read this great Washington Post story.)
Bless Tim Gunn, who said shortly afterwards: “I have the greatest respect for not managing people or meddling in the creative of the show. Just let things happen. I’m speaking for Project Runway, in this case. I have the greatest respect for the integrity of what the show is about. And there is integrity.” Later, referring to the two shows, Tim said, “I’d be surprised if we shared our viewers.” Gurney said, “I watch both,” and Tim replied, “Well, thank you, Deirdre. But you’re also not a homophobe.”
- Survivor‘s Malcolm Freberg is doing an online series that allows viewers to determine what he does during a 20-day road trip: Wayfaring. He told EW that this “is not a paid pleasure cruise for me. A lot of the viewers’ options are going to be miserable for me, and I’m at the mercy of their whims.”
- Bachelorette Emily Maynard thinks reality TV romance can work despite her two failed engagements that came from TV shows. “It just takes the right two people. The real relationship starts after the show,” she told Parade.
- Hell’s Kitchen 3 winner Rock Harper has used his fame to “to launch his career and a platform to talk about issues such as homelessness and joblessness.”
- 19 Kids & Counting cast member Jessa Duggar’s boyfriend posted a picture of her holding an automatic rifle, and that led to reaction from fans–and also “brought new awareness of [her boyfriend Ben] Seewald’s strong stance against abortion,” the Christian Post reports.