More King of the Nerds; Top Chef needs diners; True Tori’s fake tweets; Price is Right behind-the-scenes

Stories from the past week

  • ABC has bumped a new The Bachelorette episode on Monday, so it can broadcast Diane Sawyer’s interview with Hillary Clinton to promote her new book. Bachelorette host Chris Harrison apologized because viewers now have to watch manufactured bullshit hosted by a disingenuous whiner, instead of watching manufactured bullshit hosted by a disingenuous whiner.
  • True Tori‘s reunion faked viewer-submitted questions during its weird “reunion,” which, as Jezebel’s Tracie Egan Morrissey writes, had a “bizarre tone similar to that of Caesar Flickerman interviewing the tributes of the Hunger Games.”
  • ABC announced the cast of Bachelor in Paradise, which will also include three men from the current season of The Bachelorette.
  • Bravo has released the list of competitors for its new Top Chef Duels, which premieres Aug. 6.
  • If you’re in or near Boston and want to be a diner at a Top Chef challenge, e-mail topchefboston@gmail.com, per Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons.
  • Man vs. Food star Adam Richman lost 70 pounds.
  • King of the Nerds was renewed for a third season; TBS said it will “air in early 2015″ and in a press release, its president Michael Wright said that the show has “the youngest audience of any current TBS original.”
  • The 2014 RealScreen Awards recognized Deadliest Catch, RuPaul’s Drag Race (for competition and host), The Amazing Race (ugh), and Sykwire Live with Nik Wallenda, among other nonfiction series and specials. Producer Stephen Lambert was inducted into the Hall of Fame while A+E’s Nancy Dubuc became RealScreen’s first Television Trailblazer.
  • WE tv, which originally stood for “Women’s Entertainment,” wants to attract male viewers: Its president, Marc Juris, told Variety, “It will still remain a network primarily for women, but we don’t want to alienate men.” How about airing some programs that don’t alienate people who like quality television?
  • A nun won Italy’s version of The Voice.
  • Celebrity Apprentice winner Arsenio Hall’s late-night talk show was cancelled even though it was already renewed for a second season. CBS Television Distribution said that “the series did not grow its audience enough to continue” but called Arsenio “a tremendous talent.”
  • In Dubai, a reporter for Vice asked Donald Trump, “Mr. Trump, the workers who build your villas make less than $200 a month. Are you satisfied?” Trump didn’t answer; a publicist said that was “not an appropriate question,” and another reporter asked a much more probing question: “Dubai is synonymous with the big, bold, and beautiful. Is that where your affinity comes from?”
  • Andy Cohen is developing a reality show called I Slept With a Celebrity.
  • The Bachelor‘s Courtney Robertson has a new, oh-so-cleverly titled book, I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain, in which she talks about masturbating to Dawson’s Creek and seeing Entourage star Adrian Grenier’s “biggest penis” and “biggest bush” when they hooked up.
  • Justin Bieber apologized twice this week after videos emerged of him saying racist things–and footage of the joke was filmed during production of his concert film Never Say Never, which was produced by Magical Elves, the company behind Top Chef, among other reality series. Perhaps most interestingly: Defamer reports that TMZ extorted Bieber because it “purchased the video years ago and has used it to extort appearances and call-ins from Bieber ever since.”
  • PGA champion Steve Elkington, who SB Nation’s Emily Kay calls “a creepy old xenophobe who types out asinine, loathsome ‘jokes’ about Pakistanis, victims of a fatal helicopter crash, well-endowed women reporters, and gays” on Twitter, is getting his own reality series, The Rural Golfer.
  • Details about the consolidation “gold rush” among reality TV production companies, as bigger studios acquire smaller production companies. ITV, for example, paid $40 million for 61.5 percent of Duck Dynasty producer Gurney Productions and $360 for 80 percent of Pawn Stars producer Leftfield Entertainment.

Something to watch

  • Wednesday’s edition of The Price is Right gave viewers an unprecedented look at how the show is actually made, from a camera that shows Drew Carey’s perspective to behind-the-scenes footage of directors calling shots and talking about contestants. There’s a lot to appreciate here about just how much work goes into a production like this, with so many people doing so many jobs simultaneously.

    The “Two-Screen Experience” is a fascinating watch, and just an hour long–while the video below is three hours, it includes an hour-long delay before the second-screen experience repeats for a different time zone’s broadcast.

about the writer

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.