Real World “Sean Duffy’s Tea Party shutdown”; Bar Rescue’s Jon Taffer answers questions; Cold Justice, Newlyweds renewed

  • The Real World Boston cast member and member of Congress Sean “Duffy has emerged as one of the Tea Party’s most prominent advocates for the whole kill-Obamacare-or-the-economy-gets-it strategy,” The Daily Beast reports. More interesting, however, is how it looks at his time on the show to see how his younger self informs his current work. Meanwhile, he is now one of 10 Republicans being targeted by ads produced by Americans United for Change, and one ad, below, blames him, calling it “Sean Duffy’s Tea Party shutdown.”
  • Despite publicly backing out of its partnership with Frontline, ESPN ended up airing excerpts of League of Denial, which may have helped ratings for the broadcast. If you haven’t seen it, watch it online here.
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named eight documentary shorts to its shortlist of potential nominees.
  • GLAAD’s annual review of LGBT representation on television found that the History Channel, home of Top Shot, Pawn Stars, and Swamp People, among other reality series, had zero LGBT characters last year. It gave networks such as ABC, Fox, MTV, NBC, The CW “good” ratings, while networks including CBS and TLC received “adequate” ratings, an improvement for CBS, which was in last place last year.
  • Project Runway 6 winner Irina Shabayeva counter-sued New York Fashion Shows after they sued her for walking out of her own show last month.
  • Bravo has renewed Newlyweds: The First Year for a second season, which will follow four new couples. Hopefully, they can improve on the great format and concept by not casting the usual Bravo assholes this time, so the show might actually be watchable.
  • TNT renewed Cold Justice, the show from Dick Wolf and Magical Elves that follows two investigators who try to solve cold cases. The network said it was “one of basic cable’s Top 5 new unscripted series of” the third quarter.
  • Food Network has ordered 26 more episodes of Mystery Diners, a win for fake and stupid reality shows.
  • MTV will air an afternoon singing competition from Bachelor producer Mike Fleiss called Copycat; contestants attempt to emulate artists and the studio audience votes. So, you know, karaoke.
  • Thursday, Discovery is airing Apocalypse Preppers, which is such a blatant rip-off of NatGeo’s Doomsday Preppers that they should have just called it Doomsday Preppers.
  • On Rachael Ray’s show today, Kelly Clarkson will talk about how she wants to audition on The Voice, on which she’s served as a mentor: “I just want to see how many chairs will turn around,” she says. This definitely needs to happen.
  • Ellen DeGeneres is reportedly embarrassed to be an executive producer of Bethenny Frankel’s awful talk show and wants her name removed from the credits.
  • Pawn Stars’ Olivia Black was fired from the series because of nude photos, though she wasn’t fired from the actual pawn shop. Her publicist says Olivia may sue the production company, Leftfield Pictures, but is also working on her trying to do her own series.
  • Big Brother cast member Britney Godwin’s baby, Tilly, is undergoing chemotherapy; she’s created a PO box “to send Tilly well-wishes,” and Britney said she plans to “save all of the cards we receive to show to her someday. I want her to always remember how much she was cared for!”
  • Santa Barbara County has a fund to encourage reality TV to film there that’s “driven by themes of romance, culinary, and outdoor and aspirational lifestyle.”
  • Couples who’ve broken up or stayed together after being on a reality show.
  • Bar Rescue star Jon Taffer did a Reddit Ask Me Anything, and was very candid throughout; it’s worth a read. Also, his book Raise the Bar: An Action-Based Method for Maximum Customer Reactions was published last week.
  • The Reality TV Survivors Tumblr is a hilarious collection of inside jokes about the production of reality TV, created by a producer who says it is “based on my experiences in reality TV” and “dedicated to anyone else who works behind the scenes and below the line.”
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