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April 2022 reality TV news

April 2022 reality TV news
Luann de Lesseps on Watch What Happens Live on June 27, 2019 (Photo by Charles Sykes/Bravo)

This curated list of reality TV news highlights what’s happening in the world of reality TV this month—with some sarcasm, skepticism, and/or snark when appropriate.

This isn’t ever pieces of news, and certainly not all the celebrity gossip, but the most notable and/or important things.

Read more about this feature. And, as always, I welcome links or suggestions; just send me an e-mail message!

April 2022 reality TV news

Mark Long, a contestant on The Challenge: All Stars, a show he also created and executive produces
Mark Long, a contestant on The Challenge: All Stars, a show he also created and executive produces (Photo by Juan Cruz Rabaglia/MTV)

American Idol winner Laine Hardy—a phrase I haven’t ever heard before!—tweeted that he received a warrant for his arrest and is being investigated by Louisiana State University’s police department for “allegations made against” him.

Judge Judy’s former bailiff Petri Hawkins-Byrd, who was not invited to her new show Judy Justice, is going to a new Amazon Freevee show—where he’ll be the bailiff. The show, Tribunal, will be a panel series Judge Judy’s son Adam Levy and Hot Bench judges Patricia DiMango and Tanya Acker. [Deadline, 4.28.22]

Meet 62+ reality TV “creatives and executives that made their mark on unscripted television over the last year,” at least according to Variety’s criteria. [Variety, 4.28.22]

BravoCon is returning in 2022, three years after the first, which ended up being a real-life Bravo press release, which is better than becoming another Fyre Festival, which it seemed like it was on track to be. [BravoCon, 4.26.22]

Former Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes sued Bravo, NBCUniversal, True Entertainment, Truly Original, and Andy Cohen, among others, saying they “foster a corporate and workplace culture in which racially insensitive and inappropriate behavior is tolerated — if not, encouraged.” [Associated Press, 4.21.22]

Jessica Simpson appeared on The Real and said she’s glad she did Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica: “I don’t regret that at all. I mean, if anything, it was great TV. It was very real, and Nick and I actually had a lot of fun.” I’m glad, since it was a lot of fun for the rest of us to make fun of. [JustJared, 4.21.22]

The cast of The Challenge: All Stars season 3 was announced. Oh, and they’re “stacked,” which is something I didn’t realize Paramount+ was admitting about their cast. [Paramount+, 4.20.22]

Variety says Hulu says that The Kardashians is Hulu’s “biggest series premiere in U.S. history, Variety has learned exclusively.” And what Variety actually learned “exclusively” is exactly what Hulu told it, because “the platform does not release ratings.” [Variety, 4.20.22]

Another Survivor cast member died: Ralph Kiser, who was on Redemption Island. [Facebook, 4.20.22]

Top Model and Dancing with the Stars winner Nyle DiMarco co-wrote a new book: Deaf Utopia: A Memoir, And a Love Letter to a Way of Life [4.19.22]

Big Brother UK might be returning in fall 2023, on ITV2, and with non-celebrity houseguests. [The Sun, 4.15.22]

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn’s Making the Cut is returning for a third season, but will stay in L.A. again, because why go to Paris and Tokyo when you can film on, and I quote, “a rooftop of one of Downtown LA’s many skyscrapers.” [Amazon Prime Video, 4.13.22]

The mole quit The Mole—specifically, Belgium’s De Mol season 10—and was replaced by one of the other players. [The Brussels Times, 4.11.22]

Good Bones stars Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak Hawk’s company agreed to a settlement with the EPA; they will “pay a civil penalty of $40,000 and produce a video about renovations involving lead-based paint” related to renovations on their show. [EPA, 4.8.22]

Survivor’s Ozzy Lusth said he’s bisexual. [Twitter, 4.8.22]

Todrick Hall’s apology tour is going well. 😬 [Instagram, 4.7.22]

Survivor Thailand’s first boot, John Raymond, was “charged with three counts of child cruelty for allegedly taping students’ mouths shut for talking too much” at the Christian school where he’s headmaster. Parents said “children’s mouths were closed with packing tape that wrapped around their heads.” [Lafayette Daily Advertiser, 4.7.22]

Bravo cancelled Shahs of Sunset, which concluded its ninth season last August. Oh, excuse me: the show is on “indefinite pause,” which is totally different than being cancelled in absolutely no way. [E! News, 4.7.22]

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning is becoming a Peacock reality series, produced by Amy Poehler and Queer Eye’s production company Scout Productions. I assume it’ll focus on the gentle cleaning art part, rather than the death part.

The Masked Singer’s creator, Wonwoo Park, addressed Fox’s casting of Rudy Giuliani by saying “it can’t always be pleasant when the mask comes off” but that “It would be taboo [in Korea] to have someone controversial or political on the show.” [Deadline, 4.6.22]

Shahs of Sunset cast member Mike Shouhed was arrested March 27 on charges of “intimate partner violence with injury.” [Page Six, 4.4.22]

Joe Exotic and Dillon Passage are getting a divorce. [People, 4.4.22]

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team appears to have been cancelled by CMT after 16 seasons. It premiered in 2006, and is now looking for a new home. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 4.1.22]

March 2002 reality TV news

Todrick Hall MTV reality show
Todrick Hall, who stars on MTV’s “Todrick” (Photo by MTV)

Five of the six Bachelor franchise couples who are still together—in other words, the very rare exceptions—talked about “how they’ve made it work since meeting on set.” [New York Times, 3.31.22]

“Adderall is everywhere on [Bravo] shows” [Gawker, 3.31.22]

Todrick Hall didn’t actually apologize for his Big Brother behavior, but said that thing about being sorry if anyone was “offended,” and also weirdly disassociated himself from his own words: “I wish that the personal statements wouldn’t have been said. I wish I wouldn’t have crossed into a personal level. But I don’t regret being on the show and I’ve learned a lot from it.” [Entertainment Tonight, 3.24.22]

Love is Blind was renewed for three more seasons, and Netflix will now have what it calls “a year-round reality romance slate.” [Netflix, 3.24.22]

Megan Thee Stallion will be profiled in a new documentary series. [The Hollywood Reporter, 3.24.22]

In Matt James’ book, First Impressions: Off Screen Conversations with a Bachelor on Race, Family, and Forgiveness, he explains what he thought when he saw the picture of Rachel at a plantation-themed party: “I knew the woman I’d chosen to be with. Celebrity gossip, no matter how sensitive, wouldn’t shape my opinion of her.” [Cosmopolitan, 3.23.22]

No one wants to buy/air Colton Underwood’s wedding. [Radar, 3.22.22] Colton now says he wants to keep his life private. Sure, Jan. [Entertainment Tonight, 3.23.22]

Kaitlyn Bristowe said she learned she wasn’t hosting The Bachelorette when she watched The Bachelor’s finale. [Us Weekly, 3.22.22]

“What’s the point of all these scammer stories?” Alissa Wilkinson asks. Great question! [Vox, 3.17.22]

Hot Haus, a streaming show that “follows a group of queer sex-positive performers and content creators as they compete for the title of Queer Sex Symbol and a cash prize,” is casting for season two.

Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown will have his own daytime talk show next year, EPed by Maury Povich’s executive producer. [Broadcasting & Cable, 3.14.22]

Introducing a new (old) feature: reality TV news, with links, and snark

I started reality blurred in the summer of 2000 to share links that I’d found, along with brief, frequently snarky summaries. The web was in its early days, and there were so few reality TV shows I could list them all in the sidebar.

Obviously, things have changed! As reality TV expanded beyond the ability of one person to even mention everything, my coverage has shifted to more in-depth reviews, interviews, and behind-the-scenes coverage.

But there’s still a lot of news. Thankfully, there’s now a vast media ecosystem that immediately and breathlessly covers most developments, and also covers reality TV stars as celebrities, generating tons of headlines.

There’s usually nothing for me to add, and I don’t need to add to the clutter, so even if I’ve read those stories, I don’t write about them. Of course, when I feel like I have something to say/add, I sometimes do analysis/complaining like this.

That said, I still miss sharing stories that I find interesting or insightful.

I also miss creating a sort of permanent record of reality TV’s evolution. As websites and news organizations purge old URLs and delete sites, I’m proud that all of the stories I’ve written over 22 years are still here, in the archives, for anyone to explore, along with all those original links.

That brings us to this list: a curated (i.e. not every single thing ever) list of links to news stories that I’ll frequently update throughout the month. How imaginative: the exact same thing I used to do! Sometimes even with light snark!

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Michael Harmstone

Sunday 17th of April 2022

The Mole quitting was *huge* news - they briefed Dutch & Belgian papers before it aired last Sunday and the host was doing interviews all week about it. Never happened (publicly!) anywhere worldwide.

He essentially quit due to the mental pressure of being the Mole, and the fear of letting anyone down. This came a week after Belgium had its first medevac in all of its ten seasons too.