A 10-year-old reality TV mystery, finally solved. Plus two great recommendations, DWTS news, and more
Dear newsletter friends,
For 10 years I have wondered what actually happened on an episode of The Great Food Truck Race where the host accused contestants of cheating. I wondered again while doing research for a review on a new (and better) show.
I’ve done a similar search about once a year since that 2011 episode aired, and this time, I found an answer! So I updated my story, because now we know, as the mystery was finally solved.
The other big news of the week is that Dancing with the Stars has made a major change that is so long overdue that all of Tyra Banks’ gushing about just made me feel embarrassed for the show that it took this long.
Reality TV reviews
Reality TV news
So You Think You Can Dance season 11 contestant Serge Onik died
Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg will host Baking It, Peacock’s spin-off of Making It
The next show in the Life Below Zero franchise will have an entirely indigenous cast
ICYMI (in case you missed it)
⭐️ I recommend
This show, which premieres on HGTV tomorrow night at 9, having aired earlier this year on Discovery+
This show, which is only on Discovery+ (for now)
This show, which truly surprised me
This essay by Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, in response to a Washington Post column that dismissed Indian cuisine—and which she wrote after telling the columnist to fuck off and recommending he read her book
The story I teased last week is coming next week. Just four more interviews to go—and then a lot of writing and editing this weekend and early next week. I can’t wait to share this with you!
Have a terrific weekend.
🌄 This is Reality in Focus issue 257, first sent Aug. 27, 2021, and it had an adult birthday yesterday, meaning it did work all day, yay.
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