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

I reviewed:

Reality TV news

ICYMI (in case you missed it)

⭐️ I recommend

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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