FOX Reality of My Youth

Back in another life, I worked on the websites for various primetime FOX offerings. While I got to work on some still-beloved classics like The X-Files, Firefly and Greg The Bunny, I also spent a good deal of time on some absolutely mind-melting reality shows and specials.

Since I think we could all use a bit of a distraction right now, here’s a roundup of a few of the “best” selections, may they never fade from our collective memories:

Joe Millionaire

He walked through the office once, and it was quite the event. My favorite part is that everyone wildly speculated about how they’d trick people again for the second season, and the answer was “yeah, we’ll just do it in Europe.”

Man vs. Beast

To this day, I still bring up the hot dog-eating bear to new co-workers. It’s honestly pretty central to my core identity at this point.

Mr. Personality

A true pioneer in the “make them wear masks before agreeing to bang” genre. Hosted by Monica Lewinsky, who I unfortunately did not get to meet when I visited the sweet mansion in Malibu. Sadly, I also think that this (surely invaluable) Cheat Sheet is lost to time:


My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance

Let’s be real for a sec, our belt buckle-centric landing page was groundbreaking stuff:


Celebrity Boxing

Interviewing Joey Buttafuoco and Vanilla Ice on the same day remains a “highlight” of my career.


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Deep Cuts Revisited

A couple years back (when breathing this blog back to life) I posted a series of “Deep Cuts” from the various versions of House of Kyle throughout the years.

Deep Cuts: Volume One

Deep Cuts: Volume Two

Deep Cuts: Volume Three

I was feeling nostalgic over the past week, so while I’ve taken my old Blogger site offline (trust me, the posts are largely cringetastic), I did resurrect a few more posts. Enjoy this look at the Kyle of my youth:

4/21/01: Couldn’t Even See Whoopi

8/16/03: Seemingly Trivial

5/7/04: In The Past Week

10/22/04: I’d Like to Thank…Your Mom!

11/10/04: Proceeded To Pound Beers

Holiday/Pandemic Fuel

I post a lot (too much 🙄) about my email newsletter, but that’s only because I’m having a great time writing it, and love that people seem to be into it.

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You never shut up about it, but what does the newsletter cover?

I generally share a featured post from this site, along with links, tweets and videos about (for the most part) technology, entertainment, politics, ’80s/’90s nostalgia and American evangelical heartbreak.

What’s in each of the three weekly issues?

The Sunday and Wednesday issues have different content but follow the same format (usually with a newer featured blog post on Sunday and one from the archives on Wednesday), and the Friday issue (called “Weekend Watches”) provides viewing recommendations. 📺

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