"challenge people to bring more ... verisimilitude back to the proceedings"Mike Rowe, encouraging TV critics to ask for reality in reality TV

Why Jillian Michaels quit again; Adam Richman apologies; Drunk History’s accuracy; A&E sued

Jillian Michaels at NBC's Winter 2013 TCA 2013 event. (Photo by Shutterstock.)

News and links from the past few weeks, when I was busy finishing the redesign and reporting from the summer Television Critics Association press tour (a lot of terrific interviews and information coming from that soon). And thanks for both your feedback and for bearing with me during this initial period as I solve some lingering problems (surveys … keep reading ▶

How Blair Witch’s creators helped create The Quest

Paladins--i.e. contestants--run toward the castle in ABC's The Quest.

Fifteen years ago, just before Survivor forever changed reality television, The Blair Witch Project blurred reality and fiction and spawned a new trend in horror films. It wasn't just that the film presented itself as found footage, but there was an entire mythology presented in a documentary and online materials that suggested the events of the … keep reading ▶