defending Julie Chen.

defending Julie Chen.
CBS’ news chief says Big Brother‘s host–the person who makes Survivor‘s Jeff Probst (a.k.a. “Dimples”) look hip–says she’s doing fine even though she hasn’t been able to “be herself” because of scripted lines.
+ elsewhere: The British Big Brother is off to a rocky start.
+ plus: Time discovers that the Web cast is the best thing about the show, and in a column in this week’s issue, also mentions Salon’s Table Talk discussion and the Planet Sucks message boards as great places to follow what’s happening.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.