reality blurred looks back at 2000.

reality blurred looks back at 2000.
If you were an early adopter of reality TV, this was definitely your year. And if you were just introduced to the genre, it was the best year ever to be introduced. What PBS started with An American Family was developed into an art form by Bunim-Murray with The Real World (and Road Rules), gave way to the awe-inspiring Survivor, the dreck of Big Brother, and all the rest. Next year promises to be even more full of reality TV, although we’ll see if the format climbs even higher or crashes and burns under the weight of poor copycats.

As the year winds to a close, reality blurred obligatorily looks back on the year by presenting some of the highlights from the archives. Also, I want the weekend off.

  • week one: this site is born, and the winner is discovered on CBS’ Web site. not.
  • speculation week: did CBS’ Web staff reveal Greg’s banishment? (yes.) is Josh gay? (?) is Kelly a criminal? (sort of.) does CBS suck for giving us Big Brother? (you bet.)
  • Survivor finale week: Rich wins Survivor and 51 million jaws drop in shock.
  • revolution week: the Big Brother revolution ends! Burnett plans Destination Mir! Cassandra is banished! the house guests run out of toilet paper!
  • celebrity week: Rudy goes to the Supreme Court, Media Jammers sneak into the compound, Danny kisses a girl, Bob Barker rescues chickens, and reality blurred’s Survivor finale party gets four seconds of air time on MSNBC.
  • decision week: Rich finally releases his book, Russia decides to junk Mir, and Making the Band (and O-Town) gets a second season.

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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.