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.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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.