two conflicting views about the year of reality TV and its future.

two conflicting views about the year of reality TV and its future.
Entertainment Weekly’s Josh Wolk looks back at the year of reality TV, and determines that “reality TV’s magnet was the promise of unpredictability”–and ultimately, “Audiences don’t discriminate between reality and scripted TV, only between entertaining and boring.” Elsewhere–although he confuses game shows with reality TV–the LA Times’ Brian Lowry predicts the demise of reality TV because of the networks’ “lemminglike behavior.”

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.