Endemol chief: bad casting is to blame for Big Brother.

Endemol chief: bad casting is to blame for Big Brother.
John de Mol, creator of Endemol Entertainment, says Big Brother‘s problems in the U.S. (international versions have apparently not sucked like last summer’s CBS version) are because of a crappy cast–which he blames on CBS–and the fact that the show was changed enough to cater to American audiences. Earlier, CBS chief Les Moonves also blamed–surprise!–bad casting for the show’s crappiness.
+ plus: Spain’s Telefónica will buy Endemol for €5.5 billion.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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.