ABC’s The Runner will include “extensive use of paid plugs.”

ABC’s The Runner will include “extensive use of paid plugs.”
Think Jeff Probst whoring Doritos and other sponsored products during Survivor 2 is annoying? Wait until ABC’s The Runner debuts in September. The reality TV show will feature “extensive use of paid plugs that are completely integral to the show’s story line,” according to The New York Times. The runner may be instructed to stop at various sponsors’ locations or perform certain tasks using sponsors’ products, for example.

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.

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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.