Chains of Love cancelled as UPN backs away from reality TV.

Chains of Love cancelled as UPN backs away from reality TV.
Saying, “reality series are a lot like heroin…There’s a real big high at first, followed by a long low,” UPN’s president Dean Valentine announced that Chains of Love will not return to UPN, the LA Times reports. He blames low ratings on competition from other shows in the time slot. And although UPN is working with Endemol developing a show about families spending quality time together, the network isn’t pursuing the development of any more shows like Chains of Love.
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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.

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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.