is reality TV fading? if so, why?

is reality TV fading? if so, why?
The Albuquerque Journal’s Leanne Potts writes reality TV’s obituary, unflinchingly calling the genre dead and blaming it entirely on the events of Sept. 11. Elsewhere, however, USA TODAY’s Robert Bianco actually thinks about the issue, rather than just regurgitating what he’s read in other publications, and argues that before blaming it on Sept. 11, “we should first consider a simpler, ordinary TV explanation: There were too many reality shows at once, and too many of them were lousy.” Finally, Newsday quotes network executives who essentially contradict what some journalists are printing as fact; an NBC exec says Survivor “doing a lot better than I wish it were,” while an ABC exec says The Mole 2 was pulled simply because no one knew it was on.

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


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.