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.

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.