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.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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.