The Runner had “a host…of problems.”

The Runner had “a host…of problems.”
In its Nov. 2 issue, Entertainment Weekly reports that The Runner had bigger problems than “the current entertainment environment,” which is what network officials cited when they pulled the show. According to the magazine, there were “a host of other problems, including budget overruns.” Plus, the logistics of the game–for example, how the runner would be protected–never became clear. In a related story, EW examines the reality TV ratings downturn, and finds “overstaturation” and “poor scheduling” to be partly to blame. The report also points out that despite its lower-than-expected ratings, The Amazing Race “posts better demographics than the movies CBS aired in its Wednesday time slot last year.”

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.