reality TV “will be much harder to kill than some critics have predicted.”

reality TV “will be much harder to kill than some critics have predicted.”
The New York Times reports what the rest of us knew and critics pretended not to: that reality TV “is managing to survive” and that “network programmers…show no signs of abandoning the reality genre.” Endemol’s founder John de Mol says that the shows that failed were “mostly the bad ones, the copycats.” The Times reports on some of the 10 new shows that will hit the air soon–like UPN’s Under One Roof, “in which teams of families will engage in competition on an island near Fiji and try to win the house they are all living in. Also, the paper reports that The Amazing Race 2 started production this week.
+ plus: Survivor Africa’s ratings grow.

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.


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.