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.

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.