The Trench is “a gimmicky treatment of history.”

despite real elements, The Trench is “a gimmicky treatment of history.”
On Friday at 9 p.m., BBC2 will air The Trench, a reality TV show that “asks a group of contemporary men to spend two weeks living in dug-out mud in France, reconstructing the lives of soldiers in the trenches in 1916,” according to The Guardian’s Mark Lawson. He asks what the difference between this show and one where “a hundred volunteers relive the experience of the victims of the Nazi death-camps,” and finds that the show is mostly “a gimmicky treatment of history.”

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


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.

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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.