Under One Roof debuts tonight.

Under One Roof debuts tonight.
UPN’s Under One Roof debuts tonight at 8 p.m. ET, immediately preceding a repeat of The Amazing Race 2. In the show, five “families live together and work together under one roof, [and] they also compete for the deed to the house” in Fiji. Hosted by Fox News Channel’s Rob Nelson, the show is executive produced by Bruce Toms, who also produced Love Cruise, and John de Mol, who’s responsible for Big Brother. Not surprisingly, the show seems like Big Brother on Survivor‘s beach, and The Chicago Sun-Times’ Phil Rosenthal writes that it’s “the illegitimate child” of those shows, along with The Real World. The families are not “the smartest bunch and definitely not the nicest,” he writes. The L.A. Times’ Mark Sachs writes that the show “has been carefully designed to generate maximum mayhem among the contestants.”

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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.