EW rates summer reality TV.

EW rates summer reality TV.
Using a scale of “couch potatoes,” Entertainment Weekly evaluates the summer’s slate of reality TV and reality-based game shows. The Mole 2 gets four couch potatoes (“hard habit to kick”) for having a “creative premise gives it far more staying power than its already tiring competitor” (American Idol). That show gets the same score, mostly because of Simon (“Can you imagine the happy-shiny mess this would be without him?”). Big Brother 3 gets a lower score, three potatoes (“attention-worthy”) for being “only as strong as the cast’s personalities.”

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.

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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.