NBC not producing show hosted by kidnapping victims called “Survive This!”

NBC not producing show hosted by kidnapping victims called “Survive This!”
What appeared to be a report of a reality TV show hosted by the teenage kidnapping and rape victims is, in fact, satire. “The two girls kidnapped and raped in the Antelope Valley are set to go Hollywood,”the piece’s subtitle read, and it went on to describe a show that “will feature the crime victims introducing a new slate of contestants each week” who would “have 48 hours to find safety at a remote building made to resemble a rural sheriff’s station” while being pursued by “several paroled repeat sex offenders.” The writer told Zap2it.com that the story of the two girls telling their story in the media “begged for this kind of treatment”; he also said about half of the piece’s readers read it as satire, while the other half assumed it was real.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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.