Australia-born Popstars now facing competition from its imitators.

Australia-born Popstars now facing competition from its imitators.
Two years ago, “Australia exported Popstars to the world.” Now “two [Australian] networks are bidding for a pale imitation,” The Sydney Morning Herald reports. It looks at the shows evolution and imitation beyond Australia’s shores, and also examines other copycat shows and how disputes over similarities are resolved. Because of the similarities, the UK’s Pop Idol isn’t allowed to use the word “Pop” in its title outside of Britain, and now there’s a similar conflict between Survivor and I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.

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.

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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.