critic: “puzzling…that reality TV has resisted falling into patterns.”

critic: “puzzling…that reality TV has resisted falling into patterns.”
Chicago Tribune media critic Steve Johnson admits what few other TV critics have admitted: “Reality TV’s 15 minutes just won’t end.” Instead of being annoyed by this, however, Johnson dissects the genre and looks at the appeal of various shows, arguing that “what’s really puzzling is that reality TV has resisted falling into patterns.” He concludes that with reality TV, viewers “don’t stay interested like they do in good old-fashioned fictional television.”
+ plus: another take on reality TV, from the Christian TImes: “prime-time television raunch.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.

A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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.