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.”

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.