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.”

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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.