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.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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.