reality TV’s success may lead to “end to the traditional television season.”

reality TV’s success may lead to “end to the traditional television season.”
The latest round of successful reality TV shows–from Joe Millionaire to American Idol 2–”will drastically alter the economics of the business itself,” the New York Times reports. Among the changes that could be precipitated by reality TV’s success: “an end to the traditional television season,” including no repeats, no May-Sept. hiatus, and not as many scripted shows. Part of the reason for possible changes: the shows’ popularity with younger viewers, who advertise chase after and who will be tomorrow’s older audiences.
+ also: “more people than ever are clamoring to get on reality TV.”

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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.

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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.