a new genre, “reality TV is never going to drive out sitcoms and dramas.”

a new genre, “reality TV is never going to drive out sitcoms and dramas.”
Lately, the standard critical response to reality TV has shifted from slamming it and proclaiming its death to saying the genre will change TV forever and kill off sitcoms and dramas. Such hyperbole doesn’t work for Entertainment Weekly’s Ken Tucker, who argues that “[r]eality TV is never going to drive out sitcoms and dramas; it’s just become another genre, competing in the marketplace.” If there’s too much reality TV, he writes, “viewers will tune away,” and also points out that many dramas and sitcoms have gotten boring in comparison to the drama and comedy that reality TV shows provide.

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.