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.

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.