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.

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

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.