“reality may not always be as profitable for the TV networks.”

“reality may not always be as profitable for the TV networks.”
As reality TV’s recent ratings and cultural success has become apparent, “Madison Avenue has been taking the format more seriously,” MSNBC reports. However, “reality may not always be as profitable for the TV networks as the ratings imply,” in part because “an unproven reality show doesn’t command the same ad rates as a new drama or comedy.” Plus, advertisers have questions about the ability of networks to sustain current show formats, retain audiences once the show goes off the air, and come up with new show ideas that are appealing to advertisers.
+ also: in the UK, reality TV “has had an invigorating effect on every kind of television.”

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.