critics: ABC’s “idiotic,” “inept,” “cheap” shows help “exhaust the genre.”

critics: ABC’s “idiotic,” “inept,” “cheap” shows help “exhaust the genre.”
ABC’s string of five crappy reality TV shows–including Are You Hot and I’m a Celebrity–Get Me Out of Here has helped to at least slow the genre’s momentum, USA TODAY’s Robert Bianco and the LA Times’ Brian Lowry both say. “Though failure is not uncommon on TV, seldom has a slate of shows been more inept or less desired,” which “has proved that the thirst for reality is, indeed, quenchable,” Bianco argues. In the context of a piece reporting that even more scripted shows than usual are being planned for the fall, Lowry argues says that ABC “appears to be doing its best to exhaust the genre with programs that appear cynical and derivative even by Hollywood’s standards.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

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Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

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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.