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.”

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.