reality TV “copycats fading fast.”

reality TV “copycats fading fast.”
The ratings of recent reality TV show “copycats” haven’t matched returning shows (like Survivor Amazon) or new formats (like Joe Millionaire). Instead, the ratings of new shows from Are You Hot to The Family to All American Girl aren’t doing well, or at least aren’t doing as well as their predecessors. Why? The answer, according to USA TODAY’s report, may lie in either oversaturation or lack of quality. ABC’s entertainment president Susan Lyne admits ABC might have screwed up: “We didn’t anticipate how difficult it would be to get attention for a crop of new reality shows in the quiet months of spring.”
+ also: “young adults learn from reality TV.”

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.


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.