South Park season premiere tackles reality TV; creator says Idol is “genius.”

South Park season premiere tackles reality TV; creator says Idol is “genius.”
Tonight’s 10 p.m. ET debut of the seventh season of South Park is co-written by Norman Lear–and takes on reality television. According to Comedy Central, “the boys discover that Earth is one big intergalactic reality show.” In an interview with TV Guide, South Park co-creator Trey Parker praises some reality TV shows and slams others: “Joe Millionaire had all those viewers, but those producers should not be working. It was horrible. … It was a great idea, and it could have been awesome, but they just don’t know what they were doing. And then you look at a show like The Surreal Life and it’s just slick, and it’s well done, and they tried to make it interesting. It was just so much better put together.” He also calls American Idol “genius.”

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.