PBS shows “look at a time and place by putting people in that environment.”

PBS shows “look at a time and place by putting people in that environment.”
PBS’ Manor House, which continues with two more episodes tonight on PBS, exists “to look at a time and place by putting people in that environment to learn about it,” its executive producer tells the AP. Beth Hoppe says they “get a modern drama by looking at how the people cope with it.” Elsewhere, a reviewer calls the show “strangely addictive–a perfect blend of Survivor and Simon Schama, voyeurism and edification,” the Village Voice’s Joy Press writes. In Salon, Heather Havrilesky writes that the series is “a reality show about S/M under the pretense of illustrating life during the Edwardian era,” and argues that “the usual torture-them-until-they-crack strategy is in full effect.”

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.