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.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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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.