casting has become difficult because of “serial contestants,” other factors.

casting has become difficult because of “serial contestants,” other factors.
Casting reality TV shows is much more difficult now, The New York Times reports, in part because “oversaturation [has led to] an applicant pool that is representative only of itself, one filled with ‘serial contestants’ who audition for everything.” The paper also says potential cast members “have grown both wary and wise, forcing the shows to be more resourceful in attracting contestants.” One example: The casting director for Temptation Island 3, Michael Shevloff, is looking for cast members not in bars but through people’s places of work.

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.

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.