UK: “shows emerging at a rapid pace.”

UK: “shows emerging at a rapid pace.”
Many, if not most, hit reality TV shows have been imports from overseas, particularly the UK. There, “new shows [are] emerging at a rapid pace,” the AP reports. An Evening Standard reporter says “Everybody’s predicting it’s going to peak. So far, it hasn’t. What’s beginning to happen is that people are beginning to be a bit more selective in their choice of reality shows.” Upcoming shows in the UK include Drop the Celebrity, which features parachute-wearing celebrities getting pushed out of a plane. The producer of NBC’s The Restaurant says that show is unlikely to be imported because “[t]he Brits love a loser, and we don’t embrace the ‘B’ celebrities they way they do. … America loves a winner.”
+ also: “are sweet guys and girls finally getting their due–on reality TV, no less?”

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.