stereotype-dependent Russian show featuring house-building couples is a hit.

stereotype-dependent Russian show featuring house-building couples is a hit.
A Russian show is following a dozen couples “as they build a £150,000 five-bedroom country house, or dacha, in the wooded Moscow suburbs for the series Dom (House),” the BBC reports. And the show “is proving a big hit with the nation’s TV viewers.” The house, being constructed north of Moscow, will become the property of the last couple remaining; one couple is voted off each week by viewers. The Moscow Times detailed story about the show says it “is strictly set to the oldest stereotypes. The men get to build the house, while the women and the children get to cook and provide for the workers in small huts 10 meters away from the construction site.”

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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.