American High producer RJ Cutler turns his cameras on a group of kids once again, but this time, they’re in college, and on cable. Showtime’s 10-episode Freshman Diaries, which debuts Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET and repeats at 11 and often after that, follows 16 first-year students at the University of Texas in Austin, and also includes footage shot by the students themselves. The San Francisco Chronicle says it “isn’t an automatic groan-fest” and even “manages to feel quaint.” The New York Times says it “is edited to highlight drinking, parties, sex, angst and more drinking” and “is a useful reminder of how television–and in this generation, reality television–has homogenized American culture.”
Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted
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
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.