Paradise Hotel, “the Hindenburg of untested reality formulas,” offers “two scintillating hours of tragicomedy per week.”

Paradise Hotel offers “two scintillating hours of tragicomedy per week.”
Paradise Hotel is the quintessential winning failure, the crowning disaster, the Hindenburg of untested reality formulas.” That’s according to Heather Havrilesky, who writes in Salon about “the pea-brained flesh monkeys” and their “catastrophically dimwitted interactions [that] are broadcast to a jeering nation.” She analyzes members of the cast, including “Toni, the Billy Bob Thornton of reality TV” who has “mastered all of the mainstays of good reality drama: the ultimatum, the threat, the finger shake, the ‘you mess with my friends, you’re messin’ with me’ social time bomb, the walk off in a huff, the make out then cry, and so on.”

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.

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.