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.”

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.


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.