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.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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.