Real World, Road Rules, and Simple Life creator Mary-Ellis Bunim dies.

Real World, Road Rules, and Simple Life creator Mary-Ellis Bunim dies.
Mary-Ellis Bunim, half of the team that created The Real World, Road Rules, Making the Band, Love Cruise, and The Simple Life, died of cancer yesterday at 57. She worked first in daytime TV, producing “more than 2,500 hours of daytime television on Search for Tomorrow, As the World Turns, Santa Barbara and Loving,” according to her bio. Her producing partner, Jonathan Murray, tells CNN, “Mary-Ellis was a one-in-a-million partner and friend, and I will always treasure our incredible years of collaboration. Even as the family at Bunim-Murray Productions mourns her loss, we will honor her memory by remaining committed to her ideals of creativity, adventure, and excellence, both on the screen and in our lives.” Additionally, TV Week reports that Bunim-Murray VP and producer Bonnie Bogard, who worked on both Love Cruise and The Simple Life, died earlier this week.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.