Big Brother named one of “20 programmes that changed our world.”

Big Brother named one of the “20 programmes that changed our world.”
Along with the Apollo moon landing, Live Aid, and reports on JFK’s assassination, Big Brother has been named one of the “20 programmes that changed our world” by a UK journalist writing in Radio Times. The show that locks strangers in a house together was number 19 on the list, but it did beat news reports on Sept. 11, 2001. Hugo Davenport says the show made the list because “This multimedia event–pointless, trivial, banal, but obsessive–stoked the appetite for talent-free celebrity,” the Independent reports.

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.

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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.