ratings down for Average Joe 3, but series will return with Plain Janes.

ratings down for Average Joe 3, but series will return with Plain Janes.
A few million people have grown bored with the less-than-attractive stars of the Average Joe trilogy, as the series has bled about a million viewers with each subsequent edition. The third season, Average Joe: Adam Returns, “has dipped to just under 10 million” viewers on average, according to Zap2it.com. (Maybe that’s because last week, Adam sent a busload of “bikini-clad babes” away, telling producers they shouldn’t be there.) However, NBC has ordered a fourth season, although the title and format will be changed to focus on ugly women. An NBC exec said, “We asked ourselves, why should the Average Joes have all the fun?” Plain Jane will follow a hot guy selecting from a pool of not-so-hot women. The show will air next fall.

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.