Major: BBC should drop reality TV.

Major: BBC should drop reality TV.
Even British politicians stick their faces into reality TV. Former Prime Minister John Major says he “would like to see the BBC drop trivial programmes, even if it costs ratings.” He’s specifically referring to “trivial programmes, quiz shows and reality shows” that air on the BBC, which is publicly owned. He asks, “Why should it compete with Sky television and ITV? It is a different beast.” Worse, he says that beast is dirty: “I think there are many people who look through the Radio and TV Times and are dismayed at the relatively low quality of much of the stuff that appears.”

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

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.