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.”

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.

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.