wedding reality TV “demystifies marriage and its accoutrements.”

wedding reality TV “demystifies marriage and its accoutrements.”
With all the freaking out over the “sanctity of marriage,” it’s somewhat surprising that we don’t yet have a constitutional amendment proposed to prohibit networks from airing TV shows that use marriage as a gimmick. Alas, Congress is busy protesting UPN’s planned Amish series. Two columnists examine the genre’s treatment of marriage. Salon’s Baz Dreisinger reviews reality TV relationship with marriage, and concludes that the shows “playfully, irreverently–and sometimes unwittingly–demystifies marriage and its accoutrements.” The genre, he says, “revels in the right to make an all-embracing–and fiscally rewarding–mockery of” wedding vows. Elsewhere, the Minneapolis City Pages Lisa Schmeiser examines MTV’s two wedding-based shows–Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica and ‘Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave. She ultimately asks whether or not “an audience historically interested in dramatic relationships with the life span of mayflies really wants more shows about an institution historically associated with lifelong monogamy.”

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.