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.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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.