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.”

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

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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.