12 of top 20 shows are reality; TV “being driven by reality television.”

12 of top 20 shows are reality; TV “being driven by reality television.”
Here’s an article to print out and shove up the nostril of the next person you encounter who disses reality TV: As the New York Times reports, “In the current television season, 12 of the top 20 shows are reality shows.” And the president of 20th Century Fox Television, Dana Walden, says that the TV “business is being driven by reality television.” NBC’s Jeff Zucker agrees, says they realized that “the next ‘Friends’ was not a half-hour scripted comedy. It was The Apprentice.” FOX is essentially skipping the fall premiere season because of June premieres, fall baseball, and a presumed winter American Idol 4. Other reality TV shows will replace failed scripted shows. That has fallout for writers and actors: “big paydays for actors are drying up” and writers “can no longer command a big overall deal worth millions to create pilots,” the paper reports. Some good news: Another NBC exec says that advertisers are excited about “the right kind of reality–upscale reality.” In other words, maybe we’ll see fewer little grooms and more billionaires with scary hair.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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.