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.

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

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.