E! and Style plan many reality series, including dating shows, shows set in LA.

E! and Style plan many reality series, including dating shows, shows set in LA.
E! is about to overdose on reality TV. Among the new shows that will air on both E! and Style network are, Television Week reports, Trophy Wife, “a competitive reality show in which 16 young women compete for the affection of an older Hollywood entertainment mogul,” and The Actress, a dating series in which the “women are actresses playing roles (cheerleader, cowgirl, etc.) while the man believes he is on a real dating show. The woman he chooses as the winner will receive a role in a major motion picture.” E! will also air a meta reality series, Challenge Reality, during which contestants pitch reality show ideas and the winner gets his or her show made. Style is taking a different route, focusing on non-competitive dramatic reality series. They include Work It Out!, set in an LA gym; The Hotspot, set at the Roosevelt Hotel; and Uptown Salon, set in NYC salons.

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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.

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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.