TBS’ Outback Jack debuts tonight.

TBS’ Outback Jack debuts tonight.
TBS gets into the reality game tonight at 9 p.m. ET with Outback Jack, in which “twelve high-maintenance women vie for the affections of a rugged Australian adventurer.” And the women will compete solely for the 28-year-old Australian‘s affections, as there’s no prize. Thinking they were supposed to spend time in a mansion, the women find themselves parachuting into the Australian Outback instead. Executive producer Bruce Nash tells The New York Daily News, “The show is sort of a romantic comedy in an adventure setting. It’s not ‘The Simple Life.’ It’s not ‘The Bachelor.’ It’s not ‘Survivor.’ But it has the elements of all of them.” The series will run for eight episodes.
+ also: dating shows, most of which were modeled after The Bachelor, “are no longer the ratings magnet they were a year or so ago.”

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.

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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.