eight of critics’ 10 worst shows are reality TV; two reality shows made best list.

eight of critics’ 10 worst shows are reality TV; two reality shows made best list.
TV Week’s poll of 41 television critics found just two reality television series on the “best” list. They were American Idol and Survivor All-Stars. Curiously, American Idol also made the worst list, as the ninth worst show, as did plain old Survivor, which clocked in at number eight (presumably, this was the Pearl Islands season). Other crappy shows: 1. The Swan, 2. My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance, 3. Fear Factor, 5. Forever Eden and The Littlest Groom, and 10. Superstar USA. Lest you think these TV critics have sat in front of a television set just a bit too long, they did give FOX’s quickly-cancelled but completely awesome Wonderfalls a place on the best list, along with The OC, which everyone knows is one of the best non-reality shows to air on a network, ever. I’m serious. Seth Cohen? Come on.
+ plus: a number of reality show moments nominated for AOL’s TV viewer awards.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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.