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.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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.