stupid local news station reports on Survivor Vanuatu’s “dangerous conditions.”

stupid local news station reports on Survivor Vanuatu’s “dangerous conditions.”
Not that we needed a reason to make the people who work on local news stations wear scarlet As for “asshat,” but here comes more evidence that they’re working overtime to freak us out with useless non-news. CBS News 5 in Phoenix, KPHO, reports on, and I quote, “some scoop on the upcoming season” of Survivor Vanuatu, which debuts Sept. 16. While that sounds like they actually have some real news to report, they instead say that “contestants may be in for the most dangerous conditions ever seen on the show.” Is there an outbreak of typhoid fever? A radiocative lizard roaming around? Not quite. Here’s the shocking news: “The Islands of Vanuatu are mostly un-inhabited. They are full of active volcanos. And if that’s not enough–they’re rumbling with earthquakes. The latest one measured 5.7 on the Richter scale.” Where were they when we needed to know that the Pearl Islands were surrounded on all sides by water, which is the substance people are very likely to drown in!

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.