bitchiness “is now all the rage,” and our bitchiness is fueled by reality TV bitchiness.

bitchiness “is now all the rage,” and our bitchiness is fueled by reality TV bitchiness.
Bitchiness is the new orange, thanks in part to reality TV, according to a Globe and Mail writer, who says ” bitchiness “is now all the rage.” (That, or Canada is just behind, as usual.) Kamal Al-Solaylee argues that bitchiness “is everywhere you look as a sensibility shared by presidential spokespersons, cub models, former celebrities, average Joes, literary and (of course, theatre) critics.” What’s fueling the worldwide cat fight? Reality TV, of course. “The contestants on, say, Big Brother or Survivor are allowed not just to outsmart, but to have a go at, one another. They snap and get testy, and by doing so, they give viewers permission to do the same in our real, already competitive lives.” Other shows also give us that permission: “The success of American Idol (and to a lesser extent its lamer, tamer Canadian variation) depends on the bitchiness of at least one of its trio of judges,” Al-Solaylee writes. But the ultimate evidence comes from the Amish: “When the Amish start trash-talkin’ on TV as they do in Amish in the City, you know just how far public acceptance of bitchiness has come….”

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.