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….”

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.