DVD unites former cast members and “brings with it a certain sense of shame.”

DVD unites former cast members and “brings with it a certain sense of shame.”
Reviews for the relatively new DVD Reality Unleashed are in, and unfortunately, the film has nothing to do with S&M, as the title suggests. Instead, on the DVD, which was produced over the summer, a group of 14 reality TV personalities sit together for less than 90 minutes and talk about their lives and ever-enduring fame. Apparently, having the stars masturbate while staring at themselves in mirrors was rejected in lieu of this format. The stars include people you’ve already forgotten, such as Sarah Kozer (Joe Millionaire), Nathan Marlow (Big Brother 3), and Kim Powers (Survivor Africa). The Sun-Sentinel’s Phoebe Flowers writes that the DVD “brings with it a certain sense of shame. After all, it is you (or us) whose viewing habits deluded these people into believing others would care about their post-show ambitions.” DVD Talk also reviews both the DVD’s contents and its technical aspects, such as “the vomit-inducing color scheme.” Reviews at Amazon.com are kinder, such as the one that says “This is a wonderful reality TV star Tour de Force and should be in every Reality TV fan’s library!”

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.