Surreal Life is “a blueprint for VH1′s game plan next year: ‘celebrity reality.’”

Surreal Life is “a blueprint for VH1′s game plan next year: ‘celebrity reality.’”
The Surreal Life‘s move to VH1 has proved beneficial for both the series and the network. Because of its success, the series “is providing a blueprint for VH1′s game plan next year: ‘celebrity reality,’” Scripps Howard reports. Paraphrasing MTV Networks’ Brian Graden, Scripps says the series “embodies the identity that VH1 has carved out for itself in recent years of being a channel about nostalgia, whether it is 20 years ago or last week.” Graden says, “That’s the core we have struck, sort of modern nostalgia.” That works better as a core for VH1 than its previous identity: music videos for old, wrinkling people.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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.