Newlyweds, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, American Idol are People’s Choice.

Newlyweds, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, American Idol are People’s Choice.
If you didn’t sit through last night’s People’s Choice Awards, which was two hours of celebrities pretending to be surprised when they won an award even though none of their competitors showed up, you might have missed the winners in the three reality TV-related categories. First, to recap, review the nominees. Next, in the category known during the online voting process as Favorite Reality Show/Other, which was rechristened “Favorite Reality Show 24/7″ during the broadcast, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica beat out its competition. Somewhere, Ashlee reached for the phone number of an orphanage to find herself a new dad. In the new Favorite Reality Show/Makeover category, tear-jerker Extreme Makeover: Home Edition took the prize. And American Idol broke Survivor‘s four-year streak when it won the Favorite Reality Show/Competition award.

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.