American Idol 4 cuts called “cruel.”

American Idol 4 cuts called “cruel.”
New York’s tabloids have twin stories today detailing the cruelty of American Idol 4‘s first four eliminations. As the New York Daily News reports, “Judd Harris, a 27-year-old NYU student, was led to believe he was safe, only to be axed.” And Ryan Seacrest “appears to be channeling ‘Project Runway’s’ Heidi Klum when he tells contestants, ‘You’re out!'” Some fans are revving up their keyboards to express their disappointment online; The New York Post reports that one fan wrote, “I felt it was extremely mean, and while I’m sure they were going for the dramatic effect, these are young people with hopes and dreams. To crush them like that was abominable.” And the Post calls this “the show’s suddenly cruel turn,” titling its piece “How can Idol be so mean?” All of this begs the question: What were these fans and journalists thinking as they watched with furious onanistic delight as a parade of delusional singers are humiliated during the audition rounds?

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.

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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.