is A&E’s Intervention exploitative?

is A&E’s Intervention exploitative?
A&E’s newest reality series, Intervention, which kicked off earlier this month, focuses on two people in need of help each Sunday night at 10 p.m. ET. The episode titles give us all we need to know; Sunday’s episode was titled “Jerrie (Vicodin) & Tamela (self-destruction),” and next Sunday’s ep is “Alissa (gambling) and Brian (crystal meth).”

While any show that involves crystal meth is certainly worthy of attention, Salon’s Heather Havrilesky looks at the “scathing reviews and accusations of exploitation” that the show has received. She finds that the series “is extremely engrossing, emotionally wrenching and impossible not to take to heart.” She ultimately concludes that “”Whether ‘Intervention’ was born of a pure heart or a crass desire to capitalize on the lowest moments of others hardly matters to me. What matters is that, in this time of excess and overindulgence and the deification of partying celebrities, this show has the potential to scare the hell out of millions of viewers.”

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.

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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.