ABC planning “explosive” Idol expose.

ABC planning “explosive” Idol expose.
Desperate for some of the ratings that American Idol gets, ABC is planning what Variety calls “a potentially explosive expose on the Fox phenom.” While details haven’t been confirmed, Variety says “that the report–in the works for several months now–will take a hard look at the relationship between ‘Idol’ judges and contestants.” The special will air sometime in May, when American Idol 4 concludes, and “ABC may air the report as a special single-topic edition of ‘Primetime [Live]‘ and make it a key, heavily hyped sweeps event,” Variety says. People close to the shows “confirm that Fox and ‘Idol’s’ producers have been contacted by ABC News reps, who’ve said the net is working on a story about the show. ABC hasn’t asked Fox or the producers to respond to any allegations, the insiders said.”

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.

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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.