Fear Factor sticks with couples, will shoot “home invasion” segments.

NBC’s Fear Factor is ditching its single-person format; instead, teams of two–which have been increasingly prevalent on the series–will now compete for the prize. As the AP reports, this “is just one of several changes in a retooling of the gross-out reality show.”

Additionally, a new segment on the show called “Home Invasion” will feature “families, friends, or roommates” who “will get to do an actual Fear Factor stunt live in their house, and ON TV, for the chance to win a typically awesome Fear Factor prize.” Producers are looking for participants in 32 cities; 22 segments will be shot.

‘Fear Factor’ to invade homes [AP]
Apply to be on Fear Factor [NBC]

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.