Road Rules turns 10 today

Ten years ago today, we watched as Alison, Carlos, Kit, Mark, and Shelley emptied their pockets of money and credit cards and set out on a cross-country trip in an RV. Road Rules broke ground in reality by offering a reward and making the show into a competition. (For the record, Mark Burnett’s Eco-Challenge did the same thing around the same time, but Road Rules‘ format borrowed from its older MTV sibling The Real World and definitely influenced all that followed, including Survivor.)

Sadly, the show didn’t make it to its 10th birthday. After 13 seasons, the last of which aired last year, the show appears to have been cancelled. At the very least, it hasn’t been renewed, while its sibling shows have.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary, Road Rules Web lists 10 best and worst moments from the series. They’re also talking to cast members; right now, only Jake Bronstein has commented, taking a break from blogging about his penis to say only that his appearance “was a looonnnngggg time ago” and thus he can’t remember anything about it.

Happy 10th Anniversary Road Rules [Road Rules Web]
Road Rules [reality blurred]

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.