Charla leaves, Jerri Manthey joins Battle of the Network Reality Stars

Charla has left the reality TV whore-fest known as Battle of the Network Reality Stars. After being saved by a twist last week, The Amazing Race‘s Charla was eliminated, after she essentially asked her team to send her home.

Replacing Charla and Duncan Nutter (or, as Coral called him, “Dunk Nuts”) are Survivor‘s Jerri Manthey and Average Joe Hawaii‘s David Daskal.

Other critics have pointed this out, but the lame challenges on this show really hurt it. There’s irony, and then there’s stupidity, and then there’s just plain lame, and that’s what dodgeball and a swim relay amount to. Yes, they’re resurrecting the same events that Battle of the Network Stars had nearly 30 years ago.

But a) pretty much no one who knows who these reality stars were older than toddlers in the 1970s, and b) dodgeball might have been telegenic in the 1970s, but today we expect a little more from our reality television. Like the possibility of death or dismemberment, or at least lots of fearful crying.

Battle of the Network Reality Stars: episode two [Bravo]

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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.