Paradise Hotel’s editing helped us judge the cast members

How can we justify making fun of the sluts, morons, and jerks who populate our reality television shows? In a new essay for reality blurred‘s exposed journal, Amanda Ann Klein argues that it’s because they “aren’t people, they’re characters.” She fleshes out that idea and explores how and why we relate to cast members.

As her primary evidence, Amanda deconstructs FOX’s Paradise Hotel, offering detailed analysis of the program. She examines the dynamics between the Originals and the Barbies, describing how what we saw helped us “to determine the reliability of an individual contestant’s testimony in the present, a power we cannot access in real life.” Klein says the show “mimics the perspective of an omniscient, omnipresent, and therefore godlike, witness to the events taking place onscreen.”

Who knew that such a fun summer trash-fest could be so complex?

Judges of characters [reality blurred: exposed]

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.

about the writer

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.