Situation Comedy voting ends tonight

Bravo airs the penultimate episode of Situation: Comedy tonight at 7 p.m. ET, and voting will close just before midnight. After I linked to two different reviews of the pilot presentations yesterday, one of the writers of one of the pilots–who shall remain nameless–sent an e.mail message saying that I “slammed both Situation Comedyt [sic] pilots.” I’m not going to back down from my own criticism, but a link doesn’t certainly doesn’t constitute endorsement.

Anyway, as I’d planned to do, I just watched the two presentations. And, well, my colleagues B-Side, of TVgasm, and Frazier Moore, of the AP, pretty much said it all. The days of the multi-camera sit-com centered on an outrageous premise rather than a simple one seem to be, thankfully, over. Are there still people who genuinely wonder why reality TV has more buzz and often more viewers than traditional sitcoms?

In “The Sperm Donor,” the jokes are occasionally wry but the acting is pretty damn awful. It’s forced and awkward, just like the laugh track/audience laughter that follows the more obvious jokes. (Lesbian jokes? Seriously?) The acting and the physical comedy definitely saves “Stephen’s Life,” as do the interstitial interviews–without the forced laugh track, they’re even funnier. But I agree with B-Side that the premise could get old quickly.

Based upon these two 15-minute shows alone, I doubt I’d watch either show. But watch them and make up your own mind.

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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.