Kathy Griffin, Garry Marshall, Tim Meadows will guest judge Last Comic Standing 4

NBC has revealed the celebrity judges for Last Comic Standing 4, and at least one is no stranger to reality television. Kathy Griffin will judge the contestants along with Garry Marshall and Tim Meadows. They’ll apparently only “appear on two special ‘semi-finals’ episodes to help choose the top comedians who ultimately make it into the ‘house,’” NBC says in a press release.

For this new season, which debuts May 30, NBC also promises “[o]utrageous contests, surprise guests and unexpected twists and turns.” One of those twists: Instead of living in an actual house during the competition, the comedians will live on board “the Queen Mary — the famous luxury ocean liner docked in Long Beach, CA,” according to the press release.

The network doesn’t explain why they’ll live on a ship, although since it’s basically a tourist attraction, this sounds like elaborate product placement. Perhaps Donald Trump will learn from the example and have The Apprentice 6 contestants live in a FedEx truck or something.

America Will Choose The “Last Comic Standing”… [NBC press release]

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.