Canadian Idol 4 debuted last night

Last night, CTV debuted the fourth season of Canadian Idol, apparently not realizing that it was a holiday on which we’re supposed to solemnly remember those who died for their country in wars, not be filled with mindless entertainment. Sometimes Canadians just act like they’re not Americans at all.

This season, the show will more closely mimic its US cousin, eliminating the wildcard round, replacing it with a semi-final round with “two groups of 11 competitors (called the Final 22), of which five each will advance to the Top 10,” according to a sourceless Wikipedia report.

Co-host Jon Dore, the Brian Dunkleman to Ben Mulroney’s Ryan Seacrest, did not return to host, leaving Mulroney to carry the show himself.

Canadian Idol [CTV]

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.