UPenn researchers need viewer feedback about Biggest Loser, Starting Over, Queer Eye, and What Not to Wear

University of Pennsylvania researchers need your help as they try to find out “what audiences think about some of the most popular television makeover shows.” They want to know if they’re “trash television or inspiring entertainment.”

Specifically, the researchers want feedback from viewers who’ve watched either The Biggest Loser, Queer Eye, Starting Over, or What Not to Wear.

Each show has its own survey, and among other questions, the surveys ask what you like and dislike about the shows, and how often you watch them. Since they’re an academic institution, they won’t use your confidential responses for evil, and promise they’ll be used “only for academic purposes (not market research).”

Makeover Shows [Annenberg School For Communication at the University of Pennsylvania]

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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.