CBS is “shocked and saddened” by Cheryl’s suicide

CBS has issued a comment about the death of Pirate Master contestant Cheryl Kosewicz, which was first reported yesterday. This afternoon, reality blurred received the following statement from the network:

“Everyone at CBS who knew her is shocked and saddened by the news of Cheryl Kosewicz’s untimely and unexpected passing. We will remember Cheryl for her extraordinary energy and compassion and we extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends.”

Meanwhile, at least one tabloid newspaper is directly linking her death to the cancellation of the series, although there’s no concrete evidence of that. Australia’s Daily Telegraph reported today that Cheryl “posted a note a MySpace website blaming the series for her death.” She did no such thing, at least not directly; the paper cites her June 28 note that she’s “floating around lost” which says “this frik’n show doesn’t help.”

Reality show love suicide [Daily Telegraph]

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.

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.