Solitary 2.0 debuts this weekend on Fox Reality

The Fox Reality channel’s first original series returns for a second season this weekend. Solitary 2.0 debuted Saturday night, reairs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET (preceded by a preview special at 7), and reairs 13 times this week before the next episode debuts on Saturday at 6 and 9.

The network calls the show “its most controversial original yet,” and “an intense psychological experiment.” On the show, contestants are confined to small cells, where they’re tortured until all but one leaves. That person wins $50,000, the same prize Fear Factor gave for performing just three stunts. Among this season’s cast members are Survivor Vanuatu‘s John P.

The Boston Globe’s Mark A. Perigard calls the show “cheap, depraved,” and argues that “the psychological reality that some people find it almost impossible to say no to authority figures” makes the show “the reality-TV version of ‘Saw.’”

Solitary 2.0 [Fox Reality]

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.