Crazy James gets evicted from Big Brother again

The most surprising thing about Big Brother 8 to me is that something like 6 million people are still watching. For what? The game just isn’t that interesting any more, with twists and turns appearing to be more of a function of the editing than game play. And instead of giving us new things to hate on, the case is just recycling the same old personality traits. Even an update from the jury house only served as a reminder that we haven’t really lost much.

Anyway, on last night’s live eviction show, James was evicted for the second time, and he professed to be excited about this. “I’ve been wanting to leave since I got back in the house,” he told Julie Chen. “You just learn to hate these people.” No argument there, James. When he arrived in her studio, Julie said, “It’s deja vu all over again,” and then James said, “but this time it’s for real, hopefully.”

Most of the people now left in the house, who we left competing for HOH (the results are in), are the bug-eyed “Team Christ.” Seriously, why do all of them have such dramatic, protruding eyes? Adam is the most pronounced, but Natalie, Ryan, and Sheila also do. Perhaps that’s the Lord inside them.

At one point, Natalie told Ryan, “It’s so funny how everything has worked out. Miracles only happen through Jesus and God.” You know, if God did have time to spend worrying about bikini-wearing morons on stupid reality shows, I’d have to think that in his infinite wisdom, he’d inject his reality show spokespeople with some intelligence. That’d be miraculous.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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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.