Cast members are “not here to make friends”

If there’s any question that contestants from different reality TV shows across networks and sub-genres often come from the same mold, this hysterical three-minute collection of clips, compiled by FourFour, should provide the definitive answer:

Many of the clips are from recent seasons of shows, so it’s probably a safe bet that mining the (hundreds of?) thousands of hours of reality programming from the last eight years would reveal even more examples.

A couple of the more self-aware contestants point out that saying “I’m not here to make friends” is cliche, but so many people say it so adamantly that there’s probably something much more interesting going on here, something that raises some intriguing questions. Are they delusional? Is it possible to not connect to other people during such an experience? Or is this just how people convince themselves that it’s okay to treat others like shit?

I’m Not Here to Make Friends! [YouTube]

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.

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.