Chad Ochocinco will date on VH1

Despite casting two actual murderers as potential soulmates for its talent, VH1 is moving forward with its string of dating series, enlisting Cincinnati Bengals player Chad Ochocinco to front his own show produced by 51 Minds Entertainment, the same people behind VH1′s other dating series.

On the show, which will debut in July and is tentatively titled The Tournament, he “will follow a tournament bracket where each of the ladies will have an opportunity to spend quality time with him while also facing off against one another in double-dates. The winner of each dating face-off will receive a game ball from Ocho Cinco and move on to the next round of the tournament, while the loser goes home,” according to the network.

Ochocinco seems to be rebranding himself as a reality star, as before he goes on to VH1, he will compete on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, which has yet to cast any murderers in its desperation for ratings.

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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.

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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.