Larry King retiring, says Ryan Seacrest should replace him

Larry King is ending his CNN talk show and retiring this fall, he announced in a statement, and he also said that American Idol host Ryan Seacrest should replace him–although Survivor host Jeff Probst also wants the job.

That’s according to The AP, which reports that “King said if it was up to him, Ryan Seacrest would be the best choice to fill his shoes.”

For that kind of news-driven format, I think Seacrest is a bit too self-centered–it’s always about him and his relationship with the guest on his radio show–while Probst is definitely the better probing interviewer. But either would be an upgrade, considering that lately, Larry King seems to do little more than read prepared questions and ignore opportunities for follow-ups.

Larry King to step down from CNN’s ‘Live’ [AP]

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.

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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.