Big Brother 12 will conclude after Survivor Nicaragua debuts

Usually, Big Brother concludes before Survivor returns, but not this year: Survivor Nicaragua debuts Sept. 15 at 8, in its new Wednesday timeslot, and that will be followed by a two-hour Big Brother 12 finale.

That seems a little awkward, because my brain rather likes the mental break and cleansing the previous schedule allowed. It’s like eating rice cakes and astronaut ice cream all summer long, and then transitioning to a diet of finely crafted sushi and hand-churned ice cream. Eating dehydrated ice cream after the real thing? No thanks.

Anyway, between Jeff Probst and company’s move to Wednesdays, and now using Survivor as a lead-in, it seems like CBS has faith in its oldest unscripted series to carry its viewers not just to a new night, but also to serve as a strong lead-in to a finale of a show that usually gets about half its audience. Let’s hope it works, and doesn’t diminish Survivor in the process.

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.