A&E pulls The Hasselhoffs as Americans tell the UK: you can have David Hasselhoff

After airing just two half-hour episodes, A&E has pulled The Hasselhoffs off the air, after getting evidence that we are no longer crazy for David Hasselhoff.

He was voted off Dancing with the Stars first, shocking producers but no one else; he hasn’t been missed on America’s Got Talent, where Howie Mandel fits in perfectly; and now this. Maybe the UK will like him better: He’s talking to Britain’s Got Talent about judging that show.

How bad was the premiere? Variety reports that 718,000 people watched the first half-hour episode, and just 505,000 watched the second.

Now, if we could only figure out why this ad didn’t encourage people to tune in:

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.