Top Shot returns tonight: give it a shot

The History Channel’s first competition reality series, Top Shot, returns for its second season tonight at 10 p.m. ET, and if you didn’t get aboard last season, it’s worth watching.

The Colby Donaldson-hosted series is interesting even to people, like me, who have no real experience or even interest in guns; it’s about talented, skilled people being tested in creative ways, so it’s not unlike Project Runway or Top Chef, though its structure borrows heavily from the show that made its Probstian host famous, Survivor. (The first season is on DVD, or you can watch it on iTunes or on Amazon, where season one’s episode one is free.)

As this preview of the new season shows, its challenges are also impressive, and are usually interesting to watch. This clip also highlights the show’s strong cinematography, including super-slow motion explosions, which are always fun. And if none of that appeals to you, there’s a strategic component that includes Tribal Council-style voting with a handgun. Awesome.

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.