Ellen DeGeneres’ anti-2-hour reality show PSA ignores American Idol, the biggest offender

On her talk show today, Ellen DeGeneres kicked off a fake campaign against “something that’s plaguing our great nation: reality shows that are two hours long.” Her faux PSA is a funny bit, and too much filler certainly is a problem for some shows (The Biggest Loser, I’m looking at your bloated self).

But Ellen conveniently or accidentally forgot to mention American Idol, which she judged last year. If there’s any show guilty of airing overly extended episodes with tons of filler, it’s that Fox series; just tune into any results show, which has about two minutes of actual content and 41 minutes of crap. Survivor‘s two-hour finale, which Ellen does mention (and is three hours with the reunion), isn’t that overstuffed, and when the show has gone to two hours, it’s been the equivalent of two episodes in one.

Here’s the PSA:

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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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.