A one-sentence reaction to Love in the Wild, which could be summed up in two words: Paradise Hotel

NBC’s Love in the Wild is nowhere near Survivor or The Bachelor in terms of quality, drama, narrative, or character, and is really mostly a rip-off of Paradise Hotel‘s format of couples pairing up and switching off with so-so challenges thrown in to add some adventure, although the oddly fake-looking visual appearance (like I’m a Celebrity, it looks like it was filmed on a soundstage, and everyone seems to be wearing makeup and have dramatic lighting) takes away most of the consequence and lets us focus on uncomfortable things like forced kissing–but the cast offers some ridiculousness that could eventually make the series fun, if we didn’t have Big Brother coming up to offer all the ridiculousness summer can handle.

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.

about the writer

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.