Hope fades for something to happen on Big Brother besides Brenchel fighting

I was very, very close to deleting Sunday’s episode of Big Brother mid-episode, as the editors cut between Brendon doing his underbite pout and having the same fake-tears fight with Rachel that those dysfunctional twits always have, and the shameless promotion for the absolutely awful-looking forthcoming reality series Same Name, which David Hasselhoff showed up to promote for a few seconds after an uninspired, uninteresting luxury competition that preceded obvious nominations delivered with the same platitudes.

Twist fail. Editing fail. Product placement fail. Relationship fail. The only way this season or week gets redeemed is if Brendon and Rachel backdoor Jeff and Jordan and shake this thin up. There have been some encouraging reports on Twitter, but I’m not holding my breath that something will happen on Wednesdays and Thursdays episodes, because I enjoy staying conscious.

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.