Jersey Combat is not, alas, a fight to the death between New Jersey reality show contestants

National Geographic Channel announced a new series called Jersey Combat, and that sounds like it has a lot of potential: There are way too many reality shows now set in New Jersey, thanks to Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of New Jersey, so having them fight each other seems like a natural evolution.

Sadly, Jersey Combat is just a documentary series that focuses on the people who run “the world’s largest military warehouse,” which has 500 years of artifacts, suck as knights’ helmets and weapons.

Two other new shows the network announced are exactly as they seem: American Chainsaw follows a chainsaw sculptor, while Bid & Destroy is about a demolition company that strips a place of things of value and then destroys the structure.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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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.