Bachelor parody starring cast members from Party Down, Parks & Rec: awesome

This summer, Yahoo will air Burning Love, a web series that’s a parody of The Bachelor, but what separates this one from those that have come before it is the pedigree of its actors. It’s hard to parody reality television, but these actors have done it before, starring in series that borrow reality television’s form and feel authentic despite being fictional.

They come from outstanding comedy series, such as Parks & Recreation (Adam Scott), Party Down (Ken Marino, Adam Scott, Kristen Bell), and highly underrated reality parody The Comeback (Malin Akerman). The series debuts June 4, and is produced by Ben Stiller and others; written by Erica Oyama; and directed by its star, Ken Marino. But just watch the trailer:

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.