More people who think Whodunnit murdered its contestants

Update: The show’s executive producer Anthony Zuiker discusses this and gives behind-the-scenes details.

Episode two of ABC’s Whodunnit–and also brought out even more people who thought that a broadcast reality TV show actually killed its contestants.

The second episode was, for me, about the same as the first, with similar strengths and weaknesses–though the post-investigation sharing of information was even more frustrating television than it was on the premiere. Watching them lie to each other is already getting old, as is the segment where they state their case (instead of being shown taking a quiz, which is how eliminations are actually determined).

This week, the replay and investigation of Dontae’s death by fire (as Don said, “Dontae’s inferno”) confused more viewers, who took to Twitter to express their confusion and more. That was true even though Dontae was tweeting during the episode.

Perhaps to assuage viewers who aren’t really great at critical thinking, the episode included a brief interview with Dontae in corpse makeup at the end. “I think that the way that I died was pretty awesome,” he said. “I went out in flames; it was pretty awesome.”

Still, as the tweets below show, many people are still unsure about whether or not a reality TV show–one that’s broadcast on a network owned by Disney–is actually committing murder every week.

Perhaps we should temporarily dispense with standardized testing for high school students and instead show clips of Whodunnit so students can try to develop critical thinking skills and grow up to be adults who do not terrify me as much as these people do:

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.