Start the new year by changing the way you watch reality TV forever

Last spring, I was asked to speak at TEDxStetsonU, and used the opportunity to tell the story of what I’ve learned from reality TV as a viewer and a critic–and talk about Mister Rogers, who’s the best ever and who literally inspired my interest in television.

I also proposed a new way of watching reality TV. More specifically, it’s a new way of thinking about, relating to, and even interacting with the people we’re watching. I’m curious what you think: if it’s realistic, delusional, or somewhere in between. It’s not a technique I’ve perfected, for sure, but is something to strive for.

As a bonus, this TED Talk includes actual proof that wearing a black sweater against a black backdrop isn’t a great idea. I’m amazed it hasn’t yet gone viral for that reason alone.

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.

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.