This is actually the best reality TV supercut ever

VH1 has gathered what it says are The 5 Greatest Fan-Made Reality TV Supercuts. It’s hard to argue with 2008’s comprehensive “I’m Not Here to Make Friends,” and Michael Kors’ critiques make me miss him even more.

But first came something even more magical from the now-defunct TVgasm (Real World producers bought it, ruined it, and then shut it down, similar to what happened recently with NBCUniversal’s Television Without Pity). This supercut arrived three years before “I’m Not Here to Make Friends.”

Yes, I’m talking about Julie Chen and “but first,” which highlighted and brought attention to her robotic hosting in a completely new way. It’s still hilarious, with the repetition and the fun bits thrown it at the end.

Even if you’d watched Big Brother and were conscious of Julie Chen’s awkwardly robotic hosting (note: how could you not be?) and her repetition, this was still mind-blowing, especially to see the way she turned exactly the same way and said it with the exact same intonation.

Best of all, a friend showed the video to Julie and she watched it and agreed with us all, declaring, “I am the Chenbot!”, thereby proving that she actually was not, because she could laugh at herself. Top that, “I’m Not Here to Make Friends.”

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.