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.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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.