More reality TV for Bachelor Juan Pablo; new RHONJ cast; I Wanna Marry Harry bombs

News from the week:

Must-read

Jeopardy! contestant Arthur Chu reveals in a Daily Beast essay that he auditioned for TBS’ King of the Nerds, and offers “a nerdy thought” that, because both winners were female, it should be retitled. More interestingly, however, in the wake of last weekend’s shooting in Southern California, he presents an argument titled Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds. It’s a compelling argument:

“But the overall problem is one of a culture where instead of seeing women as, you know, people, protagonists of their own stories just like we are of ours, men are taught that women are things to ‘earn,’ to ‘win.’ That if we try hard enough and persist long enough, we’ll get the girl in the end. Like life is a video game and women, like money and status, are just part of the reward we get for doing well.”

Something to watch

It’s not quite reality television, but this NBC News special was the most sustained and insightful look at a person who’s been in the news for a year now: Edward Snowden. Whatever you think of what he’s done (TRAITOR! PATRIOT! Ugh, NBC.), it’s fascinating to actually hear and see him, rather than letting others characterize who he is or what he’s done.

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.