reality blurred is a frequently updated look at the world of reality television that includes original reporting and journalism about reality TV; interviews with producers and cast members; reviews and criticism of current shows; and analysis of the day’s reality TV news.
As the first publication dedicated to covering the genre of reality TV, reality blurred has, since July 5, 2000, covered television’s most derided and beloved genre with journalism and writing that is frequently cited by other media.
Feedback, comments, corrections, news, tips, and more are always welcome. Contact reality blurred.
who we are
- Andy Dehnart, founder and editor. A journalist and critic who has covered reality television for more than 15 years, Andy created reality blurred in 2000. He is a member of the Television Critics Association whose writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. Contact [email protected]
- Elizabeth Morgan, associate editor. Beth has more than 15 years of experience in writing, editing, and proofreading. She has also worked in administration at a hospital, and holds degrees in English and history. Contact [email protected].
Regular contributors include:
- Nancy Barber, food television correspondent. Nancy Barber worked as a journalist before getting an M.A. in English and an MFA in poetry writing from the University of Florida.
- Troy DeVolld, contributor. Troy DeVolld is a producer, author, consultant and speaker whose dozens of credits include The Surreal Life, Flipping Out, Dancing With the Stars, Hollywood Game Night and more. His 2011 book, Reality TV: An Insider’s Guide to Television’s Hottest Market, is widely regarded as the definitive text on reality television’s storytelling process.
- Cary O’Dell, contributor. Cary works for the Film, Broadcast and Recorded Sound division of the Library of Congress and is the author of three books, most recently June Cleaver Was a Feminist! Reconsidering the Female Characters of Early Television. His work has appeared on TVParty.com, PopMatters.com, RogerEbert.com and Sometimes-Interesting.com, and other sites.
- Barbara Dingo, contributor. Barbara has been webmaster for a major record label; managed a punk rock club and punk bands; and has worked in editing, accounting, and corporate finance.
- Justin Walter, contributor. Justin is an LA-based travel writer. A Survivor superfan, he founded a company called Reality Rush that runs team building events based off of popular reality TV game show formats.
reality blurred welcomes contributions from writers and readers. Learn how to contribute.
about reality television
This site covers reality TV, but not many people agree about what constitutes reality television. While Survivor broke new ground in the summer of 2000, the genre had been around for years—from PBS’s early 1970s An American Family to COPS to MTV’s The Real World. Actually, reality-based programming has been around since the dawn of commercial TV; real people and their unscripted reactions have been part of television forever.
Reality television is a subset of nonfiction TV, which is television that involves real people, but nonfiction TV is not reality TV. In other words, reality blurred considers reality TV to be dramatic, narrative TV shows that follow real people in real or artificial contexts for a period of time. Reality TV can have a game element, and in some cases, it can even have different casts from week to week, reality television encompasses any show that focuses primarily on the human drama that results from the situations its cast members are in.
reality blurred is produced, owned, and operated by Andy Dehnart. He:
- writes essays, features, and other journalism and criticism for various publications, such as Vulture and NPR.
- owns a few shares of stock in Disney and thus ABC, a gift when he was a kid.
- teaches, presents, and consults for various groups. Find out more.
Advertisers on this site may advertise programs or other content that reality blurred covers, although articles are never written in exchange for ads or anything else.
Public relations representatives sometimes send unsolicited complimentary review and press materials, including swag, in advance of a show’s broadcast; facilitate interviews; or provide other access, such as to set locations.
As the writing and reporting on reality blurred demonstrates, none of the above affects decisions about what to cover or what to say about these subjects. However, Andy welcomes feedback and criticism designed to keep him and all of reality blurred‘s contributors accountable.
copyright and reprints
The look and feel of reality blurred is copyright Andy Dehnart. Individual articles are copyright their date of publication by their individual author. For permission to reprint content, contact us.
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