American High producer RJ Cutler turns his cameras on a group of kids once again, but this time, they’re in college, and on cable. Showtime’s 10-episode Freshman Diaries, which debuts Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET and repeats at 11 and often after that, follows 16 first-year students at the University of Texas in Austin, and also includes footage shot by the students themselves. The San Francisco Chronicle says it “isn’t an automatic groan-fest” and even “manages to feel quaint.” The New York Times says it “is edited to highlight drinking, parties, sex, angst and more drinking” and “is a useful reminder of how television–and in this generation, reality television–has homogenized American culture.”
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Andy Dehnart’s writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Vulture, Pacific Standard, The Los Angeles Times, and other publications. He has covered reality television for more than 18 years, and created reality blurred in 2000.
A member of the Television Critics Association who serves on its board of directors, Andy, 41, 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. Learn more about reality blurred and Andy.