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Posts from: July 2014

9 of top 10 summer shows: reality TV

Reality TV is dominating on broadcast networks this summer, despite the presence of several high-profile scripted series. Last week, nine of the 10 most highly rated broadcast network telecasts among adults 18 to 49 were reality TV shows, which also comprised 13 of the top 25 programs for the week. Looking at overall ratings, four of the top …

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Sharknado 2: watch it for the (reality TV) cameos

Last summer’s social media phenomenon returns tonight when Syfy debuts Sharknado 2: The Second One at 9. The viewer-chosen subtitle tells you everything you need to know about its approach and seriousness. There is not a single thing in the movie that makes any sense, and any attempt to think about it critically will likely fail. That makes it fun, though: …

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Redesign thanks, apology, and info

Thanks for all your feedback about the redesign. I’m thrilled that it was received so positively, and understand and appreciate the feedback from those of you who weren’t thrilled with all the changes. It’s significant change! I’m also very sorry that the site hasn’t worked perfectly these past few days, and hope you’ll forgive any issues. Two …

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Billy Bob Thornton’s critique of reality TV, humanity

Appearing on Oprah’s Master Class Sunday night, actor Billy Bob Thornton issued a devastating critique not only of reality TV’s obsession with competitions and similarly themed shows, but of viewers’ desire to see others fail instead of experiencing the “magic” in life. “We’re just living in a time that’s just become judgmental and everybody wants to see …

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