reality blurred’s Andy Dehnart looks at the best reality shows 2014, including competition and documentary reality TV shows.
Archives for December 2014
It’s time for another edition of Ask Andy, where I take your reality TV questions and answer them in this creatively titled column. In today’s edition, one of the most annoying thing that happens on television, plus whether or not… continue reading
The Comeback‘s frequently sad, even melancholy second season concluded last night, and while Valerie Cherish was followed by Jane and a documentary film crew throughout, this season was most assuredly not about documentaries in the way reality television provided the underlying… continue reading
The next season of The Amazing Race will have only teams of dating couples, but it will do much more than that: it’ll drop the conceit that made the show special since its first season by including teams of people who’ve never met. Even… continue reading
How does The Great Christmas Light Fight work? When is it filmed? Are families given a budget? Answers to those questions and more.
Top Chef Boston‘s literary elimination challenge on last week’s episode was filmed in June at Steel and Rye, a restaurant in Milton, Mass., where Teamsters protested the show’s use of non-union crews in a way that was “threatening, heckling and harassing,” the local police… continue reading
Diane von Furstenberg doesn’t so much star in E!’s House of DVF as wonder what she is doing on an E! series with a bunch of typical E! cast members behaving in typical E! ways. Nearly every episode, Diane–or DVF, as the cool New Yorkers… continue reading
Someone who worked in Survivor casting sent Colton Cumbie a letter from his first season on the show: it was a note from his fiance, Caleb Bankston, who died this summer. Caleb wrote to Colton in 2011, during production of… continue reading
As one of the two remaining female chefs observed, Top Chef Boston has turned into somewhat of a sausage party, so to celebrate, the producers had the chefs literally make sausage. Then the producers had them turn literature into food. It was a fun… continue reading
Natalie! An Amazing Race Twinnie nearly single-handedly rescued Survivor San Juan Del Sur, creating a wonderfully symmetrical arc by winning after her sister was voted out first. For that reason and so many more, Natalie Anderson is a satisfying winner who, incredibly, got there via… continue reading
The Profit concluded its third season with an update episode, which was long-awaited because the episodes often feel like they end without true resolution. This isn’t a show where someone goes in, yells, repaints, and leaves; these are real businesses with… continue reading
The 30th season of CBS’ Survivor will be called Survivor Worlds Apart, and feature three tribes that separate the contestants based on their backgrounds. Several of those who will play the game have been identified online. As usual, CBS will tease next season at… continue reading
I did not watch all eight episodes of Fake Off, but I watched most of them, and I still have no idea what a “fake” is. But I’m pretty sure the judges and competitors had no idea, either. A lot of… continue reading
I keep forgetting to watch Top Chef Boston, but when I do, am really enjoying this season. Wednesday’s episode included a sudden-death elimination, an annoying twist, and a fun challenge that had the chefs cook for fans using only ingredients the… continue reading
Survivor San Juan Del Sur‘s alliance of five fell apart when Jon was blindsided, but at one point they had an incredible plan for the final three that involved two of the five sacrificing themselves. Jon, Jaclyn, Missy, Baylor, and Natalie decided… continue reading