Welcome to a new reality blurred feature: a curated monthly selection of long-form writing that looks in-depth at reality TV: people, shows, and the industry.
Archives for September 2016
Logo’s Finding Prince Charming, the gay dating show, could have done something original. Instead, it cast a boring bachelor and badly copied The Bachelor.
A recap of Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X’s second episode, “Love Goggles,” on which Figgy and Tails’ make-out sessions made them a target.
A list of newly renewed and newly announced reality shows, including a competition to find new Mythbusters and a Dance Moms-ish series about kid cooks.
The unlikely story of Ben Taub, a Princeton student whose audition for The Voice eventually led him to Syria and a job writing for The New Yorker.
CBS announced the 12 houseguests who will be on Big Brother: Over the Top, and most of them—including one returnee—are in their 20s, as usual.
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars did not simulcast its most anticipated episode, “Revenge of the Queens,” on VH1. How did that affect the show’s ratings?
Statements from Love Productions and Channel 4 suggest that The Great British Bake-Off won’t change, even though Mary, Sue, and Mel quit. Why they’re wrong.
For a Survivor premiere, Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X had just about everything: choices, alliances, idol searches, a brand-new twist, miserable weather, beautiful cinematography capturing the miserable weather, a mass evacuation, paranoia, bros, puzzle failure, and an unexplained vote.
For an episode titled “May the Best Generation Win,” it had plenty of generation-defining generalizations. By the time the challenge rolled around, host and showrunner Jeff Probst was already body-shaming the Gen X tribe as a bunch of fat asses who couldn’t fit through part of a challenge, an obstacle through which the millennials’ lithe bodies just slipped through.
The worst-case scenario for The Great British Bake-Off has occurred: its beloved, cheeky judge Mary Berry has quit the show.
CBS revealed new details about Big Brother: Over the Top, the CBS All Access season that starts next week, and BB:OTT’s unprecedented interactivity.
The Sept. 22 episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, “Revenge Of The Queens,” will not be simulcast on VH1, like all other episodes have been—and will be.
PBS’ The Contenders: 16 for ’16 tells the stories of 16 presidential hopefuls, three of whom became president, and many of whom shared similar traits.
A review of CBS’ now two-part, four-hour The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey, which tries very very hard as it presents old and new evidence about her murder.
The Emmy for best reality competition program went to The Voice again. Mark Burnett—the target of joking criticism from Jimmy Kimmel—accepted and stumbled.
Gabe Rygaard, one of the stars of History Channel’s now-cancelled Ax Men, was killed in a car accident Sept. 16. He was not wearing a seat belt.
The winners of reality TV-related Emmy Awards will nearly all be ignored Sunday night, during the big telecast on ABC. It’s time to change that.
A recap of Project Runway season 15’s premiere episode, “An Unconventional Launch Party,” with three highlights: champagne, creativity, and laughter.
Donald Trump made many promises on The Celebrity Apprentice to donate money to celebrity’s charities from his own pocket. He never did.
America’s Got Talent 11 was thoroughly entertaining, despite some finalists. It was helped by Simon Cowell, who brought some of Idol’s magic with him.