Survivor: Borneo premiered 20 years ago. I’m going to spend the summer rewatching and doing what I didn’t do back in 2000: writing recaps analyzing the reality show that changed everything.
Archives for May 2020
From Amy Cooper calling police in Central Park on a black man to a Minneapolis police officer killing a black man who was crying for help, this week has given us even more evidence of explicit racism. But we also need to focus on implicit, casual racism perpetuated by reality TV and its stars.
Holey Moley II: The Sequel made several changes from season one, and I talked to one of its executive producers about those changes, including why Stephen Curry is now animated instead of on the course.
Why aren’t networks and producers just taking the casts of our favorite shows and keeping them in hotel rooms for two weeks? Because that would ignore a key part of reality TV.
America’s Got Talent, Match Game, World of Dance, Titan Games, and several other big summer shows return this week, along with premieres on cable and streaming.
Holey Moley’s first season was great fun. Season two is even better, which is to say it’s far more insane and more like Wipeout—yet also more of a legitimate competition.
Survivor Gabon cast member Marcus Lehman is one of the men former Bachelor contestant Kirsty Katzmann is choosing from on Fox’s new dating reality show Labor of Love. I interviewed him about his experience.
Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Adam Scott, and Ben Stiller are certainly not the world’s best escape room team, but with Jack Black as their game master, they are quite entertaining.
Fox’s Ultimate Tag, hosted by JJ, TJ, and Derek Watt, is significantly better than similar reality shows that came before it. But it’s also not the next American Ninja Warrior or American Gladiators.
For Big Brother 22 and Love Island 2, CBS says “we anticipate having those shows on this summer.” But there’s a question about when that is.
Of all CBS’s fall shows, only The Amazing Race has been filmed, and the network’s president is “hopeful” that the rest will be able to go into production this summer, but admits Survivor is “complicated.”
The Big Flower Fight is the latest entry in Netflix’s attempt to wow the world with mediocre versions of popular reality TV shows, and it has plagiarized all the wrong things from The Great British Baking Show.
The Bachelorette and Love Island were scheduled to premiere this week, but they aren’t. However, there are several competitions, and even a new dating show, premiering this week.
Frank Bielec, one of the original Trading Spaces designers who was known for his country designs on Trading Spaces, said two years ago that “the show was life-changing for me.”
Four reality TV recommendations from the past week, including Survivor: Winners at War’s Ponderosa videos, plus a special episode of Hollywood Game Night and last week’s Celebrity Drag Race.